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Yearly Archives: 2016

Tire Repairs Needed? Keep Rolling Along!

Tire Repairs Needed? Keep Rolling Along!

You have four tires on your car that could possibly go flat while you are driving. However, they may not be necessarily lost to the dump. It is possible to get an easy tire repairs and keep your current tires until they actually wear out. An expert tire service technician can help you keep your tires rather than just simply replace them. #1: Tire Service Is Commonplace You may have the tires serviced even if they are not in the best condition as there are some things that may be done to help them last longer and remain safe. Take your car to your auto shop the moment you notice something wrong and allow the mechanic to offer their diagnosis and recommend the appropriate repair, or replacement if necessary. #2: Tires May Have Single Punctures A single puncture to your tire may be plugge ... read more

What To Do About a Loud Muffler!

What To Do About a Loud Muffler!

This is my story...The muffler of my car started making loud sounds a week ago. I know I should have gotten it fixed, but it had been a busy week. Now, it is Friday night and I'm headed to meet my date. I pull up to the restaurant and see that he is already waiting for me. As I park my car and walk towards the restaurant, the first thing out of his mouth is “Wow, your muffler is really loud. You should get your exhaust systems checked out!' He then goes on to explain how the muffler is a part of my car's exhaust systems and how important it is to remove the fumes from the car. Then before we could even put our name down to eat, he insisted we go back to my car and check it out. He had me turn on my car while he checked the exhaust systems for holes, rust, and the color of the exhaust smoke. There was no rust or holes, but we did hear a clunking sound, which led him to believe a pie ... read more

Winter Maintenance Tips From An Auto Shop!

Winter Maintenance Tips From An Auto Shop!

Summer has come and gone and winter is fast approaching. Leaves are falling, a sign that it's time to start looking at winterizing your vehicle. By picking up a few things at your auto center now will save you a lot of frustration later. * Emergency kit -- It's always a good idea to keep an emergency kit in the vehicle if for some reason you get stuck out in the cold. Pack extra bottles of oil, coolant, and washer fluid. Also, include a scraper and some flares. These items can easily be found at your local auto shop. If you're stranded and your heater doesn't work, you'll want to have some extra gloves, boots, coats and blankets, water, and a cell phone. * Check the Battery -- Go by your auto center and have them check your car battery. By doing this in the fall you will find out before winter ... read more

Maintenance Tips From An Auto Shop to Survive Winter!

Maintenance Tips From An Auto Shop to Survive Winter!

Preparing your vehicle for the frigid months that lay ahead during those winter months is nonnegotiable. Driving a car that has not been properly maintained for the winter weather is quite simply a bad idea. Be sure to visit your auto shop for an inspection of the vital components that will help you drive safely through hazardous conditions. There are some significant advantages for the pre-winter maintenance that goes further than peace of mind knowing that your car won't leave you stranded in a dark, cold, winters night. Gasoline mileage is improved, air pollution is decreased, and any possible issues can be discovered and repaired before they become a major expense. If your car has existing issues, such as stalling, rough idling, or any other concern, be sure to ask your auto shop to check it out. Existing problems will be ... read more

Engine Service: 4 Vital Components!

Engine Service: 4 Vital Components!

A basic engine service includes the inspection of four of your engine's components, the cylinders, rods, pistons, and crankshaft. It is one of the best ways to extend the life of your vehicle. However, even with the best of care, a vehicle will need an engine repair. If your vehicle is heading towards a needed engine repair, you will usually start to notice some unmistakable symptoms. These symptoms can include smoke of various colors, loss of power, running rough, and knocking sounds from quiet to very loud. Should your vehicle display these symptoms, take your vehicle to an auto shop for a necessary engine repair as soon as possible. When you take your car in for an engine repair, you can expect that the engine will be thoroughly inspected first. The mechanic will evaluate your engine's cylinders which house the pistons and ... read more

Oil Change Tips for Winter!

Oil Change Tips for Winter!

Oil changes for your vehicle are one of the most basic routine services you can perform to help it run smoothly all year long. During cold winter weather, oil changes become even more critical because your vehicle's moving parts have to work harder in extreme temperatures. As automotive technology has advanced, there have also been advancements in lubrication quality. Besides standard engine oil, there are now synthetic blends and full synthetic oils on the market offering more choices. High-grade oil, while lasting longer, also becomes more expensive for a higher quality product. Often, auto shops offer oil change coupons to help offset this cost for you, regardless of which grade of oil you choose. If you're a do it yourself minded person, then you may already perform your own oil changes. This can be a cost-effective way to take care of your vehicle. You may use the money you save to b ... read more

Quality Oil Changes for a Healthy Car!

Quality Oil Changes for a Healthy Car!

There is a number of advantages of having oil changes performed at the right intervals to maintain the health of your vehicle. It could adversely affect the performance of your automobile if your forget about the oil change that is due. Motor oil has the capacity through its characteristics to make the engine last longer. Oil not only lessens friction between the parts of the engine that rub together but additionally serves as a cooling operator in the case of extremely high temperatures, thereby reducing the chance of the engine overheating. Because this friction causes wear and tear to the motor parts, oil changes are essential in keeping the motor running smoothly. A significance of oil changes: New unused oil resembles honey. Because of the effect of the various parts of the motor rubbing together, the oil becomes tainted with various impurities making it ... read more

Tire Repair Needed? How to Handle a Flat!

Tire Repair Needed? How to Handle a Flat!

As we all know, tires are pretty important to any vehicle. They often play a bigger roll than one would think. Having too little air in your tires, for example, can result in lower miles per gallon and could cause strain and stress on your tires wearing down the tread much faster than normal. The same could be said when it comes to the depth of tread. Flat tires are a common problem that at some point we will probably all face. Knowing how to handle a flat the right way, however, will ultimately make your situation much easier. For any tire service it is best to seek a professional to ensure your wheels are the right size and tread. Some treads are best during certain seasons although it is possible to get some for all seasons. Usually, when you think of a flat, most drivers assume they will need a new tire. This isn't always the case and often you can have a simple tire repairs to get rolli ... read more

Quality Vehicle Maintenance: TLC for your Car!

Quality Vehicle Maintenance: TLC for your Car!

Routine car maintenance is extremely important when it comes to taking care of an automobile. One of the problems that some drivers face is the fact that they only go to their auto shop when something breaks down on their cars. This is a fundamentally flawed way of looking at giving your car a little TLC to keep it running strong. Your mechanic will generally be able to spot small problems and take care of them before they develop into larger and more costly problems down the road. Preventative vehicle maintenance should include everything from getting your oil and filter changed on time, making sure you check all fluids frequently (including the oil, coolant, and brake and transmission fluids), as well as taking your car into the shop every now and then for an overall inspection. Think of vehicle maintenance in the same sense of going to the doctor for a yearly physical, wher ... read more

Expert Vehicle Maintenance: What Will It Do For My Car?

Expert Vehicle Maintenance: What Will It Do For My Car?

The vehicle you drive is a marvel of engineering. From the radial tires to the roof and bumpers, your car exemplifies the latest concepts in gasoline propulsion, air conditioning, and electrical engineering. As cars have become more complex for the average person, it is important to trust the experts for professional vehicle maintenance. Decades ago in a simpler time before computers, the local garage, often combined with a gas station, was the place to have car maintenance performed on your vehicle. Those mechanics did it all and on all types of cars. However, with today's complicated vehicles, make sure you ask an expert automotive specialist who can handle all the myriad car maintenance problems. These experts know the ins and outs of a vehicle and can see future problems developing. They can solve problems before your c ... read more

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