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How to Budget for Vehicle Maintenance & Other Services

How to Budget for Vehicle Maintenance & Other Services

There’s no reason to stress about car repairs or maintenance when you properly budget for both before the service needs to be done. Just like how you set aside money for your car payment and vehicle insurance, you should also do so to protect your investment. We understand that the expenses can add up quickly, but at the same time, you don’t want to neglect auto care and have to buy a new car sooner than normal. Read to learn how much you should set aside for auto care. Step 1: Refer to Previous Receipts and Records To plan out how much money you need to set aside for maintenance, look at how much you’ve had to spend in the past. For example, gather all your receipts or statements from the previous year that you’ve collected at your auto repair shop. Add them up to find an estimated annual expense. Make sure to include the oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad changes, etc. Step 2: Evaluate Your Vehicle’s Condition  Once you have an annual estim ... read more

How Can a Faulty Exhaust System Be Dangerous?

How Can a Faulty Exhaust System Be Dangerous?

The exhaust system in your vehicle is important for several reasons. First of all, it guides dangerous engine byproducts through a series of pipes to be changed into safer gasses before releasing them out of your tailpipe. The exhaust system protects you and others from breathing in these emissions as well. In severe cases, you may be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. So, when you drive with a problem that exists in your exhaust system, you could potentially put yourself, your car, and others at risk. Since the exhaust system starts at the engine, it can also harm the engine itself. If the byproducts don’t move away from the engine, they can corrode and damage engine parts. Plus, your fuel mileage will suffer. Here are the rest of the symptoms that you may experience with a problematic exhaust system: Loud, engine noises Loss in engine power Lowered fuel efficiency Burning or other unusual smell coming from the engine Check engine light illuminated Al ... read more

What Is That Leak?

What Is That Leak?

A fluid leak in your car, SUV, or truck indicates that there could be a serious problem under the hood. Depending on the fluid, it can even put your safety at risk. If any of your vehicle’s essential fluids leak, you've got a problem that the experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can fix.   Leaks are bad for your car, but they also have negative environmental impacts. If you want to preserve your car and the leak’s corresponding system, please be sure to repair the issue so that the fluid can run fluidly again.    Your vehicle has many fluids including, motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and more. So, how do you tell what is what? Fortunately, all these fluids have different viscosities, colors, and smells. For example, brake fluid is slicker than the other car liquids and has a fishy smell. It is a clear yellow, making it unique from the others.   It is important that you remember and relay these characteristics wh ... read more

Common Power Steering Issues

Common Power Steering Issues

The power steering system is vital to the safety and drivability of today’s car. Even though this system has been around for many decades, they’ve evolved to be smoother and easier to operate. Most are a part of the electrical system instead of being a hydraulic system nowadays. Regardless of what kind of steering system you have, the professional mechanics at Manicinelli’s Auto Repair Center can service both.   Thanks to technology, electronic power steering systems don’t require as much maintenance. However, their repairs tend to be more complex to diagnose and fix. On the other hand, hydraulic power steering systems require more maintenance. To be specific, they require routine fluid checks and fluid exchanges.    Over time, power steering fluid can get dark, dirty, corroded, and overall ineffective. Drivers with this kind of power steering require fresh fluid to seamlessly steer their vehicles.    Below are the top 3 signs that ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

A water pump is an essential part of a car's cooling system. If it fails, the engine can overheat and be seriously damaged. In this blog post, we will discuss the symptoms of a failing water pump so that you can get your car fixed before it's too late! What Is A Water Pump & What Does It Do? A water pump is a mechanical device that pumps water from the radiator to the engine and back. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it from overheating. With a well-working water pump, your car can run smoothly. However, if it starts to fail, you will notice some of the following symptoms: Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump Coolant Leaks One of the first signs of a failing water pump is the existence of a puddle of green or orange liquid under your car. This is coolant that has leaked out of the pump or elsewhere in the cooling system. If you see this, it's essential to take your car to a mechanic immediately, as a leaky water pump can cause this next s ... read more

