Category Archives: Understanding Your Car

Muffler on a car

How to Tell if Your Muffler is Damaged

Common Signs of a Bad Muffler in a Car

Located at the rear end of all gasoline vehicles, the muffler plays two important roles: reducing the amount of noise your vehicle makes and sending emissions out of the vehicle. While mufflers can last on average 5 to 7 years, these components will wear out eventually and will require a replacement. Here’s how you can tell if your muffler is damaged.

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Close up of a gear box in a car

What are the Signs of a Failing Transmission?

How to Tell If Your Car’s Transmission is Failing

Responsible for ensuring that your car shifts gears properly, the transmission is essential for safe driving. As vehicles age, you may encounter some problems with the transmission in your vehicle. At U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore a few common signs of a failing transmission that you should not ignore.

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What’s the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

All-Wheel Drive vs 4-Wheel Drive Comparison

As you’re browsing for a vehicle, you will encounter a variety of drivetrains, such as front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive. Two drivetrains that may seem interchangeable are all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD). However, while similar, AWD and 4WD offers various differences that should be considered. With our all-wheel drive vs 4-wheel drive comparison, you can confidently select the drivetrain that’s right for you.

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Mechanic holding wrenches while working on a car

What are the Benefits of a Multi-Point Inspection?

Advantages of Getting a Multi-Point Inspection for Your Car

Like people, vehicles require regular checkups and maintenance. A multi-point inspection is a great way to get your vehicle’s condition checked so you can best take care of it. Wondering if you should get a multi-point inspection for your car? Explore the benefits of a multi-point inspection here at the U.S. Auto Sales blog.

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Man holding a tire by a car

When Should I Rotate the Tires on My Vehicle?

How Often You Should Get a Tire Rotation

Do you know when you got your tires rotated last? In general, drivers should expect to get a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, do you know why tire rotations are so important? Here at U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore the importance of tire rotations and what may happen if you don’t rotate your tires often enough.

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Driver with their hands on the steering wheel

How Often Should I Drive My Car?

Maintaining Your Vehicle While Staying at Home

Over the past several months, drivers that typically explore the roads have ben finding themselves at home more frequently. Although you may not be driving as much as you’ve used to, it’s still important to keep tabs on the health of your vehicle. Like people, it’s unhealthy to stay in one place for too long. So, how often should you drive your car? It’s recommended that you drive your vehicle at least once every two weeks for at least 15 minutes each time. Below, we will detail a few common problems drivers may encounter if they don’t drive their vehicle enough.

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Mechanic holding a new air filter

When Should I Replace the Air Filter in My Car?

How Often Should an Air Filter Be Changed in a Vehicle?

Occasionally, drivers will need to replace the air filter in their car. Air filters are helpful for preventing environmental debris like dirt, sand, and dust from reaching your engine. Over time, the air filter will collect too much debris and cause your vehicle’s performance to be negatively impacted if it isn’t replaced. Experts recommend that drivers should replace the air filter in their vehicle once every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. If you aren’t sure when you changed your air filter last, here are some symptoms to watch for.

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Cars parked in a parking lot

What are the Differences Between FWD and RWD?

Front-Wheel Drive vs Rear-Wheel Drive Comparison

When shopping for a vehicle, you’ll have a few different drivetrain options to choose from. Two drivetrains you will likely encounter are front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD). What are the differences between FWD and RWD? Which one should I choose? At U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore the advantages of each drivetrain so you can feel confident in your choice.

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Mechanic changing the oil of a car

How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

When You Should Change Your Oil in Your Vehicle

Ever wondered why cars need oil changes? Fresh oil helps lubricate the engine to prevent it from damaging itself while the vehicle is running. Eventually, this oil will begin to break down and collect debris. When this happens, the old oil will not be able to lubricate as well as it should and will need to be replaced with new oil. To help ensure that your engine stays healthy, drivers will need to get oil changes completed on a regular basis. See how often you should get an oil change based on your oil type below!

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