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Why Is My Car Idling Rough?

When you notice your car is idling rough, it is a cause for instant concern. There are many factors that can play into why you're experiencing this problem. You'll want to address the issue and fix the problem sooner rather than later. Common Reasons Why an Engine is Idling Rough A good indication that there are problems with your engine is rough idling. This problem is easy to identify as you'll hear strange sounds when you start your vehicle. You may also notice shaking and vibrating. Your vehicle's performance overall will be poor with decreased fuel efficiency and irregular RPMs. There are many causes of rough idling and it's important to get your engine checked when you notice a problem. Bad Spark Plugs Spark plugs are responsible for igniting the air and fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. Oil and carbon deposits collect on the spark plugs and wires over time. This can lessen the power when you start your car ... read more

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

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