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Don't Let a Pothole Ruin Your Day

Don't Let a Pothole Ruin Your Day

Potholes can sometimes be challenging to catch and can sneak up on you at any second. The scary thing is - they're all around I-66, Chantilly, VA, everywhere! Potholes can be hazardous for your automobile. You may sometimes suffer from more than just a bump in the road, but the pothole can damage your car's suspension, steering, and wheel alignment. You can avoid the damage and scares of potholes by following a few simple tips. Top Tips on How to Prevent Pothole Damage Leave extra space between your car and other vehicles. If you're traveling bumper to bumper, you won't be able to spot any potholes, let alone have time to react. According to basic driver's ed principles, you should always leave at least three seconds of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Maintaining a sufficient amount of room between cars will not only help you see the road gashes, but it can also prevent you from being in a bumper-to-bumper accident. Make sure your tires are proper ... read more

Why is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

When you are driving your car at high speeds and need to brake, you may feel mild to violent vibrations through your gas pedal or your steering wheel. These sensations are known as brake shudders or brake judders. Disc brace system difficulties cause this and can be dangerous if not addressed quickly.   Heat is generated from braking which can cause brake rotors to become uneven or warped over time. When brake pads are in poor condition, they can add a squeaking sound to the vibrations you feel. This is a sign that your brake pads are needing to be replaced. They can also be soiled from dirt and oil which will cause these vibrations.   Alignment and suspension issues also can cause your car to vibrate when you brake. This can affect your car's wheel bearings, tie rods, and ball joints. Normal wear and tear can also be the reason for all of this. Your suspension may be the cause of these vibrations if you feel them during a turn when you are braking normally.   ... read more

How Long Do Cars Typically Last?

How Long Do Cars Typically Last?

If you own a vehicle that is nearing its tenth or so year of life, you may be curious as to how long cars are meant to last. Cars do not have an expiration date, so when do you know that it's time to let them go? On average, a vehicle will last over 11 years on the road. With proper maintenance and attention, your vehicle can last even longer. Nevertheless, the lifespan will also depend upon the make, model, and year of your car and your driving habits. Newer model vehicles are expected to last even longer than older cars. However, we will see whether that holds true in the future.    Research has shown that trucks and SUVs tend to last longer than other types of vehicles. Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, understanding the steps that you can take as an owner to extend your vehicle's lifespan is essential.    Fun Fact: The oldest operating vehicle has been on the road for 48 whole years and has driven over 3 million miles. With that being sai ... read more

Don’t Tread Lightly – Are Your Tires Safe For Summer Travel?

Don’t Tread Lightly – Are Your Tires Safe For Summer Travel?

While vehicle maintenance is something you need to cater to all year round, there're seasons, such as winter, that bring a heightened focus on "winterizing" your vehicle. The icy and snowy conditions force people to make upgrades and check-ups before winter. But what happens when summer comes? Temperatures rise, and thunderstorms become a norm, making the roads slippery. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that your tires are ready for summer driving. Below are some practical tips for ensuring your tires are safe for summer. Remove Winter Tires and Check Air Pressure The first thing you want to do is remove the winter tires because they aren't of much help in winter. In fact, they'll wear rather quicker when used on warm, paved roads. So instead, use summer or all-weather tires. It is also crucial to check the tire pressure to ensure that they're adequately inflated. With properly inflated tires, the tires maintain constant contact and the road. With imprope ... read more

Get Your Car Ready for Summer!

Get Your Car Ready for Summer!

Are you ready to hit the road, to feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your skin? You might meet some interesting people, catch up on some reading, party all night, or swim in the surf – whatever your plans may be, we wish you a lovely summer holiday. But before you head out, here are a few friendly reminders to help ensure your journey is safe and free of any unexpected surprises. Check out these top five tips. Tip #1 – Check your Tires Tire Threads: Check that your tires are safe for the journey, with enough remaining thread. An uncomplicated way to test your tire's tread depth is with a quarter. Insert a quarter into your tread groove. If the tread touches Washington's head, you have at least 4/32 inches of tread remaining. Wheel Alignment: An annual check-up of your wheel alignment could save you some bucks on gas, extend the life of your car's tires and smooth your ride. Potholes, curbs, rough roads, and general wear-and-tear can cause your alignment ... read more

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