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Yearly Archives: 2024

The Truth About Putting Your Car in Reverse While Still Moving

The Truth About Putting Your Car in Reverse While Still Moving

Ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to quickly reverse your car, but you were still rolling forward? It's a common scenario on the road, but have you ever wondered if it's okay to put your car in reverse while it's still moving forward? Get ready because we're about to dive into this driving dilemma and uncover the truth behind this common question. The Debate - Can You Reverse While Moving Forward? Let's cut to the chase – the answer is a resounding no. Putting your car in reverse while it's still moving forward is a recipe for disaster. You see, the transmission in your car is designed to operate within specific parameters, and throwing it into reverse while the vehicle is still in motion can wreak havoc on its delicate internal components. The Risks Involved So, what's the big deal? Well, for starters, engaging reverse while your car is moving forward can cause excessive strain on the transmissio ... read more

Reviving Your Vehicle at 90,000 Miles - Essential Maintenance Tasks

Reviving Your Vehicle at 90,000 Miles - Essential Maintenance Tasks

Ah, the 90,000-mile mark. A pivotal moment in the life of your faithful vehicle. As your car hits this milestone, it's time to give it some extra TLC to keep it running smoothly for miles to come.  What exactly should you focus on to ensure your vehicle's continued performance and longevity? Let's dive into the crucial car maintenance tasks you should undertake after crossing the 90K mark. Inspecting the Vital Systems As your vehicle ages, its various components undergo wear and tear, requiring thorough inspection and maintenance. Start under the hood by checking essential systems such as the engine, transmission, and cooling system. Look for signs of leaks, worn-out belts, and cracked hoses. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent costly repairs down the road and keep your car running efficiently. Fluid Exchange Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle, providing lubrication, cool ... read more

Tie Rod - What Is It & Signs Of Wear

Tie Rod - What Is It & Signs Of Wear

When it comes to car maintenance, we often hear about the importance of engine oil, tire pressure, and brake pads. But have you ever wondered about the smaller, lesser-known parts that play a crucial role in your car's performance and safety? What is a Tie Rod? At its core, a tie rod is a vital part of your car's steering mechanism. It's a slender structural rod used as a tie and capable of carrying tensile loads only. This seemingly insignificant part plays a massive role in connecting your steering system to the wheels, allowing you to steer your car effortlessly. Recognizing the Signs of Tie Rod Wear Unusual Noises and Steering Wheel Vibration One of the first signs of a worn tie rod is a knocking sound coming from the front of the vehicle, especially when you make turns or drive over bumps. Additionally, a worn tie rod can c ... read more

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