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Which Octane Level of Gas Is Best for My Car?

Which Octane Level of Gas Is Best for My Car?

With various options at the pump, how do you know which one to choose? Your combustion engine relies on the ignition of air and fuel to run. If one of these parts is missing, your engine will likely stop running.  There are so many different levels of fuel. Before you head to the pump, you need to know which kind of fuel is best suited for your car. Using improper gasoline can lead to the fuel system and engine damage in some cases. That is why choosing the proper fuel for your vehicle is key! Which Type of Gas Is Best For My Car? First and foremost, you should always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual whenever you have questions. One of the pages should tell you which fuel grade is best for your engine. It will be listed as the minimum octane rating in the owner's manual. Some manufacturers will even put a sticker near the gas cap to make it easier on you.  What Is Octane? Octane rating measures a gasoline's ability to withstand "knocking" ... read more

3 Critical Signs That You Need a Wheel Alignment

3 Critical Signs That You Need a Wheel Alignment

Proper wheel alignment is one of the most important maintenance tasks for car owners because it ensures the safety and preserves the integrity of your vehicle. Unfortunately, most people forget about their wheel alignments. While you may shrug off getting the service, you will definitely notice the signs of misalignment. Misaligned wheels can be harmful because they can increase your likelihood of hydroplaning. Your tires can lose traction with the road causing your car to spin out of control. Below are some of the top signs that indicate you need a wheel alignment. Vehicle pulling to one side If you're struggling to drive on a straight road and keep veering left or right, it's a definite sign that you need a wheel alignment. Please get your car to a trusted auto repair shop immediately. Abnormal tire wear Constantly monitoring your tires is an essential task that every car owner should partake in. One key factor when determining tire health is tire tread. If the tread is w ... read more

What Does The ABS Warning Light Mean?

What Does The ABS Warning Light Mean?

Your vehicle's ABS light coming on might indicate a problem with one or more anti-lock braking components. Brake fluid running low, blown or damaged fuse, or irregular signals from wheel sensors are all possible causes.   The ABS Indicator: What Does it Mean? A car's ABS system monitors the rotational speed of each wheel using sensors. To ensure that the car is steady and under control, signals from all 4 wheels are monitored by a computer as well as the location of the brake pedal.   The ABS light comes on if the computer detects any unusual signals or an absence of signal from the sensors, alerting the driver there's a problem. But there are other reasons the computer turns on the ABS, including low braking fluid or a damaged fuse, in addition to tracking the wheel speed sensors. Other vehicle's ABS systems flash the light several times before turning it on permanently.   When The ABS Light Comes On, What Should You Do ... read more

Take Care of Your Car for the Holidays

Take Care of Your Car for the Holidays

The end of the year is nearly around the corner, and that means holiday travel. Whether you are visiting your loved ones afar or taking a ski getaway, you're going to need a dependable ride to take you there. Before you hit the road this season, we highly urge you to take your car to the auto shop first so that it can be thoroughly checked and serviced for maximum safety.   When it comes to your vehicle, here are some friendly reminders to help you prepare your vehicle for a pleasant journey: Inspect your tires for signs of wear and tear (tread) and measure their pressure; consider getting new tires if needed Check your oil and oil filter; get an oil change if needed Check other fluid levels (coolant, brake, windshield washer, etc.) Test your windscreen wiper blades to see if they work appropriately Clean your car and place a small garbage bin for your waste Pack an emergency safety kit and include jumper cables Bring absorbent towels or paper towels and place them wi ... read more

​​Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Shift Gears?

​​Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Shift Gears?

The majority of most cars, trucks, and SUVs are equipped with automatic transmissions. This is because automatic transmissions are a lot easier to use than manual transmissions, which is why it is the preferred option. All you have to do is put it into the correct gear and go. The gears for automatic transmissions include park, reverse, neutral, and drive. We often don't have to stop to think when performing gear shifts because it comes instinctively to drivers over time. But is there a correct way to go about shifting gears? You may not recall if it was mentioned in driver's ed. But it's okay - we are going to go over this information today. Shifting from Drive -> Reverse At very low speeds (within 5 mph), a swift change from Drive to Reverse, or vice versa, will not typically cause any transmission damage. However, it's always a safer choice to come to a complete stop before changing gears using an automatic transmission. By waiting, it can allow its components t ... read more