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

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service Who doesn't cringe when they hear that awful sound of squeaky brakes? It’s a sound you never want to hear on your vehicle. But many car, truck and SUV owners have squeaky brakes. Sure, you can try to ignore it for a while, but eventually, you’re going to have to address the problem. Even if you’re able to look past the sound forever, you can’t ignore how soft your brakes feel when you press on them. Squeaking, Grinding or Screeching So what causes your brakes to squeak? It could be something simple, like built-up dust or condensation. However, squeaky brakes often signal that your brakes need to be repaired. Grinding or squeaky brakes are usually caused by worn out brake pads or shoes. When your pads wear out and you don’t address the problem, other parts of your brake system can be damaged. Therefore, if your brakes start squeaking and the squeak doesn't go away b ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready for a Summer Road Trip?

School is almost out. The warmer weather is on the way. And that can only mean a summer road trip is just around the corner. Road trips can be a lot of fun. Screaming kids in the back seats, snacks spilled all over the floor, and miles and miles of nothing to look at. OK. All kidding aside, summer road trips can really be a ton of fun. But there’s nothing fun about having car problems when you’re traveling. Avoid a Costly Breakdown Nobody wants to break down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Nothing can ruin a summer road trip like car troubles. And getting your vehicle fixed on a road trip is always very costly. Of course, you can’t control everything and sometimes car problems happen when you least expect them. But you can prepare your vehicle for a road trip before you leave. Making sure your vehicle is running properly will go a long ways in helping you enjoy your trip. It will also ensure that you get where you’re going, a ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Might Be Headed Towards Engine Failure

Top Signs Your Vehicle Might Be Headed Towards Engine Failure For most people their vehicles are extremely important. Without a reliable, safe car, truck, crossover or SUV most people can’t get where they’re going. That’s why it’s so important to keep your vehicle running efficiently. Cars are great, but a lot can go wrong with them. That’s simply the nature of automobiles. However, in most cases, if you do regular maintenance, like oil changes and tune-ups, you can keep your car running smoothly for many, many years. Get Your Car Checked at the First Sign of Trouble Unfortunately, it’s when you overlook importance maintenance that you start to have trouble. Of course, not all car problems are the owners’ fault. Cars get old and they break down. That’s what cars do over time. But no matter the reason, if you notice any signs of trouble, it’s best to get your vehicle checked out at an experienced ... read more

How Important Are Regular Oil Changes?

How Important Are Regular Oil Changes? Does it seem like you just had an oil change a few weeks ago? These days the average driver puts more than 1,000 miles on his or her vehicle every month. Most manufacturers recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles. That means you could be making frequent visits to your local Vancouver Auto Repair Shop. But just how important are regular oil changes? Do all cars need an oil change every 3,000 miles? Why do some automakers recommend every 5,000 miles? How bad could it possibly be if you wait longer to get your oil changed? The Lifeblood of Your Vehicle The answer is: very bad. Your oil is essentially the lifeblood of your vehicle. Without sufficient, clean oil your engine won’t run properly. It’s the same as your body without enough clean blood. Just as your health would decline if you had dirty blood, the health of your engine will get worse with dirty or insufficient oil. Here’s why regular o ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Showing Signs of a Leak?

Have noticed any funny smells coming from your under your hood after driving your vehicle? Have you seen any dark spots or puddles on the ground under your vehicle? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you might have a fluid leak. Not all fluid leaks are created the same. In fact, some puddles are nothing to be concerned about all. However, other fluid leaks can either be sign of a serious problem, or a warning sign that bigger problems could be coming. Know Your Vehicle Fluids Your vehicle is full of different fluids and at any time you could find a puddle of one of these under your car, truck, crossover or SUV. They include: Engine oil – light brown to black Brake fluid – clear to brown and slick Transmission fluid – reddish and thin or brown and thick Coolant – yellow, green, or pink and slimy Power steering fluid – reddish or light brown and thin ... read more

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