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What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

Every vehicle comes with a recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer. While there are various standard maintenance schedules that you can follow, it is best to stick to what your car's manufacturer recommends. A maintenance schedule will include inspection routines and the items to be repaired or replaced after every few thousand miles. The most common schedule is the 30-60-90 thousand miles. However, some items, such as wipers and tires, may need replacement at irregular intervals. Here is an essential maintenance schedule that you can consider. Regular Vehicle Maintenance Here are some things that you might need to look into before the first 5000 miles. It is essential to ascertain that they are in proper working condition. Oil and oil filter – the change frequency will depend on whether you have used synthetic or non-synthetic oil. Synthetic oils can go up to 10,000 miles before requiring a change. Tires – the wear and tear will dep ... read more

What does a Catalytic Converter do?

What does a Catalytic Converter do?

A catalytic converter is an important addition of your car's exhaust system. It is equipped with platinum, palladium, rhodium, or similar metals that change toxic pollutants from the engine into less harmful gases. In an effort to curb environmental pollution, your vehicle should not exceed the set federal vehicle emissions standard, thus the need for a well-fitted and functional catalytic converter. How does a Catalytic Converter Work? Diesel and Petrol are hydrocarbons that give off harmful gases during combustion. In our case, compounds of Carbon, Nitrogen—and in some cases, Sulphur and volatile organic compounds (VOC.) The oxides of these compounds are known as ozone gases or green gases. Common ozone gases produced by your car's engine include; Nitrogen Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide: They are the major cause of acid rain and fog. Carbon Monoxide: It is a colorless, odorless, very toxic gas that can cause suffocation. Unburnt Hydrocarbons, commonly known as Vola ... read more

5 Signs It’s Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It’s Time for a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment is a mechanical procedure on a car's suspension: the system that links the vehicle to the wheels. It involves adjusting the angle at which the wheels contact the road surface. Wheel misalignment can result from accidents, hitting a curb, or heavy impact during driving. Such cars are usually hard to control, and their tires wear quickly. Luckily, it's easy to know when the wheels are out of alignment — let's explore five tell-tale signs. A Steering Pull The steering requires minimal effort to keep your car in your driving lane and a straight line. However, you might find it pulling or swerving to the left or right as you drive. Any changes in your steering could indicate that the wheels are out of alignment. Checking and rectifying the wheel alignment is imperative for your safety and other road users. Abnormal Tire Wear The wear and tear of the tires could also point to wheel misalignment. If the tires wear unevenly (independently on the inside ... read more

Ways to Freshen up Your Car for Spring

Ways to Freshen up Your Car for Spring

During winter, cars often take a beat down with culprits including; snow, salt, sand, dirt, and gravel. As spring approaches, it's paramount to get your automobile ready for the warmer weather. Here are vehicle maintenance tips to prep your vehicle for spring. Cleaning the Vehicle's Interior A high-pressure hose can clean the rubber floor mats, and a vacuum cleaner can refresh the cloth mats underneath the rubber mats. Also, clean the underside of the cloth mat where corrosion and rust-causing gravel, dirt, debris, and salt accumulate during winter. It's also crucial to wash under the seats where dirt and food might find their way. And if your vehicle has fabric upholstery, cleaning the car seats with hot water and a warm wet cloth eliminates dirt that easily sticks. Washing and Waxing the Car's Exterior After cleaning the interior, it's time to focus on the exterior. Wash the entire outer surface to clean off all the winter dirt before waxing. The wax seals th ... read more

What Is the Point of An Emissions Test?

What Is the Point of An Emissions Test?

According to San Diego, CA laws, you may be required to have an emission test performed on your vehicle periodically. This typically happens every two years, depending on the type of car you drive and the vehicle's age. Newer automobiles, diesel-powered vehicles, electric/hybrid vehicles, motorcycles, and trailers are exempt.    Why Is Emissions Testing Important? Standard gas-powered vehicles have engines that emit fumes and gasses that can harm you and the environment. An emissions test makes sure that the cars in San Diego have proper working exhaust systems so that our vehicle's emissions are not as intense. During an emissions test, a technician will quantify the number of gasses that your car releases. And we'll closely inspect your exhaust parts. Below are some reasons why your vehicle may fail the test: The O2 sensor is broken You have a clogged or failing catalytic converter The fuel/air mixture is unevenly distributed You have clogged fuel inject ... read more