October 2020 - V&F Auto Inc

Hear a scary rattle? Check your heat shield.

Mysterious shakes and rattles coming from the engine can be eerily nerve-racking. This kind of rattling in the exhaust commonly caused by heat shield issues—if the heat shield becomes loose due to poor hardware or rust damage, it will cause the heat shield to vibrate and produce a rattling sound. It might sound something like […]

How to Winterize A Motorcycle

With snow right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about end-of-season motorcycle maintenance. Wondering how to winterize a motorcycle? Here are our top tips to help you keep your bike in the best possible condition through the cold months. Winterize your engine. Before you put your back away for the winter it’s important […]

Common Symptoms of a Failing Exhaust System

Your car’s exhaust system is made of pipes that guide harmful exhaust gases away from the engine and into the outside atmosphere. Exhaust gas typically flows through the exhaust manifold, the catalytic converter, the resonator, and, finally, the muffler, which connects to the tailpipe. If there’s a problem with this system, poisonous gases can travel […]

Which tires wear faster: front or rear?

In a perfect world, all four tires would always wear evenly. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If you’ve ever experienced uneven rear tire wear, you’re not alone! Uneven tire wear between front and rear tires is a very common occurrence. Common Causes of Wear In many cases, minimizing rear tire wear comes down to maintaining […]

Is it safe to leave hand sanitizer in your car?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many drivers are sanitizing on the go and often wondering: is it safe to leave hand sanitizer in your car? We found out. The Importance of the Expiration Date Hand sanitizers are labeled with an expiration date. As the hand sanitizer sits in its container, the alcohol in it […]

Exhaust Heat Shield: Why is it rattling?

A rattling exhaust heat shield can be both annoying and nerve racking. Rattling in the exhaust is a common cause of heat shield issues, which can cause permanent damage to your vehicle. Here’s what to watch for: Can I just let it fall off? Some don’t see much use for a rattling exhaust shield so […]

What should I do if the ABS warning light comes on?

The ABS warning light can be an ominous sign. What should you do if it comes on? Find out below. What is the ABS warning light? The anti-lock braking system (ABS) helps the driver steer the vehicle by restoring traction to your tires and your preventing wheels from locking up—in older vehicles, brakes have to […]

End-of-Season Motorcycle Maintenance

With cold weather and snow right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your end-of-season motorcycle maintenance. Here are our top tips to help you keep your bike in the best condition through the winter months: Clean and Dry Drying is a critical part of your end of season maintenance. A lot of […]

Schocktober: 3 Signs It’s Time for Replacement

Happy Shock-tober! It’s hard to know if a part needs replacing when you can’t see it. Here are three tell-tale signs it’s time for new shocks or struts: 1) Stopping distance increases Most drivers notice the wear on their shocks and struts when quick-stopping distances increase. Shocks and struts are designed to control the tires and […]