Feb. 22nd Emissions Troubleshooting: Why Your Car Failed

Emissions tests are important, yet tricky tests that determine whether your car is safe to drive or not–not just for you, but for the environment as well. Failing an emissions test can result in the inability to drive your car until you fix the problem at hand and retake the test. As motor vehicles are...

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Jan. 28th What to Consider When Selecting New Tires For Your Vehicle

From short work commutes to long ones, new roads to pothole filled ones, and everything in between, it’s no secret that your tires experience wear and tear throughout the years. The condition of your tires plays a very important role in the overall safety that your vehicle provides you with which is why it’s so...

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Dec. 30th The Advantages to Using Your Local Mechanic Shop Over A Big Box Store

There’s a common misconception that excellent car service can only be achieved at local car dealerships. While that statement is marginally true, big-name car dealerships will provide customers with reputable repair services, but at greatly inflated costs. On the other hand, there are many local auto mechanic shops that can do just as good of...

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Nov. 1st Tips to Keep Your Car In Peak Condition During the Winter Season

As we slowly progress into the winter season, it’s essential that we not only prep our homes, but our cars as well. Freezing temperatures, icy roads, snow, and salted streets can prove to be challenging and even damaging to your vehicle which is why it’s so important that your vehicle is in the best post...

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Sep. 25th The Importance of Oil Change Maintenance

Oil Change Murfreesboro, TN Typically, after 3,000 to 5,000 miles, it’s recommended that you take your car into the shop for an oil change. However, these number can change depending on the make and model of your vehicle, something your mechanic can better inform you on. While this is common knowledge, there are many car...

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Aug. 14th What is an ASE-Certified Mechanic?

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is an independent non-profit organization that specializes in the improvement of the quality of vehicle repair and service. To do so, members of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence will conduct a series of tests and certify various automotive professionals and companies that meet their standards....

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Jul. 14th Properly Protecting Your Car’s Engine

Engine Repair Murfreesboro, TN It’s no secret that most drivers don’t pay attention to their car’s engine until they hear it make unusual noises or experience strange vibrations. Due to this lack of awareness, if there is something wrong with our car’s engine, we don’t address the problem until the very last minute. And we...

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May. 16th How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

With the summer right around the corner, it’s time to start packing up your winter clothes and begin planning your fun summer activities and maybe even a vacation. But what better way to greet the summer than with a good, old-fashioned road trip? With endless sights to see and a taste for adventure, road trips...

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Mar. 16th The Importance of Your Car’s Muffler

Service for Mufflers in Murfreesboro, TN Although they look as if their primary function is to expel exhaust, mufflers actually have many other functions that are beneficial to your automobile. As you drive your car around, your engine–though working efficiently–produces a lot of pulsating noise. This is due to the exhaust valves opening up and...

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Feb. 16th How to Protect Your Tires during the Winter Season

Your vehicle’s tires are can be greatly affected by the ever-changing seasons. However, when the mild fall temperatures start to fade and the chilly winter season commences, we start to see the biggest changes in our vehicles, especially with our tires. Unfortunately, this is a factor that’s overlooked far too often, resulting in accidents, flat...

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08 Nov The Meanings Behind 15 Symbols On Your Car's Dashboard

When something goes wrong with your car or if a feature you should know about gets activated, a signal funnels through the electrical system and into the dashboard.

01 Nov Distracted Driving

Visual and Mental Distractions Behind the Wheel Are Real and Potentially Dangerous

25 Oct Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween, or on the night your community hosts Halloween activities.

18 Oct Car Emergency Tools

Often, we don’t think about what we need in an emergency situation until we’re in one. Whether you have a flat tire or another roadside emergency, you should have the following items in your car.

11 Oct Dealing with Aggressive Drivers

Here are a few tips on how to deal with aggressive drivers, plus helpful hints to reduce your own stress while driving.

04 Oct Motorists Can Celebrate Fall Car Care Month in Three Easy Steps

October is Fall Car Care Month, the ideal time of the year to pay special attention to that vehicle you depend on so much to get you where you are going, says the Car Care Council.

27 Sep What's That Smell Coming From My Car's Engine?

“Car smells are a clear indicator that’s something wrong,” says Trotta. “So you never want to ignore a strange smell when you’re driving.” Here are some of the most common car odors, she says, and what to do if you pick up their scent.

 

20 Sep 7 Fall Driving Safety Tips

Fall is a time for hay rides, leaf peeping and pumpkin picking. It's also a time when road and weather conditions make getting there a little tougher. Stay safe on the road this season with these smart driving tips.

10 Sep Take Action to Reduce Effects of Severe Driving

Are you a severe driver? Normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, so for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception.

06 Sep 8 Things That Will Drain Your Car Battery

 

One of the things that car owners dread is finding out that they cannot start their vehicles when they are rushing for an appointment. While there can be a host of issues as to why the engine doesn’t want to turn over, one of the most common culprits is a dead battery. 

