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Is It Safe to Sleep in Your Car?

Is It Safe to Sleep in Your Car?

It's not unusual to want to stop for a nap break on a long road trip. Sometimes, long drives can take a toll on your body. There are currently no national laws that say sleeping in your car is illegal, but you can suffer some consequences depending on where you choose to park.    If you don't have expressed consent to sleep on private property (outside of your own), many cities have places that you can opt to stay for your break. There are rest areas, campgrounds, and truck stops that may allow you to take a few hours to rest. In these cases, it's always a wise idea to plan ahead your stops or rest breaks before you hit the road. We suggest keeping a list of available rest stops along your route and call ahead to ask for expressed permission.    Restful sleep may not be worth justifying with the amount of risk sleeping in your car can impose. In the very worst case, falling asleep with the engine running can cause carbon monoxide levels to skyrocket ... read more

Back-To-School Season Calls for Maintenace

Back-To-School Season Calls for Maintenace

The summertime is flying by -- we can't believe it is August already! For many of us parents, August means back-to-school season. Before you know it, our little ones will be heading back to class or beginning their next journey at college. At Auto Fitness, we recognize how hectic August can be for parents, which is why our service team wants to help ease your stress levels. We don't want you to be concerned about your vehicle during this busy month - leave it all to our technicians!   When it comes to automotive repairs, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are driving your kids around, whether to school or run errands, your children need to be protected while cruising through the busy roads. Preventive maintenance is the key to success to prevent you, your children, and your vehicle from getting hurt on the street.    Before you are in the middle of school season and swamped with never-ending to-do lists, stop by Auto Fitness. Our skillful team ... read more

How to Customize Your Car

How to Customize Your Car

Having your own car is an exciting concept, and it should be celebrated. You can deck out your vehicle and do almost anything you want to it! Your vehicle is unique to you, so you should design it and add all the cool gadgets you want to meet your needs. These are some of our ideas on how to spice up your car:   Upgrade Your Sound System in Your Car If you often depend on your stereo for entertainment on your daily commute, then you should look to invest in a new stereo system in your car. Perhaps new speakers could amplify and enhance your overall listening experience. With an upgraded stereo system, your sing-alongs in the car will be turned up to a whole other level.   Get Matching Seat Covers and Floor Mats Adding seat covers is a simple and effective way to customize your car, especially if you want to preserve your interior. Seat covers can protect your interior from spills and sun damage. You'll be thankful for the extra layer of protection. In addition to se ... read more

Why Does My Car Shake When I Drive Over 60 MPH?

Why Does My Car Shake When I Drive Over 60 MPH?

So, you are enjoying a lovely morning drive when your car suddenly shakes and vibrates so hard when you hit 60 mph. Well, in most cases, your car tires are the main culprit. Here are some of the tire problems that might make your car shake when you ride at higher speeds. Wheel Balance When your car vibrates every time you drive at 50-70 mph, it is most likely that your wheels are out of balance. The vibrations will emanate from the steering wheel across the seat and through the vehicle's floor. A mechanical expert will measure your car wheel imbalance using a high-tech wheel balancer then help you correct it. Wheel Alignment Wheel misalignment could result from something as simple as bumping a curb. It is another major reason why your car would shake and vibrate when you drive over 60 mph. Fortunately, it is nothing your mechanic cannot handle. Drop by an auto repair shop and have them aligned to enjoy a safe, comfortable ride. What About When My Car Shakes When Starting? If ... read more

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Types of Car Fluid Leaks

You may not know this, but your car has hundreds if not thousands of parts that require various fluids to work properly. In a perfect world, you would have the answer to "what's leaking?" before you even left the parking lot at the gas station. But in reality, it takes some investigation on your part to find out what fluid is leaking and where it came from. Here are six common types of leaks and how you can identify them: Coolant leak Coolant is essential for your engine to function properly. You may have a coolant leak if you notice an increase in the amount of time it takes for your car to warm up or see steam coming from under your hood after driving. Engine oil leak For the uninitiated, engine oil is the lifeblood of your engine. You may have an oil leak if you notice a large pool of liquid under your car or the smell of burning rubber coming from under the hood. Brake fluid leak This is undoubtedly one of the ... read more

