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Coping with Brake Dust

I am fortunate to live in Southern California where maintaining a car looking great is a pretty easy task year around. A monthly wash and annual waxing keeps my Saab looking great, except for the alloy wheels. Within a few miles, the wheels are covered by a coating of black dust. Not only is the dust unsightly, it is quite corrosive. Left on the wheels for any lengthy period of time, the dust mixed with water becomes an acid that can etch the finish on the wheel. Read More »

Services Help In Nothing Flat

We were going to be late. There was a screw with a head the size of a dime hat had managed to work its way into the tire of my vehicle, and if we didn't get the tire changed pronto, there was no question about it we were going to be late. Read More »

Windshield Facts About Your Car’s Safety

Aside from its obvious benefits -- like protection from wind and road debris -- the windshield is a critical part of your vehicle's safety. In fact, the windshield is classified as a safety device and is part of every vehicle's structural safety system. In an accident, the windshield enables the passenger airbag to function properly and minimizes roof collapse. Read More »

Supercharging versus Turbocharging

Today, several automakers offer supercharged engines. Others use turbocharged engines. What's the difference, why are they used, and pluses and minuses? Both superchargers and turbochargers are used to obtain increased performance , that is more horsepower and torque. Read More »

Change Your Oil and Rotate Your Tires

Most people do the first, but neglect the second. Most newer vehicles have 6,000 to 7,500 mile recommended oil change intervals, so tire rotation can done at the same time. However, check the owners manual for the recommended service intervals for your vehicle. Doing both at the same time can save a trip to a service facility, not to mention the time in the waiting room. Read More »

Be Aware of Tire Wear

While irregular tire wear is a good indication that it might be time to have your tires replaced, did you know that it can also be a warning sign that your vehicle is experiencing steering, alignment or suspension problems? Read More »

Winter Will Bring Battery Problems to Many Vehicle Owners

Take any car with an old battery that is four years old, add worn spark plugs, a plugged fuel filter and a tad of water in the tank, then try and start this car on a cold winter morning. You see, a cold battery has far less power than a warm one. So if your car doesn't start in the first, second or third rahhh, rahhh of the starter, the battery runs out of power before the engine starts. Read More »

Botox For Your Car?

America's growing obsession with younger looking faces evidenced by the Botox craze, is inspiring car owners to prolong the appearance of their automobiles as well. Read More »