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End of Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

End of Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

The summer is officially over and the fall season has begun, bringing in changing leaves, chilly weather, and spooky celebrations to come. The summer is notorious for excessive driving, which can take a toll on our vehicles. After the summer, it is important to address any damage done and have your vehicle restored before the fall season weather truly begins. Before the rainy season starts, take the time to read through our list of end of summer maintenance tips to make sure that your vehicle is ready to take on the upcoming colder months. Check your windshield wipers Windshield wipers are crucial for the upcoming rainy seasons and should be in good condition at all times. Wipers should be replaced once a year, so if it has been a while since your last replacement, your car is due for new wipers. Worn out wipers can be dangerous when you’re hit with unexpected rain while driving and can severely impair your ability to clearly see the road. Inspect your ... read more

What are the Signs of Brake Problems?

What are the Signs of Brake Problems?

The brake system is an important safety component of your vehicle. If you ever notice a change in the performance of your brakes or hear a strange noise when pushing the brake pedal, it is vital to have your brake system inspected quickly to protect your safety on the road.  If there is a problem with your brakes, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Brake pedal goes to the floor Brake system light is on Loss of brake power Spongy or soft brake pedal Squealing/grinding noise when braking Vehicle pulls to one side/shakes when braking As soon as you notice a problem with your vehicle’s brakes, be sure to note down any symptoms. It will allow our experts to get a good idea of where exactly the issue is stemming from. The brake warning light will also turn on if a sensor has indicated a problem with the brake hydraulics system.  A squealing noise when braking is usually an indication of brake pad problems. If your brake pads are deteriorated ... read more

What Does Engine Misfiring Feel Like?

What Does Engine Misfiring Feel Like?

You may have heard of the term engine misfiring when reading symptoms of engine trouble. However, the term is relatively vague and it may be confusing to understand what exactly engine misfiring feels like. How do you know if your engine is misfiring, and what does it mean?  Let's first look at how an engine works so that you can better understand the term "engine misfiring". In order for the engine to work properly, it needs fuel to burn, oxygen, and a spark to ignite the combustion process. This igniting process will cause the pistons to move, therefore causing your engine to run.  An engine misfire is what happens when either the fuel, the oxygen, or the spark are not working correctly. While engine misfiring doesn't necessarily mean your vehicle won't run, it does typically cause increased emissions and reduced fuel economy.  So, how do you know if your engine is misfiring? Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for:  When idling or ... read more

Why is My Vehicle Overheating?

Why is My Vehicle Overheating?

You look at your dashboard and notice that your temperature gauge is sitting high - is it temporary due to the heat, or is there a problem with your vehicle? Engine overheating is a serious issue and definitely a matter that you want to address quickly. The longer you drive with an overheating engine, the more damage that can occur. You may have low coolant or there could be a problem with your vehicle's cooling system such as a failing radiator or a bad water pump. Regardless of the issue, it is vital to get your vehicle into A-1 Auto Repair at your earliest convenience to keep repairs to a minimum.  You may feel that your vehicle is only overheating because you've been driving in stop and go traffic for hours on a hot day. While this could be the case, our vehicles are designed to withstand major amounts of heat, so it is still in your best interest to have your car inspected quickly. Let's look at some of the reasons why your vehicle could potentially be overheatin ... read more

Dangers of Driving with Under Inflated Tires

Dangers of Driving with Under Inflated Tires

When most drivers see that pesky Tire Pressure warning light turn on, they don't panic. It simply isn't regarded as an emergency warning, so many drivers will continue driving for days, if not weeks or longer, with the light on. This is because many drivers don't fully understand just how important driving with proper tire pressure really is, and how dangerous it can be driving with under inflated tires. Let's take a look at why proper tire pressure is so important.  Your vehicle's tires are a very important safety component of your vehicle, especially because they are the components that sit between your car and the road. They create friction with the road in order for your vehicle to travel across many different types of terrain. In order for these tires to operate at their best, they need to be filled up with the right amount of air.  When you drive with under inflated tires, meaning that the tire pressure is below factory recommendations, you severel ... read more

What is a Brake Fade?

You're driving along and step on the brakes to slow down - you notice that it takes you significantly longer to brake, almost like your brakes are failing. This can be extremely scary, and is definitely a situation you want to avoid. So what happened? Did your brakes fail? This is what is called a brake fade. A brake fade is defined as the temporary loss or reduction of full brake power.  When you step on your vehicle's brakes, multiple different components work together to slow down to stop your vehicle. Brake fade is a situation in which no driver wants to find themselves in, especially when your brakes fail completely. Although it typically only lasts for a few seconds, those few seconds are enough to find yourself in an accident. Let's take a look at what exactly a brake fade is and how it can be avoided.  As you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pad and rotor create friction in order to slow down the wheels. When this doesn't happen, this is refe ... read more

Practicing Social Distancing? Take Care of Your Car’s Overdue Needs

With the sudden spread of COVID-19 in the United States and the growing cases here in Nebraska, we understand the uncertainty and the fear that our community faces when thinking about the health and safety of friends and family. In order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus, Nebraska officials are asking our residents to avoid gather in groups and to practice social distancing.  Social distancing means keeping at least 6 feet between you and others and avoiding group settings. We know that staying home and distancing yourself from your loved ones can be difficult, but it is also a great time to take care of some things that may have been put on the back burner. We know many of our customers have overdue services, such as oil services or filter changes, and now is the perfect time to get these services done if you have additional time on your hands.  Here at A-1 Auto Repair, we are still open and are available to serve you. We want you to rest assured knowin ... read more

Why is My Car Not Getting Enough Power?

You step on your vehicle's accelerator, and find that your vehicle is lacking power. It doesn't accelerate forward like it used to, and you find yourself having to slam down on the gas pedal to get it to even move. Not only is this alarming and quite frankly, a bit annoying, but it can also be dangerous on the road. If you're at a red light that turns green and your vehicle is lagging to push forward, the cars behind you may be taken off guard. This issue can also lead to vehicle stalling or hesitation, which is another dangerous occurrence while driving.  The main cause for a vehicle not having enough power is an issue with the fuel system. It could be caused by leaking fuel or a bad fuel pump, or another failing component. Basically, your engine isn't receiving the right amount of fuel and air mixture to work as it should, which is the reason why you aren't getting a lot of power when accelerating. As soon as you notice this issue, it is extremely vital to h ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car's A/C or Heater to Fail?

Your car's A/C and heating systems are in place for a number of reasons. You need your A/C on hot days and your heating on cold days to keep you comfortable while driving. You also need the heating system for defrosting purposes during the winter months. If one of these systems doesn't work, you may find yourself having to get to your destination freezing cold or sweating hot. What is it that goes wrong with these systems?  Both the heater and air conditioning are apart of your vehicle's HVAC system. The heater works by taking air from the outside and using heat generated from the engine to warm the air. The air conditioning system takes air from the outside and uses a compressor and refrigerant to cool the air.  When an issue does arise with either system, the problem behind the issue can be a number of things. Here are some of the most common causes for a car's A/C and heater to fail:  A heater can fail due to:  Low coolant Bad heater core Fa ... read more

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