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Yearly Archives: 2019

2020 Resolutions for Your Vehicle

As we head into the New Year, many of us will think about what changes we would like to make moving forward to enhance our lives and be healthier or happier. When you make your New Year's resolution list for 2020, we challenge you to make at least one resolution for your vehicle. Owning a vehicle is a huge investment and many car owners are guilty of neglecting their car's needs, whether that be with maintenance or just keeping it clean. Here are some of our ideas of what resolutions you can make for your vehicle for 2020:  Aim to keep your vehicle cleaner by purchasing a trash bag that can hang on a seat to discard any garbage. Also try to throw away any drinks or food as you consume them and avoid leaving these items in your vehicle overnight or for extended periods of time.    Try to have your vehicle washed and waxed more often to preserve the exterior of your vehicle.    Follow your vehicle's factory recommended maintenance schedule to be ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from A-1 Auto Repair!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at A-1 Auto Repair! We hope that you are your family had a wonderful holiday and have more amazing holidays to come this winter season. If you are planning on traveling this time of year, it is important to have your vehicle inspected here at our shop before you hit the road. This vehicle inspection will allow our mechanics to verify that your vehicle can handle the long haul and will allow us to catch any issues before they turn into problems on your trip.  Along with a vehicle inspection, being sure that your car is well maintained throughout the winter will be key to avoiding stressful breakdowns and car trouble throughout the season. Some important car maintenance items to take care of this winter include:  Checking tire pressure, making sure that you have the proper tire tread, and have a tire balance and rotation performed if necessary Inspired windshield wipers and have them replaced if they are dry or cracked, also making sure ... read more

Notice Any Spooky Car Sounds?

Whether it's the sound of rattling bones coming from underneath the hood or a creepy squealing while you brake, don't ignore those spooky sounds this October. It's the time for ghosts, ghouls, and frights, but nothing is as frightening at getting stranded on the side of the road. If you notice a strange sound with your vehicle, don't ignore it! It could be your car's way of letting you know that something is wrong. Here are some sounds to look out for and what they can indicate:  Rattling under the hood - a rattling noise under the hood should never be ignored. This can indicate that a belt, hoses, cap, or other component has come lose. It can also point to a problem with the transmission, so have it checked out right away.  Squealing or screeching noise when braking - this can be a sign that you need new brake pads.  Whirring or wheezing noise - this is a symptom of a transmission problem, and needs to be looked at as soon as possible. Clicking n ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Your Water Pump

The water pump in your vehicle's engine has a very important job. The water pump helps to push coolant from the radiator throughout the cooling system. This coolant protects the engine from overheating, so without the water pump, your engine would likely overheat and become damaged from extremely high temperatures.  Water pumps are typically built to last, but like all car parts, can wear down and fail over time. Water pumps have a long lifespan but it is often recommended to replace them at the same time you replace the timing belt, since the timing belt is what powers the water pump. Most vehicles require that the timing belt be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.  If it's time to replace your vehicle's water pump, you may notice the following symptoms:  Engine overheating Coolant leak Loose water pump pulley Steam coming from the radiator If you due suspect that your vehicle is due for a ... read more

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