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September 24, 2012

Car Trouble? Get More Than One Opinion!

Shady-mechanicsCar trouble can strike anytime and anywhere. Whether you have an older vehicle or one that was purchased just a short time ago, you’ll find that problems crop up when you are least prepared for them. Chances are good that your first instinct is going to be to take your car to a mechanic shop to have the problem repaired or diagnosed. While that’s fine, you shouldn’t stop there. When you go to a doctor for a serious health problem, you get a second opinion. The same should be done for your car’s health. Why should you worry about getting more than one opinion?

Are They Telling You the Truth?

While it would be nice to assume that all mechanics are honest and trustworthy, that’s not the case (it’s not the case in any industry). When car trouble strikes, getting a second opinion from another expert will help ensure that you’re not being taken for a ride, so to speak. While your original mechanic might not be outright lying to you, they might be adding on extra things that don’t necessarily need to be done right away. Getting a second opinion allows you to get at the truth of the situation.

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September 13, 2012

An Engine Air Filter: How Much Dirty Air Does It Handle?

Brought to you by Purolator Filters

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A Clean Air Filter
How much dirt and debris can a car’s engine air filter keep out? Depends on whom you ask. The average motorist will probably not know. But ask Chuck Kerrigan, and you can expect to hear, “Much more than you would expect.” And Kerrigan would know. He is an executive for Purolator Filters, a company with a long-standing history in the field of filtration. After nearly 90 years in the business, Purolator is still one of the largest suppliers of high quality automotive filters to the North American Aftermarket.

Most of us who drive know that a car runs on a combination of gasoline and air. Picture this: for every gallon of fuel/gasoline that your car consumes, it also consumes about 10,000 gallons of air, which is almost the same amount of air as is contained in a 12X24-foot swimming pool with a depth of 5 feet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swimming_pool#Private_pools). Now imagine that with every gallon of fuel, a swimming pool worth of dirty air is also entering your vehicle!

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July 18, 2012

Bridgestone announces new tire models and a teen driver safety program

Bridgestone_SetLogo_TypeAAt a recently held Bridgestone Tire event the manufacturer shared big news regarding their latest tire designs and their launch of a teen driving safety program.

One of the corporation’s latest designs is the updated Potenza RE-11, from Bridgestone’s premier tire line.  “We recently added a groove in the tire’s shoulder for better road contact which helps maintain a strong corner stiffness by being flexible and draining water, (away from the tread),” Bridgestone Senior Project Engineer Cara Adams said.  Another new design is the S-04 Pole Position, “Which is our ultra high performance and is designed for wet and dry roads. The S-04 has wide (silencer) grooves for rapid water evacuation and the design provides a quieter ride.  We have also included high silica which improves tread (for wet braking), and ridges which increase response and handling,” Adams explained. The S-04 also has a, “Rayon body ply which assists in high speeds and provides excellent durability.”

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May 02, 2012

Want to save on gas? Slow down!

Drive Smart and Save Gas Money

Brought to you by Car Care Council

Carcare-logoWith no end in sight to rising gas prices, consumers who modify their driving habits and properly maintain their vehicles will get more miles per gallon. The Car Care Council recommends the following ways to drive smart and save gas money:

Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph.

Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient.

(Head past the jump for more tips)

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April 24, 2012

Technical Tuesday: How to Remove a Stuck Lug Nut

It's that time again!  Technical Tuesdays, where we bring you video tips from our own Jody DeVere.  Today Jody tells us how to remove a stubborn, stuck lug nut from a flat tire.  Nothing's more frustrating than having a flat in the middle of your day - but struggling with the lug nuts to change that tire can amplify that frustration tenfold. 

Head past the jump to join Jody and learn the secret to loosening a stuck lug nut.  See you next Tuesday!

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April 17, 2012

Technical Tuesday: How to Check Hoses and Belts

EhowOur Technical Tuesday series featuring Jody DeVere's eHow video series continues today with an area that mystifies most people, myself included.  The strange tangle of hoses and belts that snake about under your hood.   Jody de-mystifies the tangle and explains what a technician looks for when deciding if the belt or hose needs replacing.  Empower yourself - watch the video and check on your own hoses and belts, before the coming summer weather causes more tell-tale cracks and weaknesses!    Watch the video after the jump.

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April 13, 2012

"Green" Auto Tips Not Just for Earth Day

ASE_Signage_OL copy_1Brought to you by ASE - National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence

When it comes to celebrating Earth Day and helping the environment, vehicle owners and drives should not feel left out. By changing a few habits, motorists can do their part in helping the environment, say the experts at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  

ASE recommends regular vehicle maintenance and better driving habits as two easy-to-implement strategies. What’s more, better automotive habits will help your vehicle last longer and command a better resale price.

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April 11, 2012

What’s new in Green for Cars

Carcare-logoUsed Oil Recycling Program

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov

The Facts About Re-Refined Oil

What is Re-Refined Oil?

Re-refined oil is used motor oil that undergoes an extensive re-refining process to remove contaminants to produce a good-as-new base oil. This base oil is then sold to blenders who add additive packages to produce lubricants such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and grease. The main difference between re-refined and virgin oil products is that re-refined represents the responsible choice for the environment.

Are Re-Refined Lubricants Safe to Use?

Lubricants made from re-refined base stocks must undergo the same testing and meet the same standards as virgin lubricants in order to receive the certification of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Vehicle and engine manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and Detroit Diesel have issued warranty statements that allow the use of re-refined oil as long as it meets API standards. Many government and private fleets have used re-refined lubricants in their vehicles for years and report no difference in performance from virgin lubricants.

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April 10, 2012

Technical Tuesday: How to Check Brake Fluid

EhowIt's that time again - time for some female friendly tips and tricks courtesy of Jody DeVere and the AskPatty series of videos on eHow.  In this installment, Jody tells us all about one of the most important fluids in our car for safety - brake fluid.  When is the last time you checked yours?  In this video, Jody explains the easy process of keeping an eye on that all-important fluid.  Hit the jump for the video!

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April 06, 2012

CarCare.org: Steps to a “Greener” Car

Carcare-logoIt doesn’t matter if the car you’re driving is new or old, big or small. There are preventive maintenance steps every vehicle owner can take to make sure their car is as “green” or environmentally friendly as possible, according to the Car Care Council.

By following a few simple preventive maintenance steps, you can help protect the environment by improving gas mileage, which in turn saves money at the pump.

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