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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Springtime is Key for Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance is extremely important year round, however spring is a great time to take control and make sure that your vehicle is ready for any road trips ahead. The harsh, cold winter weather takes a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that isn't always obvious to the naked eye. In order to keep your vehicle running smoothly through spring and into summer, it's important to stay on top of your vehicle's recommended services and bring your car into our shop for a spring inspection!  Our spring vehicle maintenance items include: Oil and filter change Check belts & hoses for wear or tear Test A/C system and check Freon levels Make sure cooling system works properly and check coolant levels Inspect headlights, brake lights, blinkers, and other lights New windshield wipers and wiper fluid Fill tires to correct pressure and inspect condition and alignment Fluid flush - transmission, power steering, and brakes Test battery for charge Th ... read more

Why Does My Car Pull to One Side?

Have you started to notice that your vehicle is pulling to one side? Does it feel like it wants to turn left when you want to go straight? Your car should drive in a straight line, unless you tilt the steering wheel. So if it seems like it has a mind of its own lately, then you might need to get it checked out. When a car tends to pull in one direction it could be a sign of trouble. And if you don’t get it checked out right away, the problem could get bigger. There are several possible causes for this problem. Let’s take a look at the most common issues Common Causes of Pulling The first thing to figure out is when does your car pull? Does it always do it, or only when you accelerate? Does it happen you apply the brakes? Does it always pull to the same side? These are all factors in determining why your car, truck, crossover, or SUV pulls in one direction. Alignment – in many cases, your car pulls to one side because the alignment ... read more

Most Important Maintenance Tips for Diesel Trucks

You’ve decided to invest in a diesel truck. Or maybe you chose a fancy new diesel sedan. Either way, diesels are very unique. In many ways, you can’t treat them like a vehicle with a gas engine. In addition, in most cases, vehicles with diesel engines cost more than their equivalents with gas-powered engines. Diesel fuel is also generally more expensive than regular gasoline. However, cars with diesel engines tend to get better fuel mileage than cars with gas-powered engines. Keep Your Diesel Engine at Peak Performance In any case, you most likely paid a lot of money for your new diesel truck and that means you want to take care of it the best you can. So here’s what you need to know to keep that diesel engine running smoothly. Keep it clean – the number one thing to remember is to keep your engine clean. The quickest way to mess up your diesel truck engine is by letting it get dirty. So make sure you stick to regular mainten ... read more

Why Does My Car Burn Oil?

There are countless things that can go wrong with your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. That’s why there are so many auto repair shops. But you can keep your vehicle running at its top performance by getting regular schedule maintenance done. It also helps to get it checked out as soon as you notice the first sign of trouble. For example, have you noticed your car burning oil lately?  We’re not talking about an oil leak that’s causing the smell of burning oil. We’re referring to your oil levels being low even though you don’t have any external leaks. In some cases, vehicles can burn through oil, which leaves your oil levels low and hurts your overall engine performance. More Common With Older Vehicles In most cases, it’s more common for older cars to burn oil than it is for newer vehicles. But newer vehicles can have this issue, as well. So no matter how old your car is, if you think it’s burning oil, then get it checked ... read more

Diesel Truck Maintenance Repair in Vancouver WA

If you own a diesel truck then you know it’s no ordinary engine. But how much do you really know about your engine? Diesel engines use compression to ignite the fuel inside the combustion chamber. Gas engines use a spark. But that’s not the only difference. These engines also require different maintenance. As diesel engines become a lot more common, in trucks, and in cars, some diesel owners might not be aware of the differences. But what you don’t know can hurt you. Stick to the Maintenance Schedule So it’s important that you understand all the important factors that go into keeping your diesel engine in top condition. For some, the maintenance might seem overwhelming. But really, you just need to follow your manufacturer’s guidance and stick to the maintenance schedule. That’s because diesel engines have become a lot more sophisticated. They have more horsepower and greater technology. They also have more torque and they must adh ... read more

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