Auto Repair and Maintenance Tips

Reasons to Use a Certified Mechanic for Your Car Repairs

When you’re looking for a local mechanic to repair your vehicle, chances are you’re thinking about price, convenience, and quality of work. However, there is one other VERY important thing you should look for in an auto mechanic--ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. Why? Here are five reasons, just for starters. High Expectations - Certifications aren’t just given out at random. ASE requires documented experience and then the testing covers eight different areas of the automotive field. More Experience - When you choose an ASE certified mechanic, you are much more likely to get an experienced mechanic than you are when you pick a mechanic at random. This experience is well worth it, in many cases. Certification Is Not Permanent - Mechanics will have to retest [...]

Why You Should Visit an Auto Shop After Buying a Used Car

When you are purchasing a used vehicle, it is always wise to have a mechanic take a look at the vehicle before you make the purchase. They can listen for sounds that may indicate problems or inspect for leaks. However, they will not be able to detect all problems during this brief inspection. After you purchase the vehicle, there are many benefits to taking your car to an auto shop for a more thorough and in-depth inspection. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should visit a local auto shop after buying a used car. Make Sure Your Car is in Good Condition One of the top reasons to bring your car to a mechanic after purchasing it is to help ensure [...]

Benefits of Having Your Car Towed to an Auto Repair Shop

When you're experiencing car issues it can be difficult to determine whether you should drive your vehicle to the shop, have a mechanic come out to you to do the repair, or have your vehicle towed. In most cases, having your car towed will be the smartest choice in terms of both cost and safety. Here are the benefits of having your car towed to an auto repair shop. Peace of Mind One reason you should have your car towed to an auto repair shop is for peace of mind. If you decide to drive to an auto repair shop even though your vehicle is experiencing mechanical issues, it's possible that your vehicle will break down on the side of the road. As you probably [...]

Why is My Check Engine Light On? 

A check engine light is an indicator light on your car's dashboard that indicates there may be a problem with your vehicle. As such, seeing that indicator light stay on can cause a panic attack. Admittedly, some of the problems indicated by a check engine light are significant. However, most are easily fixed and shouldn't be feared or avoided. Check engine light on needs work from local mechanic.                                   Below are five of the issues that can cause your check engine light to illuminate along with information about why you shouldn't ignore the check engine light: 1. Oxygen Sensor: O2 Sensor One reason your check engine light [...]

Caring for your Car in the Spring

Now that spring is right around the corner, you need to start transitioning to a different approach to car care. With the spring comes rising temperatures and pollen, which means you need to change your car care strategies to adapt to the warm weather. Here are a few tips that will help you care for your car in the spring. Cold Weather and Your Vehicle's Performance As you may know from experience, ice, snow, salt, and cold temperatures can damage your car significantly during the winter. Car batteries are more prone to dying in the winter and fluids like oil, brake and transmission fluids, and power steering fluids tend to thicken in low temperatures. Cold air can make the air pressure in your tires drop significantly. [...]

Effects of Different Grades of Fuel on Your Engine

Everyone sees the typical three fuel options at the gas station, but which one is the best for your vehicle? Next time you choose unleaded, plus, or premium, you may want to read further information. Types of fuel are grouped by their octane level. Premium fuel has higher octane points while unleaded has less. A regular octane level is usually around 87, mid-grade 89, and premium 91-93. Usually a higher-octane level fuel performs more efficiently. However, most people choose the lowest octane level fuel available because it is the cheapest option. Which fuel is the best for you? What is the Best Fuel Grade for my Car? 1. Unleaded or Regular Fuel Unleaded or regular gas is usually 15-20 cents cheaper a gallon than premium [...]