December 2018 - V&F Auto Inc

Here’s why you shouldn’t drive with a bad or broken headlight.

These days, it’s pretty rare to see a car with a broken headlight. Most newer cars have sensors that alert the owner when a replacement is needed, and modern automotive headlights are made of virtually indestructible plastic. That said, headlights can still break, burn out, or malfunction, like the one above the filled with water, […]

When should I get my brakes replaced?

Similar to gas mileage, the wear and tear on your brakes will vary depending on where and how you drive. And determining just how long they’ll last depends on several factors. Here are a few common signs that indicate when your brakes might need replacement: When your sensors send you an alert. All cars have […]

Mystery stains under your car? We can diagnose them.

  You’re running out the door for work. You head out to the garage to jump in the car. As you pull out you notice a huge puddle on the floor, right under your engine. How do you know what it is? How do you know if it’s serious? When your car leaks, the ominous […]

What is an axle seal leak? How much does it cost to repair?

In our last article, we discussed the common signs of a leaking axle seal. But, once you spot one, what should you do? How urgent is an axle seal repair? When should you call your mechanic? Below we’ll answer those questions. Is it safe to drive? The axle seal connects the axle to the transmission […]

What is an axle seal leak? How can I detect a leak?

The axle seal connects the axle to the transmission and keeps the transmission fluid from leaking. Depending on the size of the leak, it may be okay to drive with a leaking axle seal but you probably won’t get very far. The most common cause of a leaking axle seal is improper axle installation or […]

Car Seat Safety: Winter Guide

Winter is a tricky time for car seats. With the cold New England weather, it’s important to bundle up the family. But all those layers can be dangerous in the car, especially for kids still in car seats. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few tips to help you keep your little […]

A Quick Change Won’t Cut It: Here’s why you need a regular mechanic.

National car service chains, like Jiffy Lube or PepBoys, are often used for the occasional grease job and oil change. But using these businesses for maintenance and repairs is risky. Here’s why: 1) Their “technicians” do NOT have to be certified. Employees at these chains don’t have to have any prior experience, certifications, or even […]