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Brake Warning Signs to Look Out For

Brakes are one of those components that you don’t want to ignore, especially when you notice a change in performance or a problem with braking. Your brakes help you stop and slow down when needed to drive safely on the road. If you notice a strange noise, sound, or performance issue - it’s time for a brake inspection.  Many parts of the brakes can wear down or warp over time, which is why it is important to pay attention to how your vehicle works. Worn brake pads or a warped rotor can cause a decrease in brake performance and can also lead to brake failure. As soon as you notice an issue, don’t hesitate to give our shop a call or schedule an appointment online for friendly service.  According to the Car Care Council, here are the top warning signs to look out for that can indicate a problem with your vehicle’s brakes: Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes. Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking. Low Peda ... read more

Don’t Forget a Pre-Trip Inspection Before Your Road Trip

The weather is getting warmer, and it is that time of year when many of us start planning road trips and vacations for spring break and summer break. Many of us will get distracted planning the trip itself and may forget to ensure that our vehicle’s are in the best condition to embark on a road trip. The last thing you want is to get stuck on the side of the road in an unfamiliar place.  Before you go on your road trip, be sure to schedule a pre-trip inspection at our shop. A pre-trip inspection will basically check all of your vehicle’s vital components to make sure they are all in good working condition. We will also top off fluids and make sure there are no obvious signs of major repairs needed.  Our experts will inspect the following:  Battery Belts & Hoses Tires Brakes Fluids & Filters A/C System A bumper to bumper look at your vehicle will give you the peace of mind you’ll need to fully enjoy your road trip and help avoid major set ... read more

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

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