Yearly Archives: 2022

How Do I Know If I Need To Replace My Windshield Wipers?

How Do I Know If I Need To Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Throughout the year, the weather can change in an instant. That is why it is so important to be prepared for any weather condition when on the road, especially rain. Having a good set of windshield wipers on your car can make a huge difference in visibility and your safety on the road. Most people neglect changing their wipers, which can be a shock at the moment when they actually need them and they aren't working properly. So, how do you know if you need to replace your windshield wipers? First, think about how long it has been since you last changed them. More than likely, it has been a while. Wipers should be replaced every 6 months to a year. They can dry out aggressively during the summer, which is usually the best time to change them. However, you can also pay attention to some tell-tale signs which can indicate its time for new blades. The wipers leave streaks of water across your windshield. Rather than wiping away water, they just spread it around. You hear squeaking n ... read more

Tips to Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh

Tips to Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh

Who doesn't love a fresh, smelling car, especially that brand-new car smell? Unfortunately, the scent only lasts for a little while before odors and other distasteful smells invade your cabin. Over time, it can make your car rides very unpleasant and embarrassing when others ride with you. To keep your car smelling clean and fresh, try the following tips below: Take the trash out - Do you have fast-food wrappers, dirty napkins, and smell gym clothes lying around your car? To ensure these odors don't linger, remove them as soon as you get home. No smoking - Smoking does not only contribute to a lasting odor, but it can hurt your upholstery. It also diminishes your car's resale value if you want to trade it in or sell it eventually. Keep the inside of the vehicle dry - Water leaks or excess moisture can cause mildew or moldy odor in your car. Not only is it unpleasant, but it can be damaging to your health. Remember to close your windows and use floor mats to avoid water f ... read more

What Can Cause My Check Engine Light to Come On

What Can Cause My Check Engine Light to Come On

Every vehicle has a lengthy list of possible warning lights or messages that pop up on its dashboard. But the one that most vehicle owners are most familiar with and hate the most is the check engine light. This notorious yellow figure signals that there is a problem, and it almost always revolves around the engine. Read to learn more about what it means for you and your car and the possible issues behind it.   Check engine lights can mean a thing for one person and something entirely different for the next. This is why technicians are put to the test every time someone brings their car in for engine diagnostics. A professional or someone with expertise will have to scan your car's coding messages to be pointed in the right direction of fixing the problem.  Check Engine Light Behavior If your light only lights up and turns off promptly, you probably shouldn't worry. Just pay close attention to how your vehicle drives to see if there are any noticeable differences ... read more

Dangers of a Broken Exhaust System

Dangers of a Broken Exhaust System

The exhaust system in your car is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it ensures that the harmful gasses that your engine omits are converted before they are released into the atmosphere. It also protects you and your passengers from harmful emissions as well. So, when you drive with a broken exhaust system, you can put your health at risk as well as your vehicle's integrity. What happens when you drive with a broken exhaust system? If your exhaust system isn't working right, then your engine won't run correctly either. If harmful gasses are moving correctly away from the engine, they can start to damage and corrode important engine parts. Your engine performance will decrease as well as your fuel efficiency. If there is a problem with your vehicle's exhaust, you'll notice these symptoms: Your engine seems noisier than usual, especially if you hear tapping or hissing noises Your engine power and acceleration has decreased Your fuel efficiency isn't ... read more

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Car Lover in Your Life

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Car Lover in Your Life

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and you may be wondering what to get that special someone in your life. If you're reading this, chances are your significant other is somewhat (or very much) a car lover. So, if you're unsure of the perfect gift for a car enthusiast, keep reading! First and foremost, an excellent gift for any car driver is to get a minor service performed, such as a tune-up or oil change. Ask to borrow their car for a few hours, bring the car to River City Tire & Automotive, and we will take care of that overdue service they haven't had time to take care of. This is super thoughtful, especially because it removes a burden from your loved one and will help keep them safer on the road. Another excellent idea is a car detailing, car wash, or headlight restoration. Make their vehicle shine like new, or get the interior shampooed and vacuumed. A full vehicle cleaning is a very unique gift and is perfect if your loved one has a car that they adore ... read more

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