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What is the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What is the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

Chances are you've heard the screeching rev of a loud car and cringed at the sound – and you might be wondering what causes that. Usually, it's either the exhaust or muffler. Both the muffler and the exhaust play a role in both the function and sound of a vehicle. To learn about the difference, let's break down the role of each. What's an Exhaust System? Whenever you drive your vehicle, it produces emissions. Those are released through the exhaust system. The exhaust system has four main functions: Carry exhaust from the engine out of the vehicle, which protects both your vehicle and any passengers in it. Reduce the amount of noise created by the engine, as combustion engines are loud. Improve fuel consumption, as quick release of emissions helps fuel efficiency. Improve engine performance, because as emissions are released the engine has less pressure. Emissions move through the exhaust system in a few steps. First, they pass through the exhaust manifold, w ... read more

How to Get Rid of Car Battery Corrosion

How to Get Rid of Car Battery Corrosion

Corrosion is the number one cause of poor auto battery life and performance. When this stuff builds on our battery connection points, they can put a stop to your easy startups. Fortunately, car battery corrosion is easy to detect and clean.    Battery corrosion is a chemical leak build-up from your vehicle's battery. It tends to collect on the terminals, posts, and cables. While corrosion is bound to happen when a battery gets old, you need to clean it off to keep extending your battery life.    Luckily, we’ve laid out the process in six simple steps: Disconnect the battery cables - The last thing you want to happen is for you to get electrocuted in the process of cleaning. Make sure you remove the negative cable first. Check for signs of damage - If you notice that the cables are frayed or the battery case is cracked or swollen, then you shouldn’t have to check. You’re due for a new car battery ASAP. Clean off the corrosion - If your ca ... read more

What Does My Tire Tread Pattern Mean?

What Does My Tire Tread Pattern Mean?

We've all experienced the frustration of driving in a car that won't go any faster than 3 miles/hour, so your car shakes as you plow through the potholes. Eventually, after years of dents, scratches, and broken bits, you buy a new set of tires. Your tire tread tells how your car tires are holding up. If you notice that your tire wears on the edges, center, or outer sides, you should somehow correct them. You should inspect your tires frequently to see any problems and establish whether they require service. Here is a quick guide on the most common types of tire wear patterns to assist you in interpreting your tire tread. 1. Side Wear The sides of your tires look like they've been dragged on a cement floor. When you're driving, you may experience side-to-side vibration of your vehicle or hear squealing sounds while driving at high speeds. Cause: Consistently under-inflated tires or improper alignment can cause side wear. This problem is usually caused by the steerin ... read more

Items to Include In Every Emergency Car Kit

Items to Include In Every Emergency Car Kit

With many of you going on road trips this summer, it is important that you pack an emergency kit with you for the ride. Breakdowns and accidents can sometimes be preventable, but some can’t. Here are some items to have on hand if you are in an inconvenient predicament: First Aid Kit A first aid kit is essential to keep in your car at all times. From antibiotics, ointment, band-aids, to blood stopper compress and painkillers, you should keep a mini medicine cabinet in your car for emergencies. A first aid kit can help minor to moderate pain go away. Jumper Cables or Jump Pack A dead battery can surprise you at any moment. When you have an electrical problem, jumper cables can come in handy to get your engine up and running again. Multipurpose Utility Tool A multipurpose tool is exactly what it sounds like – you can use it in many ways. When you have a small repair or adjustment to make, this tool will be there to help. Spare Tire, Jack, and Wheel Wrench Flat tires ar ... read more

Is It Time to Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

Is It Time to Change Your Cabin Air Filter?

The cabin air filters in our cars have many names: air conditioning filter, dust filter, and pollen filter. While it has many names, some drivers don’t even know of its existence. Fortunately, we’re here to tell you all about it and why it is important to change it out.   Cabin filters are responsible for filtering out pollutants, dust, and other contaminants from entering the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system. It keeps that nasty stuff out of your car so that you and your passengers can breathe clean air. It is especially important for people who are sensitive to allergies or have asthma.   When an auto technician makes the recommendation to replace this filter, it means you really need it. You can also refer to your owner’s manual for suggestions on when you need to replace the cabin air filter. Typically, automakers suggest you do it every 15,000-25,000 miles or once a year. Below are other signs that suggest it’s time to change ... read more

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