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5 Road Trip Games to Try This Summer

5 Road Trip Games to Try This Summer

What is a summer without road trips? A family road trip can be made with lots of fun if you incorporate games along the way. If you ever get bored on a long drive, try out these games to pass the time. Would You Rather While it is technically not a win or lose game, Would You Rather is a great game to get conversations started. You and your passengers can strike up discussions and learn something new about one another.  This game is loved by many, old and young.  20 Questions 20 Questions is another classic, and it can be played by people of all ages. One person in the car gets to pick something, a person, place, thing, idea, etc., and keep it to themselves, while the other people in the car have twenty questions to ask and guess. Trivia Crack You may have heard of this game before, as it was all the rage several years ago. To play this game, you’ll need a mobile device to get the app. It is a great way to stay preoccupied, and you can challenge your friends in Pv ... read more

5 Good Habits Every Driver Should Practice

5 Good Habits Every Driver Should Practice

Being a good driver starts with patience and caution. Practicing healthy driving habits can increase safety and vehicle longevity in the long run. The following list is a good refresher of tips and advice that can make you a better driver.  Read the owner’s manual Every vehicle comes with a thick handbook with all the information you’ll ever need to know as a driver. Reading the manual is an essential task because the automakers outline all the maintenance that your car may need. Stop distracted driving Distracted driving is one of the most prevalent problems for car accidents today. So next time you get behind the wheel, please remember to put your phone away and shift complete focus to the road. Your hands should be on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road. Stick with your maintenance schedule If you want your automobile to run at peak performance, you should always be on time with your factory-recommended services. This includes oil changes, tire mainte ... read more

How to Pack Your Car for a Big Move

How to Pack Your Car for a Big Move

We've all been there – it's time to move, and every square inch of vehicle space counts. You invite some friends over and start trying to work out how exactly that futon is going to wedge in between three boxes of clothes and all your dishes. Nothing can make moving completely painless, but these three key tips you can follow to make sure you (and your vehicle) pull things off without a hitch. Prepare Your Car Before you start loading your vehicle with your worldly possessions, take a few moments to really prepare your space. Clean out the car, removing any garbage or knickknacks. Fold down any seats you can. Take a moment to have your vehicle serviced, too – there's nothing worse than car trouble when you're in the middle of a move, especially if the car in trouble has all your stuff inside. Plan Your Packing Once your vehicle is certified ready-to-go, it's time to plan how you're going to load everything up. Ta ... read more

How to Time Your Timing Belt Replacement

How to Time Your Timing Belt Replacement

The truth is you don't need to be a certified technician to understand how the timing belt works. Truthfully, the more you know about it, the better chance you'll have at keeping your engine parts healthy. Read on to learn more about the importance of your vehicle's timing belt.   What Does the Timing Belt Do Your vehicle has multiple belts and hoses that play key roles in running your car. Today, we're going to be talking about the timing belt in particular. The timing belt is directly related to your engine's operation. It is in charge of synchronizing the rotation of your crankshaft and camshaft. In other words, the timing belt allows the valves to open and close at the appropriate times. The rubber teething on the belt allows accurate timing. Over time, the connection becomes weak, and the belt will deteriorate. And if a vehicle owner does not change their timing belt on time, the pistons will likely strike the valves, damaging the motor.   Signs ... read more

Important Maintenance Items for Fleet Vehicles

Important Maintenance Items for Fleet Vehicles

At Hyland Auto Repair, we proudly service fleet vehicles. We understand the importance of how your fleet vehicles run your tasks or business. Maintenance is key to keeping these vehicles running safely and reliably. Here are five essential maintenance items that your fleet should regularly have done: Battery Tests Vehicle batteries generally need to be replaced every three years, give or take. After that, the battery will wear down and not hold a charge. To ensure your fleet doesn't break down, you should regularly test its battery. Brake Inspections To ensure your fleet drivers are always safe, you need routine brake checks. During a brake inspection, the Hyland Auto Repair team can measure the brake pad wear, replace the brake fluid, and inspect the surfaces on the rotor. Coolant Flushes The last thing you want your fleet to go through is engine overheating, which is not uncommon in summers in Tempe, AZ. There's a lot of stop-and-go driving when it comes to driving a fl ... read more

