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How Do I Know If I Need A Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignments are an important service. Proper aligned wheels are essentially to your ability to control your vehicle properly and to keep your car's direction straight. Although you've probably gotten a wheel alignment done in the past, you may not understand exactly when one is needed or how to tell that you are due.  Alignments are usually needed every couple of years or so, but it can all depend. Sometimes our vehicle's wheel alignment can be forced out of alignment much sooner than a regular alignment is needed. This can happen from a number of different things, such as hitting a curb or driving over a speed bump quickly.  If your vehicle is due for a wheel alignment, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Car veers to one side Trouble steering Uneven or excessive tire wear Squealing tires Steering wheel is crooked  As soon as you notice any of the signs above, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into our trusted auto ... read more

Tips on Increasing the Overall Life of Your Vehicle

Cars are a huge investment, and one of the most important things we can do as vehicle owners to protect that investment is to take care of our cars. Whether you own an older vehicle or a newer car, there are certain steps that you can take in order to increase the lifespan of your car and keep it running at its best throughout the years.  Make sure to always be on time for maintenance, especially oil and filter changes. This will ensure that your car is always taken care of and will help you avoid major repairs along the way.    Be sure that your fluids are always in good condition. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the correct intervals regarding how often your different fluids need to be flushed out and replaced.    Drive safely and follow the speed limit. Try to avoid pressing down hard on the brakes and gas when driving. Driving safe will also help you avoid car collisions.    Keep your car clean and washed. Having a clea ... read more

How Much Damage Can Potholes Cause?

Potholes can’t always be avoided on the road, which is why it is important to understand the damage that driving over them can cause and the steps to take next. If you’re driving slowly and you hit a pothole, you are probably fine. However, if you’re driving on a faster speed limit road and hit a pothole, it is in your best interest to have the following components inspected by a trusted mechanic: Tires - tires can be damaged in a number of ways after hitting a pothole. It can cause the side of the tire to actually blow out due to the pressure on one side of the tire. If your TPMS light comes on after hitting a pothole, this is usually a sign of some sort of damage that will need to be looked at.  Wheels - damage to the wheels can occur from hitting a pothole quickly. If you notice that the wheel is cracked or bent, bring your vehicle into your trusted mechanic. If a damaged wheel is hitting the tire, it can cause damage over time.  Alignment - hitting a ... read more

Prepare Your Car for Summer

Driving our vehicles in the warmer weather can take a toll on their health, especially when going on long drives and road trips. In order to keep your vehicle reliable this summer, be sure to have your vehicle inspected and prepared for the heat.  Make sure your A/C is working properly. If it has been a while since your A/C has been checked, be sure to have it looked at by one of our expert mechanics. Getting stuck driving in the summer without a working air conditioning system can be unbearable.    Have the cooling system inspected by a trusted mechanic. The cooling system is what prevents your engine from overheating, and this system needs to be in top working condition with fluids in good shape to avoid unwanted breakdowns.    Be sure that your engine oil has been replaced on time and that you aren’t due for an oil change during your trip or long drive. If so, have it completed before you embark.    Double check that your windshield wi ... read more

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