Time to rotate your tires?
How often should you rotate your tires?
A good time to rotate your tires is when you get the oil changed, assuming you do that at least once a year and more often if you drive, say, more than 10,000 miles annually.
Unless you drive fewer than about 7,500 miles per year, you should probably rotate ...
Written on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by
What To Do (& What Not To Do) When You Hydroplane
First and for most let's go over the DONT'S:
Do not panic. Panicking will only make it harder for you to think clearly and avoid danger.
Do not slam on your brakes. Slamming on your brakes will cause your vehicle to hydroplane more severely. Depending on the type of braking system ...
Written on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by
Tips For Cleaning Your Car Windows
The windows of your car take a beating from dirt, bugs, bird droppings and other debris. But with a few simple techniques and a little know-how, you can make even the dirtiest windows sparkle. Here's a list of helpful glass cleaning tips to get your windows brilliantly clean - without leaving behind...
Written on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by
Selling A Used Car On Your Own
There are many ways of selling a car. You can exchange it for another car, you can sell it through an agent or you can sell it by yourself to get the most possible money out of it. You can advertise your car and sell it on your own. To sell the car you should have the title with you so that you can ...
Written on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by
Stay A W A K E Behind The Wheel
It’s been a long day. You’ve been on a business trip to a major city three states away and your evening flight back was delayed by two hours. Now, as you drive the 50 miles from the airport to your home, you find yourself yawning and struggling to keep your eyes open. And since you want ...
Written on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by
How To Drive Safe In The Mountains
Coming ‘round the mountain sure sounds like fun, but the fact is that traveling steep slopes on narrow mountain roads can be challenging for motorists and their vehicles. However, with some sure-footed driving skills, you’ll be prepared to navigate through mountain ranges without worry.
New Car, New Rules
Owning a new car is an exciting experience. After going through the often challenging process of buying one, it's only natural to want to enjoy it by seeing what it can do out on the highway. But it's important to take it easy on a newly manufactured engine -- initially, at least.
The "break-in per...
Unleashing your inner Michael Schumacher on public roads is bad for many reasons. Driving too fast wastes gas, increases emissions, and of course, puts you at the risk of getting ticketed or being involved in a wreck.
But did you know excessive speed is also bad for your engine? It forces your engi...
Vehicles like heavy-duty pickup trucks typically pack big, powerful engines with a lot of torque. This is because they're designed to tow and haul things many times their own size and weight.
But smaller cars and smaller engines have a hard time towing big objects. They may not possess the torque a...
Shift The Right Way
This tip is more aimed at drivers of cars with manual transmissions. If you have an automatic transmission, shifting will take care of itself -- but it's still important to have your car in the right gear.
These tips can also apply to newer transmissions that allow a driver to select gears electron...
Taking Care of Your Tires
Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a car. According the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), only one out of 10 drivers checks his or her tire pressure correctly, compared with almost seven out of 10 who wash their cars regularly. But the truth is that an under-inflated, over-inflated,...
The Truth About Blown Head Gaskets
The head gasket is located at the top of the engine block under the head. Its purpose is to contain engine compression and to separate the three liquids in the engine from each other. If the gasket is "blown," meaning if it fails in its purpose, the consequences are serious and action must be taken ...
What is this?
Tire pressure is a measure of the amount of air in a vehicle's tires, in pounds per square inch. The required service involves checking the tires' pressure with a pressure gauge, at least monthly, if not more frequently.
Should I do this service when it's recommended?...
Written on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by
Don't Panic! What To Do If Your Brakes Go Out
Having your brakes fail while driving can be a terrifying experience. Hopefully it never happens to you, but if it does, we’ve compiled some tips to help keep you safe in this dangerous situation.
A clear head is your ally behind the wheel, especially when things go a...
Eco Friendly Road Trip
According to the U.S. Travel Association, in previous years, nearly 8 in 10 Americans have chosen to travel by car. As you hit the open road this summer, here are some easy ways to steer that road trip in a greener direction.
Take that pedal off the metal. By following the speed limi...
What To Do In A Car Accident
If you're involved in an accident, first make sure no one in the car is injured. Next, check on the passengers in the other vehicle; or, if necessary, make certain that no pedestrians are hurt.
Then, take these five things into account:
Stay at the scene. Leaving can result in additi...
Rising Gas Prices Don't Have To Cost You
6 Simple Car Care Tips to Increase Gas Mileage
Summer is here and so are rising gas prices. Not to worry, a few simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and go a long way toward protecting the environment.
Many motorists don’t realize that fuel con...
5 Signs You Need New Tires
Just as your feet are sore after a long walk, the tires on your car take a beating every time you drive. This isn't a sign of bad driving --well, not usually -- but rather an inevitable fact of life. Tires get old and worn down. And because a tire failure while you're driving can be catastrophic, ca...
The Importance Of Auto Detailing
The importance of auto detailing is often overlooked but can greatly enhance your vehicle if done correctly. Protecting your vehicles paint is the first step to preserving your investment for years to come. Applying a coat of wax or sealant as regular maintenance will keep your paint looking great a...
Grand Prix Performance Launches New Website!
Located at 1718 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa, CA, Grand Prix Performance services the automotive repair, tire, and wheel needs of those in Costa Mesa, CA, Newport Beach, CA, Laguna Beach, CA, and surrounding areas. Through the years, our dedication to honesty and quality service has helped us maintai...
Written on Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Nicole
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