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Car Road Trip Games for Thanksgiving Travel

It's that time of year where many of us will be celebrating holidays and enjoying our time off from school and work to relax and spend time with family and friends. If you're planning a Thanksgiving road trip, regardless if its a couple hours or longer, traveling with children in the car can be a handful. Not only do you need to be well prepared with snacks and drinks, but you'll also need a way to either keep them asleep or entertained to make the ride go smoothly.  Here are some awesome car road trip games for Thanksgiving travel for both the adults and the kids to enjoy to pass the time and make everyone's time in the car enjoyable!  1. I Spy - A classic in car rides, I spy can be fun with the little ones. Someone finds something nearby or in the car, and says "I Spy" and starts describing it, such as "I spy something green and tall". Great way to pass the time! 2. The Alphabet Game - This one is fun! Youngest in the car picks a categ ... read more

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

It's not yet winter - but it's almost time to start preparing your vehicle for the colder winter weather. Snow is in our future, and making sure your vehicle is ready and staying on top of winter vehicle maintenance will ensure that you're ready for any weather.  Winter can tend to take a toll on our vehicles, from low tire pressure to the effects that road salt can have. The best way to prevent long term damage from occurring is by preparing your vehicle for the winter weather. Here are some of the top common winter car maintenance tips that will help you stay safe through the season:  Swap out your regular tires for your winter tires Check your tire pressure weekly Check your tire tread to make sure you'll be safe driving in rain/snow Always keep your gas tank half full Have your windshield wipers replaced Consider getting a layer of polymer wax added to protect from road salt and debris Make sure you are up to date on your vehicle's recommended ... read more

What does the leak underneath your car mean?

Seeing a leak underneath can be a cause for concern, especially if you aren’t sure how serious it might be. When you see a leak, be sure to inspect it and make a mental note of the color and where the leak appears to be coming from. Fluids can leak due to a number of reasons, and the severity of the leak can vary depending on the source. Here are what some leak colors can indicate: Clear - Clear liquid isn’t a leak at all, but is just condensation from the air conditioning system.  Red - Red fluid can come from the transmission or power steering system, caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems.  Pink - Pink fluid usually is power steering fluid or transmission fluid, as mentioned above. Orange - Orange can indicate leaking antifreeze or just regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator. Transmission fluid can also look orange if it is old or dirty. Yellow - Yellow fluid can indicate a radiator coolant leak, caused by a ... read more

5 Most Important Car Maintenance Services

We understand that car maintenance can be confusing at times, especially when you are uncertain about when and why services need to be completed. Although maintenance is usually always explained more thoroughly in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, your local auto repair shop is a great source as well when it comes to staying current with your car’s maintenance. Here are the 5 most important car maintenance services that should never be missed for your vehicle: 1. Oil Change The service that car owners are most familiar with - the oil change. Although it may seem like a small routine service, oil changes have a huge effect on the overall health of your vehicle. They are important for keeping your engine protected and should never be missed.  2. Tune-up A vehicle due for a tune-up has usually reached a certain milestone in terms of mileage. The services needed for a tune-up with vary depending on your vehicle and what it needs. A tune-up will basically revamp your ... read more

Get Your Car Spring Ready!

The best way to ensure your safety on the road is good vehicle maintenance. Spring is here - and it’s the perfect time to make sure your car is running in top condition. The winter season can take a toll on the condition of our vehicles, so it’s time to inspect major parts and fluids that will be important to your car’s reliability throughout Spring. Here are the most important spring car maintenance items to take care of this season by your local mechanic: Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights ... read more

It's Time to Have Your A/C Inspected!

We are nearing the summer months, and now is the perfect time to have your vehicle's air conditioning inspected. Whether you've been experiencing some issues with it, or it's been a while since your last A/C inspection, it's important to have the A/C looked at before an issue happens on your summer drives. At Small World Auto Center, our experts are here to help with all of your vehicle's air conditioning needs, from regular maintenance to repairs!  A problem with the air conditioning system can manifest in a number of different ways. Look out for any of the following symptoms: Air blowing out doesn't match temperature setting Only hot air blows from vents Strange noises or smells when turned on Overall lack in performance As soon as you notice any of the problems listed above, bring your car into Small World Auto Center for an air conditioning inspection. Your car may be low on Freon or there could be an issue with a fan or motor. We will get to the b ... read more

Back To School Driving Safety

It's that time of the year - the kids are going back to school and traffic will be increased for the next couple of months. When it is those first couple of weeks of school, many more cars will be on the roads, especially in school zones, and children with backpacks will be roaming the sidewalks.  With the increase of cars and of students out and about in the neighborhood, it's important to remember some back to school driving safety tips to keep everyone safe and unharmed during the beginning of the school season.  Here are some back to school safety tips to remember:  Obey speed limit laws in neighborhoods and school zones. School zones are marked with lower speed limits for a reason - many kids will be walking around the area and speeding is dangerous and unnecessary.  Watch for pedestrians crossing the street and know your area's laws regarding right of way.  Always take turns slowly and carefully, especially around homes and schools ... read more

How to Keep your High Mileage Car Running

Our cars have made many improvements throughout the years, and it is apparent that cars can now continue to run smoothly even when they have high mileage. If your car’s mileage is over 100,000 miles, you may be a bit concerned about how much longer your vehicle will be dependable on the road. However, good car maintenance can help you extend the life of your vehicle well past the 100k mile mark.  Here are some tips on how to keep your high mileage car running smoothly for years to follow:  Choose a vehicle manufacturer that has a good track record when it comes to long lasting vehicles. Do your research before buying a car and choose an option that you will be able to get your money’s worth out of.  Make sure to stay on top of your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will recommend services at specific intervals that are put into place to help upkeep your vehicle. Following these services will keep your v ... read more

Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

Most of us use our cars daily, and after we are comfortable driving, we tend to begin bad habits that can cause a risk to the safety of our driving. If you drive daily, try to remember to practice safe driving and to always keep your concentration on the road.  We often don’t realize the bad habits that we do because we aren’t aware of their occurrence. However, realizing our bad habits and working towards correcting them, especially when it comes to driving, can drastically reduce the chance of an accident on the road.  Here are some bad habits that should be avoided while driving:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on the phone while driving Eating will behind the wheel One hand driving Not signaling when changing lanes or turning Riding the tail of other vehicles on the road All of the above are bad habits that most vehicle drivers are guilty of at one point or another. Read over this list and try to identify which you are guilty ... read more

Why are Oil Changes so Important?

From the moment you first get your vehicle, you become aware of how often you need to stop by the shop and get your oil changed. We know that sometimes it can be a hassle, especially if your vehicle needs an oil change every 3 months. The good news is - an oil change is typically an affordable vehicle service. But have you ever wondered, why are oil changes so important?  The engine is one of the most important components in your vehicle, and your regular oil change is what ensures that your engine stays lubricated and protected. Motor oil has a number of different jobs when it comes to ensuing your vehicle's engine runs smoothly. It lubricates engine parts to protect them from overheating and also from becoming damaged from rubbing up against other metal components. It also helps keep your engine clean by picking up dirt and grime buildup that can affect overall performance.  When you skip your regular oil change, you run the risk of causing damage to your engine which ... read more

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