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5 Signs that Suggest You Need to Replace Your Fuel Filter

5 Signs that Suggest You Need to Replace Your Fuel Filter

The fuel filter isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when we think about our automotive wish lists. It isn't exactly a vintage European sports car, or even a new set of seat covers for that matter. Still, it quietly goes about its job, and what an important job that is. The fuel filter works to ensure that your engine is receiving fuel that is not polluted with contaminants that could include anything from dirt to paint chips. Replacing your fuel filter is just one of those basic maintenance things really. While it might seem like something that you can continue to put off, you're just continuing to decrease your engine's performance. So, really, you might as well just get in and get it taken care of. There are a number of red flags that could mean that you need a new fuel filter. Here are five of those signs: Car won't start Obviously, this symptom isn't unique to issues with the fuel filter, and could be caused by something else. However, if ... read more

3 Great Benefits of Keeping Up on Oil Changes

3 Great Benefits of Keeping Up on Oil Changes

These days, some folks believe that for new model cars you can go 5,000 miles between oil changes. On the other hand, many car care professionals would tell you of the importance of sticking with that 3,000 mile number. Regardless, it's best to play it safe because you don't want to be messing around with gunky oil or low oil levels. While it can be a good idea to refer to your manufacturer's specifications, if there's any doubt about whether it's time to get in for fresh oil, it's a good idea to err on the side of caution. It's easy for us to forget about just how much stress we put our cars through on a day-to-day basis. Even if you're not making cross-country voyages, those miles around town add up just the same. And oil is the lifeblood that keeps your engine running smoothly. While it can be easy to put off getting in for an oil change, it really is one of the most convenient and affordable measures you can take to help protect your car. There are a number of b ... read more

5 Signs of Engine Trouble

5 Signs of Engine Trouble

Even if you are proactive about staying on top of your auto maintenance, once your vehicle has gotten up there in mileage it's basically inevitable that at some point it's going to start to exhibit symptoms of engine problems. It can certainly be beneficial to be familiar with those symptoms so that when they do arise you'll know to get to the auto shop quickly to address the problems before they become more serious. Here's a look at five signs of engine trouble that mean you should get to the shop for diagnostics. Vibrating Vibrations coming from your engine could very well be caused by metal-on-metal contact that has arisen from low oil. Knocking Sound A repetitive knocking or tapping noise is also a sign of low oil. In some cases, simply adding fresh oil will address the issue. However, it's also possible that you'll need to have the bottom end of your engine rebuilt. Excessive Amount of Exhaust Smoke The color of ... read more

How do I know if I'm having alternator problems?

How do I know if I'm having alternator problems?

For your vehicle to be able to come roaring to life and then continue to cruise down the road uninterrupted, you need your alternator to be in healthy shape. Not only is a healthy alternator needed to get your vehicle started, it's also necessary for your electrical accessories to be able to work as they should. Here's a look at five of the signs that are indicative of an alternator problem. Indicator Lights Often times, vehicles will have a set of lights on the dashboard that will make you aware of arising problems. If an issue with your alternator is detected, then you might see the letters ALT or GEN illuminate on your dash. This is commonly the very first sign that there is trouble with the alternator. Dead Battery While a battery can certainly die for other reasons, if yours is a newish one and dies, then you have good reason to be suspicious of your alternator--unless of course you forgot to turn off your headlights. Ele ... read more

Prepare yourself for roadtrip season and get to the shop for seasonal spring maintenance!

Prepare yourself for roadtrip season and get to the shop for seasonal spring maintenance!

The days are getting longer and soon the open road will be irresistibly calling your name. Before you head out for your long expedition, it's a good idea to get to the auto shop for the kinds of maintenance tasks that will help to ensure you don't end up stranded on the side of the interstate. From brake services to a simple oil change, make sure you're fully prepared for the upcoming roadtrip season! Brake Service in Chico While navigating those country roads, it's impossible to predict when a large, four-legged critter might let itself onto the highway. If you do have to slam on your pedal, you don't want to find out in that moment that you have issues with your braking system. Transmission Service in Chico Signs of a transmission problem include stalling out and popping out of gear for seemingly no good reason. Air Conditioning and Cooling System Service When the heat is sweltering and unrelenting, make sure that ... read more

What are the signs that I need brake repair?

