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When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

The battery is the lifeline of your vehicle. It is responsible for powering all the electrical components in your car and starting your engine. It can be very exasperating when you are in a hurry, start your vehicle, and it doesn't start. After you check under the hood, everything is in order apart from the battery. Best Time To Replace Your Car Battery It is best to replace your car battery before you need to. You should replace your car battery at least after every four years. However, some factors determine the lifespan of your car battery. Some of these factors are; Climate- if you are in hotter climates, you may need to replace your car battery sooner than in four years. The heat increases the degradation rate of your car battery. In cooler climates, batteries can last up to five years or more. Heat - The heat in the hood will also increase the rate of battery degradation; however, some auto manufacturers avoid this by installing a shield around the battery or putting the ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Faulty Water Pump

What Are the Signs of a Faulty Water Pump

When you find coolant/antifreeze under your car, it can be quite concerning. Since your cooling system comprises various parts, it can be hard to pinpoint on your own. Leaking coolant can be a symptom of a failing water pump.   Water pumps play a vital role in circulating coolant fluid from the radiator to the engine. Nowadays, they have a pulley system that relies on a series of belts, hoses, and bearings to move the fluid. However, some water pumps can get their energy from the electrical system. Over time, the water pump can malfunction. Read on to learn more about the signs of a failing water pump: Smoking and overheating - If you see smoke emanating from your vehicle, it is likely that it is a fault in the cooling system. You can tell when your car is overheating by referencing the temperature gauge located on your dash. Weird sounds - The engine can make unusual sounds when something is wrong. It can make knocking sounds when you have bad bearings around the engine. Keep ... read more

How Often You Should Change Your Car's Spark Plugs

How Often You Should Change Your Car's Spark Plugs

Spark plugs play a vital role in your car's combustion engine. Faulty spark plugs will result in poor combustion and eventually faster drains gas from your tank. When spark plugs malfunction, you might not ignite your vehicle because they'll fail to generate the necessary spark that helps move the engine's piston. Therefore, you must change them frequently to avoid such annoying malfunctions. Changing your spark plug will be determined by a lot of factors. If you feel that your ignition is not instantaneous as expected, you need to replace them. The interval of change of spark plugs varies depending on the specific vehicles. Checking the vehicle's manual will help recommend the particular interval of changing your car's spark plugs. However, 30, 000 miles is the recommended average mileage for a spark plug change. Failure to replace your car's spark plugs in time is a prerequisite for engine malfunctions. Issues like misfiring and abnormal idling will occur owi ... read more

What Is Causing My Car Starting Problem?

What Is Causing My Car Starting Problem?

It's exciting when you drive the car off without difficulty, but this can quickly turn scary when the car won't start again. If you're wondering why your car won't start, we've got some of the most common causes: Dead Battery The first item to check if your car won't start is the battery. Maybe something depleted the car's battery overnight, or it's simply old. Over time, car batteries weaken and fail. Batteries may be drained due to aging, improper wire connections or accessories left on. Corroded or Loose Battery Terminals Even if the battery isn't dead, it may be having issues. Inspect the connections for loosened or rusted parts. The terminal clamps should be tight. Corrosion might impair the connection. Cleaning the terminals with baking soda and water is straightforward hack. Dead Alternator A defective alternator might also cause the car not to start. The alternator charges the battery while the car is running. When it fails, the battery ... read more

Get Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

Get Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

The heat of the summer months along with increased traffic on the roads will ultimately cause some wear on your vehicle. Regular maintenance during the summer months is essential to ensure your safety and to avoid breakdowns. Here are some preventative maintenance items to follow before and during the summer months: Air Conditioning - Make sure that your air conditioning is working well before you get hit with that summer heat. A quick inspection of your A/C system will help make sure all is working properly as well as a top-off of coolant. Cooling System - Overheating is the number one cause of breakdowns during the summer, due to a combination of engine heat and environmental heat. The cooling system is what cools down your engine as you drive and is vital for summer months. The cooling system fluid should be exchanged every 24 months. Oil Change - As always, it is important to stay on top of oil changes at the recommended intervals. Low or dirty oil can cause en ... read more

