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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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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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Tips to Improve Gas Mileage and Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Improve Gas Mileage and Fuel Efficiency

How to Improve Gas Mileage As the gas prices keep climbing, now is a great time to reflect on your driving habits. There are a few tips and tricks to help you improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency. Start by limiting the vehicles idling time. Idling uses more fuel than restarting your vehicle and gives off 80% more pollution than when your vehicle is traveling down the road.  After you hit anywhere between 45 and 50 mph, your vehicle becomes less fuel efficient. The faster you start to travel the worse the fuel efficiency becomes. When you are traveling at the same speed for a good amount of time consider using your cruise control. Rapid braking and hard braking uses up fuel quickly.  Something as simple as just checking your vehicle's tire pressures can also help with fuel efficiently. When the tires are under inflated, fuel consumption can increase by as much as 3%. It can also cause uneven wear on your tires.  Performing routine main ... read more

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Oil Change and Dinner Special is Back!

Oil Change and Dinner Special is Back!

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 dirty the oil gets, the worse it is for th ... read more

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