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Ways to Remove Stress from Your Daily Commute

Driving daily in traffic can be stressful, especially when vehicles are bumper to bumper and everyone is rushing to get to work on time. But arriving already stressed out to work can hinder your productivity and mood, so learning ways that you can help de-stress yourself on your commute can be extremely beneficial.  If you're looking for ways to de-stress during your work commute, here are some of our recommendations to try:  Find a good podcast to listen to on your way to work. Getting involved mentally in a podcast can get your thinking going and take your mind of the stress of your commute. Be sure to start up the podcast before you hit the road, that way you aren't fidgeting with your phone on the road.  Make sure your cell phone is out of sight on the road. Especially if you have a work phone, because seeing work emails and messages pop up while driving can be distracting and put even more stress on the drive.  Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of ... read more

5 Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

After constant use of your vehicle, you start to become familiar with the many noises that your vehicle may make and what is normal. However, there are certain noises that may happen unexpectedly that can indicate there is an issue with your vehicle, and should never be ignored. As soon as you hear any of the following noises, bring your car into our shop for an inspection.  Chirping or Squealing Sound From the Wheel A cyclic chirping or squealing noise coming from the vicinity of a wheel often indicates a wheel bearing or axle bearing that is failing. Usually the noise will change with the speed of the vehicle, and it may come and go at various speeds. This noise should not be ignored because if the bearing fails, it may cause the wheel to lockup or come loose from your car. Scraping or Grinding Noise When Braking If you hear metallic scraping or grinding noises when braking, it probably means your brake pads are worn out and your vehicle nee ... read more

How Often Tune-Ups are Recommended

Unlike an oil service, tune-ups are a larger service that are typically required every 30,000 miles or so, depending on the age of your vehicle and your driving habits. If you are wondering when your vehicle will be due for a tune-up, the best thing to do is to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will lay out when a tune-up is due for your vehicle and what services are included.  Even though tune-ups are usually needed on an interval basis, they can sometimes be needed prior to the recommended mileage due to excessive driving. Some signs that your vehicle may need a tune-up include: Lack of overall performance Decrease in fuel efficiency Car constantly stalling Engine running rough Start up troubles If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, your vehicle may be due for a tune-up. If you’re unsure, you can visit your local auto repair shop for an inspection. Some typical tune-up services include spark plug replacement, fuel ... read more

Tips to Extend the Life of your Vehicle

With the constant traffic associated with commuting and driving to our destinations in populated cities, the daily driving tends to take a toll on our vehicles. You may not realize it, but driving in traffic actually causes more wear and tear on our vehicles than a normal drive. If you’re one of those who drives on the daily, here are some tips on how to extend the life of your vehicle and increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  Drive Safely Giving yourself plenty of time to slow down or stop behind the vehicle in front of you actually protects your vehicle. When you drive the speed limit, you’ll increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and you’ll be much safer on the road.  Stay on Top of Regular Maintenance Making sure your vehicle is always properly maintained is a great way to extend the life of your vehicle. When you have regular inspections or service, you avoid major repairs and unwanted breakdowns that can happen when a car is poorly ... read more

Signs That You May Need New Brake Pads

When it comes to brakes, any sign that there is a problem should be considered urgent. If you ever notice a strange noise or suddenly know that there is a lack in performance while braking, it’s time to have your brakes inspected. Your brakes are extremely important because they help you slow and stop when needed. As soon as you notice something off about your brakes, it is important to have your vehicle inspected at our shop to determine what the cause may be. Repairing the issue early on will save you money and will also help protect you and your family while driving.  Your vehicle’s brake pads are an essential component of the brake system and help produce the friction that allows your vehicle to stop or slow down. However, brake pads do not last forever and will need to be replaced periodically. Over time, they begin to wear down and will need to be replaced. Here are 5 telling signs that your brake pads are due for a replacement:  If your brake pedal vibrat ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

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