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

Noisy brakes can be an early indicator of a serious safety problem. In this article, we’ll help you understand why your brakes are squeaking and what you should do about it. 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 […]

How to Get A Vehicle History Report For Free

This February, we’re gathering our best tips and tricks for buying used cars and sharing our most sought-after strategies for ensuring you get the most bang for your buck. This article was originally published in 2017. If you’re shopping for a used car, you want to know what you’re getting yourself into. A number of […]

Six Winter Driving Tips You’ve Probably Heard Before (But Definitely Need To Hear Again)

This article has been refreshed with new tips and tricks to help you navigate winter terrain. It was originally published on December 12, 2019. Driving in the snow and ice can be tricky. Here are our top winter driving tips you’ve probably already heard before–but always bear repeating: Invest in winter tires. All-season tires are […]

Winter Survival Kit: 7 Things to Keep in Your Car During Winter

With the season’s first big snowstorm on its way to New England, it’s important to make sure your car is equipped with a winter survival kit. A “winter survival kit” contains the cold weather supplies and emergency equipment you’ll need if you find yourself stranded in the middle of a storm or a cold snap. […]

Winter Car Seat Safety: Alternatives to Puffy Coats

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

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

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

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

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?

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 […]

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