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Here's What Should Be In Your Roadside Emergency Kit

You deserve to enjoy a bit of confidence on your daily commute. You can enhance your safety and well-being by taking a few precautionary steps before hitting the road. One small step you can take to be prepared for any small inconvenience is to pack a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle. To pack it correctly, these are a few of the items you'll definitely need.

Flashlights are a must for any roadside emergency kit and can be used for getting the attention of drivers or to light the way while you are making repairs to your vehicle. 

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Preventing the Most Common Cause of Breakdowns – Know Your Gaskets

In Los Angeles, one of the most common causes of engine failure are blown or failed gaskets. Gaskets are an impenetrable seal designed to keep air from getting in or escaping, as well as keeping various fluids from mixing. They’re made of flexible layers of copper and/or steel, with a durable plastic, rubber or silicone outer coating.

Gaskets come in a variety of types, ranging from the oil pan gasket and cylinder head gaskets to the intake manifold/exhaust manifold gaskets. 

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Headlight Maintenance for Beginners

There are so many different parts of your vehicle that require ongoing repair and maintenance in order to protect your investment. While you might not think about it, your headlights need service just like you need your oil changed or your tires rotated. Let's take a look at how headlight service can help your vehicle look better and function better:

  • Sometimes the casing your headlights are in must be removed and cleaned so the light can shine outwards better and look more clear.
  • Headlight bulbs will burn out just like a bulb in your home will and will need…
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The Importance of Clean Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Just like how your home air filter keeps particles out of the air you breathe, so too do the air filters in your vehicle. The passenger cabin air filters are in place to ensure particles in the air do not get inside the vehicle and affect the air you are breathing. The filters take treated air and strip away all contaminants so you have cleaner and safer air. Depending on the vehicle, there may be a number of these filters inside the cabin.

Engine air filters need to be inspected and replaced often because they ensure no particles are getting…

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Be Cautious About Self-Diagnosing Ignition Issues

Your car has trouble starting. The battery isn't charging. A light is on the dash. It is easy to leap to conclusions about the ignition. Even if a Los Angeles, CA parts store employee can detect the engine's code, you are only part way to diagnosis. There are many wrong roads to go down, if you go alone.

To properly assess ignition problems, you'll want to have your car inspected by a highly qualified mechanic at a reputable car parts and repair facility. Preferably this mechanic is your partner in maintaining your car. 

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Perform a Car Battery Test

You can determine whether your car battery should be replaced by testing it with a voltmeter. It doesn’t matter if you use an analog or digital voltmeter. Remember to wear rubber gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes from the battery acid.

First, make sure the ignition key and the vehicle’s lights are turned off. Next, connect the voltmeter test lead to the battery terminals, matching the red (positive) voltmeter to the red (positive) battery terminal. 

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Mufflers and Exhausts: Should You Schedule Service?

Your vehicle’s exhaust is an integral part of the operating system. It stretches beyond just muffling sound before the fumes exit the car. In fact, it begins at the point where the manifold and engine cylinders connect. The fuel and air mixture are gathered into a single pipe to begin their journey out into the atmosphere.

The first stop is the oxygen sensor, where the air and fuel mixture is evaluated for proper emission levels before they’re sent on their way to the catalytic converter. 

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Are Your Tires Due for a Replacement?

Strong and reliable tires are essential for success and safety behind the wheel. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you want to feel confident any time you drive, you need to be able to identify tires that are due for replacement.

Focus on your warning light. If this light comes on, you may have pressure problems. It's also critical to concentrate on tire tread. Tire tread that's excessively low is not a good thing. It can even be intelligent to look at the overall appearance of your tires. 

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