November 2020 - V&F Auto Inc

What should I do about a corroded battery terminal?

A corroded battery terminal can look ominous but it’s usually an easy fix. No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. Here’s how to handle a corroded battery terminal: Why do battery terminals corrode? When you see corrosion on the […]

Holiday Travel During COVID-19: How to Find the Latest Information

The holidays are coming up and, this year, COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to countless cherished traditions. In the midst of this rapidly-changing global pandemic, it can be tough to keep up with the ever-evolving travel restrictions. If  you’re planning to travel this holiday, here’s where you can find the latest information: State Guidelines The State […]

When Do You Need to Replace a Drive-Axle Boot?

Your axles transfer power from the transmission (in a front-wheel-drive setup) or the differential (in a rear-wheel-drive system) to the wheels so your car can move. The drive-axle boot protects that joint. How serious is a leaking CV boot? If the boot beomes damaged, the grease lubricating the joint can leak out—and open the door […]

Rattling Exhaust? Here’s what to do.

A rattling exhaust 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 are some of the other common signs to watch for: 1) Excessive Heat from the Engine Bay Modern engines generate considerable amounts of heat, just […]

AWD, 4WD and Winter Tires: What’s the difference, and which is best?

All-wheel-drive, four-wheel drive, and winter tires all sound like good features to have if you’re weathering a New England winter— but which is best for winter driving? Let’s find out. All-Wheel Drive Vehicles with all-wheel drive transmit power to all four wheels, in some cases to each one individually. AWD systems will automatically redistribute power […]

Tire Care and Safety: Replacing Old Tires

Replacing old tires can be a huge hassle. If you’re dealing with uneven front or rear tire wear, here are some things to keep in mind: Tire Care and Safety As the only point of contact between the road and your car, tires have a big impact on a vehicle’s overall health, handling, and safety. […]

Mileage Milestones for Belt Replacement

Wondering when to replace the belts under your hood? Common signs of wear can be hard to see if you’re not a trained mechanic. Here are a few mileage milestones to look for: Auto V-Belt Replacement V-belts act as a transmission belt. It connects to pulleys and transmits the force from the engine to the […]