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Top 10 Safety Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

Driving your vehicle can always be risky, especially when it comes to unexpected occurrences on the road. In order to be prepared for everything, we recommend always keeping the following top 10 safety items in your vehicle that will come in handy during any emergency situation.  Here are 10 emergency items to keep in your vehicle:  Spare Tire, Jack, and Lug Wrench Flashlight  Tool Kit First Aid Kit Non-perishable Foods Water Cell Phone Charger Jumper Cables Flares Reflective Vest The 10 items listed above with help with any emergency situation, including breakdowns on the side of the road, accidents, flat tires, and more. 

Summer-ize Your Car

Driving our vehicles in the warmer weather can take a toll on their health, especially when going on long drives and road trips. In order to keep your vehicle reliable this summer, be sure to have your vehicle inspected and prepared for the heat.  Make sure your A/C is working properly. If it has been a while since your A/C has been checked, be sure to have it looked at by one of our expert mechanics. Getting stuck driving in the summer without a working air conditioning system can be unbearable.  Have the cooling system inspected by a trusted mechanic. The cooling system is what prevents your engine from overheating, and this system needs to be in top working condition with fluids in good shape to avoid unwanted breakdowns.  Be sure that your engine oil has been replaced on time and that you aren’t due for an oil change during your trip or long drive. If so, have it completed before you embark.  Double check that your windshield wipers are in working cond ... read more

Don't Get Stuck in The Heat Without A/C!

Nobody wants to get stuck during the spring or summer warmth without working air conditioning. If you try to turn on your A/C and no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out and it never gets colder, there’s something wrong with an A/C component. The A/C system is actually very complex, and therefore there are a number of different reasons why the system can fail. Here are some of the top causes of A/C system failure:  Refrigerant leak Failed compressor Deteriorated refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The best way to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work properly throughout the spring and summer is to have your system inspected by one of our experts regularly. Routine A/C inspections will allow us to catch small problems early on before they turn into more expensive issues.  If there is a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you may notice one or more of the following sy ... read more

Different Warning Lights and What They Mean

If you own a vehicle, you’ve probably seen a warning light pop-up on your dashboard a couple of times, whether it be a check engine light or other system warning light. Most are familiar with the check engine light and understand that once it appears, it’s time to have your vehicle inspected. However, there are many other warning lights that can appear that represent issues with other systems in your vehicle. Here are some of the most important warning lights and what they represent:  Engine Temperature Warning Light - This symbol looks like a thermometer in an ocean. This indicates that your engine is overheating, and needs to be inspected immediately.  Check Engine Light - The most common warning light, indicating an issue with the engine.  ABS Warning Light - This symbol will usually say “ABS”. It indicates a problem with the Antilock Brake System, and will require a professional to take a look.  Tire Pressure Warning Light - This ligh ... read more

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