Yearly Archives: 2022

Give Your Brakes Some Attention This Summer

Give Your Brakes Some Attention This Summer

The summertime is a good time to have your vehicle’s braking system checked out. In most places, the weather will be hotter, which could strain various car components. Plus, you don’t want to be in a slippery situation when it does rain during the summer. With all the braking you do on an everyday basis, we recommend having your brake pads, calipers, brake fluid, rotors, and more checked.    A comprehensive brake service at Fast Lane European will include a thorough inspection of the braking components. The primary goal is to ensure that your brake components can properly slow down and stop your vehicle. If we find any parts with excessive wear or damage, then we will repair or replace them.    BRAKE PADS Brake pads are a commonly replaced car part. Every time you engage your brakes, friction is increased between the pads and the rotors. Over time, the surfaces wear down. When they wear thin, you may notice squeaking or grinding sounds.   CAL ... read more

How to Take Care of Your Wiper Blades

How to Take Care of Your Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are an important yet overlooked part of your vehicle. If this device isn’t working effectively when driving in the snow, rain, or dark, your view of the road can severely be obstructed. To ensure your drive is safe, please make sure your windshield wipers are properly cared for. At Fast Lane European, we care about your safety, which is why we are offering our trusted tips for how to maintain your wiper blades. 1. Check the Wipers The arms of the wiper blades should be tight and not too loose. You should also check out the appearance of the wipers itself. If the rubber parts are glazing, frayed, or damaged, those are red flags that you should change them out. 2. Adjust the Wiper Blades Once the arms are tightened, you may need to adjust the wiper blades to ensure they reach across your windshield without skipping. Good wiper blades should make full contact with the windshield so that they can clear your windshield effectively. 3. Clean Them Afterward, you shoul ... read more

Green Car Tips for Earth Day

Green Car Tips for Earth Day

There are many ways you can go green without needing a car change. Start with switching to renewable fuels. Fuels such as biodiesel are made from renewable resources, unlike alternatives such as gasoline. This method also reduces emissions. Secondly is the most efficient method in the book. Avoid driving your car. Take a break from your car and instead walk or cycle to destinations. Especially if you are moving along short distances, you don't need to drive there. By walking and cycling, you cut emissions by 100%. Can it get better than this? You can also be keeping an eye on your tires. Besides changing them regularly, you can make sure they maintain the required pressure. Running on deflated and unbalanced tires increases emissions and reduces the gas mileage. Use a pressure gauge every morning before driving off to prevent this from happening. This routine will help you catch a deflated tire beforehand. Related to reducing your emissions, declutter your car and offload unneces ... read more

Breathe In Clean Air Inside Your Car for the Spring

Breathe In Clean Air Inside Your Car for the Spring

Most drivers put their oil changes and tire rotations at the top of their priority list when it comes to car maintenance. However, some other things often get overlooked, like the cabin air filter. The springtime is the best time to refreshen your car's air quality by replacing the air filter.   What Does the Cabin Air Filter Do? As you can guess with the title, the cabin air filter ensures that you and your passengers get a steady stream of clean air flowing throughout your car. It blocks harmful things like pollen, bacteria, allergens, dirt, and dust. The filter also acts as a barrier against larger debris like leaves and bugs. This is especially important to change out in the spring, especially if you have seasonal allergies.   When Should I Replace the Cabin Air Filter? The general rule of thumb is to replace the cabin air filter every 15,000 to 25,000 miles. However, people tend to forget that it is even there and often gets neglected. Therefore, you can look o ... read more

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

12