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Why People are Hesitant to Have their Vehicle Serviced

There are around 162 million vehicles in the United States that go without being serviced when they need it. A recent report suggests that around 80% of the cars on the road right now have at least one service repair that isn’t being addressed. While some of these can be small and simple things, there are others that present major safety concerns for the driver and everyone around them. So what stops people from having their car serviced? There are a number of reasons why people are hesitant to have their vehicle serviced, even for something as minor as an oil change. How comfortable one feels about car care can be a major deciding factor. If someone feels that the decision to have the car serviced might not be the right one they won’t go through with the service. People who don’t understand cars too well will often hesitate to ask questions out of fear of looking ignorant. You need to understand that the technician wants to answer your questions. They want you ... read more

Supporting Local Nonprofits - Starbright Foundation

Supporting Local Nonprofits - Starbright Foundation

"Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime." - Herbert Ward   One of the great privileges of running a small business is being able to give generously to community organizations and charitable causes. We've been looking at local organizations to support and we're proud to be associated with pastor Michael Chalberg and the  ... read more

Keeping Your Car Running Smooth at the Right Temperature

Keeping Your Car Running Smooth at the Right Temperature

Have you ever noticed that you start to slow down when the summer starts? You likely find yourself looking for some shade and a nice cool drink to get back to speed. The same thing happens to your c ar. When the engine starts running hot the Coolant Temperature Sensor (CTS) messages the control computer in our engine to start controlling a lot of different processes including the fuel injection, ignition timing, the variable valve timing and transmission shifting. When the engine warms up it takes different timings and a different mix of fuel to keep going properly. Unfortunately even coolant temperature sensors succumb to time and begin to stop working properly as time goes on. Having the CTS replaced is one of the most common vehicle repairs that there is. It’s also really simple and inexpensive to have done. If you notice that your car is using more fuel than usual, you have trouble starting it, or the exhaust pipe is emitting black smoke then you could have a bad sensor. A f ... read more

When the timing chain system gets worn down...

When the timing chain system gets worn down...

Every day millions of people wake up to the sound of ringing, buzzing or beeping; whether from an alarm clock or a smartphone. As long as we can resist the urge to hit the “Snooze” button almost everyone sets aside the time they need in the morning to shower, get dressed, and start the day off right. Over time the whole family sets into a routine and, on a good day, everyone proceeds to the right place at the right time to keep everything moving smoothly. Every so often the alarm clock doesn’t go off. It’s not been set right or there was a power surge overnight, or you failed to compensate for Daylight Savings Time. No matter why the main thing is that things don’t start off right. You wake up when the sunlight hits your face and you know that you’ve got less time than you need so everyone goes into overdrive and runs around in a bind rush that throws the usual schedule out the window. The alarm clock and what it does to keep your morning routine in ... read more

How to Check your Fluids Levels Part Two

How to Check your Fluids Levels Part Two

In our last post we detailed how to check 3 of the 7 fluids that you can find in your car. Now we’ll take a look at the other four; the coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid. When you check your coolant levels you need to check the coolant overflow reservoir. This reservoir has little markings on it that show you coolant levels when the engine is hot or cold. If the levels are too low you need to add more coolant to the radiator, but you should never open the radiator cap with a hot engine because this could result in serious injuries. Power steering fluid is different from engine coolant in that it can be checked while it’s warm. In fact some manufacturers will suggest you warm up the engine while others will suggest keeping it cool. That’s why you should consult the owner’s manual for your car to see what the recommendation is for your car. To check the fluid levels you need to first find the power steering tank and tak ... read more

How to Check Your Fluid Levels Part One

How to Check Your Fluid Levels Part One

Did you know that your car contains seven fluids and that, in order to keep your car running safely, you need to check all of them on a regular basis? We understand the importance of checking your fluid levels so we put together this two-part series to teach you all about the different fluids and how you can check them. Part one will look at gasoline, motor oil, and brake fluid. You’ll likely learn how to check the gasoline levels of your vehicle and put more gas in within the first week of owning the car. If you don’t then you won’t be getting very far in your second week! When you get a new car you should take a look through the owner’s manual. This manual will tell you everything you need to know including how much fuel you should keep in your car and how to check fluid levels. If you can’t find your owner’s manual then you can likely find a digital copy to download on the manufacturer’s website. You should be able to find it with a quick s ... read more

What is a Reflash?

What is a Reflash?

Technology these days are smarter than ever. It started with phones, then it was TVs, and now even refrigerators are “smart”. Cars are also becoming smarter. Computers these days are becoming a major feature in automobiles. Of course computers have been a part of cars for decades now, dating back to the CPU powered engine management systems (E.M.S) that became the standard in 1991. They were even in cars before then too. The CPUs in cars have always been focused on engine performance tasks and are used to regulate the air-fuel mixture, the ignition timing, idle speed and transmission shift points. Like every other kind of computer in the world these computers need to be upgraded from time to time. When a car is brand new the CPU is programmed to handle a brand new engine. Unfortunately your car engine doesn’t perform the same way it did after 100k miles. This is when you should consider having a reflash performed. A reflash is basically when the software of your car ... read more

What Does a Recall Mean?

What Does a Recall Mean?

The largest vehicle recall that’s ever happened took place in 1980 when the Ford Motor Company recalled 21 million cars for a fault that would cause cars to automatically switch to reverse from park. Many of these cars were not actually repaired and instead all that happened was a sticker was put on the dashboard. If you own a Ford that was made between 1966 and 1980 then your car might still have this sticker. Not every recall is as large or dangerous as this particular recall but recalls are still something you should take note of. Cars these days are ever-evolving and, as a result- are ever more complicated. As more options and features are introduced so are the chances that something will malfunction. Many recalls that happen are to address faults in similar vehicles. It’s also possible for the Federal Government to issue a recall themselves over a safety or environmental concern. If you are the original owner of a vehicle then you’ll receive a notification abou ... read more

Driverless Cars are On The Way

Driverless Cars are On The Way

While it might be hard to imagine songs being written about being driven down the highway by Google self-driving cars are slowly becoming a reality. It’s expected that everyone will be driving (or not) a self-driving car within the next few decades. The Google self-driving car has already been road tested and has clocked up millions of miles. Tesla also have their own Autopilot feature in some of their cars that are on the road. Today more self-driving prototypes are being created and put together. Of course one of the main benefits of a self-driving car is that people will be able to sit back and relax as they drive but there’s more to it than just that. The safety benefits along are great. A self-driving car does not get distracted and it can’t break the rules of the road. Self-driving cars always stay within the speed limit, carefully plan their routes, and are able to communicate with other cars around them in a safe and productive manner so it won’t be a pr ... read more

Have a Multi-Point Inspection Done to Show Your Car some T.L.C

Have a Multi-Point Inspection Done to Show Your Car some T.L.C

There are three things that are certain in life; death, taxes, and that our car will get worn down. No matter how much you drive your car or where you drive it time will eventually take its toll on your car and the components keeping it running. These problems with your car can also strike at any time. It can be dust in the air, a pothole in the road, or braking too much as you drive down the highway. All of it adds up to a damaged and worn down car. That’s why we make multi-point vehicle inspections one of the services we offer. A multi-point inspection is essentially a little tender loving care for your car. There’s not much better than bringing in one of our trained and experienced service technicians take a look at your car and let you know about any problems before they can become costly repairs. They have the experience to let you know about any issue; perhaps there is a clog in your air filter that means it needs to be replaced even though you’ve not had it t ... read more

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