Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

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Common Car Electrical Problems

Your vehicle's electrical components are vital to the drivability of your car. You need your lights to be able to see in the dark and view your dashboard. You also need your power locks and windows to lock your car and put down your windows for fresh air. Most importantly, you need your vehicle's battery and surrounding charging systems to work in harmony together to power your vehicle. So when an electrical problem occurs, it is important to have it addressed and taken care of as soon as possible.  The main parts of the electrical system are the battery, alternator, and the starter. The battery is the component that provides the electrical current to start up your vehicle. The starter will use a small amount of power from the battery to rotate the flywheel which will turn the crankshaft, moving the engine pistons. The alternator is important once your vehicle is running, because it recycles energy to keep the battery charged and the electrical sy ... read more

Why Does My Car Vibrate While Driving?

Our vehicles are designed so that our drive is smooth and any shock from the road is absorbed through the suspension system. So when you start feeling that your vehicle is vibrating while on the road, you may be alarmed. If you do notice a shaking or vibration while driving, make a mental note of when it happens. Does it happen at all times while driving, or does it only happen when you reach a certain speed, like on the highway? When it happens can tell our mechanics a lot about where the issue may be stemming from.  You may ask yourself, why does my car vibrate while driving? Here are some of the most common reasons:  A tire that is out of balance or worn down Bad wheel alignment Bad spark plugs causing engine firing issues Engine mount problems Bad shocks or struts Suspension system issues While driving with a vibrating vehicle may be something that you can tolerate, it is important to have your vehicle inspected by the professionals here at Pro Auto Care at the fir ... read more

What Does a Tune-Up Mean in Today's Time?

The term tune-up has been around for decades, and was most commonly the term used for vehicles who's engines still ran on carburetors and outdated spark plugs. Nowadays, the definition of a tune-up is better described as preventative maintenance. When you get a tune-up on your vehicle, the services performed will all depend on your car's needs and your vehicle's manufacturer recommendations.  If you're worried about the drivability or performance of your vehicle, bring your car into Pro Auto Care. These issues don't necessarily mean that you need a tune-up if you have a modern vehicle, they just mean that you need a good inspection and possible from further computer diagnostic scans. Our experts can determine what services your car may need to restore it back to its best working condition.  While the definition of a tune-up will differ from car to car, the most common services needed during one include replacing the spark plugs and performing o ... read more

Is It Important to Fix a Loose Gas Cap?

You fill up the gas in your car and notice that the cap doesn't seem to fit tightly anymore. While you may not think it is a big deal to have this fixed, the reality is that a loose or broken gas cap needs to be replaced or repaired as soon as possible.  When you drive with a loose or broken gas cap, you allow gas to evaporate. This costs you more money on gas and decreases the fuel economy of your car. It can also cause the check engine light to turn on, because your vehicle is detecting a gas "leak" through the gas tank.  How do you know if your gas cap is indeed loose? Well, it depends on the vehicle you have. You can either read the gas cap or check your vehicle's owner's manual to determine how many clicks need to be heard as you turn the cap. Some vehicles it is only one click, others require three clicks. If the gas cap is damaged or distorted in some way, this can also trigger your vehicle's on-board computer system to detect a problem. In ... read more

NYE Resolutions to Make for Your Vehicle

It’s that time of the season when we start thinking about what changes or resolutions we plan to make for the upcoming year. 2019 has ended and we all hope that 2020 will bring us health and good fortune. Many people will think about what resolutions to make such as going to the gym more often, eating healthier, and waking up earlier. These are all fantastic resolutions, but have you thought about any changes you will be making when it comes to your car?  Nobody is a perfect vehicle owner, but there are many ways in which the regular car driver can not only take better care of their vehicle but save money on car repairs in the new year. It is a great idea to think of a vehicle resolution that you can make going into 2020 that will help you protect your car investment and save you money on repairs. Here are some of our top vehicle changes to make for 2020: Try to keep your car clean and free of garbage Clean out your trunk - it will give you much better fuel efficiency Ha ... read more

Drive Safe this New Year's Eve!

It’s time to ring in the New Year, celebrating that another year has passed and hoping that the New Year will bring us all good health and fortune. Many people will be out celebrating the holiday with their loved ones, which is why it is so important to remember to stay safe tonight wherever you plan to be.  If you are planning on driving to a destination tonight to celebrate, be sure to remember the following safety tips which will protect your safety and the safety of others on the road:  NEVER drink and drive. If you are planning on partaking, we suggest not driving at all and getting a ride share or taxi sorted to get you where you need to be. If you do drive to a friends house and partake in drinking, ask to spend the night until morning when you will be safe to drive home. When you drink and drive, you risk taking your own life and the lives of others.  You may want to leave early to get to your destination to avoid heavy traffic in populated areas.  ... read more

Tips for Winter Traveling

Winter time brings many fun activities and opportunities for vacations, including snowboarding and skiing getaways, snow tubing, and sight-seeing. If you’re planning on visiting a colder place for fun winter activities, you may be wondering how to properly prepare for your winter vacation. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you will be prepared for your winter vacation!  Get the right attire for where you are traveling. If you will be having fun in the snow, proper attire is going to be necessary to keep you safe and warm while traveling. In the freezing cold, a winter coat, hat, gloves, scarf, long pants, and water resistant boots will be needed. You may also need to dress in multiple layers depending on the temperature of your destination.    Check the weather forecast days in advance. The best way to prepare for a winter vacation is to check the weather forecast days in advance to be sure that you understand what weather to expect and what you will n ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Pro Auto Care!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Pro Auto Care! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Pro Auto Care before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid kit.&nb ... read more

Signs You are Due for a Wheel Alignment

Having your wheels aligned properly is important to both the overall drivability of your vehicle and the safety of your car. The correct wheel alignment will ensure that you can properly control your car and will protect the overall integrity of the tires, suspension system, and more.  What is a wheel alignment? A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of your vehicle’s tires to manufacturer specifications so that your car essentially drives straight. When your wheels aren't aligned right, certain tires can start to wear down excessively and unevenly. It can also cause damage to steering and suspension components, depending on how servery your wheels are unaligned.  Your vehicle's manufacturer will typically provide a recommendation for how often your car needs a wheel alignment, however it usually is around every 6,000 miles or once a year or two. Hitting potholes, debris, curbs, or getting into minor accidents can also cause you to lose w ... read more

What Do I Do if My Car Breaks Down?

Many of us never want to find ourselves in the situation of a car breakdown. It seems to always happen at the worst time and can be very stressful if it ends up happening on a highway. We understand that this situation can be scary, but understand what steps to take and how to best handle the situation can help you stay safe and get your car fixed as soon as possible.  The first thing you need to do is try to get your vehicle over to the side of the road safely or out of traffic. A car breakdown can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some helpful tips on what to do if you car breaks down:  Turn on your emergency lights. This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.    If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as pos ... read more

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