maintenance

How Often Should I Replace My Accessory Drive Belt?

By Rick Popely on June 26, 2015


Most vehicles have a rubber belt on the front of the engine that drives accessories such as the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and alternator. If this accessory drive belt (also called a V or serpentine belt) breaks, the… Read More

How Often Should I Replace My Accessory Drive Belt?

By Rick Popely on June 26, 2015

Most vehicles have a rubber belt on the front of the engine that drives accessories such as the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and alternator. If this accessory drive belt (also called a V or serpentine belt) breaks, the… Read More

Do Fuel Injectors Need Periodic Cleaning?

By Rick Popely on June 3, 2015

Cleaning fuel injectors is a service frequently recommended by dealers and repair shops, but unless there are noticeable signs of clogged injectors (such as a rough idle, stalling, poor acceleration or high emissions levels) it might not be necessary. One… Read More

When Should You Replace the PCV Valve?

By Rick Popely on May 28, 2015

The positive crankcase ventilation system was one of the earliest emission-control devices. It draws leftover combustion gases from the crankcase (the oil pan and bottom of the engine) and routes them back into the engine, where they're burned in the… Read More

Is Oil for High-Mileage Engines Worth the Extra Cost?

By Rick Popely on May 19, 2015

Most major oil brands market oil made specifically for engines that have more than 75,000 miles of wear, claiming that additives help reduce engine wear and provide anti-aging benefits. They are often a blend of synthetic and petroleum-based oils, and… Read More

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

By Rick Popely on May 15, 2015

If your engine misfires, hesitates, stalls, gets poor mileage, is hard to start or has failed an emissions test, it clearly needs something, though a tune-up in the traditional sense might not be the cure. If you tell a repair… Read More

When Is It Time to Replace Your Tires?

By Rick Popely on May 12, 2015

Traditional advice says that when your tire tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch (and that's the law in some states) or when the tread wear indicators are showing, then it's time for new tires. With many tires,… Read More

Toyota, GM Top Value Awards in Latest Vincentric Study

By Kelsey Mays on March 25, 2015

Myriad factors affect a given car's ownership costs: maintenance, out-of-warranty repairs, depreciation, fuel economy, insurance costs and more. Automotive data firm Vincentric mashed them all together as it's done for the past decade to produce the company's Best Value in… Read More

How Do I Find The Correct Tire Pressure For My Car?

By Joe Bruzek on March 14, 2015

Having the correct tire pressure is extremely important for getting good gas mileage and the most life out of your tires. Your car has a specific tire pressure that will give the best gas mileage, handling and tire life for… Read More

GM Reduces Powertrain Warranty to 60K Miles

By Kelsey Mays on March 13, 2015

If you rack up the miles each year, GM’s powertrain warranty will lose some of its luster. Starting with the 2016 model year, the automaker will reduce the mileage limits on its powertrain warranty for Chevrolet and GMC vehicles from… Read More

Will Performing My Own Tune-Up Void My Warranty?

By Rick Popely on March 7, 2015

About the only vestiges of the traditional tune-up still around today are replacing your engine air filter and spark plugs, and neither is likely to void your warranty. With spark plugs, chances are your warranty will expire long before it’s time to replace them. On some cars,… Read More