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Signs You May Need a Tune-Up

2016-10-20T17:38:30-04:00March 29th, 2016|Categories: Electrical, Engine, Service|

Signs You May Need a Tune-Up If your engine misfires, hesitates, stalls, gets poor mileage, is hard to start or has failed an emissions test, it clearly needs something, though a tune-up in the traditional sense might not be the cure. If you tell a repair shop you need a tune-up, the mechanic should ask [...]

Why Do I Need to Change My Head Gasket?

2016-10-20T17:38:31-04:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: Engine, Maintenance 101|

Why Do I Need to Change My Head Gasket? The head gasket seals the gap between the cylinder head and engine block, and when it fails coolant can leak outside the engine or inside, into the combustion chambers. In either case, the engine is losing coolant and will soon overheat, which could cause expensive damage [...]

Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump?

2016-10-20T17:38:31-04:00March 25th, 2016|Categories: Coolant System, Maintenance 101|

Why Do I Need to Change My Water Pump? When water pumps leak or quit working they quickly cause an engine to overheat, but they generally don’t need to be replaced unless such problems develop. An exception to this is that some water pumps are driven by the timing belt (as opposed to the accessory [...]

Just 1 mile over the limit could land you a speeding ticket in NC

2016-10-20T17:38:32-04:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: News|

Just 1 mile over the limit could land you a speeding ticket in NC Police are ready to give out speeding tickets to anyone driving even one mile over the posted speed limit in North Carolina. Many believe they can drive up to nine miles per hour over the speed limit and not get a [...]

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Timing Belt?

2016-10-20T17:38:33-04:00March 24th, 2016|Categories: Engine, Maintenance 101|

How Do I Know It’s Time to Replace My Timing Belt? The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshafts and controls when valves open and close. A loose or worn belt will cause ticking or rattling noises, poor engine performance and overheating, usually triggering the Check Engine light. If the timing belt breaks, the [...]

How to Restore Your Vehicle’s Headlights

2016-10-20T17:38:34-04:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Cleaning Tips, Electrical, Maintenance 101|

How to Restore Your Vehicle's Headlights Cars get old and if you're part of the vast majority of Americans who own a set of wheels at least 11 years old, we're pretty sure those front headlights could use a makeover. Clean headlights not only make your vehicle look like new, but they allow for safe [...]

Common Alternator Problems

2016-10-20T17:38:34-04:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Electrical, Tune Up Tips|

Common Alternator Problems A vehicle's alternator generates the power that charges the battery, and when that power flow slows to a trickle or stops, you will be unable to use its electrical accessories, or the car will just stop running. If the alternator is the culprit, it could be because the accessory drive belt that [...]

How to Remove A Sticker From Your Car

2016-10-20T17:38:35-04:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Cleaning Tips, Maintenance 101|

How to Remove A Sticker From Your Car Stickers on cars can symbolize just about anything under the sun. They can show support for a certain political candidate, identify you as a proud parent of an honor student or the fact that you just love that one special dog breed. Others are required by local [...]

Are Pricey Wiper Blades Better Than Inexpensive Ones?

2016-10-20T17:38:36-04:00March 18th, 2016|Categories: Car Care Tips, Maintenance 101|

Are Pricey Wiper Blades Better Than Inexpensive One When it comes time to replace windshield wiper blades, does it serve you best to spend more money on pricier brands? Prices depend mainly on type and brand. There are three basic types of wipers. The most common is the frame type, which uses a metal framework [...]

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