RepairPal Blog: Tips & Tricks

Helpful car maintenance advice and useful tips on all things car-related

In the midst of summer, we are welcomed with warmer weather and much more sunshine. But with this great weather comes one of the more bothersome issues drivers are faced with: the ‘“Summer” car. The “Summer” car is when your vehicle has been sitting in the direct path of the sun for an extended period of time, causing the interior of the car to increase in temperature drastically.

Everyone knows that regular maintenance is an important safety decision for your daily driver, but most don’t consider that regularly washing your car can be just as important! In some ways, this is obvious. Mirrors and windows, for example, can’t properly function for the driver when covered by road dust and mud...

The summer months are hard on the engines of cars. The extreme heat of summer causes wear on mechanical components of cars. Weather can also cause problems with tires, brakes and the engine. If you want your family to be safe on the summer road trips, it is important to do summer car maintenance.

Every region has its own unique set of driving expectations and California is no exception. Though visitors may be uninformed, local drivers and law enforcement will still expect them to know how to follow the less than clear rules of the road.

Did you know that Earth Day is on Saturday this year? April 22nd is a day to celebrate the amazing planet we live on and make strides to help protect it. No matter how you plan on spending the day, it’s always a good time to practice driving green when it comes to your car.

When learning to drive at 15, I quickly noticed that if I wanted to park the car in front of the house, one of the first things I was going to have to learn is how to parallel park my grandmother’s sedan. This is the exact moment my sister gave me some of the best advice of my life on how to parallel park, which I will now share with you.

Car theft is a total nightmare for a car owner. One moment your car was there, safe and sound – the next, it’s gone. Car theft is inconvenient, and many stolen cars are never recovered. And unless you have comprehensive car insurance, you may not be covered for the value of your car.

A shaking car can be caused by a variety of things, ranging in urgency. We’ve put together a list of the most commons reasons you may be asking yourself, "Why is my car shaking?"

Knowing when to change your car's oil can be tricky, and it's possible you could be changing it too often! Learn more about how often you should be getting oil changes with RepairPal. Your pocketbook and the planet will thank you later.

Our brake systems are critically important and, unless you have Fred Flintstone feet, you’re going to need them. When your brakes start making noise, you should first determine under what conditions and from what area of the vehicle you hear it.