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4 Apps Every Driver Should Know About

4 Apps Every Driver Should Know About

The smartphone has become a more prominent part of our lives; we use it morning, day, night, and even while we drive. Every day, new apps get created to make our lives a little easier (or more complex, depending on how you look at it). Today, we're going to go over some of our favorite car-related apps that drivers can use to save them time, money, or both. #1: Waze Waze is arguably one of the best navigational apps to ever exist. Not only can it point you to your desired destination, but this convenient app lets you know of all sorts of traffic conditions, including police traps, potholes, roadkill, stopped vehicles, and more. Other drivers submit real-time data, so you can be alerted instantaneously of what to look out for in the road ahead.  #2: Spothero This app is a must-have for every city driver as it helps you scope out the best prices for parking lots and garages. It also lets you reserve and prepay for spots ahead of time. #3: Gasbuddy With gas prices skyrocket ... read more

Can the Cold Weather Kill Your Battery?

Can the Cold Weather Kill Your Battery?

During the winter months in Grand Junction, CO, more and more drivers face trouble starting their cars. Is the cold weather the reason to blame? The answer is more complicated and can vary from driver to driver. Today, we will investigate how the cold winter impacts your car battery. So can cold weather kill your car battery? The answer can be both yes and no. Cold temperatures can cause more strain on your battery, so that is why the winter season is often a typical time for vehicle battery replacements. Two common explanations may be behind your car starting problems in the winter: power loss with slow chemical reactions and oil/engine problems. Power Loss and Slowed Chemical Reactions Most batteries work due to an electrochemical reaction, which sends power to your terminals. This chemical reaction can slow down the process by 30-60% in freezing temperatures.  Oil or Engine Issues The cold also makes your engine oil change in texture. Thick oil can slow down your engine ... read more

What Are the Consequences of Running Empty on Fuel?

What Are the Consequences of Running Empty on Fuel?

There's nothing more nerve-wracking than seeing the low gas warning light come on your dashboard, especially if it happens in an unfamiliar area or somewhere with no gas station in sight. If you don't want to catch yourself in this stressful scenario, we urge you to get in the habit of filling up before the gas light comes on. Being stuck without fuel isn't the only downside of running your gas tank empty. In fact, various problems can arise within your car's internal system as a result.    Why Should You NOT Run Your Fuel Tank Empty Danger and Costs of Being Stranded. It doesn't take an expert to understand that being stranded is one of the worst situations a driver can be in. In some cases, you might be able to get assistance from a friend or family. However, if no one can help you where you are, you'd have to pay for a tow. Catalytic Converter Issues. Your catalytic converter is a valuable part of your car's exhaust system. Right before you ... read more

What Classifies as a Major Service vs. Minor Service?

What Classifies as a Major Service vs. Minor Service?

You can receive two umbrellas of services at an auto repair shop: minor services and major services. Today, we will review the differences between the two types of services and what they include.   For every type of automobile, there are particular distinctions to what minor service and major service include. All vehicles need check-ups and maintenance as they age and gain more mileage. To determine what type of maintenance services your vehicle needs and at what point in the vehicle's lifetime, you can always refer to your owner's manual.   Generally speaking, minor maintenance procedures are done every 10K - 15K miles. Minor services typically include the following: Oil change Tire rotations Tire inspections Brake inspections Fluid checks Belt and hose checks The objective of a minor service is to determine your car's health and condition. The mechanic will inspect to see if there are any minor damages or leaks.   In contrast, a major vehicle se ... read more

3 Signs That Your Vehicle is Due for An Oil Change

 3 Signs That Your Vehicle is Due for An Oil Change

It's no mystery that regular oil changes play a crucial role in maintaining your vehicle. It's easy to change your oil on time if you're keeping your eye on your miles. However, sometimes drivers lose track of their numbers. If you can't recall the last time you received an oil change, other signs may remind you to have the service done.    Engine Oil Looks Dark and Gritty As a competent driver, it's essential to check your engine oil periodically to ensure it is in good condition. While the amount of oil is essential, so is its appearance and quality. Healthy engine oil is usually light amber or brown. If you notice that your oil has gotten dirty and dark, it's time to schedule an oil change.    Loud Engine Sounds When you drive by yourself, it's obvious to pick up a strange sound. Since oil has lubricating properties, if it's been a while since you last changed your oil, your engine parts will be inclined to bump against each ... read more

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