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…)

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…)

New Vehicle Purchase

New Vehicle Purchase

Does your stress level go up every time you get into your vehicle because you are not sure what problem will arise next?  If so, then it may be time to replace your current vehicle for a stress-free new or slightly used vehicle.  However, making a purchase decision today comes with a few downsides as well.  Last month, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that used vehicle prices have gone up about 41% since 2021, and it now costs almost 13% to purchase a new vehicle over last year (Source:  US Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Costs are way up and of course, don’t forget that used and new vehicle inventory is at an all-time low! (more…)