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Yearly Archives: 2019

When to Replace your Vehicle’s Tires

New tires are definitely a big expense, but luckily aren’t needed too often with good care of your vehicle. The best way to know when your vehicle needs new tires is to keep track of when the last time you had your tires replaced was and to understand the signs that can indicate its time for new tires. Here are some of the signs that it is time to get new tires:  Check the tread on your vehicle. If the tread is very bald, meaning that your tires look smooth rather than rigid, this is a good indication that you need a new set of tires. Tread is what helps your tires make friction with the ground in any weather, which is why a bald tire should be replaced as soon as possible.    When’s the last time you had your tires replaced? Knowing when your tires were last replaced is important when understanding when you may need a new set. Tires usually need to be replaced every 6 years, but other factors can be at play that can require tires more frequently.  ... read more

Why Regular Vehicle Inspections Are So Important

The average car owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the condition of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your vehicle, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At our shop, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it is actually a way that you can ensure you&rsqu ... read more

Signs of Car A/C Failure

Nobody wants to get stuck during the spring or summer warmth without working air conditioning. If you try to turn on your A/C and no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out and it never gets colder, there’s something wrong with an A/C component. The A/C system is actually very complex, and therefore there are a number of different reasons why the system can fail. Here are some of the top causes of A/C system failure:  Refrigerant leak Failed compressor Deteriorated refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The best way to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work properly throughout the spring and summer is to have your system inspected by one of our experts regularly. Routine A/C inspections will allow us to catch small problems early on before they turn into more expensive issues.  If there is a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you may notice one or more of the following sy ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

10 Emergency Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

If you own a vehicle, you most likely drive from one place to another multiple times a day. We rely on our cars to get us where we need to go, and never expect our vehicle’s to breakdown along the way. When it comes to driving, especially in the evening, many unexpected scenarios can occur - from bad weather to a flat tire. Since you never know what can happen when you’re on the road, it’s important to have an emergency kit packed in your trunk at all times to prepare you for and situation. Here are 10 emergency items to keep in your vehicle:  Spare Tire, Jack, and Lug Wrench - Having a spare tire is extremely important. You never know when you might need one. A tire can blow out unexpectedly just by driving over a nail or other sharp object, and a spare tire will definitely come in handy if you find yourself in this position. You’ll need a jack to lift up on end of your vehicle and a lug wrench to remove and replace bolts and nuts.   Flashlight - A ... read more

What to Expect on Winter Vacations

Winter time brings many fun activities and opportunities for vacations, including snowboarding and skiing getaways, snow tubing, and sight-seeing. If you’re planning on visiting a colder place for fun winter activities, you may be wondering how to properly prepare for your winter vacation. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you will be prepared for your winter vacation!  Get the right attire for where you are traveling. If you will be having fun in the snow, proper attire is going to be necessary to keep you safe and warm while traveling. In the freezing cold, a winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf, long pants, and water resistant boots will be needed. You may also need to dress in multiple layers depending on the temperature of your destination.  Check the weather forecast days in advance. The best way to prepare for a winter vacation is to check the weather forecast days in advance to be sure that you understand what weather to expect and what you will need. If ... read more

New Year's Resolutions for your Car!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

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