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All the Items You Need in Your Car’s Emergency Kit

All the Items You Need in Your Car’s Emergency Kit

  With many of you hitting the roads this summer, we want to make sure you have safe travels. While we’d hate for your car to break down or be in an accident, some instances are unavoidable. To give you some relief, we recommend packing an emergency kit. Having some of these items below can help you overcome the incident with less stress. Here’s a full list of what you need to include in your emergency kit. Jumper cables - just in case your battery needs a jump. A spare tire and tire changing kit - you never anticipate a flat tire or tire blowout. These can get you to the nearest auto repair shop. A first aid kit - every med kit should include over-the-counter medicine, band-aids, gauze, etc. Plenty of water and non-perishable food  A phone charger - with a dead phone, how are you supposed to get in touch with roadside assistance and your loved ones. Flares or reflective cones - will help you be seen by other drivers on the road. Flashlight - if your car b ... read more

Getting Ready For National Tire Safety Week; What You Should Know

Getting Ready For National Tire Safety Week; What You Should Know

Image by Mikes-Photography from Pixabay   National Tire Safety Week only comes once a year, but serves to remind us of the importance of proper tire care that should be practiced everyday. National Tire Safety Week is run by the U.S. Tire Manufacturer’s association, or USTMA, and runs from June 28 to July 4. This time serves as a great opportunity to learn about safety standards and protocols, which prompts awareness for tire safety.    At Avid Autowerx, we want to spread the word about tire safety and what you can do to make sure your tires are working properly. In this blog, we will be listing some safety tips that you can take to check your tires, as well as what ... read more

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What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

Have you ever noticed a rotten egg-like, sulfuric smell coming from your car's exhaust? Someone didn't leave a rotten egg inside your car. It's probably an issue with your vehicle's catalytic converter. It's either a faulty, old or generally bad catalytic converter. Your vehicle's catalytic converter typically works to reduce vehicle pollution by converting its emissions into non-harmful gasses. Here are the common symptoms that might help you identify a bad catalytic converter. Rattling Noise Typically, your vehicle's catalytic converter features catalyst coated honeycomb meshes inside. A rattling sound usually results when these catalytic converter components break apart or collapse due to excessively rich fuel mixtures of an internally damaged or old catalytic converter. You may notice a more obvious rattle when starting your vehicle's engine, an issue that may worsen over time. Reduced Engine Performance An engine performance reduction is among ... read more

When Is It Time For New Brakes?

When Is It Time For New Brakes?

Image by Gerald Oswald from Pixabay   Brakes are an essential safety feature in your vehicle. Being able to effectively and properly stop your car can prevent an accident and save your life. Every time you brake, a small amount of your brake pad is worn away. It can be hard to tell your brake’s life when you are not an expert. Luckily some telltale signs can help identify when a brake change is needed. At Avid Autowerx, your safety is our #1 priority which is why this month’s blog will cover when you should replace your brakes.  It varies from vehicle to vehicle, based on how much you drive your car when it comes to needing new brakes. While the average time you sho ... read more

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Can I use Water in Place of Windshield Washer Solvent?

Can I use Water in Place of Windshield Washer Solvent?

Using water instead of windshield washer solvent is a tempting choice - after all, water is nearly free, available pretty much everywhere, and is much kinder to the environment than washer solvent. That said, if not used correctly, water could damage your water pump, burst the waterline and even leave your windshield susceptible to mold! Here we take a look at the pros and cons of using water instead of a proprietary washer product, as well as suggest some cut-price DIY washer solutions that could keep your windshield sparkling without the high level of toxicity found in a standard windshield washer product. The Pros and Cons of Using Water As already stated, water is cheap, widely available, kind to the environment, and versatile enough to be used in any vehicle. On the downside, plain water is not going to keep your windshield as clean as a product that contains a detergent or glass cleaner. It's also not going to sanitize your windshield - particularly if you don't regul ... read more

Your Vehicle and Its Fluids

Your Vehicle and Its Fluids

Image by Skica911 from Pixabay    Your vehicle has several different types of fluids that have other functions in your engine. All work together to make sure your car is running smoothly and help avoid damage to your vehicle that, without these fluids, would break down. If you want to learn more about what fluids are found in your car and their importance, please continue reading! At Avid Autowerx, we want you to be aware of what’s going on inside your engine so that you can notice an issue before more damage is done. Things to look out for are lights on your dashboard indicating low fluid levels or if you notice leaking or puddles under your car. If any of these are present in yo ... read more

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What Does Basic Vehicle Maintenance Include:

What Does Basic Vehicle Maintenance Include:

Taking care of your vehicle with basic maintenance can make all the difference when it comes to how much you spend on repairs over time and how long your vehicle lasts. Having your car serviced regularly at a trustworthy auto repair shop is a time and money saver. Here are some of the basic vehicle maintenance items to have performed: Check Engine Light - We understand that dreadful feeling of when your vehicle's check engine light turns on. It could be caused by a number of things, whether it be a major or minor repair. Our shop has dealer level diagnostic equipment to accurately diagnose the problem and get you back on the road quickly and safely. Factory Recommended Service/Maintenance - All vehicle makes and models have a manufacturer's list of recommended services that should be completed at certain intervals throughout your vehicle's lifetime. Our experts can take care of any factory recommended service and will remind you of any upcoming service before it's due ... read more

5 Problems That Lead to Soft Brake Pedals

5 Problems That Lead to Soft Brake Pedals

Many technicians are familiar with the terms soft or spongy brakes. Regardless of what you call it, these brakes equate to being slow-responding and dangerous. When you notice an unusual feeling with your pedal, there's definitely something wrong with one or more of your brake parts.   5 Problems That Cause Soft Brake Pedals Air in the Brake Lines - Air contamination is one of the most common brake problems that we fix at Avid Autowerx. Air is the ultimate weakness on your brakes. Thankfully, we can repair your leak with no problem. Low Brake Fluid - Low brake fluid is another prevalent problem behind spongy brakes. Our technicians can check your fluid levels, make the appropriate repairs, and top you off on this solution to ensure you achieve effective braking again. Worn Cylinder - The brake cylinder is needed to maintain hydraulic pressure to engage the brakes. This type of problem is more common in older vehicles. Sticky Calipers - Damaged calipers will cause your br ... read more

Don’t Forget To Check Your Air Filter Before Spring!

Don’t Forget To Check Your Air Filter Before Spring!

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay  It is finally March which means Spring is right around the corner! Spring is an excellent time for weather changes, brighter days, and longer days. Unfortunately, this means there will be more pollen and allergens in the air. Along with the daily toxins found in the air, pollen and allergens are something we want to keep out of our cabin in which we breathe air. That is where your air filter comes in. Your air filter plays an essential role in filtering and cleaning the air entering your engine. Furthermore, your air filter prevents the previously mentioned toxins from entering your car too. Changing the air filter is one of the most budget-f ... read more

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Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Car Lovers

Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Car Lovers

Image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay The season of love is here! With Valentine’s Day only two weeks away, time is ticking to get your loved one a special gift. If there is a person in your life who is a car lover, we have compiled the perfect gift guide and recommendations for that special person.    Car gifts do not necessarily have to be gifting some motor oil or windshield wipes! Adding some personalization and meaning to your gift can add some great significance to the person receiving the gifts.    Car Safety Kit: Gifting a car safety kit to any person can signify that you care and want to look out for them ... read more

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