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The Different Types of Windshield Wiper Fluid

The Different Types of Windshield Wiper Fluid

Yep - you heard that right. Although all wiper fluid serves the same purpose, to clean and clear your windshield to improve your road visibility, there are many different varieties available on the market. They can also vary in price. Today, we'll be going over the different types, including standard, de-icing, and resistant types. Standard Fluid Standard washer fluid is the most basic form, and sometimes it can be known as all-season windshield washer fluid or general-purpose fluid. This type of cleaner is usually the least expensive to get and is widely available at gas stations, supermarkets, convenience stores, and even Amazon. This basic inexpensive washer fluid will likely do the job of keeping your windshield clean when conditions are relatively neutral. However, if you live in harsh conditions, then you should consider upgrading to something more problem-focused. De-icing Fluid Sometimes, if you get a cheap windshield washer fluid, it can freeze in super cold temperatur ... read more

Can a Dirty Engine Air Filter Affect Engine Performance?

Can a Dirty Engine Air Filter Affect Engine Performance?

Engine air filters are actually more critical to your car's performance than you think. Failure to keep them in good condition can cause major impediments to your car's reliability. Here is some more information to help you understand air filters and how they can affect your vehicle's performance.   The primary purpose of a car's engine air filter is to ensure that large contaminating items like leaves, bugs, dust, debris, and other foreign objects don't get into the engine's sensitive points. The air filter also prevents allergens like pollen from getting into the systems during the spring season.    How Can a Dirty/Clogged Air Filter Affect Performance? As with any other vehicle part, an engine air filter needs to change over time. As the filter tends to collect a large amount of dust, debris, and other blockages, the filter will get clogged over time. Once the air filter becomes clogged, the airflow is blocked from the vehicle's engine ... read more

What Does Sputtering Mean for Your Vehicle?

What Does Sputtering Mean for Your Vehicle?

We heavily depend on our cars every day to get us from point a to point b. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, sedan, truck, SUV, or convertible, no car is perfect. You're going to need repairs from time to time. One of the most frustrating symptoms that anyone can encounter is a sputtering vehicle. Envision placing your foot on the gas pedal just to go nowhere.    What Are the Common Reasons Behind a Sputtering Engine? Usually, a sputtering engine indicates a fuel-related problem. Furthermore, an empty gas tank is also going to cause sputtering. Sadly, the other cases of sputtering vehicles tend to be more severe.   Fuel System When your car doesn't get the proper air and fuel ratio, your engine won't combust correctly to power your vehicle. If you have a damaged fuel pump, filter, or injector, then you're likely to experience that uncomfortable feeling. If this problem continues, you could even end up with a complete engine breakdown.   ... read more

Oceanworks Berkely's Favorite Car-Related Films

Oceanworks Berkely's Favorite Car-Related Films

Car movies can be fun, thrilling, and sometimes even informative. Hollywood loves to feature a fantastic race or an action-packed car chase. We have created a list of the best car movies to watch this summer in various genres. If you are not sure what to watch on your next movie night, you've come to the right place.   DRAMA - Ford v Ferrari  Ford v Ferrari is a relatively new Hollywood film with a talented cast that features Christian Bale and Matt Damon. This movie is based on a true story following Ken Miles, a racer in Le Mans. This movie is a tale of how Ford debut at the famous race and how the great American company beat Ferrari's finest car at the time.   ACTION/ADVENTURE - The Fast and the Furious The release of the first Fast and Furious marked the start of an era for twenty years full of movies to follow. This franchise is full of jaw-dropping action, thrilling races, and insane stunt performance. Fast and Furious remains to be one of the most ic ... read more

Top Warning Signs that You Need New Brakes

Top Warning Signs that You Need New Brakes

  Did you know that new brakes may be needed in as few as 20,000 miles or as long as 70,000 miles? Brakes wear down at different rates based on road conditions, usage, driver habits, and the type of vehicle you have. Some vehicles give audio and visual warnings (such as a brake light) when your vehicle needs new brakes. You need to look out for these changes when you are slowing down or coming to a complete stop.  1. Responsiveness Issues  Suppose you notice that your brakes are slower to respond, or if the brake pedal feels loose, you will definitely need to get them checked out. This problem, most of the time, coincides with the vehicle’s brake lines.  2. Grinding Sounds  A grinding metal sound that erupts when you come to a stop is a sign that it is time for new brakes. This sound comes from tiny metal ridges on the bottom of the brake pad to alert the driver that the brakes have worn down. As soon as you hear this sound, take your vehicle to our ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

