Yearly Archives: 2022

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

What You Need to Know Before Bringing Your Pet on the Road

What You Need to Know Before Bringing Your Pet on the Road

There’s nothing wrong with adoring your pet and wanting to take it everywhere with you, even on road trips. However, there are some major safety concerns when it comes to taking your animal on the road. Read on to learn some key road trip tips for pet owners.   If you want to travel on the road with your pet(s), be prepared to do some extra preparation. Here are our top tips for road-tripping with animals: Protect your pet. Your pet safety should, without question, always be a priority. Create a safe and comfortable environment for your pet in the car. Please avoid leaving your animal unrestrained in the vehicle. In circumstances where you might have a window open, your cat or dog could lean too far over and accidentally fall out. Braking too abruptly can also send your pet flying from one part of the car to the other. We recommend that you bring a kennel or some harness to keep your furry friend protected.  Remember to pack appropriately for your pet. It always hel ... read more

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