Posts from ‘Car Care’

Apr
07
Maintaining Your Car During the Shutdown

Don’t let leaves gather under the hood of your daily driver. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep your car in good shape until we’re all back on the road.

If you’re like most Americans right now, you’re not using your car much. You’re likely hunkered down at home, working from the couch, and doing as little in-person shopping as possible. And that’s good–we’re supposed to be limiting our contact with other folks during the shutdown, as strange as that might feel.

Mar
12
Can My Car’s Cabin Filtration System Stop the Coronavirus?

Can My Car’s Cabin Filtration System Stop the Coronavirus?

We’re automotive journalists, not physicians or virologists, so we’re not in a position to offer especially useful advice when it comes to protecting you or your loved ones from the ravages of the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” that’s currently wreaking havoc on a global scale.

Mar
10

Scenes from the Servicd Station Maybe you imagine the Consumer Guide Automotive/Collectible Automobile Magazine corporate headquarters to be a tidy, organized place. And to a large extent, you’d be correct.

Sep
16
What Is Midgrade Gas?

Are there any vehicles that require the use of midgrade gasoline? Read on…

You see it every time you pull in to the gas station to fill up. Situated there, between the regular and premium gasoline options on the fuel pump, is a mysterious third choice: Midgrade. What is midgrade gas? Read on…

Sep
09
Top Tier Gasoline Stickers, What is Top Tier Gasoline?

What is Top Tier Gasoline?

For most new-vehicle shoppers, the purchase of a new car or crossover is a significant life event—one preceded by at least a little worry, uncertainty, and a search for confirmation that the decision to acquire a particular vehicle isn’t a bad one.

Sep
13
Mobil 1

First seen in 1974, Mobil 1 was among the first commercially available synthetic motor oils.

If you’re like most motorists, you pay someone else to change your oil. And, like most motorists, you’ve probably gotten the hard sell on the benefits of synthetic oil.

Jun
29
How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Checking the tire pressure is one of the easiest and most-important maintenance items vehicle owners can perform themselves.

The expense of keeping good-condition tires on your car could as much as double if you fail to give the tires the love and attention they deserve. The primary causes of rapid tire wear are improper inflation, incorrect wheel alignment, incorrect wheel balance, wrong size for car and load, defective shock absorbers, and poor driving habits.

Jun
04
What Does The Eco Button Do?

What Does The Eco Button Do?

Among the many strange and wonderful features many new vehicles now boast is a mysterious button marked “Eco.” In some cases the button may be labeled “Econ,” which is no less cryptic than Eco.

Feb
28
Repair Bill, Should I Buy an Extended Warranty?

Does it make sense to purchase an extended warranty to cover expenses like this?

By Tim Healey

You’ve just picked out your new car. You’ve decided on the options and the color, and now you’re sitting in the finance office while the dealership’s porters prep it for delivery. The finance manager is trying to sell you things like rustproofing, VIN-number window etching, and Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) insurance, and now he or she has thrown another one at you: the extended warranty.

May
20
How often should I change my oil?

Do you know your vehicle’s oil-change interval? It many be longer than you think.

For years, American car owners have had the 3000-mile oil-change interval rule drilled into their psyches. Two powerful forces are at work keeping the 3000-mile edict so prominent in the public’s mind: inertia and marketing.