May 2021

This is a great question and one that is in constant debate among auto experts. Most auto manufacturers recommend changing out your engine coolant periodically, but the suggestions can range from every 12,000 miles to more than 150,000 miles. Technically speaking, in a perfect system, the chemicals in antifreeze can retain their effectiveness indefinitely. However, real life is not a perfect system. Leaks happen. Extreme weather, severe driving conditions, and traffic accidents happen. Over time, the pH level of the coolant in your radiator can change, the corrosion inhibitors get used up, and the fluid accumulates contaminants. When that happens, the components of your entire cooling system are at risk. But don’t panic! A Coolant Flush is a service that a qualified repair shop can perform along with your regular Scheduled Maintenance or as a separate service appointment. What is Engine Coolant? The fluid in your car’s radiator has a very specific and important job. Its main purpose is to transfer and dissipate heat generated by your engine. Generally, it is made up of a mixture of distilled water and coolant/antifreeze. The most common mixture is 50/50 but, the ratio depends on several factors: Vehicle Make & Model Driving Conditions Manufacturer’s Suggestions ...

I love my car. I love to drive on the open road with the wind in my hair and some great music on the radio. Getting to see the sights and enjoy the ride. Nothing can burst that happy bubble faster than an issue with my car. Is it a big thing or a little thing? Sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference. What should you do if you are dealing with car shaking, or steering wheel vibration? Well, there are a ton of possible reasons that can cause your car to shake, vibrate or wobble around. It could be a simple fix, like balancing your tires. It could also be a more complex issue, like your brakes, or even your suspension. Let’s take it a step at a time. Common Causes While this does not include every possible issue that could be a cause for your car shaking, vibrating, or wobbling, it does cover some fairly common ones. Steering Wheel Vibration The steering wheel is more than just a handy place to rest your hands. It is your main connection to your car and the road. The steering wheel can be the first place you notice when something feels, ‘off’ or weird...

Allergies are no fun. So beware, an aggravating culprit may be lurking in your car’s ventilation system. If your allergies are suddenly acting up or you notice a bad odor in your car, reduced airflow, or other pollutants, it may be time to change your cabin air filter. Purpose of the Cabin Air Filter The cabin air filter sorts out all of the dust, pollen, pollution, and debris that comes through the filtration system. This air filter is usually checked when you take your car in for its regularly scheduled oil change. Some people choose not to replace the cabin air filter, either to save time or money. But by skipping this step, all that nasty dust, pollen, and other allergens could be  wreaking havoc on your allergies. Does Your Cabin Air Filter Need to be Changed? There are some common ways to tell that your auto’s cabin air filter needs to be changed, starting with reduced air circulation in the car. You may begin to notice that the heat and air conditioning aren’t performing up to snuff, the air intake values are making a whistling sound, or musty smells/bad odors are permeating your car. If any of these start to happen between oil changes...