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Winter Driving Safety: Advance Planning Can Keep Cars Running In Inclimate Weather

By | January 11th, 2016|Auto Repair Articles, Maintenance, Transmission Articles|

In many parts of the country, where unusually warm weather has prevailed, winter may seem far away. But colder weather, snow and ice will be coming, even if belated, and the experts at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, a national brand that services virtually any make and model vehicle, [...]

How To Jump A Car – Dead Car Battery

By | January 5th, 2016|Auto Repair Articles, Battery/Electrical|

CAUTION: This procedure is designed for a standard, 12-volt, gas or diesel car or light truck. It doesn’t apply to electric cars or hybrids. CAUTION: Always examine the dead car battery before attempting to jump start it. Never try to jump start a battery that’s cracked, frozen, distorted, or gassing [...]

Driving On Black Ice: Watching Out Is Key

By | December 29th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles|

Black ice: It sounds like the title for a new horror film — the sequel to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. But black ice is a real thing, and driving on black ice during winter can cause real safety problems if you aren’t prepared for it. Expect The Icy [...]

Does My Car Need A New Battery? Average life of car battery

By | December 29th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Battery/Electrical|

The worst time to find out your car needs a new battery is when you are stuck somewhere because it won’t start. A better choice is to have the battery checked ahead of time, to find out whether it’s due for replacement. Automobile Battery Lifespans Most batteries have about a five- [...]

Coolant Vs. Antifreeze: What Does Coolant Do?

By | December 15th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

Today’s coolant has many functions within your vehicle. It prevents corrosion, lubricates the water pump, and raises the boiling temperature in your car’s cooling system. What Is the difference between Coolant Vs. Antifreeze? Back in the day coolant was called antifreeze; today the more accurate term is coolant, because it [...]

Why Change Your Brake Fluid? Your ABS will thank you.

By | December 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Brakes|

You already know the importance of changing your car’s engine oil, and you’re likely familiar with the value of changing the transmission fluid and even the coolant. But brake fluid? Why would you change your brake fluid? Brake Fluid Flushes Can Save You Money Turns out it’s a real service with [...]

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter – Basic Checks

By | December 2nd, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair|

Throughout most of the country, winter is a time for preparation. Because winter’s icy grip brings a whole different set of driving conditions along with it… conditions you need to prepare your car for before it reaches your doorstep. Cold Weather Driving Here are five easy checks you can do [...]

Do You Need A Wheel Alignment as Maintenance? Not Necessarily…

By | August 24th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

If you’re a longtime car owner, you probably remember a time when a wheel alignment was considered part of your annual maintenance. Regular alignments were more important back then because the cars’ suspension systems tended to go out of alignment easily. A simple, alignment was all it took to save [...]

How Often Should I Change My Oil? – Car Maintenance Advice

By | August 17th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance, Maintenance|

When it comes to changing your car’s engine oil, everyone has a different opinion. Some say four times a year; others say every 3000 miles; still others say once a year should be plenty. The bad news is there’s really no one answer to that question. It depends on your [...]

Air Conditioner Bad Smell – What Died In My AC Vents?

By | August 10th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Heating and Air Conditioning|

It’s the first really hot day and you’ve enjoyed all you can stand; gas mileage be damned, you’re going to turn the A/C on! So you crank up the A/C and… wait, what’s that smell? Smells like something crawled into the A/C ducts and died. It’s really rank! Car Dirty [...]