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How These 3 Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Audi

How These 3 Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Audi

Have you ever wondered if your driving habits are causing a negative impact on your Audi’s performance? Like many other parts of our day, driving is like second nature and doesn't require much thought. The habits you have formed when learning to drive, stick with you throughout your adult life and are hard to re-learn. Your car may be suffering from these very common and damaging driving habits. Revving the Engine When your Audi has been sitting idle for a few hours, the oil from the engine compartment has mostly returned to the oil pan at the bottom of the crankcase. Moving parts need this oil for lubrication for smooth operation. If you rush the process by revving the engine prematurely from a cold start, the oil won't have had the chance to coat internal parts and can cause damage. Ignoring the Warning Lights This seems like an obvious habit that would cause vehicle damage but you would be surprised at how long people will drive with a warning light on. It comes do ... read more

Can You Use Water Instead of Windshield Washer Fluid?

Can You Use Water Instead of Windshield Washer Fluid?

Windshield washer fluid is a mixture of solvent, detergent, and other cleaning agents that help remove grime and bugs off your windshield. Almost every car has a function that spritzes out washer fluid to help you see better in fuzzy conditions. Since the chemicals in the fluid help remove grime and bugs, water is not an adequate substitute for windshield washer fluid.   Nearly all washer fluids have an antifreeze agent with a very low freezing point so that the liquid doesn't expand or burst within the pump or fluid lines in colder climates. Some washer fluids are extra concentrated and designed to be mixed with water at a particular ratio. While others are sold to be used as-is.   However, adding plain water to your windshield washer fluid reservoir may not be the play. While water may be quick and easy to grab when you're in a hurry, it may only be an acceptable temporary solution for those who live in warmer climates. Another problem that water can present is ... read more

How to Make Your Brake Pads Last Longer

How to Make Your Brake Pads Last Longer

If you're wondering, "what can you do to get the most out of your brake pads?", you've come to the right place. The way you drive your car can significantly impact your brake pads' longevity. Therefore, if you actively practice good braking habits, you will ultimately see a reduction in the wear and tear on your pads.  Here are several things you can do to keep your brake pads in tip-top condition: Drive with the flow of traffic to prevent any unnecessary heavy braking. Give yourself a more expansive following distance from the vehicle in front of you so that you can slow down to a nice and easy stop. Remove excess weight from your vehicle. Maintain a low speed in heavy traffic and avoid any rash braking. Last but not least, you can take care of your brakes by cleaning them off every time you wash your car. Over time, dust and debris can gather on your rotors, adding extra friction to your brake pads when you press on the pedal. Cleaning your rotors off ... read more

Signs of a Faulty Catalytic Converter

Signs of a Faulty Catalytic Converter

Catalytic converters are a crucial feature of your vehicle's emissions system. Unfortunately, if this part becomes clogged and fails, it will bring down the entire process of the emission system. When this happens, your vehicle's combustion byproducts can't correctly be filtered out and pass through the muffler. As a result, the engine could possibly shut down, resulting in a loss in acceleration power and a weak battery. Lastly, it can even cause toxic gas leaks in your car, which is incredibly dangerous.   Below are some warning signs that you have a clogged catalytic converter: Sign #1: Trouble Starting Your Car A jammed catalytic converter may make it nearly impossible to start your vehicle. Even if you get it to start, it may suddenly stop or sputter, indicating that it is a catalytic converter problem. Sign #2: Reduced Fuel Economy If your gas mileage isn't the same as before, the catalytic converter can be the problem. Because your engine is receiving ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

It is problematic and time-wasting to get into your car and realize that it won't start. It gets even more frustrating when you cannot determine what is causing the starting problems. However, in this article, you are about to learn possible reasons why your car will not start. A car that won't start is usually an indication of a problem with the batter, the alternator or the starter. But how do you know which one exactly is causing the problem, having in mind that all these three parts work in unison to power your vehicle? The battery is responsible for delivering high voltage to the starter, which cranks up your car engine then the alternator recharges the battery, allowing your car to function fully. Thus, any of these three parts may cause starting problems. Here is how to know if the battery or alternator is causing your starting issues. Signs it is a Battery Problem. The car battery is a vital part of the car, as it is responsible for providing power to the starter and ... read more

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