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How to Protect Your Vehicle Battery During the Summer

How to Protect Your Vehicle Battery During the Summer

According to experts, a car battery has a shorter lifespan during the summer than in the winter cold. Sunshades, building shadows, dashboard covers may not be the only ways you can protect your vehicle battery during the summer. Since we know when summer begins and ends, here are more tips on how to protect it better. If you love your car, you will inspect it regularly. The convenience that comes with cars need an equal amount of maintenance thus need for regular checks. Inspect your battery regularly as you check for wear and tear, tightening loose ends, corrosion and the overall condition of your battery. As you look to increase the time you drive your car to allow the battery recover from recharge, you can also cut the drain from within the car. There is an entire system to plug in all kinds of devices on the dashboards. Just distinguish between the devices you need and those you want to use. Additionally, always remember to shut off the entire car system and disconnect external d ... read more

4 Common Explanations for Spongy Brakes

4 Common Explanations for Spongy Brakes

Every driver knows that their brakes are the most important safety feature in their cars. And when their brakes start to feel unusual or soft, they’ll likely notice it right off the bat. What do spongy brakes mean? Read on to find out. Low or Old Brake Fluid One possible explanation for mushy brakes is low or old brake fluid. In most cases, this is a simple fix for technicians. Feel free to bring your car to our auto repair shop so that our technicians can inspect your brake fluid. Air in the Lines A widespread problem that causes spongy brake pedals is air in the fluid lines. Air is the ultimate enemy for the brake system as it limits the flow of the fluid and distribution of pressure to stop your car.  Problems with the Caliper Calipers are a piece of disc brake systems. They work by clamping down on the brake pads to stop your vehicle. When they become worn, it can ruin the entire stopping process. In addition to soft puddles, you may hear loud squeaks with the symp ... read more

What Is An OBD Scanner Used For?

What Is An OBD Scanner Used For?

We've all been victim to a frightening check engine light before. One of the reasons why drivers dread this repair is because check engine lights can mean so many different things. That is why it is essential to take your car to an auto repair shop, so they can properly diagnose your vehicle problem using a scan tool.   At McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, we use the latest and most accurate scanners to diagnose your check engine light. To do so, we will plug the OBD scanner into your vehicle's OBD port. Your car will then send the necessary code to the scanner, which a skillful technician can decipher. Because the coding language can be complex for the average person to understand, you should take your vehicle to a qualified professional.    The letters in OBD stand for On-Board Diagnostics. In most vehicles, it records data from the Electronic Control Units (ECU), which holds messages from various sensors throughout your car. Every time you turn on you ... read more

Fun Date Ideas for This Valentine's Day

Fun Date Ideas for This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a widely recognized holiday where many couples go out and spend time together. While a dinner or a vacation are all lovely and romantic ideas, the tricky part is it can be hard to get a reservation or come up with an elaborate itinerary last minute. If you're struggling to come up with a unique plan for Valentine's Day, you've come to the right place.  Outdoor Picnic One classic idea is to take a nice drive and have a picnic at a local park or other scenic areas with a view. All you need is to pack up a blanket, picnic basket, and drinks. Valentine's Day can be enjoyable and simple as an outdoor picnic. This date idea has an intimate setting, where the two of you can talk, eat, and enjoy each other's company without any disruption. Venture Out of Town How about taking your significant other out of time for a weekend getaway? There's no need for dinner reservations; the two of you can just book a nice hotel, spend the evening enjoy ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced

Replacing your brake pads and making sure they are in good working condition will save you money, your vehicle and eventually save your life. Brake pads, brake caliper, and rotor are the main components of your car's braking system that need well-maintenance. Eventually, brake pads will wear out but how often they wear depends on factors like driving habits, environment, brake pad hardness, and materials used to make up the brake pad. But how do you tell if it's time to replace your brake pads? Here are warning signs indicating that you need new pads.   Screeching or Squealing Noises When you notice squealing or screeching noise every time you hit the brakes, it is a sign your brake pads need replacement. If you don't replace them early enough, you will experience a grinding or screeching noise. Some brake pads have metal wear indicators that make grinding noises to alert you to replace the pads. Please don't rely on the sound alone to assess t ... read more

