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Is it Legal to Drive with Broken Mirrors?

Is it Legal to Drive with Broken Mirrors?

It's easy to learn to drive, but for that smooth ride, the condition of your car is essential. Also, carefully observing all traffic rules and requirements is critical in keeping you safe and enjoying your driving experience. To drive safely, efficiently, and legally you must see what's on your sides and behind you. The side and rearview mirrors, in particular, provide a good range of these areas while driving. However, the mirror's positioning exposes them to accidental damages and vandalizing. But what happens when these mirrors are broken? Is it still legal and safe to drive? Mirror Law Requirements Federal requirements and guidelines mandate rearview and side mirrors, but mainly for manufacturers. However, for drivers, different states have varying mirror laws that govern when an officer can pull you over or not. Many states require at least two mirrors. The mirrors allow you to see behind while driving, and one must be on the driver's side. This requirement mea ... read more

How Bad Is Hard Braking on Your Car?

How Bad Is Hard Braking on Your Car?

The car's braking system undergoes constant pressure when you drive around. You need them in order to decelerate or come to a complete stop when you need to. Therefore, a brake problem can be terrifying to deal with.    One thing that can significantly wear down your brakes is pressing down on them too hard. The extra pressure heats your brakes, making them more susceptible to wear and tear. But can it damage your car?   You might have to brake abruptly in certain situations, such as trying to avoid hitting another vehicle (or bicyclist or pedestrian). Understandably, you have to do it from time to time. But the answer is that braking too hard can damage your braking system. Firstly, it can dramatically wear down your brake pads. We recommend keeping a safe distance between you and other cars to prevent hard brakes. Secondly, you should be cautious of your surroundings and practice safe driving.   As mentioned before, braking harshly will heat up your brak ... read more

How to Tell If My Clutch Is Going Bad

How to Tell If My Clutch Is Going Bad

Like your brakes, it is easy to tell when your clutch is giving out. An aging clutch will make your vehicle a lot harder to handle, and you may notice your pedals "sticking" and other troubling signs. Most drivers should know that a clutch doesn't last the entire lifespan of a car. Instead, it needs to be replaced every 30,000 miles to 50,000 miles (give or take). Below are some signs that indicate your clutch is failing: Weird Sounds When Pressing Down Pressing down on the clutch pedal should be a silent driving task. If you hear unsettling noises or catch weird smells from your clutch, it's time to take your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop. Your tech will likely need to adjust, repair, or replace your clutch. Trouble Shifting Gears  Troubles changing gears can be frightening. If you hear a grinding sound arising when attempting to drive, it means the power transfer between the engine and the transmission is incomplete. Considering the clutch is respon ... read more

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Bouncy?

Why Does My Vehicle Feel Bouncy?

A bouncy commute may sound silly, but it signifies danger for you and your vehicle. If you notice that your car is feeling unstable or shaky, your first instinct should be to take it to a certified mechanic immediately. While you can look for clues of where the problem is coming from, a professional can pinpoint the exact problem. Below are three areas of your car that may be where the shakiness is stemming from: Tires Your tires are indeed the only part of your car that makes contact with the ground, so you can imagine how important they are to the comfortability and stability of your drive. Unfortunately, they can be the reason why your car may be bouncing; if your tires are not attached tight enough, overinflated, or misaligned, you will feel this trembling. Steering System The steering system allows you to have easy and controlled turns. If you notice an uneasy feeling only occurring whenever you turn the steering wheel, your steering system is probably the culprit. Bushings ca ... read more

What's the Best Car Maintenance for Infrequent Drivers?

What's the Best Car Maintenance for Infrequent Drivers?

While some folks drive their cars on a daily or near daily basis—to work, to school, to the grocery store—those who live in more densely packed metropolitan areas may only need to make occasional use of their vehicles. The same could be said for those who work from home, live with a mobility-limiting disability, are looking to reduce their individual carbon footprint, or any combination thereof.   Whatever the case, even infrequent drivers need to stay on top of their cars' maintenance for both safety and performance purposes.   Severity of Use Some individuals may believe the more frequently a vehicle is driven, the more maintenance it then requires; and the less frequently it's driven, the less maintenance it requires. However, this statement is entirely not accurate.   In fact, owners of cars driven particularly infrequently are advised to follow the maintenance schedule of a "severe use" vehicle. In other words, f ... read more

