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What Happens If You Fail to Change Your Car's Dirty Cabin Filter?

What Happens If You Fail to Change Your Car's Dirty Cabin Filter?

Your car's air filter does more than keep foreign particles out of the air you inhale. Like other components of your vehicle, your air filter can become damaged or clogged with use. Industry experts suggest a replacement of the cabin air filter approximately every 12,000-15,000 miles. For a more accurate number of miles and further guidance, you can refer to your owner's manual for more information.   You may wonder, what happens when you fail to change your car's air filter? Here are some things that can go wrong if you don't change your filter on a regular schedule.  Pollutants Enter Your Cabin Every car, including yours, emits smog and exhaust fumes. If you operate your vehicle in high-traffic areas, then all this vehicle smoke can make its way into your cabin's air circulation system. A healthy in-cabin air filter should catch this pollution. However, if the filter gets old or damaged, it allows pollutants to flow directly into the air you breathe ... read more

Correct These Bad Driving Habits Before It's Too Late

Correct These Bad Driving Habits Before It's Too Late

Whether it's biting your fingernails, binge-watching Netflix, or forgetting to text back, most have a fair share of bad habits. However, you have to be particularly careful about practices that take place behind the wheel. Most people don't recognize that something is wrong because it becomes second nature to them. However, you should always make an effort to correct your bad habits, especially when driving. Cutting back on horrible practices can minimize your chances of getting into an accident. If you commute to work or school every day, remember to practice safe driving and focus entirely on the road.   HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON BAD DRIVING HABITS THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on your phone* Driving with your headphones on* Eating or drinking (non-alcoholic) beverages  Drive with one hand Not signaling when switching lanes, parking, or making turns Riding the other cars' tail* Not wearing y ... read more

5 Critical Signs of Clutch Problems

5 Critical Signs of Clutch Problems

Your vehicle's clutch is responsible for transferring an engine's rotational momentum to the transmission and onto your wheels. Without the proper grip, the only way to stop the engine from spinning your car's wheels is to turn the vehicle off. Clutches also aid in gear changes in both manual and automatic transmissions. With all that being said, a malfunctioning clutch makes it very challenging to drive. If you own a vehicle with a manual transmission, there are many indications to look for if you have clutch problems. Clutch replacement can be expensive, complex, and time-consuming. Early diagnosis of clutch issues will save you from the headache and stress.    TOP SIGNS OF CLUTCH FAILURE Your clutch will eventually wear out over time, but you can prolong the repair process for as long as possible. A clutch replacement entails taking out your whole transmission. Depending on your vehicle, it may also need engine hoisting. Here are five symptoms that indicate ... read more

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

It might seem like the end of the world when your check engine light comes on, but it might not be as bad as you think. The light is just an indicator that a problem within your engine needs to be fixed. So whenever you notice the light on, contact our auto repair shop to have the problem properly diagnosed using the right computer equipment. At Open Road Automotive & Tire, you can trust us to pinpoint the problem and resolve the issue for you.     Here are the four most common reasons behind a lit-up check engine light: Faulty Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter helps minimize harmful emissions by converting carbon monoxide and other toxic chemical vapors into less harmful emissions. This part usually doesn't fail unless something else has previously broken, such as spark plugs or an airflow sensor. This domino effect is why you should get your car to an auto repair as soon as the light comes on to prevent the problem from escalating ... read more

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

A timing belt works like a bike chain, and its work is to keep the moving parts in the engine in sync. The belt also powers the injection pump, oil, and water pumps. It is made of a rubber belt with hard teeth that rotate gears when the engine is running. Note that it wears over time and may break. If it gets damaged, the engine components will be out of sync, and the vehicle might stop. When Should You Replace the Timing Belt? You should replace the timing belt at the intervals indicated by the manufacturer. This may vary from one car model to another. However, the recommended distance is usually between 60,000 and 10,000 miles. Additionally, you may replace the timing belt if you experience the following signs: Rough idling: This comes about when the belt loses grip due to missing teeth or the wearing of the entire device. It causes gears to slip out as they rotate. If broken teeth fall on the engine, it may form a jolt. Misfiring engine: When gears slip, the cy ... read more

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Does Power Steering Fluid Need To Be Replaced?

Power steering fluid is the thing that turns your wheel without having to crank it so hard. It allows for better flexibility when making any kind of turn, from a sharp one to a simple lane change. It can make the most difficult task of parallel parking much easier for those living in urban areas. That said, having plenty of power steering fluid can make your car safe and simple to drive. Yet power steering fluid has a way of collecting contaminants over time. This results in the loss of your power steering and can make driving both difficult and unsafe to do. Having it flushed is best at preventing other problems with your vehicle down the road. The benefits of a power steering flush are many. It helps keep your steering smooth and safe for everyday driving. Your reaction time with your wheel will once again be a lot quicker than it might have been if you had kept using older power steering fluid. It also helps to maintain your power steering pump. The pump is how the fluid gets to ... read more

Women and Teens Basic Car Care Clinic

Women and Teens Basic Car Care Clinic Knowledge is power, and when you're getting your vehicle serviced, a little goes a long way. That's why we're happy to announce our Women and Teens Basic Car Care Clinic, where you'll learn things like: regular maintenance, how to talk to your technician like a pro and recognizing problems before it's too late, all in a relaxed, confidence-boosting environment. When: Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 at 6:30pm Where: Open Road Auto & Tire Lobby RSVP: Open Road’s Facebook event or [email protected]

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