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Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Basics of a Healthy Car

The Basics of a Healthy Car

Cars are built better than ever these days and give us miles of service. Keeping them healthy is important and extends their life. Oil is their lifeblood. Dirty oil makes it harder for your engine to turn over and causes premature engine wear. Belts and hoses are made of very durable material with relatively long lives but they do deteriorate over time. We recommend an eight to ten-year replacement cycle. Leaks are not normal except for condensation from your air conditioner. 11 different fluids keep your car running; brake fluid, antifreeze, engine oil, power steering fluid, air conditioner refrigerant, shock absorber fluid, battery electrolyte, windshield washer solvent, rear axle or CV boot lubricant and fuel. If any of these leaks, they need to be fixed right away. Tires need to be kept properly inflated to save gas and tire wear and rotated every six months. Coolant, when neglected ca ... read more

Hope For Your Vehicle’s Transmission

Hope For Your Vehicle’s Transmission

Transmission repairs have become an interesting phenomenon in the automotive repair industry. I thought I would share some information with you that could result in saving you money! Most cars will start to experience transmission issues around age six When a check engine light illuminates, 20% of the time it is because of the transmission. 50% of those issues can be fixed easily 80% of repair shops, because they don’t have enough knowledge about transmissions, will tell you it needs to be replaced. That is because for them it is just easier to replace the entire thing since they don’t know enough about transmissions to fix it or don’t want to be bothered with it. Many consumers are keeping their vehicles longer these days due to the economy. We make sure we help in this area. Consumers might opt to buy a different car rather than pay to repair their current one if the cost is high. Replacing a transmission is a lot to pay for a repair and if the vehicle will ... read more

If Only…

If Only…

I hear customers’ day in and day out that express a wish that they knew more about cars so they would know exactly what to do if this or that occurred. They sigh and say, “If only I had just some knowledge….” I tell them they actually know a lot more than they give themselves credit for! It is true! You are more aware of your car’s little quirks. You know when something isn’t quite right more so than anyone else. I get calls all the time saying that their car is making a ka-thump noise or a pinging noise or it is knocking or sputtering, whining or screeching. And you thought you didn’t have knowledge? Of course you do. You just need to know what these noises mean…so even though I’ve said it before…here is a refresher course! Screeching usually signifies a brake problem. The screech is actually the sound of metal scraping. Thudding or a low metallic thumping noise can be a loose p ... read more

Mechanical Failures That Cause Accidents

Mechanical Failures That Cause Accidents

Brakes - Brake failure tops the list. Brake pads wear out, brake lines leak fluid and ABS systems can also be the cause of brake failure. Tires – Bald tires can cause a car to “slip and slide” even on dry pavement. If there isn’t enough tread to hug the road you can be in serious trouble. Tire blowouts can also cause accidents. Wipers – If you can’t see, you can’t drive! It is that simple! Lights – More accidents happen at night and if your headlights, taillights, or brake lights, turn signal blinkers aren’t working…people can’t see you! Don’t be a road hazard! Steering – Loss of fluid, tie rods, ball joints and other components that make up this system can cause mechanical failure and accidents. Roadside Assistance Calls AAA and other services are called mostly for: Dead battery Flat tires Cars that run out of fuel Locking keys inside the vehicle Now…we can’t ... read more