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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 […]

Spring is here! It’s time to change your cabin air filter

Spring is here! And if you suffer from allergies, replacing your car’s cabin air filter is really important. Your car’s ventilation system relies on this small filter to keep a steady stream of clean air flowing; so, while you can’t magically get rid of the pollen in the air, you can ensure that the air […]

Conventional Oil vs Synthetic: What’s the real difference?

Oil changes can be a hassle, but they’re a crucial part of engine maintenance. Oil maintains engine lubrication, cools the engine components, removes dirt particles and sludge, and can even improve gas mileage and increase vehicle longevity. We’re often asked about the difference between conventional oil vs synthetic, and which is better. In this article, […]

Signs of Rust And What Causes Them

This article was originally published in March 2018. If your car has it, you’re probably not happy about it. Rust is one of the pesky but inevitable problems that comes with owning a vehicle.  Understanding the rusting process, the problematic areas, and the ways to address trouble are crucial to repairing rust before it’s a […]

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 […]

What happens if you don’t change the cabin air filter enough?

As air comes into your car, the cabin air filter sifts out any dust, pollen, smog, mold, and other junk to keep it from entering your vehicle. It’s important to change the cabin air filter regularly—these are some problems that can arise if your filter is overdue for maintenance. Health Troubles If dirty air is […]

Are bald tires really that bad in the winter?

We get it—replacing bald tires can be an expensive and time-consuming process. But it’s important to make sure your tires are safe for whatever this New England winter holds. Here’s our best advice for evaluating your tires. When should I replace a bald tire? You can easily tell if your tires’ tread is too worn […]

When Do You Need to Replace a Drive-Axle Boot?

Your axles transfer power from the transmission (in a front-wheel-drive setup) or the differential (in a rear-wheel-drive system) to the wheels so your car can move. The drive-axle boot protects that joint. How serious is a leaking CV boot? If the boot beomes damaged, the grease lubricating the joint can leak out—and open the door […]

Tire Care and Safety: Replacing Old Tires

Replacing old tires can be a huge hassle. If you’re dealing with uneven front or rear tire wear, here are some things to keep in mind: Tire Care and Safety As the only point of contact between the road and your car, tires have a big impact on a vehicle’s overall health, handling, and safety. […]

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