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Okay, let’s just admit that automatic transmissions are convenient, especially in city traffic, but when it comes to the pure, unadulterated fun of driving, you just can’t beat a manual transmission. As in all great relationships, you will have to strike a balance in your driving. If you want to keep the pep in your car, you have to know how to take care of your clutch.

riding the clutch in vehicle with manual transmission

Clutch, Shift, Repeat

Remember when you were first learning to drive a manual transmission, the head-banging, stomach-lurching, buckboard ride and stalls from releasing the clutch too soon? Well, too many manual drivers take that to the other extreme, and out of fear of stalling or just bad habit, ride their clutch until it wears out.

What Is the Clutch & Why Should I Care

Simply put, your car’s clutch interrupts the car’s power to the engine long enough for you to switch gears to go faster or slow down. There are many parts to the clutch/transmission system of your vehicle and a well-treated clutch can

When it comes to your vehicle, some things are complicated, but there is no need to spin your wheels when it comes to tire rotation. This fast but important service visit will pay you back in multiple ways.

tire rotation service at Custom Complete Automotive

What Is Tire Rotation?

It’s important to have your tires rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles. Front and rear tires perform different tasks and wear differently from each position on your vehicle, so it’s important to participate in an ongoing rotation plan to ensure even wear on all the tires. There are about a dozen different rotation patterns depending on the car you drive. Front-wheel drive cars typically have the rear tires brought to the front but on the sides opposite to their last position. So, the back left rear tire would come to the right front, and so on. Custom Complete Automotive will follow the accepted tire pattern rotation recommended for your vehicle.

Why It Matters

There are several solid reasons to rotate your tires. Your tires influence the balance of your car, its responsiveness and maneuverability on the

You’re supposed to change your oil between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, or a minimum of once every three months. However, it can be easy to forget when you last had your oil changed. If you suspect you’re overdue for an oil change, looking for a few tell-tale signs can help.

checking oil under hood of car

1. Your Oil is Dark or Dirty.

Check your oil and wipe the dipstick on a white rag or paper towel. Take a look at the color of the oil. Is it dark and dirty? If so, chances are you’re overdue for your oil change.

2. You Can Hear More Engine Noise or Knocking.

You’ve recently noticed that your car is starting to make strange noises. The engine is knocking and you’re hearing more noise from your engine than usual. This could be a sign that your oil is running a little low or, conversely, a sign that your oil simply needs to be changed. Before panicking about unfamiliar noises, check your mileage since your last oil change or bring your car in to