Vehicle Messages

Vehicle Messages

You don’t have to be a professional mechanic to know that something may be wrong with your vehicle.  If you stay alert to vehicle messages and use your senses while driving, in many cases you can identify when there is a problem.  In this months’ blog, we share how you can use your four key senses of sight, smell, touch, and hearing to easily spot a developing issue in yourvehicle. (more…)

Addressing Engine Knocking

Addressing Engine Knocking

If you spend any amount of time in your vehicle, then you are probably aware of the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations when the vehicle is working properly.  We are all familiar with the normal signs of a highly functioning vehicle.  The trick to keeping your vehicle in good condition is to be alert to the unusual signs that may lead to problems with your vehicle’s engine.  One of those signs that drivers should be alerted to is the “knocking sound” that may come from the engine.  In this month’s blog, we discuss the common causes of engine knocking, and ways to address causes of knocking to avoid serious engine damage. (more…)

Shock and Strut Problems

Shock and Strut Problems

Your vehicle’s suspension system is critical to supporting the weight of your vehicle while cushioning the impact to vehicle occupants from the uneven surfaces of the road.  If you have ever experienced a bumpy, bouncy ride, there may be a problem with your suspension – specifically your shock absorbers or struts. In this month’s blog, we explain the difference between shocks and struts, how to identify a possible problem, and ways to minimize damage or wear to these critical suspension parts. (more…)

The Belt Tensioner

The Belt Tensioner

If you are diligent about your vehicle’s ongoing maintenance, then you probably have your belts inspected on a periodic basis.   If not, this should be added to your maintenance routine. One common problem that you may encounter with your vehicle belts involves the “belt tensioner”.  In this month’s blog, we review the importance of belts, and how the belt tensioner can be a culprit in the proper operation of your belts. (more…)

Vehicle Won’t Start?

Vehicle Won’t Start?

Have you ever experienced a time when your vehicle would not start?  You pushed the ignition button, or turned the key and nothing? After you get through the dread in that situation, the question that should run through your mind next: Is it the battery? The starter?  The alternator?    (more…)