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Top New Year’s Resolutions for Your Vehicle – Vancouver Auto Repair

Happy New Year, from Hoesly Automotive! We hope you and your family had a wonderful celebration as we kicked off 2022. We also want to say thank you for your continued trust in us and for your ongoing business. As we start this new year, we are excited to serve you and promise to continue providing honest, reliable, professional, and experienced auto repair in Vancouver, WA. Many people start the new year with resolutions or goals. We all want to improve ourselves and the new year is always a good time to start that process. We encourage you to consider your vehicle at this time of year, as well. Now is also a good time to make some resolutions for your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. Resolutions for the New Year There are numerous auto services that you could add to your list of resolutions. Let’s go over a few of the most basic ones. Doing these simple things will help both you and your car. Oil Change – it all starts with the oil. Mos ... read more

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How Preventative Maintenance Helps Your Brakes – Vancouver Auto Repair

Every time you drive you use your brakes. Whether it’s pulling out of your garage to your driveway, or taking a long trip across the country, you can’t do it without your brakes. So, it goes without saying that your brakes should always be in the best working condition as possible. And the best way to do that is to have regular maintenance performed at our Vancouver auto repair shop. The Many Parts of Your Brake System Your brake system is made of many working parts and they’re all important for proper function. The system includes the pads, rotors, and calipers. You also need the proper level of brake fluid. Many cars also feature an anti-lock brake system, which prevents your wheels from locking up when you brake. You need each of these parts to func ... read more

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Why Does My Car Need Synthetic Oil – Vancouver Auto Repair

Does your vehicle use synthetic oil? There are many cars on the road today that do, especially most newer vehicles. However, many drivers wonder why they need to use a synthetic and also why it costs so much more. Is synthetic really that much better than conventional motor oil? These are all good questions, and many people have them. Let’s look at why synthetic oil is so popular and what benefits there are to using it. Benefits of Synthetic Motor Oil First off, what is synthetic oil actually made of? It consists of artificial chemical compounds made from a base oil, a carrier oil, and powder additives. One of the major advantages of synthetic oil is that is very clean, meaning it can lubricate your engine smoothly without fear of any debris. Conventional oil often has impurities that can build up and prevent smooth lubrication. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is ultra-refined so you get the best performance possible. These oils are designed protect your eng ... read more

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Use These Preventative Maintenance Tips When the Season Changes

Use These Preventative Maintenance Tips When the Season Changes It’s always a good idea to do everything you can to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, including taking care of any mechanical issues that might come up. The easiest and best way to stay on top of this is to get regular preventative maintenance before bad things can happen. Preventative maintenance is something you should do year-round, but it can be especially valuable when seasons change. Just like us, our cars can be affected by seasonal changes. For example, road conditions during the summer are completely different than they are in the spring or winter. Additionally, each season brings different temperatures and climates. Those various temperatures can affect our vehicles and their many parts, in several different ways. With that in mind, here are some important preventative maintenance tips to keep in mi ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle’s Battery Ready for Winter?

Is Your Vehicle’s Battery Ready for Winter? Fall has arrived and that means winter is just around the corner, waiting to blow in its frigid temperatures and nasty road conditions. Here in the northwest, you never know what you’re going to get when it comes to winter weather conditions. That’s why it’s important to be ready for anything. That includes making sure your vehicle is ready for what lies ahead.   It’s no secret that winter driving conditions can be tough on all vehicles. But the good news is you can do a lot of things to get your car, truck, crossover, and SUV ready for whatever Old Man Winter has to throw at you. One of the easiest, but most important things to take care of is your battery. Just like winter can be hard on you, it can also be tough on your vehicle’s battery.   Cold Weather Affects Your Battery   Most of the time, you don’t have to give your battery much thought. You turn the key ... read more

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Are Your Car’s Battery Terminals Corroded

