Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.
As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:
- Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, or even fac ...[more]
Spark plugs play a major role in starting your vehicle. Without them your vehicle wouldn't start, so maintaining them is very important. A standard copper spark plug can last anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 miles. A spark plug that is made with more expensive material, like platinum, can last much longer. Even though spark plugs can last tens of thousands of miles, it is remains important to change them every few years.
There are several parts that make up a spark plug. Each part takes a crucial to how spark plugs function. A sp ...[more]
Many people fail to understand the importance of getting your tires aligned at the point of purchase. A new tire is something that should last for as long as the rating. It also should give you top performance and a smooth ride. However, if you fail to take care of every tire on the car, they may not last too long and this can cost you money.
Many people bring their car in to our shop because they notice a tire or two that has uneven wear on it. In some cases, it can be from improper inflation. However, it also can mean that the car needs to have a professional alignment.
Take a look at the car and notice the condition ...[more]
Preventative maintenance service is an investment that is a must, when it comes to keeping your vehicle(s) in good running condition. Preventative maintenance service is especially important for those who live in areas that have cold winters and hot summers. It's important, because the cold winter temperatures and the salt from the roads can cause corrosion and damage to a lot of areas on your vehicle that you wouldn't expect. Also, the cold to warm temperature changes can cause a lot of stress on your vehicle’s transmission, engine, and belts.
Preventative maintenance is a service that is a step taken beyond your regular maintenance service. The difference between preventative maintenance services and regular maintenance services is that with preventative ...[more]
Spring is here! That time of year again when trees start to get greener, flowers start blooming, the weather gets warmer, and people start to get out more. Know that spring is here and summer just around the corner; people are finding more reasons to leave the house. With all the outdoor activities and summer vacation spots around, more people are finding themselves commuting more often.
After the cold harsh winter, is your vehicle ready for the extra commutes and extra summer drives? If your not sure then it would be wise to get your spring auto repair services done. With the salty roads and cold temperatures a lot can happen to your car that you wouldn't expect. For instance, your exhaust and suspension is the most prone to corrosion and rust. Being that the exhaust is under the car it is the most difficult part to clean salt off during car washes. Also since it's under the car, it's the most exposed part that gets hit by s ...[more]
It's very important to your vehicle’s braking system that you maintain your vehicle’s brake lines and fittings. This is especially important for those who live in an area that has winter seasons. It's especially important for cold winter areas, because the salt and moisture from the winter roads can cause serious erosion in your vehicle’s brake lines and fittings. So, checking your brake lines and fittings will help prevent any serious issues with your braking system in the future.
Brakes are the most important feature on a vehicle. There are several different key elements of the braking system that keep it functioning correctly. These parts include the rotors, calipers, brake pads, brake fluid, and the brake lines and fittings. The brake lines and fittings are what connect the brake pa ...[more]
It’s that time of year again. It’s time for cold temperatures and wet, slippery snow. Winter time is the season that all car owners dread. Tasks such as winterizing your vehicle, getting the right tires, and maintaining your vehicles heating system are not always easy. Having good winter tires and a good working heating system are a must, when it comes to winter driving. Without these vehicle necessities, you’re better of walking or taking the bus.
If you live in an area where it snows, it's important to maintain and service your vehicle to insure you get the best performance and life out of your vehicle. It is also a smart idea to have your heating system checked, before the cold winter starts. We can live without the power ...[more]
As a vehicle owner, you know that maintenance and repairs are worthwhile investments. Some vehicle repairs can be unexpected but easy enough to fix, a flat tire, a dead battery, or a blown fuse. However, some repairs require more time and more money to fix, a transmission problem, wear and tear to the vehicle over time, or a failed air-conditioner. Regular maintenance is key to prevent most repairs, but you never know what is ‘just down the road’ for your car or truck. Knowing how to make small repairs, and knowing when to take your car in for inspections, maintenance, and repairs is key to extending the life of your vehicle and getting the most out of your investment.
Outside of routine and seasonal maintenance, oil changes, tire checks, air-conditioning or winter-proofing, having a t ...[more]
Your vehicle is a complex machine with many moving parts and functions. In order to keep those parts moving freely and to reduce damage as well as to keep out water and dirt, one of the most important things you can do is keep engine parts protected and lubricated with an oil change. Regular oil changes are vital to the life of your engine and can extend its performance for years, keeping the engines free of sludge. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3,000-6,000 miles, depending on your vehicle use and the type of oil you are using. Oil changes are one of the easiest, most affordable, and most reliable ways to keep your car running smoothly and problem free.
Oil Changes are essential to:
- Reduce engine wear
As a culture, we are deeply reliant on our vehicles. From the daily work commute, to soccer practice and school meetings, to a leisurely road trip, we need a reliable vehicle to make our daily lives flow smoothly. To keep your car, truck or SUV in working order, all it takes is a little knowledge, some maintenance, and a trusted mechanic.
Most great mechanics and shops will have knowledgeable technicians on hand to answer a variety of questions. In this technological day and age there are many of these shops with fantastic websites that offer tips, tricks, prices, specials, and you can even email questions, receive quotes, or schedule appointments. It’s really never been easier to compare prices and do a little research of your own before heading into your auto mechanic....[more]
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