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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring maintenance is essential for your car after those long, cold winter months. Getting your checklist ready can help in priming your vehicle for the warmer winter months. That said, there are many items to check for, and below are just a few. You should begin your list with a general safety inspection. From there, the mechanic can check your brakes, your turn signals, and your headlights. They can even check your fluids and top them off or change them if necessary. Your tires should be checked for good tread and to see if they have the correct psi. If the psi is below normal, all that is needed is to top off the air. An oil change is vital to the life of your engine. Good oil keeps all engine parts properly lubricated and in good working order. It also removes dirt, grime, and other harmful toxins from your engine to prevent corrosion from taking place. Getting a filter change can maximize the positive impact of an oil change. It's a good idea to have your battery teste ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Transmission fluid provides life to your transmission system. Being a lubricant, it will keep everything running efficiently and smoothly. Of course, that is, if you keep the fluid clean and at the right levels. To ensure your transmission system runs optimally, change the transmission fluid regularly. But how will you know the transmission fluid needs to be changed? There are no hard and fast rules of knowing when to change the transmission fluid, but there are certain signs that can show you it needs replacement. Transmission fluid Both the quality and quantity of transmission fluid in your car's engine matter a lot. Low quantity or poor quality fluid can cause damages to the components of the transmission system. Changing the fluid at the right time can save you a lot in repair costs. It will also extend the lifespan of your engine, particularly the transmission system. When Should You Change The Transmission Fluid? The right time for changing transmission fluid varies fro ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Crankshaft Position Sensor?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Crankshaft Position Sensor?

The engine is a major part of your vehicle. A major part of your engine is the crankshaft position sensor which is an engine management component that you will find on just about all modern vehicles that have an internal combustion engine. This part monitors the position and rotational speed of the crankshaft and sends that information to the unit that controls the engine so it can make the proper adjustments that are needed based on the conditions it's operating under. The speed and position that your crankshaft position sensor monitors are some of the most parameters that the engine will monitor. So, if there is an issue, how are you to know if your crankshaft position sensor is failing? There are some symptoms that you can look out for when it comes to knowing if your crankshaft position sensor is failing or if it is at the beginning of doing so. You have an issue starting your vehicle. This is the most common symptom that'll be associated with a failing crankshaft p ... read more

Can I Switch to Synthetic Oil or a Different Grade?

Can I Switch to Synthetic Oil or a Different Grade?

Synthetic Oil Before determining whether or not you can switch to synthetic oil or a different grade, it is important to understand what synthetic oil is. Synthetic oil uses petroleum elements along with organic and inorganic compounds. These compounds differ from the ones found in conventional oils. In general, the compounds in synthetic oils are purer and more uniform, while the ones found in conventional oils contain additives that lower the quality. Some cars use synthetic blends, which involves a combination of the compounds found in conventional and synthetic oils. Of course, these are less pure and thus of lower standard than fully synthetic oils. Because of the higher quality of synthetic oils, about 70% of newer cars use them instead of conventional ones. The purpose of synthetic oils is to lubricate engines more efficiently than conventional oils and synthetic blends. Other advantages of synthetic oils include: Longer-lasting Better horsepower Better resistance to oxid ... read more

My Check Engine Light Just Came On – Now What?

My Check Engine Light Just Came On – Now What?

When your check engine light comes on, it's usually followed by anxiety and worry. The light could be as a result of just a minor issue, like a faulty gas gap, or something really serious like a misfiring engine. In most cases, the sane thing to do when your check engine light comes on is visit your car dealer to fix the problem. What the Light means The check engine light is part of your vehicle's onboard diagnostic system. When it detects a problem in the electronic control system that cannot be corrected, it turns on a yellow warning light labelled 'check engine'. Besides just the check engine light, the system stores a 'trouble code' which identifies the exact source of the problem. The code, however, requires a professional to decipher and repair the issue. Identifying the problem If your check engine light comes on, consider stopping by any of our locations. We have ASE Certified technicians who will happily scan your ... read more