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Top 10 Ways To Save At The Pump

Top 10 Ways To Save At The Pump

Article courtesy of the Automotive Research Center   Top 10 Ways To Save At The Pump   The Automobile Cub of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center has investigated this by comparing the mileage motorists got on a specific route driving the way they normally do (or in several cases driving more aggressively and faster than normal) to the mileage of the same motorists on the same routes employing many of the following techniques. Mileage improvements ranged from a low of 25% to as much as 100% (from 10 mpg to 20 mpg) in the case of one who drove very aggressively for the ”baseline”. How do you accomplish these savings? By using the combination of a few simple, correctly-employed techniques (which might also just help insure that you get to your destination safely too)! • Avoid “jack-rabbit” starts and accelerate gently: Accelerating the mass of a car uses more fuel than any other facet of driving, so imagine t ... read more

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Keep Your Vehicle's Air Conditioning System Working Properly

Keep Your Vehicle's Air Conditioning System Working Properly

Your vehicle's system requires a full discharge every two years and a recharge and top up every year. I'm not getting enough cold air, what's wrong? Not enough cool air, or air that is warmer than usual, is generally caused by: Low refrigerant Loose drive belt Slipping compressor clutch Partially clogged valves or filters Slow leaks in components or hoses Clogs in the evaporator or condenser Why did my air conditioning suddenly stop working? The most common reasons why an air conditioning system will stop working include: Broken or very loose drive belt Blown fuses Broken compressor or compressor clutch Leaks in components, seals or hoses Defects or clogs in the expansion valve, orifice tube, accumulator, receiver-drier, or hoses If you are asking yourself either of these questions, it's time to have your vehicles air conditioning system checked. Finding a solution that corrects the problem now, will help you save on repai ... read more

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6 Car Smells Not to Ignore

6 Car Smells Not to Ignore

6 Car Smells Not to Ignore You know that new car smell that you love so much? That smell is actually made up of dozens of fumes and chemicals from the different parts and plastics that makeup your car. Well that smell had to come from somewhere, didn’t it? The same goes for other smells in your car. You can’t always blame a bad smell to something outside of your vehicle, sometimes that smell you’re smelling is you automobile trying to tell you something is wrong with your car! Many people don’t realize that the different smells your car gives off can help you identify what may be causing your car not to run as well as it should. It’s important to pay attention to the way you vehicle smells so you know whether or not you need to take it to your trusted auto repair mechanic to get looked at. Catching problems quickly can save you a lot of time, hassle and money! To help you identify what your car’s fragrances mean, the expert mechanics at Modesti ... read more

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5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall

5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall

5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall Fall is here! While we may not notice too many changes here in Culver City, the changing seasons is a good time to remember to give our cars a good “check-up.” It’s important to keep up with regular vehicle maintenance services to ensure that our automobiles stay running better, longer, as well as better keep their resale value. According to the National Car Care Council, there are a handful of vehicle components that you should have checked on a regular basis. Before you talk yourself out of taking your car in for a check-up, consider the following vehicle components that should be checked regularly so they don’t cause more damage and cost more money in the long run should they break down. 5 Car Maintenance Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall 1. Cooling System – The entire cooling system should be checked, including the radiator, coolant, belts and hoses, cooling fans, heater cor ... read more

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Recycling Your Car Parts is Easier Than You Think

Recycling Your Car Parts is Easier Than You Think

Recycling Your Car Parts is Easier Than You Think Close your eyes – well don’t really close your eyes, because then you won’t be able to keep reading this blog post. But picture in your head the first thing that comes to mind when I say JUNKYARD. Got it? Does the image in your head look something like this? No, we’re not mind readers…we just know that a majority of people associate rusty old broken down cars with a desolate junk heap. Want to know the problem with this picture? Automobiles are actually the #1 most recycled consumer product in the United States! We are able to recycle 75% of each vehicle, which is a good thing because 12 to 15 MILLION vehicles reach the end of their life each year. That’s good news to hear that as a country we are working hard to recycle the cars that we rely on so heavily, but what does that have to do with you? We’re glad you asked. How Can I Help Recycle Car Parts? There are many other opportunit ... read more

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Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works Here in Culver City, CA, we’re lucky to have pretty great weather year round. Our average high temperature in the summer is in the high 70s, nothing near as sweltering as the 90 and 100 degree weather that some of our neighboring states experience. So when the air conditioning in your car breaks, do you fix it right away? You should! As it turns out, you’re not the only one who counts on your vehicle’s cooling system. Your car needs it to function properly as well! We all know that even though it may be hot outside, it will definitely be hotter in a car that isn’t running and sitting in the sun. Not to mention how hot it get inside your car’s engine when it is working to propel you forward. A Properly Working Cooling System is Vital to Your Vehicle Did you know that the engine of an average, four-cylinder car creates around 4,000 mini explosions every minute? It’s true! These mini explosions ... read more

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8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain April showers may bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean that the rain stops there. Summer is full of afternoon rain and unpredictable thunderstorms, so it’s important that you and your automobile are prepared to handle the season’s precipitation of choice. Driving on slick roads can be tricky, so it’s important that you use extra caution. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe while driving in the rain. 8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain 1. Increase your following distance. The California DMV Driving Handbook recommends a normal following distance of 3 seconds, which is the amount of time between when the car in front of your passes a certain point and your car passes that same point. When it’s raining outside, the DMV recommends that you increase this following distance to 4 seconds or more to give yourself plenty of time to react if the car in front of your should swerve or slam ... read more

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5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money It’s no hidden fact that auto repairs can be costly and stressful. It’s not easy to be without your car for any amount of time. But avoiding getting the vehicle maintenance services that your automobile needs to keep running right could be costing you a lot more money in the long run! Your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is created to help keep your car running the way that it should. If you don’t to get these services done, different systems in your car will start to fail! Many people don’t realize this, but when you think about it, a minor maintenance service costs a lot less than a major auto repair. Make sure you aren’t neglecting your vehicle by failing to do the following five things. 5 Vehicle Maintenance Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money 1. Neglecting to change your oil. This is the simplest, and often the least expensive service that ... read more

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Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer

Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer

Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer Did you know that heat can be more damaging than cold temperatures when it comes to your car battery? According to the Car Care Council, the average life of a car battery is 3.5 years, but that lifespan is even shorter in warmer climates. This is because excessive heat and overcharging are the two main culprits of diminished battery life. Luckily, preventive maintenance goes a long way toward extending the life of your battery. Be sure to read your vehicle’s owner manual and become familiar with what kind of battery is in your vehicle, where it’s located, how to safely clean it, and what the indicator light could mean for your vehicle. If you find yourself stuck with a dead battery, you can jump-start it following these steps: 1. Find a good working battery to help jump-start your dead one. Get the car with the good battery close enough so that your jumper cables can reac ... read more

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