Yearly Archives: 2021

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

One of the most significant issues for motorists is fuel consumption and cost, so it is worth knowing all the techniques that help save fuel. Ways Save Fuel Usage and Improve Efficiency Inflate Your Tires Correctly Paying attention to your tires by inflating them to correct pressure can save fuel usage. Always remember to check your tire pressure more frequently under-inflated tires burns more fuel and causes the tires to wear prematurely. Reduce the Weight of Your Vehicle Load Clean your car trunk and remove the roof track to lighten your car to avoid putting more stress on the car components like the engines and brakes to avoid burning more fuels. Say no to Idling Leaving your car engine idle for about an hour will consume approximately half a gallon to about a gallon of fuel and produce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is dangerous. So, always turn off the car engine when not in motion and restart it when you decide to move again for efficient fuel consumption. Clean ... read more

Why Tire Alignments Are Important

Why Tire Alignments Are Important

Once your car has ridden the various roads for a while, you might notice it won't perform as well as it used to. Multiple parts will wear out, especially your tires; this is why tire maintenance is key to your vehicle's health and safety.   One of the several tire maintenance you'll need is a tire alignment or wheel alignment. Vehicles come with a factory-set tire alignment, which allows the car to be driven in the right direction. Regular wear and tear, such as hitting potholes or curbs or flying over speed bumps, can ultimately shift your wheels out of their proper alignment. In order to regain confidence and control on the road, you're going to need to get a professional tire alignment.    If your vehicle is out of alignment and you put off the necessary service, your tires will suffer from uneven wear. For example, the center of the tire will not meet the road at the proper angle, causing it to wear away at the inner or outer edges of the tire. Co ... read more

What Are the Benefits of Auto Window Tinting?

What Are the Benefits of Auto Window Tinting?

Window tinting isn't just a cool, fashionable add-on to get; tinting has tremendous benefits that extend beyond that. Darker windows have proven to be both protective and functional. Here are several of the main advantages of tinted car windows: Security and Privacy Vandalism and theft are more common crimes that sometimes escape our minds. Depending on the depth of tint, it can stop sneaky people from snooping and prevent theft. With tinted windows, you'll feel a little bit safer, knowing that your valuables are tucked away and hidden from people that pass your car. Shield Harmful UV Rays The sun has very UV rays that can be both harmful to your car and your personal health. Tinted windows can filter out some of these ultraviolet waves that have been linked to premature skin aging and skin cancer. If you drive every day or are concerned about your complexion, you should consider getting this application done at Autotrends.  Preserves Upholstery As mentioned earlier ... read more

Do You Need Your Car Battery Tested?

Do You Need Your Car Battery Tested?

Imagine this: you get into your vehicle in the morning to find it won't start. You start to feel stressed because you have somewhere to be and on time. Your first instincts may tell you to check your car battery. Luckily, there is a simple way to have your vehicle's battery tested to determine if it is the reason your car won't start.   Aside from a dead battery, a defective alternator can also cause the same issue of preventing your car from starting. The battery and alternator work hand in hand to start your vehicle, so any wires, circuits, fuses, or parts within the system can create start-up problems.   If you are concerned about your vehicle battery's health, Autotrends are here to help. We invite you to bring your vehicle into our shop in Greensboro, NC, where our expert team can test both your battery and alternator to pinpoint the issue firsthand. You also have the option to remove your car battery yourself and bring it here for testing.   I ... read more

Spongy Brakes? Here's Why!

Spongy Brakes? Here's Why!

When you have a braking issue, bringing your car to a complete stop can take more effort than it should. Spongy brakes—also referred to as soft, squishy, or mushy brakes—can cause significant trouble if not tend to immediately with a proper brake inspection and service. Unfortunately, several problems could lead to spongy brake pedals. Here are some of the most common causes that we've seen at Autotrends:   #1: Air in the Brake Lines Air in the brake lines is one of the most prevalent causes of abnormally soft brake pedals. Braking systems depend on evenly distributed hydraulic pressure to bring cars to a complete stopping point. Excess air in the lines will throw off the movement and result in additional time, distance, and/or effort for your car to stop. You may be thinking, "How does air even get in there anyway". And the answer is through leaks or too low brake fluid. Bleeding your brakes is a typical solution to get rid of the air and introduce cl ... read more

All About Your Car's Electrical Components

All About Your Car's Electrical Components

Your car's electrical system consists of the battery, starter, and alternator. The three parts collectively work to power your vehicle and its electrical components (radio, interior/exterior lights, power seats, etc.). If one of these parts is not working correctly, you're out of luck. Your car won't start or run. Here is some more information regarding the three essential parts of your electrical system:   Battery: The battery powers all your vehicle's electrical components. The battery provides the current required to start the engine and engage the fuel system.   Starter: Though the battery supplies power to the engine, the starter triggers the engine pistons to start working. Currents flow from the battery to the starter to move the crankshaft that starts the piston.   Alternator: The alternator recharges the battery every time your car is on. This piece ensures you get a sufficient power supply to the peripheral components of your vehicle.  ... read more

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