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3 Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

3 Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

Oil changes are just as essential for vehicles as a stop at the gas station. When oil changes are performed regularly, they help increase the engine’s longevity and significantly boost overall performance. Clean engine oil provides lubrication for the engine, allowing its hot moving parts to move smoothly and fluidly. Your car gets the best gas mileage when the engine is fresh. These benefits make neglecting an oil change a bad idea. Below is a guide of the top three signs it’s time to schedule an oil change.  The oil is dark and dirty. Clean oil has an amber color and should be free of dirt, debris, and sludge. As you drive, the oil collects pollutants from the engine. If you suspect you’re overdue for an oil change, oil pollutants can turn into sludge, rendering it completely ineffective for the engine. Check your oil at least once a month. Checking your oil is pretty simple – remove the yellow oil dipstick from the engine, wipe it, put it bac ... read more

Signs It’s Time to Have Your Brakes Inspected

Signs It’s Time to Have Your Brakes Inspected

There’s nothing more embarrassing than backing out of a parking spot only to have your brakes give out a loud squeak. After driving several thousands of miles, the brakes will start to get worn. The brakes are used every time you drive, and your safety relies on their performance. Regular servicing should increase their lifespan, but what happens if you forget to have the brake pads changed? Brakes shouldn’t be overlooked, and it’s essential to recognize the warning signs that it’s time to get them serviced if life gets too busy. Below are a few common signs that there may be an issue with your brakes:  The Brake Light Came On. The moment the brake light illuminates on the dashboard, it’s time to have your brakes checked. The red warning light signals a problem with the handbrake, while the yellow light indicates the antilock braking system.  The Brake Pads are Worn. Every time you stop your vehicle, friction is placed be ... read more

Vehicle color - Fact or Fiction?

Vehicle color - Fact or Fiction?

We’ve all been given advice on which vehicle colors are smarter to purchase and why. For example, be cautious with red cars because they get more tickets. However, it leaves many people wondering, how accurate are these claims? Are they just an automotive version of an old wives’ tale?  Fact or Fiction: Some vehicle colors are more prone to accidents than others.   Fact!  There are quite a few studies that have been done on the correlation between car color and accidents. One popular research was by Monash University, and they found that black vehicles are more prone to accidents than other cars, such as white-painted vehicles. This doesn’t come to much surprise because black cars are harder to see during the evening and night hours. Along with this list, grey and silver were listed next, followed by blue and red vehicles.  Fact of Fiction: Red cars cost more to insure. Fiction!&nb ... read more

Why do online CAPTCHA boxes show traffic pictures?

Have you ever been searching the Internet and had your browsing session interrupted by a security CAPTCHA? The security CAPTCHA usually prompts you to click on images of traffic lights, stop signs, or buses. They may also ask you to click on cars, trucks, or other driving-related images. The reason for this is less about automotive images and relates more to the smart car tech industry. CAPTCHA is an abbreviation for “completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart.” CAPTCHA was first released in 2007 and was created by a collaboration of computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2009 Google snatched the idea and incorporated it into specific websites. CAPTCHA prompts typically appear when you need to make a purchase, post a comment, or register an account. These security measures are meant to weed out the bots from the real users. These tests usually require the user to identify vehicles and road signs accurately. The C ... read more

What causes a car window to stick?

It’s a beautiful day out and the perfect opportunity to get some air. You try to roll down your window only to realize that your window is stuck closed. Most drivers may even encounter the phenomenon when their window may become stuck halfway open. What causes your window to become stuck? Below are a few common reasons why your power windows are inoperative:  Your window’s motor has failed.  One of the most common culprits to a bad window is a faulty motor. If you’re pressing the window button and the window isn’t activated, the motor will not be able to move the window.  The window’s regulator has failed.  Sometimes your windows motors are still working, but the regulator is broken. The windows regulator moves the glass up and down. If the regulator is malfunctioning, the window may roll up but slide back down on its own.  A loose or broken window button.  Over time the windows’ switch can get worn due to frequent us ... read more

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