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Make Sure You Have These Things in Your Vehicle for Winter

Make Sure You Have These Things in Your Vehicle for Winter The winter driving season is upon us. Although winter doesn’t officially begin for a few more weeks, here in the Pacific Northwest the winterlike driving season starts a little earlier. Traveling in the winter means wet and slick roads, dark skies, and sometimes snow and ice. Driving at this time of year can be miserable, but that’s life in the greater Vancouver area during the fall and winter. That means we need to be extra careful and cautious to avoid the many dangerous driving conditions we face. However, even the most careful drivers can get stuck in a bad situation for no fault of their own. Another driver might do something stupid, or unexpected weather conditions might catch you by surprise. Unfortunately, your car could also break down unexpectedly. The bottom line is you just never know what could happen, which is why it’s important to be prepared.   Don’t Lea ... read more

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How to Keep Your Headlights Clean – Vancouver Auto Service

How to Keep Your Headlights Clean – Vancouver Auto Service Last week, we talked about foggy windows and the importance of avoiding driving in that situation. When you get in your vehicle and head out on the roads of Vancouver, or anywhere else life takes you, you want to be as safe as possible. Your safety on the road depends a great deal on your vehicle’s condition. When your car, truck, or SUV is in good working condition, you can drive with confidence. However, when something is off with your vehicle, there is always an element of added risk. That’s why driving with foggy windows is a bad idea. And just like driving with fogged up windows is dangerous, so is driving with foggy headlights. Obviously, your headlights are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. If you do any driving at night, then you need good working headlights. And in the pacific northwest, you often need your headlights even during daytime hours, thanks to t ... read more

Does it Really Matter if I Drive Over Potholes – Vancouver Auto Repair

  Have you ever been driving along and out of nowhere you hit a jarring bump in the road? Then, you look in your rearview mirror and see a giant pothole that somehow you didn’t see a few seconds earlier. Potholes are pretty nasty for drivers. Unfortunately, not all roads are nice and smooth, which means you have to be vigilant when you’re operating your vehicle. Potholes come in a lot of shapes and sizes, and the best thing to do is completely avoid them no matter what they look like. But, in some instances when roads are torn up really bad, you simply can’t avoid them. In that case, you should slow down and drive very cautiously to avoid any major bumps. Why are potholes such a big deal? While it might seem like a little bump here and there isn’t going to ruin your vehicle, the truth is potholes can hurt, especially if you drive over them a lot and at higher speeds. How Potholes Can Hurt Your Vehicle Hitting a pothole with your vehicl ... read more

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Should I get My Wheels Aligned or Tires Rotated?

Should I get My Wheels Aligned or Tires Rotated? When you’re driving around the streets of Vancouver, WA you probably don’t give your tires too much thought. As long as they keep rolling along and keep you on the road, life is good. However, if you start feeling your car shaking or jiggling that usually activates your senses a little. This is especially true if you’ve just gone through a pothole, or maybe bumped up against a curb. If that happens, then getting your tires and wheels checked out as soon as possible is a good idea. Hitting a pothole or curb can throw off your wheel alignment or damage a tire. So, what action should you take to fix the issue?   Tire Rotation Some people might confuse wheel alignmentand tire rotation. But the truth is they are two com ... read more

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Why Does My Car’s Exhaust Smell Like Sulfur?

What’s that smell? That’s usually not something you want to hear when you’re talking about your vehicle. Cars do have plenty of different smells and some are nothing to be alarmed about. However, there are other foul odors that you definitely need to pay attention to. Many of the bad smells from cars, come from the exhaust system. Your exhaust gets rid of a lot of pollutants, so it’s not surprising that it can smell bad at times, including the smell of sulfur. Sulfur is very unpleasant and if it’s coming from your vehicle, then you need to get it checked it out sooner rather than later. Catalytic Converter Problems – Vancouver Auto Repair When you notice the smell of sulfur, most likely there is an issue with your catalytic converter. If your converter gets clogged or starts to malfunction your emissions levels will be affected as well. Your vehicle will still run, but it will likely not have as much power because your exhaust sys ... read more

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Helpful Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

Where has the first half of this year gone? It’s already the end of June and we have officially hit summer. The summer season is full of a lot of adventure and excitement for many. Most car owners use their vehicles a lot during the summer, with road trips, family reunions, and lots of family sports activities going on. If you’re lucky enough to have a reliable vehicle you can count on every day that makes your summer plans go much smoother. But if you want to continue to be able to get wherever you need to be this summer, it’s important to take care of your car, so it can stay healthy through these hot summer months. Top Tips for Summer Car Care in Vancouver There are several things you can do to get your car in shape for the summer and to keep it running smoothly throughout the entire summer driving season. Here are a few simple things that will keep your car, truck, van, crossover, or SUV in great shape this season. And many of them you can do y ... read more

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Vancouver Auto Repair - What’s Wrong with My Hybrid Vehicle?

Do you drive a hybrid vehicle? If so, then you know about all the advantages of driving a hybrid. These days, there are more and more hybrid vehicles on the road, including minivans and trucks. That’s because more drivers are seeing the benefits of driving a hybrid. We know hybrids are great and our customers who drive them love their hybrid vehicles. However, just like traditional gas-powered vehicles, hybrids also wear down and they do need repairs. However, that being said, hybrids don’t always have the same kinds of issues that gas-powered vehicles have. So, what are the most common problems that hybrid owners have with their vehicles? Here are some of the top issues you might expect with hybrid repair in Vancouver. Common Hybrid Vehicle ProblemsBattery Problems – if you drive a hybrid then you know how important the battery is. After all, that’s what makes ... read more

Why Is My Vehicle Accelerating Poorly?

When you drive your vehicle, no matter where you’re headed, you expect it to have a certain amount of power based on how much pressure you put on the gas pedal. This power isn’t just to give you an adrenaline rush. It’s actually important for your safety. For example, when you are cruising down the freeway and need to pass someone, or you are merging into swift moving traffic, or trying to climb a steep hill in heavy traffic, you need sufficient power to perform those maneuvers successfully. If you can’t, your safety could be compromised. So, does your vehicle have trouble accelerating? How Your Car Accelerates First, let’s look at how your car actually accelerates. For your engine to produce the necessary power it needs, you need the right amount of fuel and air to be compressed and ignited in the combustion chamber. The exhaust this process creates is sent out the tailpipe. When something goes wrong in this process, your vehicle can lo ... read more

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The Ins and Outs of Engine Oil Leak

The Ins and Outs of Engine Oil Leak Have you ever found something leaking from your vehicle? It can be a pretty unsettling feeling to find a puddle of something under your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. Some leaks aren’t as bad as others, but no leak is good. If your vehicle is leaking any kind of fluid, you should get it checked out as soon as you can. By finding the problem early enough you can prevent it from getting worse and protect other parts of your vehicle that rely on the leaking fluid. Keep Oil Levels Strong Your vehicle can leak all kinds of fluids, including transmission fluid, brake fluid, steering fluid, coolant/antifreeze, and even water. But arguably the most concerning fluid leak is an oil leak. Your engine depends on oil to stay lubricated and function correctly. If you have an oil leak, then your engine parts will eventually not have enough fluid to work properly. That causes friction and grinding. And that’s when you ... read more

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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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