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What is Wrong With My Car?

It can be difficult at times to know when your car’s repair job can be easily done by yourself or when it is time to swallow your pride and call a professional and reliable Raleigh mechanic. You could save yourself a lot of time, money and trouble by getting it properly diagnosed early. Our reliable import vehicle technicians are here to help you in diagnosing potential vehicle malfunctions.Copy Should You Call a Mechanic? Is there an unpleasant Odor? If you have kids or pets it is quite normal to experience unwanted lingering smells throughout your vehicle. There are however some common smells that need to raise a red flag if you smell them. Burning Smell The smell of Engine Oil Gasoline Do you hear abnormal sounds from your car? Turn off your radio for a moment and listen…Give us a call If you hear some of these sounds from your car: Sound of Leaking Air Clicking Sounds Noises When Turning Left o ... read more

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Why You Should Avoid Cranking Up the AC in Hot Weather in a Parked Car

  The interior of a car heats up quickly when it’s parked in the sun. Even under shade, with the windows rolled down a bit, or reflective windshield sunshades popped into place, the inside temperature rises quickly. On a sunny 70° day, the inside air of a vehicle can easily reach a whopping 100°+ degrees, all within a matter of minutes. Twenty minutes to be exact says the scientific table in the article, ‘Temperatures Rising in Enclosed Cars’ from the educational website, ThoughtCo. Imagine your car parked at a spot near the beach while you’re baking in the sun. How hot will the inside temperature be? Unbearable. All the while you’re dripping with sweat and waiting for that blast of cold air on your face. Throwing your wet beach towels on the seats barely takes the edge off. Blame the fast rise in car temperature on what’s a mini version of the greenhouse effect. How to Cool Off the Inside of a Hot Car No doubt, you want instant relie ... read more

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Why Does My Car Need An Oil Change?

We have all been told that we “need” to get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or when we reach the number of miles conveniently printed on our windshield sticker. But, most of us are not sure why doing so is important or what will happen if this task is left undone. In a previous post, we discussed which oil change is better for your car, but now we’ll further simplify this by discussing what exactly an oil change does to help your car. If you have ever wondered why oil changes are necessary, keep reading for answers. What Is an Oil Change? An oil change is exactly what it sounds like: it simply involves replacing the old motor oil in your car with new, fresh oil. This is done by draining the old, dirty oil, replacing the oil filter, and refilling the car with new oil. What Does An Oil Change Do For My Car? While it may sound like a simple, slightly unimportant task, regularly changing your oil is crucial for the well-being of your engine. Neglecting to rep ... read more

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Pre-Car Purchase Vehicle Inspections

Are you in the market for a used car? That’s a big decision. Used cars are a great economical way to have the perks of a new car, but not at the same cost. The biggest advantage of buying a used car is the original owner took a big chunk of the cost of depreciation. According to Trusted Choice, “The moment you drive your new car off the lot, it will depreciate by as much as 11 percent of its value. That means that if you purchase a $20,000 vehicle, it will lose as much as $2,200 in value just by the simple act of your driving it home.” However, purchasing a used vehicle can have its own disadvantages. With a brand-new vehicle, you can know that the car has been manufactured and tested to be in working order, but with a used car, you don’t know the history of the vehicle. Therefore, like getting a pre-home inspection before buying a home, you should get a pre-car purchase inspection ... read more

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How to Know if your Brake Rotors Need to be Replaced

When driving down the road, have you ever felt your wheel shake, wobble, or pulsate? If so, this would be an indication of your rotors are needing to be replaced.  The shaking sensation is because the brake rotors are worn out and warped. Brakes and rotors are an essential part of your car because they will stop your car when needed.  Without proper maintenance and repair, your car can have issues causing you and your family members to be placed in harm for brake failure.  So, if you feel the shaking sensation to your import car, here are a few ways to check if your brakes and rotors need to be replaced: Hearing for Brake and Rotor Issues with your Ears When driving, pay close attention to your car and its brakes.  As you’re driving on the road, your brakes will indicate they are needing to be replaced with a squeaking or squealing sound.  If this is something you hear, go ahead and make your way to see Reliable Import Service in Raleigh, NC, so they c ... read more

