V&F Auto Service Blog

When should I set my parking brake?

Most people think you only need to use your parking brake (also called the emergency brake) when parking on a hill or if your car has a manual transmission but this is incorrect. In this article, we’ll talk about why you should use it every time you park. It’s Called The Parking Brake For A […]

How To Install A Key Fob Battery

If your key fob’s range has shrunk over time or your car is struggling to recognize its proximity, the key fob battery is probably struggling. If the buttons simply aren’t responding, it’s probably dead. You should only have to replace the battery every five years or so. And, thankfully, replacing the battery in your key […]

Programming A Garage Door Opener: A Step by Step Guide

Automatic door openers are a luxurious addition to any garage setup and, thankfully, programming a garage door opener is a doable DIY project. If you’re struggling to get your remote working, we have a few tips to help! Here’s how to program a garage door opener: Programming a garage door opener can be a tricky […]

Replacing Tires in Pairs: Where to Install Two New Tires

We always recommend installing new tires in sets of four—changing out a complete set will improve handling, comfort, and performance. If you prefer to replace tires in pairs, however, we can make that work—as long as they’re the same size as the tires already on your vehicle, and installed on the rear axle. Why the […]

What happens when a CV boot becomes damaged?

Each CV joint is covered by a rubber or plastic boot, known as a CV boot or drive axle boot. These boots are responsible for keeping the CV joints lubricated and preventing dirt and water from getting in. What happens when a CV boot becomes damaged? When a CV boot leaks, it can cause the […]

Finding the Right Car Seat for Your Child

Whenever you’re on the road, it’s important to make sure that children are properly buckled in in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight. Here is a quick guide from the CDC to help you figure out the best choice for your child: Rear-facing car […]

Car Care Tips: Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Cold

Preventative maintenance is important for a host of reasons—better gas mileage, better handling, increased longevity. During the unpredictable winter months, in particular, preventative maintenance is the key to ensuring you have reliable transportation. A vehicle that is properly prepared can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather takes a sudden turn for […]

5 Picturesquely Snowy Drives In New England

With social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 precautions still in place, getting outside for some fresh air is more important than ever—but finding safe activities can be a challenge as winter weather hits. A great way to shake up your usual routine and get outside when it’s cold is driving! Snowy drives in New England […]

Why are my brakes grinding?

If you hear a noise from your brakes, you should make an appointment to come in right away—instead of turning up the radio to drown out the noise. Here’s why: What causes brakes to make a “grinding” sound? There are 2 major causes of brake grinding. If the grinding sound occurs when you press on […]

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