Monthly Archives: August 2020

Back to School Auto Maintenance and Service – Vancouver WA Auto Repair

It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school in the Vancouver area. Of course, with coronavirus still prevalent in our community, no one really knows for sure what the school year is going to look like this year. In fact, everyone might just be doing school from home. But regardless of how or where you attend school, there is always a need to have a trusted, reliable vehicle you can count on. School activities can keep families busy, not to mention all the other extracurricular activities going on. It’s no wonder why having your vehicle in tip top shape is so important. Tips for Back to School Car Care There are numerous things you can do to get your car, truck, crossover, van, or SUV ready for the upcoming season. Here are some of the most important things to pay attention to. They might seem basic, but it’s the basics that help keep your vehicle healthy, and keep you happy. Change your oil – this is the most basic ... read more

Are Tire Rotations Important?

Are Tire Rotations Important?

When most drivers think of their vehicle maintenance, tires don't usually come to mind. They are highly durable components of your vehicle, however, they still need care and service. Buying a new set of tires doesn't come cheap, and the longer you can sustain good working tires, the safer you'll be on the road and the more money you'll save on tires over time.  Tires typically only need to be replaced every 60,000 miles or so, depending on your individual driving habits and how well you take care of your vehicle. So when it comes to tire maintenance, what exactly is needed? We want to talk to you about tire rotations, and just how important they are.  What exactly is a tire rotation? Tire rotation is the simple service of a mechanic switching the positions of your tires. The tires will switch which side of the vehicle they are on, and front and back position. It's basically giving each tire a run at every position in your vehicle. But why?  Well, c ... read more

Check Engine Light On – It Could Be Your EGR Valve

Have you ever been driving down the road when your car suddenly seems to lose power? It still drives, but it doesn’t have the normal amount of power you’re used to. You can tell something is wrong. When this happens, you will usually see your check engine light come on, as well. There are several different possibilities for your vehicle to act this way. And likewise, your check engine light can turn on for many reasons. But one of the most common causes is a faulty EGR valve. Signs of Bad EGR Valve First off, your EGR valve (or exhaust gas recirculation valve) is designed to help reduce emissions from your vehicle. Its job is to reroute some of the exhaust gases from your engine back into the combustion chambers in the engine. So how do you know when it’s gone bad? These are the most common signs: Your “Check Engine Light” comes on Your vehicle idles rough or stalls You smell the scent of fuel Your fuel burns off more quickly You he ... read more

Vancouver WA Subaru Repair and Maintenance – Timing Belt

How has your Subaru been running lately? How many miles does your engine have on it? Have you noticed any unusual sounds or rough driving? If you’ve owned your Subaru for a while or you’ve put a lot of miles on it, then it might be time for some repairs and maintenance, including replacing your timing belt. A timing belt replacement is a big job, but there’s no getting around it. At some point, your timing belt will need to be replaced. Your vehicle comes with a scheduled maintenance plan. Your timing belt should last until its scheduled maintenance, but it can wear out sooner. It could also last longer, but you never know when it might go. So if you decide to drive your vehicle past the scheduled due date, you run the risk of having your timing belt bust while you’re driving. That can have terrible results. If your timing belt goes out while your operating your vehicle, you could end up damaging or destroying your engine. That will mean even bigger, more expe ... read more

Why is my AC Blowing Warm Air - Vancouver Auto Repair

There’s nothing like getting into your car on a scalding hot day knowing you’ll soon have some ice cold air blowing in your face. There’s also nothing quite like being disappointed when that cold air comes out warm. Why does your AC blow warm air? There are a few reasons your AC blows warm or hot air instead of cold, refreshing air. Let’s take a closer look at what might be going on. Three Reasons Your AC Is Blowing Hot Air There are three main causes for an air conditioning system to blow hot air. One of them is very minor and easy to fix. The rest take more work. But no matter what the cause, we can get it repaired. Your refrigerant is low – this is the easiest problem to address. You just need to buy a can of Freon with a fill valve and then follow the directions. If you don’t have any other issues, then this will take care of the problem. You have a refrigerant leak – if you buy some Fr ... read more

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