Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 March 2011 15:07Used vehicles are a lot like snowflakes or people—no two are exactly alike.
Sure, two Ford Mustangs are exactly alike when they role off the assembly line. But once they go home with a human being, no two cars are ever quite the same again.
Maybe one is meticulously maintained, and only driven once a week to church and back. Maybe one gets in an accident, or is owned by a travelling salesman who drives 50,000 miles in a year.
Once a vehicle has been on the road even for a short time, it...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 May 2010 19:06In the last four years, 474 children in the United States were killed by back-over incidents, according to Kidsandcars.org, a child safety advocacy group. These deaths are easily preventable, and you can greatly reduce the risk of back-up accidents by installing a back-up sensor on your car or truck.
With SUVs, trucks and large cars growing in size, backing up can pose a serious problem for drivers. Even the most accomplished driver can’t see blind spots, which can lead to costly repairs or serious injury.
A back-up sensor is a small investment to protect your car and those around you. It is especially a good idea if you live in an area with many pets or children. Between 2001 and 2003 alone, more than 7,400 children ages 1 to 14...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 May 2010 19:02Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and discover new back roads in your state or drive cross-country. A summer road trip is a great opportunity for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and a great way to make memories with your friends and family.
A little planning and preparation will make your road trip even better. Here are some tips that can be essential to summer road trip success.
• Plan your route. One of the most exciting parts of a summer road trip is the planning stage. By getting everyone involved, you can ensure that everyone gets to visit the stops they want to see along the way.
The most important part of planning your summer road trip is mapping out your route. Numerous online resources can help you plan your...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:48Knowledge may be power, but that’s only the case if you put what you know into good use.
Sure, it’s a common phrase that can be used in many different situations, but when applying it to car care, weeding through the myths can result in financial savings and longer vehicle life.
Myth: My car’s motor oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.
It is recommended that vehicle owners follow their manufacturer’s maintenance intervals while it is still under warranty. But if your car is no longer under warranty, try using a synthetic oil that can extend your oil change intervals.
The number of miles you can allow between your oil changes will depend on the way you drive and the oxidations stability of the motor oil.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 08 December 2009 20:52The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving.
Have a mechanic check the following items on your car.
• Wipers and windshield washer fluid
• Ignition system
• Flashing hazard lights
• Exhaust system
• Oil level (if necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10W/30 weight variety)
Install good winter tires
Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some...
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