Yearly Archives: 2021

What is Emission Testing and Why It Is Important

What is Emission Testing and Why It Is Important

Emission testing for your vehicle is important to you, for your car or truck, and for the environment.  This test indicates the levels of pollutants your vehicle is emitting in order to comply with standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.   The first emission test was performed in 1966 in California. Now, it is required by law in more than 30 states on regular schedules. If your vehicle fails the emissions test, you must make the appropriate repairs and have the vehicle retested.   In North Carolina, 22 counties require emissions testing annually for cars between 3 and 20 years old. At Reliable Imports, we perform the necessary emission testing as part of the annual inspection on your vehicle. In this article, we wanted to discuss what emission testing is and why it is important. What is Emission Testing? Emission tests are standard tests that measure exhaust emission for different types of engines and ... read more

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How Reliable is a Honda Civic?

How Reliable is a Honda Civic?

How Reliable is a Honda Civic? If you’re looking for a car that has a long history of reliability, look no further than the Honda Civic. For over four decades, the Honda Civic has been known for gas efficiency, low maintenance costs, and dependability. Ever since the Civic came out in 1972, it has kept a solid reputation of a car that can be trusted.  It was created during the fuel shortage in the early 1970s in Japan and it didn’t take long for the car to make its mark in the automobile industry. Today, it is still a mainstay in the compact car arena. US News says that the 2021 Honda Civic is one of the best compact cars on the market. It’s hard to beat it for reliability. And, not only is it durable, it’s also fun to drive! Reliable Imports services Hondas so we wanted to take a look at what makes the Honda Civic so reliable and such a great car for the average American. Dependability The Honda ... read more

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4 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioner Needs Freon

4 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioner Needs Freon

It’s no secret that summer (and spring and much of fall) is hot enough to require the air conditioner being on when you’re driving around Raleigh. If it can’t keep up, your drive is probably pretty miserable and uncomfortable. Could the problem be coolant? Here are three signs your car’s air conditioner needs Freon and what you should do about it.  Your Car Probably Doesn’t Use Freon First, it’s important to note that your car probably doesn’t use Freon. Freon, or the generic term, R12, is a coolant that was found to be highly detrimental to the ozone layer, so car manufacturers stopped using it in 1994. It’s just that, like Band-aids and Kleenex, the brand name became commonly used.    If your car is older than 2018, you probably have R134A, a better refrigerant that is also efficient and effective. If it’s newer than 2018, your car most likely has R1234yf, a highly efficient coolant that breaks down rapidly in t ... read more

Should You Worry About Your Subaru’s Head Gasket

Should You Worry About Your Subaru’s Head Gasket

Subarus are generally reliable, dependable vehicles, and their drivers tend to be incredibly loyal. However, one common concern people have with Subarus is the vulnerability of the head gasket, and this worry may stop them from buying one. Our Subaru repair company is taking a closer look at this issue, breaking down what the head gasket is, signs there’s an issue, and which models are most likely to be affected. What Is the Head Gasket in a Subaru? First, let’s look at what the head gasket does and what makes it important. Your engine is divided into two sections:    1. The engine block where the pistons and cylinders are; 2. The cylinder head where the valves, spark plug, and cam shaft are located.    Between these two sections is the head gasket. Its role is to seal the internal combustion process within the engine block while allowing coolant and oil to move separately th ... read more

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