Car Care Tips

Fall Car Care Tip

As summer heat gives way to cooler days, it’s time to think of your vehicle. Staying on top of your vehicle’s care is one of the best ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly – especially in preparation for the cold months ahead. Visit us for a Fall Check up. A...

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What’s That Dash Light?

What’s That Dash Light? You’re driving down the road and all of a sudden a dash light illuminates showing an icon of a battery or the word “CHARGE.” + What does it mean? The battery has an insufficient charge to power the vehicle’s electrical systems and accessories. + What action...

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for the Cold Weather

Cold weather can kill off an already weak battery, reduce tire pressure and more. A thorough inspection at our service center will help you get your vehicle...

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FIVE WAYS TO WINTERIZE YOUR COMMUTE

1. Make sure you have a heavy-duty ice scraper and snow brush in your vehicle. 2. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check tire pressure often. See your Owner’s Manual for directions and details. 3. Check your wiper blades. Cold temperatures can make blades brittle, and ice on the windshield...

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Talk the Tech Talk

1. ROUGH IDLE — The engine runs unevenly at idle and the vehicle may also shake. 2. SLUGGISH — With this condition, the engine delivers limited power under load or at high speed; it won’t accelerate as fast as normal; it loses too much speed going up hills and may...

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What’s that sound? Suspension clunks and rattles

Does your car make a clunking, popping or rattling sound when you hit a bump or pothole or cross over railroad tracks? And does it sound as if it’s coming from the front of the vehicle? If so, you’ll want to have the front suspension inspected immediately. Clunks and rattles...

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A Brief History of Wipers

• American inventor Mary Anderson patented the first windshield wiper design in 1903. • Windshield wipers became standard equipment on cars around 1916. • The first wipers were hand-operated. Electric wipers didn’t arrive until the late 1920s – and were only found on luxury cars. • Intermittent wipers were invented...

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Air Conditioning

There’s nothing worse in the summer than an air conditioning system that doesn’t cool you down in the car. Have yours inspected if any of the following symptoms are present: • The air blowing out of the vents is cool, but not as cold as it used to be. •...

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TPMS

If your car, SUV or light-duty truck is a 2008 or newer (and some earlier models), it has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) designed to alert the driver if the pressure in one or more tires Fall more than 25 percent. http://acdelcotechconnect.com/pdf/newsletters-press-releases/intune/2013/intune-issue-3-2013.pdf...

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Spark Plugs

When should I change my spark plugs? For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 50,000 kilometers, unless your vehicle is equipped with 160,000 kilometer platinum tipped spark plugs....

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Detailing

Annually having your vehicle detailed not only leaves you feeling happy traveling around in a clean car, it helps retain the vehicles resale value . A clean car is a happy car. Detailing can be as inexpensive as $50.00 and can go as high as $220.00. Give us a call...

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Spring Break Checklist

Check all the major fluids, including engine oil, power-steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid— and don’t forget the antifreeze/coolant. Make sure the windshield washer solvent container is topped off. Check the engine’s belts and hoses, which can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear—especially if...

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Filter Facts

Oil filter– Helps keep vitally important engine oil clean. It can capture contaminants that can affect the engine’s performance and life span.   Engine air filter – Helps block particles that are harmful to the engine’s combustion chambers such a small dirt particle and road salt   Cabin air filter–...

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Having the right tire is essential for safety

To begin with, the role of tires is to provide vehicle acceleration and braking at the tire-to-road contact area, to steer the vehicle predictability with control and precision, to support the vehicle load and allow the vehicle to roll smoothly. Seems like a big job for those 4 round black...

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