What are the signs that I need brake repair?

When it comes to your braking system, it's best to be proactive about ensuring that everything is in perfect working order. You don't want to find out that you have a brake problem in that unsuspected moment when you need them most. It's impossible to predict when an animal might dart out into the road or when you might find yourself in the path of a drunk or distracted driver. There are a number of signs that are indicative of a brake issue, from squealing to leaking fluid. At the first sign of a problem, you'll want to get to the shop to help make sure that you're keeping you and yours as safe as possible on the road. Here's a look at four signs that mean it's time for brake repair. Squealing There's a good chance that you've heard that high-pitched squeaking at some point. While it might seem okay to put off getting to the shop when you start hearing the noise, this is actually an indication of a problem that can soon turn for the worse. This ... read more

I Need New Shocks or Struts? Here are five signs that say yes!

 I Need New Shocks or Struts? Here are five signs that say yes!

A healthy suspension does more than just provide you with a smooth ride. It's actually a significant component of maintaining your safety on the road. When you're driving with worn out shocks and struts, it can take you up to 20% longer to come to a stop after you've started braking. A fully-functioning suspension will also help you to safely navigate sharp corners. Here's a look at five signs that suggest it's time for new shocks or struts. Feeling Bumps If it feels as though you're driving on uneven ground when the road appears to be smooth, then there's reason to believe you've got an issue with shocks or struts. Doesn't Pass the Bounce Test There's a quick test that you can perform to help determine if your shocks/struts are worn out. While your car is parked in a safe place, use all of your weight to press down on the front of your vehicle, then rock it a couple of times, before releasing. Then go to the back end of the vehicle and ... read more

Do you drive a foreign vehicle? Take it to a shop that specialized foreign auto repair!

Do you drive a foreign vehicle? Take it to a shop that specialized foreign auto repair!

For service on vehicles that come from Europe and Asia, it's best to visit a foreign automotive specialist. From Mazda to Maserati to Mercedes, you'll want a mechanic who has particular expertise in servicing foreign cars, trucks, and SUVs. If you drive an automobile from one of the following six countries, be sure to do business with a specialist. Swedish Auto Repair If you drive a Saab or Volvo, you'll want to visit an expert. Repairs on these vehicles can be daunting for those who aren't specialists. German Auto Repair From BMW to Mercedes to Volkswagen, if your Bavarian baby needs work, be sure to see a mechanic who has particular expertise in this field. English Auto Repair For maximum quality, have a foreign car specialist repair your Mini. Italian Auto Repair You don't want to trust your Italian beauty to just any ol' shop. Get your speedster repaired by a fellow lover of fine Italian autom ... read more

What does it take to be a AAA-approved auto shop?

What does it take to be a AAA-approved auto shop?

When you're looking for a go-to mechanic, it's best to find one that has been granted approval by the Automobile Association of America (AAA). It's an organization that has gained motorists' trust over the years and they don't endorse just anyone. There are a number of requirements that have to be met for an auto shop to gain AAA-approval. Here's a look at six of them. Good Standing with the BBB If an auto shop is regarded highly by both AAA and the Better Business Bureau, then it's likely a garage you can trust. Offer Warranty A reputable mechanic is going to back up its work with a warranty that will provide you peace of mind. Computerized Diagnostics For the highest level of service, cutting-edge technology will be incorporated into diagnostic equipment so that the mechanic can pinpoint the problem and get to work quickly, so you can get your vehicle back as soon as possible. ASE-Certified Mech ... read more

Tips for Winter Auto Maintenance

Tips for Winter Auto Maintenance

While any time of the year is a good time for auto maintenance, there are some particular steps to take to help ensure that your vehicle performs well and keeps you safe on the road when the overnight temperatures start to drop around freezing. From adding new antifreeze to brake inspections, there are a number of ways to get your vehicle ready for winter. Here's a look at six of those ways. Check Heaters and Defrosters When you come out to your car in the morning after a cold, cold night, you want to be confident that you'll be able to defrost quickly and get on your way. New Antifreeze After flushing out the old stuff, you can replace it with the new to make sure that it's fully doing it's job. Check Battery and Charging System Cold weather can be brutal on a battery and you don't want to end up stranded on the side of the road in the wintertime. Check Tire Tread and Pressure In winter ... read more

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