Now, Stop Right There! (Driving with ABS)

Do you know what kind of braking system you have on your vehicle?  It matters.  Do you think you should pump your brakes to get them to stop better on a slippery surface? Or are they the new computerized ones that pump the brakes for you? The most common brakes on today’s vehicles are anti-lock…

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Signs You May Need A Brake Job

What are the signs that you may need a brake job? Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let’s start with the noise. Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs on…

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Trip Inspection

A lot of drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That’s a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won’t leave you stranded. Drivers really do need…

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

All new cars and light trucks since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or ‘TPMS’. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash. So what’s the big deal for drivers? Well, underinflated tires can be a real safety concern. First of all, they don’t handle properly…

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Mirror, Mirror (Door Mirror Problems)

You’ve probably seen them lying around at the side of the road: someone’s outside rearview mirror that’s been knocked off by a driver’s not-so-perfect driving.  And you realize the person who owns that vehicle now has lost an important safety feature.  Having functional mirrors enhances your safety and that of drivers around you. You probably…

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Light Into Darkness (Vehicle Lighting)

You need to be able to see at night and have other vehicles see you as well.  Spend a few minutes to check and make sure all your vehicle’s outside lights are working.  It might help to have a friend assist you since there are a few bulbs to check that are much easier to…

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Don’t Be A Stranger

You wouldn’t walk into a different dentist’s office every time you needed a tooth looked at.  You wouldn’t pick out someone at random every time you needed your hair cut.  And on Tax Day?  You probably wouldn’t trust your taxes to a stranger. There are some professionals for whom you feel your relationship is more…

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My Engine Overheated

Question: I was driving down the freeway and smoke started coming out of my car.  I pulled over and called my husband.  I had to be towed to my mechanic.  He said my car engine had overheated.  What can I do to prevent that in the future? Tech Answer:  Oh, sounds like a rough experience. …

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Vehicle Exhaust System

We’ve all heard a car or truck in our neighborhood that needs a new muffler. Did you know there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler?  The exhaust system has three main functions: Safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe Treat the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants Muffle the engine noise Exhaust gas is…

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Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

There’s a common misconception that Anti-Lock Brakes help you stop faster.  That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces.  Anti-Lock Brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation.  Imagine you are driving on a snowy road.  You need to slam on…

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