Category: Maintenance

5 Simple Ways to Take Care of Your Brake Lines

March 20th, 2020 by

Similar to gas mileage, the wear and tear on your brakes will vary depending on where and how you drive. And determining just how long they’ll last depends on several factors. These simple tricks and tips can help you maximize the life of your braking system—from the brake pads to the brake lines—and help keep

Spring Service: Torn Wiper Blade Replacement

March 3rd, 2020 by

Windshield wipers are a key safety feature but even the best wipers are prone to deterioration over time. Harsh sun, moisture, oil from cleaners and waxes, airborne dirt, and other debris can create cracks or tears, like the one pictured. Here are a few things you can do to keep your wipers in good shape:

Symptoms of Low Transmission Fluid

February 24th, 2020 by

Transmission fluid is a super slippery liquid that lubricates all of the moving parts inside your transmission. In automatic transmissions, this fluid also acts as a coolant and a viscous fluid that transmits power from the engine to the transmission. Low transmission fluid can cause serious damage to your engine. Here are some symptoms to

How to check your oil — the right way.

February 21st, 2020 by

Ideally, you should inspect your oil levels on a weekly basis but most drivers don’t do this, especially in the freezing cold of the winter. When you are able to take a look under the hood, here’s how to check your oil—the right way. How To Check Your Oil 1) Make sure your car is

Tire Maintenance Checklist

February 20th, 2020 by

At V&F, we know that a good set of tires is critical for optimizing your car’s performance–and keeping you safe on the road. But keeping up maintenance between services can be a hassle. We put together a comprehensive guide with everything you need to keep tabs on to make sure your tires stay in tip-top

Do I need to check my wheel alignment?

February 18th, 2020 by

A wheel alignment is a normal repair for your vehicle. As you drive, your wheels are in constant contact with the road which can cause them to become misaligned—and create even bigger issues for peripheral systems. Simply running into a curb or a pothole can jumpstart severe misalignment, even if you don’t notice a difference

Headlight Restoration: Refinishing Aged & Cloudy Headlights

February 6th, 2020 by

Headlight restoration is one service car owners tend to forget about. Over time, the clear plastic lens covers that protect your headlights may become cloudy from dirt, grime, and condensation that build up inside the plastic. This can cause the light illuminating your path to become dim which significantly reduces your visibility after sunset. Headlight

Should I get a premium oil change?

February 4th, 2020 by

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 every advantage over its conventional counterpart—and why it’s worth the extra cost. What’s

Servicing Your Air Filter: What happens if you wait?

January 28th, 2020 by

Your engine air filter plays a big part in how your entire engine functions. Cars and humans are actually quite similar to one another—they both require clean air in order to function properly. The engine air filter is what helps your engine breathe. For every gallon of fuel that is burned, your vehicle’s engine uses

How far can you drive with the low-fuel light on?

January 23rd, 2020 by

Driving your vehicle when the low-fuel light on is dangerous—it can damage your engine or even lead to a crash. That said, if you’re in a pinch and you need a little time to find a gas station, how many miles do you have once that light comes on? Is the tank really empty when