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Savvy Consumer Tip: Preparing for a Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Watch this video for some tips on how to prepare your car for a long drive.

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Dealing with Car Rust

Watch this video to learn how to minimize rust damage to your vehicle.

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The Importance of Shock Replacement

Shock replacement continues to be one of the most commonly neglected aspects of vehicle maintenance. Most people put off replacement until their shocks are completely worn down or leaking fluid, but the average lifespan of most shocks is only 50,000 miles, so they should be replaced proactively rather than remedially.

The fact that shock replacement is so frequently overlooked may be due to a lack of appreciation for the role they play in vehicle operation. The primary function of shocks is to control a vehicle’s suspension system. As shocks become worn, however, their ability to fulfill this role becomes diminished, resulting in more movement of the suspension and its related components. Continue reading “The Importance of Shock Replacement” »

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Warming up a Car: Myth or Fact?

Whether from force of habit or misinformation, many drivers still think it’s necessary to let their cars idle and warm up before driving in the morning. While this may have been important 30 years ago, modern technological advancements have made warming up a car before driving a thing of the past.

The sophisticated fuel injection technology in modern cars has removed the need to “warm up” before driving. Photo: Coelho’s Body Repair (2013)

The sophisticated fuel injection technology in modern cars has removed the need to “warm up” before driving. Photo: Coelho’s Body Repair (2013)

Prior to the 1980s, the fuel delivery systems in most cars were regulated by carburetors. With a carburetor, an engine needed to be warm in order to get the correct fuel mixture, which was why letting a car idle for several minute before driving was so important. By the end of the ’80s, however, a new kind of system was introduced: fuel injection. Continue reading “Warming up a Car: Myth or Fact?” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: How to Pass a Smog Test

Watch this video to learn what you can do to help your car pass a smog check on the very first try.

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