Blog

You are viewing all posts for categories: service

Alternator: The Power Inside the Vehicle

Believe it or not, your car's battery is not the source of its electrical power. That job belongs to the alternator, which generates energy to charge the battery and feed the electrical system.

Under the hood, the engine spins wheels that crank a different wheel on the alternator, which generates energy. If the alternator is failing, the first sign could be a warning light on the instrument panel. It may read "GEN" or "ALT," and the light may stay on or show only when other electrical accessories are in use.  

Read More
Categories:

All About Your Cooling and Radiator Services

Just like any vehicle owner, you want to keep your car running in the best condition that it can. Part of that means that you need regular maintenance done on all areas of your vehicle. This means that you must have your cooling system and radiator regularly serviced, as well.

Without a well-taken care of radiator and cooling system, your car may overheat and leave you sitting alongside the road. Make sure that you have your radiator flushed frequently. Your radiator is the part of your car that the coolant flows through. 

Read More
Categories:

Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades

It seems like there are dozens of small maintenance tasks that are part of owning a car, and it's easy to forget a few. Maintaining your wiper blades is a vital part of your vehicle's safety and should be done regularly.

Even if your climate isn't particularly hot, the glass of your windshield can heat to very high temperatures when sitting right in the sun. This heat has a deleterious effect on your wiper blades, causing them to harden over time.  

Read More
Categories:

Keep Your Car Clean to Maintain the Value

A clean car is going to help you maintain the value of your vehicle. When you take good care of both the interior and exterior of your car, it is going to look like new for longer. The finish can get ruined from scratches and dirt, while rust can begin to ruin the exterior.

Pay attention to the inside of your car too. The interior of your vehicle can be a hazard when there is too much trash inside. If your windows are dirty, your car isn't going to be very safe to drive. Clean out the trash once…

Read More
Categories:

Take Good Care of Your Car This Spring

Now that summer is almost here, it's time to get your car ready for the great times ahead. Spring is an excellent time to think about car maintenance. Take a look over your owner's manual to see if it's time for any routine maintenance. If you're not sure, bring your car to a mechanic to get a spring tune up.

Take a look at your wiper blades and change them if necessary. Have all of your fluids topped off. If you have an air conditioner that only works minimally, have it serviced so that it is…

Read More
Categories:

Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Cleaning your tires regularly is not just for appearances. You should clean your tires to prevent brake dust buildup as well as other debris that can get into the carbon fibers, making it more difficult for your tires. When you wash your vehicle, you should always clean your wheels before any other part of the car. This is crucial to saving time and energy, as you’ll only kick up grime from the tires onto your vehicle. This is why you clean them first.

Secondly, you want to use a product like Wolfgang Tire and Wheel Cleaner because it can…

Read More
Categories:

Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh

Everybody loves that new car smell. Unfortunately, it can quickly dissipate as new, unwanted odors take over. We here at Anastos Motors want you to be an informed vehicle owner and have the knowledge to keep your car in good condition, so here are some odor-fighting tips you need to know.

First, you should always remove trash from the car. Pick up any food wrappers and paper trash. You can keep a small trash bag in your car to ensure that everyday garbage doesn't spread. By eliminating trash, you're reducing the risk of bugs and odors invading your…

Read More
Categories:

Studded vs. Studless Winter Tires

Winter can be a fun time for sledding, skiing and other winter sports. However, getting to these sports or to places like work and school in icy conditions can be a challenge all on its own. If you haven't taken a close look at your tires lately, you may want to do so in order to prepare for slick driving during this winter season.As you're evaluating your winter tire options, consider both studded vs. non-studded models. The first actually offers metal studs embedded into the rubber of the tire to provide extra traction and grip.  

Read More
Categories:

Stay Safe This Winter With a Winter Survival Kit

Roads can be treacherous, especially in the winter time. Do your part to keep our streets safe by making sure that your car is fully stocked with a winter survival kit. Read on to find out what you should put in it.

People always remember the basics like jumper cables, gauze and bandages, but this is not a time to cut corners. Be sure you have a complete first aid kit in your pack, many roadside emergencies carry the risk of burns for unwitting drivers trying to fix the problem themselves. Kitty litter, sand or gravel is also a must…

Read More
Categories:

Can the Temperature Affect Battery Performance?

If the weather has been that much cooler or if it's been sweltering, you've probably noticed some issues with your car battery when starting up or its performance. How much of a problem is this that you might need to prepare for in the future?

All car batteries work based on a chemical reaction that is optimal at 80F. If a battery is exposed to higher temperatures, it is going to wear out that much faster. Capacity that is heat-damaged cannot be restored. 

Read More
Categories: