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The Importance of a Clean Auto Air Filter

Don’t Choke Your Vehicle Envision this. Your hands are wrapped around your vehicle in the area where the hood hinges onto the body. You’re squeezing it so tightly that the windshield bulges out toward you like giant eyeballs. As it struggles to breathe, your car manages to stammer between gasps, “Don’t choke me!” This may […]

Know Before You Go: What to Expect for Registration, Renewal, and Inspection Station Visits

Inspection Expectations Most states require vehicles to meet certain standards. In about 75% of states, this is an emissions requirement, while it’s a safety checklist in about 33%. Maryland requires a bit of both. AutoStream Car Care Center in Annapolis, Maryland, can help you navigate the nuances of the legalities that allow you to keep […]

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid Reviewed, Hybrid Repaired What exactly is a hybrid automobile? A hybrid is what it sounds like–a combination. In the case of a vehicle, it’s transportation that operates using both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Energy is stored in batteries. If this reserve is exhausted before a recharge, the combustion power plant […]

Ways You Can Destroy Your Vehicle’s Transmission

How Your Transmission Works It’s probably accurate to say that nearly every driver knows that a transmission is necessary to vehicle function and usability. What some may not understand, however, is why it’s needed and how it works. A vehicle’s engine produces the power to operate the automobile. As it works, the engine can only […]

Signs Your Brake Fluid Needs Attention

Let’s Talk Brake Fluid There’s no getting around it. If you drive a vehicle, it must have brakes. Your life depends on it! You likely already know that the braking system has multiple components and that it uses brake fluid. You may wonder, however, exactly what this liquid does and why it’s so important. At […]

Wheel to Wheels: Your Vehicle’s Steering System

The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment When you operate your vehicle, your steering wheel is designed to direct the other four, but this can’t work as intended unless the wheels are properly aligned. That’s why AutoStream Car Care Center in Columbia, Maryland, has been steering customers in the right direction with accurate wheel alignments since […]

Four Little Letters, One Important Warning System: TPMS

What to Do When Your TPMS Light is On Modern cars are now outfitted with robust computers that make it much simpler to know when something is wrong with your vehicle, and what the cause may be. Beyond just the check engine, oil, and other dashboard lights, many cars now have elaborate systems which will […]

A Hole in Your Tire, A Hole in Your Plans

Tire Repair vs. Tire Replacement A hole in your tire equates to a hole in your plans. Will you be late for work? Will you reach the airport in time to make your flight? Will your child be late to his friend’s birthday party? We understand that a flat disrupts your schedule. At AutoStream Car […]

Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, and Directional Tires

Directional Tires? Of Course, They Roll in the Same Direction, Right? Just when you thought life was easy and that “tires are tires,” your service technician asked you if you wanted to install symmetrical, asymmetrical, or directional tires on your vehicle. Directional? Don’t they all roll in the same direction? Yes, they do, but that […]