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Winter Car Seat Safety: Alternatives to Puffy Coats

November 30th, 2020 by

Winter is a tricky time for car seat safety. With temps well below freezing, it’s important to bundle up your little ones but all those layers can be dangerous. The extra padding of a winter coat requires extra slack in car seat straps but, in an accident, the coat will compress—and that extra slack will

Clear the Snow Off Your Car In Record Time

January 27th, 2020 by

This article was originally published in December 2019. We see it all the time—cars driving around with frosted windows, iced over mirrors, or two feet of snow still sitting on their roof. With more winter snow storms on the way, it’s essential to keep your car windows clear. You should always try to build in

Oil Change and Lube Services

January 21st, 2020 by

Arguably, an oil change is the most important maintenance service for your vehicle. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule is key to maintaining your engine health, and retaining your vehicle’s resale value. What is an oil change? An oil change and lube service is pretty self-explanatory. Our team will remove the oil from the oil pan,

Why are my brakes squeaking? | Brake Service at V&F Auto

January 10th, 2020 by

Noisy brakes could indicate a serious safety problem. In this article, we’re setting out to answer the question: why are my brakes squeaking? Why Brakes Squeal Simply put, brakes make this noise because they’re designed to. Brake pads have an embedded stip, called a shim; when your brakes wear so thin that the shim is

How to Wash Your Car in the Winter

November 20th, 2019 by

Some paint and rust experts recommend washing your car after every big storm, or any time you think your car may have been exposed to salt, sand or other chemicals on the road. But washing your car once every few weeks (or days, here in New England) may not be realistic for everyone. Look for

Why isn’t my car’s heater working?

November 13th, 2019 by

Now that we’ve had a few chilly mornings, you might have noticed that your defroster isn’t quite working properly or the air coming from your vents is a little cooler than you remembered… This may be due to a problem with your car’s heating system. There are a number of reasons why the heater in

Winter is coming. It’s time to get a heater inspection.

November 6th, 2019 by

As the temperature starts to dip, it’s critical that your car’s heater is up to spec. If your heater isn’t working, you could be putting yourself and your family in danger– and not because your car’s cabin will be freezing cold. A failing heater can prevent your defroster from clearing ice and frost off your

The Cost of Replacing An Engine Mount

February 19th, 2019 by

Engine mounts secure the engine of a vehicle to its chassis, keeping the engine stabilized and aligned with the frame of the vehicle. They’re usually made of metal and rubber– the metal is used to be able to withstand the force and torque generated by the engine, while rubber helps to dampen the vibrations. As