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17 Scary Car Sounds and What They Mean

Ghosts and goblins howling on Halloween are about par for the course, but when your car stops purring and starts making scary sounds, it's time to head straight for the repair shop and have it checked out by a technician. Car sounds can range from clicking to booming, squealing to chirping. They most often occur during specific actions, like steering, stopping and accelerating. Many of them can indicate major mechanical problems and definitely should not be ignored. If your car has one of these issues, especially one that isn't an easy DIY fix, you should take it to a mechanic.  ... read more

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Automotive News

How to Tell if Flood Water Has Damaged Your Vehicle

Severe weather, unprecedented rainfall and flooding have taken their toll on car owners. Many in the affected areas have driven through high water that may have damaged their vehicles. Even if your vehicle was not flooded or completely covered in water, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that you follow these guidelines to check for damage due to water intrusion or contamination: Check interior carpets, upholstery and door and trim panels for dampness. If they are wet, the vehicle needs professional attention. If you simply let the carpet dry, it will quickly grow mildew and give off ... read more

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Automotive News

Take Action to Reduce Effects of Severe Driving

Are you a severe driver? Normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, so for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception. According to the non-profit Car Care Council, severe driving includes: Stop-and-go traffic Short commutes Heavier loads: cargo, passenger or towing a trailer Rough or mountainous roads Dusty or salty environments Driving in extremely hot or cold weather “While most driving is considered ‘severe’ according to the definition, limiting the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle ... read more

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Driver Safety

Preventative Maintenance More Important as Vehicle Ages

The average age of vehicles on the road is rising, and as cars get older, they need more service and repair. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists who own an older car, truck or SUV become more diligent about preventative maintenance. “With the average vehicle age exceeding 11.5 years, the chance of a breakdown or service issue on an older vehicle is much greater,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “The Car Care Council urges drivers of older vehicles to implement a preventative maintenance plan for their vehicle to minimize the chanc ... read more

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Driver Safety

Getting Your Car Ready for School

It’s back-to-school time and the Car Care Council wants to help families get their vehicles ready for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more. An informative new video from the non-profit organization provides motorists a with a five-point checklist to be performed before the start of the school year. “There is always a lot to do before school starts and making sure your vehicle is running safely and efficiently should be at the top of that ‘to-do’ list,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Our new back-to-school video offers mainten ... read more

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