26 Aug Preventative Maintenance More Important As Vehicles Age

The average age of vehicles on the road is rising, and as cars get older, they need more service and repair. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists who own an older car, truck or SUV become more diligent about preventative maintenance. 

23 Aug 50 Weird Driving Laws in the US

We’ve all heard a handful of funny laws that make you wonder the backstory of its creation. For instance, did you know it’s illegal to stick an ice cream cone in your back post in Alabama and Georgia? This was to prevent thieves from luring away other people’s horses.

13 Aug Getting Your Car Ready for School

It’s back-to-school time and the Car Care Council wants to help families get their vehicles ready for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more. An informative new video from the non-profit organization provides motorists a with a five-point checklist to be performed before the start of the school year.

01 Aug What Does the Check Engine Light Really Mean?

You’re driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you’re like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or how you should react.

30 Jul Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College

Seeing your child off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far away from home. Sending them away in the family vehicle can create even more worry and stress. A little advance planning and a well-maintained vehicle can offer peace-of-mind to parents, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

26 Jul Safety tips for teen drivers

While getting a drivers license is an exciting rite-of-passage for teens, it can make a parent frantic—with good reason. 

22 Jul Spark Plugs Need to Be Replaced Periodically

That little engine part called the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle’s power, performance, dependability, and fuel efficiency and, according to the non-profit Car Care Council, should be replaced periodically.

12 Jul Focus on Safety — Cool Tips for a Safe Summer Trip

Of the many great things about summertime, few match the fun of a family road trip.

01 Jul Top 10: 4th of July Road Trips

It’s called The Great American Road Trip for a reason. And, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s Birthday than to hit the road and experience history. 

21 Jun Car Air-Conditioning: How To Maximize The Cool

Your car’s air-conditioning system has one job—to keep you cool. But during a summer scorcher, it may seem like it’s barely up to the task.

14 Jun 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Safe for Summer Driving

07 Jun Automobile History

The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, though Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry in the first half of the twentieth century. 

20 May Car Care Council Supports National Tire Safety

Maintaining a vehicle’s tires is essential to maximize tire life and ensure safety on the road. There is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week in May to start checking tire pressure and condition regularly, says the Car Care Council.

17 May Top Summer Car Care Tips

Summer’s high temperatures can take a toll on everyone – and everything, including your car. 

10 May How to Save Money at the Gas Pump

Even though gas prices are expected to rise significantly, you can still find ways to pay less. 

03 May Make Your Car Last 200,000 Miles

Not long ago, to keep a car running beyond the 200,000-mile mark would have seemed about as likely as driving it to the moon. But big improvements in powertrain technology, rust prevention, lubricants, and more have led to game-changing improvements in reliability and durability. Now, almost any car can make it well into six-figure territory with proper care.  

26 Apr Tire Pressure

Having the proper tire pressure is a crucial safety issue. Next, to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety devices on your car. 

19 Apr Travel Tips for the Easter-Passover Weekend

If you're planning on traveling this weekend, you'll be headed into a kind of perfect storm: Good Friday, the start of Passover and spring break are all converging to make for clogged roads, busy airports, and overcrowded train stations.

12 Apr 10 Road Trips You Can Take in a Week

10 Road Trips You Can Take in a Week

26 Mar Putting Off Car Care? Stop Stalling

Overdue for an oil change or a brake inspection? Whatever the service, by postponing necessary maintenance, you may be causing extensive damage to your vehicle and increasing the chance of a breakdown. With National Car Care Month in April upon us, the non-profit Car Care Council suggests you stop stalling and get your vehicle serviced today.

29 Mar Historic Concept Cars, Part I: Yesteryear's Cars of Tomorrow

Historic Concept Cars, Part I: Yesteryear’s Cars of Tomorrow

22 Mar Pet Passenger Safety

Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and often bring their favorite furry friend along on road trips, day trips and day-to-day errands. However, in a vehicle, this can mean added distractions for the driver and added dangers for all passengers, including pets.

08 Mar Hit a Pothole? Look for These Warning Signs

Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. 

15 Feb Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

08 Feb How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes 

01 Feb How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater

How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater

25 Jan How to keep your car's value from depreciating any faster than it has to

A car may be a depreciating asset, but you don't want its value to drop faster than it has to.

08 Jan No Need to 'Warm Up' Modern Vehicles in Cold Weather

It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm-up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.

The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems, and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.

04 Jan 17 Weird Traffic and Car-Related Laws from around the United States

Whether you're heading down the street or across the country on a road trip, it's likely you generally follow (most) traffic laws. The majority of those rules are fairly straightforward and well known—do we even need to mention speed limits?—but some states have more obscure laws on the books, covering some rather strange topics. Curious whether you've ever been or could be in violation of some of these more eccentric traffic laws? Click through to see 20 of the oddest we could find and where they're in force.