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What Are The Signs of Bad Brakes?

What Are The Signs of Bad Brakes?

When it comes to our vehicles, our brakes are one of the most important safety features. Your brakes should always be in top working condition at all times to ensure your safety on the road. If you ever suspect an issue with your brakes, you should have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Different issues with brakes can occur that can affect their performance, including leaks, worn brake pads, warped rotors, and more.  Chances are you’ve probably already experienced something strange with your brakes if you’re looking online for signs of faulty brakes. Here are some symptoms that indicate a brake problem:  The brake system warning light has turned on Your car pulls to one side while braking The brake pedal vibrates while braking The steering wheel vibrates while braking You notice a lack of performance Leaking fluid underneath car The brake pedal feels spongy or goes to the floor A squealing or grinding noise while braking If yo ... read more

How Far Can You Drive On An Empty Gas Tank?

How Far Can You Drive On An Empty Gas Tank?

Looking down at your dashboard to see the low gas warning light turn on can be a bit stressful, especially if you're on a dark road with no gas stations in sight. While most drivers understand that this light means to get to the gas station as soon as possible, how long can you actually drive your vehicle with this light on without filling up the tank? The miles that you can continue to drive with an empty rank depend upon the make and model of your vehicle. If you have a newer model car, such as within the last 10 years, your vehicle more than likely has a function that tells you how many miles you have left until your car won't run. Typically, the low gas light will come on when this is between 30-50 miles. However, different vehicles with different engines will have varying mileage on an empty tank.  If you do see your low gas warning light turn on, don't panic. Try to find a gas station within 10 miles. You won't break down on the side of the road right away ... read more

Pre-Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Pre-Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Although we are still pushing through those summer temperatures, it's time to start thinking about the back to school season and the upcoming autumn weather. Preparing your vehicle for the fall season will ensure that you are safe on the road and that your vehicle is well maintained according to the weather changes.  Summertime can take quite a hit on our vehicles, causing them to wear and tear faster with the warmer temperatures and increased amount of driving. After the summer is over, it's time to evaluate your vehicle and get on top of any maintenance your car needs os that you can travel smoothly throughout the fall and into winter.  The following pre-fall vehicle maintenance checklist includes some of the most important items to keep in mind when preparing your car for the next season.  Windshield wiper replacement Brake system check Engine oil change if needed Cabin air filter replacement Tire air pressure and tread check Battery test Top off ... read more

Tips for Teaching Your New Teenage Driver

Tips for Teaching Your New Teenage Driver

It’s the summer months, which means that your teenager is home on summer break and may finally have more time to start learning and understanding how to drive a car before the big test. If you’ll be working on teaching your teenager how to drive this summer, here are some helpful reminders and tips to communicate in order to promote safe and legal driving: If your teenager has a driver’s learner’s permit, the best place to begin your teaching is in a parking lot that is vacant or not too busy. Here, you can practice basic stop and go methods and parking techniques. This is always less stressful for a beginning drive since there isn’t much traffic around.    Teach your teenager about the SMOG method. This is a great way to teach your teen how to safely switch lanes while on the road. S - signal the direction you wish to turn, M - check rear view and side mirrors for other vehicles, O - be sure to look over your shoulder to check your ... read more

Is the Check Engine Light Serious?

Is the Check Engine Light Serious?

You're driving along and look down on at your vehicle's dashboard to see that dreaded check engine light turn on. You're hoping that it is some mistake and that it will eventually turn off on its own. However, it stays on throughout the day and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. We understand this dreaded feeling and the uncertainty that comes along with dealing with a check engine light. You may wonder, is it serious? Can I continue driving? Let's look at some of the potential causes for why the check engine light turns on and what to do next.  There are many different reasons why your check engine light illuminates - some of the issues can be minor and others can be major. Even if you are scared of the season why the light is on, it is important to bring your vehicle into Trinity Auto Haus as soon as you can. The faster that we are able to identify the issue and fix it, the less money you'll end up spending on repairs.  Here are the top reasons wh ... read more