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How to Replace or Adjust a Headlight Bulb in 2021

How to Replace or Adjust a Headlight Bulb in 2021

f you’re driving down the street at night and all of a sudden your scope of vision isn’t illuminated, is it the street lights or your headlights? If you determine it’s a headlight on your car, don’t worry. Replacing or adjusting a headlight bulb isn’t very difficult and is easily a do-it-yourself project, if you are so inclined. Reliable Imports is experienced in working on headlights and headlight bulbs, as well as repairing electrical issues. In this article, we want to give you the information you need in order to diagnose the problem, and replace or adjust a headlight bulb. But, as always, we are here to help in any way we can.   Diagnosing the Problem - Replace, Adjust, or Something Else? First, you need to determine if the headlight bulb is out, has slipped out of alignment, or the problem is something more serious. Look at the headlights to see if it is just one bul ... read more

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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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What to Do When Your Lexus Maintenance Required Light is On

What to Do When Your Lexus Maintenance Required Light is On

What to Do When Your Lexus Maintenance Required Light is On If you are seeing the Maintenance Required light on the dashboard of your Lexus, it isn’t a bad thing. So, what do you need to do? We are programmed to pay attention when a warning light comes on the dashboard of our cars. Most of the time,when a dashboard light illuminates we experience the increased heart rate and sweaty palms that accompany a feeling of fear or dread. This is especially true when the Check Engine light comes on because it usually means something bad has happened with the operation of the car. But, not to worry here, because Lexus has given us something like a personal assistant, so to speak, in the Maintenance Required light.  The Lexus Maintenance Required is a light that reminds us there is something that we need to do, but it isn’t an urgent requirement. It doesn’t mean that something is terribly wrong. This article explains the meaning of this light so you know what to do. And ... read more

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Are MINI Coopers Reliable and Should You Purchase One?

Are MINI Coopers Reliable and Should You Purchase One?

Are MINI Coopers Reliable? MINI Coopers are fun to drive, able to zip in and out of traffic with ease and make parking a snap. They’re stylish with countless customization options that embrace their quintessentially retro British vibe. But do they hold up? We repair MINI Coopers in Raleigh and are often asked, “Are MINI Coopers reliable?” and we wanted to take a look at how they hold up, especially compared to similar vehicles. The Background of MINIs The 1956 Suez Canal Crisis led to a massive fuel shortage in Europe, which led to an explosion of small, fuel efficient European vehicles, particularly German “bubble cars,” the Fiat 500 in Italy, and soon, the MINI, which made its debut in 1959. Throughout the 1960s, their popularity grew, and they were used in British film and television. Soon, the world immediately came to associate the MINI with British culture, but by the 1970s, they ... read more

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7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change It’s no secret that one of the most important maintenance steps you can take to keep your car running smoothly and make sure it lasts a long time is simply getting the oil changed regularly. We know you’ve probably heard the three months or 3,000 miles rule when it comes to getting the oil changed, but it’s not 100 percent accurate. Some cars can go longer between changes (consult with your owner’s manual to see their recommendations), and some older vehicles or ones with high mileage may need more frequent changes. So, how do you know when it’s time to take your car in for an oil change? Our import repair company in Raleigh is sharing the seven signs that should steer you to a trusted service provider.  Check Your Oil Regularly We can’t stress enough how important it is to regularly give your vehicle a once-over, and this includes checking you ... read more

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What Does Restricted Performance Mean on My Jaguar?

What Does Restricted Performance Mean on My Jaguar? Jaguars exude class, craftsmanship, and confidence, and they’re known for blending classic style with power and performance. So, when you see the “restricted performance” signal on the dash come on while you’re driving, you feel like you got a punch to the gut.  Of course, not all signal lights mean the same thing. “Check engine” is certainly more concerning than “low fuel,” but what about “restricted performance?” Is it an immediate emergency or a simple fix? Our import repair shop in Raleigh is providing a closer look at what this warning means, what causes it, and what you need to do if you see it.  What Does “Restricted Performance” Mean? Primarily seen on S-type and XJ-Series Jaguars, when the restricted performance error message lights up, it means the engine management system has determined a problem. Often this happens either at a cold start o ... read more

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Why Is My Subaru’s Steering Wheel Locked Up?

Why Is My Subaru’s Steering Wheel Locked Up? A locked steering wheel on your Subaru is a dismaying problem when you’re parked, and if you’re driving when it happens, it can lead to an accident. Our Subaru mechanic in Raleigh is breaking down what causes your steering wheel to lock up and what you can do about it.  What It Means When Your Steering Wheel Is Locked When You’re Parked First, let’s look at what causes your steering wheel to lock when it’s off or parked, as these are often less serious issues, but much more common. Wheels Turned When Parking If you go to turn your car on and not only is the wheel not turning but the ignition is locked, most likely, when you were parking you turned the steering wheel too much. This can lock the wheel, but it’s easy to fix. First, put your key in the ignition and gently try to turn it as far as it will go without putti ... read more

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Is Maintenance on a Volkswagen Expensive?

If you’re shopping for a car, the initial price tag plays a role in whether or not you can afford it, of course, but it’s also important to factor in the cost of ownership. For example, some more affordable cars end up being significantly more expensive to insure, and while some luxury brands may end up with maintenance costs well above average. So, where do Volkswagens fall when it comes to maintenance and repair costs? Our import repair shop in Raleigh is taking a look at whether Volkswagen maintenance is expensive or if it’s an economical investment. Overall Costs of Volkswagen Maintenance There are two commonly held beliefs when it comes to owning a Volkswagen: 1) They’re German cars so they’re incredibly reliable and well made. 2) They’re German cars so repairs are expensive and the cost of ownership is high. Turns out, only one of those statements is true (hint: Volkwagens are inc ... read more

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Is It Time for an Audi Timing Belt Replacement

Is It Time for an Audi Timing Belt Replacement

You know you’re supposed to get an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, check your battery every season, and take your car in for a transmission fluid replacement around every 50,000 miles. You take your Audi’s scheduled maintenance seriously because you know that’s what it takes to maximize its lifespan and get the best performance possible. But how much thought do you give to the timing belt? Left ignored, a timing belt can wear and break, destroying your engine and causing thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. To help you avoid expensive Audi repairs, our import repair shop in Raleigh is walking you through everything you need to know about timing belt replacement.  What Does the Timing Belt Do? Before we get to the timing belt, let’s talk about the crankshaft and camshafts for a moment. Crankshaft - converts linear energy into ... read more

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