Owning a Car: What Newbies Need to Know

  • Tips For Preventing And Handling Auto Repairs

    30 June 2015

    When you own a vehicle, it is vital that you do not wait to get repairs done, even if they seem very minor. Car ownership is something that many feel is a necessity, but it does come with a lot of responsibilities. Here are a few tips and hints when it comes to handling and preventing auto repairs. Hidden Causes of Damage Sometimes things that you do not even think about can cause extensive damage to your vehicle.

  • Save Your Rubber For The Mud: Four Tips For Wheel Alignments For Off Road Vehicles

    17 June 2015

    If you have an off road vehicle, the tires can be a costly investment for your 4x4. You can have problems with alignments, which if you have to drive on pavement can cause rubber to wear. Traction can be lost when there is less rubber to grip off road terrain. This is why it is important for an off road vehicle to have a good alignment. Here are some tips to help you save the rubber for the mud with a good wheel alignment:

  • 3 Ways To Stay Safe At Night While Waiting For A Tow Truck

    1 June 2015

    If your car breaks down at night, you may feel a bit concerned about your safety while you wait for the tow truck to reach you. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe as you wait. Stay Inside Your Car You may feel like a "sitting duck," but staying with your car is the best way to make sure that you stay safe while waiting for the tow truck.

  • Tips You Should Follow When Buying A Used Truck

    14 May 2015

    A work truck can be one of the most important investments that a person makes in their career. However, buying a new truck is often financially infeasible for many people, and while a used truck may be an excellent option for your budget, it is important for you to understand that there are a couple of important tips that you should always follow when buying a used truck. These two tips will help ensure that you avoid some common problems that buyers often encounter when making this large purchase.

  • Caring for Your Snowmobile Trailer at the End of the Season

    22 April 2015

    If you live in an area that's regularly covered by a thick blanket of snow, you know that snowmobiling is one of the most exciting and rewarding pastimes around. The ability to get out into nature, explore, and truly enjoy everything it has to offer is nearly unparalleled, but in order to make sure you have that experience, you have to do a little bit of work. Below, you'll find a guide to some steps for taking care of your snowmobile trailer at the end of a long snowmobiling season.

  • 3 Signs That Your Car Needs Repairs

    8 April 2015

    Owning a car can be a lot of fun, but it can also mean a lot of work. Cars require a lot of maintenance and repair. The key to keeping repair costs low is to catch the problem early enough so that you don't have to completely replace anything. This is why it is important for every driver to know what to look for in their car. Here are a couple signs that your car is having problems.

  • DIY: Problem With Your Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor?

    24 March 2015

    Your manifold absolute pressure sensor reads the pressure within the manifold and the ambient barometric pressure. This delicate balance of pressure allows your vehicle's computer to balance things, like your fuel-to-air mixture, and also keep your fuel injectors working as they should. But this sensor can fail, and you should be able to recognize the signs. And if necessary, you can change the sensor yourself. Symptoms of a Bad Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor

  • 8 Ways To Prevent Car Rust

    6 March 2015

    Rust is a common auto body problem that can not only ruin the exterior of your car, but also lead to mechanical problems. Preventing the rust from occurring can save on repairs later. Here are eight ways you can prevent rust from damaging your auto body.  Inspect your car.  Once a month, take the time to thoroughly inspect your car for signs of rust. The earlier you catch problems with rust, the sooner you can take action to avoid it from spreading to other areas of the car.

  • STOP! Putting The Brakes On Two Cold Weather Brake Issues

    23 February 2015

    Whether your ABS light has started to flicker or you are hearing the telltale sound of squealing when the rotors turn, brake problems are usually pretty easy to diagnose. What you may not know is that just like many other components in your vehicle, the brakes can be dramatically impacted by cold weather. When the temperature starts to drop, make sure you take some time to familiarize yourself with common cold weather brake problems that you could be facing before it is all said and done.

  • Self Pay Vs. Insurance Pay

    10 February 2015

    Paying for automotive collision repair can cause even the toughest among us to sweat. Insurance deductibles can be burdensome, and are nothing when compared to the increase in premiums any policy-holder faces after reporting an accident they are liable for. On the flip side of the coin collision repair isn't inexpensive, and paying out of pocket can be difficult too. What does one do? Self pay, or file an insurance claim?