FAQs on Tune-Ups

FAQs on Tune-Ups

Car mechanics emphasize general car maintenance for a reason. It's a topic that's very stressed here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive since it can go a long way to prolonging your car. With the proper care, your vehicle can run for decades. Good car care also entails regular tune-up services.   What Gets Done During a Tune-Up Service? During a tune-up, a professional technician will perform basic services, such as measuring and adjusting your tire pressures, changing your motor oil, and testing your lights and windshield wiper blades.    Historically, a tune-up also included a fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, distributor cap, and rotor replacement. However, cars have changed significantly within the last several decades. For instance, many cars no longer have carburetors, spark plug wires, or distributor caps. Therefore, a modern-day tune-up includes replacing spark plugs, changing the air filter, and cleaning the intake or fuel injectors ... read more

When Am I Supposed to Be In Neutral?

When Am I Supposed to Be In Neutral?

The neutral gear is the least used gear for motorists with automatic transmissions; in fact, it's technically not even a gear. More importantly, it serves such a critical function. While a car is in neutral, the gas pedal does not accelerate the vehicle, and no power from the acceleration is ever transmitted to the wheels. For those with manual transmission vehicles, you are an exception. Manuals require the driver to be neutral before anything gear changes. However, most automatic transmission drivers seldom use this tool. So why is it there? During a Drive-Thru Car Wash If you are a mechanical car wash goer, you are probably familiar with the process. You must place your car in neutral gear so that you can safely pass through the cleaning cycles smoothly and safely. Otherwise, the chances of accidents in a car wash would be increased. During a Tow Without a Dolly Placing a vehicle in a neutral state during a tow isn't usually advised unless the tow truck lacks a dolly. Pu ... read more

Do I Need Muffler Repair?

Do I Need Muffler Repair?

Mufflers are a component of your vehicle's exhaust system, and they serve an essential purpose when it comes to your emissions. The primary role of the muffler is to lessen exhaust system noise that is directed from the engine all the way to the exhaust pipes. Mufflers also aim to direct exhaust gases out of the motor. Generally, mufflers are made to last anywhere between five to seven years, but rust and other external factors can cause muffler mishaps (if you will). If there is a problem with your car's muffler, you will surely start to notice some tell-tale symptoms. Some are super obvious, and some not as much.   How Do I Know If I Have a Faulty Muffler? Engine misfiring Exhaust is super loud (roaring sounds) You remark condensation coming from exhaust pipes You hear a rattling noise coming from inside your vehicle One of the most irritating symptoms of a broken muffler is the loud noises it makes. You may get some looks from other drivers as you roar from any di ... read more

Here's What To Do When Your Tire Blows Out

Here's What To Do When Your Tire Blows Out

A tire blowout can be incredibly scary and stressful, especially if it happens in the middle of congested traffic. A blowout can be triggered by something as minor as a small nail in the road or low tire pressure. However, the five most prominent causes of tire blowouts are under-inflation, overload, uneven tread wear, damage, and defects.   You'll be able to tell when you have a tire blowout if you hear a loud popping sound or sudden instability with your car. You may also smell burning rubber. If any of these things happen to you, please do NOT panic. Proceed to do the following steps: Do not slam on your brakes. Alternatively, keep the handling of your vehicle and pull over to the road shoulder if possible. Do your best to get out of traffic. The last thing you want to deal with is an accident on top of your tire blowout. Turn on your hazard lights. Please remain in your car unless it is entirely safe to do so. Call for roadside assistance.  You should know that ... read more

Debunking Common Automotive Myths!

Debunking Common Automotive Myths!

Misconceptions about car maintenance and repairs are being spread every single day. As a result, there are many differing opinions on how you should take care of your car. It can be tough to tell what is fact and what is a myth unless you take the time to test it out. We've seen and worked on many vehicles over the years at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive. We have the truth, and we're here to set the record straight on the most common misconceptions regarding your vehicle.   Myth #1: Premium gas will heighten your engine's performance.  Premium gas undoubtedly has a heftier price tag than regular and mid-grade, but using it does not warrant that it will boost performance. Premium fuel is only fitting for cars with engines that have a high compression ratio. Nevertheless, you should always choose the appropriate fuel grade stated in your vehicle's owner manual.   Myth #2: An oil change is needed every 3,000 miles.  Your oil change interval ... read more