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Taking Care of Your Car During a Pandemic

Taking Care of Your Car During a Pandemic

Pandemic lockdown, stay at home orders have been with us for about a year now. So, if you're wondering how you should maintain your vehicle during this time, don't worry; you're certainly not alone. Some of the questions you might be asking yourself might include: Does the fact that I don't drive my vehicle much now matter? Is there anything I should do with my vehicle since it's just sitting here? When should I service my vehicle now that I hardly use it? These are normal questions to ask yourself. And now, with the pandemic lingering on, more vehicles are just sitting in garages, driveways, and parking lots. Even with the reduced usage, you still need to keep on top of your vehicle's maintenance. Oil gets dirty even when sitting in an idle vehicle, so you still need to stay on top of oil upkeep. And remember to keep your gas tank full to prevent moisture build-up in the fuel tank, leading to rust and further harm. If your COVID-19 driving habits fit into ... read more

What's the Difference between Synthetic and Regular Motor Oil?

What's the Difference between Synthetic and Regular Motor Oil?

Without oil, you can't operate your car. Whether you choose to use synthetic or regular oil, also referred to as conventional oil, your car's oil is what keeps it from functioning. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of synthetic and conventional oils and their benefits. What is Synthetic Oil Synthetic oil is designed to lubricate traditional internal combustion engines. Other engines that use synthetic oil include airplane engines and the engines of metal stamping machines. This type of oil is a man-made chemical compound that is an alternative to traditional oil. What Are the Benefits of Synthetic Oil? Synthetic oil: Reduces the strain on the environment caused by the extraction and refining procedures used to obtain crude oil Improved chemical stability Improved viscosity index (VI) Decreased evaporative loss Improved lubrication during extreme weather What is Conventional Oil? Conventional oil is distilled and refined from crude oi ... read more

What is a Car Radiator?

What is a Car Radiator?

The mechanical car components always get heated, especially if the weather is sweltering. If this happens continuously, it may result in malfunctioning of the engine parts, especially the motor, if it isn't kept cool. That is why automakers have developed and installed a cooling system on their vehicles - to protect the engine!  A radiator is a car part installed in a vehicle engine compartment to provide continuous cooling of engines. There are various types of radiators, that is, cooling, heating, and climatic radiators. Each of them has a specific purpose but still, works using the same principle. However, there are two main categories of radiators in the automotive industry: tubular-lamellar and tubular and tape. Tubular lamellar are of aluminum alloy with horizontally arranging tubes. Its commonly used in old cars. Its primary disadvantage is low heat transfer because of the small contact area. On the other hand, tubular and tape use long tubes folder in a coi ... read more

3 Key Benefits of Coolant Flushes

3 Key Benefits of Coolant Flushes

There are several different car care tasks, and cooling system maintenance is one of the most important. Your engine is composed of hot metal parts; the coolant absorbs the generated heat and prevents the engine water from boiling. It also prevents the metal parts from rusting. Over time, your coolant can accumulate contaminants that can build up. Contaminant build-up can cause your vehicle to overheat and struggle to power the air conditioner. A coolant flush resolves this issue by pushing four to five gallons of antifreeze through the cooling system to flush it out. Most vehicles can benefit from a coolant flush at least once a year. If your vehicle overheats and the coolant is low and discolored, it's time to have your vehicle serviced. Coolant flushes have several significant benefits to your vehicle's health; below are three ways coolant flushes boost your vehicle's efficiency.  It removes all rust, deposits, and contaminants.  Rust and deposits can build u ... read more

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