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Monthly Archives: September 2023

Fall driving: What you need to know

Happy 1st day of fall! Preparing your vehicle for the fall season involves specific considerations to ensure safety and functionality as the weather changes. Here are the top 10 things to do to get your vehicle ready for fall: Check Heater and Defroster: Ensure your vehicle's heater and defroster are working properly. As the weather gets colder, you'll need these systems to keep the interior warm and to maintain clear visibility. Inspect Tires and Tread Depth: As road conditions change with wet leaves and potential early frost, adequate tire tread becomes even more critical. Check tire pressure and consider switching to winter or all-season tires for improved traction. Replace Wiper Blades and Fill Washer Fluid: Fall often brings rain and fog, so replace worn wiper blades to maintain clear visibility. Also, ensure your windshield washer fluid is topped up with a solution that can handle colder temperatures. Battery ... read more


Fall Travel TIps

What reason should I change my spark plugs

Spark plugs are an important component of the ignition system in your vehicle. Over time, spark plugs can become worn out, corroded, or covered in deposits, which can lead to poor engine performance and reduced fuel efficiency. Here are some reasons why you might need new spark plugs: Wear and Tear: Like any other part of your car, spark plugs wear out over time. The electrodes on the spark plugs can become worn down, which can cause misfires and other engine issues. Corrosion: Corrosion can occur on the spark plug due to exposure to moisture or other contaminants in the engine. This can cause the spark plug to fail to ignite the fuel mixture properly. Deposits: Deposits can build up on the spark plug over time, which can reduce its effectiveness in igniting the fuel mixture. This is often caused by oil or fuel additives. Fouling: Fouling occurs when the spark plug becomes covered in a layer of fuel, oil, or other contaminants. This can cause misfires and other engine problems. If ... read more


Tune Up

How does a turbocharger work?

A turbocharger is a device used in internal combustion engines to increase their power output by forcing more air into the engine. It works by using exhaust gases to spin a turbine, which then drives a compressor that pumps more air into the engine's intake system. When an engine burns fuel, it produces exhaust gases that exit the engine through the exhaust system. These exhaust gases have a lot of energy in them, and a turbocharger uses this energy to spin a turbine. As the turbine spins, it drives a compressor, which forces more air into the engine's intake system. This additional air allows more fuel to be burned, which results in more power output from the engine. The turbocharger is essentially a type of forced induction system that increases the density of the air entering the engine, allowing more fuel to be burned and producing more power. It is commonly used in high-performance cars, trucks, and other vehicles to increase their power output without adding excessive w ... read more

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