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Why Should You Look for ASE-Certified Technicians?

Why Should You Look for ASE-Certified Technicians?

At Pro Auto Care, we employ and are proud of our highly skilled ASE-certified technicians. The letters "ASE" aren't just letters to slap on our website, but it's an accomplishment of a certification. It takes a considerable amount of time and dedication for an individual to study for this certification to become a professional mechanic.    Why Should ASE Certification Matter? The letters in ASE stand for Automotive Service Excellence, and it has been a nationally recognized credential since the 70s. This examination was provided and put in place to improve vehicle repair and craftsmanship quality with a series of tests. ASE holds the most prestige as a gold standard to this day.   Choosing a shop to do your automotive repairs and services is an important decision. Not only should you be treated with respect and care, but you should feel comfortable leaving your vehicle in a good pair of hands. Many automotive shops will only require that their tech ... read more

What Is the Difference Between a Minor & Major Service?

What Is the Difference Between a Minor & Major Service?

As a car owner, you have to get both minor and major services from time to time. However, do you know the distinction between the two types of services and what they entail?   For every vehicle make, there are unique subtleties to what minor service and major service involves. For the most part, vehicles need check-ups and maintenance as they gain more mileage. Some significant numbers or mile checkpoints include these marks: 7500 miles, 15,000 miles, 30,000 miles, 45,000 miles, 60,000 miles, 75,000 miles, 90,000 miles. You can also refer to your owner's manual for your vehicle specifications for when it needs service.  Generally speaking, minor services are to be done every 10K - 15K miles. Minor services typically include the following: Oil change Tire rotation Tire inspection Brake inspection Fluid inspection Belt and hose inspection The purpose of a minor service is to check on the vehicle's health and ensure there are no damages or leaks.   On the ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

How Often Should You Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

When searching for how often you should replace your windshield wipers on the internet, you may find many answers from varying sources and may not be certain which information is correct. As wipers are an integral part of safe driving, it is of utmost importance that you are aware of what to look out for that will indicate if your wipers need to be replaced.   There are several indications that will alert you when your windshield wipers need to be changed, such as but not limited to: With everyday use, wear and tear, and even the weather can cause your wipers to become less effective over time. Experts recommend that you replace your wipers every six to 12 months. When the windshield blade reveals rubber that has hardened and or cracked due to exposure to elements. The wiper edge loses its sharpness. This results in your wiper causing water to smudge across the windscreen. The old/worn rubber of the blade does not move quietly across the windscreen. Should your wipes start ... read more

Safety Driving Tips For the Back-to-School Season

Safety Driving Tips For the Back-to-School Season

We're approaching that time again when we are starting to see the big yellow school bus roam around the city during rush hour traffic. It would be best if you took extra precautions to account for the congested road traffic and other dangers as children return to school. Drivers need to understand and practice safe driving habits when entering school zones to prevent accidents. Here are our four essential tips on how to handle driving near schools and buses:   Reduce Your Speed for School Zones School zones are designated zones near schools and playgrounds and are often indicated by neon yellow road signs. The traffic signs are usually displayed as two pedestrian characters or a reduced speed limit sign. These areas are squared off for the safety of children, and you should always remain alert when driving through the area.    Be Prepared for Congested Traffic Children walk, and buses and parents drop off and pick up children every M-F during the school year. T ... read more

Watch Out! Road Work Ahead

Watch Out! Road Work Ahead

As more of us are getting back into the swing of things, you may be noticing many streets and roads flooded with the infamous orange signs. Whether it’s detours, potholes, construction workers roaming about, it’s crucial to be prepared for what you might encounter. When driving in construction zones, you should be very careful maneuvering your car. How does construction affect your vehicle anyway?   Tires & Suspension Roads that are being worked on are often left uneven, affecting parts of your automobile that are susceptible to damage. One of those areas includes your tires and suspension. It would be best if you double-check that your tires are in good shape before going for a drive. A minor leak can suddenly become a flat tire at any moment. You should also periodically verify that your tire suspension is intact. With misaligned tires, every lump in the road can make your car’s balance off.    Chips & Dings Small pieces of rocks and rub ... read more