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Four Fast Facts About Oil Changes
Tires, filters, and fluids. Batteries, brakes, and wiper blades. Your car requires preventative maintenance, and lots of it - if you want it to last. Topping the list of maintenance items is changing the oil and oil filter. Motor oil coats all of the moving parts inside your car’s engine to protect it from wear. Without the oil lubricating those parts against friction and heat, the pistons, rods, camshaft(s), valves, and more would wear out quickly. And the oil filter removes contaminants from the oil. Together, the oil and filter protect your engine. But only for so long. Over time and with use, the oil breaks down and needs to be replaced.

In the old days, the options for motor oil were few, and replacement of the oil in one vehicle was pretty much the same as replacement in another. Everybody seemed to follow the same set of rules when it came to oil changes. That is not true today, where one look down the lubricant aisle at your local auto parts store reveals that the options are many. Advances in lubricant technology has changed the frequency of oil changes for most vehicles. And the type of oil you use in your car might be a different viscosity and rating than your neighbor’s. Some vehicle manufacturers even go so far as to require use of oil with proprietary specifications. All this leads to some misunderstanding, misinformation, and myths about oil changes. So, here are five facts to consider related to changing the oil in your car, truck, or SUV. Click image to read more...

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Ceramic Brake Pads vs. Semi-Metallic Pads — Does It Make a Difference?
So, what’s all the fuss? Brake pads are brake pads. Right? I mean, does it really matter what kind of brake pads you use? Is one type of brake pad better than another? Are ceramic brake pads better than semi-metallic pads? Or the other way around? What about the vehicle manufacturer — what do they use? With a number of options to choose from when it is time to have your disc brake pads replaced, how in the world do you know which pads to buy? It all seems so confusing.

Well, it does not have to be confusing. The differences between the various types of brake pads available do not come down to “better” or “best”. Rather, the options available for replacement pads present a balance of several factors. What is good for one driver or vehicle may not be as good for another. When it comes to having brake pads installed on your car, truck, or SUV, it’s all about choice...Click image to read more.
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Get Ready To Go On Summer Vacation: Your Guide To Caring For Your Car
Plans. Itineraries. Menus and maps. Suitcases, backpacks, coolers, and camping gear. You put a lot of thought and intention into getting ready for summer vacation. Why not invest some time and attention to getting your car ready as well? There is little so frustrating (and vacation spoiling) as a breakdown on the side of the road hundreds of miles from home. And your trip can quickly become perilous if your car quits in the middle of nowhere with no one to help. Here are some tips for making sure your ride is as prepared as you are for family fun on the road.

Be Mindful Of Maintenance

Before you head out on the open road for an extended journey — even if you are only traveling a few hours from home — make sure your car is up to date on its preventive maintenance schedule. The vehicle manufacturer recommends regular replacement of items such as the oil and filter, transmission fluid and filter, engine air filter, and more. Less-frequently attended to are the coolant, serpentine belt, spark plugs, differential and transfer case fluids (on some vehicles), brake fluid, and fuel filter. Take care of any maintenance that is due (or nearly due) and check all of the fluids before you travel. Inspect the brakes as well. Make sure your tires have been rotated and are in good shape, free from damage and without excessive or uneven wear. Click image to read more...
#PreTripVehicleCheck #VehicleInspection #SummerVacationCarCheck

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20 Hazards to the Finish On Your Vehicle’s Paint
Morgantown, West Virginia - You really love your car. You loved it before you made your first payment, and you love it now, after you have put a few — or more than a few — miles on it. You love the color, the lines, the shine. You love it when you can step up and see your reflection in the paint. You even love it when someone else “likes” the pictures you post online. You value your investment, so you show it some love. You really care for your car.

But did you know that your car has enemies, too? All that shiny red, white, blue, black, or purple paint has detractors that you might be unaware of. No, we’re not talking about internet trolls, or jealous neighbors. These enemies are impersonal forces that need to be dealt with, and dealt with properly. Enemies of the paint they are. And these enemies can cause damage — sometimes irreparable damage — to the finish on your ride. Click image to read more...
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Help Your Car To Beat the Heat: Tips To Prepare For Summer Driving
Morgantown, West Virginia - The trees are finally full of leaves and the grass is growing so fast that you need the extra hours of sunlight just to keep up with mowing the yard. The rising temperature in the air outside is a signal that summer is on the way. While warm days and sunny skies can lead to some summer fun, they can also bear some negative effects. For your body - and for your car. Just as it is necessary to protect yourself from sunburn and sunstroke, it is important to prepare and protect your car from the effects of the sun.

