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Fun Fall Activities To Do With Your Family

Fun Fall Activities To Do With Your Family

The best season of the year is here: Fall. Whenever you start to see the leaves change colors and feel the weather cool down, you can't help but feel a little giddy and want to explore. Just because summer is over doesn't mean the fun trips on the road have to stop. There are numerous fun activities you can do this autumn with your loved ones. All you need to do is hop in your vehicle and make it happen. Here is our list of fun activity ideas that you can do this fall!   Go To a Sunflower Farm In case you didn't know, sunflowers are in full bloom during the autumn. Take advantage of this opportunity and take your friends or family to the closest sunflower farm. The sight of sunflower fields stretching for miles is a beautiful sight to see and will definitely make some Instagram-worthy pictures.   Go to a Pumpkin Farm (& Carve a Pumpkin) In addition to sunflowers, you can also take your kids to a nearby pumpkin farm. If this activity doesn't make you ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of a Damaged Water Pump?

What Are the Symptoms of a Damaged Water Pump?

Your water pump is located under your vehicle's hood, and it is responsible for keeping your car running efficiently. Your car engine comprises several components that are constantly moving and working to generate a staggering amount of friction and heat. To be specific, the water pump plays a vital role in your vehicle's cooling system by moving coolant from the radiator and transporting it to the engine to keep its components at an optimum temperature.   When you have a failing water pump, your engine is at a high risk of overheating. An overheating engine can cause damage to the cylinder heads, gaskets, and pistons. In other words, if you neglect the water pump, it may lead to catastrophic engine damage. A faulty water pump will usually exhibit the following symptoms:    Leaking Coolant Your car's water pump comprises seals and gadgets to facilitate a constant flow of the coolant from the radiator to the engine block. Over time, these parts can loosen ... read more

Tips for Beginner Highway Drivers

Tips for Beginner Highway Drivers

If you have a teen in the house, you know that a day will come where they will have to practice their driving on the highway. The first time can be scary, which is why it's common for new drivers only to drive local until they gain enough experience to go on the freeway. Being prepared can help a beginner driver make a safe transition from local roads to the highway. We've compiled several helpful driving tips that a teen or new drivers should follow before hitting the highway:   Plan accordingly on when to start driving on the highway. If you want to venture out onto the interstate, you want to pick the right time and place to do it. Consider starting on one that is not too busy with ample lanes. Also, try not to go during rush hour traffic. You also want to ease into it by driving on a bright, clear day without rain, snow, or fog that could impair your vision.   Start off driving in the right lane. New drivers should start by only riding in the right lane since ... read more

Keeping Your Pennsylvania Air Fresh in Your Car

Keeping Your Pennsylvania Air Fresh in Your Car

  Air quality is a global issue and affects us wherever we are, even in Stockertown, PA. Many drivers are now becoming aware of how air pollution negatively affects our health. But what about the air inside your vehicle? Does it matter?   Your cabin air filter will unquestionably affect the heat and air conditioning in your car. In fact, the most common indication that you need to replace your air filter is a moldy, foul smell whenever you turn on the unit in your car. Yuck! Inhaling that mold will not be suitable for your lungs in the long run. A filthy air filter can also restrict the power yielded by your engine as it takes more effort to run the blower motor.    The real question is: HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET YOUR VEHICLE’S AIR FILTERS REPLACED?    Most of the time, manufacturers will recommend changing your air filter every 10,000 to 25,000 miles. It will also depend on external factors such as car make, usage, etc.   You can also ... read more

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

If you have not yet heard that you should follow a strict maintenance schedule for your vehicle, you may not yet be an automobile owner. There is a debate going on between manufacturers of cars and those who repair them about the best type of schedule to keep when maintaining your vehicle. Here are some tips for the best practices for taking care of your vehicle. Inspecting and Maintaining the Tires It should come as no surprise that tires with proper inflation most of the time will be safer for you to be on the road. You must first obtain the recommended tire pressure for the tires on your car and check it regularly. Most newer vehicles will have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) built into them. If you do not have one of these, you will need to get the classic tire pressure gauge. These can be purchased at any local auto parts store, and are relatively easy to use. If the gauge says there is too much air, you will need to deflate the tires. Contrary, if the tires do not h ... read more

What is a Car Radiator?

What is a Car Radiator?

A radiator is a heat exchanger that helps to cool internal combustion engines (ICE) in automobiles. More importantly, you may find this crucial component in motorcycles, locomotive engines, and piston-engine aircraft. Currently, most modern automobiles are fitted with aluminum radiators. What is the Working Principle of the Radiator? When an ICE is operating, it emits a lot of heat, especially during the power stroke. To mitigate the problem of the engine overheating, a coolant is pumped by your car through the engine block, receives the heat, and carries it away. The superheated coolant moves through your radiator, which blows air across the cooling fluid. A heat exchange operation occurs, and the heat from the coolant is transferred to the air outside of the car. The radiator itself is designed in such a way that it has metal fins, which allow the transfer of heat to the air outside to occur fast. Notably, depending on the cooling needs of the equipment in questi ... read more

What is That Strange Smell in My Car?

What is That Strange Smell in My Car?

There are certain smells that you have come to expect from your vehicle. From your teenager's socks to rotten fruit that you forgot about; those smells can be dealt with. It is when you start to smell something unusual in your car that you should be concerned about. Such smells could very well be an indication that there is a problem looming that you need to have taken care of. Take Note of These Smells The following smells are not common and should give you pause to take notice and get your car checked out by a professional technician. You Start to Smell Gasoline While some gas smells are the result of a recent fill-up, they should not last long. If it has been quite some time since you stopped to fill the car up with gas, there could be an issue if you start to smell fumes. You could have a leaky fuel tank or injection system. This should be taken care of as soon as possible. You Can Smell the Exhaust from Inside Your Car You should never smell the exhaust inside your car ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

You might be surprised to find that the most important part of your car was invented over 150 years ago and has not changed much over the years. Yes, the four-stroke internal combustion engine powering the large majority of the estimated 1.4 billion cars on the road today has been around since the mid 19th century. Even though the engine has remained virtually unchanged, there have been many devices added to automobiles to improve different aspects of performance. One of the devices contributing to improved emissions performance is the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter is a large metal box located between the engine and the tailpipe of a car. It has an intake pipe connected to the engine and an output pipe connected to the exhaust system. The inside of the catalytic converter is a dense honeycomb of ceramic and is coated with catalysts. This catalyst covered honeycomb takes harmful gases like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon produced by the engine and splits the gases into s ... read more

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