How Long Does an Exhaust System Hanger Last?



Besides the brakes on your vehicle, one of the things that can go wrong in your vehicle is the exhaust system. The exhaust system is located at the very bottom of the engine and it's closest to the road.  So it's likely to take damage when you accidentally run over that pesky curb. What is an Exhaust Hanger? Luckily for vehicle owners, there is a component of the exhaust system called the “exhaust hanger.” The exhaust hanger is comprised of a series of rubber mounts that are screwed into the vehicle’s body to keep the exhaust pipe in place. This prevents the exhaust pipe from scraping along the ground. Once you learn those components are there to keep the exhaust pipe in place, you may begin to start wondering how long that component will last?  Will you have to continually replace the part? The truth of the matter is -…

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What’s The Deal Behind Brake Grinding and Squealing?



From the time of the Model T, vehicles have communicated certain messages to their drivers. Whether it is the breeze in your hair while driving down the open road signaling freedom or the sharp lines of a Lamborghini signaling speed, we as a people have developed an entire cultural language to communicate together with automobiles. Yet, the automobile may not always be communicating good things. Vehicle's will emit so many signs to warn the driver that something is wrong! So listening and paying attention will keep the driver safe and the car running smoothly. One of the most common sounds is squealing or grinding brakes. When this happens, it is pretty obvious that something is wrong. But what? Brake Squealing We can begin with brakes squealing, which indicates a problem with the brake pad itself. This noise means that the material that comprises the brake pad has worn down and…

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Signs You Should Look For When it Comes to Muffler Replacement



Do you think that your muffler needs to be replaced? Maybe your vehicle is making funny noises, or it isn’t regulating the engine temperature? Or maybe it’s dragging along the ground, blowing up sparks each morning on your way to work. Either way, what are the signs you should look out for when the muffler needs to be replaced? What Does Your Muffler Do? First though, what does a muffler do, and why should you get it replaced if you think there is a problem? The muffler is one of the primary parts of the engine’s exhaust system, playing a key role in reducing the noise the normal exhaust process creates when working correctly. In turn, if the muffler is breaking down, it can cause problems for the vehicle that can be both uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. More importantly though, if the defective part isn’t replaced, it can continue causing…

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How To Restore Your Headlamps

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no Comment.    Apr 28, 2017 | 5:39 pm


Do you want to stay safe on the road and enjoy your car? One useful action to undertake is to clean or replace your headlights. Here are some tips to keep those lights bright for you to keep on driving. The first thing you should do is, of course, clean the headlights. Try first with simply wiping away the grime that builds up with a wet paper towel. This can remove a lot of detritus that builds up with driving and can brighten your lights with little work. Another action that has become popular recently is using sandpaper—sticking with the less-gritty, 400 grit sandpaper—and electrical tape to clean the outside of the lights without having to take them off. Use a spray bottle to get both the light and sandpaper wet and make alternating vertical and horizontal movements. Next, move up to steadier gritty sandpaper to remove detritus that is…

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Tips For Driving in The Rain This April

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no Comment.    Apr 24, 2017 | 5:39 pm


Unless you happen to live in the deserts of the Southwest, you will have to drive in the rain at some point. Even if you are on flat roads, driving in the rain can prove dangerous; it can be doubly so in hilly or mountainous areas. So how do you stay safe when driving in rainy weather? The first thing that has to be stated is that roads that are wet—whether it is due to rain or melting snow and/or ice—are exceedingly dangerous. Driving a vehicle is already dangerous, but when you add slippery conditions to the mix, driving can truly be hazardous. With that in mind, the most important action you can take is to slow down to have better control over your car. In these weather conditions, hydroplaning becomes particularly dangerous, in which the tires begin to slip across the road out of control. Slowing down prevents hydroplaning.…

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The 411 on Wheel Alignments



Your car is a master machine! But what happens when that master machine wants to suddenly go a little to the left all the time? Are you destined to hold your steering wheel slightly (or more) off so that you can drive straight down the road? You shouldn’t have to! The wheel alignment on your car should keep you going the way you need and want to go! When all four of your tires are in sync, you should be right on track and straight as an arrow. Or for another cliché, driving down the straight and narrow. Wheel  alignments actually have more to do with where you are on the road. If you don’t have your tires aligned you can end up with early or uneven wear, which means that you’ll have to replace them sooner than usual. While many wheel alignments used to be done by sight, most…

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Do Tire Repair Kits Work?



