It's been really hot in our city lately. What tips can I use in keeping my Saturn SC cool despite it being in the sun all day?
The best way to keep your vehicle cool is to find shaded parking. However, that is still not a guarantee that your vehicle can be able to escape the heat. There are also times that you will have no choice but to park your car under direct sunlight. If that is the case, then consider investing in a sun shade or a UV heat shield. These are great tools in keeping the interiors cool and protected from harmful UV rays. Before you start driving, roll the windows down and blast the A/C fan for at least five minutes. Once this is down, you can now toggle the A/C settings for a cooler temperature. This will drive off hot air from the cabin and replace it with cooler air coming from the A/C.
I took my Saturn SC for a tune-up and the mechanic advised me to rotate my tires. Can I pass that one up? Why is it important to rotate my tires?
The main reason why tires need to be rotated is because the tendency of the front tires to be worn out first, as compared to the rear. By rotating the tires, the tires would all wear out at the same time, making handling and driving easier and safer. Ideally, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. Make sure the tires are already sufficiently rotated before doing so. Visually inspect their condition and look out for punctures and cracks. Rotating the tires regularly will improve and maintain your SC's driving and braking performance.
I have been driving my SC Saturn for years and it is only until recently that the car starts to shake and vibrate. What is the cause of this? Is this an engine or suspension problem?
There are many possible angles you can consider in tackling this problem. First, you have to study and observe what kind of vibration the vehicle is making. This will help you determine the possible cause. Observe whether the vibration occurs each time you go for high speed. This indicates that something is wrong with the wheels, the converter, or the camshaft. The vibration may also be caused by inappropriate tire pressure. Try changing the pressure and see if you still experience the same problem. If a noise accompanies the vibration, try to determine what kind of noise it is. If it is a "yayaya" sound, then that probably means that there are some dents in the tires. A whining noise may point out that you have to check the gearbox. Determine if the vibration is present in all gears or not. If it happens while you swerve back and forth, then it could also point out to a wheel bearing problem. On other instances, the vibration could also be belt related. Inspect the rubber belts and verify whether they are loose or misaligned. There are a number of possible causes why vibration is occurring; some are simple while others prove to be more complex. It is best to take your vehicle to an expert mechanic for proper diagnosis.