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Is Your Transmission Showing Signs of Trouble – Vancouver Auto Repair

Besides your engine, your vehicle’s transmission is arguably the most important part of your car’s performance. It’s also one of the most expensive parts to repair or replace. So, it goes without saying that taking care of your transmission is very important.   When it comes to your transmission’s health, paying close attention to your fluid is the key. And getting timely transmission flushes (generally every 30,000 miles) will help you stay on top of how your fluid is doing. The fact is, simply checking the color of your fluid can tell you whether it’s time for a flush. It can also indicate whether something else might be going on with your transmission. So, always make sure transmission fluid is the right color, that it’s full, and that’s it clean.   The Transmission Fluid Color Key – Auto Repair in Vancouver   So, what should yo ... read more

Are Your Car’s Battery Terminals Corroded

Are Your Car’s Battery Terminals Corroded – Vancouver Auto Repair   When was the last time you checked on your car battery’s health? Chances are, you don’t really look at your battery unless you have to replace it or give your vehicle (or someone else’s vehicle) a jumpstart. However, it’s a good idea to check in on your battery on occasion to make sure it’s clean and the connection is solid.   Your vehicle can stall or have trouble starting for several reasons, including an old or bad battery. However, sometimes your car won’t start even though your battery is perfectly fine. It could be something as simple as corroded battery terminals or cables.   The good news is you might not have to replace anything. It might be as simple as cleaning the corrosion off the terminals or cables. That might sound a little intimidating to some car owners, but the truth is, this is a job that almost anyone can handle ... read more

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Why Does Your Car Keep Overheating – Vancouver Auto Repair

Summer is over and we’re now several weeks into the fall season. That means we’re heading into the cold and wet time of year. However, just because it’s no longer hot outside, that doesn’t mean things can’t get hot under the hood of your vehicle. In fact, when it comes to your car’s temperature, it can overheat no matter what time of year it is.   If your vehicle has been overheating lately, then it’s time to get a checkup and see what the problem is. After all, if your engine overheats too much or too often, it can cause serious damage, which leads to extremely expensive repairs and downtime. So, if you’re experiencing this issue with your vehicle then please come see us at Hoesly Automotive as soon as you can.   Common Causes of an Overheating Engine   There are several possibilities for an engine that continues to overheat. It could be something as simple as your motor oil. Other possibilities incl ... read more

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Why Does My Car Smell Like Vinegar

Has your car ever stunk you out before? It sounds like a weird question, right? Unless your car has put off some terrible smell before, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Cars can make all kinds of smells. In most cases, bad smells are a sign of trouble. Some are not that serious, but others can indicate serious problems are lurking.   One smell that will always get your attention is when your vehicle’s AC or heater is blowing, and it smells like vinegar. For most people, that is not a pleasant smell. And what could be worse than needing your air conditioner on a hot day and it starts blowing out air that smells like vinegar? No thanks!   Why Does Your Car Smell Like Vinegar?   Your car could smell this way for a variety of reasons. But first off, if you only smell it when the AC is blowing then you know the issue has something to do with your AC system. If you notice it without the AC blowing, then it is likely coming from ... read more

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Fun Activities To Do This Fall!

Fun Activities To Do This Fall!

Fall is officially here! With the leaves changing colors and weather cooling down in Vancouver, WA, you can't help but feel brand new. There is an endless list of possible activities you can do this season. All you need to do is get yourself behind the wheel and drive your car to take you there! Below is our list of activity ideas that you can do this autumn: Visit a Sunflower Farm Sunflowers are in full bloom during the fall, and they are absolutely stunning in an open field. You should take advantage of this opportunity if there is a sunflower farm near you. This is a great activity to do with friends and family, and you'll be sure to snap some memorable pics for the gram. Go to a Pumpkin Farm (& Carve a Pumpkin) Besides sunflowers, we're all aware that pumpkins are in season! There are pumpkins up and down your neighborhood, and at every corner you turn. Join in with all the fun by going out to pick your pumpkin to carve. Oftentimes, there are also corn mazes and ... read more

