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18 Characteristics of High-Quality Auto Repair Shops

For many vehicle owners, having the ability to recognize the characteristics of a high quality auto repair shop escapes them.  How do you know if you're dealing with a high-quality, reputable auto repair shop or you've just walked into the scene of the movie Vacation when Clark Griswold has to get the Wagon Queen Family Truckster repaired...
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The Impact of Bunker Labs on AutoPair

Several years ago, AutoPair founder & CEO Ken Koger had a vision to create a network that provided resources to help vehicle owners and shop owners. Tapping into his military experience provided Ken with the tools to deploy that plan. Five years ago, Todd Conner, CEO of Bunker Labs had a vision that every member of the veteran community has the...
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Your Brakes: How They Work and How To Keep Them Working

Your brakes are the most important part of a car, slowing and stopping the car and allowing for safe control of your vehicle. But, how they work is a mystery to some. How They Work  When you push your foot down on the brakes, you cause a connected lever to push a piston into the master cylinder. The master cylinder is filled with hyd...
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Do You Need To Go Back To The Dealership For Maintenance?

I've been around the automotive service world for many years. "Do I need to go to the dealership or can I go somewhere else?" is probably one of the most common question I hear. And my answer has always been..."it depends". There are many reasons to go back to the dealership as well as many reasons not to. Autumn is a busy time for my wife and I. W...
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How To Get 5% Off On Gas EVERY Winter!

 Across all seasons, there are some things that your car needs in order to run smoothly and to last long. Many forget that in the winter, that fact is devastatingly apparent and it shows on our gas bill receipts. Truth be told, the prime cause of the heightened gas fee lies in your tires! There is a direct causation between tire pressure (or r...
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Ways You Could Be Killing Your Car

Each day, week, and season you and your car must face a multitude of difficulties. For you, problems can range from forgetting to do the dishes to coping with the boss' new "big project." For your car, they rest somewhere in between low tire pressure to a failed transmission. You'll have to look somewhere else to help with those dishes, but here is...
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12 Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

When we think of car safety, airbags and seatbelts immediately come to mind. However, we often overlook the small items that go a long way when involved in emergency situations. It doesn't take much money to stock your car with these essential items, so having them on hand makes complete sense for keeping you and your passengers safe on and off the...
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Cooper Tires Recall

 Overview Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (Cooper Tire) is recalling several of their tire models including Discover, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile Wild Country and Big O brand tires. These tires were also sold under brand names including Cooper, MasterCraft, Mickey Thompson, Discount Tire, Pep Boys, L...
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GM Recalls Continental Tires On Certain Models

Overview  General Motors, LLC (GM) has issued a safety recall on certain Continental tires that were installed as original equipment on several 2018-2021 model vehicles. According to the tire manufacturer, Continental Tire the Americas (CTA), the affected tires may have an overcure condition and Continental has initiated a safety recall for th...
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What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

What does the Check Engine Light Mean?  When the check engine light goes on, it normally evokes a sense of anxiety in many vehicle owners. In a way, your job revolves around interpreting the needs of your car. And you engine light is your vehicle's way of letting you know that something needs attention. This article should help ...
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Why Do They Always Show Me My Air Filter When I Have My Oil Changed?

You Need Clean Air to Breathe and so Does Your Car In order to survive, humans require clean and healthy air. Surprisingly and maybe a little bit ironically, cars also need clean air to function. Whether you're in a small town or a big city, a vehicle's air filter makes it possible to keep your vehicle's air circulation clean and safe. The non-prof...
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Signs That Your Brakes Need Inspecting

Cars experience normal wear and tear throughout their lifespan. It's important to get your oil changed and your tires checked out, but one crucial thing to pay attention to is the health of your tires. When driving, it could be the difference between a life or death. Getting them checked and serviced by a professional ensures a high level of safety...
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How do I know if I need new tires?

Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, should be a frequent ritual in your car care routine. These practices maximize your vehicle's safety, improve gas mileage, and boost performance. The non-profit, Car Care Council recommends different procedures to ensure your tires are in tip-top shape when on ...
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9 Surprising Things That Ruin Your Car's Paint

9 Surprising Things That Ruin Your Car's Paint Keeping your car looking good isn't just a matter of increasing its resale value, although that's important too, it's also your car's only line of defense between the sheet metal and the elements. Obviously, parking lot dings and gravel roads do some damage, but so do other not-so-obvious culprits...
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Steps to Save Gas Without Driving Less

Summer is here, and school is out, and even if you don't have little ones on summer break, it's the perfect time of year to enjoy traveling, including a weekend get-a-way. Whether you travel by car or truck, use premium or diesel gasoline, fuel efficiency can save you tons of money. Proper vehicle maintenance is one of the ways to save gas without ...
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How To Reduce Your Vehicle Maintenance Costs

If you want to avoid nasty and unexpected maintenance costs, sticking to a regimented schedule of preventative maintenance is very important. Frequent maintenance will keep your car in good health, making sure you get the best use out of those expensive parts.The best way to reduce maintenance costs is to stick to a strict maintenance schedule. Whe...
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6 Vehicle Warning Smells

Our senses are there for us to observe and understand the environment around us. They're also there to protect us from danger. When operating a vehicle, it's really important to stay alert and a pay attention to the warning sings it's giving you. When your car begins to smell, it could mean your safety is at risk. Below are some warning signs to lo...
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How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Here I go again. I'm sitting in my car driving to work and I look down at the information displayed on my dashboard. It tells me that my oil life is 0%. Oh my! How in the world did that happen? It's time for an oil change again. So the questions is, how often should I change my oil? My uncle, the mechanic, told me several years ago to always c...
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The Penny Test: A Quick Way To Check Tire Wear

How well do you take care of your tires? Do you keep them properly inflated? Do you know about tire maintenance and its impact on safety and fuel efficiency? Do you check if they're worn? If you care about your safety and spending less on tire upkeep, you need to know some basic car tips. The replacement of old tires is a common maintenance item, o...
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Keep Your Cool in Hot Summer Cars

When it's hot outside, one of the last places you want to be is sitting in traffic without a properly functioning air conditioning (A/C) system. To help avoid this uncomfortable situation, AutoPair recommends having your A/C system checked annually to make sure it is functioning at its peak performance level when the temperatures are soaring. "Maki...
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