Yearly Archives: 2021

Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire Bulge?

Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire Bulge?

If you walk out to your car and notice a bulge in your tire, the first thing that probably goes through your head is whether you can drive it anyway. Unfortunately, that would be a big safety hazard. Tire bulges are an indication that something has damaged the inner structure of the tire, which could mean a blowout on the road. It's important to know what a tire bulge is, what can cause it, and what you should do about it. Causes of Tire Bulges A tire bulge happens when the inner layers of the tire are damaged, letting air escape to collect under the outer layers. A common cause is running over road hazards like potholes, debris, or curbs. Both over- and under-inflation can bulge the tire as well. The inner layers can be broken by the weight of the car if it's too heavy or if the tires aren't offering enough support. In rare cases, there could be a manufacturing defect. You might not be able to tell what caused the damage. Driving on a Tire Bulge Since the structural in ... read more

How To Read and Understand the Temperature Gauge on Your Vehicle

How To Read and Understand the Temperature Gauge on Your Vehicle

The temperature gauge, most often located on your dashboard in your vehicle, is intended to show the temperature of your engine's coolant. This indicator will let you know if your engine's coolant is cold, normal, or overheating. This dial is often overlooked, but it is important to understand what it means if it fluctuates too low or hot.   Why the Temperature Gauge May Be Reading Hot If your temperature gauge reads hot, there's a possibility that your engine is overheating.  Another reason it might be high is that you have a coolant leak (that could lead to engine overheating). A minor leak should be diagnosed and patched up by an auto professional.  A high reading in some cases may mean that your thermostat is broken. You may need a coolant temperature switch replacement if this is the scenario.  Lastly, your temperature gauge can read hot due to water pump damage, which a mechanic can fix with a replacement. Why the Temperature Gauge May Be Rea ... read more

​​4 Auto Items That Every Driver Should Keep in Their Car

​​4 Auto Items That Every Driver Should Keep in Their Car

As a vehicle owner, it's very important to understand the responsibilities of ownership. Besides getting routine maintenance, you have to be prepared for the unexpected out on the open road. Besides your license, registration, and owner's manual, you may also need to pack some essential emergency items with you! First Aid Kit This item is necessary for unforeseeable injuries that may take place inside or outside of your car. These are easily storable in your glove compartment. In severe cases, you should call for emergency personnel instead of relying on your medkit. Spare Tire Everybody may experience a flat tire in their life at one point or another. To be extra careful, you should always have a spare tire stored inside your vehicle. To fix a flat, you'll also need other tools, including a lug wrench and jack. And if you're not sure how to install your spare, your owner's manual will have clear instructions. Pressure Gauge To determine whether your tires are ... read more

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