7 Reasons to Drive Straight to Your Repair Shop

Last month I listed 7 car symptoms that warrant stopping immediately and calling a tow truck.  This month I’ll list 7 auto symptoms and are urgent, but not critical.  If you notice any of these, call your repair shop and drive straight there.

You had to have your car jumped in order to start it
The engine stalls out, but you’re able to restart it
The transmission is shifting erratically
The low coolant light is on
The brake wear indicator light is on, but the brakes still feel OK
The low tire pressure monitor light is on

Next month I’ll list some problems with your car that warrant calling your shop and making an appointment for repair.

Drive safe,

Gary

By |February 26th, 2014|Auto Repair|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Winter is a Good time to Repair Your Cars Air Conditioner

It might seem strange to be worrying about your car’s air conditioner during the Winter months, but here are 3 great reasons why you should :

Your air conditioning is actually a critical part of being able to defroat your windshield. It also dries the air inside the car which helps to stop your windows from fogging up.
It may be Winter now, but Spring is just around the corner. Making sure that your air conditioning is in good working order means that you will be prepared for that first warm day which will be here before you know it.
On that first warm day, your local auto repair shop is sure to have a backlog of people wanting their A/C looked at, but you will be ahead of the game!

We wish you safe and comfortable driving all throughout the winter,

Regards

Gary

By |November 29th, 2013|Auto Repair|0 Comments

My Car Won’t Start – Part 2

In the previous blog post, I mentioned how a bad battery could cause your car not to start. Let’s get a little deeper and look past the battery to the electrical system so that we can find out a few of the other things that might result in that dreaded ‘no start’.

First let’s look at a couple of facts from NAPA:

1 in every 4 car batteries is going to need replacing this year.
1 in 5 cars are going to need a replacement belt in the next year.
1 in every 13 alternators/starters will fail this year and have to be repaired or replaced.

So, with those facts in mind let’s look at some of the warning signs that all drivers should bake themselves aware of :

Battery & Connections:

The headlights appear dim.
The vehicle won’t start

Alternator:

The battery is not holding a charge.
Lights and other accessories are not functioning correctly.

Solenoid or Relay:

The vehicle will not start.
There are intermittent starting issues.

Starter:

You hear a click sound when turning the key in the ignition.
The vehicle is slow to start.
You can’t start the vehicle.

Belts & Tensioners:

The battery is drained.
The car is making a loud squealing noise.
The alternator is particularly noisy.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, or if you are experiencing electrical issues and having any other difficulties starting your car then it is best to have your local mechanic look at your vehicle as soon as possible. This should prevent you from experiencing a ‘no start’ and ending up stranded away from your home.

Stay safe on your travels,

With Regards,

Gary

By |October 4th, 2013|Auto Repair|0 Comments

Don’t Let a Mechanical Breakdown Spoil Your Vacation!

It’s time to start thinking about those Spring and Summer vacations. With airline fares on the rise, a growing number of people are choosing instead to load the family into the car for a roadtrip! As the old saying goes – ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the main causes of mechanical breakdowns on the highway are as follows:

Overheating
Low levels of coolant or antifreeze
Worn and/or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses
Incorrect tire pressure.

All of these issues are completely avoidable! Why not stop by and see us for a check up before you hit the road.

Happy Motoring!

With Regards,

Gary

By |May 24th, 2012|Auto Repair|0 Comments