Car Seat Safety Tips: How to Choose and Install the Right Car Seat

Having a child safety seat is necessary, and legally required, for keeping infants, toddlers, and children safe while driving. According to Mass.gov, “car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury among children.” A federally approved child safety seat can help protect children in the event of an accident, so it’s important to choose the right one and make sure it’s installed correctly to keep your child safe. Here are some tips that will help you pick the right car seat and install it properly.

Picking a Car Seat

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a government agency in the Department of Transportation responsible for a wide range of automotive safety standards, recommends that a car seat be picked based on the child’s age and size.

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7 Automotive Podcasts for Experts and Beginners

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Podcasts are a great way to indulge in your favorite topics and hear enthusiasts talk about the subjects they know best. Whether its news, current events, stories, interviews, history or more, we’ve got a list of favorite automotive podcasts covering all kinds of car-related topics, recommended by a couple of our very own car experts here at 1A Auto, Andrew and Jeremy.

7. Power and Speed Podcast

http://www.powerandspeedpodcast.com/

A few extremely talented and smart drag racers talk about what it takes to make drag racing cars move down the track. Power and Speed gets incredibly technical with data, and brings some heavy-hitting guests on the show to discuss various aspects of engine design, including ways to make more horsepower. From cam lobe design to rear gear choices, these guys discuss the topics that nobody else does.

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Excessive Oil Consumption: Why It Happens, How to Prevent It, and How to Fix It

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Engine oil keeps the internal parts of the engine lubricated and working smoothly. Without it, the engine would seize up, requiring a costly repair or a new engine or new car altogether.

There are many reasons why an engine might be consuming oil at a fast rate. Some are common; some are rare, but it’s a problem not to be overlooked. There are also ways to mitigate it as an engine ages.

What is excessive when it comes to oil consumption?

Excessive oil consumption is the consumption or loss of oil at a rate that is faster than “normal.” What’s normal depends on the specific engine, as each one will have its own recommended change interval and may burn oil at different rates compared to other engines. According the James Dunst at bellperformance.com, an average rate is 1 quart every 1,500 miles, and this number can be less than 1,000 miles for performance vehicles. Manufacturers will have a common mileage number for consumption, which you can find in your owner’s manual. It’s important to know that this number can change depending on what oil is used.

What causes excessive oil consumption?

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Tips to Make a Weatherstripping Replacement Easier

1A Auto mechanic installing weatherstripping around trunk

If the perils of winter have wreaked havoc on your weatherstripping, or if it’s just time to replace it, there are a few tips you can follow to make the process go easier.

Signs Weatherstripping Needs Replacing

Wind noise, water leaking in the cabin, water pooling above the door or in the door jamb, and unexplainable carpet stains are all signs that your weatherstripping needs to be replaced. Weatherstripping may also be cracked or split, or it may be peeling off without much adhesive left to keep it in place.

How to Find Mystery Water Leaks

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9 Ideas for Car-Lovers to Splurge on for Tax Day

For 2018, April 17th is the deadline for filing taxes. According to smartasset, the average income tax refund is over $2,000. Even if your tax return is half the national average, that’s still a lot of money to put towards something. So what should you spend it on?

Well, if you love cars, you’re in luck. There’s a few options out there. They can be practical and/or fun and worth splurging your hard earned cash on.

Go to a Track Day/Night

Organizations like the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) host events all over the US. Some events can run up to $300. But if you have a sports car or you want to test the limits of your daily driver, taking laps on a track for a day with generally no speed limit is one fun event to splurge your tax return on. Rules vary depending on the event, but you’ll need a car in good condition and a helmet to drive. If it’s your first time, Car and Driver  has some good tips to help beginners prepare.

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9 Best Car Movies to Watch

Great car movies love to show off great cars. They test their rugged performance, sometimes in the form of a high-speed chase or race that would never actually happen. They reveal the passion and pride that goes on behind the wheel. But most of all, they make cars a central part of the story.

Of course, many films have featured or debuted rare or new cars, but this list is concerned with the movies all about cars. So with the 90th Academy Awards fresh in our minds, here’s a list of top car movies and documentaries to check out.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)

A nerve-racking chase, a gang of unique characters, and a race against the clock to snag some of the most expensive and desired cars (at the time), this action flick has all the elements of a great car movie. It tests the endurance a prized Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 code-named Eleanor, but also has some neat cameos, like a 1995 Ferrari F355 GTS, a 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30, and refurbished 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible. See the entire list.

I’ve never watched the original version from 1974. However, this remake is still binge worthy, especially if you want a nostalgic taste of some high-end models from the ‘90s.

Le Mans (1971)

First, it has Steve McQueen, who is in Bullitt—another great movie not on this list. Second, it has real footage from the 1970 Le Mans Grand Prix. Third, it’s a movie about the love, courage, and perils of racing. Add in some high-intensity racing scenes makes it a great movie if you’re into racing.

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Announcing the Winner of the 1A Auto Empower Sweepstakes

Congratulations to our lucky winner, Matthew!


To all who participated, thank you for all your hard work. It was great to see people build skill and confidence by learning how to do their own car repairs.

Over 1,500 people showed off their new skills. They tackled repairs ranging from an ignition starter switch, to a set of spark plugs, and even a first try at changing brake rotors and pads. It’s great to see our customers take on a new challenge. Isn’t it satisfying to fix your own car?

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