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That high pitched squeak? It could be your serpentine belt.

October 9th, 2019 by

The serpentine belt, or drive belt, connects auxiliary components to the engine crankshaft pulley. Most modern vehicles only have one serpentine belt, which runs all of the accessories on the vehicle; some have up to four, depending on the number of accessories fitted to the engine. If your drive belt fails it can, in turn,

Do I really need to use premium gas?

October 2nd, 2019 by

When buying a new (or new to you) car, it’s important to consider how your car-related expenses will change. One of the biggest expenses of owning a car is fueling– and if your new car takes premium gas, that can be a big disappointment. Premium gas often costs 30 to 50 cents more than regular

Why is my check engine light flashing?

October 2nd, 2019 by

It’s every car owner’s worst nightmare. You’re driving down the road– everything seems to be fine– when, out of nowhere, your check engine light comes on. Your check engine light can be triggered by a number of things. Even if your car seems like its driving just fine, you should still make time to see

How to Winterize A Motorcycle

September 25th, 2019 by

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

Maintaining Your Engine Air Filter And Why It’s Important

September 18th, 2019 by

Do you know the difference between an engine air filter and a cabin air filter? Although these two terms sound the same, they play vitally different roles. Engine air filters are important for your car’s engine, while cabin air filters are essential for your health. Cars and humans both require clean air in order to

What To Do About Leaking Shocks and Struts

September 10th, 2019 by

Shocks and struts are crucial to a smooth ride but, like all parts of your vehicle, the suspension will wear out over time. Shocks and Struts: The Basics In case you missed our articles on a shock and strut replacement, let’s review the basics. Shock absorbers are mechanical or hydraulic devices that keep your the

Here’s Why Bald Tires Are Dangerous

September 3rd, 2019 by

Recently, a customer came into the shop with a pretty serious problem– they were experiencing intense rattling at highway speeds of about 70-75 MPH. The culprit? Bald tires. What are “bald” tires? When tires go “bald,” it means that their tread has been worn to the point of being smooth– and it’s a big safety

Nine Auto Services You Shouldn’t Skip This Fall

August 26th, 2019 by

With cooler weather creeping up on us, it’s important to make sure that your car is prepared for the coming drop in temperature. Our Fall Car Care list highlights the different areas of your car that you should pay special attention to this month. Headlights As the days slowly start to get shorter, it’s important

Signs of a Bad or Failing Muffler

August 21st, 2019 by

In our last article, we talked about things to avoid that can make your muffler wear prematurely or become damaged. But, regardless of the precise cause, broken mufflers typically exhibit a few common symptoms to alert the vehicle’s owner that a problem exists and needs to be repaired. Below are a few of the warning

How to Make Your Muffler Last

August 19th, 2019 by

Mufflers are a required component on any vehicle that operates on roads in the United States. Mufflers serve two functions: they reduce exhaust system noise that is directed from exhaust ports to the exhaust pipes; and they help direct exhaust gases out of the engine Most people think that mufflers are also an important part of