February 2021

There is nothing scarier than wondering if there is something going wrong with your brakes. Whether it is shaking or whining or screeching, if it is happening when you are braking it probably rightfully has you a little bit concerned.    One of the main components and likely culprits of any braking problems that you are having is your brake pads. They support the other brake parts and are designed to be changed somewhere around about every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on the specific make and model of your vehicle. Your driving style, the geographical location you generally drive-in, and the amount of traffic that you usually face may all play into exactly how often your brake pads may need changing.    If your brake pads are starting to be worn out, there are some common signs that will give you an indication that this is happening. Look for these things if you are worried about your brakes: A Squeaking or Squealing Sound If you...

Oil is what keeps all of the parts that are inside of your vehicle’s motor lubricated. This keeps each part moving quickly and without friction. Without oil, there would be too much friction between the parts and this would cause them to heat up very dramatically, and this would lock up the engine, keeping your vehicle from running. In fact, allowing your vehicle to run hotter than it should, even if the temperature is not extreme enough to cause the engine to lock up, can do damage to the engine.  What Exactly Is an Oil Change? During an oil change, a professional mechanic will drain the old oil from your car’s engine and replace it with new clean oil. It is very important that the new oil be exactly what is recommended by the car’s manufacturer to keep it running at its peak performance. The mechanic will also change your oil filters as part of the process. Why Should I Get a Castrol...

If you are smelling gas when in or around your car you are probably feeling pretty concerned. Of course, the most important thing is to determine where the smell is coming from. There are quite a few reasons why you may be smelling that gas smell, and some are far more concerning than others. So, let’s take a look at the reasons why you might be smelling gas when you are in or around your vehicle. Refueling You may smell gas right after you have finished refueling your car. Of course, not only is it front of mind at that moment, but you were also likely just pumping the gas. It’s not a guarantee, but the most likely thing that has happened is that a small amount of gas has made its way onto your hands or clothes or that you stepped in some gas leaked as the nozzle was rehung.    It is also possible that gas fumes from the station have built...

Generally speaking, hybrid batteries last for about a decade. It is important to note that when one of these batteries does finally go bad, it is not likely to have the signs and symptoms of a combustion engine vehicle with a battery entering the end stages of its life.    The Common Signs   With a hybrid, the signs are likely to include things like:    Engine noises The internal combustion system running more than it should Decreased fuel efficiency Fluctuation in the battery’s charge The battery not holding an adequate charge   If your Prius is less than ten years old and having none of these symptoms, you may be very confused about why your battery still keeps dying. You may be happy to know there is a likely culprit that could be causing your problem that is very easy and completely free to fix! Here is what is most likely making your Prius battery keep dying: the automatic lighting feature.   What’s Wrong With the Automatic Lighting...

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