If you’re the kind of person who is fond of road trips, always game for long drives, or even just a daily user of any vehicles, you may overlook it, but you’re highly at risk of getting a flat tire. Random road debris such as rocks, glass, or metals are just some of the few causes of getting one. In that case, it would be really helpful to invest in a tire repair kit at all times. The question now is, do tire repair kits really work? According to the satisfied users of tire repair kits online, they swear by the convenience of one whenever a flat tire hassles them. A tire repair kit usually contains a bottle of sealant an air compressor to seal up tiny punctures. When a puncture occurs, the users only need to attach the hose from the sealant bottle to the compressor and tire valve,…

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8 Signs Your Auto A/C is Kicking The Bucket

no Comment.    Feb 26, 2017 | 2:24 pm


It's springtime - which means summer is on it's way! Staying cool in Morgantown, West Virginia or any place really is a big concern. The heat in your car can be unbearable in the summertime and the springtime too! So you know that you need that air conditioner working at a brisk pace – regularly blowing out that cold, cold air. With temperatures getting ready to rise, make sure you’re air conditioning doesn’t need to be repaired. Here’s ten warning signs that your auto a/c is about to kick the bucket. #1 Your a/c isn’t cooling as well as it should be. The first sign you have an issue is that your auto a/c isn’t blowing as cold as it used to do. This is a sign that it is starting to fail. #2 Your a/c is more than nine years old. Over time, things break and need to be…

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Things You Can Do At Home In-Between Oil Changes

no Comment.    Feb 17, 2017 | 2:24 pm


You’ve just had the oil changed. Pat yourself on the back and know that you are taking care of one of the most important fluids that your car has. By changing your oil consistently, you are preventing major mechanical problems down the road. But what can you do at home in between your oil changes? Plenty! Here’s some maintenance tips you can easily do to keep your car or truck running in tip top shape. #1 Put air in your tires Your tires need love too! One thing you can do between oil changes is make sure that each tire has the right amount of air pressure. You can use a compressor at home or use one at a filling station. Make sure that you accurately gauge the right amount of air with a tool and don’t just use your eyes. It’s impossible to know if you have too much…

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7 Facts You Never Knew About Transmission Replacement



Your car takes you where you want to go. That’s it. You don’t know a whole lot about the mechanical magic that goes on underneath the hood. But when you have a problem, that’s when you know that you need to know a little bit more. Here’s seven facts that you never knew about transmission replacement. Transmission Replacement Facts #1 Your automatic transmission fluid should be checked and serviced at regular intervals. You know what’s coming next – check your owner’s manual. But as a rough estimation, you should change the fluid and the filter about every three years or 36,000 miles, based on which one happens first. #2 If your transmission is leaking fluid, this is its cry for help! Transmission fluid is meant to stay in the transmission. If you have a leak, you should get your transmission inspected right away. Come in for a free estimate on…

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Eliminate Your Fears About Getting A Road Side Flat Tire




Road Side Flat Tire You are driving down the road and then you feel something is wrong. Off. Seriously wrong. Make your way to the side, the exit, the sidewalk slowly and safely. You’ve got a road side flat tire. If you’ve had it happen to you before, you know that while it can be a scary thing, it also is something that it easily dealt with. You can prepare and prevent your vehicle from having this happen again in the future. Preventing a road side flat tire? Yes! There’s a few things that you can do. Your tires are always in contact with the road so that makes them the most vulnerable to road debris. Be aware of debris and the road – but only swerve to avoid it if you can do so safely. It won’t matter if you protect your tires and then sideswipe a car in another…

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Why is my A/C Blowing Warm Air?

