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What are Common Intervals for Vehicle Maintenance?

Remembering how often your vehicle is due for a maintenance item can be tricky. Most vehicle owners are very well accustomed to regular oil changes, however some other important maintenance items may not be as clear. Here is a guide that will help you keep better track of when certain important services are due:  Brake Pads, Rotors, and Fluid - Have the brake pads and rotors inspection every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Fluid needs to be replaced every 2 years.  Engine Oil and Filter - Needs to be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.  Steering and Suspension - Inspect every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Battery - Have it tested every 3 to 5 years. Cooling System - Inspect every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Headlights, Taillights, Blinkers - Inspect every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Transmission Fluid - Change every 25,000 miles. Air Filter - Change every 40,000 miles.  Power Steering Fluid - Flush every 40,000 miles. Spark Plug - Replace every 40,000 miles.  Timing Belt - Chan ... read more

The Difference Between Transmission Repair, Replacement, and Rebuild

Transmission problems are something that most of us as vehicle owners have heard of but hope to avoid in our car's lifetime. If you haven't stayed on track with your vehicle's regular maintenance or you have a much older vehicle, you may find yourself facing transmission issues that may required repair or replacement.  If your vehicle has been diagnosed and you have discovered that your vehicle's transmission is severely damaged and needs a complete overhaul, you may be considering your options and how much each of your options will cost you. You have probably heard a couple of terms, including transmission repair, replacement, and rebuild. What do each of them mean and what are the comparisons in terms of cost? Transmission Repair - Transmission repair is usually recommended if just one or a few components of the transmission need to be replaced. This will consist of just repairing those parts that need to be repaired on your original transmission to fix any iss ... read more

Safety Tips for Driving at Night

Not all drivers have perfect vision, and driving in the dark can strain our eyes and make it more difficult to see clearly. If you have trouble driving in the dark - you're not alone! In order to make your journey a safe one, it is important to remember the following safety tips for driving at night:  Dim the lights on your dashboard, if possible. When the lights aren't as bright, they are less of a distraction and will help your eyes better adjust to the darkness.  Look out for deer and other road animals. In the dark, your headlights should reflect off of the eyes of the animals, so you will be able to see two dots before you get too close.  Be sure to have your vision checked regularly. An eye exam is typically recommended every year to make sure that you are wearing the proper eyewear, if needed.  Try to avoid looking at other headlights and bright lights directly, as it will take longer for your eyes to adjust to the road.  Have your headlight ... read more

Dealing with a Check Engine Light

Seeing a check engine light illuminate on your dashboard is never fun - it can be stressful and worrying wondering exactly what could be wrong. The check engine light is basically your vehicle's way of letting you know that it detects something amiss, and its time for an inspection.  If your check engine light turns on, you may or may not have already been experiencing some strange symptoms with your vehicle. If you have noticed anything, such as strange noises or smells or a lack in performance, be sure to make note of these symptoms. These will be useful when it comes to bringing your vehicle into our shop, because it will help our mechanics better understand the issue.  The only way to really know the source of the problem is to run computer diagnostics on your vehicle. Our shop will use a diagnostic tool which will connect to your vehicle's computer and pull the code that basically caused the light to turn on. This code will indicate what system triggered t ... read more

Common Leaks and What They Indicate

A leak underneath your vehicle can have many different reasons, some more serious than others. If you do happen to notice a leak underneath your vehicle, the best thing is to make note of the color, consistency, and location of the leak. This will help your auto mechanic pinpoint the issue, since a leak can come from many different components.  Here are common car leak colors and what they can indicate: Clear - Clear liquid is just condensation from the air conditioning system, and is nothing to worry about.  Red - Red fluid can indicate a leak of transmission or power steering fluid, caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems.  Pink - Pink fluid usually is power steering fluid or transmission fluid, similar to red.  Orange - Orange can indicate leaking antifreeze or just regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator. Transmission fluid can also look orange if it is old and dirty. Yellow - Yellow fluid can indicate a radiat ... read more

All About Factory Recommended Services

Factory recommended services are something that most car owners have heard, but may not fully understand what they are. The simple explanation is that they are services that your vehicle manufacturer recommends at certain intervals. These recommendations are based on estimations on how long certain components will last and how often certain services will be needed to maintain your vehicle.    These recommendations are based on a number of things, including keeping warranties valid, making sure your vehicle stays reliable on the road, keeping you safe at all times, and helping you protect the overall integrity of your vehicle. These recommended services are also planned out in order to help save you money on repairs over time. That is why it is in your best interest overall to stay current with these services.    If you take a look at your vehicle’s owner’s manual, you will find a list of factory recommended services for your specific vehicle, along with ... read more

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