Don't Get Taken for a Ride by Your Mechanic

How many times have you asked yourself, “Is this vehicle maintenance absolutely necessary?” Determining when to have vehicle maintenance and repairs performed can be a juggling act involving time, money and safety. Your vehicle’s wheel alignment may not be the first maintenance item on your mind, but perhaps it should be.

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What to Do When Your Vehicle Breaks Down

How you fare when your vehicle fails is often a matter of how you respond. The decisions you make are important and can have positive or negative consequences. Fortunately, most problems are preventable.

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Understanding Your Auto Repair Bill

When you look at an auto repair bill, you expect to see two major components: parts and labor. But there are always a few miscellaneous items that can cause confusion.  



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WILL YOUR CAR BATTERY SURVIVE SIZZLING HOT WEATHER?

DID YOU KNOW... ...Extreme heat weather can actually kill more vehicle batteries than cold winter weather? Most drivers know that the cold is rough on car batteries, but heat is actually the number one cause of battery failure and reduced battery life.

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Don't Crack Up: Take Care of your windshield and it'll take care of you

Windshields do more than keep out rain and bugs. They protect against ultraviolet rays, reduce road noise, keep a vehicle’s interior cooler, and add structural strength that helps protect passengers in a collision or rollover.

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Protect Your Car From Salt

Driving is a challenge on slick snowy roads. Fortunately, de-icing and anti-icing chemicals applied to the roadway help improve traction and speed snow removal. What's more, studies show that treating roads with these materials helps reduce crashes and saves lives.

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Wheel Alignment

How many times have you asked yourself, “Is this vehicle maintenance absolutely necessary?” Determining when to have vehicle maintenance and repairs performed can be a juggling act involving time, money and safety. Your vehicle’s wheel alignment may not be the first maintenance item on your mind, but perhaps it should be.

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Careful- That Leaves a Mark

I’m sure you think that as long as you don’t accidentally drive into a tree, they aren’t a concern for your car, right?

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Warning Signs Beyond the Check Engine Light

Obviously, if your Check Engine light—or any dashboard warning light—comes on in your car, you should take your car in for service. But beyond a bright blinking light, do you know the other warning signs?

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Cleaning Cloudy Headlights

The next time you go outside in the daylight to drive your car, before you get behind the wheel, crouch down and inspect your headlights. If you see a cloudy film on the surface of your headlights, that means they have become oxidized. While this isn’t an eyesore, it can cause potentially hazardous driving conditions at night.

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Prolong Your Car's Life

Before you get behind the wheel, there are several precautions you can take to prolong the life of your car.

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How to Talk with a Shop About Auto Repair

If your car has a problem, you may hold the key to unlocking the solution. After all, you know your car better than anyone, and will be first to notice if its performance changes. The more information you can share with the repair shop and technician about what you are experiencing, the better prepared they will be to identify the problem in a timely and cost effective manner.

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Five Signs You Need Your Car Battery Checked

In America, we’ve come to rely on our cars like air and water. We expect them to start every time we turn the key, to power through the most extreme weather conditions, and to get us to our destination on time. A failing car battery can quickly turn a reliable vehicle into a major inconvenience. There are five warning signs that can often predict when your battery may need immediate attention.

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How Often Do Cars Need Service?

Like most motorists, you want to take good care of your vehicle and may wonder how often it needs car maintenance. Despite conflicting information from various sources, the answer to this question is actually quite simple. Follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual or service booklet for your car.

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Emergency Kit

Whether you're preparing for your next road trip or the next season, it's a good idea to take inventory of the items in your car emergency kit. AAA recommends having an emergency kit in your vehicle and provides this list of things to include and tips on where to stow them. Be sure to replenish any depleted items as needed.

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Deice Windshield

One of the more bothersome challenges of winter is removing ice from your car’s windshield on frosty mornings. Here are some tips from AAA on how to prevent and remove windshield ice.

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Over Maintenance

Every vehicle needs regular maintenance to keep it in proper working order. Following the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for your car will preserve your investment, help ensure vehicle longevity and reliability, and even save you money.

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Truck driving down the road and hits a pothole.

Welcome To Pothole Season

Pothole damage costs American motorists billions of dollars each year. Check out these tips for minimizing pothole damage to your vehicle.

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Auto Parts Prices Explained

Do you know why auto parts cost more at a repair shop than they do at your local auto parts store, or why most repair shops refuse to install customer-supplied products?

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Quick Tips for Checking Vehicle Fluids

Vehicle fluids require attention more often than the 5,000- to 10,000-mile service intervals common today. Incorrect fluid levels can cause breakdowns or even serious damage.

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5 WAYS TO KNOW YOU MAY NEED BRAKE REPAIR

Know the five warning signs that it may be time for brake repair service. In each of the listed cases, AAA recommends taking the vehicle to a qualified auto repair shop for inspection and service.

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