Winter Driving Means Foggy Windows, Rough Starts, and Icy Tires

Winter Driving Means Foggy Windows, Rough Starts, and Icy Tires

Although the winter has its fun, like the holiday festivities and the cozy sweaters, winter driving is not one of them. Winter driving can be unpleasant and highly hazardous if you're not prepared with proper car maintenance and the right tires. There are three major problems drivers often have to face during the winter: foggy windows, difficulty starting their car, and icy tires on snow-covered roads. Foggy Windows When you combine humidity and an extreme temperature difference from outside and inside your car, condensation will cling onto your glass surfaces. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to clear up your view. Here's the order of steps to follow to defog your windows: Turn up the heater to its highest setting. The heat will absorb the moisture. Then, turn on the vehicle's AC to dry out the air inside the cabin. Make sure the recirculation is switched off. Crack your windows. Dead Car Battery A car battery does not perform well in extremely hot or c ... read more

What Can My Exhaust Smoke Reveal About My Engine?

What Can My Exhaust Smoke Reveal About My Engine?

Your vehicle's exhaust may be able to tell you that your engine is in serious trouble. If you think about it, you should rarely ever see your exhaust. You might see steam on a cold morning or at night from time to time, but the exhaust is usually never seen. If you begin to see a ton of exhaust smoke spilling out of your tailpipe, then it's most likely a sign of trouble. Please make sure you note the color of the exhaust as it can help your trusted mechanic diagnose the issue: Black Exhaust If your tailpipe releases dark clouds of exhaust smoke, your engine is burning too much fuel. In rare cases, it can even lead to a fire. It's essential to pull over right away if your engine releases a lot of black exhaust, especially if the smoke is coming out of the hood too. You can trust the expert team at Aeschbach Automotive to locate and repair the problem for you. Blue Exhaust If your exhaust smoke is blue or has a grayish hue, it's vital to stop driving your automobile ... read more

What Are the Top 3 Signs That My Car Is Due for a Tune-Up?

What Are the Top 3 Signs That My Car Is Due for a Tune-Up?

A tune-up can be more than just regular maintenance. Automotive experts suggest this for a reason: your car should be taken to a repair shop before serious issues arise. Following this step can significantly extend the life of your vehicle and how long it can stay on the road. However, it's not always apparent what kind of issues there are. A professional can take a closer look and identify underlying issues that may be brewing under the hood.   Here are some signs your vehicle needs a tune-up: 1. The Vehicle Makes Concerning Sounds During Acceleration You should always follow your senses when it comes to detecting vehicle problems. And if a car is making loud knocking noises when accelerating or on steep hills, it can be a sign your engine isn't working optimally. Similarly, if the vehicle idles or accelerates roughly, it could be a spark plug problem. Taking your automobile for a tune-up may let you know more about this issue and point to a needed fix. 2. Gas Mileag ... read more

Is the Condition of Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

Is the Condition of Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

When you're driving a vehicle, an important thing to always pay attention to is the state of your brakes. We all know how important brakes are to a vehicle, after all, they're the thing that ultimately keeps drivers safe from accidents by allowing their vehicles to slow down and stop. Having unresponsive brakes is a disastrous scenario that no driver would want to deal with. What many might not know, however, is that brake fluids are a key component in the braking system of any vehicle. If a vehicle's brake fluid is in poor condition, that can prove to be very problematic for you when you need to hit the brakes.   To highlight the importance of the brake fluid, it may be important to understand what exactly this fluid is, and how it functions. To put it simply, the brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that is triggered when force is applied to the brakes of a vehicle. The fluids then transfer this force into pressure, which is then used to stop the vehicle. &nbs ... read more

How Do I Know If I Need Power Steering Service?

How Do I Know If I Need Power Steering Service?

Most drivers know when it's time to get their oil changed, but they are left with uncertainty regarding their power steering fluid. Swapping out the power steering fluid is essential to preserving the health of a vehicle. It doesn't burn off with time like motor oil does, but it can get very filthy. With usage, pollutants and contaminants accumulate and build up in the reservoir. When the power steering fluid becomes corrupted, it immediately puts extra pressure and strain on the steering wheel. In severe cases, significant damage can occur to your steering system.   Here are several ways to determine whether you need power steering service on your vehicle: Check Your Vehicle's Owner's Manual Don't disregard your vehicle's owner manual, as it offers extensive information. Check the manual for advice on when to replace your powering steering fluid and the best liquid to use for your vehicle.    Inspect the Power Steering Fluid After running ... read more

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