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Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

July 4th is a special day when it comes to celebrating our freedom here in the United States and gathering with loved ones for a good time. Many families will be coming together to BBQ, eat lavishly, and watch fireworks nearby. With the increase in vehicles on the road and the high amount of people out having a good time, it is important to remember a couple of ways in which we can stay safe during this holiday.  Here are some tips on how to remain safe while celebrating July 4th this year:  One important thing to remember is driving safety. With the increase of alcohol consumption on July 4th, be sure to have a safe ride to and from your destination. NEVER drink and drive, or allow an intoxicated person to drive you. Have a designated driver planned or get a ride from a rideshare app or taxi. If you can't find a way to drive without drinking, find a place nearby where you can safely walk to your destination. July 4th is one of the most dangerous days in the United Sta ... read more

How to Keep Track of Vehicle Maintenance

Car maintenance can be difficult to keep track of, especially when you aren’t sure of what services are due at what intervals. Although it can be confusing, car maintenance is pretty straightforward once you understand what is needed for your vehicle and when. The experts at our shop can help you stay on top of these services and ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly for years to come.  Below are some of the most important car maintenance items that should never be missed for your vehicle: 1. Oil Change - every 3 months or 3,000 miles to every 6 months or 6,000 miles 2. Tune-up - every 30,000 miles or so 3. Fluid Flushes - every 10,000 miles to every 30,000 miles, depending on the fluid 4. Bumper to Bumper Inspection - at every oil change, or at least twice a year 5. Tire Inspections, Rotation, and Alignment - twice a year or every 6,000 miles These are some of the most important services that will ensure that your vehicle remains reliable. Although these intervals are j ... read more

Your A/C Works Fine, Do You Need It Serviced?

As we start moving into warmer summer temperatures, many of us will be depending on the A/C to make the temperature inside the vehicle comfortable to drive. But you ask, “Do I need my air conditioner serviced if it is blowing cold air?” “Don’t fix it if it isn’t broke” is ringing in my head right now. The other thing ringing in my head is preventative maintenance prolongs the expected life of components with moving parts. You change the engine oil, transmission oil, differential oils, and antifreeze to prolong the life of those components. Why wouldn’t you change the refrigerant (freon) in the A/C system as well? First off, isn’t it called freon, not refrigerant? Much like Scotch tape is the name brand of invisible tape or a Sharpie is the name brand for a permanent marker, Freon was the name brand for R-12 refrigerant. R-12 has not been used in vehicles built after the mid 1990’s due to Ozone depleting CFC’s. The replacement ... read more

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