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Which Car Parts Need Routine Replacement?

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Daily driving causes a lot of stress on car parts. And while vehicles are designed to handle all kinds of driving habits, your car is bound to wear down over time. It’s safe to say that we all want our cars to last as long as possible, and proactive maintenance is the key to a long-lasting vehicle. Let’s talk about the car parts that need routine replacement and how often you should get them changed.

How Do I Know If I Need Shocks or Struts?

Shock absorber strut and spring in the hands of a mechanic, close-up

Anytime we climb behind the wheel, we typically don’t think about how the car works and why…until it doesn’t. This can be especially true with shocks and struts. We don’t pay attention to how smooth a car drives until it starts to bounce us all around. But once that happens, it can be impossible to ignore. So, what are shocks and struts anyway? And how do you know when to get them changed? In this article, we’re breaking down everything you need to know.

How to Beat High Gas Prices By Maximizing Your Fuel Efficiency

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Skyrocketing gas prices are one of the biggest stresses on people’s finances each year. And while the price rise may be out of our control, one thing you can control is the way you drive. How you drive directly impacts the number of miles you can squeeze out of a full tank of gas, so it’s important to be strategic about your driving habits. Here’s how you can start saving money at the pump each year.

Everything You Need to Know About Engine Repair

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Car engines are an incredible piece of engineering. We can think of it as the heart of our cars. While it beats, it gets us where we want to go, whenever we want to get there. And if it dies, so do our vehicles. But beyond that, drivers typically don’t think about their engines too much, which is why it feels troubling when something related to the engine goes out. What does it mean? How bad is it? Do I need to see a mechanic? Let’s talk about everything you need to know about engine repair.

A Guide to Spark Plugs: Everything You Need to Know

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Spark plugs may be small, but they pack a serious punch. After all, spark plugs have to provide enough power to fire up the ignition and start your engine. And if spark plugs fail, your car won’t start. So what causes spark plugs to wear out? And what are the signs you should look out for? We’re here to talk about everything you need to know about spark plugs.

How to Check for Belt & Hose Damage

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While most people know the importance of getting routine oil changes, it’s not as commonly known how vital it is to give your belts and hoses a check-up too. These parts play an important role in the function of everything from your alternator to your air conditioning. And when driving, a vehicle’s belts and hoses are constantly exposed to high levels of heat, vibration, and chemicals that will lead to cracking, leaking, fraying, and peeling. 

What Happens When Your Car Engine Overheats?

woman standing on the road by the broken car with smoke coming out the engine.

If you’re feeling hot outside, there’s a good chance your car is feeling hot too! And while some car problems are hard to notice, an overheating engine definitely isn’t one of them. Smoke billowing out from under your car hood is one of the most visible signs that something is seriously wrong with your vehicle.

Here’s what you should do if disaster strikes (and how to prevent it from happening again)!

Here’s How Often You Should Replace Your Timing Belt

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Unlike getting an oil change or a [tire rotation](https://www.naylorsautorepairidaho.com/blog/everything-you-need-know-about-tire-rotation), a timing belt isn’t normally the first thing we think about when it comes to getting a routine auto repair. However, a timing belt is a critical car component that keeps your engine running smoothly. So what is it? And how often does it need to be replaced? Let’s talk about the importance of timing belts so that you can be certain that your car will get you where you need to go.

How Often Should You Replace a Car’s Fuel Filter?

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A fuel filter isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think about our vehicles. So what is it anyway? Why do I need to change it? These are questions that spring to mind when we hear that we need to have a fuel filter replaced. Fuel filters are crucial for giving your engine better performance. Let’s break down exactly what a fuel filter does and why you should keep it maintained.

Summer Car Maintenance: What to do Before & During Hot Months

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Summer can be as hard on a car as the winter months. During the warm season, there are a number of ways you can make the hot weather easier on your car to minimize the amount of wear it puts on your vehicle.