My Engine Overheated

Question: I was driving down the freeway and smoke started coming out of my car.  I pulled over and called my husband.  I had to be towed to my mechanic.  He said my car engine had overheated.  What can I do to prevent that in the future? Tech Answer:  Oh, sounds like a rough experience. …

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Vehicle Exhaust System

We’ve all heard a car or truck in our neighborhood that needs a new muffler. Did you know there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler?  The exhaust system has three main functions: Safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe Treat the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants Muffle the engine noise Exhaust gas is…

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Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

There’s a common misconception that Anti-Lock Brakes help you stop faster.  That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces.  Anti-Lock Brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation.  Imagine you are driving on a snowy road.  You need to slam on…

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Engine Air Filter

What’s the harm in putting off replacing your engine air filter a little longer? That’s a fair question because the harm takes a while to manifest.  Let’s take a small step back and talk about what an engine air filter does. The air all around us contains dust, dirt, pollen, spores, etc.  Some areas and…

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March Specials

We’re having some technical difficulties in updating the specials on our website this month. Sorry about any confusion! We are offering a FREE Vehicle Inspection with an Oil Change. Read more about it below right. Please feel free to give us a call if you have questions or want to schedule your vehicle.  This entry was…

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Spark Plugs

The days when drivers changed their spark plugs every couple of years has ended. Back in the day, spark plugs really did wear out that often. A couple of things are different now… First, spark plugs are made of better materials that last longer and they’re designed better. The second reason spark plugs used to…

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Battery Upgrade

When that car battery finally gives up the ghost and it’s time to replace it – you have options.  First let’s be clear that you should always get a replacement battery that meets or exceeds your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.  But you may have some special needs. When they first put the battery into your vehicle…

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Axles

Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels.  They’re strong parts that last a long time – but they can run into trouble. Axles just wear out over time and need to be replaced.  And sometimes axle seals leak, causing the axle to wear out prematurely.  Lubricant leaks…

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Disc Brakes

Your brakes are extremely important as you drive around town. Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble, and you’ll want to carefully maintain your brakes. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc – or rotor – to slow the wheels. The brake pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes the…

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Serpentine Belt

I was told I need a new serpentine belt, but I don’t see any cracks in it.  Does it really need to be replaced? We appreciate your concern.  Old-style neoprene belts would crack with age, making it pretty obvious when they needed to be replaced. Nowadays, serpentine belts are made from a different material that…

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