Yearly Archives: 2022

Should I Have My Car Checked Before a Long Trip?

Should I Have My Car Checked Before a Long Trip?

Preparing for a road trip takes more than packing enough snacks and clothes. You need to make sure the car will take you to your destination without any road hiccups. Here are some car maintenance services to check before embarking on a long trip. 1. Examine the fluid Replace the filters and top off all the low fluids. Check the level of engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering, and windshield washer fluid. If the next oil change is close, consider doing it before the trip. Confirm if your car's engine coolant (antifreeze) tank is filled to the level recommended by the car manufacturer. Over time, coolant can become acidic, so you may want to have your coolant tank checked for rust. A rusty tank could hurt other parts of the car, like the radiator or the hoses. 2. Battery Ensure your battery is fully charged before embarking on the trip. Start your car and look at the headlights to see if the battery is still good. If they are dim, the battery needs more power to work pr ... read more

What Is Power Steering?

What Is Power Steering?

Knowing the operations of your vehicle is just as important as knowing how to drive it. To be specific, the power steering system is something that most drivers don’t understand. Read on to learn more about what the power steering system has to offer.   What Is Power Steering? Most cars nowadays have electric power steering systems, while older power steering systems are hydraulic. From small cars to large trucks, power steering is necessary to allow complete control of their vehicle. Without the power steering system, it would take an enormous amount of effort to steer your vehicle left and right or to make turns.   Since it plays such an important role in driving, your power steering system requires regular maintenance. Without frequent inspections and service, your power steering system can go wrong. It can end up putting your safety at risk.    Common Power Steering Repairs Power steering fluid Slipping belt Cracked or worn hoses Damaged steerin ... read more

How to Pack Your Vehicle for a Move

How to Pack Your Vehicle for a Move

Many households around the US move during this time of year. With every big move, space is precious. If you’re planning to use your vehicles for transport, you’ve come to the right place. We have three essential tips for you to use to make your move easy and seamless. Clean Out Your Car Before you start loading boxes on boxes into your car, you should clean everything out first. There may be garbage and items that you can get rid of. Furthermore, you’ll need to fold down any seats so that you can maximize your space.  Plan Your Packing Once your car is ready, it's time to plan how much and what you’ll fit in your vehicle. You should probably start with the biggest and heaviest items first, like furniture. Then, you should fit the small stuff around the bigger items. Plus, you should consider covers or cushions to protect your items from damage. Pack Smarter, Not Harder When it comes to clothes and flexible goods, there are some tips and tricks to ... read more

How to Clean your Car's Headlights

How to Clean your Car's Headlights

The last thing you need when you're driving in unfavourable conditions or in the dark are dirty car headlights. It's vital to clean your headlights regularly as not only do they allow you to see the road, but they let others see you too. The grime obscuring the light coming from your car's headlights will have a big impact on their brightness which means they'll be less effective at illuminating the road. Get your headlights back to factory fresh and to stay safe on the road with these 4 simple DIY cleaning hacks: Use car shampoo or any water-based cleaning product along with a cloth and warm water to wipe away the muck, just make sure to remove any excess residue to avoid leaving any marks. Lastly, using firm pressure, polish the headlight in a circular motion until it becomes clear and smooth. Rub toothpaste onto the headlight with a brush until the filth starts to come off. Then use warm water and a cloth to wash away the dirt and leftover toothpaste. Then give th ... read more

What Kind of Spring Maintenance Does My Car Need?

What Kind of Spring Maintenance Does My Car Need?

Now that it’s March, we can leave the coldest months behind us. In order to make sure your car stays reliable throughout the spring, you will need to perform auto inspection and maintenance. At torque automotive, we can help you uncover small hidden problems before they can become bigger ones.  What maintenance does my car need for the spring?Car wash Of course who doesn’t associate springtime with cleaning? Not only does cleaning your car maintain its resale value, but it also gets rid of the dirt and grime that may have stayed around from winter. Leslie, don’t forget to finish off your car wash with a layer of wax to protect your paint.    Replace old wiper blades Your windshield wipers may have warped, bent, or cracked over the last couple of seasons. Test them out to see if they still work. If you want to see through your windshield while driving through the rain, we highly advise you to repl ... read more

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