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Yearly Archives: 2019

Don't Ignore Signs of Brake Problems

Don't Ignore Signs of Brake Problems

Brakes are one of those components that you don’t want to ignore, especially when you notice a change in performance or a problem with braking. Your brakes help you stop and slow down when needed to drive safely on the road. If you notice a strange noise, sound, or performance issue - it’s time for a brake inspection.    Many parts of the brakes can wear down or warp over time, which is why it is important to pay attention to how your vehicle works. Worn brake pads or a warped rotor can cause a decrease in brake performance and can also lead to brake failure. As soon as you notice an issue, don’t hesitate to give our shop a call or schedule an appointment online for friendly service.    According to the Car Care Council, here are the top warning signs to look out for that can indicate a problem with your vehicle’s brakes:   Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes. Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side whil ... read more

Top Spring Vehicle Maintenance Items

It’s officially Spring, and what better time to take advantage of the warming weather than planning your next road trip. The winter season can be harsh on our vehicles, especially in extremely cold weather conditions. Spring is the perfect time to bring your vehicle into our experts for a full inspection to catch any small problems now before they become larger, more expensive problems down the road.    Our top Spring vehicle maintenance services include:    Staying on top of all factory recommended maintenance Check an oil and filter change is your car is due Inspect coolant levels and condition Look at all belts and hoses for an wear or cracks Make sure that air conditioning works well Check your tires for pressure, tread, and overall condition Test headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and all interior lights to ensure that they are working properly Change your windshield wipers and top off wiper fluid Have all fluids including power steering, tra ... read more

When Do I Need A Tune-Up?

Unlike an oil service, tune-ups are a larger service that are typically required every 30,000 miles or so, depending on the age of your vehicle and your driving habits. If you are wondering when your vehicle will be due for a tune-up, the best thing to do is to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will lay out when a tune-up is due for your vehicle and what services are included.    Even though tune-ups are usually needed on an interval basis, they can sometimes be needed prior to the recommended mileage due to excessive driving. Some signs that your vehicle may need a tune-up include:   Lack of overall performance Decrease in fuel efficiency Car constantly stalling Engine running rough Start up troubles   If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, your vehicle may be due for a tune-up. If you’re unsure, you can visit your local auto repair shop for an inspection. Some typical tune-up services include spark p ... read more

How Important is Preventative Maintenance?

Many car owners often ask - how important is preventative maintenance, and do I need it? When it comes to your vehicle, how well you maintain and service your vehicle will ultimately determine how long your vehicle lasts and how much you will spend over time on sudden repairs. Preventative maintenance is the best way to take control of your vehicle’s health and ensure that your vehicle will stay reliable for years to come.    When it comes to auto repair, major repairs often occur when cars are poorly maintained and when small issues become larger and cause more damage to connecting systems. When you invest in preventative maintenance, you actually save money in the long run by avoiding those major repairs. Would you rather make an extra trip the auto repair shop for a service or two that will give you peace of mind, or end up broken down on the side of the road, having to pay for a tow and the expensive repair that your vehicle may need.    Preventative mai ... read more

Happy New Year from Don's Auto Repair!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

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