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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble...

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble...

Sometimes there is nothing scarier than car trouble…you know how it is…you drive along and all is great then suddenly… You hear a different noise (squealing or scraping sound when you hit the brakes, knocks or pings when you climb a hill, rumbling or hissing sound from your muffler, thumping from a tire, clicking of a worn CV joint, chugging when you turn off the engine) You notice a different smell (moisture or antifreeze odor inside the car) You see a small leak or a puddle from under the car (antifreeze, oil, brake fluid) You see lights illuminated on your dashboard (check gauges, check engine light) You hear nothing at all (dead battery) Your mind immediately goes into panic mode! You wonder how long it will take to fix the problem? How will you get to work? How will you pick up the children or get them to school or practice? How will you run errands? How much will it cost? Will it need to be towed? Is it safe to drive to our shop for needed repairs ... read more

Understanding Your Service Reminder Light

Understanding Your Service Reminder Light

Most of us don’t read the owner’s manual, if you even have one anymore. Many car manuals can only be found online now. Carmakers have come up with service reminders in the form of a warning indicator light, that appears on the gauge cluster (near the speedometer). Often, it comes on well before the service is required to give you time to schedule the appointment. There are several types of warning systems: Set mileage system. The light comes on every time you have driven a set number of miles and an oil change is needed. This varies among different carmakers, but it is roughly every 5,000 miles. In some systems, you can set the interval yourself. Oil sensor system. An onboard computer analyzes how the car is being driven, and the light comes on when an oil change is required. Driving only short trips will trigger the light sooner; highway driving means you can go many more miles between service visits. Oil Level or Low System ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Car Serviced?

How Often Should I Have My Car Serviced?

I know in this day and age it is sometimes difficult to remember those certain appointments…like going to the dentist or the doctor every six months…or having your vehicle serviced at least twice a year! You can ignore it until suddenly you aren’t feeling your best, or you experience a toothache, or your car breakdowns! Here is what your car’s owner manual tells you should happen and how often. We recommend you visit us every six months to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape! Your owner’s manual states that every time you stop for fuel you need to: Check engine oil level and add as required. Check windshield washer solvent and add if required. Once a month you are supposed to: Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or damage Inspect battery and clean and tighten terminals as required. Check fluid levels of coolant reservoir, power steering, brake master cylinder, and transmission and add as needed Check ... read more

The Sound of Silence Can be Golden

The Sound of Silence Can be Golden

The job of a muffler is to keep your vehicle quiet. There is a lot involved for a piece of equipment that doesn’t look too intricate. It silences the noise of your car in these ways: Changes the pressure pulses Dampens the pressure pulses Absorbs the pressure pulses The noise is measured in decibels and the muffler dissipates the level of sound. There are two types of mufflers; direct-fit or universal. A direct-fit muffler doesn’t require modifications. A repair shop just has to line it up and bolt it on. They are, however, not readily available for all vehicles. A universal muffler is easy to find and usually requires some modifications. This is done by lengthening or shortening pipes or even replacing them. New hangers are a must to keep the new equipment from rattling. Thankfully these modifications are not difficult or expensive; they just take more time. If you are replacing a direct-fit muffler with a universal muffler, don’t expect it to muffle the ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

Twice a year the Car Care Council, a non-profit organization, celebrates National Car Care Month. This happens in April and again in October. The reason they feel the need to spend money on advertising the importance of car care is because so many consumers don’t take care of their vehicles properly. Neglect of this kind causes accidents, expensive breakdowns, pollution, using more fuel than necessary and even lost time at work! The Car Care Council hopes a gentle reminder twice yearly will prevent all this. Here is a check list for safety, dependability and savings! Have all fluids checked Have air filter checked Have battery and charging system checked Have belts and hoses checked Have oil and lubrication service Have all lights checked Have all wipers and fluid checked Have tires checked for proper inflation and tread Have suspension system checked Have brake system checked Many consumers feel a false sense of security today because they have cell phones or On ... read more