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What Are the Pros and Cons of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle?

What makes a hybrid vehicle a hybrid is that it is part electric motor, part gas engine. Hybrid cars used to be a high-tech concept many decades ago, but as everyone is normalizing the use of full-on electric vehicles, it no longer gets the 'oohs' and 'ahs'. Whether due to an increase in consumer preferences for eco-friendly options or a general motive to save money on gas, hybrids have become a regular thing. Today, we'll go over the pros and cons of owning one of these vehicles. Do you really get the best of both worlds? Pros Environmentally Friendly - One of the primary reasons people switch to hybrid vehicles is that they run cleaner and have higher gas efficiency than conventional gasoline-powered vehicles. Excellent MPGs - An attractive aspect of the hybrid is its fuel efficiency compared to its counterpart. Let's compare the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. the 2020 Non-Hybrid in MPGs. The hybrid model gets up to 51 mpg in the city and up to 53 mpg on the ... read more

What Are the Key Signs That Indicate You Need a Muffler Replacement?

What Are the Key Signs That Indicate You Need a Muffler Replacement?

Your muffler plays a key role in your car. If you have a muffler that's not working properly, it can cause an array of problems. For instance, a broken muffler can lead to exhaust back pressure which can cause damage to other components that affect the drivability of your vehicle.   You may be wondering, "How do I know if my muffler has gone bad?". There are some obvious (and not so obvious) signs. Let's take a look:   Your muffler makes loud sounds. The most striking sign that your muffler needs replacing is if you hear any loud or strange noises coming from the backend of your car. One of the primary purposes of the muffler is to reduce the roaring sounds produced by your exhaust system. Cracks or perforations in the muffler are typically what cause it to become disruptive.   A bad smell is coming from your muffler. Another warning symptom that your muffler needs to be swapped out is if you begin to smell a putrid stench coming from your car ... read more

What Are the Signs of Worn Out Shocks & Struts?

What Are the Signs of Worn Out Shocks & Struts?

Most drivers rely on their insights or even warning lights on their dashboards to know when their vehicle needs service. However, there are some automobile parts, such as shocks and struts, that do not display any apparent warnings. The suspension system, which includes these parts, is highly complex. You would have to depend on knowledge and research to understand when your shocks and struts are worn out.   All vehicles come with shocks, struts, or both. Shocks, also known as shock absorbers, regulate the springs. They are liable for making sure your car doesn't bounce excessively on rough surfaces. Shocks convert kinetic energy absorbed from the road into thermal energy, which minimizes shock. Struts serve a comparable purpose and support the weight of your vehicle, which contributes to the vehicle's alignment. Both shocks and struts are vital for ensuring your vehicle's steering, handling, and safety. Consequently, they wear out rather quickly due to continuous pr ... read more

Car Apps That Will Save You Time & Money

Car Apps That Will Save You Time & Money

  Most of us can't go a day, an hour, or even minutes without our phones, since they carry apps that make our lives a little easier, including driving. For instance, some apps have taken the place of the traditional paper road map and GPS devices. It's pretty nifty! We've found and assembled a list of free apps that every driver should incorporate into their routine.   TOP 4 APPS THAT EVERY DRIVER SHOULD HAVE: Waze If you haven't heard of Waze, then you must be living under a rock. This app is no ordinary GPS app. Waze offers real-time, user-submitted data that can give you instant information on the conditions of your route. You can be notified by all sorts of potential trouble such as hidden police traps, roadwork, stopped vehicles, and even roadkill. Other app users, known as "Wazers," usually submit these warnings.    Gasbuddy We all know fuel is one of the most expensive (yet frequent) expenses for our cars. However, you can dep ... read more

Protect Your Battery From the Summer Heat

Protect Your Battery From the Summer Heat

    When it comes to the summertime, many drivers don't realize that the intense heat can take a toll on their vehicles. Not only is the temperature increasing, but more and more people are on the roads as well. As a result, some vehicle owners find themselves having trouble starting their cars during the summer. A stalling vehicle might make you wonder: can the summer heat drain out your battery?   Your car battery is so important because it helps power your vehicle upon start-up and helps to keep your electrical parts running. The composition of your car's battery is much like a battery you use at home, like a AAA battery in the sense that your battery runs on battery acid. Without battery acid, the battery will not work anymore and loses its "juice."    The truth is, the warmer weather does, in fact, cause your battery's acid to evaporate quicker. This decrease in the battery acid can cause a reduction in the battery's overall ... read more

How Do I Know If I Need My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Do I Know If I Need My Brake Pads Replaced?

