3 Signs You May Have Engine Trouble

Woman Having Car TroubleToday, with the advent of the check engine light or service engine soon light, people worry more about the light coming on than the engine blowing up.

Before the check engine light became an everyday feature on cars, people had a general understanding of the signs alerting them that something was wrong with their car’s engine. They may not have known exactly how to diagnose the problems, but they at least were aware of some warning signs.

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Searching for the Best Auto Repair Shop? Look for AAA Approved

Just over 251 million people drive automobiles everyday in the United States. Of those 251 million, nearly 50 million of those people are AAA (American Automobile Association, Inc.) members. In 1975, AAA addressed one of the most common customer complaints- unsatisfactory auto repairs by establishing the Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program. The AAR program addresses this issue by directing it’s members to AAA-approved repair facilities that meet and maintain high professional standards. Since the program began in 1975, over 7,700 automotive repair facilities have been approved in the United States and Canada. At first, the program only certified general mechanical repair facilities. As time went on, however, AAA clubs have been able to certify both collision repair centers and specialty auto service facilities as well.

The AAR program utilizes a very strenuous approval process to ensure that the quality of work done at all AAR approved facilities meets their strict standards of customer service and quality. In order to apply for the program, the repair facility must have been in business for a minimum of one year, be willing to abide by the terms of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair Program contract, and pay the yearly dues fee.

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The Value of Preventative Vehicle Maintenance

Mechanic Working On CarDo you expect to live to 100 years old? Maybe if you observed a clean lifestyle, ate good quality foods, exercised regularly, and sought preventative health check-ups with a trusted physician it would be expected that you could exceed the average life span of most people. The same is true for your car; take care of its appearance, feed it good quality fuel, drive it conservatively, and servicing it regularly at a trusted repair facility could yield a higher than average life span for your automobile.

When you are not feeling good, people can usually tell by your appearance. The same is true for your car; if it is dirty, damaged, or has missing parts could give other drivers the impression that you do not care about the health of your vehicle. Regularly cleaning, washing, and waxing your vehicle can help you spot possible issues relating to the health of your car. For instance, while cleaning a wheel you notice a clean spot on the rim where it would appear a balancing weight used to be. An un-balanced wheel can lead to irregular tire wear, accelerate suspension component wear, and poor ride quality. Because maintaining the health of your vehicle is important to you, you discovered this before it became an issue and caused any long term damage.

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How to Change Your Tires: Is It Time for New Tires?

What to Do If You Have a Flat Tire

Flat TireThud, thud, thud. It is the sound drivers dread, the sound of a flat tire. Whether you are running late, driving alone, have forgotten your cell phone, or simply have not replaced the spare in your trunk, if you are unprepared for a flat tire, it can be one of the most unwelcome sounds you will ever hear. You pull over to the side of the road, your car now useless. So now what?

Even if you have all of the tools necessary to replace a flat tire, do you really know how to change a tire? Do you know what to do first? Replacing a flat tire is not a complex undertaking, but it can cause a fair amount of work if you don’t know what to do. Therefore, the following points are worth remembering.

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How To Change The Oil In Your Car

Mechanic Changing OilGrease, dirt, grime, hot, difficult. This list of words is often associated with changing the oil in your car. While the first three words usually apply, if you read the information detailed in this article, the fourth word – difficult – will not apply.

A few questions you might have about changing the oil yourself include the following. These are all valid questions, which will be addressed in this article.

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