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5 Safe Driving Tips for Teens & Parents

5 Safe Driving Tips for Teens & Parents

Having a child who is learning to drive can be exciting and scary all at the same time. If you have a teen driver now or are preparing for one in the future, these driving tips will help keep them out of trouble. The more tips and advice that you share with your teen, the better chance that they'll drive safely and responsibly. Read on to learn more.   Don't text and drive It's no surprise that cell phones are the biggest distraction for teenagers. Texting and driving are not only extremely dangerous, but it is illegal. Teenagers often think they can multitask and are invincible, but accidents can happen in seconds.   Learn to leave the media controls Teenagers love their music, but it's important for them to understand that they don't need to blare it through the speakers at max volume. Loud music can be a huge distraction, and putting hands on various buttons to change settings can be just as bad. It is crucial that beginner drivers keep their eyes ... read more

​​Can You Just Replace One Tire On a Car?

​​Can You Just Replace One Tire On a Car?

If you've only got one flat or damaged tire, and the rest of the other ones are in decent condition, you only need to replace the one, right? Not exactly - many experts have various opinions on this topic, and it truly depends on the situation.    To obtain the best possible handling and comfort for your vehicle, it is generally better for you to have all tires replaced on one occasion. Some people are against it because changing one has potential risks down the line, considering the tires will vary in tread depth. As a result, you might lose some control when accelerating, braking, and turning. Also, some automakers have restrictions against changing one or two tires at once altogether. Sometimes, this can be due to how those tires may affect both electronic and mechanical systems, including the ABS.   If you really must only replace one tire due to financial restrictions or whatnot, please consult with one of our tire experts. There are three factors to take in ... read more

Why Does My Car Heater Only Work Sometimes

Why Does My Car Heater Only Work Sometimes

Your vehicle's heater works simultaneously with your cooling system to deliver both heat and AC to your vents. Many problems with inconsistent temperatures usually stem from coolant fluid-related issues. If your heat isn't blowing warm air, only when your car is stopped or parked, it may be due to the following matters:  Low Coolant Levels Coolant is like the superfluid of all fluids; it regulates engine temperature and airflow coming into the passenger cabin. The air starts in the engine compartment, where heat accumulates. The coolant helps draw this generated heat by moving it to your radiator. If the coolant is low and you have your heater on, you may catch that your car heater only works when you're driving, not idling. Your first instinct should be to check the coolant. Irregular car care and leaks are two of the most common reasons behind low coolant. Whatever the cause, it's best to take your automobile to the experts at County Line Auto Service for an i ... read more

Give the Gift of a Serviced Car for Valentine's Day

Give the Gift of a Serviced Car for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is merely weeks away, and you're probably wondering what to get for your partner. While flowers and candy are lovely, they've been overdone. To knock it out of the park this year, why not give the thoughtful (and practical) gift of auto service.   Maybe your important someone has been procrastinating on getting their next oil change, or perhaps they need tire service or a minor repair. Life is busy, and we know that time is hard to find. Getting this gift for your loved one will bring them joy and give them the needed 'push' to get into the auto repair shop.    A serviced vehicle isn't just a nice gesture, but it can protect your partner's overall safety on the road. Services such as an oil change, tire alignment, or fluid change or flush are not only an excellent investment but can also prevent major problems from happening later on. So why not take the initiative and do what you can to protect your love? A gift certifica ... read more

What Fluids Need To Be Changed In My Car?

What Fluids Need To Be Changed In My Car?

All motor vehicles use various fluids to maintain their mechanical systems. These fluids need regular changing to keep the engine and other parts in good working order. Unfortunately, many car owners don't bother checking the state of these fluids until something goes wrong. It results in the vehicle breaking down, which means expensive mechanical repair bills.   These are issues resolved with a bit of diligence. Every driver should know about the fluids vehicles use and how often they need changing. This way, they can avoid the inconveniences of unnecessary breakdowns and mechanical issues.   Fuel System Flushing Most mechanics recommend flushing the fuel system every 35,000 miles. It's an intensive process requiring specialized tools and skilled technicians working from a well-stocked auto repair shop. Brake Fluid Flushing Most vehicles will never require their brake fluid to get flushed. But sometimes moisture may seep into the brake fluid, or it may overhea ... read more

