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Annual State Inspection

Prepping Your Vehicle for Its Annual State Inspection

Annual State Inspection: Since 1932, the State of Virginia has required vehicle owners to have their cars and trucks checked for mechanical safety and reliability by a State certified facility & mechanic once every 6 months. Yes, twice a year. The state required a bi-annual vehicle inspection up until the…
Extreme cold can spell disaster for car batteries. Hot summers kick things off by causing important fluid in a battery to evaporate, then winter comes knocking and forces the battery to work harder by slowing down its chemical reactions. Many batteries will survive winter, but others won’t be so lucky. Find out why car batteries fail in the winter so you can get ahead of the cold.

WHY CAR BATTERIES DIE IN WINTER

Extreme cold can spell disaster for car batteries in winter. Hot summers kick things off by causing important fluid in a battery to evaporate, then winter comes knocking and forces the battery to work harder by slowing down its chemical reactions. Many batteries will survive winter, but others won’t be…

Snow: The Car Killer

As winter approaches, car owners prepare for a familiar problem: the damaging effects of snow on their cars. Although this happens every year, few people know the true cost of snow damage, or how to deal with it. Here are a few of the ways that snow damages vehicles: How…
Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Whenever a little rain falls on the streets and freeways of Los Angeles, the city's drivers seem to fall apart. Rates of accidents, commute times, and tempers all go through the proverbial roof. But driving in the rain doesn't have to be stressful or particularly treacherous. Common-sense tips like not…
brake drum

What Are Brake Drum and What Do They Do?

A brake drum is a cylindrical drum that is attached to the inside of a car’s wheel, and so rotates at the same speed as the wheel. The drum surrounds a set of brake shoes that are coated in materials that generate friction. When the brake pedal is pressed, these…

Are You Keeping Up with Oil Changes?

As a vehicle owner, it is necessary to provide your car with numerous forms of auto maintenance that ensure you don't end up stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck in anticipation of an extensive and expensive auto repair. The maintenance service most frequently required…
routine maintenance

What is routine maintenance on a car?

Routine car maintenance is mandatory in order to keep a car running properly. The following guidelines are the approximate intervals many car manufacturers suggest auto maintenance service be performed. However, always refer to the owner's manual, dealer, or authorized service professional for the particular service and intervals required.   Every…
spark plugs

NOT SURE WHEN TO CHANGE SPARK PLUGS? LOOK FOR 6 SIGNS

Many drivers assume that when their car has trouble starting, there’s a problem with the battery. While this certainly could be the case, it’s not the only possibility. Old or faulty spark plugs could be the culprit! After all, these small spark plugs have a big job to do. Learn…

How to Identify Your Car’s Fluids and Common Leaks

It’s never a great feeling — backing out of the garage or a parking space and seeing a puddle where your car used to be. Is your car leaking oil? Or, is it some other automotive fluid? Here are some helpful tips from Just7 for identifying common car fluids and the potential…
car maintenance

Five Dos and Don’ts of Car Maintenance

Car maintenance can be a hassle but is very much necessary to keep our cars running in the best shape there is. Here’s our list of five things you should and should not do when carrying out car maintenance to ensure your car is running as smoothly as possible. The…