Monthly Archives: April 2017

When Should I call for a Tow instead of Driving my Car?

If your car breaks down or is in a more serious accident, you don’t really have much choice. But have you ever experienced car trouble and wondered whether or not your car was safe to drive? You are not alone. This could happen to anyone, at any time. Oftentimes if your car is showing signs of an issue, you can still operate it while you get to your preferred auto repair shop. Still though, it is better to be safe, and know the situations where driving might cause even more damage. Know your Vehicle One of the most important things you can do as a driver is pay attention to your car. Get familiar with how your car sounds, smells, and runs when it is in top shape. Give your car a quick once-over every week looking for signs of malfunction or damage. That way you are more likely to spot something wrong early, and avoid problems before they become more serious. And if you do notice something, don’t put it off. Call your mechanic right away and get your car in for any necessa ... read more

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Top 5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light Came On

It is important to get to know your dashboard lights. These indicators come on when there is problem, and they are not something you can ignore. Your car is trying to tell you something, and it can be frustrating and confusing. But if you do ignore it, you risk further damage to the car and might even put yourself at risk. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why your check engine light comes on: 1. Oxygen Sensor Needs Replacing This is the most common car repair for six years in a row, and is one of the most common reasons for the check engine light. The O2 sensor monitors unburned oxygen from the exhaust. It can fail because of neglected repairs, engine problems, or even using gas with a higher ethanol concentration. And because the sensor works with the on-board computer, a malfunction can cause as much as a 40% decrease in fuel economy. 2. Catalytic Converter Needs Replacement These are the second most common issues drivers face across the United Sta ... read more

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Is My Car Battery Dying?

You are already five minutes behind and have a busy day ahead. You hurry out to your car, slid into the seat, and try to turn the engine over. Nothing happens. You give it a few more tires, and still, nothing. We have all been in this situation. Your car battery is something many drivers take for granted, until it stops working. It is like the heart of your car, and if it stops your car will not have the power to start or move. You don’t want to be caught off guard. It is easy to know when your battery is dead, but better to know the signs of your battery wearing out. Here is what to watch for, and how to know when it is time for a new battery. No Crank, No Lights, No Start Your battery powers all the accessories in your vehicle, and this is a sure sign it is completely dead—void of all signs of power. Not much you can do except find someone to jump your car or call a tow truck. Sometimes you might have just left the interior lights on all night. Other times you migh ... read more

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I Hit a Curb, Now What Should I Do?

Our mechanics hear this all the time, and it can happen to even the best of drivers. This is a common problem in the winter months, but really it can happen at any time. It might not seem like a major problem, but hitting a curb can do more damage than you think. If you hit a curb, don’t just ignore it. Instead pull over and check for damage. But first you need to know where to look, how to evaluate the situation, and determine the best action to take. How Serious was It? Not all curb hits are equal. The first thing you want to consider is how fast you were driving when you ran into the curb. Next you want to note is the height of the curb. If you are driving a car at 50 mph and hit a curb that was higher than six inches, you are most likely to some serious damage to the front end. But if you hit a small, three inch curb going only five miles per hour, then you might not have any damage at all. It also can vary depending on the vehicles construction. Issues that Resul ... read more

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