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How Does the Summer Heat Affect My Car?

How Does the Summer Heat Affect My Car?

It was a hot one out there this weekend, definitely not our typical June weather! And now there is rain and​ humidity in the forecast! Hot weather, hot roads and humidity can be a tough combination for our vehicles. As always, regular maintenance is the best medicine for getting your car through summer. Since the engine runs hotter in the summer plus the weather is warmer, the engine needs to stay lubricated – oil changes are key. Also remember that if you are taking summer road trips, you may need an oil change at a shorter interval than usual. Other fluids – coolant, transmission fluid and power steering fluid – plus the hoses they run through also need to be checked to ensure all the systems are working properly. Another thing to keep an eye on is tire pressure – hot pavement, hot weather and temperature changes can affect the pressure. Tires should always be inflated according to manufacturer recommendation, to avoid excessive wear and prevent da ... read more

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Vehicle Maintenance = Longer Life & Better Gas Mileage!

Vehicle Maintenance = Longer Life & Better Gas Mileage!

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly? Sometimes these things are totally second nature but we don't always extend those habits to our vehicles, which need regular maintenance. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but regular maintenance carries the hidden reward of prolonging the vehicle’s life and can also be noticeable at gas pump. When it comes to reduced fuel economy, increased friction is often the culprit. That means that anything drivers can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move something, so if we can reduce friction, we can decrease the amount of fuel it takes to run our vehicles. Engine oil is usually at the heart of friction problems in an engine. Too little oil means parts are not getting lubricated, which increases friction and dirty oil doesn ... read more

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