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Car Accessories That Are Actually Useful

Car Accessories That Are Actually Useful

Nifty car gadgets are not all scams. In fact, some of them are very helpful and can give you a different perspective on driving. We've compiled a list of practical car accessories that every driver needs.    Car Mount A car mount is essential if you depend on navigation apps on an everyday basis. You should get one with no installation required. Instead, it fastens to your phone with a strong magnet or automatic-sensor clasps. You can conveniently view Google Maps, Maps, or Waze by clipping one of these gadgets to your air vent. The best part is that you can adjust the angle to fit your line of vision.   Hand-Held Car Vacuum Everyone should invest in a portable and hand-held car vacuum. Some can even plug into your cigarette lighter to give you extra cleaning power. You don't have to worry about it dying on you every few minutes. When searching for the perfect vacuum, look for one with several interchangeable tools that can help you reach in the nooks and c ... read more

Ways to Better Your Gas Mileage

Ways to Better Your Gas Mileage

  How you operate your vehicle significantly impacts your fuel economy. Whether gas prices are low or high, you can still save serious money by making minor adjustments to your driving style and habits. We have gathered some of the best tips and practices to ease the pain of paying at the pump.     Tips on How to Get Better Gas Mileage Slow down and drive at a steady pace. According to Consumer Reports, "driving faster on the highway can significantly take a bite out of a car's fuel efficiency." As we can guess, the harder we accelerate, the more fuel is being used. Consequently, when we frequently press on the brakes, we also waste the fuel power that we previously used to get up to speed. To save money, avoid harsh acceleration and braking whenever possible.    Unload your car with unnecessary heavy items.  Heavier items are not fitted for long-time storage in your vehicle, especially if you want to maximize your fuel economy. Remove ... read more

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

If you own a vehicle long enough, eventually, it will leak one or more fluids. Usually, this will hardly be noticeable at first. Some leaks are serious, but fortunately, figuring out what the leak is can usually be done by color and smell. Here are a few common leaks and how to tell when you need to get your vehicle in for service. Coolant Coolant is usually green and is also known as anti-freeze. It is deadly to pets, so you cannot ignore a coolant leak. If you have a coolant leak, get it checked out immediately and follow the directions on coolant product labels to learn how to safely clean it up. Remember that coolant is vital for the smooth operation of your engine, so ignoring a coolant leak is asking for engine malfunction or failure. Oil Oil is black, usually, or if it is cleaner, it can be a very dark amber color. Oil is the most important liquid in your engine as it keeps your moving parts lubricated. Without it, the engine can abruptly cease to operate. Most oil leaks ... read more

3 Reasons Your Vehicle Has Trouble Starting

3 Reasons Your Vehicle Has Trouble Starting

Few things are as inconvenient and embarrassing as a car that doesn't start when you need it. Let's look at the most common culprits and how to identify the problem. The Battery The battery is essential to start your car as it powers the starter. A weak battery will likely cause a sluggish start, which indicates that the battery may die entirely and be unable to start the car at all soon. Should you suspect that the battery is responsible, check its connections for signs of corrosion and check that the battery isn't warped or bulging. Some cars may have a battery warning indicator that may illuminate when the battery power is low. If the battery is the culprit, overcome the situation by jump-starting the car and replace the battery. The Alternator The alternator is responsible for charging the battery and powering the onboard electronics while the car is running. If the alternator fails, you may notice dim dashboard indicators, dim headlights, or an illuminated batter ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is an essential part of your car's exhaust system. It converts harmful gases such as nitrogen oxide and unburned gases produced by the engine into harmless gases. It, therefore, offers defense against toxic gases from vehicles. When they become clogged, overheated, contaminated, or physically damaged, the car engine performance deteriorates and eventually shuts down. Being conversant with the bad catalytic converter's signs might help you quickly spot them and take the car to a servicing garage. Here are some critical bad catalytic converter symptoms. Increased Fuel Consumption When there's a blockage in your car's catalytic converter, the lower airflow forces your car to burn excessive amounts of fuel than needed. When the exhaust flow isn't working correctly, you'll have to step on the gas pedal many times since it affects acceleration. As a result, the engine might inject extra fuel into the cylinders, and you'll have more fuel mi ... read more

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