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How Does Antifreeze Work in Summer?

The Summer months of July and August can bring miserable heat. While we may feel cool and comfortable inside our vehicle with the air conditioning, your vehicle engine may be overheated. What Cools My Engine? The cooling system is your engine’s only means of releasing the heat that builds to incredible temperatures inside the engine

Can Heat Damage My Battery?

Yes, the heat in the Summer months can also be draining on your vehicle battery. We often think Winter is the season when batteries go dead but excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then causes internal damage. What drains a car battery? Most of us

What Makes a Belt Squeal?

Are you the one with the “noisy vehicle” that squeals every time you start your engine? Your engine belts make a screech or squeal noise usually because the rubber belt is slipping on the metal pulley and just like your tires spinning on the road, this causes noise. The belt may be slipping due to

Is My Car Ready for Summer?

Get your car ready for Summer travel now because Spring is almost over… Now is the time get outside to enjoy the open road and magnificent views. Being confident in your vehicle reliability is key for having a fun Summer road trip. Here are some tips for maintenance that will keep your road trips safe and your vehicle

Why Should I Replace my Struts?

Updated May 23, 2016 Struts or MacPherson Struts (named after the inventor) wear gradually so most drivers do not notice the difference in ride quality and braking ability.  The purpose of the Struts is to keep the tires planted firmly on the road at all times. Properly operating struts improve ride quality, braking distance, the

Can I Drive on a Rejection Sticker?

Updated May 23, 2016 What if my vehicle failed inspection? Yes, you can drive with a rejection sticker. The letter of the law states that you can drive your vehicle home and to a repair facility on a rejection sticker. If you return within 15 days from the original inspection the re-inspect consists of only

Why does an Air Bag Light Fail Virginia State Inspection?

Why does an SRS light fail a Virginia State Inspection? If you have an air bag light or SRS light lit on your dash it means a vehicle sensor has detected a problem. When that light is displayed there is a good chance if you’re involved in a collision the air bags will not deploy. When

What color is Antifreeze?

Do you know the color of your coolant? Most people think of antifreeze or coolant as green. For years many antifreeze/coolants were green in color but now many coolants come in a variety of colors. Antifreeze or coolant can be yellow, pink or red, blue, and  green. The color of the antifreeze/coolant is really based on

What did Winter leave behind?

After the Winter snow has melted we find potholes were left behind on roads, streets, and parking lots. Potholes are caused when freezing water inside of asphalt expands, causing larger cracks and breakage. While they seem more of a bother than harmful, a pothole can cause major damage to you suspension system.   Your Suspension

March Car Care Tips

The ice is thawing and Spring in the air… Warmer weather will be here soon. Don’t give up on your New Year’s Resolution. Keep up with your car maintenance and get ready for the coming Spring season. Following Winter’s harsh weather you may experience poor road conditions and notice your vehicle needs a little TLC.