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How to Give Your Headlights a Quick Clean

How to Give Your Headlights a Quick Clean

Have you struggled to see the road due to fuzzy or discolored headlights? It can be frustrating. Luckily, we’re coming to you with a quick fix that costs nearly nothing.    Before testing out a bunch of random tips you read on the internet, you need to look to see whether the inside or outside of the light is impacted. If the oxidation is present on the outside cover of the light, then follow the tips below. If the muck is on the inside, you should consider getting professional help.   To clean your headlight’s exterior, you'll need the following items: A cleaning paste that can be made with baking soda/vinegar or toothpaste A soft cloth Old toothbrush  Water  Non-abrasive sponge    Step 1 - First, add a quarter-size amount of cleaning solution onto your cloth or rag and apply an even layer to your headlight. Step 2 - Let it sit there for 10-15 minutes. Step 3 - Use the toothbrush or any other brush to scrub the headlight ... read more

Where Can I Go for Auto Glass Repair in Richmond, VA?

Where Can I Go for Auto Glass Repair in Richmond, VA?

There’s no doubt that European automakers use strong, premium glass on their vehicles. However, they are not impenetrable. If your car’s glass surfaces have recently been chipped, cracked, or shattered, look no further than the automotive experts at Bimmer Rescue for auto glass repairs or replacements. While it may seem easy to shrug off a minor crack, glass damage can spread quickly, put your safety at risk, and lower your vehicle’s overall resale value.   At Bimmer Rescue in Richmond, VA, we understand the important role of glass in your European vehicle more than any other auto glass shop. It not only acts as a barrier between the inside and outside, but glass is important for your visibility too. Our qualified team strives to provide our customers with easy and seamless auto glass repairs. We only use high-quality glass and up-to-date equipment to restore your vehicle to pristine condition.    Our shop performs the following auto glass repairs a ... read more

What is a Blown Gasket?

What is a Blown Gasket?

What is a Head Gasket Between the cylinder head and the engine block lies a head gasket, which is an important component. The engine of a vehicle is divided into two sections: the engine block, which houses the pistons and cylinders, and the cylinder head, which houses valves, spark plugs, and other components. The head gasket, which sits between these two engine elements, is responsible for sealing the internal combustion process and preventing any fluids from leaking or mixing. The head gasket seals the combustion chamber of the engine, allowing your car to produce the necessary compression to keep your engine running at peak performance. It also prevents coolant or oil from leaking into other areas of your engine, which might cause it to overheat and catch fire. Causes of a Blown Gasket Head gaskets can explode at any time and need to be fixed promptly. Damage to the engine might occur if the driver continues to drive a car with a blown gasket i ... read more

How to Prepare Your Car for the Spring Season

How to Prepare Your Car for the Spring Season

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. While we're sure most of you are more likely to leave your homes and do exciting things this season, there are certain things you should do to take care of your car first. Your vehicle has fought through the unpleasant effects of winter, so it needs some freshening up before handling the warmer temperature. Here's a list of items to restore and improve your vehicle's condition and give it a fresh new start before the summertime. Check and Rotate Tires Tire maintenance is critical in every season. When springtime comes around, please remember to check your tire pressure to match the automaker's recommended psi. Plus, it would be good to rotate them to promote even wear. Lastly, make sure they have enough tread on them to grip the dry or wet roads this spring. Brake Check Similar to tires, brakes are another component that is needed to keep you and others safe. Check whether your braking time is sufficient and whether your br ... read more

​​How to Jump-Start Your Car Like A Pro

​​How to Jump-Start Your Car Like A Pro

At some point in your life, your battery will die, or you might accidentally leave the lights on. In these cases, you will need to rely on a set of jumper cables to start your car. If you don't know how or where to start, you've come to the right place. Here's our ultimate guide on how to jump-start a vehicle. You're going to need a working vehicle to assist you. Make sure both cars are parked with the engine off -- Pop open the hood and locate the batteries. Start with the RED POSITIVE JUMPER CABLES and place one of the clamps on the positive terminal on the working battery. Then place the other red clamp on the positive terminal on the dead one. Now, take the BLACK NEGATIVE JUMPER CABLES and attach one of them to the negative terminals on the good or donor battery. **Do NOT attach the other black clamp to the dead battery Fasten the other black clamp onto any piece of unpainted metal, preferably away from the battery as possible. Start the vehicle on the donor ca ... read more