8 Reasons That May Explain Why You're Getting Lower Gas Mileage

8 Reasons That May Explain Why You're Getting Lower Gas Mileage

Besides our car's overall performance, vehicle owners all want to save as much money as possible at the gas pumps. If you think about it, there has to be a balance of both. When it comes to fuel economy, two factors come into play: the health of your vehicle and your personal driving habits. Here are ten different mechanical reasons why you may be getting poor gas mileage! Inadequate Tire Pressure - If your tires are underinflated (or overinflated), you will notice uneven tire wear. This can cause a reduction in fuel economy. Dirty Air Filter - If your air filter is clogged and dirty, the engine won't get enough pure air needed to burn the fuel efficiently. Faulty Oxygen Sensors - Speaking of clean air, most automobiles have various oxygen sensors to measure the air intake and emissions output. If it becomes defective, it can negatively impact your mpg. Old Spark Plugs - Your spark plugs provide a smooth combustion process in your engine. If they are misfiring at the wrong ... read more

How to Tell If You Need Muffler Repair

How to Tell If You Need Muffler Repair

Regardless of a car, truck, or sport utility vehicle, they all have a muffler of some sort. It's because they are necessary for your exhaust system. Without a functional one, you'd constantly have to deal with annoying problems. Here are some of the warning signs that may indicate you need muffler repair: Loud Noises If your vehicle is a lot louder than average while idling (or even driving), it's a huge sign that you've got muffler issues. You can test this by asking another person to start your car while you listen from the back. If you hear rattling, roars, or other louder-than-normal sounds, you have a damaged muffler. Extra Exhaust Smoke Excessive exhaust smoke could symbolize the need for a new muffler. If any thick or odd-colored clouds of smoke erupt from your car, then you should definitely have it checked out by a professional. Bad Odor Sometimes using your ears and eyes isn't enough to determine whether or not your vehicle requires muffler repair. P ... read more

Signs That You Need A Spark Plug Replacement

Signs That You Need A Spark Plug Replacement

If your car's spark plugs aren't in working order, then you can say bye-bye to the chance of getting where you need to be. These little metallic components screw into each engine cylinder to enable the spark necessary to start your car. In other words, spark plugs start the electrical ignition of fuel and air your vehicle's engine. Due to usage, engine debris, extreme surrounding pressures, and other mishaps, they may deteriorate at differing degrees. To ensure that your vehicle is safe, functional, and economical, you should watch out for the following signs of failing spark plugs   Engine Misfires - If you're experiencing misfires, the culprit is probably the electrodes of your spark plugs. They may have worn down to the point where they cannot ignite the fuel and air mixture at all in the car's combustion chamber. Poor Acceleration - If you're experiencing sluggish acceleration, especially at moderate speeds, then your ignition could have probably wea ... read more

What Does TPMS Stand For?

What Does TPMS Stand For?

A TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System, is an electronic system employed in most modern vehicles to monitor the air pressure inside your tires. This system is vital in ensuring the safety and maintenance of tires. In fact, Congress implemented the TREAD Act in 2000 to ensure that all vehicles made in 2006 and after that are equipped with TPMS.    How Does TPMS Operate? There are two main types of systems used in vehicles today: Direct TPMS and Indirect TPMS Direct TPMS - This type uses sensors within each tire that monitor specific pressure levels, not from the anti-lock brake system. When air pressure falls 25% under the manufacturer's recommended level, the sensor transmits the data to your vehicle's computer system and triggers your dashboard TPMS light to come on. Indirect TPMS - This type of system works with your vehicle's Anti Lock Braking System's (ABS) wheel speed sensors. If a tire's pressure is down, it will roll at a different wheel sp ... read more

Are Antifreeze & Coolant the Same Thing?

Are Antifreeze & Coolant the Same Thing?

Keeping your engine cool is necessary to maintain your car's performance. If it gets too hot, you could end up with a vehicle breakdown on the side of the road. As a responsible car owner, you should do your absolute best to keep your engine at a perfect operating temperature by regularly monitoring its coolant levels.    You might hear people interchange the terms "antifreeze" and "coolant," but the trust is they are NOT the same thing. They may sometimes be interchangeable in a casual setting, but they are not identical to a mechanic. To avoid future confusion, the next time you take your vehicle to the auto shop, we will set the record straight with the difference between the two.   Antifreeze vs. Coolant Antifreeze is a thick, concentrated solution composed of ethylene glycol and silica. The chemical ingredients in antifreeze help the temperature of your engine.   The liquid that your mechanic will put into your car is coolant. You ... read more

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