Car Care Tips

Need new tires? Here’s what you need to know.

Buying new tires doesn’t need to be a complicated or confusing process. If you’re not sure where to buy them or what to buy, this blog post will take the guesswork out of the process so you’ll be able to buy tires with confidence.

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Are Your Shocks or Struts Sending You a Message?

Need struts or shocks? Bring your vehicle to Country Road Auto in Lincoln Park, NJ.

You’ll know it when the shocks or struts need to be replaced – they’ll tell you by the excessive bounce and sway you’ll begin to feel when you’re driving. Shocks and struts are a very important part of your vehicle’s suspension system. They do much more than give you a smooth ride. Since they are designed to keep your vehicle’s tires in contact with the road, bad struts or shocks can actually create a driving hazard. In this blog post, I’ll tell you a little bit about struts and shocks and how you can maintain them.

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What Happens When the Head Gasket Fails?

Avoid head gasket repair by taking care of your vehicle's cooling system.

A blown head gasket is not something you want to have happen with your vehicle. There are any number of reasons it can occur (coolant leak, leaking oil or loss of compression). While a blown head gasket could mean the end of a car engine, there is some good news – with proper maintenance, it can be avoided. Read on to learn more.

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For hybrid repair and hybrid maintenance, choose Country Road Auto in Lincoln Park, New Jersey

Hybrid cars are fuel-efficient and eco-friendly, but some of the repairs can be quite costly. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what some of the more common hybrid repair issues are so you can take the necessary maintenance measures to avoid or at least minimize the costs associated with them.

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Is One of These 5 Things Causing Your Car Air Conditioner to Not Work?

Car air conditioner not working? Call Country Road Automotive in Lincoln Park, NJ

Have you ever gotten into your car on a hot summer day and found out the air conditioner wasn’t working? Not pleasant. In fact, it can feel downright miserable, especially if you are heading to work or a special event. Read on to find out what might be causing the problem with your car air conditioner and what you should do to get it fixed so your summer driving is a comfortable experience once again.

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How to Prevent the Most Expensive Car Repairs

Expensive car repairs can be avoided or minimized with preventive maintenance.

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.

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Why is My Car’s Engine Knocking?

Is your car engine knocking? Bring your vehicle to Country Road Auto, Lincoln Park, NJ.

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.

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My Brake Warning Light is On! Help!

For brake warning light repairs, come to Country Road Auto in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.

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.

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How to Tell if Your Catalytic Converter Needs to be Replaced

Trust your catalytic converter repair to Country Road Auto in Lincoln Park, NJ

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.

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Fluid flushes help preserve the life of your vehicle. Schedule yours at Country Road Auto in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.

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?

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