Yearly Archives: 2019

Do Not Let Your Car Gobble up Your Hard-Earned Money

While you’re busy preparing for another holiday season, don’t let car care take a back seat. Neglected auto care almost always means much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that you be car care aware to ensure your car doesn’t gobble up your hard-earned money. “If you’re like most people, you’re busier than ever this time of year and may find yourself putting off vehicle maintenance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s i ... read more

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Automotive News

Artic Blast Wake-Up Call: Winterize Your Vehicle Now

The recent record cold weather in a large part of the country should be a wake-up call to motorists who have not yet winterized their vehicles, warns the Car Care Council. “Freezing cold temperatures can stress out a vehicle, as well as its driver,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “The recent record low temperatures are a harsh reminder to be car care aware. Motorists should invest a little time now to check their vehicles so they have one less worry when arctic temperatures strike again.” Very cold temperatures reduce a vehicle’s battery ... read more

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
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