4 Common Symptoms of Transmission Problems

Your vehicle relies on various systems to run safely and efficiently, and one of the most notable components is the transmission. The transmission is responsible for carrying engine power to move the vehicle's wheels the way you want them to. The transmission also helps to regulate engine speed. Below are some common ways to tell that there's something wrong with your transmission: Whining or Grinding Noise These unusual sounds typically occur after you shift gears, and they almost always indicate transmission trouble. Sometimes it can suggest that you're low on transmission fluid. To be sure, please bring your vehicle to the transmission specialists at Hyland Auto Repair for an inspection. Incapable of Staying in Gear If your transmission can't smoothly go into gear or just remains in neutral, you should definitely have it checked out. This can be extremely dangerous in certain conditions, as you can lose complete control of your vehicle.  Burning Smell The ... read more

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Does the air coming out of your car vents stink? You're not the only one. It's happened to the best of us. There are a few reasons your car vents smell bad that have nothing to do with hygiene.   Why Do My Car Vents Smell? The most common reason is bacteria and mold buildup inside your air conditioner vents. This is especially the case where vehicles are stored or driven in hot and damp climates.   If you want to have your car vents serviced or, if you suspect that something other than build-up in your air vents is causing the issue — contact our certified auto shop for advice.   Can you remember what happened right before you noticed the smell? Did you turn on the air conditioner or heater? Answering these questions will help your mechanic make an accurate diagnosis of the problem.   Dirty air filters are another culprit that can cause a foul smell to come from your vents. Mechanics normally replace dirty air filters when you ... read more

Hyland Auto Repair's Ultimate Christmas Road Trip Playlist

Hyland Auto Repair's Ultimate Christmas Road Trip Playlist

Are you planning a holiday road trip soon? If your answer is yes, why not spice up the car ride with your family by playing some holiday tunes? Before you embark on your holiday journey, look at our list of both timeless classics and newer renditions of your favorite holiday songs. Here is Hyland Auto Repair's list of the top holiday songs to play on your winter road trip: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. (obviously!) Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. Last Christmas by Wham! Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney. It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble. (or his entire Christmas album) It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. Winter Wonderland by Bing Cosby. Blue Christmas by Elvis. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt. Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys. Mistletoe by Justin Bieber Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Sam Smith. A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Iv ... read more

5 Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair From Your Car

5 Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair From Your Car

At some point in time, every pet owner faces the hassle of cleaning up your furry friend's shedding hairs. Your fur-ball may be adorable, but the accumulation of stray hairs may be a very unpleasant sight to see every time you get in the car.  If you allow the pet hair to collect over a long period, pet hair can cause more problems than a dirty appearance. It can cause allergies, skin rashes, asthma, and even throat infections for individuals with sensitivities. Therefore, removing pet hair from your car is sometimes not a choice but a must. If you've been looking for easy and reliable methods to get the job done, you've come to the right place!   Vacuum This one is obvious, but sometimes it doesn't make sense to drag a big household vacuum. Given the space constraints of the average vehicle, a small-sized hand-held vacuum cleaner with a brush or a bristle attachment would be the best investment for your car. Portable vacuums are smaller, so you're mor ... read more

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment?

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment?

Proper wheel alignment is essential for various reasons - alignments ensure that drivers have adequate control of their vehicle, keep the wheels and brakes working correctly, and avoid excessive/premature tire wear. A wheel alignment is a service consisting of adjusting the angles of your vehicle's tires to manufacturer specs. Most vehicle manufacturers have different directions for how often your automobile needs a wheel alignment. However, it usually ranges from once a year to every two years. It is generally dependent on the amount of driving you do and how you handle your vehicle.   A wheel alignment sets the caster, camber, and toe for the front wheels on your car. Although the service is usually routine, sometimes you may need an alignment sooner than you think. In cases where your vehicle's tires are forced out of alignment, like hitting potholes, speedbumps, and debris, then you'll need one ASAP. Below are the following signs your vehicle may display its need ... read more

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