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Monthly Archives: October 2013

5 Signs of Cooling System Failure

The cooling system in your car or truck has an extremely important job. It keeps the engine temperature regulated during operation to prevent it from quite literally melting itself. In most vehicles the cooling system consists of a radiator, fan, a thermostat, water pump and a series of hoses that coolant runs through in order to keep the heat down inside the engine. A faulty cooling system can lead to serious engine trouble, such as a blown head gasket, or worse, complete engine failure, which would require extensive repair. At the first sign of cooling system trouble, which may include the following, be sure to head to your local auto repair shop to have the issue resolved. Rising Temperature Gauge Your dashboard is full of information about your car, including the current temperature of the engine. If this gauge shows that your engine is running hot you'll want to pull over immediately to let your car cool down. Contact a mechanic about what you should do next ... read more

3 Signs it is Time for a Wheel Alignment

Could you imagine trying to walk if each one of your feet wanted to go in different directions? You'd be wandering all over the sidewalk! Thankfully our bodies are rightfully aligned, making it easy to take ourselves in the directions we intend to go. Cars and trucks are also designed to go in one direction, of which the driver selects. The tires are all aligned perfectly when a vehicle rolls off the assembly line, but following some sort of impact or a run in with a curb or pot hole all that could easily change. If one of your tires is pushed out of alignment it will cause hazardous control issues that could result in decreased fuel efficiency, increased tire wear and numerous other problems. If your vehicle is portraying any of these signs of bad tire alignment give the auto shop a call today to have your vehicle serviced. Shaking or Vibrating Steering Wheel Perhaps one of the most obvious signs of trouble is a steering wheel that shakes or vibrates constantly ... read more

How Important are Oil Changes?

No matter what you drive it requires regular maintenance in order to properly operate. Whether you need a cooling system flush or a complete 30/60/90K checkup, these services are incredibly important to do if you want to ensure your car has a long and healthy roadlife. While these services only need to be done every few years or so, there is another services that is imperative to the health of your car that needs to happen on a much more regular basis, usually between every 3,000 and 7,500 miles. Every time you have the oil changed it breathes new life into the vehicle. This service serves a few important functions, and if it goes undone you will run the risk of having to conduct expensive engine repair. Regulates Engine Temperature Sure, the cooling system does most of the work in this regard, but oil helps lower the operating temperature of the engine in a way that coolant can't. Oil is engineered to absorb heat inside the engine in places that coolant can't reac ... read more

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