Yearly Archives: 2021

Debunking 3 Motor Oil Myths

Debunking 3 Motor Oil Myths

Engine oil or motor oil is the most frequent and ultimate responsibility for every car owner. Your vehicle depends on oil to enable the various parts of your engine to run without bumping against each other. It also serves to lubricate the engine and stabilize the high temperatures under the hood. There are many rumors surrounding engine oil, and it's time to give it to you straight. Here are some of the most common motor oil: You should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. You may often hear the phrase "every 3,000 miles" associated with oil change intervals. However, the number 3,000 isn't as significant as you may have thought. Nowadays, most vehicles use synthetic or synthetic blends that are higher in quality and can go as long as 8,000 to 10,000 miles between each change. To find the best interval for your car, please refer to your owner's manual for the specific number. You cannot switch back after switching to synthetic oil. This misconception is a m ... read more

When To Use Your Fog Lights

When To Use Your Fog Lights

If you've ever driven through a thick layer of fog, you should surely know NOT to use your vehicle's high beam headlights. You should avoid making this silly mistake because the headlights flash directly into the fog, reflecting the light right back in your face, making it more challenging to see.    As the name implies, your car's fog lights are intended to be used so that you can see better while operating your vehicle through heavy fog, mist, snow, and even sand and dust. Fog lights are separate from regular headlights, which have high-beam and low-beam functions.   The difference in these lights is primarily their shape. Fog lights are bar-shaped and aimed sharply toward the ground, providing short-range clarity only just in front of your vehicle. By aiming downward, fog lights eliminate the glare caused by regular headlights, allowing you to see adequately in fog. By contrast, the usual high- and low-beam lights aim straight ahead, lighting up the ro ... read more

Benefits of the Power Window System

Benefits of the Power Window System

Now that it is warmer in Concord, NH, we are more inclined to cruise around town with our windows down. Since we are always in a hurry, we often take our cars for granted, especially the power windows. Did you know that decades ago, you would have to manually crank your window up and down? Let’s check out the pros of power windows vs manual windows.   BENEFITS OF HAVING POWER WINDOWS Safety Features If you have younger children, you may want to look for a Vehicle with functioning power windows. Most parents may be hesitant to leave their kids in the back seat with power windows for fear that they could injure themselves by messing with the window buttons. Have no fear with power windows as they have rear window locks or child-safety locks to prevent passengers from messing with the windows.  If you forget to initiate the lock feature, have no fear. Most modern vehicles have an automatic detection feature that distinguishes objects between the window and its closi ... read more

Are Coolant and Antifreeze the Same Thing?

Are Coolant and Antifreeze the Same Thing?

A car's radiator is immensely stressed during extreme winter temperatures because it can quickly fail, causing serious engine issues. In some circumstances, a problem with the radiator can warrant the need to replace it. To ensure that the engine weathers the icy conditions, antifreeze is used in the radiator. Many people use antifreeze and coolant interchangeably, but there's a difference. Let's try and understand that in-depth below. Are Antifreeze and Coolant the Same? If you say that antifreeze is a coolant, you might be right and wrong at the same time. Well, antifreeze and coolant are similar, but there's a difference. The former is a glycol-based fluid that must be mixed with water in the ratio of 1:1 for use. It is that antifreeze/water mixture that is called coolant. The major component in antifreeze is ethylene glycol, which ensures that the coolant doesn't freeze despite the sub-zero conditions that come with winter. It does that by lowering the freez ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Reverse?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Reverse?

Many people report that their cars squeal only when in reverse. No, this is not a human response to the gate or trashcan you might be too close to for comfort but rather a sign that something might be amiss with your braking system. Or it could simply be an integral part of your car's makeup that is specially designed to warn you when it is time to take a look at your brakes. Here are some possible causes for your car's brakes squealing as you are reversing. Most often what is heard is a 'squealer' attached to the brakes. This is designed so that when the pads wear down to a certain point this piece of metal will rub against the rotor, making the high-pitched squealing noise to notify the driver that it is time to have the brakes checked out. However, if the noise goes away when brakes are applied then it could be as a result of something else causing the sound. One of the first things to check is the brakes' wear tabs that are situated on the e ... read more