Top End-of-Summer Car Care Tips

Wow, it’s almost September. Where did summer go? The kids are already in school, and the summer road trip season is over. Soon we’ll be saying good-bye to sunny days and hello to fall and winter weather. That means it’s time to start thinking about car care again. You might have seen our spring and summer car care tips earlier this year. Now it’s time to talk about some end-of summer car care tips. To Do List for Auto Maintenance There are several things to keep in mind for your vehicle when summer winds down. A Good Inspection – start by giving your vehicle a good inspection. The best way to do this is to take your car to a professional and trusted auto repair shop. A technician will check your fluids, your battery, hoses, wires, lights, engine, wiper blades and much more. If anything needs a little tune-up you can get it taken care of right away. If yo ... read more

Reliable Subaru Repair and Maintenance in Vancouver

Reliable Subaru Repair and Maintenance in Vancouver Have you noticed more Subaru vehicles on the road these days? It’s not just you. Subaru is one of the fastest growing car brands in America. They’re very popular in the Pacific Northwest. Subarus are very reliable and dependable vehicles. And Subaru owners love their performance and they expect the best. However, even though Subarus are generally very reliable cars, no brand is immune to problems. That’s the nature of automobiles. Eventually, they all wear down. Even Subarus need auto repair from time to time. Specialized Subaru Auto Care Subaru vehicles require quality and professional auto repair technicians in order to keep them on the road, or get them back on the road when they break down. That’s why you should bring your Subaru to in Vancouver WA if your Subaru is having any kind of problem. Our technicians are ASE certified, which means that ... read more

How to Choose the Right Vancouver Auto Repair Shop

Choosing the right Vancouver auto repair shop is not always easy. But if you have car problems you can’t always afford to wait around to find the perfect shop. Sometimes you just need to get your car fixed and back on the road as soon as you possibly can. That’s why it’s important to know how to choose the right auto repair shop. So what should you be looking for in a Vancouver WA auto repair shop? Here are some important things to keep in mind when making your choice. 1. Know Beforehand – the first thing to keep in mind is to know where to go for repairs before your car breaks down. So start by doing your homework into local shops in your area. These days you can do a lot of research online via review sites and social media. 2. Ask Your Friends & Family – your family and friends a great resource for references. If they’ve had good, or bad, experiences they can tell you who you can trust and who to avoid. You c ... read more

Check Engine Light On - Now What?

You’re driving down the road and everything is going fine. You’ve got your favorite tunes playing on the stereo and not a care in the world. Then suddenly that ugly orange light pops up out of nowhere on your dashboard. It’s the check engine light and it’s staring at you like a hungry dog waiting to be fed. First you think, “maybe I can ignore it and it will just go away.” “I could always put some black tape over it, right?” Well, you could do that, but the fact is, most of the time the check engine light isn’t magically going away by itself. So now that it’s on what should you do? Determine the Cause The first thing you need to do is find out what it means. The check engine light could come on for several reasons. While some of them could be serious, many of them are much smaller issues. So if you see that little orange light don’t panic. It could be something simple. Here are the most common reasons ... read more

Does Hybrid Maintenance Cost More?

If you own a hybrid, like a Toyota Prius for example, then you already know the benefits of these vehicles. Hybrids are great for saving money on gas. Plus, if you love the environment and want to leave a smaller footprint, hybrids are great for that too. Another great thing about buying a plug-in hybrid is you qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. With so many pluses, why doesn’t everyone own a hybrid? Obviously, it comes down to personal preference, but there is one big concern for people considering a hybrid: the cost of maintenance. There is a common belief that hybrids cost a lot more to maintain. But is that a fair assessment? How much do hybrids really cost to maintain and repair? What Makes a Hybrid? A hybrid is made of two engines. They have a conventional internal combustion engine and an electric motor and battery. The conventional engine needs the same maintenance as any other vehicle. On the plus side, when a hybrid runs with power from the ele ... read more

Is Driving With a Cracked Windshield Safe?

It’s one of the most frustrating things that can happen to your vehicle. You’re driving along, doing your thing, and obeying all traffic rules. Then suddenly, without any warning, you hear a loud crack on your windshield. If you’re lucky you escape with a minor chip that can be repaired. If you’re not so lucky, you end up with a crack that continues to grow until it spans your entire windshield. It’s a helpless feeling because you have no control over it. You did nothing wrong, yet your vehicle is now damaged.   It’s Best to Get it Fixed   So what should you do if you have a cracked windshield? In many cases, the crack doesn’t impair your vision. It might seem like no big deal to continue driving with a cracked windshield. After all, it’s just a crack, right? Well, in some cases, yes, you’re probably OK if the crack is small. However, the fact is a cracked windshield could lead to more significant prob ... read more

Top Tips for Tire Maintenance

The summer driving season is in full swing. And if you’re like most people then you’ve probably been spending more time on the road lately. That means your tires are getting more wear and tear. There are also a lot of hazards on the roads, which means your tires need to be in top shape. After all, your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle when it comes to safety. So you have to be sure you’re taking care of them. Proper tire maintenance will go a long way in keeping you safe on the road in your Subaru, Toyota or Honda. So here’s what you need to do to get the most out of your tires. Proper Tire Maintenance1. Rotate Your Tires – The best thing you can do for your tires is to rotate them regularly. Most manufacturers recommend getting your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. Some say it’s OK to get this service done every 7,000 miles. Ei ... read more

Do These Five Things Before Your Next Road Trip

Summer is in full swing and that means you probably have at least one road trip coming in your near future. Road trips can take a lot of planning, especially if you’re headed across the country. But even day trips take some advance planning. You’ve got to plan for food along the way, and pack up anything you might need when you get to where you’re going. However, sometimes, people overlook the most important part of road trip planning: their vehicle. This can be a big oversight. Give Your Vehicle a Thorough Check No matter where you’re going and what you plan on doing when you get there, you first have to arrive to your destination safely. And if your car isn’t in prime operating condition, then you might not make it there, or back. So when you plan a road trip make sure you take some time to plan for your vehicle’s safe and reliable operation, too. Here are some of the most important things to remember when getting your vehicle ready for a road tr ... read more

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble

Top Signs Your Cooling System Is in Trouble Is your car ready for the summer heat? It’s still June, but the sun is just starting to make its presence strongly felt here in the Vancouver area. With July and August right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your car ready for the rising temperatures with some Vancouver Auto repair. So what should you be looking for and what kinds of maintenance do you need? Your Cooling System Keeps Your Engine Running First off, any conversation about heat and vehicles starts with the cooling system. This system is extremely important for the health of your engine. It keeps your vehicle’s engine cool and running properly while you drive. If your engine overheats, it can lead to serious damage, including engine failure. That’s a repair that no one wants to go through. So, that’s why it’s vital to keep your cooling system running efficiently. D ... read more

Does Your Vehicle Need a Wheel Alignment?

Does Your Vehicle Need a Wheel Alignment? What would it be like if you were driving down the road and your wheels all wanted to go in different directions? That might make for a crazy ride. It sounds more like an amusement park ride than a trip to the grocery store or a peaceful drive in the country. But the fact is, many people are driving around the Vancouver and Portland areas with wheels that want to go in different directions. How is that possible? Problems From Bad Alignment Of course, your wheels don’t have minds of their own, but when they are not aligned properly your vehicle doesn’t travel properly. Your car, crossover, truck or SUV is designed to go in one direction and the wheels help make this happen. However, if your wheels are not aligned it can lead to all kinds of problems. Not only can it lead to control problems, but when your wheels are out of alignment you can have poor gas mileage, uneven or ... read more

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