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5 Cool Games to Play on Your Next Road Trip

5 Cool Games to Play on Your Next Road Trip

Most of us will be traveling on the road this summer at one point or another. We should be prepared with fun things to do amid the highway traffic. We encourage you to make your road trip experience as fun as possible, especially if you are traveling with kids! Playing fun games on the road can be an excellent cure for a bad case of backseat boredom. Here are some game ideas to keep yourselves entertained on your next road trip:   Punch Buggy Volkswagen Beetles are the Punch Buggies. The first person to spot one on the road calls out the color and says, "[Color] Punch Buggy—no punch backs!". The person is then allowed to punch everyone within arm's reach (gently-of course).    The Name Game To begin the game, someone says a name (e.g., John), and the next person has to say a name that starts with the last letter of that name (in this case, N, so maybe Ned). The third person picks a name that begins with the last letter of the second person's ... read more

How Long Does Freon Last In A Car?

How Long Does Freon Last In A Car?

If your air conditioning is suddenly weak and not delivering cold fresh air as expected, your vehicle is probably low on refrigerant. This could be due to various reasons, the main culprit being system leaks. When there are leaks within the system, the refrigerant level will ultimately drop. Consequently, your air conditioning will automatically shut down so as to prevent overworking and damaging the compressor. Like most car drivers and owners, you might think that you only need to top off your refrigerant every once in a while. You could never be more wrong. Whenever your vehicle is low on Freon, you should have it flushed and replace the refrigerant. This is the only guarantee that your refrigerant is pure and sufficient to enhance the performance of your ac. By doing so, you will ensure a cool, relaxed, and comfortable drive for you and your clients. Here are some of the common symptoms of Freon Loss Noticeable Leaks When your air conditioning is running, you might notice some ... read more

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Damage?

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Damage?

Everybody who owns a car wants their vehicle to be in great shape and reliable, with the ability to take them from point A to point B. Even though cars can take quite a beating and continue driving us around, if you want your car to truly last, you should attempt to take good care of it. One thing that can have a negative effect on the shape of your car, is... potholes! Seemingly not a big problem to careless drivers, potholes can have quite a damaging effect on your precious car. Some of the areas of your car that can easily be damaged by potholes include the suspension system, exhaust system, wheel rims, tires, and of course, the alignment. Potholes have the ability to damage, bend, or even break certain parts of your vehicle's suspension system, which can cost you a fair bit of money to repair or replace. Additionally, your exhaust runs the risk of getting damaged as well, which could cause excessive noise if any cracks or holes will form in it. Large potholes could even bend ... read more

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

The alternator is the part in your car that's responsible for keeping your car fully charged during periods of active driving. It stands right behind the battery as it does its job to keep your engine up and running at an optimal level. Alternators operate by extracting energy from a pulley and converting it to electricity. This is the power supply that goes straight to your battery to keep your vehicle going as it should. It relies on a complex system of tiny gadgets and belts, each of which has its part. The stator and rotor are the ones that make the electricity happen within your alternator. They house the magnets that create alternating currents which provide just enough friction to do the job. From there, this alternating current gets transformed into a direct current that goes right to the alternator. It then gets moderated by the voltage regulator so that there is just enough electricity without causing a short. The cooling fan kicks in to guard your engine against overhe ... read more

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Unusual smell(s) emanating from your vehicle raises an alarm for some tragic problems ahead. It's rare from the inside as the well-designed interiors, and regular cleaning saves you the distress of bad odor from your car's cabin. The engine is commonly the source of many odors. Here are some of the unusual smells that come from your car's vents. Your A/C Has a Rubber Burning Smell The odor is a result of technical problems that emerge from the car's engine. The issue is caused by a rubber hose that has loosened and has come into contact with the hot engine or moving component. The rubber horse melts and emits an unpleasant smell. Your A/C Smells Like Sulfur Are you smelling rotten eggs from your car? Had rounds of checking under your seat. Nothing? The prime culprit is right in the exhaust system. The catalytic converter has been jammed. It works by converting harmful hydrogen sulfide into harmless sulfur dioxide. A failure in the conversion leads to emitting of the ... read more

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