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Maryland requires a Vehicle State Inspection on all cars registered within the state. When you find yourself buying or selling a vehicle in Maryland, be sure to visit an Authorized Safety Inspection Station to obtain your Maryland Safety Inspection certificate. Once you complete the safety inspection, your automobile must pass the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program. Please keep reading for details on these inspections requirements and where to obtain them.   What is a Vehicle State Inspection? The Maryland Vehicle State Inspection is a set of safety standards sanctioned by the Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA). They ensure that every vehicle registered in Maryland is safe to be on the road. The state inspections include two parts. First, The Maryland Safety Inspection (MSI) focuses on aspects of vehicle safety. Second, the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) focuses on vehicle emissions. These Vehicle State Inspections help ensure that automobiles sold in Maryland are safe, efficient, and reliable to drive.  Maryland Safety Inspection (MSI) Maryland requires Safety Inspections prior to registering any passenger car, light truck, SUV, or trailer (shorter than 20-feet and without air brakes). Do you plan to register and drive a vehicle in Maryland? In that case, you must obtain a recent MSI certificate to get...

Everything looks so pretty with the first snowfall of the season. All the trees, roads, and buildings are pristine and white. Then the daily activities of life mar those surfaces with road grime, exhaust, and road salt. The wide use of road salt has opened up transportation during the winter months, but not without costs. Find out why road salt causes rust and corrosion, how to prevent it, and if your car needs undercarriage sealant during the winter.   What Is Road Salt? During the winter months, the need for safer roads began in the late 1930s with ordinary people’s widespread use of automobiles. By the early 1940s, over 5,000 tons of road salt was being used annually on highways across the nation. Today estimates state over 20 million tons of road salt is used for deicing our nation’s highways, roads, and city streets. Formulas In Use Plenty of concerns swirls around the use of road salt. Too much salt has negative environmental factors, including aquatic life toxicity, plant life damage, and fertilization issues. Environmentalists are researching and developing other methods of deicing that are less hazardous. According to The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, there currently are many different types of deicers in use across...

Winter driving can be stressful for you and hard on your vehicle. Stay safer this winter by following a few winter driving tips and regularly inspecting your tires, headlights, windshield, and wiper blades. Consult your owner’s manual for details on maintaining your vehicle’s specific components. Or, if you prefer to leave your auto inspections up to the professionals, schedule a service to winterize your car.   Winter Driving Tips & Auto Services Here are a few helpful tips to follow while driving this winter: Slow down - Studies show driving at reduced speeds in bad weather is safer. Increase the distance between you and the car you are following. Don’t follow a snowplow too closely, as they can drive unpredictably. Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Keep up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance. Traction: Tires Make sure your tires can handle the snow, sleet, and ice this season. Do your All-Weather Tires have adequate tread? Should you upgrade to Winter Tires this year? If you are unsure, contact Eby’s Garage for a Tires Service. Tell them how you use your vehicle and what terrain you regularly navigate. They can inspect your current tires and make recommendations to suit your needs perfectly. If you decide on new tires,...

October is officially known as National Fall Car Care Month in the United States. It is a great reminder to get caught up on any routine maintenance services that are overdue. A few fall auto tips to help prepare for the cooler temperatures include inspecting your tires, getting a battery check, and scheduling an oil change. Also, keep reading for some suggestions to avoid common fall driving hazards.      Car Care Month: Fall Auto Tips Routine Maintenance Check your owner’s manual to see if you have any mileage marker (30/60/90k) services that have been missed or are approaching. Performing routine maintenance on your automobile is the easiest and most cost-effective way to prolong the life of your vehicle. Battery Check Winters can be harsh on car batteries. Extreme temperatures and inclement weather can shorten battery life. Battery maintenance should include: Removing corrosion from the terminals & cables. Using a bracket to secure the battery in the engine compartment. Avoid using electronics when the car is not running. Try to make trips last 10 minutes or longer to allow the alternator time to charge the battery. These practices can help prolong the lifespan of your car battery. You can schedule a battery check with your auto service center to see how...

It is an unfortunate fact that your car may stall while driving it. It can be inconvenient, scary, and even dangerous in certain situations. Maybe your car stalls when at idle or driving or it dies when slowing down. If so, here may be serious issues going on with either your fuel delivery system or electrical  malfunctions. Since modern vehicles are more complex than their predecessors, they can be harder to diagnose without proper computer diagnostic equipment. Therefore, make sure to bring it in for a diagnostic inspection service right away.   Common Driving Situations There are a ton of reasons that can contribute to a car stalling. Understanding when your car dies can help narrow down why. Let’s look at some common driving situations where car stalling can occur. Car Stalls When Idle We have all seen it. A car is stalled in the intersection, and the embarrassed driver pushes it out of the way. It can happen to anyone, out of the blue and without prior indications that something is wrong. What is the cause? Well, there is no easy answer and no one-size-fits-all solution. If you have a newer model car, the reason may be a malfunctioning electronic sensor or an imbalance in...

Are you experiencing screeching or grinding sounds when you use the brakes? Does your brake pedal vibrate, feel squishy, or go almost all the way to the floor before your car slows down? Do you need to fight with the steering wheel because your car pulls to one side when braking? All these signs are indications that you need to schedule a brake service. A qualified service technician can diagnose which brake repair service will solve your issue, whether it is installing new brake pads, resurfacing the rotors, or replacing a faulty master cylinder. Types of Brake Repair The braking system is rather complicated, especially on newer cars, with lots of moving parts and consumable components. It’s fairly easy to know your brakes need work, but it’s not always easy to know which parts need servicing or replacing. Let’s break it down and look at 4 common brake repairs. 1 - Brake Pads Brake pads are one of the components that wear down every time you apply the brake. They work in pairs on each wheel, are attached to the calipers and squeeze against the rotor, creating friction (and heat) to slow down your car. One of the first signs that your brake pads...

Your tires are what connects your car to the road. Keeping your tires in good condition is a good practice. It is also more cost effective, because replacing tires before their time is expensive. Practice routine tire maintenance by frequently checking your tire pressure and tread wear (including the spare tire) to benefit the safety of yourself and all motorists. By following a few simple tips, you can protect your car tires from the summer heat, be safer on the road, and save yourself money in the long run. Tires Maintenance & Safety Tires Pressure Proper tire pressure is the #1 most important element of maintaining your tires. Having tires with the correct PSI gets you better gas mileage, tires last longer, and your car will handle better. Properly inflated tires also help reduce your risk of getting into a tire related accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that there are nearly 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle crashes each year and more than 600 people will die in those crashes. Remember, maintaining correct tire pressure could potentially save lives. What is PSI Also known as Tire Pressure, PSI (Per Square Inch) is the standard method in the US for measuring the air pressure in your...

The sun is shining, school is out, and it is time for your annual summer vacation. With travel restrictions still in place for many traditional vacation spots, the Summer Road Trip is a popular alternative. Whether your ideal road trip takes you to the lake, the mountains, or on the famous Route 66, make sure your car is safe and road ready. This has been a trying year with many challenges. Many of us have been working from home instead of driving into the office. If your car has been idle for so long, do you still need to do your routine auto maintenance? Absolutely! Even if you have not racked up the miles, the time between oil changes is just as important. Before you start your summer road trip, make sure to do all the basic auto maintenance checks, including brakes, tires, and exhaust.   Routine Auto Maintenance: Time vs. Miles Automobile manufacturers spend a lot of time designing, testing and evaluating the components that go into your car. They take all that information and come up with a comprehensive maintenance schedule to keep them all working at their best. Then they give you that maintenance schedule in the form of suggestions...

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...