Your olfactory resource could be one of the most valuable tools that you have for maintaining the mechanical integrity of your vehicle. Certain problems can be smelled long before they are detected visually. By the time an audible warning is exhibited, it’s often too late. Trust your instincts as they pertain to you and your automobile. After all, nobody spends […]
Oil changes and timing belt replacement are the superstars of the automotive maintenance “A” list, but what about those other items which are so often overlooked? All you have to do is take a look at the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule and you will find a whole new world of maintenance items, many of which you may have never heard. […]
So, you have decided to do your own automotive repair and maintenance work. Now you just need the right tools to do the job efficiently and safely. You can’t afford to buy all the tools that the pros use but there are some items that you simply must have.
Whether you are doing a brake job or patching a tire, […]
Buying a set of tires can be a major purchase on any budget. Over the last five years tire costs have climbed to exorbitant heights and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. With that said it stands to reason that you want to conserve your tires and safely get every mile that you can from them. Here […]
If you own a vehicle with a timing belt and an interference engine, you certainly need to be concerned about timing belt replacement. An interference engine is one in which the pistons and valves occupy the same space during different moments in time. If the timing belt breaks or the teeth are sheared off, one or more valves may contact […]
Is the ever rising cost of vehicle maintenance weighing heavily on your check book? Here are some simple methods of curbing the high cost of keeping your ride running at its best by changing the engine oil at regular intervals.
Drip, drip, drip
This tip is aimed at do-it-yourselfers. It might seem like a silly tip to keep oil change costs down […]
Just how important it is for you to invest in an extended warranty? Being the second priciest investment (your home being the first), it is really important to get a vehicle service contract (VSC) for your automobile. Doing so gives you the confidence and peace of mind every time you hit the road. As you know, owning an automobile can […]
Many students drive cars to school. It’s not just a convenient way to catch classes in separate buildings that are miles apart, but may also be a cheaper alternative for students who don’t live in university dormitories. After all, even though living with mom and dad means driving more than an hour a day, this arrangement can surely help defray […]
Consumers who have a major repair just after the expiration of their factory car warranty may think that the manufacturer will “help them out” by paying for the repair. That may have happened in the past, but those days are over.
Caleb Belli always drove the same make vehicle. He did not believe that customer loyalty should be a thing of the […]
In many cases, the majority of the expense of a vehicle repair is not the broken part, but the labor cost to fix or replace the part. Repair shops’ labor rates have soared over the last decade, to nearly $100 per hour nationwide. A good car warranty helps drivers contain the rising costs of vehicle operation and repair.
The average labor […]
Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to pay cash for your cars, you probably finance. Depending on the lender and your credit score, interest rates for vehicle loans range from 6% all the way to 20% (more in some states). Many buyers opt for a car warranty during the purchase process through a dealership, because it only raises […]