Are Your Car’s Battery Terminals Corroded – Vancouver Auto Repair   When was the last time you checked on your car battery’s health? Chances are, you don’t really look at your battery unless you have to replace it or give your vehicle (or someone else’s vehicle) a jumpstart. However, it’s a good idea to check in on your battery on occasion to make sure it’s clean and the connection is solid.   Your vehicle can stall or have trouble starting for several reasons, including an old or bad battery. However, sometimes your car won’t start even though your battery is perfectly fine. It could be something as simple as corroded battery terminals or cables.   The good news is you might not have to replace anything. It might be as simple as cleaning the corrosion off the terminals or cables. That might sound a little intimidating to some car owners, but the truth is, this is a job that almost anyone can handle ... read more

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Why Does My Car Smell Like Vinegar

Has your car ever stunk you out before? It sounds like a weird question, right? Unless your car has put off some terrible smell before, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. Cars can make all kinds of smells. In most cases, bad smells are a sign of trouble. Some are not that serious, but others can indicate serious problems are lurking.   One smell that will always get your attention is when your vehicle’s AC or heater is blowing, and it smells like vinegar. For most people, that is not a pleasant smell. And what could be worse than needing your air conditioner on a hot day and it starts blowing out air that smells like vinegar? No thanks!   Why Does Your Car Smell Like Vinegar?   Your car could smell this way for a variety of reasons. But first off, if you only smell it when the AC is blowing then you know the issue has something to do with your AC system. If you notice it without the AC blowing, then it is likely coming from ... read more

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Do These Services This Fall to Get Ready for Winter

Can you believe summer has already come and gone? Times flies when you’re having fun. The summer driving season is over. The harsh fall and winter weather is just around the corner, and that means the tough seasonal driving conditions are coming. Is your car ready?   Here in the Vancouver area, and the pacific northwest in general, we have to be ready for just about anything during the fall and winter. You never know what the conditions are going to be like. That’s why getting your vehicle in top shape before winter hits makes you safer on the road and helps give you peace of mind.   Top Fall Auto Services You Need   There are plenty of things you can do for your vehicle in the fall to get it ready for winter. Here are some of the most logical things to do now before the wintery weather hits.   Check Your Tires – the summer driving season can be quite fun, but those hot roads do wear down your tires. And wi ... read more

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Why Is My Fuel Economy Lagging – Vancouver Auto Repair

It seems like we can’t catch a break when it comes to gas prices. Prices sunk during the pandemic shutdown, but many people didn’t have anywhere to drive so they couldn’t take advantage of the low prices. Now that things are opened back up, prices have soared once again.   With no relief in sight, drivers are always looking for better fuel economy. But what happens if your gas mileage has suddenly taken a nosedive? Fuel economy can fluctuate depending on driving conditions and your vehicle of choice. However, if you’ve noticed a decrease lately but your driving situation hasn’t really changed, then you might have a problem that needs some repair.   Most Common Causes of Bad Gas Mileage   Your vehicle can see a dip in fuel economy for several reasons. Here’s a breakdown of what can cause a decline and what you can do to fix it.   Problems With Your Vehicle – obviously, when your fuel ... read more

Does Your Car Have Any of These Brake Problems – Vancouver Auto Repair

Brakes; they’re kind of important, right? Obviously, every part of your vehicle is important, but without your brakes you’d be crazy to even take your vehicle on the road. When your brakes are working properly you don’t give them much thought. But if they start to screech or they feel soft when you press the brake pedal, then you take notice.   A little screeching is annoying, but it doesn’t mean your vehicle will suddenly be unable to stop. However, there are some brake problems that you should never put off. Doing so, could compromise your safety.   Serious Brake Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore   There are numerous things that can go wrong with your brakes. Here are five things you should never ignore.   Brake pedal feels spongy – your brake pedal should always feel firm, instead of squishy. If your pedal doesn’t really give you any resistance, or it pushes all the way to the floor ... read more

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