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Recyclable Cars

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Which parts of your car end up as landfill?

Each year, around 10-15 million vehicles are disposed of in the United States. Luckily, over 95 percent of these “retired” cars head straight to one of the 9,000 vehicle recycling operations around the country and 80 percent of these cars’ parts are completely recycled, letting cars claim top spot as the world’s most recycled product.

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How to Talk to Your Mechanic

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We’ve all experienced that fateful day when something in our engine started to clunk, the rear brake squealed, a strange whining came from somewhere or — horror of all horrors — the “check engine” light came on. Yup, we’ve all had to take our cars to the garage at some point. And even if you aren’t big on checkups and frequent fluid checks, there’s no denying your car some attention when it starts making strange noises or emitting strange odors. Perhaps even more dreaded than the orange light on your dash is the very first trip to the garage.

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New Year Car care tips. PA State Inspection and Emissions $29.95

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PA State Inspections and Emissions for just $29.95! Call 215-348-9459
We are located at 5 Atkinson Dr. Doylestown, Pa 18901 (Across from the Post Office).

If your car has been taken for granted, the start of the new year is an ideal time to make things right and commit to regular maintenance. By doing so, vehicles will respond with improved performance, safety and reliability, and owners will likely save on costly repair bills that often are the result of neglect.

Protect your pride and joy. Here’s how to be a better car or truck owner in 2017. Resolve to take better care of your car or truck this year. Here are 10 New Year’s car care resolutions that will help extend your vehicle’s life and protect its performance in 2017 and beyond.

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It’s a Myth That Only New Car Dealers Can Service A Vehicle Under Warranty

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True or false: Until your vehicle is out-of-warranty, it must be serviced by the new car dealer or the factory warranty will be void.

Although you may have answered “true,” the correct answer is “false.”

It’s the law that independent repair shops can provide the services to maintain your new car warranty. Consumers are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which prohibits a manufacturer from voiding the vehicle warranty because service was done by a non-dealer.

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What does the check engine light mean when it’s on?

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That is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle’s emissions, ignition or fuel systems. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as severe as a faulty catalytic converter, so you shouldn’t ignore it. All cars and light trucks have onboard diagnostics that are supposed to detect engine-related problems that affect the emissions control systems.

The check-engine light (typically a yellow or orange outline of an engine with the word “Check”) should come on for a few seconds every time you start the engine with other warning lights. If it stays on, that means there is a problem.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Drive-Axle Boots?

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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.

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Do I need to maintain my cars struts?

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Struts don’t need to be replaced unless your vehicle is bouncing like it’s on a pogo stick or bottoms out in potholes and over railroad tracks, or unless a mechanic finds that they’re leaking fluid or have been damaged.

In a strut-type suspension, the struts are the “shock absorbers” mounted inside coil springs. They control the amount of bouncing created by bumps, dips and peaks in the road and making a hard or sudden stop. Shock absorber is a misleading term, because the springs actually absorb the road shocks. The struts limit the resulting bouncing caused by the springs compressing and releasing. More correctly, they should be called “dampers.”

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When should I replace ball joints?

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Worn ball joints allow too much movement in the suspension, so the driver may feel more vibrations — or hear squeaks or rattles on bumpy surfaces or when turning — caused by looseness in the suspension. Other signs of worn ball joints include uneven tire wear and steering that wanders instead of going straight.

Because these symptoms also can apply to other suspension and steering issues, any or all of the above are good reason to have a thorough inspection conducted by a qualified mechanic before pointing the finger at the ball joints. Some ball joints have wear indicators, but others have to be checked by raising the car off the ground and seeing if the wheels allow excessive play. In addition, some ball joints have rubber dust covers that, if torn, can allow dirt and water in. That can damage the joint.

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What’s the typical life of my shock absorbers?

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The answer to that question hinges on several variables, including how many miles a vehicle is driven, on what kinds of roads it’s driven, and whether it’s driven gently or with abandon.

Those variables make it virtually impossible to assign a number of years or miles as a broad stroke, though we would expect shock absorbers (or struts on vehicles with strut-type suspensions) to last at least four or five years, unless the vehicle has been subjected to extreme use. It’s also not unusual for shocks to last 10 years on a vehicle that has lived most of its life on smooth pavement.

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Engine coolant

How often do I need to change engine coolant?

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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 should be replaced after the first 60,000 miles, then every 30,000 miles after that. The interval is every 30,000 miles on some Mercedes-Benz models, but on others it’s 120,000 miles or 12 years. On still other Mercedes, it’s 150,000 miles or 15 years.

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- Brakes, Rotors, Calipers - 2007 Toyota Camry
- Clutch Job - 2010 Kia Soul
- Front Brakes & Rotors on a 07 Audi S6 V10
- Whining cooling fan replacement on a 10 MB C300
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