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Repair Chipped Windshields Before You Have to Replace Them

There are some things in life that you can't do much about. For instance, if you're driving down the road, you might not anticipate the rock that flies up from the back wheel of the car in front of you and hits your windshield. You might be frustrated with yourself for failing to give more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, but the damage is done. sometimes you can do something to repair the new chip in your windshield.

If the chip is small, you can have someone repair it by putting resin in…

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How to Determine Credentials for Finding a Good Mechanic

Often times, you're at the mercy of a mechanics' training and experience, unless you have mechanical knowledge. However, you can empower yourself to make the right choice by making sure the mechanic you choose has the right credentials. For instance, if you're having brake service, does your mechanic have a certification for the brake system? Most mechanics are ASE certified. ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence.

Look for the specific certification around their workstation or look for their ASE patch, which is generally worn on the arm of their uniform. 

 

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Three Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

The tires on your vehicle are going to help keep you and other motorists safe on the road. Keep a close eye for any of these warning signs of potential tire trouble.
  1. If you see low tire tread on one or all of the tires, today is the day you need to address the issue. Low tire tread reduces the ability of the tire to grip the road, especially in inclement weather conditions.
  2. When you can spot cracked tires, it might be an indication the tire is failing because it is defective. Get to a service center as soon as…
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Testing Your Car's Battery

When was the last time you had your car's battery checked? If you can't remember, it's a good idea to test your battery and make sure everything's working properly, and it's easy to do yourself.

Before you test, your ignition and lights should be off, and you should be wearing gloves and goggles to prevent acid burns. Using a voltmeter, connect its red or positive lead to the battery's positive terminal and the black or negative lead to the negative terminal. If your voltmeter's reading is 12.3 or above, the battery's…

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The Importance of a Timing Belt

The timing belt in your vehicle has an important job. It makes sure that the camshaft and crankshaft are turning at the right rate, and this leads to the valves opening and closing properly. All of these movements are vital to keeping an engine working efficiently.

When your timing belt breaks, so can other parts of your engine, like your intake valve and your pistons. These can be quite expensive to fix, so this situation is definitely one that you want to avoid. To protect yourself and your vehicle, it's recommended that you change out your timing belt every…

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The Importance of Tire and Wheel Quality When Driving On Wet Roads

Driving is often a dangerous affair when the roads are not in perfect condition. Among the dangers of driving are hydroplaning. This is very possible during times of heavy rain. There are a lot of factors that can cause your vehicle to slide and lose control. Not all of them have to do with speed.

One of the factors that can cause hydroplaning is the condition of your tires. If your tires are old and worn, you are more likely to get yourself in a skid. Make sure that you change your tires on a regular basis. Another factor that…

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Signs Your Brakes Needs to be Repaired

The brake pedal in your car will give you signs when there could be serious trouble brewing with the brake system. Here is what to look out for.

If the brake pedal feels soft, there might be air in the brake line. This can be a real problem when you need to hit those brakes in an emergency because the vehicle might not stop in time. The service team will bleed the brakes and will make sure they are working safely again.

When you feel the brake pedal is soft, it could also mean that there is a problem with…

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What You Should Include in A Roadside Emergency Kit

If a roadside emergency happens, it is best to be prepared. Here are some items that can be handy to have with you in case of an emergency.

A first aid kit is an item you will want to have in case of an emergency. It should ideally contain some antibiotic ointment, an ice pack, disinfectant, bandages, and painkillers.

A flashlight is another item you will want to have on hand. It can be used to help you find your way in the dark. The flashlight can also be used to inspect the inside and outside of your vehicle.

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Replacing a Flat Tire

If you’re driving down the road in National City and you suddenly feel a tire go out, it’s important to know how to replace a flat tire. Most vehicles are equipped with a spare in the trunk or on the undercarriage.

Take out the spare, the jack, and the wrench. Locate the tire that needs to be replaced. Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts partially. Then, slide the jack under the vehicle and raise it up. You can then remove the lug nuts. Slide the tire off carefully. Then, install the spare. Hand tightens the nuts…

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Testing Your Car Battery at Home

Do you think your battery might be going dead? If you notice that your lights are flickering when you turn on the car or if you notice your car is slow to start, then you may have a battery issue. It's important to test your battery so that you know if your vehicle's electrical system is working properly. If you check your battery every year, you'll be able to prevent issues such as your vehicle not starting.

You can use a multimeter to test your battery at home. These are affordable devices that will show the charge…

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