5 Repairs you should stop putting off until tomorrow

There are certain jobs that are just no fun. Some repairs require using special tools or getting at hard-to-reach spaces. Others take a solid day of wrenching and a kind of patience you simply don’t have. Unfortunately, these repairs tend to affect the overall long-term health of your vehicle. They’re also all too easy to dismiss as merely annoying until a serious breakage occurs. Here are five examples of repairs you should stop putting off until tomorrow. WORN ENGINE MOUNTS That annoying clunk you hear when you put your car in gear isn’t going to go away on its own. Engine mounts are designed to allow for only a certain amount of movement. Once that limit is reached, there’s a risk of other components becoming damaged. For example, a hose connecting the power steering pump on the engine to the power steering reservoir on the fender may get stretched or rub on nearby components; wires may get pulled loose from the excessive engine movement ... read more

Time to replace your shocks?

Replacing shocks on your car can dramatically improve your vehicle’s performance. These crucial components play a pivotal role in your suspension system, as they not only help smooth out rough roads by absorbing bumps from potholes and broken pavement, but also affect braking, handling, and tire wear.So, how do you know when it’s time to replace your shock absorbers? Here are a few telltale signs to look for that indicate you should head into the shop for a fresh set. BUMPS, SWAYING, AND LOOSENESS The prime indicator that your car needs new shocks is if its ride has gotten progressively worse over a certain period. A vehicle that once drove smoothly but now seems to bounce around, to the point where you can feel every single bump in the road, is a sign that something’s wrong with its suspension system. This is also true of a car that sways from side to side on corners or has gradually developed a loose feeling through the steering wheel. Shock abs ... read more

Evolving Modern Engines Change the Maintenance Equation

The internal combustion engine is still going strong after nearly 150 years. Lenoir, Otto, and Benz, engine and automobile pioneers, would be astonished to see how their creations have grown. The evolution of the modern engine has been nothing short of amazing. Naturally, most internal combustion engine innovations were driven by a go-fast-go-big mentality. But thanks to modern environmental initiatives, these engines are more powerful and efficient than ever before. Here’s a look at the evolution of the internal combustion engine, as well as some modern-day engine maintenance tips. Today’s engines are a marvel when it comes to efficiency: Since 1975, average fuel economy has more than doubled, reaching 24.7 miles per gallon (mpg), or 10.5 kilometres per litre (kpl), in 2016, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Engine power ... read more