What to Do If Smoke is Coming Out of Your Vehicle

What to Do If Smoke is Coming Out of Your Vehicle

The sign of smoke emanating from your car can be dangerous, scary, and stressful. While some vapors can signify a hazard, some are pretty harmless. For instance, if you see a steam-like, clear vapor coming out of the tailpipe, it is just condensation. Luckily, you can interpret the type of smoke by its color and smell. On the other hand, smoke coming out of your hood could mean that your engine is overheating.  Reasons Why a Car Smokes Fluid leaks are the leading cause of why a car might smoke up. As you may know, a car's engine gets really hot. A spill from fluids in its surroundings can result in a cloud of smoke from under the hood or out the exhaust pipe. Your vehicle's essential fluids can leak onto engine compartments. These include: Engine coolant Transmission fluid Window washer fluid Power steering Brake fluid Color Coding Your Exhaust Smoke Sometimes, you may see different colors of smoke coming out of your exhaust pipe. In most cases, you can distinguish ... read more

A Properly Functioning Cooling System Can Help With Avoiding Breakdowns

A Properly Functioning Cooling System Can Help With Avoiding Breakdowns

Pay close attention to your vehicle cooling system if you do not want to keep visiting your mechanic frequently. An overheating engine causes a breakdown that you can avoid with a properly functioning cooling system. Having your system can extend the life of your vehicle and keep your engine running well. How Does the Cooling System Work? As the engine works hard, so does the cooling system. Often, the car engine's temperatures rise as you drive. Fortunately, the cooling system remains essential in ensuring that your car engine does not overheat. It channels out the excess heat through the front grill. The liquid coolant (antifreeze) remains responsible for channeling the heat from the engine to the radiator. Your engine can work optimally thanks to a properly functioning cooling system that keeps it cool. Without a cooling system, the chances of your engine overheating remain high. If the engine overheats, this is where the real trouble begins. You do not want ... read more

Why Do Cars Rely on Motor Oil?

Why Do Cars Rely on Motor Oil?

For a car, engine oil or motor oil is similar to blood for the human body. It's necessary to keep your engine alive and running for miles on end. That is why mechanics stress the importance of oil changes so much; it is an essential part of vehicle maintenance that car owners have to get most frequently. But what does engine oil do for our vehicles that make it so important?  What Does Oil Do for a Car? The main purpose of engine oil is to lubricate the moving parts of your engine. Since an engine has many moving pieces, engine oil must keep running to minimize friction and wear and tear. Otherwise, your engine parts would grind against each other and cause damage fast. Moreover, the car engine produces an excessive amount of heat. Engine oil also plays a crucial role in bringing the heat away. Without engine oil, your car would overheat and not run at all. What Are the Added Benefits? Motor oil has come a long way since its first use in the late 1800s. While the primary ... read more

How To Safely Navigate Through Thanksgiving Highway Traffic

How To Safely Navigate Through Thanksgiving Highway Traffic

Being stuck in traffic is no fun for any driver, but it is to be expected this holiday season. Many people will be hitting the highway next month to finally see their loved ones again. To get home safely for your turkey dinner, you need to devote all of your attention when driving on the highway this time around. If you're concerned about how to navigate through highway traffic for Thanksgiving safely, here are some of our top tips! Tip #1: Stay alert at all times. As mentioned before, your alertness needs to be at 100%. It might be tempting to daydream about the food or even the Black Friday deals. But you mustn't let your subconscious slip away amid stand-still traffic. Please remember to keep your eyes on the road so that you have enough time to react to traffic movement. Tip #2: Remember to use your signals. If you need to switch lanes or make a break for the rest stop, please ensure you communicate these actions with other motorists on the road before you jump in front ... read more

Fluid Maintenance Matters Too!

Fluid Maintenance Matters Too!

Your car has a handful of major fluids to keep its various hydraulic systems in check. The six essential fluids in all gas-powered vehicles are engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant/antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. When these fluids run low or get dark or dirty, the systems associated with the aging fluid will display signs of trouble. This is why you should always prioritize fluid maintenance as a key part of vehicle maintenance.   Fluid Maintenance We highly urge that you check your fluids often. The most common fluid service that you have to get on time is the famous oil change. The other liquids don't need to be swapped out or topped off as often. There are two types of fluid services: fluid change and fluid flush. The average driver may use these terms reciprocally when they talk to their mechanic. However, there is a difference between the two types of services.    A fluid change is exactly what it sounds like. I ... read more

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