Yearly Archives: 2021

Is Your Battery in Good Enough Condition for the Fall & Winter?

Is Your Battery in Good Enough Condition for the Fall & Winter?

It is very important to recognize that your vehicle battery does not last forever. On average, a car battery will usually last you between 4-6 years, depending on your driving habits and the climate you live in. Getting stranded without a working vehicle on a chilly or cold day can be aggravating and potentially more dangerous. Having your car battery inspected before the winter months can ensure that your vehicle is in shape for the New Hampshire weather.    You may or may not know this but the summer heat has probably affected your battery more than you think. The hot temperatures can take a toll on a vehicle battery because the intense heat can cause internal corrosion and lead to the acid in the battery to evaporate. As a result, this can affect your battery's charging capabilities. If this is the scenario, you may find yourself with an almost drained battery once fall or winter rolls around.    Fortunately, a battery test is quick and easy to do. At Cen ... read more

What NOT To Do When Your Engine Overheats

What NOT To Do When Your Engine Overheats

An overheating can come at the most unexpected times, and it could wreak havoc if you panic. Steam, a spike on your temperature gauge, and a sweet and strange smell are all very alarming signs. As soon as you regard these signs of engine overheating, please get in touch with your trusted auto repair shop. To prevent injuries or further damage to your car, here are some things to NOT do when you notice the signs of overheating:   DON'T PANIC. Your engine may not be keeping its cool, but you can! It would be best if you avoided swerving through traffic or slamming on your brakes when pulling over to the side of the road.   DON'T CONTINUE DRIVING. If your engine is overheating but still pushing its limits, you're not doing it any favors by lingering on the road. In some circumstances, you may be able to get to your desired locale before it gives out entirely, but you don't want to try. Doing so can significantly worsen the damage and run up your auto repair ... read more

Is It Time to Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Is It Time to Replace My Windshield Wipers?

If you are struggling to see through your windshield while driving in the rain or notice large streaks or hear scrapes when your wipers are on, then it may be time to replace your windshield wipers. It would be best to install new, effective wipers to see through the rain, snow, and even fog. Your wipers are essential to ensure your safety while on the road.   How Often Should I Change My Wiper Blades? You should never wait until your windshield wipers to fall apart before heading to the shop for repair. If you want to be extra careful, your wipers should be swapped between every six to twelve months, depending on usage, blade brand, and weather conditions. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to replacing your blades.   Symptoms of Worn Out Wiper Blades Most of the time, you can rely on your senses to determine when to change your windshield wipers. Windshield wipers should be functioning to clear water, snow, or slush on your windshield. Here are th ... read more

Family Road Trip Games to Play

Family Road Trip Games to Play

Most of us are hitting the road for our Fourth of July vacation soon, and we should be prepared with things to do amid the heavy traffic. However, we encourage you to make it as fun as possible, especially if you are traveling with kids! So switch it up this time around with you and your family by playing some fun games on the road. Here are some ideas to keep your children entertained and from constantly asking, "Are we there yet?"   Name That Tune This game is perfect for music enthusiasts. Name That Tune is precisely what it sounds like. The grown-ups can be in charge of playing the music through a chosen playlist. Then, every time a different song comes on, be the first to yell out the song's artist and the song's title. Whoever can name the most tunes by the end of the trip wins the game! We highly recommend streaming through a streaming service such as Pandora, Spotify, Prime Music, or Apple Music.   20 Questions Each round, a mysterious thing is ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

Is Your Vehicle Having Trouble Starting?

There is nothing worse than failing to start your car when you are in a hurry for an appointment or an urgent errand. Fortunately, the problem begins to show up long before the vehicle fails to start, giving you time to have it repaired. Here are five common issues that may prevent the engine from starting. Faulty ignition switch: This is the least common reason for your car failing to start. The ignition switch, like any other part, wears over time and may need re-keying. For keyless vehicles, the knob may be broken and not completing the circuit. Failed starter: A motor connects the ignition switch to the battery. If this motor is faulty, it produces a loud click or clicks when you turn the key, but the flywheel does not get started. Depending on the model of your car, the car may start after a few tries. An issue with the fuel system: If the fuel system is faulty, you may experience various issues besides the inability to start the vehicle. These problems include power loss and r ... read more

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a non-compressible substance in the brake lines vital in your vehicles' brake system. It lubricates clutches, calipers, and brake pedals. The brake fluid transfers force into pressure, which stops your vehicle when you apply force to the brake pedal that connects to all the braking system components. In case the fluids are insufficient, the braking system it lubricates may not function at peak performance. It is wise to refill it immediately in an automotive shop to prevent accidents. To reduce the chances of an accident that can cause permanent changes to your life, automotive experts check the level of your braking fluid. Therefore, when you observe the following signs of low brake fluid, you should visit an automotive shop to assign a professional to inspect the causes of the low fluid and fix them. Pedal and Brake Pads Problems If you find it hard to engage your brake pedal, it is evident that the brake fluids are running out, and you nee ... read more

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

Tires are essential car components. However, most drivers and car owners barely pay attention to them until they are flat. Others assume that so long as the tires are inflated, they are in their best working condition – which is not entirely true. Numerous factors can cause your car tires to wear out faster than expected. They include: Irregular or Lack of Tire Rotation Regular tire rotation is fundamental if you want them to last longer. If you do not rotate your tires, they tend to wears down unevenly, creating rough unstable driving. According to most vehicle manufacturers, car owners should rotate their tires every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, it would be best if you rotate your car tires with every oil change. Improper Air Pressure Without optimal pressure, your tires tend to wear out more quickly and unevenly. Well inflated tires can efficiently handle numerous car aspects, including weight, braking power, and cornering distribution. Whack tires tend to lose their tra ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Your senses are always essential when you are driving your car. You need to see where you are going; it is important to be able to hear what is happening around you. The feel of your vehicle is important when you're in motion as well. Most wouldn't assume that you need to smell to drive, but it is just as important as your other senses. If you are in your car and smell the scent of what reminds you of rotten eggs, then you need to pay attention. The presence of anything that doesn't smell good isn't something that anyone enjoys smelling. If you are in your car and you smell a sulfuric or rotten eggs smell then you need to recognize this as an issue and pay attention immediately. You must know there are three things that can cause your car to have this offensive smell. You can have a broken catalytic converter, your fuel pressure sensor may be failing or you may have a fuel filter that is worn out, and you may have old transmission fluid. Broken Catalytic Converter: Y ... read more

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

When you step on your car's brake pedal, you expect the car to slow or stop as soon as you need it to. If this does not happen, you might be at risk of causing a car accident. One of the main problems that can cause your braking system to fail is having air in the brake lines. But what exactly are brake lines, and how can you know when you have air in your brake lines? What Are Brake Lines? Brake lines are parts of your braking system that are responsible for housing and circulating the brake fluid. The braking system of most cars is hydraulic, and this means that powering it relies on high pressure from the brake fluid. Like with any other hydraulic system, having air in the brake lines is one of the greatest enemies of your brake's hydraulic system. When it finds its way into the brake lines, you can expect your car's brake system to suffer significantly, and it might become very hard for you to control your car. Symptoms of Air in the Brake Lines As indicated above a ... read more

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