What Are the Most Common Causes of Collisions?

What Are the Most Common Causes of Collisions?

It’s upsetting to say the least when you get into a collision with your motor vehicle. It can be scary and frustrating, to be sure, but unfortunately, they’re all too common on the roadways in this country. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that driver error causes 94 percent of all car accidents. Check out these top causes of collisions, with many of them needing extensive collision repair. 1.  Speeding We’ve all put the pedal to the metal when late for an appointment, work or sports practice pickup. While common, it’s deadly. In fact, speeding increases the risk of all types of collisions, making it the second most common cause of accidents in the nation.…
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Why Won’t My Car Start?

Why Won’t My Car Start?

We’ve all been there. You try to start up the car to go to work in the morning and nothing happens. Why isn’t your car starting? The most common issue is either a dead battery or a faulty alternator. Both have similar symptoms but there are ways to determine which one is to blame for your frustrating car troubles. Signs of Battery Problems The common signs of battery problems include: No sound or lights when starting the vehicle Clicking sound when turning the key The engine turns over slowly Weaker than normal headlights Backfiring The need to place your foot on the gas pedal to start the car Sudden, slower start Headlights and power, but no start No radio Check…
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What Should You Do If Your BMW is Overheating?

What Should You Do If Your BMW is Overheating?

Vehicles usually overheat in extremely hot weather. Fortunately, today's BMWs feature sophisticated cooling systems, including engine temp sensors and computer-monitored electric fans, designed to keep your engine running optimally no matter what the season. But overheating is still a possibility, and it’s important to know what to do in the event it happens to you. If you see that your engine is starting to overheat, you’ll want to turn off the AC and turn on the heat to get the heat away from your engine. This reduces the burden on the cooling system. If that doesn’t work, pull over and turn off the engine. Once the car has cooled, open the hood and check the coolant. You can do your…
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Alternators: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Alternators: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Your alternator serves an important purpose, as it powers all your car’s electric components such as the radio and headlights. You may wonder how an alternator works and why it’s so vital to the smooth operation of your vehicle. Let’s talk about it. What an Alternator Does Yes, the battery is critical when you want to start your car when it's already off, but the alternator keeps your car going once the engine is up and running. The alternator supplies the following components with direct current (DC) power while driving or idling: Headlights Steering Power windows Windshield wipers Heated seats Radio Dashboard instruments The alternator essentially converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, powering a drive belt attached to a pulley,…
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How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

A battery is the lifeblood of a car. Without it, your car won’t move. It’s important to ensure your battery is strong and healthy at all times, to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere or in your driveway when you really need to get to work. It’s no secret that an unexpected flat battery can lead to a lot of stress and wasted time. Anything from harsh weather conditions to leaving your lights on can contribute to battery drainage. Here are some tips on how to keep your battery from draining prematurely and how you can extend the life of your car battery. Hint: regular battery service is key to it all. 1.    Test Battery Voltage Regularly Being…
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