What is my car not starting? When a vehicle does not start, it can be due to a few reasons. It can be due to a dead battery, lose or corroded battery cables, a bad alternator or even issues with the actual starter on the vehicle. If the vehicle is not starting due to a bad battery it will very slowly try to turn the vehicle over. If the battery is drained down to low, you may notice that there's no sounds or interior lights that illuminate. You can try jump starting the vehicle. If jump starting the vehicle is successful there is a good chance that you have a battery issue. Signs of a bad alternator can be things such as dimming lights and possible stereo issues. If the vehicle starts but stalls out, your battery may not be getting charged due to the faulty alternator. If the battery light pops on the dash, that can also inform you of a faulty al ... read more
Why does my all-wheel-drive vehicle need the same tires? We recommend that all four tires are replaced at the same time. On all-wheel-drive vehicles the computer and differential work simultaneously to supply power to each wheel. If one of the tires is a different size than the others, the computer will take an incorrect reading and cause the differential to work too hard. If the vehicle is driven to long in this condition, it will burn out the drive train. Remember to rotate your tires to extend the life of the tires. Rotating the tires also keeps the tread wearing evenly and does not place strain on the drive train. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment to check over your tires. Also, make a $15 donation to our school supply drive and receive a FREE tire rotation.
What is a wheel lock you may be asking? A wheel lock is a locking lug nut that contains theft-deterring sockets. To remove the locking lug nut, you must have the wheel lock and each set of wheels has its own key. This is a safety feature that prevents the tire, rim, and wheel from being removed from the vehicle. These locks are meant to deter criminals from stealing the wheels off your vehicle. If you are not sure where your wheel lock may be a dealership or manufacturer can replace it if you have the code for your wheel lock. You also can sometimes order a replacement online if you have the make and model of your wheel locks. Our auto repair shop can also remove the wheel locks from the vehicle. We use a special socket that digs into the metal grip on the outside of the wheel lock. This will cause damage to the wheel lock and will not be able to be reused. If there is a wheel lock installed on your vehicle, please be sure to have it easily accessible at the time&n ... read more
What is the difference between an air filter and cabin air filter? An air filter is a screen that essentially removes solid particles that can be harmful to humans. Particles such as dust, powder, pollen, mold, fibers, and germs. It cleans the air to be breathable and odor free for the driver of the vehicle. We recommend an air filter to be changed out every 15,000 miles to keep the air in the vehicle healthy to breathe. You may be thinking; does my vehicle even have a cabin air filter? Not all vehicles are equipped with a cabin air filter. The cabin air filter gets rid of contaminants that are pumped into the cabin with the fans running. We recommend the cabin air filter to be changed out once a year and have a visual inspection completed every 5,000 miles.
What is this digital courtesy inspection your team is always talking about? Each one of our technicians is equipped with an iPad. This allows our technicians to perform a multi-point inspection on every vehicle that comes in. This inspection is no charge to the customer and checks things over from fluids to suspension components. We will check light bulbs on all four corners of the vehicle to confirm no light bulbs are burnt out. We will check all fluid levels such as engine oil, coolant, windshield washer, and brake fluid. The air filter will also be inspected which is what prevents any dust, particles, and sand or debris from reaching the engine. This inspection allows us to keep you informed about what is going with your vehicle. When the inspection is complete you, the customer gets a copy via e-mail or text message with pictures of your vehicle and the inspection report