V&F Auto Service Blog

The Complete Guide to Summer Travel With Pups

Traveling with dogs can be a hassle, especially in the car. With the summer in full swing and vacations coming up fast, we’ve created the ultimate guide for canine car travel. Start with training. Just like training a dog to sit or roll over, dogs can be taught to ride in a car. Experts recommend […]

Should I Get a Premium Oil Change?

A premium oil change can cost significantly more than a conventional one. We’re often asked: are there any extra benefits behind premium oil that justify the higher price? The answer is, undoubtedly, yes. In this article, we’ll examine why synthetic oil has such an extreme advantage over its conventional counterpart—and why it’s worth the extra […]

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The orange, engine-shaped icon on your car dashboard is programmed to turn on when your vehicle senses something might be wrong. While most automobile owners panic when the check engine light turns on, it may not always mean you’re going to have to spend your next paycheck with a mechanic. In this article, we will […]

Auto Repair Financing: Convenient Options at V&F

A fan favorite of the V&F Community, this article was originally published in January 2021 and has been updated. Going to the mechanic can be daunting⁠—especially if you don’t know how much the repair is going to cost. But putting off a necessary service could make your repair bill even higher, or create permanent damage […]

Making the Switch to Summer Tires At V&F Auto

Spring is here! And it’s time to make the switch to summer tires. Here’s why: Why Summer Tires Are Superior Summer tires are specifically optimized to improve road grip in the summer heat and rain.  The tread compound is made from a mix of rubber and filler, with additives to improve road grip in wet […]

A Drive In Movie Theater Is Coming To West Springfield!

In case you missed it… a drive-in movie theater is coming to West Springfield! Here’s everything you need to know about the Big E’s latest attraction. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-in theaters are making a comeback for the summer season and the Eastern States Exposition will be hosting one of their very […]

Time For An AC Check

Summer is almost here, and it’s just about time for an AC check. Getting your AC examined and recharged now, in the early summer before the heat gets unbearable, is the best way to ensure it will work properly all season long. Starting Things Up Starting your A/C up for the first time after the […]

Is a valve cover gasket leak serious?

The valve cover is a metal cover that is found on the very top of the engine, attached to the engine by a gasket made of rubber or cork. That underlying gasket acts as a seal between the valve cover and the cylinder head to prevent oil leaks.  When customers come into the shop for […]

7 Essentials For Your Summer Emergency Kit

With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to put some road trips on the calendar. No matter where you’re headed this summer, it’s important to be prepared for summer breakdowns just in case. We recommend that all of our customers keep a stocked emergency kit handy for every season but you should add some […]

Can summer weather affect my car battery?

Cold weather is notoriously troublesome for engines but summer heat can also have a negative impact on your car battery. In fact, batteries in warmer climates have a tendency to die years before batteries in more moderate, cooler climates, and have to be replaced more often. Hotter temperatures can increase water loss from the electrolytes […]