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Signs It’s Time to Swap Out Your Cabin Air Filter

Signs It’s Time to Swap Out Your Cabin Air Filter

Drivers should always be attentive to the quality of the air traveling inside through their vehicle vents. The vents have air filters that prevent you from breathing in dust, debris, and other harmful pollutants. Cabin air filters help prevent potential respiratory health problems. If you're among the select population that is more sensitive to air pollution or has allergies, then you should stay on top of changing your cabin air filter.    You can find the air filter's change interval listed in the vehicle's owner's manual most of the time. However, you should also consider accounting for your driving habits, seasons, and the type of environment in which you operate your vehicle. To better know when it's time to swap the filter out for a new one, be on the lookout for the signs of an ineffective filter. Foul Smell  When the filter becomes clogged, you'll notice a musty smell blowing through the vents. If the odor makes you and your passengers ... read more

What Is An Alternator & How Does It Work?

What Is An Alternator & How Does It Work?

Most drivers are well aware of their battery and what it does. However, the battery is only one aspect of your vehicle's charging system, and it's not even the most important. To most mechanics, the most vital part of the system is the alternator.   The alternator is a mechanical device connected to the engine that runs off your car's serpentine belt. The alternator spins while the engine is operating, which converts mechanical energy into electrical power that powers all of your vehicle's electric features, including (but not limited to) the lights, radio, windows, and more.   All vehicle batteries have a full charge output of around 12 volts, which is plenty enough to start your motor. But when your engine is running, your alternator is usually creating additional voltage (occasionally up to 15 volts) due to the demand for specific electrical operations to work. When an alternator does not work correctly, not only will some of your power functions, such ... read more

What Are Wheel Bearings?

What Are Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are a necessary piece for the hub, tire, and wheel assemblies to work harmoniously. These little things allow for friction-free rotation and movement of the hub assembly, which is a component of your car's steering system. A wheel bearing is a set of round, metal pieces known as ball bearings held together by a ring. Each wheel has its own set of wheel bearings, so your vehicle should have four sets. Your wheel bearings have a heavy influence on how smooth your vehicle rides. It would be highly hazardous to drive with worn-out wheel bearings, as it may cause your wheels to stop turning abruptly.   How Long Do Wheel Bearings Last? You should replace wheel bearings every 85,000-100,000 miles; however, this is only an estimate, as it also depends on the quality of the bearings and usage. Unless both bearings on either side of the car are worn, there is no need to replace them all simultaneously. Instead, you should only replace the worn ones.   Symptoms o ... read more

Symptoms of Worn Out Shocks & Struts

Symptoms of Worn Out Shocks & Struts

Most drivers depend on their senses or warning lights on their dashboards to recognize when their vehicle is due for a service. However, some car parts, such as shocks and struts, have no explicit warnings. The suspension system, which includes your shocks and struts, is highly complex. You would have to depend on experience and research to know when your shocks and struts are worn out.   What are Shocks & Struts? All vehicles come outfitted with shocks, struts, or both. Shocks, or shock absorbers, are the parts that regulate the springs. They are accountable for making sure your vehicle doesn't bounce excessively on bumpy surfaces such as speed bumps. They convert kinetic energy absorbed from the road into thermal energy, which minimizes shock. Struts serve a similar purpose and support the weight of your vehicle and contribute to the alignment. Both are affixed to your suspension system and are a necessary part of your vehicle's steering, handling, comfortability ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Your vehicle's dashboard can give you a lot of information about whether the components of your vehicle are functioning correctly. It can also tell you when you need maintenance. There are some warnings on your dashboard that shouldn't be ignored though, including the: Electrical system fault warning light Tire pressure warning light Oil pressure warning light Coolant temperature warning light Check engine warning light Electrical Fault Light The electrical fault light looks like a car battery and is one of the most important warning lights on your dashboard. When on, it indicates that there is a problem somewhere in the electrical system of your vehicle and this means the battery won't be able to function properly. What to Do While ignoring it might not cause major damage to your vehicle, it is possible that your car won't be able to start again until it's fixed so it's important to take your vehicle in for maintenance while it is still operational. Ti ... read more

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