maintenance

Does an AWD/4WD Vehicle Require Additional Scheduled Maintenance?

By Rick Popely on August 27, 2015


Chances are it does, compared with front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The additional maintenance usually involves inspecting and/or replacing fluids, and the service intervals vary widely. With all- or four-wheel drive (which for the purposes of maintenance are the same), there… Read More

Does an AWD/4WD Vehicle Require Additional Scheduled Maintenance?

By Rick Popely on August 27, 2015

Chances are it does, compared with front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The additional maintenance usually involves inspecting and/or replacing fluids, and the service intervals vary widely. With all- or four-wheel drive (which for the purposes of maintenance are the same), there… Read More

How Long Should a Rear Camera Last?

By Rick Popely on August 21, 2015

About half of new vehicles today are equipped with a backup camera, and by 2018 all light vehicles will be required by federal regulation to have one. As a result, more car owners will have another feature that might need… Read More

End-of-Summer Road-Trip Tips

By Carissa Degen on August 18, 2015

Before you round up your friends and family for that final summer road trip, make sure your car is prepared for the long haul. With hot and humid weather across the country, be sure to check off these must-dos before… Read More

Should the Exhaust System Last the Life of a Vehicle?

By Rick Popely on August 12, 2015

A few decades ago, most car owners could count on having to replace at least part of their exhaust system every five years or sooner. Muffler shops seemed to be doing brisk business on every busy street. Today, though, most… Read More

Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?

By Rick Popely on August 5, 2015

Virtually every vehicle manufacturer, tire manufacturer and tire dealer recommends you periodically rotate your tires so they wear evenly and last longer, but is it really necessary? Many motorists apparently don't think so, as tire rotation is one of the… Read More

How Often Should I Change Engine Coolant?

By Rick Popely on July 31, 2015

For some vehicles, you're advised to change the coolant every 30,000 miles. For others, changing the coolant isn't even on the maintenance schedule. For example, Hyundai says the coolant (what many refer to as "antifreeze") in most of its models… Read More

How to Keep Your Car's Resale Value High

By Carissa Degen on July 29, 2015

Once a car leaves a dealer's lot, its resale value starts to decrease. There are a few key factors that determine resale value, according to experts at Black Book and Vincentric, two companies in the used-car valuation business. They are:… Read More

What Service Do Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Need?

By Rick Popely on July 29, 2015

Tire pressure monitoring systems have been required on all vehicles since the 2008 model year and can be found on many earlier vehicles, as well. They detect when the air pressure in any tire falls 25 percent or more below… Read More

When Do You Need to Replace Drive-Axle Boots?

By Rick Popely on July 22, 2015

Front-drive vehicles, many all-wheel-drive vehicles and some rear-drive vehicles have constant-velocity joints that connect the transmission to the drive axles and wheels. A front-drive vehicle will have four CV joints, each covered by a boot. CV joints are covered by… Read More

Why Do I Need to Check the Drain Holes in My Doors?

By Rick Popely on July 14, 2015

Water can get past window seals and inside the doors when it rains or when a car goes through a car wash, and the water is supposed to exit through drain holes at the bottom. Those holes in the bottom… Read More