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The Birth of an Icon: How the Ford Mustang Was Made

The Birth of an Icon: How the Ford Mustang Was Made

The Ford Mustang is an automotive legend, a symbol of American muscle and style that has captivated car enthusiasts for over five decades. But have you ever wondered how this iconic vehicle came into existence? Well if you have, you are in the right place! Below we will take a closer look at the history behind the American stallion and how it all started. The Concept and Development Stage It all began in the early 1960s when Ford recognized the need for a compact, affordable sports car that would appeal to a wide range of consumers. The concept for the Mustang started to take shape, blending elements of performance, style, and affordability. Ford's design team, led by the talented Lee Iacocca, worked tirelessly to bring their vision to life. Skipping a few years, on a sunny day in April 1964, the Ford Mustang made its grand debut at the New York World's Fair. The response was overwhelming, with thousands of enthusiastic visitors flocking to see the new sensa ... read more

4 Maintenance Tips You Must Know

4 Maintenance Tips You Must Know

Maintaining your vehicle is an essential part of being a responsible car owner, especially if you want it to last as long as possible. Proper maintenance can help prevent breakdowns, prolong the life of your vehicle, and even save you money on repairs in the long run. In this blog, we'll share five maintenance tips to help keep your car running smoothly and efficiently. 1. Regular Oil Changes Regular oil changes are one of the most important and well-known aspects of vehicle maintenance. Oil lubricates the engine's moving parts, preventing friction and potential overheating. Over time, oil can become contaminated and break down, which can reduce its effectiveness. To keep your engine running smoothly, you should know it's important to change the oil at the manufacturer's recommended intervals, usually found in the owner's manual. 2. Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly inflated tires can help to improve fuel efficiency, increase ti ... read more

Everything You Need to Know Before Your Emissions Test

Everything You Need to Know Before Your Emissions Test

In many states, emissions tests, also known as smog checks, are required for annual vehicle inspections. These vehicle tests are designed to ensure that your automobiles in the US are not emitting an excessive amount of harmful pollutants into the environment. Here's everything you need to know before your next emissions test or smog check. What Does the Test Involve? During an emissions test, your vehicle's exhaust system is closely examined to determine the level of pollutants being emitted. It may involve connecting a diagnostic tool to your car's computer and measuring the levels of pollutants coming from the exhaust pipe. What Should You Do Before the Test? Before your emissions test or smog check, there are a few things you can do to prepare your car: Warm up your engine: Drive your car for at least 15 minutes before the test to ensure the engine is warmed up and operating at the correct temperature. Inflate your tires: Properly inflated tires can help your car ... read more

Driving Tips for Seniors: Staying Safe on the Road

Driving Tips for Seniors: Staying Safe on the Road

As we age, it's important to make sure that we're driving as safely as possible. This is especially true for seniors, who may experience changes in vision, hearing, and mobility that can affect their driving ability. To help keep seniors safe on the road, we've put together some driving tips that can help. Get regular check-ups Regular check-ups with your doctor are a must for maintaining good health, and this is especially true for seniors who are driving. It's necessary to ensure that any conditions affecting driving, such as vision or hearing problems, are identified and treated as early as possible. Stay alert Driving requires a lot of focus and attention, so it's important to stay alert and focused when you're behind the wheel. Avoid driving when you're tired or drowsy, and try to stay focused on the road at all times. If you're feeling distracted, pull over and take a break. Keep up with car maintenance Regular maintenance is essential for k ... read more

What Are the Most Common Auto Service Myths?

What Are the Most Common Auto Service Myths?

Auto repair can be a confusing and overwhelming topic for many car owners. Unfortunately, there are many myths circulating about auto repair that can lead to unnecessary expenses and even safety hazards. Here are a few common auto repair myths and the truth behind them: Myth 1: Change your oil every 3,000 miles. This myth has been around for decades, but it is no longer relevant. Most modern cars can go up to 7,500 miles or even more between oil changes. Refer to your vehicle's owner manual or consult with your mechanic to find out the recommended oil change interval for your specific car. Myth 2: Premium gasoline is better for your car. The general consensus is that premium gasoline is not necessary for most vehicles and is more expensive than regular gasoline. Unless your vehicle's owner manual specifically states that premium gasoline is required, you can use regular gasoline without any issues. Myth 3: It is fine to use the cheapest oil available. Using the chea ... read more

