Automotive Repair Blog: Tips, Facts, and Fixes

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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been around for decades, and was most commonly the term used for vehicles who's engines still ran on carburetors and outdated spark plugs.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