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Brakes

How to Maintain the Brakes on an Import Vehicle

The brake system is one of the most important mechanisms in your car. Some would even say it is the most important mechanism, and rightfully so! The brakes on your import car play a major role in keeping you and your family safe on the road. Because of this, it is important that you maintain them to make sure they are functioning properly at all times. Here are three main keys to maintaining the breaks on your import vehicle. Check Your Brake Fluid Checking that your brake fluid is at an appropriate level is something that you should do regularly. If brake fluid levels are not checked and maintained regularly it stands a chance of becoming contaminated. Brake fluid becomes contaminated due to water or air (condensation) that has infiltrated the system. Contaminated brake fluid has a milky white color to it, so it is easily identified. If contaminated brake fluid is left unchanged it can destroy the master cylinder and the wheel cylinder causing major damage in the brake system. Every ... read more

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Conventional or Synthetic Motor Oil: Which oil change is better for my car?

When owning or leasing a car, it is import to make sure that your car is well maintained for efficiency.  However, when doing so, many common question always comes up:  When should I change my oil?  Do I really need to change it every 3,000 miles or 5,000 miles?  I’ve heard people change it every 10,000 miles?  With all those unanswered questions, no wonder why there is a confusion.  There are two different types of motor oil: conventional and synthetic.  Here is the break down on each. Conventional When choosing a car oil for your car, you can choose a traditional, conventional motor oil.  Best for brand new cars or older cars, conventional motor oil is the go-to option when doing regular maintenance to your car. Synthetic Advanced Engineered Lubrication Every car owner knows the importance of keeping your car well maintained for a longer car lifespan.  Using synthetic oil for your car can help keep that on-going maintenance bec ... read more

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Engine

8 Fun Facts About Acura Cars

8 Fun Facts About Acura Cars

Think you know everything there is to know about Acura cars? We put together some fun and interesting facts about the Acura brand. Check it out below! 8 Interesting Facts About Acura Cars #1 – Acura as an ‘Everyday Supercar’ The Acura NSX or the ‘New Sports eXperimental’ was the world’s first car that was produced completely with aluminum and was billed as the ‘Everyday Supercar’. #2 – First Japanese Luxury Car Created in 1986, Acura was the first Japanese luxury car brand to hit the market. #3 – Latin Origins The origin of the Acura name is derived from Latin — acu — defined as “done with precision” or “mechanically precise.” Originally, Honda pronounced the marque as “a-coor-uh,” but customers preferred “Ah-cure-uh” so the new name stuck. #4 – Honda Taps Into Foreign Luxury Market Wit ... read more

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15 Interesting Facts About Audi Cars

15 Interesting Facts About Audi Cars

Since it was founded in 1909, Audi has become a household name, representing luxury vehicles throughout the world. But just how much do you really know about the Audi brand? We’ve scoured the Internet to bring you some interesting facts about Audi. Take a look! About Audi: A Brief History The history of the Audi brand dates back to 1899 when German engineer, August Horch, founded Horch & Cie. in Cologne, Germany. The first Horch automobile was built in 1901. After a dispute, Horch left the company in 1909 and set up a separate automobile company. However, because the name “Horch” was a registered trademark, Horch was not entitled to use it anymore and in 1910, he subsequently came up with a new company name, Audi Automobilwerke GmbH. [source] 15 Interesting Facts About Audi The name, Audi, is actually a Latin translation of the name, “Horch”. Horch made the change after he was told he couldn’t use his name (due to a trademark dispute). The ... read more

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The Importance of Windshields & Windshield Wipers

The Importance of Windshields & Windshield Wipers

History of Windshields & Windshield Wipers In the early days of transportation, when horse-drawn carriages were used, windshields were not necessary. However, as technology evolved and roadways became increasingly crowded, horseless carriages began to use glass to protect drivers from environmental factors, such as wind, rain, and road debris. Mary Anderson, Inventor of the Windshield Wiper Windshields first came about alongside the invention of the first automobiles, sometime around the early 1900s. Back then, drivers had the option of removing the glass pane or propping the glass panes open if they needed better vision. Around the same time, in the winter of 1902, a woman named Mary Anderson was visiting New York city when she observed that motorists were driving with both panes of their double front windows open due to difficulty keeping the windshield clear of falling sleet. The following year, Anderson applied for (and was granted) a 17-year patent for a windshield wiper ... read more

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