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Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

The Importance of Regular Oil Changes

As car owners, one of the first things you learn in that your vehicle needs an oil change usually every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Even though we are often at the auto shop getting an oil change when needed, many may not understand the actual importance of an oil change and why it is need so often.  When you visit your local auto repair shop for your regular oil change, you are most likely getting your engine oil replaced, the system flushed out, and a new oil filter installed. The oil that is changed has a very important job - when your vehicle is running, the oil is circulated throughout the engine. The oil helps keep your vehicle’s engine lubricated, which keeps it from overheating as well as helping to avoid metal to metal contact between parts. While circulating, the oil also picks up debris and dirt which helps to keep the engine clean.  When the oil picks up dirt around the engine, it brings it back through the oil filter, which will catch all of that grime. Over ... read more

Proper Brake Care

Periodically checking your brakes is a vital part of routine maintenance. At a minimum this should be done at least once a year – plan a brake check at the same time you get your tires rotated. It's best to get them checked as you rotate your tires during every oil change. At the very least, you should get them looked at before going on a long trip. Signs of brake problems It is important to be alert to signs that you might be having problems with your brakes. Clues that something’s wrong with your brakes include: Your brake warning light comes on (including the ABS warning light) Unusual noise when you apply the brakes – especially grinding or squealing noises Your car’s response when you hit the brakes – such as if your car pulls in one direction or another, or shakes The feel of the brake pedal – such as if the brake pedal is too soft (goes to the floor when you press the pedal) or hard (hardly moves ... read more

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