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What makes my belt squeal?

What makes my belt squeal?

     As you start your vehicle you may hear your belt squeal, don't panic! The squealing noise is most commonly due to the rubber belt slipping on the metal pully. The belt may be slipping due to improper tension, or the belt may have simply just got old. The surface of the belt may have become glazed, cracked, or brittle and can cause noise from the belt. Replacing your belts should be included in your vehicle maintenance. If the belt is replaced when small amounts of wear is found, this can help prevent costly repairs. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected to keep it on the road as long as possible. 

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Oil Change and Lunch Special

Oil Change and Lunch Special

Oil changes are an important routine maintenance. For these newer cars with such infrequent oil change recommendations, we still suggest getting your oil changed every 5,000-7,500 miles. Why? Think of oil in your vehicle like your body and water. Our bodies are 60% water. There's always H2O streaming through us. Yes, we can go a few days without it, but it is still important to replenish ourselves and stay hydrated since we lose that water in different ways. However, the longer we go without water, the more our body starts to shut down and not cooperate. The same goes with our vehicles. Oil is constantly pumping throughout the vehicle and its engine. Our job, as the user, is to maintain the oil so that it's always clean and at the level it needs to be. Yes, the vehicle could last months on end without changing the oil, but in the meantime the oil is getting more and more dirty, sludge-like, and building up particles. The more dirtier the oil gets, the worse it is ... read more

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Air Conditioning Tune Up

Air Conditioning Tune Up

A/C Condenser Replacement    Spring is here! Soon we will be using our vehicle's A/C Systems. Don't forget to do an A/C tune up before it's too late. The A/C system gets a thorough system cleaning which includes the systems' evaporator and condenser coils. Our mechanics will also check the system for leaks. Also, making sure the system is using the correct amount of refrigerant. The blower motor, belts and other moving parts will be inspected for wear. The system will be checked to make sure it is safe and efficient. We know there is nothing better than having cold blow on a hot summer today. Call us today to schedule your A/C tune up! 

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Air Conditioning

Why should car fluid be changed?

Why should car fluid be changed?

                        It's time for an oil change. Can you please check my other fluids? Yes, that is a great habit to get into. The fluid exchanges can keep it running better than ever. There are no warning lights or reminders when these fluid exchanges are due. Each manufacturer has its own fluid exchange intervals. A very common and inexpensive fluid change is your oil change, the life line of the engine. Transmission fluid should be changed every 50,000 miles to help prolong the life of the transmission. Coolant is what protects your engine. If the vehicle does not have the correct amount of coolant in it, it can cause the vehicle to overheat. This can cause expensive repairs to be needed to your engine. We recommend the coolant to be exchanged out every 4 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Brakes; we need our vehicles to stop! Brake fluid is needed for your vehicle's brakes to stop. We recommend the ... read more

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Why does my car smell like gas?

Why does my car smell like gas?

  Are you driving around in your vehicle and noticing a distinct odor of gas in your car? A leak may be occurring in your fuel system. Gas leaks can happen anywhere in your fuel system. The best way to determine if your vehicle is leaking fuel is to check if there is a puddle under your vehicle. Gas leaks can be very dangerous and you should have it repaired at your earliest convenience. Issues with your fuel pressure regulator may also cause you to smell gas while driving your car. When the fuel pressure regulator fails, it interferes with the fuel mix ratio. This will cause the car to either run too rich or too thin. The engine will then burn gas excessively. When your car is burning too much gas, it will increase the amount of gas fumes coming out of your exhaust. The possibility of gas fumes making there way into your vehicle's ventilation system is pretty high. Smelling gas while you're driving can cause major issues to us the drivers. If you think your car h ... read more

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Fuel System