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How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

Windshield wipers are an important part of a car. Not only do they wipe away rain and water, they also wipe away dirt. You'll find lots of varying answers on the internet, but here are the straightforward answers you've been looking for. How do I know if windshield wipers need to be replaced? The windshield wipers need to be replaced when it's not clearing as much as it used to. You should be able to see the road clearly when the wipers do its job. If there's still a smear or it seems it's not doing its job, it's time to replace them. You should also lookout for the following symptoms of a bad windshield wiper: Squeaking Noise Vibrating Noises Wet spots How long do windshield wipers last? Windshield wipers last an average of 6 to 12 months. It's pretty easy to forget about changing them because, as car owners, we don't really think about changing them. We only change them if it has any bad symptoms. But if you're ahead of the game, you'll ... read more

Every Spring Driver's Worst Nightmare - Pollen

Every Spring Driver's Worst Nightmare - Pollen

As much as we all love the springtime here in Florida, there is one drawback: pollen. Everything outside may turn yellow in color, and everyone we know seems to be sneezing. As a responsible driver, it's imperative not to neglect the effects of pollen on your car.    Why are air filters so important?  When referring to air quality and the effects of pollen on your car, it is impossible to ignore your car's air filters. Not is your vehicle's body protective against wind and rain, but it protects you from pollen and other air contaminants too. Over time, this filter will get dirty. As a result, your air quality and vehicle's performance and efficiency can suffer.   Now that the pollen-filled season is here, it would be wise to check on your vehicle's filters at this time and have them replaced as a preventative effort. Here are the two important air filters in your car: Cabin air filters – This filter protects and cleans the air that fl ... read more

What Type of Tire Are Best for Florida Drivers?

 What Type of Tire Are Best for Florida Drivers?

Having the right set of tires on your automobile is crucial, especially if you live don't live in an area with harsh climates. You may need tires to combat the dry, hot, sunny weather and the wet, flooding seasons for those who live in Florida. Your safety is vital while you drive on the Sarasota roads, and our tire experts are always here to help you with your tire needs.    A suitable set of tires for the typical Floridian should be rated for hot temperatures while offering terrific traction in wet weather conditions. The last thing you want to happen is a hydroplaning incident.    Below are some of the typical recommendations for cars, SUVs, and trucks in Florida: Passenger Tires - These tires are decent for those on a budget, but keep in mind they are not ideal for scorching climates. Touring Tires - These tires have a lower profile and broader tread and are slightly more expensive than passenger tires. Performance tires - These tires have excellent t ... read more

Signs of a Faulty Car Thermostat

Signs of a Faulty Car Thermostat

All vehicles have a thermostat as a part of their cooling system. The thermostat plays a vital role in regulating the flow between the coolant, radiator, and engine. Although it is small in size, the job it performs is absolutely necessary to your car's overall performance.   How Does It Work? As you probably know, coolant will flow through the engine to drive away the engine's excess heat. The thermostat sits between the engine and radiator. When the coolant is too hot, it will move the heat through the radiator. If the coolant is not too hot, the valve will stay sealed, and the coolant will continue to circulate to the block.   What Are Common Causes of a Faulty Thermostat? Some common explanations for a malfunctioning thermostat include: Coolant leaks Vehicle overheating or underheating Engine temperatures that fluctuate too rapidly Poor engine performances Cooling System Repairs in Sarasota, FL Because the thermostat plays such a vital role in your car ... read more

5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

When was the last time you checked your oil using the dipstick? If your answer is unrecallable (or never), then you most likely are overdue for an oil change. Engine oil is the number one item you need for a well-running engine. What entails a healthy engine? Here's are 5 reasons why you should never skip out on an oil change: It Lubricates Your Engine Many of your engine's parts, like pistons and valves, are constantly moving as you drive. To avoid the parts from bumping against each other, they need to be sufficiently lubricated. Oil provides this necessary barrier between the components. Over time, the intense heat under the hood can break the grease down, making it more difficult for each part to carry out its function. Keep Your Engine Cool Oil also plays a vital role in temperature regulation. The engine's moving parts create friction, which is why it gets so hot. Engine oil is the key to solving the problem by minimizing friction and preventing your engine from o ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate That You May Need A Tune

