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Where to Replace and Install Two New Tires

We always recommend installing tires in sets of four—changing out a complete set will improve handling, comfort, and performance. However, if you prefer to replace tires in pairs, we can make that work! If they are the same size as the tires already on your vehicle, we recommend you install both new tires on the […]

Automatic and Manual Transmission Service

Your vehicle’s transmission is the most difficult engine component to repair. Transmissions are notorious for being misdiagnosed, so avoid any trial-and-error service methods. In this article, we’ll examine the two main types of transmissions and explore options for both automatic and manual transmission service in Western, MA. Manual Transmissions Manual transmissions require that the driver […]

Our Favorite Pizza In Agawam MA

As a family-owned, local business, we love supporting other innovators and entrepreneurs in the Pioneer Valley. This month’s small business spotlight is on… pizzerias in Western MA! For many of us, pizza is a dinner-time staple— especially on nights that you just don’t feel like cooking. If you need to pick up a pie on […]

What should I do about a corroded battery terminal?

A corroded battery terminal can look ominous but it’s usually an easy fix. No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. Here’s how to handle a corroded battery terminal: Why do battery terminals corrode? When you see corrosion on the […]

How To Transport Skis In Any Car

Ski season is here and it’s time for New Englanders to start hitting the slopes! But transporting gear to and from the mountain can be a hassle. If you’re struggling to find the best way to transport skis and snowboards, here are a few ideas to consider: Invest in a roof rack Roof racks are […]

Why You Need To Replace Bald Tires This Winter

Recently, bald tires caused a customer to experience a rattling noise coming from their car while at highway speeds (70-75 MPH). Upon completion of our technician’s inspection, we came to the conclusion that the customer’s vehicle needed four new tires! Unfortunately, their car’s tires were out of balance and bald which was causing the vehicle […]

Auto Sales: How to Get the Best Deal on a Used Car

This article was originally published in February 2020 and has been updated to reflect the market conditions of the current inventory crisis. If you’re thinking of buying a new car, pre-owned vehicles are a great option to consider especially with the new car shortages spurred by COVID-19. But, with so many options and variations, it […]

Common Symptoms of a Broken Heat Shield

Most heat shields will last the entire life of your vehicle without needing to be replaced. Still, they can still be susceptible to failure over time. Here are a few common symptoms of a broken heat shield. A burning smell coming from the engine. When the heat shield is failing or damaged, one of the […]

How Often Should I Get An Oil Change?

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. How often should I get an oil change? Car engines have dozens of moving parts. As these parts […]

Drive Belt Maintenance: Signs It’s Time For Repair

Serpentine belts are one of the most important parts of the engine. Because they’re so durable it can be hard to notice signs of wear and misalignment, but even minor flaws can compound over time to create massive problems for your engine. Here are a few signs that it’s time for drive belt maintenance or […]