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Why Does My Car Vibrate While Idling?

Why Does My Car Vibrate While Idling?

When you pull up to a red light, your vehicle should stop and come to a smooth idle. You shouldn't notice much from your car besides the stereo and the low hum of the engine. The dashboard usually alerts you if there is a problem, but it may not always come through. One sign that there may be an issue is your vehicle starts to vibrate while it's idling. A rough idle can leave you concerned and scratching your head. To help pinpoint the cause, below are three common reasons your vehicle may have a rough idle.  Dirty Air Filter Your vehicle needs oxygen to function, so the engine filter is in place to prevent dust, dirt, and debris from entering the engine. The filter doesn't stay clean for long; as you take on the road, it gets filled with pollutants. The engine filter should be checked during routine oil changes and should be regularly replaced. If you go too long without replacing the engine filter, you'll notice a hit to your vehicle's perf ... read more

5 Major Benefits of an Engine Flush

5 Major Benefits of an Engine Flush

Engine flushes are not well-known maintenance items; however, they’re essential when it comes to car care. Dirt is a significant pollutant that can decrease the life of a vehicle. A vehicle’s engine is complex and consists of several moving parts. Any contamination in the engine lubrication can cause premature wear. An engine flush is like a detox, but for your vehicle. Choosing to do an engine flush can boost performance and prepare your car to drive several thousand miles.  Over time dirt and debris accumulate inside the engine. An engine flush is the process of removing any accumulated deposits and sludge within the engine that has formed over time. The best time to complete this service is before an oil change. During an engine flush, an expert technician pours a chemical solution into the engine. As your vehicle is left idling, the solution cleans the engine. The dirty oil is flushed and discarded, while new oil is poured in. Engine flushes serve several signific ... read more

Why Is The Spare Tire So Small?

Why Is The Spare Tire So Small?

Today is your lucky day; you randomly got a flat tire. As you swallow down the sarcasm and pop the trunk, you notice that the spare tire is much smaller than the regular tire. While a few vehicles may come with a full-size spare tire, most come with a thin, fragile tire popularly called a ‘donut.’ In hindsight, this has left many drivers wondering: why is the spare tire so much smaller than the regular tires?  Since the spare tires are small, it maximizes trunk space. The spares have a shallow tread with a narrow width and small diameter. The lighter material for the spare tire also makes it easy to lift and install onto the vehicle.  Small spare tires keep the weight of the vehicle down. If a spare tire were the size of a regular tire, it would add additional weight to the car. Any extra weight added can cause reduced fuel efficiency.  The spare is small because it’s a temporary fix. Most spares are good for about 100 miles driven u ... read more

My Parking Brake Is Stuck

My Parking Brake Is Stuck

You’ve been driving for years, so you don’t need anyone to remind you to use your parking brake. You value your car, thus protecting your car’s transmission from wear and tear is a number one priority. What happens when you try to disengage your parking brake to find that it’s completely stuck? Driving with your parking brake still up can damage your brake system and lead to costly repairs. What causes the parking brake to stick?  The parking brake was left up for too long. Your parking brake is only meant to be up for small windows of time. If you don’t plan on using your vehicle for a few days, it may be best to leave the parking brake down. Leaving your parking brake up for extended periods will cause it to be challenging to disengage.  You pulled the parking brake too hard.  If you used too much of your bicep when pulling your parking brake, you might have accidentally jammed it. Pulling the parking ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

The shock absorbers in your vehicle are important when it comes to making your ride smooth. They work with the struts and the springs to reduce the bouncing caused by the springs compressing and releasing so you don't feel every single bump in the road. These parts undergo a lot of stress and usage over time, which means that they aren't void of having to be replaced.  Typically when shocks need to be replaced, they will start leaking. So, exactly how long do they last? This depends on a number of factors including the make and model of your vehicle, your car's mileage, your driving habits, your daily route, and more. However, the typical lifespan for shock absorbs is around 60,000 miles or so. If you refer to your vehicle's owner's manual, it will guide you on what mileage your shocks should be inspected and possibly replaced if needed.  If your shock absorbers are going bad, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Vibrations w ... read more