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Debunking the Top 3 Tire Myths

Debunking the Top 3 Tire Myths

Your tires are an essential safety feature on your car, which is why it is so critical to have maintenance on them. Unfortunately, they are often neglected. From tire pressure, tread wear to rotations, it seems like no one cares as much as they should. We're here to set the record straight and deflate the top three tire myths to make sure you stay knowledgeable about your wheels.   Myth #1: The Recommended Tire Pressure Is Listed On The Side of Your Tires. Studies show that about half of all drivers think this is where you look to find the factory-recommended tire inflation pressure number. However, the numbers on your tire indicate what size and kind of tire you have. They might also indicate the maximum cold inflation PSI the tire is rated for—not the recommended pressure for your car. Instead, look for a label inside the vehicle's driver-side door or inside the owner's manual for the ideal pressure number.   Myth #2: If Your Vehicle Has a Tire-Pressu ... read more

Why Are My Turn Signals Not Working?

Why Are My Turn Signals Not Working?

Your blinkers' main function is to communicate to other people on the road that you are turning or changing lanes. Malfunctioning blinkers is a serious hazard that can increase your risk of getting in an accident, especially in a big city like Los Angeles. In fact, a study constructed by the Society of Automotive Engineers found that failure to use turn signals accounts for more than 2M vehicle accidents every year. If you find out that your vehicle has turn signal issues, find a mechanic to diagnose the issue and fix the problem immediately.    Common Causes of Turn Signal Problems Sadly, many different things can provoke a turn signal to malfunction. So, if you want to identify the cause, then One Stop Auto Care can do the troubleshooting. Here are the five most popular sources of a turn signal problem:   Dead Light Bulb The first thing that should be checked is the life of the light bulb. A dead bulb is one of the more common problems that will cause your bl ... read more

How Can I Save Money on Gas?

How Can I Save Money on Gas?

Drivers are always looking to save money on gas, but even more so when gas prices are soaring. Fortunately, there are some easy changes any driver can make that will produce immediate savings at the fuel pump. Follow this advice to start saving today. Plan Your Trips Even running errands can yield savings in gas with just a little planning. Take the trip during low traffic times of the day. Maximize the time you spend highway driving. Combine errands as much as possible. You can even try the "turn right strategy," that delivery services utilize to save gas. Keep Up Your Vehicle A well-maintained vehicle uses less gas to get around because it runs smoother. It is as simple as 1+1=2. Keep your vehicle tuned up and take it in for oil changes, etc. when you are supposed to take it in. Watch Your Speed The country has spent four decades debating whether "55 saves lives," but it sure does save gas. If you drive on highways, 55 might be a tad slow, but fuel efficien ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

The smell of rotten eggs is unbearable and unpleasant to everyone. It is not a smell you would expect to get in your car. If you smell rotten eggs in your vehicle and are sure you did not forget any eggs there, there must be a serious problem. The smell of rotten eggs comes from a compound known as sulfur or hydrogen sulfide. Usually, the hydrogen sulfide gets converted to odorless sulfur dioxide. But, when something within the vehicle's exhaust system breaks, the smell of rotten eggs gets produced. Here are the main reasons why your car smells like rotten eggs. Failing Fuel Pressure Regulator or Dirty Fuel Filter If the fuel pressure sensor fails, the catalytic converter ends up getting clogged with excessive oil. The large amounts of oil prevent the catalytic converter from converting the hydrogen sulfide and processing the exhaust byproducts. This leads to the production of the rotten egg smell. If the byproducts are not processed, they may build up within the converter, ca ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

It is no surprise that there is maintenance that should be carried out on a regular basis when purchasing a car. There are many people that do not understand that there should be scheduled maintenance. This schedule has the nickname of 30/60/90 maintenance. This means every 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles, specific maintenance should be performed. It is typical for car owners to use their manual to set up their car maintenance schedule. Inside are two different schedules. One is labeled as "regular" and the other is "severe". You might not even think that your car falls under the severe schedule, but if you do a lot of stop and go traffic, idling, short commutes of about five miles, drive with heavier type loads, or live in dusty, hot, or freezing environments, then it is important to follow the severe schedule. Preventative Car Maintenance There are four major types of maintenance that are identified, they are corrective, risk-based, condition-based, and preven ... read more