Yearly Archives: 2019

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

All About Wheel Alignments

How often your vehicle needs a wheel alignment will depend on a number of different things, including your vehicle, your tires, and your driving habits. The typical interval for alignments is around every 2 years. However, there are other occurrences that can happen which can cause your wheels to be forced out of alignment, causing you to need an alignment sooner.  Wheels can be forced out of alignment by a number of things, including driving fast over speed bumps, driving over potholes, hitting curbs, car collisions, and more. If you suspect that there is an issue with your wheel alignment, have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Driving with your wheels out of alignment can actually cause damage to your vehicle’s internal parts.  Signs that your wheels are out of alignment include: Squealing tires Uneven or rapid tire wear Vehicle pulls to one side Vibrating while driving If you notice any of the symptoms above, or it’s been awhile since your last ... read more

How Often Do I Need a Tune-Up?

Many vehicle owners are uncertain about tune-ups - what are they exactly and how often are they needed? A tune-up is basically a couple of preventative and general maintenance items that will make sure that your vehicle is running well and that necessary parts are replaced or cleaned.  Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will indicate the proper interval for your vehicle in regards to how often you should have a tune-up performed. We usually recommend a tune-up every 20-30k miles or whenever your vehicle has dropped noticeably in performance and fuel efficiency.  A tune-up helps to boost the overall performance of your vehicle and restore your vehicle back to top working condition. Depending on the make, model, and age of your vehicle, the specific services that your vehicle may need for a tune up will vary. A typical tune up service may include one or more of the following services:  Check belts & hoses Computer diagnostics Engine filter replacement Engi ... read more

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