So, you are enjoying a beautiful ride on the freeway, and then a warning light suddenly illuminates the dashboard. Mostly, these lights are accompanied by a beep and a sinking sensation in your stomach, probably because you are not sure what the light means or what you are supposed to do. Your vehicle's dashboard lights have numerous symbols which light up every time you hit the start key but go off almost immediately. So what do you do when one remains, on-and what does it mean? In that case, you must get your car checked out, even when it feels totally fine to drive. Most Common Car Warning Lights Engine Temperature Warning Light This symbol is a red flag for an overheating engine. It mostly indicates an issue with the engine coolant (antifreeze), among other problems. It would be best to drop by an auto repair shop immediately after this symbol pops up to avoid further serious damages. Tire Pressure Warning Light The TPMS warns you when your tire is under or over-inflated ... read more

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs It's Time for a Wheel Alignment

You hit a curb and the next thing you know, your vehicle isn't driving straight! More than likely, your vehicle has fallen out of alignment and will need to be realigned. A car that is out of alignment can be difficult to control, making it dangerous to drive. In addition to your car being hard to drive, it will go through tires faster than a vehicle that is aligned correctly. Here are 5 signs that it's time for a wheel alignment. Steering Wheel is Off-Centered While you are driving on a level, straight road, your vehicle's steering wheel should be centered and level. If you notice that your steering wheel is tilted in one direction, it is a sign that your vehicle needs an alignment. Steering Wheel Isn't Returning to the Center After you are done turning, your steering wheel should return back to the center on its own. If your steering wheel doesn't try to return to the center, your car may need to be aligned. Vehicle Pulls in a Certain Direction While Drivin ... read more

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Whenever you start your vehicle, the engine heats up progressively, and it might get to extreme temperatures. Each vehicle is thus fit with a cooling system to prevent overheating and other engine troubles. The heating system functions in removing the excess heat from the engine. It also maintains an optimum operating temperature inside the vehicle and restores the right temperature to the engine. The cooling system is thus crucial to ensure a safe ride and prevent damage to essential car components. The cooling system is a composition of the; Radiator Fan Thermostat Water pump Freeze plug among other components Malfunctioning of any parts causes significant danger to the engine. It is easy to detect possible trouble with the cooling system. Some signs that indicate a failing cooling system include; Smoke from Underneath the Hood If you notice smoke emission from underneath the car hood, consider pulling over and check the vehicle first. You can add coolant or water to get the ... read more

Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft

There are thieves everywhere… in terms of vehicle theft, there are many reports that happen every day. Most people assume vehicular theft will consist of windows being broken and items are stolen from inside. However, there are instances where a part of the car is taken as well. The catalytic converter is quickly becoming one of the most popular parts of a car that is stolen. It has increased dramatically just in the last year and is becoming an issue for many in the Berkeley area. This may be since it is easily accessible to thieves, and it's a part that will be profitable for them. The catalytic converter of your vehicle is what turns dangerous pollutants into harmless gases. It aids with the exhaust system and can be found near your engine's exhaust manifold. Usually, it's very easy for you to see the catalytic converter from underneath your vehicle. Knowing that catalytic converters are a part that thieves go for all the time, there are things that yo ... read more

Does Oil Go Bad Sitting in an Engine?

Does Oil Go Bad Sitting in an Engine?

How long can your motor oil stay in the engine before you have to change it? Well, the oil mostly comes with a five-year shelf life. All the same, if your oil container indicates a shelf-life less than five years, you should work with the printed dates. After the longevity period is over, it is most likely that the synthetic additives in the oil will no longer be efficient. As such, you should ensure that you properly dispose your oil after it has surpassed the dates printed on the container. Does Motor Oil Degrade Over Time? A short answer to this question is yes. Motor oil can only last for a certain period of time. That's why it comes with an expiry date. For this reason, oil goes bad with time just by sitting in the engine. Over time, it becomes less viscous thus less efficient in maintaining proper lubrication between moving components. Your motor oil might eventually break down depending on the oil type and the additives contained in the lubricant. Besides, there are water ... read more

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