Yearly Archives: 2022

What Is An Engine Air Filter?

What Is An Engine Air Filter?

Just like how it is important for us to breathe clean air, it is also important for your engine components to get clean air as well. The outside air is full of dust, debris, and other particles. When this air enters the engine, all the contaminants get trapped in the engine air filter to allow for clean air. The engine air filter is a major part of the air-intake system. Without an effective air filter, your vehicle will not run efficiently as it should. Similar to the air filter we have in our homes, the filter is made of cotton or other materials that are made to trap various sizes of particles. Over time, the filter will trap a considerable amount of dust and contaminants, which will dirty up the filter. Therefore, a dirty air filter can get clogged and reduce air flowing into the engine. As a result, it can impact engine performance and cause inefficiency.  Why Should You Change the Engine Air Filter? You should change your engine air filter right before it gets dirty enou ... read more

How to Jumpstart A Car with Jumper Cables

How to Jumpstart A Car with Jumper Cables

Dead batteries are one of the most common problems that drivers experience this time of year. When your battery suddenly gives out, your first instinct should be to try to jumpstart it. It is one of the easiest and useful ways to get your engine up and running. All you need is jumper cables, gloves, and another car with a functioning battery. The process of jumpstarting a car involves connecting a dead battery to an external power source. In this case, the power source is from the other vehicle’s battery. And the energy exchange is made by connecting cables to the batteries’ connection points. To jump-start a dead battery, follow these steps: Vehicle Positioning - Position both vehicles so they are close to each other. Remember that the cables need to reach. Both vehicles should be in neutral or in park with keys removed from the ignition. Attach the Jumper Cables in the Right Order - When you open the hood, locate the battery, specifically its positive ... read more

5 Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Road Travel

5 Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Road Travel

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and the team at River City Tire & Automotive wants to express how grateful we are for our customers! We understand that many of you look forward to spending time with your friends and family, which means you might be doing some road traveling soon. With increased traffic, accidents and breakdowns are bound to happen. To avoid this dreadful nightmare, we thought we’d share some helpful tips for Thanksgiving road travel! Make Your Travel Plans More Flexible - If there’s room for you to avoid leaving during peak hours, you should definitely take advantage of that. Leaving a couple of days early or in the early hours of the morning are great ways to avoid congested traffic. Plan Your Route - It can be hard to predict how traffic will actually be. But, a good idea is to look up the different routes to see which ones are the best. And check out the rest stops along the way too. We recommend doing this again right before you hit the road. It wil ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

Fall is a great time to get your car ready for winter! The leaves are changing color and the air is getting cooler, which means it's time for fall car care. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare your vehicle for the winter months, and we're here to tell you all about them! In this blog post, we'll talk about the importance of taking care of your car in October. We'll give you some tips on what maintenance items you should take care of, and we'll let you know what our auto repair shop can do for you. Fall Car Care Month In the United States, October is known as Fall Car Care Month. This is a time when drivers take stock of their vehicles before the winter weather hits. The importance of car care increases in the fall because of the changing seasons. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it's important to make sure your car is up for the challenge. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare your vehicle for winter season ahead, but ... read more

Factory Recommended Services - How Important Are They?

Factory Recommended Services - How Important Are They?

Many motorists frequently just adhere to their owner's handbook up to the time that their dealer warranty expires. Once your warranty has expired, it's simple to forget about things like monthly belt checks and oil changes. Your car's manufacturer has specified their "factor suggested maintenance" in the owner's manual because they are aware that regular maintenance will increase your car's ease of use and lifespan. What necessary routine maintenance must be performed in order for your warranty to remain valid is also specified in your owner's handbook. Find out why it's crucial to have your car maintained on a regular basis. Long-term improvements in your car's fuel economy can be achieved with routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. Your gas mileage can be improved by constantly keeping your tire pressure at factory recommended levels. By ensuring that your engine is in good condition and that your tires are worn evenly, re ... read more

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