Here are some tips to help your car, truck, or SUV beat the heat for the summer season.

Avoid Overheating. Just because the air temperature is overwhelmingly hot doesn’t mean your car’s engine needs to follow suit. Really, your engine is supposed to get hot. It performs best within a narrow range of temperatures, usually somewhere between 195-220 degrees Fahrenheit. But without strict controls on the heat produced by combustion - and increased by the effects of a hot day - your engine would overheat. And that’s bad. A vehicle overheating can cause thousands of dollars in damage to the internal parts of an engine. Click image to read more...
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7 Habits That Harm the Paint On Your Car
Morgantown, WV - Maybe you don’t have a care in the world about the paint on your car. Maybe you live on a gravel road and don’t even remember what color your car is underneath all the dirt. Maybe you like to take your truck off-roading on the weekends and the caked-on mud is your personal monster’s badge of honor. Well, that’s all well and good. This article is probably not for you. This article is for those of you who care about how your car looks.

If you want your ride to look shiny and new - even after thousands of miles or more - there are several habits that are counterproductive, tendencies that harm the paint on your car. If you desire that new-car gloss, you will want to avoid these 7 habits.

1. Poor Parking
One of the easiest ways to ensure damage to the paint on your car, truck, or SUV is to take no notice of where you park. Consider the types of treachery you might inflict on its body panels in each of the following scenarios:

Baking in the sun can cause the paint to oxidize and fade. UV rays are at the top of the list of harmful factors for your car’s color.
Buried in the snow is not a lot better. Snow and ice will not directly damage the paint, but you might. Chipping away with a scraper and aggressive sweeping with a brush can dent body panels and scratch clear coat.
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Why You Should Consider Professional Car Detailing
A few bucks worth of quarters for a coin-operated car wash. Twelve bucks for the automatic drive-through. No cost at all in your driveway. When it comes to cleaning your car, you have options. Pick your poison: five dollars, ten dollars, twenty dollars, free? When such low-cost car cleaning is available, why would some car owners opt to spend more money for an auto detailing job than they would at an automatic wash? And why might it take several hours for auto detailing when it only takes you twenty minutes for a hand car wash in the driveway? What is a detailer doing differently that would warrant the time and the cost?

Consider the cost

Of course, you want to take care of your vehicle. Just as with preventive mechanical maintenance, you have the option of doing some things yourself or having them done by professionals. For instance, you might change the oil and filter or you might take it to a mechanic. When it comes to cleaning your car, you might wash and wax it yourself or you might hire it out to a pro.
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CV Axles: Do They Ever Need To Be Replaced?
The axle has been around a while. Almost as long as the wheel. Together they are considered to be among the greatest inventions of mankind. And yet, the basic concept that has served humanity for more than five thousand years does not meet the needs of modern cars, trucks, and SUVs. For those, a new concept is called for: the Constant Velocity Axle.

Called a CV axle for short, and sometimes referred to as a half-shaft (no puns intended), this much more modern version of the axle functions in ways that a standard straight, or “solid” axle cannot. But what is the difference between a regular old axle and a CV axle? And should you ever be concerned about having to have it replaced? Click image read more...
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What’s Wrong With My Wheel Bearings?
Morgantown, WV - Of all the parts that make up your car, arguably the most important are the brakes - the parts that enable you to stop. Of the parts that enable you to go, perhaps none are more important than the wheel bearings. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to travel very far. These tiny steel balls are responsible for allowing the wheels to spin with as little friction as possible while supporting the weight of your vehicle. For such a small part, that’s no small job.

What is a wheel bearing?

A wheel bearing is actually a set of high-strength, steel balls encased in a metal ring (a “race”) and covered with grease so that they can move with very little friction. The bearing is housed inside the wheel hub to which the wheel and tire attach. So, the wheel connects to the hub, and the hub spins freely inside the wheel bearing. The weight of the vehicle rests on the hub as it spins. And because the hub only contacts the bearing, surface area and friction are reduced. Click here to read more:
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