Symptoms That Indicate That You May Need A Tune

Every car, older and latest models included, requires regular auto tune-up services after a certain period of use. The definition of an auto tune-up, however, differs from one car owner or driver to another. Some people, for instance, make a tune-up part of the regular car maintenance services. These services involve comprehensive car inspections to ensure that all underlying issues are repaired, making every component work perfectly.   For other car owners, tune-up services involve replacing a series of components and engine care to improve auto performance. Whichever the car type, the goal of tune-up services is to ensure the exemplary performance of all parts to enhance the smooth and healthy running of the car.   Telltale Signs It's Time For Tune-Up Services Several signs indicate the need for auto tune-up solutions, and they include: Car Ignition Problems Problems when starting a car are a common challenge that drivers face every day. It may i ... read more

6 Tailgating Essentials To Pack

6 Tailgating Essentials To Pack

Whether you're a fan of the Jaguars, Dolphins, or Buccaneers, it's officially tailgating season! Tailgates nowadays have become a very elaborate pre-game party for friends, family, and other fans alike to partake in. Some people go as far as setting TV and a lounge area in their parking spot. First and foremost, you'll need a reliable car or truck for a fun tailgating experience. Next, you'll need to pack your vehicle with the essentials!   What Should You Pack? Foldable Chairs and Tables: Foldable, portable chairs and tables are easy to lug around and easily fit in your trunk. Bluetooth Speakers: Speakers are a must if you want to set the vibes with good music. You can get speakers that connect directly to your vehicle or a portable one. Chargers and Power Supply: Make sure you don't forget to pack your chargers for your phone, speaker, and other electronics. You may also need an external power source to power the big electronics like the grill. Portable ... read more

Are the Serpentine Belt and Timing Belt the Same?

Are the Serpentine Belt and Timing Belt the Same?

With so many car parts, it's hard for the average person to keep track of all the names. One of the most common confusions we see at our shop is between the vehicle belts. There is the serpentine belt and timing belt, and they both have very different roles in your vehicle.   The timing belt can be found inside the engine and keeps the crankshaft and camshaft in sync. The timing belt ensures that the engine intake and exhaust valves open and close in time with the pistons to run smoothly. On the other hand, the serpentine belt is what keeps the engine accessories operating smoothly and efficiently. The serpentine belt connects the engine crankshaft on the outside of the motor to all of its accessories.   You can immediately tell the distinction between the two belts when you look at the ribs on the belt. A timing belt has horizontal "teeth" that are made to fit both the crankshaft and camshaft. In contrast, a serpentine belt has multiple V-shaped grooves tha ... read more

Everything You Need to Know About Your Exhaust System

Everything You Need to Know About Your Exhaust System

Today, we will go through the complexities of your vehicle's exhaust system and answer these common questions: What is the exhaust system? What are the parts? And what do they do?    The engine usually ejects the various gases from the combustion chamber that need to go somewhere. This is where the exhaust system comes in. The entire system is responsible for moving gases around and converting these harmful chemicals into breathable gases before releasing them out of your car. The overall system comprises multiple pipes that work together to reduce the output of harmful emissions. The parts involved in the intricate process include the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, tailpipe, muffler, and resonator.    The exhaust manifold is at the beginning of the process. It collects the fumes from the cylinders within the engine's combustion chamber and moves them through the exhaust pipe.   The catalytic pipe converter then transforms t ... read more

How To Clean Fuzzy Headlights

How To Clean Fuzzy Headlights

Your car's exterior parts can be just as important as its interior components. A prime example is your headlights - without them, you would not be able to see at night, and other drivers would have trouble seeing you. Proper maintenance is necessary for your headlights, and that includes a thorough and detailed car wash. You may sometimes notice that your headlights might still look fuzzy and yellow, even after cleaning. The fogginess is probably attributed to oxidation, but it can be a quick and painless fix.    How to Remove Oxidation and Restore Your Headlights The top three essential items you need when cleaning are a microfiber cloth, soap specially made for cars, and water. Additionally, you will need to pair those things with one of these common three cleaning agents:   Toothpaste Toothpaste is chemically made to remove plaque, and it's also a reliable cleaning agent for oxidation. To clean your headlights, apply the toothpaste directly onto the ligh ... read more

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