What to Do Before Buying a Pre-Owned Car

What to Do Before Buying a Pre-Owned Car

Buying a pre-owned car can be a great way to save money and get a reliable vehicle, but it's important to do your research before making a purchase. Here are five things to do before buying a pre-owned car to make sure you get the best deal: Do your research: Before you decide on a car, you need to make sure you have all the facts. That means checking out the car's history, getting a professional inspection, and researching the current market value of the car. Knowing the car is important because it can tell you if the car has been in any accidents, if it has a clean title, and if any major repairs have been done. Research the car you're considering: Learn about the make and model of car you're considering, as well as the model year and any potential problems. Check online reviews and customer ratings to get a sense of the car's overall performance. Get a pre-purchase inspection: Have a qualified mechanic check the car for any potential issues, including any nec ... read more

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Road Tripping with Pets

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Road Tripping with Pets

With the holidays finally here, you may consider bringing the entire family on the road, including your fur babies. Whether you’re riding across town or the country, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure your pets are secured and safe. Luke’s Auto Service is happy to offer these tips to ensure your travels are hassle-free and fun! Always keep them in the backseat - The front seat is no place for a pet to be. In case of an accident, the airbags can be too rough on your cat or dog. Instead, make sure they are secured in the back. Secure them in one place - We know how much you love cuddling with your pets, but it is essential for them to be contained throughout the journey. For longer car rides especially, we recommend crating them or using a harness to keep them from going crazy. Your pet may be resistant to it at first, but it should settle down shortly after. Keep your windows up - We’ve seen it in movies and occasionally on the road, but you should keep ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

Have you been noticing that your ride has been bumpier? If so, you may want to take a look at your shock absorbers. Shock absorbers are made up of a piston, piston rod, and cylinder. The piston rod is attached to the chassis of your vehicle, while the cylinder is filled with fluid (typically nitrogen gas). When you hit a bump in the road, this causes the piston rod to move up and down within its cylinder. The movement of this piston creates pressure on both sides of it, which causes compression on one side of it (pressurized) while rarefying air on the other (less pressured). This compression/rarefaction process allows for energy absorption when driving over bumps in the road, you feel less jolting! How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last? Shock absorbers for vehicles tend to last about 50,000 miles before needing to be replaced. The reason shock absorbers have a lifespan is that they're subject to a lot of wear and tear. They have to absorb bumps in the road, so they get worn down f ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What Are the Signs of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter is in charge of converting toxic chemicals, created by our vehicle’s engine into harmless gasses. In other words, it plays a major role in limiting emissions. Even though catalytic converters are made of durable metals that are intended to last a very long time doesn’t mean your car is resistant to problems. A common problem with old cars and catalytic converters is clogging.    Over a long period, the catalytic converter is exposed to an abundance of gasses. It can collect build-up and clog up the cat, causing it to falter. When your catalytic converter stops functioning, it can release harmful fumes into the air. Beyond the negative environmental impacts, the leaked fumes can harm your engine’s performance and spread damage to surrounding components.   When it comes to the exhaust system, you can use many of your senses to detect trouble. Dark exhaust smoke may be an indication that your converter is clogged and expelling hig ... read more

Carburetors vs. Fuel Injection Systems

Carburetors vs. Fuel Injection Systems

Fuel and air are indispensable when it comes to gas and diesel-powered engines. Both variables are equally important and should be balanced to successfully carry out the combustion process. Read on to learn more about the classic carburetor and modern fuel injection systems.    To ensure your engine gets a good flow of clean air, the engine air filter blocks all the dust and debris. This is why it is imperative for drivers to have their air filters inspected during maintenance service. Otherwise, leaving a dirty filter go unnoticed can negatively impact the overall performance of your engine. Second of all, you need a mechanism that controls the air intake and allows the precise amount of air (and fuel) into the engine at the perfect time. Every car has a carburetor or a fuel injection system to achieve this goal.  Carburetors Carburetors are a part of the classic engine design, and they are still found in older vehicles on the road today. They are located in the eng ... read more