5 Unbeatable Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer

5 Unbeatable Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer

As the temperature creeps up for the summer, you may consider getting your car some maintenance. Not only can the heat spell trouble for your vehicle, you definitely don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road on a scorching hot day.   At Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center, we can help your car stay in great shape for the summer. Follow these 5 simple steps below: Oil Change - It is always a good idea to stay on top of your oil changes. When your oil is clean and the oil filter is changed, the fluid can flow freely to lubricate your engine. Monitor Fluid Levels - Besides your engine oil, you should keep an eye on your other essential fluids too, including power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Test Your Battery - The heat can especially be harsh on your car battery. The high temperatures can cause acid leaks and corrosion, which will reduce your battery lifespan. To avoid a breakdown, you should definitely test your battery ... read more

3 Maintenance Services That You Should NEVER Put Off

3 Maintenance Services That You Should NEVER Put Off

When it comes to automotive service, many people put it off. They either don;t want to spend the money, don’t have the time to get it done, or they just don’t feel like it is necessary. Even though you may believe it is harmless ctoan skip a service here and there, you may have to face some consequences later on. Here are the 3 maintenance items you shouldn’t put off, no matter what.   Oil Change - Oil is one of those things that you hear in and out of the auto repair shop all the time. You might not see it working firsthand, but it is necessary for your engine to run. It keeps all your engine components properly lubricated so that your engine can stay reliable over time.  If you want to avoid engine repairs down the road, please do not forget to change it. Your owner’s manual will have everything you need to know about oil changes, including the recommended intervals, oil type, and more.    Tire Pressure -  It’s just as easy t ... read more

Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green with Your Vehicle

Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green with Your Vehicle

People are under the impression that the only way to be environmentally conscious is by switching to an electric vehicle. However, there are many ways you can go green without doing so. There are renewable fuels available. Furthermore, healthy practices can play a role in reducing emissions.   For instance, you can be more mindful of your tires and their pressure. Besides changing your tires on time, you can be proactive by checking its psi regularly. Running on underinflated tires can waste a lot of fuel and therefore reduce gas mileage. Getting into a habit of tire pressure checks will ensure you catch a deflated tire early on.  Another way to limit your emissions is to declutter your vehicle and offload heavy and unnecessary items from your car. The extra weight will eat up your gas and increase emissions.   You can go green by driving more efficiently. First, make a habit of shifting gears smoothly. Secondly, learn how to operate at a slower pace on the road. Dr ... read more

Benefits of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

Benefits of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid vehicles are so loved by their owners for their extensive list of benefits. They are different from your average vehicle because it has two different engine types: an electric one and a gas-powered one.   Below are some of the advantages of owning a hybrid car: Lower Fuel Costs/Great MPG  Hybrids aren't completely electric, so they still require gasoline. One of the most impactful benefits of owning a hybrid is the money you save on gas over time. Many hybrid owners can get up to 50 MPG! So if your lifestyle consists of driving long commutes, you may want to consider investing in a hybrid. Lower Emissions Hybrid automobiles are an excellent option because they are eco-friendly or produce less emissions. If you care about the environment and want to keep the air clean, hybrid vehicles may be a suitable option for you. Less Idling Similar to the last two pros, hybrids don't idle using the gas motor. When a hybrid is stopped in traffic, th ... read more

Signs It's Time to Replace Brake Pads

Signs It's Time to Replace Brake Pads

One of the most important safety features of your car is your primary brakes. Every driver has a full responsibility to check their brakes and stay on top of their brake maintenance. Besides brake fluid, brake pads endure the most wear and tear, requiring regular replacements. Your brake pads create friction that helps stop your car. A good industry rule of thumb to follow is to change them every 50,000 miles. Driving with worn brake pads is a huge risk, as they are needed to slow down and stop your vehicle. Beyond the safety concerns, faulty brakes can also spread damage to nearby areas, including the suspension system and tires. Signs It's Time to Replace Your Brake Pads Squeaking or Squealing Noises: It is undoubtedly time for brake service if you hear persistent high-pitched noises when braking. When the brake pads are used to a particular point, or you are low on brake fluid, you may catch this as a reminder to have your brakes serviced. Indicator Light Turns On: In some n ... read more

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