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Fluid Leaks & How to Identify Them

Fluid Leaks & How to Identify Them

Most people only worry about their car if they notice a strange smell or hear a weird sound. However, leaks are usually the first visual indicators that signal that something may be wrong with your vehicle. Leaks are a phenomenon that most drivers will encounter at some point during the life of their car. Leaks should be taken seriously. Identifying and understanding leaks is an essential skill to have to prevent hazardous driving situations and costly repairs. Below is a small reference guide to help identify leaks beneath your vehicle.  Water The clear, odorless consistency of water is not hard to spot. Water leaks are typically found under a vehicle near the front passenger seat. Most water leaks occur from the air conditioning unit and usually aren’t a cause for much concern.  Engine Oil Engine oil leaks have a distinctive smell and are either light brown or dark black. The lighter the oil, the cleaner it is. If the leaked oil is light brown ... read more

Pet Road Trip Tips

Pet Road Trip Tips

You and your family aren’t the only ones who’ve been locked away safely in your home - your pets have been too. Taking your cat or dog on a road trip can be a fun way to spend some quality time. By this point, your dog’s nose may be craving some unfamiliar territory to sniff around. Below are a few suggestions to make your road trip extra safe and pet friendly:  1.    No window surfing As cute as it is, it may be tempting to let your pet sit in the window and breeze through the wind, the dangers are just not worth the risk. Pets can fall out, jump out, or flying objects can pose a threat to their safety.  2.    Keep your pet restrained Find a comfortable harness or crate for your pet. If you’re worried about getting your seat’s damage, some companies sell seat covers to keep your car seats clean. 3.    Micro-chip This may be a great time to get your furry pal micro-chipped if you haven’t al ... read more

How Often Is Fleet Maintenance Diesel Service Needed?

How Often Is Fleet Maintenance Diesel Service Needed?

The diesel engines used in today’s commercial vehicles and semi-trucks are more complex, in part due to advances in technology. Computers, computer chips, electronics, and other such things are used to help provide better fuel efficiency, torque, and horsepower. As such, regular fleet maintenance diesel service is necessary to keep the engine running and operating correctly. Signs Diesel Service Is Required Diesel engines will provide several early warning signs diesel service is required now, not later. If you ignore these warning signs, you could be looking at a costlier diesel engine repair service. Noticeable Exhaust Smoke: If you see smoke coming out of the exhaust pipes, there is a problem that needs to be fixed. The color of the smoke can help pinpoint what is wrong. Let your diesel mechanic know what color smoke you saw ... read more

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9 Simple Summer Truck Maintenance and Care Tips

9 Simple Summer Truck Maintenance and Care Tips

The last thing you want to do is be sitting on the side of the road with a broken-down truck waiting for truck and trailer repair. To keep your truck rolling all summer long, it is important to stay current on your truck maintenance and care using these great tips. 1. Do a self-inspection before hitting the road. Take the time to do a full walk-around. Look at the tires and check for abnormal wear, low air levels, bulging “bubbles” on tire walls, disconnect cables, and so on. Carry a tire pressure gauge with you to do a check of air pressure if a tire looks low.   Look behind the tires and under the rig for fluids that may have leaked out of brake lines or the engine. Make sure to check cables, wires, and other connections on the back of the rig that connect to the trailer for signs of wear and damage. If you can spot a problem before driving, it can prevent a break-down later. 2. Chec ... read more

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Less Regular Drivers May Mean More Commercial Drivers

Due to the pandemic, fewer miles are being driven in 2020. With fewer cars on the road, many dealers and mechanics will have fewer customers coming in for repairs, maintenance, and other after-market services meant to keep vehicles safe. Working from home has become a new norm that researchers predict will decrease driving in the U.S. by close to 270 billion miles a year. KPMG International conducted research that found this new remote culture that Covid-19 has created may not be going away anytime soon — potentially leaving some dire consequences for the auto industry.  In April, American drivers drove 64% fewer miles than average. KPMG forecasts that this decline in commutes will remove 14 million drivers off the road. This can result in a 10% permanent reduction in miles traveled each year with vehicle ownership declining to less than two cars per household. Most drivers purchase vehicles to commute to work and for shopping. If drivers no longer need to commute to work ... read more