The Importance of Tire Rotations

The Importance of Tire Rotations

Tire rotations are an essential part of what helps to save your tires and your car. Having a professional mechanic do the rotation will help you keep track of what's going on with your tires. They can inspect them for damage, check the strength of the tread, and rebalance them as needed. They can also check the air pressure. A routine tire rotation is recommended at least once every 5,000 miles. And there are many reasons why this is true. One major reason is that you can spread the wear much more evenly across all four tires. With the high cost of getting new tires, this is definitely a worthy investment. Another reason to get your tires rotated once every 5,000 miles is that you will be able to keep the tread even, which helps with everyday driving concerns such as smooth, even braking, and driving safely during times of severe weather. Some tires do wear out quicker than others, depending on their location. For example, front tires wear out much quicker than tires in the back ... read more

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

What are the Signs of a Dirty Air Filter?

Understanding the signs of a dirty air filter can help you maintain the performance of your car. An air filter is playing an integral role in keeping the dust, dirt, and debris out from the air reaching the combustion chamber of your car but over time the air filter can be worn out thus, needing a replacement. You should know when it's time to replace it. Read on for more information. Signs of A Dirty Air Filter Let's discuss some of the signs so that you can keep an eye on your air filter: Car Vibrating Excessively And You Hear Noises If you notice that your car is vibrating excessively and making weird noises like popping then there could be an issue with the air filter as it might be clogged. Air Filter Looks Dirty A simple way to tell is by looking at the air filter as it would appear dirty. If you find it hard to see the dirt as it might not be apparent then it's better to let a mechanic check the air filter for you and let you know about the situation. Exhaust ... read more

Wax on, Wax off

Wax on, Wax off

With it being summer time a lot of people wash their cars at home. Well if you’re at home washing your car what kind of soap are you going to grab? Most people go in their kitchen and steal their dish soap. DO NOT wash a vehicle with dish soap. If it has been buffed and there is a glaze or any kind of protectant on it (i.e. any kind of wax or sealant.) it’s going to strip it because all of your dish detergents have a type of degreaser in them. So even though it suds up good and cleans really good it’s going to be that much harder to maintain, because it stripped all the wax off of it. You want all the random contaminants to stick to that wax, that way it washes off easily. If the wax is gone and the random contaminants get to the paint they can etch into and damage the paint. So by detailing your vehicle correctly washing it with a good soap and keeping a good coat of wax on it you can keep your veh ... read more

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Wiper Wisdom 101: Are you wiping properly?

Wiper Wisdom 101: Are you wiping properly?

It is important in any season to replace your windshield wipers. If your wipers squeak, streak, or skip across your windshield or don’t completely make contact with the windshield as they go through the motion then the wipers are not cleaning your windshield correctly. The rubber will dry out due to age and use which can cause the rubber to crack and potentially scratch or gouge the windshield. More importantly, worn wipers will cause decreased visibility for the driver of the vehicle. Wiper blade replacement is a simple and inexpensive item that must be maintained. New wiper blades can make the hopping noise as well which could be caused by improper installation or even the quality of wiper blade (It is worth investing in a quality wiper blade if it can make the difference in getting home on a rainy night or not). Sometimes new wiper blades have silicon residue on them from them being molded. A q ... read more

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What to Consider When Hiring Towing Services

What to Consider When Hiring Towing Services

Towing, or using one vehicle to move a disable second vehicle, is a common and useful service. It’s also one that’s much more complicated than it seems, requiring lots of vehicle and industry specific knowledge to ensure safe transport. If your car is broken down at the side of the road, chances are good that you do not have time to call around for referrals, but choosing the right auto shop or towing service is important in getting the job done well. That’s what makes knowing a few tips before you call so important. When it comes to towing services, what you know and do before the tow can save you a lot of hassle later. It’s always important to consider these tips: Know Your Situation Before you call the auto shop or towing service, collect as much information about the situation as possible and provide it to the service. Things like location, type of v ... read more

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