5 Ways to Improve Fleet Fuel Economy

5 Ways to Improve Fleet Fuel Economy

With gas prices rising high these days, you may want to take the initiative to save money with your fleet. There are several ways you can reduce your fleets' fuel consumption. Measure how economically your drivers are driving - First and foremost, you should find a way to measure how efficient or inefficient your vehicles are so that you know which cars need improvement. Some vehicles have specific software that gives you this insightful info. Otherwise, you can invest in a system that measures it. Reward economical drivers - By rewarding your best drivers, you can encourage them to drive better. Throwing in some friendly competition will make your drivers more cautious of their driving style and habits. Perhaps, there will be less excessive harsh accelerations, braking, and sharp turning. Plan your trips smarter - Optimizing your routes is the best way to save on fuel expenses. Changing the order of stops can save tens or hundreds of miles each day.  Invest in new cars ... read more

Why Is It Important to Change Out Your Cabin Air Filter?

Why Is It Important to Change Out Your Cabin Air Filter?

If you're not an automotive technician, you have probably never heard of or cared for your vehicle's cabin filter. But the fact is, all cars have one. Cabin filters purify air by removing smoke, dust, allergens, and much more. Over time, the filter can get dirty and clogged, becoming ineffective. This is why mechanics stress the importance of changing your filters on time, and the cabin air filter is no exception. What happens if you don't replace cabin air filters? It can be considered dangerous if the cabin filter isn't changed on time. Here's what could happen if you leave a dirty filter in your car too long: Health Issues The cabin filter makes sure the air that comes out of your vents is safe to breathe. When the filter gets filthy, that's when breathing can become an issue. The cabin air filter is something individuals with asthma, or other health issues should be especially concerned about.  Foggy Windows The cabin air filter helps minimize the ... read more

How Often Do I Need to Get an Oil Change?

How Often Do I Need to Get an Oil Change?

Oil changes are the most frequent maintenance items for most car owners. While these visits to the auto repair shop may be quick, the consequences of neglecting a needed one can be devastating for your car's health and your wallet. Here are some ways to determine if your vehicle needs an oil change soon: Number of Miles You've Driven On average, most cars need an oil change about every 3,000 miles. However, this number can differ depending on your driving habits, your driving frequency, the age of your car, and the type of oil you use. If you drive a more modern vehicle, you might be able to put it off a little longer between each change. It is best to consult with your owner's manual or car experts if you are unsure. Vehicle Notification System The most obvious sign that it is time to get an oil change is if there is a warning light on your dashboard. Assuming that your oil change light is working, waiting for the message to come on will take away some of the flexibili ... read more

Why Are Spare Tires Smaller Than Regular Tires?

Why Are Spare Tires Smaller Than Regular Tires?

Flat tires are sometimes unavoidable, no matter how much you care for your tires. A simple nail can do the trick. As you try to calm yourself and pop the trunk open to reach for the spare, you may notice that it is much smaller than your regular tires. Most vehicles come with fairly thin, fragile spares, and they're sometimes referred to as a 'donut.' This may have you wondering, "why".   The first reason why the spare tires are smaller is to maximize trunk space. Donut tires have a shallow tread with a narrow width. The material for the spare is also lighter, making it easier for the average individual to carry and install.   If a spare tire were the same size as a regular tire, it would add excess weight to your car. But the primary reason why donut tires are small is that they are just a temporary method. Spares are only supposed to get you to a repair shop safely and last for only about 100 miles.    The smaller-sized tires also make ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Autumn

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Autumn

If you've been a vehicle owner for a while now, you should already know the importance of routine car maintenance. Fall is one of the most vital times of year to complete a check-up of your car. Not only do you need to prep it for the cooler weather, but it needs to recover from the heat of summer.   The hot summer in NC/SC wore down your vehicle a lot more than you think, and most of the time, you can't see it with the human eye. You can trust our expert team to properly inspect and diagnose any of the pesky damages early on.    A tune-up can give your car, SUV, or truck the refresher it needs and prepare it for what it will face in the fall and winter. We highly recommend you follow this maintenance checklist so that your car can run healthy and safe throughout the season. Check all your tires for treadwear, condition, and air pressure. If you require new tires, Woodie's Auto Service and Repair Centers has a wide selection of tire options to choose fro ... read more

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