You can’t avoid car repairs, but you can minimize the likelihood of experiencing some of the more expensive car repair items. Much of the prevention for major ticket item car repairs has to do with having your car maintained regularly. Read on to find out how you can properly maintain these expensive vehicle systems so you can keep your car running safely and efficiently for the long haul.
Your car is quite sophisticated mechanically, but it’s usually pretty easy to know when something is wrong. There are warning lights on your dashboard and then there are your own senses. Sights, smells and sounds all play important roles in alerting you to car problems. Engine knocking is just one of the signs there is a problem with the car engine. You may also notice a decrease in engine power and a loss of fuel economy. If you ignore the sound and keep driving your vehicle, in time, serious engine damage can occur. Find out what causes the knocking and what you can do to prevent it from happening by reading on.
If you’re driving and your brake warning light comes on, do you know what to do? With so many lights on a vehicle dashboard, you may not always know what a particular light is trying to tell you. A “red” brake warning light can mean there is a serious problem with your braking system that would require immediate action. Read on to find out why the light comes on and what you should do about it.
Every time you start your car, your catalytic converter gets to work removing the pollutants from the vehicle exhaust. It’s a small part that packs a big punch if you need to have it replaced. That’s because it contains a catalyst that’s made up of expensive metals, typically platinum and palladium. There are some things you can do as preventive maintenance. It’s also a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of a catalytic converter that is failing.
When it comes to fluid flushes, there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not they are needed. Considering the fact that engine oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid and coolant are all vital to the operation of your vehicle, they should be maintained on a regular basis. So, yes, fluid flushes are necessary. These fluids are designed to protect the various engine systems. As you drive your vehicle, the fuels begin to break down and they don’t protect like they should. This, in turn, leads to more wear and tear on your engine parts causing the potential for breakdowns while reducing the life of your vehicle. But how often should you have the vital engine fluids flushed and replaced?
If we told you that by making a commitment to regular preventive maintenance, you could double, or even triple, the lifespan of your vehicle, would you be interested? Buying a new car is a pretty steep investment. By committing to regular car maintenance with the idea of keeping your vehicle on the road for as long as possible, you will not only eliminate that expensive car payment, you will also save money at the pumps and on unexpected car repairs. If that sounds great to you, here are 8 things you can do to increase the life of your vehicle.
It’s cold outside so you bundle up. Not doing so, would lead to some pretty bad consequences. The same thing happens when you don’t prepare your car for the colder winter weather. By taking some car care measures, you can better protect your vehicle and avoid these common winter car problems.
Communication is at the top of every shop owner’s list. After all, we want to make sure our customers are happy about the car repair services we provide. We also want to make sure your car, truck or van is fixed properly… the first time you bring it in to the shop. There are certain aspects of the car repair process that elicit questions. That’s ok. At Country Road Automotive, we are happy to answer any questions our customers have when it comes to the car repair process. Here are the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.
Many years ago, you would often hear someone talking about having a tune-up done on their vehicle. With the newer, computer-controlled vehicles, it seems to be a less common subject when it comes to car care. You may even be wondering if cars still need tune-ups. The answer is “Yes.” Read on to find out why you should have a tune-up done on your car and what it entails.
Any time you see a “red” warning light on your dashboard, it is cause for immediate action. If the engine oil light warning light is lit on your dashboard, it’s because the pressure of the engine oil has dropped too low. If you continue to drive with this light on, your car’s engine will be damaged and any repairs will be extremely costly. If the engine seizes, you are most likely looking at having to buy a new engine or a new car. Read on to find out why the engine oil light came on and what you should do about it.