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How Often Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

How Often Should You Change Your Spark Plugs?

A spark plug delivers an electric current to the combustion chamber, igniting the air-fuel mixture needed to start your engine. Without this, your vehicle won't start. Spark plugs last long and therefore do not require to be changed often. It is recommended that they are changed after every 30,000 to 90,000 miles. However, different vehicles have different needs, and it is advisable to check your vehicle's user manual or consult a professional for recommendations on when to change your spark plugs. Here are some indicators that suggest that you need a new spark plug: Your car has problems starting As previously stated, spark plugs provide the spark needed to ignite your engine. Worn out spark plugs will therefore not efficiently produce the spark needed. Rough engine idle A healthy engine should have a smooth idle resembling a purr. You might need new spark plugs if your engine is making rattling sounds or if it has a shaky, bouncy feeling. Accelerating issues As a driv ... read more

Signs You Need New Vehicle Tires

Signs You Need New Vehicle Tires

Tires play a crucial role in the safety of your vehicle, yet most drivers seldom spend enough time thinking of their condition. Tires wear out and grow old every time you drive — an inevitable fact. A tire failure can be catastrophic, causing you to be stranded in the middle of nowhere without a way of reaching your destination. It is vital to know when your tires are not in good shape so you can replace them early enough. But how do you know you need new car tires? Here are some of the warning signs: Low Tread Depth The tread on your car tires should not go below 1.6 millimeters in depth. But, if you often drive on wet surfaces, you should consider twice that much. If you don't have a gauge to measure the tread depth like professionals, you can try an old trick to give you a rough idea. All you need is just a penny. Place a penny between the treads with Lincoln's head facing downwards. If the top of Lincoln's head is still visible, then the trea ... read more

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