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Should I get a Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspection?

Should I get a Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspection?

A warranty is a show of good faith from the manufacturer to the consumer.  The warranty ensures the vehicle purchased by the consumer has protection from the wear and tear built up from everyday use.  You measure warranties by years and miles driven.  Once you reach the warranty thresholds, all repair costs fall to the owner, excluding recalls.  Now that we've broken down the role of warranties let's talk about the part of inspections before your warranty runs out. While we believe that dealerships provide the best service they can for their customers, there's an inherent conflict of interest.  Dealerships get put in the tricky position of inspecting the same vehicle they have a warranty for!  Once your warranty is close to completion, we suggest you go to an independent shop that can thoroughly inspect your vehicle before the end of your warranty.  With an inspection, they can find any issue with your car that may be covered so you can m ... read more

Five tips to keep rodents out of your car

Five tips to keep rodents out of your car

Five tips to keep rodents out of your car   We spend hard-earned money to purchase and maintain our vehicles.  In a short period of time, small animals can enter your car and do significant damage.  Rats, Opossums, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and other animals use our vehicle for warmth, protection, and a place to birth their young.  Unfortunately for us, the heating ducts, air ducts, engine, and undercarriage give them plenty of space to work with.  Not only do our cars provide the space, but insulation, ducting, carpet, and foam provide materials for creatures to build a nest at your expense.  With this hassle, how do you keep Pay attention to your surroundings:Keep your driveway clear of trash, leaves, and other materials that may attract any animals to your spot.  Make sure to avoid having any dog food or other food items in your garage.  Just like you protect the outside, protect the inside, making sure you don't have an ... read more

What are leaf springs and how do they work?

What are leaf springs and how do they work?

                  Leaf springs are the foundation of the suspension and have been around since the earliest days of car making. So, what role do they play in your vehicle, and how do they work?  The leaf spring is a simple form of suspension comprised of spring steel layers stacked on top of one another. They give support between the wheels, axles, and chassis of your vehicle. The ends of the leaf spring are attached to the chassis, and the axle is attached to the middle of the leaves. You'll primarily find leaf springs used on vehicles carrying heavier loads. You won't find leaf springs on sedans and smaller cars. Unlike the smaller shocks and struts, the vertical load is evenly spread along the leaf spring, providing an advantage. At the end of each spring lies a bushing  There are a few varieties of leaf springs, but it's primarily broken between monoleaf springs and multi-leaf springs. As the name su ... read more

Why is my brake light on?

Why is my brake light on?

Why is my brake light on? The lights on your dashboard serve to keep you up to date on whatever your vehicles need. Different dashboard lights require different urgency and actions. With something as important as brakes, having a brake light appear can be alarming. So, what does it mean when your brake light comes on?   Before we dive in, it's important to note that every manufacturer will have different indications for various brake lights. More sophisticated cars may have a different light for each type of brake problem you may run into, while some vehicles may have the word "BRAKE" appear, and it's your job to dive into the deeper issue. For cars with ABS lights, or the letter P to indicate the parking brake, you can follow the guidelines from the owner's manual for the next steps to take. The cars with just a general brake light are tricker to understand, so today ... read more

5 Signs of a failing fuel pump

5 Signs of a failing fuel pump

5 Signs of a failing fuel pump There are thousands of parts to the modern vehicle, all working harmoniously to get you where you need to go.  It argued the relationship between the engine and the fuel pump is one of the most important!  Changing over time from mechanical to primarily electrical the fuel pump moves gas from your fuel system to the engine.  The fuel moves from the tank through the fuel lines to the injectors that spray it onto the cylinders, where it then combusts.  Now that we understand how it works, what are some signs of failure? 1. Engine Sputtering: The fuel pump works with your engine to provide the right fuel for various situations.  Whether idling or pulling a load up a steep hill, the fuel pump has to provide the right amount of gas to get the job done.  If the engine is getting an improper amount of fuel, you'll begin to notice hesitation from your engine and lack power when you need it. 2. Ove ... read more