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Yearly Archives: 2022

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

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