no Comment.    Jul 15, 2016 | 8:11 am


Hot summer days make for fun car cruising…that is, unless your A/C isn’t working. If cool air isn’t coming out of your car’s air conditioner, there are several possible causes that need to be examined. With a little luck, you will be able to solve the problem and be back to basking in that sweet, chilly air in no time. Here are a few areas to troubleshoot to get to the source of the problem: Potential Cause #1- No refrigerant in A/C system. Before going any further, you should check to make sure your air conditioner has enough refrigerant. This is both the most common cause of an air conditioner blowing warm air and one of the simplest fixes. To check your refrigerant levels, connect an A/C pressure gauge to the High Side service port located in the hose between the compressor and the condenser in the front of the…

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How to Keep Your Car Cool in the Summer

no Comment.    May 20, 2016 | 4:52 pm


There is nothing worse than waiting until the high point of summer to remember your vehicle needs A/C repairs if you live in Morgantown, WV. You just finished attending a local basketball game, you walk to your car, slip inside, and it feels like a sauna! This is because it can be as much as 40-50 degrees hotter in your vehicle than it is outside. The sunlight gets trapped inside and it has nowhere to go. There are two monsters you have to tackle to keep your automobile cool during the summer. The first is keeping your automobile cool while it is parked. The second is keeping your automobile cool while you are driving. While the first monster takes a little creativity, the second is as simple as taking your vehicle to a shop that offers A/C repairs in Morgantown, WV to get your A/C fixed and/or recharged. Keeping Your…

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How To Tell if you Need New Tires

no Comment.    Apr 11, 2016 | 5:31 pm


Knowing exactly when you need new automotive tires can be somewhat of a guessing game. A lot of factors contribute to the wear and life of your tires such as climate, terrain and your own personal driving habits. Worn down tires can affect stopping time and cause accidents or injuries. Here are some tips to tell when you might need to replace your automotive tires. The Penny Test- The penny test is the most common way of calculating the wear of an automotive tire. Simply hold a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down and stick it between the tread of your tire. If you can clearly see the top of his head then it is time for a new tire. If his head is buried, or is partially buried, than the tire is probably still good. Check the Indicator- Newer sets of automotive tires have tread indicators built in. As…

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Signs You Might Need Your Brakes Replaced

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no Comment.    Oct 03, 2017 | 1:08 pm


Your brakes are hugely important when you're driving. They stop your car and can help you avoid an accident. You want to make sure your brakes are in great working condition, because good brakes and bad brakes can be the difference between an accident and no accident. If your brakes are in good working condition they can add feet and seconds to your stop time which may mean that you get in an accident. It's important to make sure you pay attention to the signs of brake wear. Here are some signs that you need new brakes.    Take a look   Take a look at yours brake pads through the space in between the spokes of your rims. You should see a pad pressed up to a metal rotor. You want to see at least a quarter inch of pad. If you see less than that it might be time…

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Fall Auto Maintenance You Don’t Want To Put Off Before Winter

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no Comment.    Sep 20, 2017 | 1:03 pm


Fall is that last bastion of nice weather before winter. Once winter hits the elements come into play. The days are shorter, and road conditions can be tougher due to snow and ice. You want to make sure your car is in great shape to deal with this tough time of year. The last thing you want is your car breaking down during the cold winter. Here are the fall maintenance that you don't want to put off.    Anti-freeze    One of the most important things for your car during winter is anti-freeze. Anti-freeze keeps the water in the cooling system in your car from freezing. It's important to make sure that your anti-freeze levels are topped off in preparation for the winter. It's also important to make sure that your cooling system doesn't have any leaks. If you suspect a leak bring your car in right away. A…

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Common Reasons Your Car May Be Shaking

no Comment.    May 12, 2017 | 2:10 pm


So you’re driving down the road and begin to notice a little shake that your car is doing. It wasn’t there yesterday, but it really isn’t that big of a shake. Maybe it’s the road, you think, ignoring it. The next morning the shake has returned, and with a growing vengeance. Now it is really noticeable and you start to get nervous. Is there something wrong with your car? Is it something you can ignore for a while and take the car in later? While there are numerous reasons that the vehicle may be shaking, some of these are warning you of a severe problem while others can be ignored for a while. One thing that you can do first is when the shake starts, try to figure out where the shaking is emanating from on your vehicle. This can save you the headache of trying to figure out where…

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