Do These Services This Fall to Get Ready for Winter

Can you believe summer has already come and gone? Times flies when you’re having fun. The summer driving season is over. The harsh fall and winter weather is just around the corner, and that means the tough seasonal driving conditions are coming. Is your car ready?   Here in the Vancouver area, and the pacific northwest in general, we have to be ready for just about anything during the fall and winter. You never know what the conditions are going to be like. That’s why getting your vehicle in top shape before winter hits makes you safer on the road and helps give you peace of mind.   Top Fall Auto Services You Need   There are plenty of things you can do for your vehicle in the fall to get it ready for winter. Here are some of the most logical things to do now before the wintery weather hits.   Check Your Tires – the summer driving season can be quite fun, but those hot roads do wear down your tires. And wi ... read more

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Why is My Car Vibrating

Have you ever sat in a good massage chair? The soothing vibration feeling is so relaxing. Who doesn’t enjoy a good massage? However, when it comes to driving, that vibrating feeling is not so good. In fact, if your car is vibrating it’s a sign of some kind of trouble. Cars can vibrate for several reasons, and it’s a fairly common issue. The good news is most of them are generally easy to fix and don’t indicate any major problems.   Most Common Causes of Vibration   There are multiple causes of vibration. Let’s take a look at the most common ones.   Bad Tires – worn tires are the most common reason your car vibrates. When your tires are worn out, have uneven tread wear, or they are not properly balanced, your vehicle will likely vibrate. Improperly inflated tires can also cause vibrations. The bottom line is if your tires have any kind of issues, you are most likely going to notice a vibrating fee ... read more

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Reasons Why Your Diesel Engine Works Well Under Stress

Reasons Why Your Diesel Engine Works Well Under Stress – Vancouver Auto Repair   Have you ever wondered why people choose to buy diesel engines, or why every semi-truck on the road runs on diesel? Sure, diesel might smell a little funky, and they do have a reputation of being very loud (although they are much quieter now), but there must be a reason that so many drivers choose diesel over a regular gas engine.   Simply put, diesel engines are generally stronger and more durable than gas powered engines. And they typically perform better under high stress than gas powered engines do. That’s why more and more people are going with diesel. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that auto manufacturers have made several advancements in diesel engines, either.   Why Diesel?   Here are some of the reasons that make diesel engines a good choice. So, if you’re considering buying a diesel, continue reading to see the bene ... read more

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Need a Used Car Inspection – Vancouver Auto Repair

Right now, people are paying high prices and vehicles are hard to come by. In some cases, people have even paid more for a used vehicle than the price of a new one for the same model. If you’ve been looking for a pre-owned car lately, then you know the used car market is crazy When purchasing a used vehicle, you always have to be sure you are getting a car that’s still in good working condition. But in the current market, you have to be completely sure you know what you’re getting for the money. While many used cars are in very good shape these days, they are still used. So, you never really know for sure exactly what kind of condition a vehicle might be in. That’s why getting a pre-purchase inspection is a very smart move.   Make Sure You Know the Whole Story   These days, there are many online resources that can give you an idea of a vehicle’s history. T ... read more

Hoesly Automotive's Ultimate Emergency Vehicle Kit

Hoesly Automotive's Ultimate Emergency Vehicle Kit

Keeping an emergency kit on you at all times can help you in dire times. Think about it - you can never anticipate a vehicle breakdown or catastrophic car accident. According to the NHTSA, there are more than 6 million reported motor vehicle accidents each year in the United States. Furthermore, the 6 million does not include the unreported mishaps that happen daily to hundreds or thousands of motorists. You can minimize the stress and worries by carrying certain items along with you on your daily commute. Unsure of what to pack? Here is a list that we have created for you to organize and collect for your ultimate emergency car kit: Flashlight Batteries Compass Jumper Cables Jump Starter - Portable power bank for car, phones, and other electronics First Aid Kit Tire Pressure Gauge Fix-A-Flat Can or Air Compressor Bungee Cords Screwdrivers Multi-tool Gloves Cable Ties Duct Tape Reflective Triangle Road Flares Emergency Survival Blanket Non-Perisha ... read more

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