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What Is a Head Gasket Leak?

What Is a Head Gasket Leak?

A head gasket is a critical seal in your engine. If it's leaking, your engine could overheat and damage can occur. A head gasket leak is an issue that definitely needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Learn about what head gasket leak is, the causes, and the symptoms.   What Is a Head Gasket Leak? A head gasket leak is a leak in the engine block, and drivers can sometimes only detect it by an unusual level of coolant consumption. Most drivers will know about a head gasket leak when the engine overheats, and they observe that bubbles are coming from the overflow tube or radiator.   What Does a Head Gasket Do? A head gasket is a critical part of your engine that prevents oil from leaking into your coolant and vice versa. The head gasket also seals the combustion chamber and prevents air from escaping into the cooling system or water leaking into the gas tank. If you have a leaky head gasket, you can either replace it or have i ... read more

How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree

How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree

The holiday season will be in full swing before you know it, and many people are planning to hang up their holiday lights and, of course, put up their Christmas trees. If you're planning to obtain a real tree this year, it's essential to arrive prepared at the tree lot. Here are some tips on how to perfect your transport: Take measurements ahead of time. Make sure you measure where you plan to put the tree in your home, as well as the roof of your car, to ensure there's enough room for it. Look at the weather before you go pick it out. Clear conditions during a winter day are the best time of day to buy your tree.  Make sure to get it netted. Getting the tree netted will make the tree more manageable to move and protect the tree from damage. After being wrapped, you can double-wrap it with a sheet or blanket for extra safety before fastening it to your vehicle. Doing so will also prevent it from scratching the top of your car. Wrap it tightly with a rope, cord, wir ... read more

Post-Summer Battery Maintenance

Post-Summer Battery Maintenance

Batteries are susceptible to extreme temperatures, especially to heat. Now that summer is over. You should probably do some tests and check up on the powerhouse. Proper battery maintenance is imperative for two reasons: Your car won't start or run without it.  It is the key to extending the life of your car's electrical system.  If your car battery isn't up to par, your alternator has to overwork itself to make up for it. In other words, if your battery isn't healthy, the other electrical components can sustain damage as well.    As mentioned before, temperatures will influence the battery's overall performance, which is why we highly urge you to inspect your battery routinely. The falltime and springtime are the best seasons to do it, considering they follow the cold winter and hot summer in Pequannock, NJ. Next time you're searching under the hood, remember to take a look at your battery. Here are some aspects to check for concerning yo ... read more

What Is An Oil Filter & When Should I Get It Changed?

What Is An Oil Filter & When Should I Get It Changed?

We're all aware of our regular oil change, but did you know that your vehicle also needs an oil filter change to go with it? As your engine runs day to day, contaminants can escape into your engine oil. Luckily, motor oil contains surfactants that move most of the debris and gunk through the oil filter. The oil filter does not last forever and will clog up over time — so much so that not enough oil can get through to the engine. We doubt you'd want dirty oil or an insufficient amount inside your vehicle. Otherwise, you'd be facing some serious engine damage.   Most vehicles today typically have an extended oil change interval. Newer cars can sometimes go up to 5k to 15k miles before needing an oil change due to the improvements of synthetic and synthetic blend motor oils. When getting an oil change, you should always refer to your owner's manual for guidance. The manual will include details such as what type of oil and what grade of oil is best suited for y ... read more

What The Color of Your Car Says About Your Personality

What The Color of Your Car Says About Your Personality

It doesn't matter whether you are an automobile fanatic or just the average person looking for a vehicle to drive; there is one important choice you have to make that is very personal — the color. The color choice reflects your inner personality and how you see yourself. Let's take analyze the characteristics of each of the colors below and see if your car color says anything about you: Silver If you have a silver vehicle, you're practical, innovative, tech-savvy, and elegant. The color silver hides dirt and scratches quite well and is a sensible choice. Grey Gray doesn't ask for attention as much as silver. You project dignity, tradition, and maturity. You also like to live life in the present and prefer routines. Black  When we think of dress ourselves in black, we often think of black-tie and cocktail clothes. Black is a color of luxury, sophistication, and power. You are striking without being flashy, and you want to give the appearance of mystery ... read more

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