Monthly Archives: August 2021

Smooth Shifting In Norfolk

Smooth Shifting In Norfolk

Aug 24th, 2021 If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that VA vehicles are getting more and more powerful and at the same time are getting better and better fuel economy . Much of that's because of better transmissions. To get a understanding of why that is, let's turn to gear experts – Norfolk bicyclists. A cyclist's cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. Their ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced cyclist uses his gears to keep his pedal speed in the ideal zone whether he's climbing a steep Norfolk hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill. Look at how it works: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. And your top speed is limited by how f ... read more

What Norfolk Drivers Should Do After a Car Accident

Aug 21st, 2021 Getting into a car accident can ruin a lot more than just your day. So, consider these tips to make sure the damages aren't worse than you originally think: 1. Make sure everyone is ok, and call 911 to report the accident. Not only will this help in case of serious injury, it will also enable official documentation - which may save you a lot of frustration and money later. 2. Call your insurance agent to find out what information he/she needs.  Listen to any advice based on their experience and based on your coverage and role in the accident. 3. Exchange insurance and contact information with the driver of the other vehicle. If you can, take your own photos of the scene and damage with your cell phone. 4. Follow the directions of your agent to file a claim, if necessary, and consider the repairs that might be needed. But remember, if your insurance agent tells you that you have to use a certain shop, check the laws in VA. Many states prohibit insu ... read more

The Dangers of a Damaged Windshield

The Dangers of a Damaged Windshield

Whether it's a chip or crack, you have to be careful with auto glass damage. You might be enticed to neglect it if it's not blocking your line of sign when driving. However, it is crucial to know that even minor cracks or chips need to be repaired. Windshield damage can spread super fast if not taken care of and can pose other safety hazards. The Damage Can Worsen With Wet Weather - When it rains, fogs, or snows, moisture can seep into the chip or crack. If that moisture remains embedded in the affected area in freezing temperatures, the crack will develop into something bigger.  Cause Car Accidents - If your cracked windshield is preventing you from seeing the road in any way, then you need to get it fixed pronto. It is not worth putting yourself and others at risk of getting into an accident.  Major Injuries Can Occur - Auto glass contributes to the structural integrity of your vehicle. Your windshield serves to transfer the force of frontal collisions down its b ... read more

Power Steering Maintenance

Power Steering Maintenance Aug 13th, 2021 Power steering service includes a thorough cleaning of the system and inspection of all the parts. The steering system and the suspension system work in tandem.  An alignment service at Carmasters Automotive in Norfolk also includes an inspection of steering components. In addition to protecting parts, properly maintaining your power steering system is necessary for keeping everyone safe — you, your passengers and other Norfolk drivers on the road.   Carmasters Automotive931 E Little Creek Rd.Norfolk, VA 23518757.456.0722   At Carmasters Automotive we install quality NAPA replacement parts.  

Norfolk Drivers Ask: Why is My Check Engine Light On?

Norfolk Drivers Ask: Why is My Check Engine Light On? Aug 2nd, 2021 The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some and is totally ignored by just as many.  Just what it means is a mystery to most of us. First, if your check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe damage to the catalytic converter or other components.  Get that taken care of right away.  If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at highway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads.  Take it easy all the way to the service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two.  If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with your service advisor to get it checked out. Some more information on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative.  Most of your engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called an engine control computer.  The c ... read more

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