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How to Change A Flat Tire

How to Change A Flat Tire

The first thing to do when you realize you have a flat tire is to get to safety. Guide your car off the roadway and park your car as far away from traffic as you can. Turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers know that your vehicle is disabled. Locate your vehicle's parking brake and activate it to prevent your car from rolling while you're changing the tire. Once you're sure it's safe for you to exit your vehicle, get out of the car, and find the damaged tire. After you've determined which tire has a flat, the next thing to do is to locate your tire-changing tools and complete the repair. Use the instructions in your owner's manual to change your tire. Most vehicles come with an owner's manual and a tire-changing kit that includes the following tools. Spare Tire Tire Jack Lug Wrench Step-by-Step Instructions Apply wheel wedges or similar support to keep the vehicle from rolling backward or forward during the tire changing pr ... read more

Get Your GMC Auto Repair at Hoesly Automotive in Vancouver WA

GMC is part of the General Motors Corporation and the brand is well known as a high-end maker of trucks and SUVs. GMC is a name people trust and rely on. If you drive a GMC then you expect a lot from your vehicle. You bought it with confidence and you plan on owning it for a long time to come. Of course, you can expect a strong, durable vehicle when you drive a GMC, but you also have to treat it right. Just like any other make or model, you have to take care of your GMC if you want it to last. In fact the life of your vehicle will depend largely on how well you care for it. That’s why regular preventative maintenance and scheduled maintenance are both so important. GMC Preventative Maintenance As with any vehicle, preventative maintenance is vital for the lifespan of your GMC. When you take the time to get regular preventative service done on your vehicle, it stays in top working condition. With eac ... read more

What Schedule Should You Follow for Fleet Oil Changes?

For years car owners have been following the practice of getting the oil changed in their vehicles every 3,000 miles. This was standard practice for decades. However, more recently, many manufacturers have started to extend the life of their oil changes for several thousand miles. Most new cars come with monitors and sensors – called oil life monitors – that tell you when you need to change the oil. This is obviously a very nice feature. And as long as you don’t ignore the notifications, then you should never go too long without an oil change. And that protects your engine. Of course, opinions still vary on which schedule is better. While most drivers just follow their manufacturer’s schedule, some still argue that it’s better to change your oil every 3,000 miles. So which one is better, especially when it comes to fleet vehicles? Let’s take a closer look at the argument. Real-Time Driving Conditions The nice thing about oil life ... read more

Winterizing Your Vehicle in Vancouver WA

The cold and wet weather is upon us and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. The Pacific Northwest is known for tough driving conditions in the winter months. Depending on where your travels take you, you could find snow, sleet, ice, freezing rain, hail, or heavy downpours. That means you could be facing some tough road conditions whenever you venture out. Of course, you rely on your vehicle to get you wherever you need to go. And because you depend on your vehicle so much, you have to make sure you give it the proper attention, including getting it ready for winter. Top Ways to Winterize Your Vehicle There are numerous things you can do to winterize your vehicle for the next several months. Here are some of the top tips to get you ready, because no one wants to get stuck somewhere out in the cold. Time for a tune-up – one of the best things you can do for your vehicle is get it in for a tune-up. At Hoesly, our ASE certified t ... read more

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

The weather is getting colder and winter is on its way, which means it's time to start thinking about how you can prep your vehicle for the upcoming season. The winter tends to take a toll on our vehicles, and nobody wants to get stranded in the snow. Road trips could possibly be in your plans for the holidays, and making sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape for any weather condition will ensure safe travels.  So, how can you get your vehicle ready for the winter? We've put together a winter maintenance checklist for you to follow that will cover all of the most important items to have completed for the winter.  Winter Vehicle Maintenance Checklist: Check tires for correct air pressure and overall condition. Make sure that tread levels are good.  Inspect that all vital fluids are full and clean, including brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and engine oil.  Test heater and defroster for proper operation.  Have the brake sy ... read more

