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What’s That Smell? Vehicle Warning Smells to Watch Out For

What’s That Smell? Vehicle Warning Smells to Watch Out For

A strange smell while driving can have many causes, some less urgent than others. As soon as you notice any of the following smells, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into our shop for an inspection and be sure to note any other symptoms that you may have noticed. Certain smells can indicate major issues, and continuing to drive your vehicle can lead to more expensive and more serious repairs.  Burnt Rubber - A burnt rubber smell could be coming from a drive belt or loose hose rubbing against drive pulleys. It can also indicate transmission or engine issues.  Hot Oil - If you smell hot oil, oil could be leaking into the exhaust system. Another indication of this is an oil leak underneath your vehicle or smoking coming from underneath the hood.  Gasoline - This usually means that your vehicle has a gas leak. This could be from the fuel injector line or fuel tank.  Syrup - If you smell sw ... read more

Vehicle Maintenance for the Spring Season

Spring is the time to take your vehicle's maintenance and care seriously, especially ahead of any spring break or summer road trips that you may be planning. The winter months can take a toll on our cars, causing wear and tear and decreasing overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before you start making any plans for long drives, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Our goal is to make sure your vehicle stays reliable throughout the season and that you stay safe on the road! Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running in top condition: Inspect coolant levels and condition Look at all belts and hoses for an wear or cracks Make sure that air conditioning works well Read your vehicle's owners manual for factory recommended maintenance that may be due Check an oil and filter change is your car is due Check your tires for pressure, tread, and overall condition Test headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and all interi ... read more

My Check Engine Light is On - What Do I Do Next?

We understand that it can be stressful to see your vehicle’s check engine light turn on. It can be scary wondering about what the issue could be and how much it is going to cost you to fix it. When your vehicle’s check engine light turns on, it’s letting you know that it has detected a problem that needs to be addressed. The best way to get peace of mind and figure out the problem is to bring your vehicle into your local auto repair shop for computer diagnostics.  Computer diagnostic testing is done using a tool that essentially snaps onto your vehicle’s computer system. It will read the error code which will indicate which system the problem is coming from. This will help your mechanic pinpoint the issue and perform further, more specific testing if needed. Once the issue is determined, you will better understand the problem and how much it will cost to restore your vehicle.  Engine problems can manifest in other ways as well, so look out for any of ... read more

Winter Vehicle Maintenance

Winter brings harsh weather, including rain and snow, and making sure your vehicle is prepared for the weather changes will help you stay safe on the road.  Here are some of the top maintenance items to make sure your car has this winter: Flush or Top-Off All Fluids This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.  Inspect Hoses and Belts All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle.  Test the Charge of the Battery A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly. Batteries usually need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Have your battery tested for charge to make sure it's in good condition and that the battery is free from corrosion.&nb ... read more

New Year's Resolutions for your Car!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

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