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Leveraging Your Tax Return Through Maintenance

Leveraging Your Tax Return Through Maintenance

By Brian Jackson The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance for Your Vehicle  Are you looking for a way to make your tax return stretch further?! One of the most effective ways is to invest in preventative maintenance for your vehicle. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained ride, but you will also save money over the year by protecting yourself from costly repairs in the future. The Basics of Preventative Maintenance  Preventative maintenance is an ongoing process that helps keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. But you might ask yourself, what does preventative maintenance typically include?   Preventative Maintenance Commonly Includes: Regular oil changes Tire rotations Brake inspections Filter replacements Fluid inspection & replenishment Trouble code checking Vehicle functionality tests Relying on a certified technician to perform these services helps ensure you catch any potential problems before they become bigger, he ... read more

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Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Your vehicle's engine bay is home to all kinds of components and peripheral devices. One of them is the serpentine belt which transfers mechanical power from your engine to all other parts that need it to operate. The power steering pump, alternator, and air conditioning compressor are just to name a few. If you want to prevent all these systems from failing, here are some signs that you can look out for. Heavy Steering Experiencing heavy or unresponsive steering? Well, most of the time the answer lies in the power steering system which is powered by the serpentine belt. If the belt is loose or completely broken, the steering wheel becomes hard to control because there is nothing to provide power to the power steering system. Keep in mind that this only applies to cars with non-electric power steering pumps. Battery Light on the Dashboard One of the reasons that you might have your vehicle's battery light on is a torn serpentine belt. The battery is powered by transforming ... read more

The Future of Japanese Cars

The Future of Japanese Cars

Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay    What exactly will the future of Japanese cars be?  When we think about the car industry’s future, we typically think of the Japanese being at the forefront of innovation, just as they led the technology industry in the post-WW2 world. The Japanese continued to develop new, extraordinary breakthroughs that we now take for granted, such as digital music. It’s not a giant leap of logic to assume the Japanese will also be at the front of the line where innovation is concerned. To the outsider, it might appear that the Japanese import market has been playing catch up with Europe and America, outside Toyota’s consistent steps f ... read more

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Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter weather heightens your chances of an accident due to slick road conditions. And you never quite know when a storm is going to hit that'll leave you stranded on the road, nor do you know if something might happen to your vehicle that'll leave you stuck. While you hope nothing happens, the best way to prepare for this is through a winter emergency car kit. Warmth Minimize the time you need to run your vehicle and stay warm when the temperatures outside are freezing by having items in your car for warmth. Carry blankets, warm clothing, and gloves with you at all times throughout the winter. Nourishment Have non-perishable food items handy to satisfy your hunger until you can get help. Keep a few bottles of water in your car to prevent dehydration. Even if you don't get stuck in the weather, these can be handy if the weather elongates your travel time. Just remember to restock them as you deplete them. Tools Pack a tool kit in your vehicle with you throughout the ... read more

The Top 5 Car Accessories That Fit Under Your Christmas Tree

The Top 5 Car Accessories That Fit Under Your Christmas Tree

Photo by Juliana Malta on Unsplash   It’s Time To Start Thinking Of This Year’s Gifts Gift-giving is a wonderful way to tell someone how much you appreciate their presence in your life. A thoughtful gift– even a small gesture– can mean a lot to us, and be treasured for many years to come.   However, gift giving does come with some anxiety. It’s difficult to choose a gift for someone that really becomes a favorite; it’s even harder to find a gift for a car enthusiast, as they tend to buy things for themselves and are usually a bit more aware of new trends than the average shopper.    We’d like to offer 5 gifts we can heartily recommend for Christmas 2022. Here are o ... read more

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Why Is My Car Heater Blowing Cool Air?

Why Is My Car Heater Blowing Cool Air?

Having a working A/C in your vehicle is nice, but having cool air in the winter is not necessary. During this time of year, we look forward to our car heaters warming us up in the morning on the way to work. If your car heater is blowing cool air instead of warm, it means that your vehicle is due for some repairs. Read on to learn about common car heater problems. What Are the Most Common Heater Issues in Cars? Faulty Thermostat – The thermostat monitors your engine’s temperature, which is where most of your heater gets warm air from. When you hop in your car, it should read “C” as your engine hasn’t been given enough time to warm up. However, a broken thermostat that is stuck in the cool zone causes a lack of coolant to flow. When this happens, your vehicle may lack cabin heating and be at risk of engine overheating. Please be careful and get immediate repairs.   Broken Heater Core – The heater core is ... read more

Preparing Your Vehicle For The Winter Months

Preparing Your Vehicle For The Winter Months

Photo by Damian McCoig on Unsplash Another Cold Winter Approaches! As the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter, it's essential to start thinking about how to winterize your vehicle before December is upon us. Here in Cincinnati, we often get snow and ice during the winter months, which can wreak havoc on your car if you're not prepared, ruin your plans, or even permanently damage your vehicle.    While that’s the extreme, it’s useful to prepare for the worst even when we hope for the best. Here are a few tips to help you get your car ready for winter: Check your tires.  Make sure they have enough tread and are properly inflated. This will help you maintain traction on icy ro ... read more

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What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

If your car engine overheats, it is important to take immediate action to avoid serious damage. Car engines overheat when they are pushed beyond their limits. This can happen when the engine is revved too high, when the car is driven too fast, or when the car is used for towing or hauling heavy loads. Overheating can damage the engine and lead to a breakdown. To avoid overheating, be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for revving the engine and driving speed. When hauling heavy loads, take it easy on the accelerator and keep an eye on the temperature gauge. If the needle starts to creep into the red zone, pull over and let the engine cool down. Turning On Your Car's Heater The first thing you should do when your car engine starts overheating is to pull over to the side of the road and turn off the engine. However, this is not always possible. In such cases, turning on the heater can help cool it down until you can pull over and switch off the engine. The reaso ... read more

How To Keep Your Windshield From Fogging Up

How To Keep Your Windshield From Fogging Up

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay   When we take our first trips out driving a vehicle, there are many things that are never explained to us. For instance, no one bothers to tell us how to cool down a car that’s been in the sun for hours, or what rain conditions to apply the windshield wiper frequencies. You learn by trial and error, process of elimination, and so on.   Foggy windows are the same way. We may not know the triggering factors that creates foggy windows, but we learn many ways of addressing the issue: Opening a window temporarily, wiping the inside of our windows with a dry cloth, etc.   Fogged windows are related to the temperature outside the car, inside ... read more

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What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle

Purpose of Speed Bumps Speed bumps they are designed to slow down drivers and help protect pedestrians as they cross the road. Their specially designed to slow down drivers in the road neighborhoods parking lots and in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. As good as they are for pedestrians they are not the best for vehicles as they could damage them however this depends on how the driver goes about driving around speed bumps. What Damage can Speed Bumps Cause? It is not wise to raise over speed bumps even the small ones. Here are a few ways in which speed bumps could damage your vehicle. Damaged Shocks vehicles are made with suspension systems and a part of the suspension systems are shock absorbers otherwise known as shocks which absorb all the kinetic energy produced when a car is driving over bumps and dips. Unexpected potholes can sometimes cause your car to jump because the shock absorbers are not able to absorb the unexpected pothole. This is the same for speed bumps ... read more

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