Brake pads are a vital component of the entire braking system in your vehicle. They provide the extra padding needed for a smooth, even stop. They are often made of certain compounds that impact brake performance for better or for worse. The frequency of time needed in getting your brake pads changed is contingent upon a few possible factors, one being your level of mileage. Some makes and models require that you have new brake pads installed in as little as 25,000 miles, while with other models, you can wait until you've reached 50,000 miles. There are some vehicles where brake pad replacement is not necessary until you've driven a total of 75,000 miles. In any case, your safest bet would be to have them checked whenever you schedule a routine tire rotation. Other times will require you to be aware of any signs that your brake pads are starting to wear out, as there are just a few that you should be aware of. The first problem that crops up is any type of strange squealing ... read more

Will it Damage my Engine if I Continue to Drive my Car with the Check Engine Light On?

Will it Damage my Engine if I Continue to Drive my Car with the Check Engine Light On?

Every car has an inbuilt computer that uses notifications to alert you of a problem in any part of the vehicle. Therefore, none of the warnings are optional. The check engine light is one of these notifications and is usually located just below the steering wheel. The problems are stored in a trouble code that can be decoded by an electronic scan tool. Can I Drive with the Light On? The action to take when the 'Check Light' illuminates depends on the behavior of the light. If the light flashes for more than six seconds, the problem could be a major one, and you should stop to check the car. In most cases, you will notice a problem with the vehicle. However, if the light does not flash, you can keep driving if the vehicle is not having operational issues. Make sure that a mechanic has diagnosed the problem and fixed it as soon as possible. What are the Reasons for the Check Engine Light Illumination? The check engine light could illuminate f ... read more

What Causes A Clunking Noise When Going Over Bumps?

What Causes A Clunking Noise When Going Over Bumps?

If you hear those annoying clunking noises when going over bumps, it means that something is wrong with the suspension system. Since the suspension system includes various parts, any of them could be faulty. These are the areas to check the next time you hear these sounds on the road. Worn or Damaged Struts When struts are damaged, the strut shocks fail to perform as they should. Also, the strut housing may get dented, causing shocks to keep popping in and out of the strut tube. You can also try to steer the car wheels and check for noises. Worn or Damaged Leaf Spring Shackles Leaf springs are found on trailers, trucks, vans, and SUVs to aid in off-road conditions. Unfortunately, leaf springs may bend or break. When they do, they produce a clunking sound. This problem is usually found on one end of the leaf spring shackles. Damaged or Worn Control Arms Control arms can wear out even in normal road conditions. The damage and wear ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

The timing belt is the part of your car's engine that rotates the crankshaft and camshaft in sync and ensures that every cylinder fires when it is supposed to. It is made of nylon-reinforced cords encased in high-quality rubber. However, it is exposed to high forces inside the engine that wear it out. Here are signs that the timing belt requires replacement. The Engine Makes Ticking Noise Manufacturers attach the timing belt to a series of pulleys that leads to the crankshaft. The crankshaft powers connecting rods while the camshaft manages the cylinder head valves. If the belt wears out, it starts to create a repeated ticking noise inside the motor. While the sound can also be a sign that the engine does not have enough lubrication, it is usually a symptom of an aging timing belt. The Engine Does Not Turn On If you hear a starter motor engage when you turn the ignition key, but the engine does not roar to life, the timing belt could be the cul ... read more

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignment, also known as tire alignment, is the process of adjusting the angle at which the wheels make contact with the road surface by aligning the suspension system. Accidents or rough driving can wreak havoc on your vehicle's suspension components and offsets the alignment. Properly aligned wheels are essential for optimal and safe vehicle operations. 5 Signs of Bad Wheel Alignment Identifying the signs of poor wheel alignment and getting it fixed is vital to keep the driveability safe and stable. Here are 5 signs that should prompt you to get the wheels of your vehicle properly aligned. Irregular Wear of Tires If you notice patchy or uneven worn areas on your car's wheels, it indicates that your wheels are misaligned and should be fixed promptly to avoid further tire damage. Off Centre Steering Wheel The steering wheel remains straight while driving on a leveled road. It is a sign of misalignment if your steering wheel is skewed to the right or left and signifi ... read more

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