Four Preventative Maintenance Tips to Preserve Your Engine

What’s the most important part of your vehicle? Your engine, right? Without an engine your car won’t run. That’s true, but the reality is your vehicle’s parts are really one big team. Every part plays a key role in the effective operation of your car, truck or SUV. You could have the nicest wheels and tires in the world, but without a fuel pump your car isn’t going to run. Your engine could be in peak condition, but if you remove the spark plugs, it’s not going to start. So obviously, you need every part to work right in order to get the best performance possible. However, your engine does play the biggest role on your vehicle’s team. You might say it’s the quarterback of your car. And if it goes down, it’s the most expensive thing to repair or replace. So getting the proper maintenance for your engine is extremely important. The best way to keep your engine in top shape is by performing ... read more

Catalytic Converter Shields for Toyota Prius in Portland and Vancouver

Catalytic Converter Shields for Toyota Prius in Portland and Vancouver

Most people in the Portland and Vancouver area would never give their catalytic converter a second thought. But in these times we live in, this vehicle component is becoming a major target for thieves, especially the Toyota Prius. If you don’t have a safe place to park your Prius, or you have to leave it unattended for long periods of time in a less than desirable location, you could become a victim. What’s the Big Deal About Catalytic Converters? Although most drivers will never see their vehicle’s catalytic converter, they do play an important role, like all parts. Your catalytic converter is part of your vehicle’s exhaust system. It acts as an emissions control device. All of those harmful gases created by your engine flow through the catalytic converter. These gases are then transformed into carbon dioxide and water vapor. The end result is that your vehicle produces fewer pollutants. Why Do Thieves Target Catalytic Converters ... read more

Certified Volkswagen Service and Repair in Vancouver WA

There are a lot of Volkswagen vehicles on the road today. Volkswagen owners expect their vehicles to perform well, last long and offer a nice sense of style and appeal. They also know that their vehicles need special attention and care in order to keep running well. Not just any mechanic can work on a Volkswagen. You need an experienced technician to make sure the repairs are done right. Volkswagen vehicles are unique and you have to do things right, or your “repairs’ could end up making things worse. That’s why we have VW experts that know exactly what to do with your Volkswagen. We only use the most recent state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and equipment to determine what your Volkswagen needs and then we solve the problem. For example, the Volkswagen’s diesel engine is a turbocharged direct injection (TDI) powering system, which is very unique. So it requires a qualified technician to do th ... read more

What is OBD Testing?

What is OBD Testing?

Checking your vehicle's owner's manual or even looking up your car's preventative maintenance online may have resulted in stumbling upon the term OBD testing. OBD is just the short term for on-board diagnostics, which represents your vehicle's computer system. Most modern vehicles have an on-board computer system equipped.  What exactly does your vehicle's on-board computer system do? This complex system has the important job of monitoring different electrical sensors throughout your vehicle. This computer monitors the performance of these systems and can detect when a problem arises. It's basically your vehicle's quality control.  This system also helps to monitor your car's emissions system. It makes sure that your vehicle is regulated in terms of emissions and fuel economy. If the computer system does detect an issue, it will illuminate the check engine light, which will appear on your dashboard. This lets you know that some ... read more

Vancouver WA Subaru Repair and Maintenance – Head Gaskets

There are so many things that can go wrong with any type of automobile, including your Subaru. Subaru makes quality vehicles that are built to last. But even those nice new Subaru vehicles need regular service and maintenance. One of the biggest repairs Subaru owners can face is a head gasket replacement. Head gaskets are obviously very important for a vehicle to run properly. If your head gasket has gone bad, then your vehicle is going to be losing oil. And the more oil your engine loses, the worse it is for your engine. So if you have a bad head gasket, you shouldn’t postponed getting it fixed. Vancouver Subaru Head Gasket Replacement Changing a head gasket is a big job. In most cases, you need to remove the entire engine assembly to do the job right. Of course, this takes additional time, and it is more expensive, but it’s also a much more effective way to replace a head gasket. It also allows us to check the entire engine, as well as all the integra ... read more

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