5 Great Road Trips To Take In The United States

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the best ways to see the nation is by taking a road trip. The United States Department of Transportation has designated several roads as especially worth driving. These roads are called All American Roads. All American Roads travel past some of the most amazing scenery in the United States. The next time you take a road trip, consider traveling one of these roads: Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway travels through Oregon and California, past several of the most incredible volcanoes in the United States. You can see Lassen Peak, Mt. Shasta, Crater Lake, and Mt. McLoughlin along this route, as well as many beautiful rivers and small towns. You’ll pass clear alpine lakes and drive through lush evergreen forests.  Scenic Byway 12 Scenic Byway 12 travels through central Utah, going from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park. Along the way, you will see incredible red rock formations, stark and desolate plains, and lush forests as you travel up craggy mountains and down into ancient river valleys. Pacific Coast Scenic Byway The Pacific Coast Scenic Byway travels the length of US Route 101 in Oregon. As you travel this road, you will see some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. You will go past some famous cities as well, notably Astoria and Cannon Beach, which were the filming locations for the movie The Goonies. This area of the coast is famous for its monoliths, pieces of the coastline that have been separated from the rest of the continent by erosion and time. You will also pass incredible tidal streams, rivers, and valleys on your drive through this incredible area. Red Rock Scenic Road Red Rock Scenic Road is a short segment of highway that connects Sedona, Arizona to Interstate 17 in Northern Arizona. This road travels past stunning red rock outcroppings and desert flora and fauna. This short segment can be done in less than an hour, though if you take the time to stop and explore on foot, it can take all day. Creole Nature Trail The Creole Nature Trail goes through marshes and swamps in Louisiana and takes you past some of the stereotypical environments that you would find in the deep South. You can find large cypress trees and a wide variety of birds and animals. This is one of the few places in the world where you can see these creatures, and this road gives you a great opportunity to look at them up close. The next time you take a vacation, get a car rental and take a road trip on one of these great roads. You’ll see some scenery that you wouldn’t have seen anywhere...

Read More

How To Avoid Used Truck Repair Woes

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re looking to buy a used truck, it’s fairly safe to say that you’re probably looking to save some money. However, if you aren’t a smart-buyer, you will probably find yourself spending more money than you had originally planned, particularly when it comes to maintenance costs. Buying a used truck comes with its own inherit risks. However, being informed can help you significantly reduce your risk of purchasing a used truck with multiple repair issues. Transmission Issues The truck’s transmission is one of the most important components and also one of the most expensive to repair. It’s important to test-drive the truck to eliminate the likelihood that the used truck has any repair issues. While driving the truck, pay particular attention to how the truck shifts from gear to gear. When changing gears it should be smooth, almost undetectable. If the truck jerks when you are changing gears, this is a red flag. If the truck has been sitting for a while, it’s a good idea to look under the hood. Look at the spot directly under the transmission. If you notice a bright red liquid, this means that the transmission is leaking fluid. Typically, leaking transmission is the first sign of a transmission problem. Immediately bring these issues to the attention of the dealer. If the dealer is willing to repair them or drop the price considerably, you could continue with the sale. Otherwise, it’s best to look elsewhere. Engine Issues If a truck’s transmission is its legs, then the engine is its heart. If the heart is not functioning correctly, nothing else will either. Begin your engine inspection with a quick glance under the vehicle to look for any signs of leaking oil. Oil can be anywhere from a dark brown color to black. Leaking oil is enough to completely destroy an engine or it could be something as minor as an unsealed cap. If you recognize oil on the ground, request that the engine be inspected. When driving the truck, take it on the expressway so that you can drive a little faster. As the truck accelerates, the engine should be fairly quiet. If you start to hear a knocking sound then you know there is a problem. This might sound like the metal parts under the hood are banging together. This issue is often attributed to the spark plugs and can sometimes mean that the engine is overheating. Either way, it’s in need of repair from a company like Dsuban. Don’t walk away with a used truck that will cost you more in repair cost than its value. Be a smart-buyer and check before you...

