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It's Time to Change your Windshield Wipers

We are nearing the end of the summer season, and moving into fall. The fall season will bring wetter weather, with overcast and rain in the forecast. Over the summer, our vehicle's windshield wipers tend to dry out, become cracked, and frayed due to the excessive heat and dry weather conditions. This is why it is so important to have your windshield wipers replaced before the fall season.  When you drive with bad windshield wipers, it can be extremely difficult to see the road clearly through the rain or other extreme weather conditions. If it's time to replace your windshield wipers, you will notice one or more of the following symptoms when your wipers are turned on: Streaking of water Windshield skips Low visibility of road  Wipers are loud or not wiping smoothly No or low windshield wiper fluid As soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above, bring your car into Bill's Auto Service and Towing for help changing your windshield wipers before its too ... read more

What to Do When a Car Window Cracks

Summer is the perfect time to jump in the car and travel to your favorite place for some time away and fun in the sun. However, you never know when something unexpected might happen, such as a broken windshield or cracked window. When you find yourself caught in a situation like this, don’t panic. Here are some tips on what to do next.  Summer tends to be very dry and hot, with lots of sand and rocks on the roads. Because of this, a rock hitting your windshield while driving is not unheard of and can happen. If this does occur, the best thing to do is find an auto repair shop that will help you fix the damage as soon as possible.  Cracks tend to get bigger, especially in the heat, so having the crack fixed as soon as possible will prevent the crack from getting and obscuring your vision while driving. In most states, driving with a cracked windshield is illegal, so this needs to be considered as well.  Blasting your car’s AC in the heat when there is a cra ... read more

Top Reasons for Car Breakdowns in the Summer

As the weather gets warmer, many of us will be using our cars to visit the beach, go on road trips, spend time with friends, and more. Our cars are being used much more - but are you remembering to take care of it, too?  Because our cars are being driven more in the summer, there are many more reasons that our cars can breakdown on us during this time. Here are some common reasons why our cars tend to breakdown during the summer:  Check Engine Light - If your check engine light is on, it is important to have the issue inspected and diagnosed as soon as possible. Driving with the check engine light on can actually cause more harm than good, because it can make the problem worse and eventually more expensive. The only way to know for sure what is causing the problem is to have your trusted mechanic run diagnostics on your vehicle.  Flat Tire - A flat tire can be common in the summer, especially due to temperature change and the amount of cars on the road. Be sure to hav ... read more

Is it Time for an A/C Inspection?

Nobody wants to get stuck during the summer with a faulty air conditioning system. At Bill's Auto Service and Towing, we can help! If you notice that your A/C isn't working like it used to, or at all, it's time to bring your vehicle into our shop for an inspection. We will help get you back on the road in no time with a working A/C system so that you can drive comfortably throughout the summer.  Here are some common issues that can indicate an A/C problem: Air blows out hot when A/C is on No air coming out of vents Low air pressure  Temperature of air doesn’t match setting Strange smell or noises when A/C is turned on As soon as you notice a problem with your vehicle's air conditioning, bring your car into our shop for an inspection. We will glady determine the cause of the issue and repair it correctly the first time around. 

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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