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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings essential for Washington DC car owners? It’s simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today’s Metro Motor post, we’ll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very important job while you drive around the DMV.

PCV Valve Replacement

Hello DC car owners, let’s talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely essential PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel.

Want to Save Fuel? Lose the Weight

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone in DC knows this makes sense.

Some of us in the DMV area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I’m not talkin’ what you see in the mirror.

Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor.

How to Get the Auto Maintenance Mindset

When it comes to their vehicles, some auto owners don’t have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Unfortunately, drivers too often learn a hard automotive lesson when a little routine maintenance would have prevented a significant breakdown.

How Fuel Filter Service Prevents Costly Repairs

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn’t seem right. Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance, such as fuel filter service.

Service Intervals for Washington DC Higher Mileage Vehicles

Because new cars are more expensive, Washington DC residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old and 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods, and are more sensitive to weather extremes.

Water Pump: the Heart of the Cooling System

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your late model vehicle from overheating. The heart of the system is the water pump.

There are five main components to the cooling system:

Auto Theft Prevention In Washington DC

Every car in Washington DC, is at risk for theft. So it’s up to auto owners to make cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles.

Super Slick: Synthetic Oil Change in DC

When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the automobile manufacturer recommends. But sometimes, when we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic oil, we choose the cheaper one.  That’s not always the best option.

How to Maintain Your Car’s Air Conditioning System

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Washington DC, but not in your car. When there’s a problem with a car’s air conditioning  system, most Washington DC drivers will feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it?

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