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Common Problems Cold Weather Brings

Common Problems Cold Weather Brings

    With winter approaching, it’s important to stay mindful of making sure that your vehicle is ready for ice, snow, and other harsh conditions. Cold weather can cause damage to your automobile and snow and ice could lead to accidents. To prevent any problems, the team at Mast Service Center wants to offer some suggestions about which parts of your vehicle should be inspected and maintained before the winter season.   Battery Problems One of the most common issues when driving in the colder weather is a dead battery. Voltage can be pulled from the battery when there are frigid temperatures. Luckily the battery can most likely be recharged. If your battery is three years old or older, it’s recommended to replace it.   Problems with spark plugs During the colder weather, spark plugs might not work as optimally as they would when the weather is warmer. Be sure to have them inspected regularly to avoid any problems on the roads.   Tire Press ... read more

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Fall Auto Maintenance: Getting Your Vehicles Ready For Winter

Fall Auto Maintenance: Getting Your Vehicles Ready For Winter

  2017 has been an exciting weather year, to say the least, and the colder months are expected to be a doozy as well. With winter approaching, it’s wise to prepare your vehicle for the colder temperatures and harsher weather conditions.   Most car drivers are aware that tires play a significant role as the temperatures drop. If you live in a part of the country with frigid temperatures and precipitation, winter tires might be a safe bet. Drivers can feel the difference in acceleration, braking, and handling when they switch from all-season tires to winter or snow tires. Besides tires, there are other parts of a vehicle that should be inspected and maintained as we move into the colder months.   Here are some car care tips to keep you and your passengers safe as the days get shorter.   Get engined checked. Cold weather makes existing problems like stalling and idling worse. Check the heater and defroster. They both need to be in working condition for v ... read more

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Best Cars For College-Bound Students

Best Cars For College-Bound Students

It’s an important decision when college bound students are searching for a vehicle. The price and best miles per gallon are very important to keep in mind. Students also need to be aware of miscellaneous costs involved in owning a car that includes insurance, maintenance, finance charges, parking, tags, taxes and traffic citations. Below are some economical cars to consider with a low sticker price and the best miles per gallon.   1. Nissan Versa   The Nissan Versa could be a smart choice for the financially conscious college student as it has modest amenities and bare bones style. It includes an AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows and door locks, intermittent windshield wiper with washer, and Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System. It also has a reasonable sticker price and a 3-year/36,000-mile limited vehicle coverage warranty.   2. Hyundai Accent   The Accent has a sticker price of less than $11,000 brand new, a sleek style, a 5-year ... read more

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Road Safety: What Every Pro Truck Driver Wants You to Know

Road Safety: What Every Pro Truck Driver Wants You to Know

One of the most important jobs in the U.S is long-haul trucking. Delivering goods in a timely manner is required and necessary for any business to thrive. However, it could be a dangerous occupation so safety is a must. Here are some driving tips that every professional truck driver should apply. TIP 1 -  Be mindful of changing lanes too much Remaining in the same lane and always using a turn signal when changing to another lane is a way to lessen the chances of fatal accidents. Checking for blind spots is also a must! Tip 2 -  Share the road Sharing the road with respect for other drivers reduces the risk of potential accidents. Trucks don't have the ability to brake as quickly as automobiles. Keeping distance between can reduce potential accidents. Tip 3 -  Weather awareness Being mindful of weather conditions is advised for truck drivers. On inclement winter days, slick roads can cause dangerous situations on the road. Reduce your speed and allow more time ... read more

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Favorite Summer Road Trip Songs

Favorite Summer Road Trip Songs

Road trips can be wonderful, but the actual drive time can be a bit of a drag. There are many things you can do to make the miles seem to pass faster. Road trip games, swapping stories, and movies if your car is equipped for it, are all options. But sometimes there’s nothing better than just turning on music that uplifts you. For that, we have a Christian music playlist that should have you singing along.   Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells Home by Chris Tomlin So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong United I’ll Find You by Lecrae, Tori Kelly Even If by MercyMe Known by Tauren Wells I Have This Hope by Tenth Avenue North Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship Broken Things by Matthew West Throne Room by Kim Walker-Smith Death Was Arrested by North Point InsideOut Unfinished by Mandisa The Comeback by Danny Gokey Love Is On Our Side by Capital Kings What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship Can’t Life Without by Holl ... read more

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Top Road Trip Itineraries In Indiana

Top Road Trip Itineraries In Indiana

June has arrived, and that means the summer sun will be soaring in the sky. If you’ve still been hiding indoors, it’s time to get out and have some fun while the weather is warm, and the kids are out of school. Enjoy those warm weather hobbies while you can, or try something new! Or maybe just get out of town and relax for a little while. Indiana has plenty to offer, and if you need a few ideas, we have some to share. Spring Mill State Park. Whether you enjoy camping or would rather enjoy the comforts of one of the nearby inns, Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell will keep you busy while you’re here. Offering caves to explore, boat tours, a pioneer village, and much more, the park is a treasure. Hall of Heroes Museum. With comic book heroes more popular than ever, if anyone in your family is a fan, it’s worth a trip to Elkhart, Indiana. Even if you’re ... read more

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When Should You Buy a New vs. Used Car?

When Should You Buy a New vs. Used Car?

  The age-old question: "Should I buy a new or used car?" If there were a clear answer to this question, we wouldn’t still be constantly asking the question. Rather than telling you whether one is clearly better than the other, we’ve decided to put together a list of positives for each option. That way, depending on what the most important factors are for you, a clear picture will hopefully emerge for your situation.   The pros of new You’ve got a warranty, so you know where to go to for service. There’s also no worrying about getting a mechanic to inspect the vehicle’s current condition before you buy it because it’s new. You’ve got all of the newest features available to you. If cutting edge options are valuable to you, new cars can be enticing. You’ve got some ability to tailor the car. If you don’t need to drive off with a vehicle that day, then you can customize and order the exact colors, options, an ... read more

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How Are You Celebrating National Car Care Month?

National car care month is here! We hope you came out of winter reasonably intact, and now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to get on top of all of those car care issues that you might have been putting off. Whether you make a list and make time throughout the week to take care of things one at a time, or take a weekend and get it all done in one fell swoop, as long as it works for you, go for it! The most important thing is that it gets done, or else it’s only going to be more daunting once you finally get to it.   We’ve put together a list of common car care issues, here, so that you don’t miss anything.   Clean out your trunk and glove box. Take everything out, and don’t put it back in unless you’re sure you want it in there. Now the next time you go looking for something back there, you won’t feel like you’re navigating a labyrinth. Get a complete car wash. Not just rinsing the dust off the top of the body, it&r ... read more

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