Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes


Are You Hurting Your Vehicle Unintentionally?

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:  Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.    Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at r ... read more

Tips for Staying Productive and Active Among COVID-19 Outbreak

Tips for Staying Productive and Active Among COVID-19 Outbreak

Here at Pro Auto Care, we understand how difficult times are among the outbreak of COVID-19. Our government has urged us all to stay home and practice social distancing to prevent the further spread of the virus and protect the health of those who are at risk for severe reactions to the virus.  Many businesses have shut their doors and many people in our community are working from home and taking care of their kids who are out of school due to school closures. Staying inside can cause the infamous "cabin fever" especially considering that we can't go to the gym, mall, or other public places to get out of the house.  What does social distancing and shelter in place orders require? Social distancing means not meeting up with friends or family that do not live in your immediate household. It also mandates against large groups and more than a certain amount of people in an area. You are also advised to keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and other pe ... read more

A Message About COVID-19 from Pro Auto Care

A Message About COVID-19 from Pro Auto Care

  Now more than ever, we understand how important a reliable vehicle is to our community. We have learned over the past few weeks that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, which is why taking the virus seriously and working together as a community to stop further spread of the virus is vital.  Auto repair has been deemed a necessary business during this time and has been permitted to remain open. Your vehicle is so important right now, whether you still need to go to work everyday as an employee of an essential industry or just need to get to the store to retrieve food and supplies for your family. This is why our shop needs to remain open to assist when you need a vehicle repair or service amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  We want you to know that Pro Auto Care is taking the proper measures and implementing CDC recommended protocols to ensure the safety and health of our customers and employees while remaining open. This includes following guidelines sent to us from the C ... read more

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