Summer is here and it has your vehicle’s air conditioner working overtime! Don’t end up without A/C on one of Atlanta’s 90-degree days. Here are a couple of factors that can lead to air conditioner failure and poor AC performance.
All air conditioners rely on some type of refrigerant to deliver cold air to the cabin. Leaks from ruptured hoses or poor connections can result in ...[more]
The summer season is here, and many drivers are planning to hit the road for the peak travel time of the year. When you are preparing for your summer travels, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for hot weather. Here is what you need to know about summer car care.
Avoid the Sun
The sun’s rays can cause damage to the exterior and interior of your vehicle. Excessive sun exposure can cause your vehicle’s paint to fade, and can also cause damage and fading to your upholstery and other surfac ...[more]
Remember that new car smell? Unfortunately, that smell eventually fades, but throughout the life of your vehicle there will be lots of different smells coming from your vehicle. Some of them are perfectly normal, but other odors are an indication that something is wrong. "Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car," says Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. The Council has identified 6 vehicle-warning signs your nose can recognize.
Have you noticed one of those sme ...[more]
An illuminated check engine light is a signal from the vehicle's engine computer that something is wrong. Many people worry that it means a costly repair is needed, but that's not always the case. Here are some of the common reasons why a check engine light turns on.
Loose or Broken Gas Cap
Probably the most common reason for an illuminated check engine light is a gas cap that hasn't been screwed on tightly. When it's loose or cracked, fuel vapors leak out and can throw the whole fuel system off. This also ...[more]
Getting your tires aligned is an important maintenance procedure that you should have done on a regular basis. Your cars alignment is most frequently disrupted by running over a pothole, hitting a bump, or even by running over a curb. When your tires are not properly aligned they will wear down much faster. More importantly, they will wear down unevenly which can cause your tire to lose air pressure and possibly blowout. A car with properly aligned tir ...[more]
Properly maintaining your vehicle goes a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle. "Neglected vehicle care almost always means high costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," says Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. That's why they have designated April National Car Care Month. April is a great time to focus on your vehicle's maintenance needs to make sure your car is ready for summer travel! This month, take some time to check these basic maintenance procedures.
Many people don't know that neglecting car maintenance in order to save time and money will inevitably backfire. To prevent expensive repair bills down the line, remember to have the following basic car and tire maintenance services routinely performed at your local automotive repair facility.
Vehicle Battery Care
Making sure your tires are in the best condition possible is essential to the performance of your vehicle as well as for your own safety. Just as you would replace running shoes, it's important to replace your tires after a certain amount of time and use. If a tire fails you while you're driving it can be catastrophic, causing your car to go out of control or leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Because the condition of your tires is so important, it's crucial that you know when your tires are in bad shape. We have compiled a list of the 4 main things to look for when inspecting your tires. These include the amount of tread wear, cracks or bulges in the tire sidewall, and excessive vibration.
If you're not sure how to tell when your car needs new tires or you'd like to get a professional opinion, stop by one of our locations in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Smyrna, Cumming, Buckhead, or Tucker.
The tires on your car are its most important safety feature because they are ...[more]
Keeping your tires properly aligned is a key part of vehicle maintenance that is often over looked. Proper wheel alignment extends the life of your tires and helps ensure safe handling. A simple bump against a curb or hitting an unavoidable pothole can cause a vehicle's alignment to change. If you think you might have improper wheel alignment, then keep reading to find out more:
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