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Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignments are an important service. Properly aligned wheels are essential to your ability to control your vehicle properly and to keep your car's direction straight. Although you've probably gotten a wheel alignment done in the past, you may not understand exactly when one is needed or how to tell that you are due.  Alignments are usually needed every couple of years or so, but it can depend upon a number of factors. Sometimes our vehicle's wheel alignment can be forced out of alignment much sooner than a regular alignment is needed. This can happen from a number of different things, such as hitting a curb or driving over a speed bump quickly.  If your vehicle is due for a wheel alignment, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Car veers to one side Trouble steering Uneven or excessive tire wear Squealing tires Steering wheel is crooked  As soon as you notice any of the signs above, don't hesitate to bring your vehi ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Dying Battery?

A dead battery is apparent - you get into your vehicle and realize that it won’t start. You hear the ignition click, but it won’t startup. A typical car battery lasts between 3-4 years, depending on your vehicle and other factors. However, leaving an electrical component on for an extended period of time, like the lights or radio, can cause your battery to die prematurely.  A car battery can die due to a number of different reasons, whether from the battery itself or the charging and starting system. If you ever suspect an issue with your car battery, you can always take your battery into your local auto repair shop for testing to see how much life it has left.  Signs of a dying battery include:  Car starts up slow or takes multiple tries Problems with the radio Dim interior lights Failing power locks and/or windows Battery warning light is on As soon as you notice any of the issues above, you should have your vehicle inspected by your ... read more

The Importance of Fall Vehicle Maintenance

It's no secret that the summer months tend to take a toll on our vehicles. From the extreme temperatures to the extended drives, your vehicle definitely runs its course during the summertime. After the summer, it becomes increasingly important to inspect and care for your vehicle to ensure that it remains reliable throughout the fall.  Why is fall vehicle maintenance so important? As we move into fall, the weather changes. More rain falls and the roads become wetter and colder. We also have to take into account that car wear that we mentioned earlier happens during the summer. We don't want you to find yourself stranded any time soon, and proper car care can help you avoid these dreaded situations. What type of vehicle maintenance is needed for the fall time? First things first, a fall vehicle inspection is always recommended. This is the perfect time to have your vehicle checked over to make sure that critical systems are working as they should. It can also help identif ... read more

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