Did You Know April Is National Car Care Month?

April 28th, 2016

Every year, the Car Care Council promotes two months to draw attention to the importance of car care and preventive maintenance…October is Fall Car Care Auto Repair in Abbottstown PAMonth, while April is its springtime counterpart.

Why April?

April means that spring has arrived and winter’s officially over. That means it’s a good time to prepare your car for hotter weather and address any issues that might have been neglected over the winter, such as:

·         Oil Change: Can you remember when the last one was? If you can’t, pop the hood and pull the dipstick. If your oil is honey colored and translucent, it’s still pretty fresh and clean. If it’s darker but still translucent, you’re good for awhile yet. If ...[more]

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4 Things About Tires You May Not Have Known

April 28th, 2016

Tires all look sort of the same…round and black…and people tend to think tires don’t change much over the years. That’s really not true, though – engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.

Here’s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:

  • Tall, skinny tires are coming back. If you’ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too – the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also redu ...[more]
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Cars That Last 250,000 Miles or More

April 14th, 2016

If you’re old enough, you probably remember the cars from the late 70s and early 80s that weren’t good for much more than 120,000 miles before they started to develop real problems and were junkyard bound. Today, thanks to improvements in design, metallurgy, manufacturing techniques and machining, those days are over and it’s not at all unusual to see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and still running strong.

Here’s a quick rundown of some vehicles to consider which have a track record of being good for 250k miles or more:

  • Toyota Corolla: Probably not a surprise to fans of Toyotas, the simple, no-frills Corolla hasn’t changed much since the early 00s…but Toyota’s approach to the tried-and-true Corolla ...[more]
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