Category: Maintenance

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,

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

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

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Throttle Body

August 12th, 2019 by

Modern electronic fuel-injection systems are some of the most easily-maintained systems in your vehicle, and rarely experience problems. But, once your vehicle has accumulated more than 75,000 miles, the system will need to be tuned up. The two most common maintenance jobs for this system are fuel-injector cleaning and throttle-body cleaning. In this article, we’ll

The Most Common Problems With Traction Control

July 24th, 2019 by

Traction control and ABS are the foundational elements for a car’s stability control system. Traction control piggybacks on the antilock brake system (ABS) to detect tire slip during acceleration and maintains traction while accelerating. ABS does the same for braking, using the vehicle’s electronic stability systems to compare the vehicle’s trajectory with where the driver seems

How To Restore Headlights Without the Hassle

July 17th, 2019 by

Over time, the clear plastic lens covers that protect your headlights may become cloudy. And, depending on your car’s make and model, replacement lenses and assemblies can be several hundred dollars each. Thankfully, refinishing is a great alternative. Most modern headlights are made of a nearly unbreakable polycarbonate plastic that is treated to protect against

Common Serpentine Belt Problems & How to Fix Them

July 10th, 2019 by

Serpentine belts usually result from a misalignment or a defective tensioner. It might be hard to diagnose a problem just by listening but examining the belt itself can help you diagnose the problem- both before it’s removed and afterward. Excessive Cracking Excessive cracking is usually caused by old age. Serpentine belts stretch with age and

Massachusetts State Inspections: What you need to know

July 5th, 2019 by

In Massachusetts, all registered vehicles are required to pass a yearly safety inspection. Plus, vehicles with a model year of 2001 or newer also have to pass an emissions test. If your sticker is about to expire, here’s what you should do: Prepare Ahead of Time Before you head to our shop, conduct a basic