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Driving Habits That Can Seriously Take a Hit On Your Car

Driving Habits That Can Seriously Take a Hit On Your Car

Everyone has a certain number of bad driving habits that are hard to admit. While acts like forgetting to use a turn signal or riding the brakes can annoy other drivers on the road, many poor driving practices can hurt the integrity of your vehicle. Here is Fast Lane European's list of the most common driving habits that can harm your car and how you can avoid doing it!   FLYING OVER SPEED BUMPS Going over a speed bump too quickly is a driving practice that can compromise your automobile's alignment. Speed bumps are made to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe by slowing down cars. Your vehicle can especially take a blow if your car rides too low. Hitting a speed bump in a certain way can put a dent in your bumpers or even wound components in the vehicle's undercarriage.    CRASHING INTO POTHOLES Similar to speed bumps, potholes are just as dangerous for your automobile. They can be creeping on you anywhere. These tricky road marks can do more than gi ... read more

Top Tips on Mercedes-Benz Maintenance

Top Tips on Mercedes-Benz Maintenance

Mercedes-Benz is a brand name that has been synonymous with class and luxury for decades. At Fast Lane European, we have highly experienced technicians trained to take the best care of Euro cars, such as Mercedes-Benz. As a specialty shop, we would like to spread these helpful maintenance practices that will keep your Mercedes-Benz running smoothly for a long time.   Get Regular Oil Changes The engine is the heart of your Mercedes-Benz, which is why it is so critical to monitor your oil levels. To avoid complications in your Mercedes-Benz's lifetime, you should take your car to our shop for regular oil changes to keep its engine happy and healthy. The other benefit of routine oil changes is that they will ensure optimal performance of your car and maximize your gas mileage.   Top Off Essential Fluids You may be used to only checking on your fluids if you run out entirely. However, it is excellent to check the levels at least every couple of months or even once a mon ... read more

How to Keep Your Kids Cool in the Car This Summer

How to Keep Your Kids Cool in the Car This Summer

Keeping your kids comfortable and cooled down in the car this summer is our responsibility as parents. Did you know that young children are more sensitive to harsh temperatures than adults, and the consequences of the summer heat can be dangerous? Whether you're preparing to embark on a family road trip this summer or solely using the car to run errands, these tips to keep cool will keep the entire family happy.   Consider having your car windows tinted. Your car windows are the culprit of attracting and trapping the heat in your car. As you're cruising around, the sun on the side of the vehicle can cause sunburn or extreme discomfort. Tinted windows will decrease the temperature inside of your car considerably. There are no laws in California that restrict the tint level of the back and rear seat windows, so that means they can be tinted as dark as you would like.   Use a sunshade for your windows. Consider getting these if you don't want to invest in getting ... read more

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering System Warning Light Mean?

Only a fraction of car owners go through their manufacturer's manual to know the meaning of various warning lights that flash on the dashboard. Therefore, most of them get confused when the power steering warning light illuminates. The problem is that one cannot tell what has caused the light to flash. The light can only go away after diagnosing and fixing the problem. If left unsolved, it may lead to safety risks. What's Does the Power Steering Warning Light Look Like? The power steering warning light is often amber or red with the image of the steering wheel and an exclamation mark. If you have an electric power steering, the light might illuminate behind an EPS sign, which stands for electric power steering. Possible Causes of the Power Steering Warning Light The problem causing the power steering warning light to appear on your car's dash varies, depending on the steering system. If your car has a hydraulic steering system, the most likely culprit is decreasing ... read more

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Just like you prepare your car for winter, so should you prep it for spring and summer. Weather conditions change, and temperatures begin to rise in spring, and getting your vehicle professionally serviced ensures safe driving, improves your vehicle's resale value, and extends its longevity. Below is a checklist to help you ready your car for spring. Have an Oil and Filter Change Your engine oil helps in cleaning the motor's internal parts and regulates operational temperatures. As the oil ages, it becomes contaminated with dirt and debris and causing the filter to clog. It's critical to have the engine oil and filter checked and changed to ensure the engine operates at maximum performance in spring. Check the Battery In winter, your car battery works harder than intended as the low temperatures tend to slow down chemical reactions. By summer, the battery is usually corroded. Summer temperatures also increase chemical reactions and speed up the evaporation of the batte ... read more