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Monthly Archives: November 2018

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

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