Saturday, July 29, 2017

What to Do When Your Brakes Go Out | Allstate Insurance

If you're concerned you don't know what to do if your car's brakes fail, don't panic. Prepare yourself for such a situation by familiarizing yourself with some tips to help you stop as safely as possible.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Cool Your Car Like a Pro | Consumer Reports

There's nothing worse than getting into a hot car after a day in the sun. These tips from Consumer Reports experts will have you driving away in comfort.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How to Inspect Your Car's Coolant Hoses and Junctions | Allstate Insurance

Do you know how to inspect and repair your coolant hoses properly? Learn how to look for leaks, cracks, dry rotting and other tips on how to inspect your car’s coolant hoses from The Humble Mechanic.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dashboard Headlights

Do you know what these dash lights mean? Watch the video to take the quiz and tell us how many you got right!

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Luxury Sedan Challenge: Acceleration Test

For's 2017 Luxury Sports Sedan Challenge, we tested seven compact competitors in zero-to-60-mph and quarter-mile acceleration plus 60-mph-to-zero braking. And while the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti, Audi A4 2.0T, BMW 330i, Cadillac ATS 2.0T, Jaguar XE 25t, Lexus IS 200t and Mercedes-Benz C300 have only 2.0 liters of displacement, some automakers do a lot more with their soda-bottle-sized engine than others.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why Is My Steering Wheel Shaking?

As a driver you need to be aware of unusual signs that your car displays while you're driving. Strange sounds or movements could mean that there is a problem with the car. If the steering wheel is shaking, there is a possibility that the problem is with the wheels or tires.

At the top of the list of problems is whether any of the wheels is unbalanced. Unbalanced wheels are caused by worn or deflated or underinflated tires.

Misaligned wheels could also be the cause of your steering wheel shaking so much. Alignment problems could cause damage to your tires making future drives uncomfortable and irritating.

There is a possibility that one of the side walls of the tire is damaged. It could either be the front or the rear one depending on whether you have a front wheel driving or rear wheel driving car. The shaking will only be felt if the rack and pinion gear is connected directly to the axle.

A damaged sidewall is incredibly dangerous and you should get a new tire replacement before you end up in an accident. The sidewall can't be destroyed and be fixed later on. Once this part is torn, you need to replace it immediately. Unfortunately, because there is so much tension in this part of the tire it cannot be fixed.

You will also feel the shaking and vibrating if the rack and pinion is damaged or any other parts of the wheel are damaged including the ball bearings, rods and nuts. If any of these components are worn down it will usually feel like the motion factor of the car is about to fall apart with the slightest bump.

If you live in a muddy or snowy area, there are chances that the debris picked up along the way has gotten embedded into the components. This might be the easiest problem to fix as nothing was damaged and your car was manufactured to be prepared for this sort of situation. It may only require a thorough clean.

Also consider whether there are exterior factors that may cause the shaking. This could include underinflated tires, worn treads or whether the edging of the tire has been worn out. In that case, you may only need to go to a tire supplier to have the tires replaced.

You will only feel the shaking or vibrating of the steering wheel whilst you drive but make sure that you get it checked. It is best to trust the professionals because they will always be able to help you with tasks that you are not familiar with.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Three Large Cars Join Ranks of TOP SAFETY PICK+ Winners - IIHS News

Three large cars join ranks of IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Lincoln Continental, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Toyota Avalon come out at the top of a group of six large cars recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The three cars qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, the Institute’s highest award. The Tesla Model S, the Chevrolet Impala and the Ford Taurus fall short of any award because they each earn only an acceptable rating in the small overlap front test.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

What's the Most American Car for 2017?

For 2017, has revamped its longstanding American-Made Index (AMI) for the first time. The AMI is an analysis of cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic-parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle. analyzed light-duty passenger vehicles built in the U.S. (more than 120 in total). Watch the video to find out the most American-made car.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

10 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car | Allstate Insurance

Buying a brand new car may come with a high price tag, so many consumers are looking to buy used cars instead. Buyers still need to be diligent during their search for a used car to avoid purchasing a dud. Take a look at this checklist of 10 strategies and points to help ensure you are looking at the condition and value before buying that used car.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 Compact Hatchback Comparison - Kelley Blue Book

For this year’s compact car comparison we left the sedans at home and went with an all-hatchback lineup. The new Cruze and Civic hatchbacks were obvious invitees, as was the totally redesigned Subaru Impreza 5-Door. The familiar and celebrated Mazda3 served as the hatchback of reference.