NIGHTMARE CAR ISSUES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Halloween’s spookiness is all in good fun, but nightmare car issues can be all too real. It’s easy to get complacent about your car when it’s working happily, but neglecting it over time can end up making your time together more horror story than love story. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your only scares come from ghosts and goblins seeking candy at your door. Check Your Tires There are few worse things to see when you walk out to your car than a flat tire. Whether you’re trying to get the kids to school or simply want to get home after a long day at work, a flat tire is on the list of car issues no one wants to manage. The best way to make sure your tires are ready to go when yo

7 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING A CAR

When shopping for a new vehicle, performing due diligence is a must. After all, purchasing a car is the second most expensive consumer purchase we make after a house — a decision to live with for many years. Once you narrow your search to the make and model vehicle you want, reach out to a dealership to arrange a test drive. There are certain questions to ask when buying a car that will help guide your purchasing decision. Below are several questions to ask your sales rep, whose answers will help you find the right vehicle for you. Key Questions to Ask When Buying a Car Before you ask any questions at the dealership, there are a few to ask yourself: Does this car meet my needs? Will it make

HOT ITEMS THAT FIT IN YOUR NAPA BAG

Let’s say there was a great promotion going on where you stuff a NAPA bag with goodies and even save money. Sounds great, right? Luckily for you, this deal exists, and all you have to do is decide what goes in the bag. Consumables are an easy pick — items that you use a lot and will eventually need more of — but why not also take the opportunity to stock up on some more foundational supplies you need on a regular basis? Let’s break it down by function. Working Around the Shop Whether you dabble in DIY or run an automotive shop, there are a few things you never want to be without. First, you’ll need cleaning supplies for messy projects, such as rags, paper towels, absorbent materials to soak

RAKE VS. LEAF BLOWER: THE BRASS TACKS OF FALL CLEANUP

When it comes to fall cleanup, the debate between using a rake or using a leaf blower is a heated one. While some prefer the ease of using a push or backpack blower, others swear allegiance to the almighty rake. There’s clearly a lot of personal preference involved here, and if you’re still trying to decide which is best for you, here are some factors to consider before you make a purchase this autumn: To Spend or Not to Spend The most obvious difference between raking and blowing is the mere cost of each. Clearly a rake is less expensive, costing somewhere around $10–$15 while an electric blower can run you $50–$100 and gas between $100–$500. If you’re on a tight budget, you may have your a

WHAT IS OAT COOLANT?

Chances are you already know a thing or two about coolant: that it’s super important for your engine, that the type you use matters … but do you know the differences beyond green, orange, and purple? What is OAT coolant? If you’re not sure about this one, settle in and find out why it’s worth knowing. Cool It Already! Coolant keeps your engine, er, cooler than it would be otherwise. Components inside the engine move fast and generate a lot of heat from friction, so coolant is absolutely necessary to keep things from wearing prematurely, getting stuck and broken, or ending up in an all-out haze of smoke and panic. Additionally, the chemical makeup of coolant prevents it from freezing in cold

THE PURPOSE OF BUG SHIELDS: WHAT DO THEY REALLY DO?

Bug splatter is a significant deal, especially if you drive in the early evening and in conditions that are hot and muggy. Within minutes, your grille, hood, and windshield may be covered with hundreds of dead insects, potentially impairing visibility and ruining your paint. Bug shields are the solution to this conundrum and a low-cost remedy you can install yourself. Your Vehicle, the Bug Magnet Insects rove throughout the day and include the usual flies, stinging insects such as bees, and butterflies. You may find yourself driving straight into a swarm of bugs, or they may find your car’s reflectors or daytime running lights an allurement. When your headlights and taillights are on, especi

HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER CAR SEATS

It’s important to know how to clean leather car seats in order to keep them looking as beautiful as the day you brought your car home. Leather seats will last the lifetime of your car if you care for them the right way. Ignored, they will show signs of wear and are at risk of getting hard and cracking. Here’s how to clean leather seats to keep them looking and feeling great. Vacuum Surface Dirt The first step in how to clean leather car seats is a good vacuuming to remove surface dirt and crumbs. Be sure to get into all the little creases and crevices, especially where the seat back and cushion meant. Fully reclining the seats makes this area easier to reach. Make sure you don’t use a hard h

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