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3 Unmistakable Signs That Your Car Battery is Failing

Getting stranded with a dead car battery is always inconvenient—but getting stranded in the middle of winter can be downright dangerous. As the colder months approach, it’s important to take good care of your battery. If you think your car battery is failing, here are a few things to watch out for. 1) Clicking sound […]

3 Ways to Prevent Rust on Your Car

This article was originally published in 2018 and has been updated based on current research and updated best practices. Rust on a vehicle not only looks unsightly but reduces the value when selling the vehicle or using it as a trade-in to purchase a new car. It eats away at the surrounding metal and, over […]

Massachusetts State Inspections: What you need to know

As we return to the “new normal” after COVID-19, and many cars get back on the road it’s important to make sure your car is up to date on all of the necessary state requirements, including a safety inspection. In Massachusetts, all registered vehicles are required to pass a yearly safety inspection. Plus, vehicles with […]

How To Figure Out If It’s Time For An Oil Change

Getting an oil change is usually a quick and painless process. So why do many people delay in replacing their oil until there’s a visible problem? A lot of drivers rely on mileage as a gauge for when their oil needs to be replaced, but there are a lot of other factors come into play–the […]

Failing Heat Shield? Here’s what to watch out for.

While most heat shields will last the life of the vehicle, they can still be susceptible to failure. Heat shields wrap around the exhaust manifold; they’re designed to direct heat out of the engine the exhaust and protect vulnerable engine components from under the hood and potentially causing damage. With the extreme stress they’re under, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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