Colorado has had its fair share of rain lately and our city and mountains look gorgeous! With so much rain, we have all had to utilize our windshield wipers more than normal. When was the last time you purchased new windshield wipers for your car? How do you know when the time has come to replace them?
Now that summer is in full swing, our vehicle's air conditioning system takes center stage. While some vehicle owner's are more diligent with maintenance, there are a lot of people that don't address their air conditioning system until it begins blowing hot air or fails to work at all. Giving your vehicle's air conditioning system attention now and then can help you keep your cool this summer, without missing a beat. We have all heard Benjamin Franklin's saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and this wisdom definitely applies to your vehicle!
If your air conditioning system is not working properly, it is a good idea to bring it in and have an ASE Certified Technician take a look and perform some basic system checks. It is smart to think of air conditioning components as "wear and tear" items. This is a system that requires occasional maintenance in order to keep you chilled on these hot summer days!
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Let's face it, we have all smacked our tires on the curb. Hitting a curb generally happens more often in the winter, but can happen anytime. Just the other day, I watched a lady leaving the grocery store parking lot. She drove her brand new Subaru right into and over the curb in a moment of misjudgment of space. She sheepishly shrugged and sped away. I giggled. She did not even bother to stop and check her vehicle. It wasn't the first time the right hand turn has been tricky for a driver. You have probably done it, I may have done it once or twice. If we remember when we stop, we may do a quick visual check of the tire and as long as it still has air in it, what's the trouble? The scratched rim?
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We work. We play. We give.
It is something that we can all relate to. We love where we live. It's where we work. It's where we play, where we spend time with our friends and family. It's our kids' schools, our favorite stores, our spiritual home base. It's the starting point for all of our adventures.
Recently, I had to drive to Kansas and I was in the car for about 9 hours each way. Before I left, I checked my box of emergency items and was left feeling pretty unsure of what I should have in case of a break down along the way. I had some jumper cables, a wrench, and a quart of oil. I threw in some bottles of water and hoped for the best. I joked with my boyfriend about taking more tools but not knowing what to do with them if a part broke and I wondered out loud if I should be taking duct tape and pantyhose. Luckily, I had no issues in either direction of my trip but I was left feeling a little uneasy about being unprepared to handle a breakdown situation when traveling.
You always hear reminders of keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle just in case something happens but what does that emergency kit need to have inside? No matter how well we keep our car maintained, they break down! Tires go flat, batteries die, hoses bust and mechanical issues can happen at any given moment. We all know to throw a blanket in the trunk with a shovel and an extra pair of gloves during the winter months, but what should we have for a summertime side-of-the-road event?
Finding an honest repair shop should not be so difficult! In any area of life that we do not have specific expertise in, we are subject to being taken advantage of. From our plumbers to our doctors, we must always do our due diligence when it comes to paying for services from others. Dealing with a repair shop can be intimidating but if you follow some of these simple tips, you can help protect yourself and your investment.
Here are 10 tips to help you find an honest repair shop:
The car emblem was meant to bring unity to a brand and to make one automotive company stand out from other manufacturers. Considered the finishing touch, emblems have become incredibly important for brand identity. They are used to represent the company, much like the mascot of your favorite sports team. The emblem is one way for a company to stand out from another. Emblems and inscriptions have been around since the 15th century and each one has a specific meaning.
From unfortunate to world changing, so many different events shaped the 1900's into one incredible century. World War I and II. The stock market crash and following great depression took place. Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was formulated. There were advancements in public health in regards to sanitation and hygiene improvement and we landed on the moon. The 1900's saw the dream of the airplane come to fruition. The 1900's also saw the automobile empire began to take shape. The invention of the automobile created an economic revolution. Let's take a look a the Automakers of the 20th Century.