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Yearly Archives: 2021

Top Five Reasons To Change Your Car’s Air Filters

Top Five Reasons To Change Your Car’s Air Filters

  Welcome to April’s blog! We hope you have been coping well in the past month and are just about ready for Spring now. Today, we’re looking at the benefits of changing air filters.   Air filters are something inexpensive to replace, but they usually get replaced less than they should, because car owners don’t have time in their busy lives to do the work-- which can usually be done in under 30 minutes. Here’s our top five reasons to change your air filters:   5. Reduced Emissions - the air from your exhaust is the same air that came in through your air filter. If it starts dirtier, it leaves dirtier. A new air filter helps relieve that.   4. Quick, easy fix - changing your engine and cabin air filters is inexpensive and fast for a mechanic. Don’t hold out if you don’t have time to do the work yourself; bring it to your auto mechanic.   3. Reduces Allergens - when the pollen starts to build up, having a new air filter ... read more

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How To Jump Start An Engine

How To Jump Start An Engine

Welcome to the new blog for March! We hope you and your family are prospering in this new year. With the recent weather causing some car issues this time of year, we thought it might help refresh you on the rules of how to jump-start a car from another car if your battery should fail. Pull up another car so that the driver's side front wheel is close to keep the batteries near each other. Do not let the vehicles touch. Remove the keys from both ignitions. Find the batteries in both cars. Find the positive (red) lead and the Negative (black) lead. Untangle the jumper cables.  Attach the jumper cables to the dead battery, putting the red clamp on the red lead. Put the black clamp on plastic within the car-- do not let it touch a metal surface.  Ensure that the jumper cable wires are nowhere near the fan, which will start as the engine starts. On the good battery, attach the red lead on the positive (red) terminal, and then attach the black lead on the negative termi ... read more

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Give Me A Brake! How To Show Your Car Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Give Me A Brake! How To Show Your Car Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Welcome to February! This is your reminder that there are just 13 more days until Valentine's Day. Don't put yourself behind the eight-ball in a pandemic with last-minute devotion-- get your plan together while you still can! Of course, with it being icy and wintery in Calcium, we're facing many issues with the roads and ice. We hope you have remembered to get your winter tires put on, and if you hadn't, it's not too late until something terrible happens, so please get in touch if you need winter tires! And while tires are essential to your car's function in this cold weather, brakes are just as important. You need to be able to stop, and on some roads, you're likely to slide slowly instead of crisply braking to a stop. If your brakes aren't up to the task, you will have even less control of your car. So don't hesitate if you think something's off with your brakes-- schedule service immediately. There are three months in the calendar year that ... read more

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