Read More

How To Save Money On Oil Changes

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Keeping your vehicle’s oil changed is important. It extends the lifespan of your car, helps you maintain a valid warranty and prevents damage to your engine. It can get expensive to have your oil changed regularly, however, and you could be wondering if there’s a way that you can cut costs. Luckily, following these tips can help you save money on oil changes: Use Synthetic Oil Consider using synthetic oil when you have your oil changed. Although the oil will be more expensive, your car should be able to operate much longer without an oil change. Over time, this can help you save money on maintenance costs for your vehicle. Plus, many people claim that synthetic oil does a much better job of lubricating your engine and can keep your car in overall better condition. Skip the Extras Many auto repair shops offer package deals that include things like having your tires rotated or changing out the air filter in your car. If your vehicle is in need of this extra maintenance, then it can be a big cost-saver. However, there’s a good chance that you don’t need to have your tires rotated or your air filter changed every single time that you get an oil change. Instead of assuming that this is always the best deal, follow the maintenance schedule that can be found in your vehicle’s ownership manual. In many cases, you can cut costs by paying for just an oil change instead of having all of the extras done. Avoid Taking it to the Dealership Don’t assume that you’re better off taking your car to the dealership to have your oil changed. Taking your vehicle to an express oil change shop or a local, non-chain auto repair shop is a good way to score a lower price on oil changes. As long as you keep up with your documentation after having your oil changed, you can still maintain your warranty if you don’t take your car to the dealership. As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can save money on oil changes. Since you probably have to have your oil changed somewhat frequently, remembering these tips can help you save quite a bit of cash in the long run. Plus, you’ll be able to keep your car in excellent condition if you don’t have to worry about the cost of regular oil changes. For more information, try contacting a company like Cadwalader Service Centre, Inc. with your...

Read More

Transmission Repair For Imported Vehicles Doesn’t Have To Be As Costly With These Tips

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Owning foreign cars can be a lot of fun; after all, Porsche, BMW, Audi and Mercedes are widely renowned for their quality of vehicles, and rightly so. However, the downside to owning a foreign car in the United States is that you often have to face more expensive repair work and more expensive parts. This is especially true for transmission repair, which can be very costly even with domestic vehicles, and thus is typically far more expensive for foreign vehicles. For those foreign-car loving but financially challenged people with transmission issues, here are some tips to help lessen the cost of your transmission repair work. Order the Parts Yourself Most generally, when you take your vehicle into a transmission repair company, they will find the parts that are faulty, order them, and then replace the parts. The cost of parts for foreign cars can be extremely expensive if they are brand-new or directly from the manufacturer.  Additionally, some repair shops have a markup on their parts. If you can identify the parts you need and order them yourself, you can use online bidding sites, find used or refurbished parts or simply eliminate the markup by ordering from the manufacturer yourself. If you do decide to eliminate the middleman for parts, be sure you order from a company or individual that offers a refund, return or exchange. This way, if you have ordered the wrong part, you can get your money back and order the right item. Choose a Specialist Mechanics that are trained to work on foreign or imported cars have the right equipment and tools and rarely will need to order tools just to work on your car. Not so those mechanic shops that only work on domestic cars. A repair shop that only normally only works on domestic vehicles may require special tools and may take longer due to their unfamiliarity with the engine. They may even charge more as a result. If you have a choice, go to a repair shop that advertises both foreign and domestic car services.   Get Maintenance A transmission issue doesn’t usually pop up out of the blue. Typically, the driver noticed problems with the engine long before they finally took it in to be looked at. By getting your vehicle regularly checked over for maintenance and trouble-shooting, you can catch small problems before they become big and expensive ones and can save money in the long run. Use these tips and help lower the cost of transmission services for your imported...

Read More

Fun Ways To Recycle Used Tires

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When your vehicle is going to be getting a set of new tires, the tire service—such as Bonus Tire Service Center—will ask you if you would like to pay a fee for disposal of your old tires. You can let them know that you would rather take the tires along with you and avoid the fee by recycling the tires yourself. There are many fun projects that you can make out of used tires. Here are some instructions that you can use to make some for your home. A Flower Planter You can use old tires to make interesting looking flower planters to disperse around your property. Paint the tires different pastel colors to make them look more pleasing when put into the yard. Set a tire on the ground after it’s painted and fill the center halfway with mulch. Set a flowerpot with pretty flowers in the center of the tire, on top of the mulch pile. Fill the remainder of the tire with more mulch, around the flowerpot. The mulch will allow rainwater to drain properly without washing away dirt. You can substitute the mulch with decorative rocks if wanted. A Dog Bed If you have a doghouse in your yard, make an accompanying bed for your four-legged friend. Paint the tire white and paint small little paw prints all over the tire with black paint. You can paint your dog’s name on the tire with large lettering. Set it down next to the doghouse. Use waterproof material to cover a regular pillow and toss on top of the tire for a funky dog bed. Kid’s Area If you have small children, you can use old tires to create a mini-obstacle course. Set tires out in a staggered pattern so that they can have races to see who can run through the line the fastest. Have a few tires in an upright position so they will need to be crawled through. You can make a starting and finishing line and hold contests. You can have the kids try to beat their best score. A Tire Swing You can always hang an old tire from a tree branch to make a fun tire swing. Use a thick long rope to string through the tire and tie it to a sturdy branch up above. This type of swing has been used for decades, and never seems to lose its appeal. Jump onto the tire and take a ride. Hang several of them and swing with your...

Read More
Page 1 of 212