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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

While a tune-up can mean a number of different things depending on how old your vehicle is, the make and model, and how well you maintain your car - a tune-up is essentially refresher for your vehicle. It will replace necessary parts, clean parts, check fluids, and basically just ensure that your vehicle is running at its best.  Most tune-ups are considered a major service, and are typically needed every 30,000 miles or so. However, there are certain symptoms that can indicate you may be due for a tune-up, especially if you have an older vehicle. Here are some of the main symptoms to keep an eye out for that are indicators that your vehicle needs  a tune-up: Engine misfires Dirty engine air filter Engine carbon deposits Check engine light is on Poor fuel mileage Lack in overall performance Shaking or vibrating at certain speeds  Rough running engine   If you notice any of the symtpoms listed above, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the professi ... read more

Are Your Wiper Blades Ready for Fall?

Are Your Wiper Blades Ready for Fall? Fall is officially here. For many people that’s a sad time of the year, while others enjoy this season immensely. In any case, like it or not, fall is upon us. And that means it’s time to start getting your vehicle ready for the foul weather that’s coming. There are numerous things to do to prepare for the change of seasons. And here in the Vancouver area, one of the most important things is checking your wiper blades. Signs Your Wiper Blades Need to Be Changed With as much rain as we get in the Pacific Northwest, you can’t afford to be driving around with bad wiper blades. So how do you know when you need to change your blades? Wiper blades don’t have a mileage marker to let you know they need to be replaced. But they do usually show signs of wear that let you know they need to be changed. These are the most common signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced. Damaged ... read more

When Should I Change My Antifreeze?

When Should I Change My Antifreeze? When was the last time you checked your antifreeze? Most likely you never really think about it unless something goes wrong. Your antifreeze is vital to your vehicle’s performance. In fact, without it, your engine would overheat and quit working altogether. So obviously, it’s important to make sure your antifreeze is clean and that you always have enough of it in your cooling system. What Does Antifreeze Do? Just as its name implies, antifreeze protects your engine from freezing up when the weather gets cold. Thanks to this liquid, your engine continues to turn over every time you start your vehicle, even in the most frigid winter temperatures. Nothing is worse than getting stuck in your vehicle somewhere on the side of the road in freezing temperatures. But antifreeze doesn’t just protect your engine from the cold. It’s also what keeps your engine from overheating. Your engine gets hot ev ... read more

Why Does My Car Get Bad Gas Mileage?

Why Does My Car Get Bad Gas Mileage? One of the most common questions our customers ask us is how they can get better gas mileage? Or, why is my car getting worse gas mileage now? With gas prices so high it’s no wonder that so many drivers are worried about their fuel economy. As cars get older, it’s typical for them to get decreased gas mileage. But as long as you take good care of your vehicle, and get regular maintenance, your fuel economy should remain fairly consistent. Most Common Reasons for Bad Fuel Economy That being said, many drivers do experience decreased gas mileage. So why does this happen? Why is your car, truck, crossover, or SUV getting bad gas mileage? Let’s look at a few of the most likely causes and what to do to improve them. Tire Pressure – this seems like such a simple thing. But low tire pressure can play a huge role in your fuel economy. Fortunately, this is a super easy fix. All yo ... read more

Is One of Your Lights Not Working?

Is One of Your Lights Not Working? Remember when cars had simple headlights? They were either square or round and sat in the front grill. They didn’t do anything fancy and they definitely didn’t look fancy. Taillights, brake lights and blinkers were much the same. They had a job to do and that’s all they did. New Wave of Lights Times have changed and vehicle lights have become a lot more sophisticated. Not only do they light up in different ways, but also they have become a major part of car design. They come in all varieties, shapes and sizes. Today’s vehicle lights have a lot to offer compared to lights 20-30 years ago. But they also have become way more complicated to replace or fix, especially on your own. Don’t Wait to Fix it But if a light does go out you need to get it replaced. Driving without proper lighting can be dangerous. Plus, if all of your lights aren’t working correctly, a polic ... read more

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