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Yearly Archives: 2018

Have You Checked Your Belts and Hoses Lately?

You know about your engine, and your transmission. Your tires and brakes are no-brainers. What about your belts and hoses? How much attention do you give them? If you’re like most car owners, then you probably don’t give them much attention at all. But just like every other part, your belts and hoses play a key role in how well your vehicle runs. So what belts and hoses are the most important to pay attention to? And what kinds of things should you look for? Let’s take a look. Timing Belt – this is perhaps the most important belt under the hood. And if it goes bad, you could be in for a lot of hurt. This ridged rubber belt is the part that actually helps turn the crankshaft and camshaft in your vehicle. Without it, your engine can’t run properly. And if it brakes while you’re driving, it could cause major damage to some of your engine parts. Most carmakers recommend replacing the timing belt every 60,000 miles to be safe. When you i ... read more

What Should You Have in Your Roadside Emergency Kit?

Now that winter is in full swing we have several months of rough driving conditions ahead of us here in Clark County. Hopefully no one ever gets stranded on the side of road in horrible weather conditions. But unfortunately, every year it seems to happen to numerous people. The fact is no matter how much you prepare to avoid these kinds of situations, sometimes, bad things happen. And many times they are completely out of our control. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything out on the road. How To get Your Kit Ready One of the smartest things you can do to be prepared for the worst-case scenario is to have an emergency roadside preparedness kit in your vehicle. Hopefully you never have to use it. But if you do wind up in this type of situation, having a kit handy could help you immensely. It could even end up saving your life. So what should your emergency preparedness kit include? Here are just a few of the items that you should consider ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Really Safe?

Every time you get in your car you face certain dangers or hazards on the road. It’s part of driving. But most of the time you don’t worry about whether or not your vehicle is safe. For the most post part, the majority of vehicles on the road are generally safe. But not all vehicles are. Furthermore, just because your vehicle is “safe” that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be safer. So what about your car, truck, crossover, or SUV? Do you know how safe it really is? As you consider this important question, here are some things to keep in mind to help you answer it,     1. Crash Test Rating – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests every vehicle make and model. And every vehicle receives a crash test rating. You can learn more about this test and rating process on their website, including how your vehicle stacks up. If you find that it’s not rated as highl ... read more

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Can you believe it’s already December? Winter hasn’t officially begun yet, but it’s just around the corner. That means even more cold and wet weather is on the way. By now, you already have your warm coats and sweaters out and your thermostat turned up. You’ve probably had your furnace serviced recently, too. After all, the last thing you want to have is your furnace breaking down at this time of year. The same can be said for your vehicle. There’s not much worse than getting stranded out in the cold on a busy freeway after your car breaks down. Top Tips for Winter Car Preparation In order to avoid an awful situation like this, you need to give your car, truck, crossover, or SUV some extra attention. And now is the time to do it. So what should you do? Here are some important tips to help you get your vehicle ready for Old Man Winter.  How’s Your View – one of the most important parts of winter driving ... read more

Is Your Anti-Lock Brake System Working Right?

Is Your Anti-Lock Brake System Working Right? If you drive a newer vehicle then there’s a good chance it’s equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS). The ABS is designed to help you keep more steering ability and avoid skidding uncontrollably when you brake. While ABS has been around since the mid 1980s, it wasn’t standard on most vehicles until more recently. But these days most vehicles come with ABS. That is a good thing because it means more cars on the road are safer. How Does ABS work? Because all-wheel ABS prevents your wheels from skidding you can steer your vehicle even though you’re breaking. This could help you avoid an accident in certain situations. So how does an anti-lock brake system work? ABS comes equipped with sensors that monitor wheel speed to determine if any of the wheels is trying to lock up during braking. If a wheel does try to lock, a series of hydraulic valves reduces how much brake force is applied to that wheel. This how you ... read more

Does Your Vehicle Need Suspension Repair?

Does Your Vehicle Need Suspension Repair? Everyone likes a smooth ride, right? Every time you drive somewhere you can largely thank your suspension system for that smooth ride. Your tires and alignment also play a role, but for the most part your suspension helps calm those bumps and cracks in the road so you don’t feel it in your seat. Your suspension system is made up of your shocks and struts. And they have a pretty big job. They have to support several tons of metal day after day, month after month, and year after year. Over time, they’re going to wear out.  Top Warning Signs Your Suspension Needs Repair Getting your shocks and struts replaced is important. Not only do they help with a smooth ride, but they also play a key role in your ability to control your vehicle, especially when turning or stopping. So getting your suspension system checked and/or replaced is a good idea. So how do you know when your suspension needs to be repaired or repla ... read more

Is Your Hybrid or Electric Car Ready for Winter?

If you drive a hybrid or an electric vehicle then you already know you have to treat these vehicles a little different than normal cars. Taking care of a hybrid or an electric car requires a little more attention. That’s also true in the winter months, when things get a little nasty around here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s important to winterize any vehicle, but getting an electric or hybrid ready for Old Man Winter is a little different. So here are a few things you should do before winter hits in Clark County this year. General Winterizing – there are several obvious steps you can take to winterize your hybrid or electric. For starters, check your anti-freeze and make sure you have enough. Check your oil and your oil filter and get them changed if needed. Make sure your tire pressure is sufficient check all the plugs and wires. Lastly, you can even insulate your front grill. You can do this by cutting and fitting foam pipe into the grill openings ... read more

Is It Time to Replace Your Timing Belt?

Have you paid any attention to your timing belt lately? Chances are you probably haven’t. But this is a very important part of your vehicle that can’t be overlooked. After all, if your vehicle’s timing belt fails, so will your engine. You definitely don’t want to be driving down the road and have your timing belt fail. This could cause serious damage to your engine and even be a safety issue. Why Your Timing Belt matters So why is the timing belt so important? Most internal combustion engines use a timing belt to synchronize the engine’s functions. The timing belt controls the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. It also controls the opening and closing of the engine’s many valves. When the timing belt fails these valves don’t open at the right time and end up hitting the pistons, which causes damage. When Should You Replace Your Timing Belt? Knowing exactly when to replace your timing belt is not t ... read more

What Do All of Those Dashboard Warning Lights Really Mean?

These days, all newer cars are full of technology. With all that technology comes a lot of extra bells and whistles, including all kinds of warning signals on the dashboard. From the low fuel warning to the check engine light, there is a lot to keep track of. While some of these lights are fairly straightforward and easy to understand, some of them are a little more difficult to decode. So just what do all of these lights really mean? Let’s take a closer look. Common Dashboard LightsCheck Engine Light – this is one of the most common warning lights that drivers experience. It can be triggered for numerous reasons, including a loose gas cap or something more serious like a failing catalytic convertor. The best thing to do is use a diagnostic tool to get the code and see exactly what triggered the light to come on. You can bring your car into our shop and we’ll get the code and read it for you. Service Engine Soon ... read more

How Regular Vehicle Maintenance Saves You Money

How Regular Vehicle Maintenance Saves You Money No one likes to spend his or her hard earned money on auto repair or maintenance. We’d all like to use our money on other things. But the fact is cars wear down and when they do, they need to be repaired. Of course, major repairs are the worst. But the truth is you can often avoid these kinds of repairs if you give your vehicle a little extra attention. It’s called regular, or routine, maintenance. Regular vehicle maintenance is a great way to help you save money on car repairs. Why Regular Maintenance Works The problem is a lot of people ignore regular maintenance. Instead, they ascribe to the theory of “if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.” That might sound like a good way to save money, but in reality, it could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. You already regularly do things to take care of your vehicle like washing it, vacuuming it, adding fluids, or adding air to ... read more

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