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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Top Maintenance Items to Never Ignore

Owning a vehicle goes beyond just driving it to and from your destination each day. With owning a vehicle comes a responsibility of taking care of your car and making sure that it drives dependably. Here at the most common vehicle missteps in maintenance to avoid to save you money and hassle:  Don’t ignore your check engine light. If you see your vehicle’s check engine light turn on and stay on, it is time to have your vehicle inspected. You may not know the severity of the issue, and if it is a major problem, it can get progressively worse and more expensive if you ignore the warning and continue driving.  Always change your oil and other fluids on time. Forgetting to get an oil change can have dire consequences, including leading to irreversible engine damage and corrosion. Engine damage is extremely expensive, so staying on top of your vehicle’s oil changes will protect your wallet. Other key fluids need to be replaced at certain intervals, including br ... read more

Why Do My Brakes Squeak?

One of the most common car problems people experience is squeaky brakes. When your brakes screech it’s an awful sound. The good news is that sound is usually pretty simple to get rid of. And compared to many other auto repair services, fairly cheap. But don’t let that make you think you can just ignore the screech. Your vehicle’s brakes can squeak for many reasons. Many of them are not serious. But some of them are. So what causes your brakes to squeak? First off, it’s quite common for brakes to make noise. Most brakes use a cast-iron disc that’s squeezed in between two brake pads. These pads are lined with a friction material and when conditions are right they rub together creating that high-pitched squeal. This squeal will vary depending on how fast you’re going and how hard you press on the brakes. Pads and Rotors Another reason your brakes can squeal is because of problems with the brake pads and/or rotors. Both of these parts wear down ... read more

Does My Car Need Suspension Repair?

When was the last time you gave the suspension system on your vehicle a second thought? Suspension? What’s that? If you’re like most people probably the only time you think about your suspension is when your car, truck, crossover, or SUV really starts to feel bumpy, even when you’re on a flat surface. When things do get a little bumpy there’s a good chance your shocks and/or struts are worn out. Some drivers recognize a bumpy ride – it’s hard not to notice. But sometimes people just ignore it and decide they can wait. After all, there are worse car problems, so why spend the money on new shocks and struts? You can handle a few extra bumps in your drive, right? The problem is ignoring a worn out suspension system is not a good idea. You won’t have as much control over your vehicle. Additionally, all of the extra bumps and rough rides might not bother you, but they might bother your vehicle. Bad shocks and struts can lead to other damage to you ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeak When I Turn the Wheel?

Why Does My Car Squeak When I Turn the Wheel? What is that terrible sound? You’re in your car and you’re all ready to get where you’re headed when you suddenly notice a squeak sounding when you turn your steering wheel. What is that? Why is your vehicle making that sound? If you get a squealing or squeaking sound when you turn your wheel, there could be several causes. Fortunately, most of the time the fix is something fairly simple. But first you have to figure out what’s causing it. Possible Issues If you know a little about auto repair then you might be able to figure out the problem on your own. However, in many cases, you might the need help of a certified mechanic to diagnose the cause and get it repaired. But here are some things you can check if you want to give it a shot on your own. Power Steering Fluid Start with the power steering fluid. This fluid does affect how your wheel sounds and feels. Wh ... read more

Can I Replace My Own Headlights?

Can I Replace My Own Headlights? Have you been driving around with one working headlight lately? If so, then you should really get that fixed. Not only does it make it harder to see things when driving at night, but it also makes you harder to see. Driving with a busted headlight bulb is not safe. And even if you don’t think it’s a big safety concern, you still shouldn’t drive with only one headlight. That’s because if a police officer notices you’re missing a headlight then you could get a ticket. Both of your headlights might even still be working. But as they get older, your headlights start to get dim, which means your nighttime visibility is not as good. So don’t put it off any longer. Get your headlight fixed or replaced and make sure your nighttime travels are safer. But changing a headlight can be such a pain, right? It’s true that with today’s advancements in vehicles, some headlight bulbs are really hard to ge ... read more

Five Engine Noises You Should Never Ignore

Five Engine Noises You Should Never Ignore Have you ever been driving and suddenly heard a strange noise coming from under the hood? Or maybe you go to start your car in the morning and it makes a noise you’ve never heard it make before. Have you ever been sitting in traffic and your vehicle starts to sound like it’s just as frustrated as you are with the slow moving traffic? These weird noises are your vehicle’s way of telling you something. And what it has to say is most likely very important. Don’t Ignore Signs of Trouble Here’s why. When your car, truck, crossover, or SUV makes strange noises your engine likely has some kind of issue. It could be something small, but you still shouldn’t ignore it because something small can lead to something bigger. And even worse, that noise could mean major damage. In other words, your engine might have a serious problem that needs to be fixed right away. So if you hear an ... read more

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