Category Archives: Understanding Your Car

Driver with their hand on the gear shift inside a car

What is a Continuously Variable Transmission?

How Does a CVT Work?

If you have shopped for a vehicle recently, you would have found different transmission options. Automatic transmissions are most common with manual transmissions a close second. However, you may have noticed that a third transmission type is available: the CVT. The CVT, or Continuously Variable Transmission, is a transmission that has been around for decades but has recently been making a comeback with modern versions being offered in recent models. At U.S. Auto Sales, we will help you determine if a CVT is right for you by detailing how this transmission works and the benefits you can expect.

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How Often Should I Replace My Brakes?

How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Wondering how often you should replace your brakes in your vehicle? Drivers should expect to replace their brakes on average every 50,000 miles. While this numbers varies depending on various conditions such as how often you drive in stop-and-go traffic or down hills, it’s important to note when you get your brakes replaced last. Of course, you may not remember when you got this service completed. Here, we will take a look at a few common signs of failing brakes, so you know what to watch and listen for.

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How are Moonroofs Different from Sunroofs?

Differences Between a Sunroof and Moonroof

Shopping around for a vehicle that lets you get fresh air and sunlight into your cabin through the roof? Chances are, you’ve come across vehicles that offer a moonroof while others may offer a sunroof. How are moonroofs different from sunroofs, you may ask? Despite the similarities, these two features are actually quite different.

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Mechanic pouring oil into an engine

Differences Between Conventional Oil and Synthetic Oil

Conventional Oil vs Synthetic Oil Comparison

Whether you are getting an oil change or considering changing your oil type, you’ve likely heard about both conventional and synthetic oil. While both do well at lubing the engine, these two oil types are very different. Below, we will explore the differences between conventional oil and synthetic oil.

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Mechanic aligning the wheels on a red car

How Often Should I Get a Wheel Alignment?

How to Tell That Your Wheels are Out of Alignment

Do you know when the last time you got a wheel alignment was? To ensure that your car goes where you want it to, it’s important that you get your wheels aligned periodically. So, how often should you get a wheel alignment? It’s recommended that you get your wheels aligned every two or three years. However, driving on poorly maintained roads or hitting curbs and potholes could require realignment sooner. Unsure if your wheels are misaligned? Here’s how you can tell if your wheels are out of alignment.

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Front-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive Comparison

Differences Between FWD and AWD

Considering purchasing a vehicle? Before you decide on a model, you should determine which drivetrain you require. While there are several options, two of the most common drivetrains are front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). What’s the difference? Which one is right for you? To help you pick, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both options.

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List of Emergency Kit Items to Keep in your Car

Essentials You Should Always Have Inside Your Vehicle

Sometimes, you never know when your vehicle will require maintenance. It may be before you leave for work or while you are already on the road. To minimize stress, it’s best that every driver has prepared an emergency kit for their car to use when needed. Here’s our list of emergency kit items you should always keep inside your vehicle.

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Car driving on a rural road at night

Pros and Cons of Halogen and LED Headlights

What’s the Difference Between LED and Halogen Lightbulbs?

As you drive home from work, you likely have noticed that different cars shine different lights. LEDs and halogen headlights are two of the most common headlights used by drivers today. What’s the difference between LED and halogen lightbulbs? Is one better than the other? Below, we will review the notable pros and cons of each option.

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