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Why should I warm up my car before driving?

Because Jason says so.  All kidding aside it's always a good idea to give your engine a few moments to warm up before driving. This period of time allows all of your components to be properly lubricated before you put a load on them. This can be just a few moments or up to 15 minutes, this depends on you and your timeline. After sitting overnight I try to let mine warm up for at least 5 minutes, sometimes that's possible other times it is not. When I am in a hurry and I forget I will get in start my car then put on my seat belt, plug in my phone and turn on my music. Don't tell Jason...... Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Warm Up

Why did my brakes go out?

There are few things that are scarier than when you apply the brakes and nothing happens. My first thought is oh crap or some version of that. If you're ever in that situation you can use your transmission to slow down and your emergency brake. Your emergency brake is not part of the same system as your other brakes so it should still work. Your brakes could go out for so many reasons and many of those depend on the type of vehicle you're driving. The most common reason we see is that the master fails and leaks. This will cause your brake calipers and/or wheel cylinders to not work properly causing your brakes to not work. Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

Why does my car make a sound when I turn?

When your car makes any noise or sound that is out of it's normal then it should be checked to make sure you and your family are safe. A noise can be anything from a steering or suspension component to an issue with your engine or transmission. Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

2002 Honda Civic

Today I bring you another tail of the Civic that we see on a regular basis. Today she has 601,645 miles. Yes that is correct. The reason she has that many miles is due to an amazing owner who has taken such good care of her car. We see her every 3,000 miles and we do all of her factory scheduled recommended services when they're needed.  Today she brought her in for her 3,000 mile service and inspection. Today was an easy day, she just needed an oil change and a turn signal bulb replaced. We talked with the owner and let her know that in another 15,000 miles she would be due for her struts and then in 30,000 miles she would need a tune up. We always let her know what's coming up next so it's not a surprise for her.  Are you ready for a maintenance schedule? Are you ready to know what's coming up next so you're not surprised by what it takes to take care of your car. Give us a call and let us take care of you. We will make you a customized maintenanc ... read more

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Maintenance

Should I trade my high mileage car?

This is entirely up to you. Sometimes it is time for a new vehicle and other times you can keep going. This all depends on the condition of your current vehicle. If you have done all your scheduled maintenance on time or close to it and you've taken good care of your vehicle then keep it unless you're ready for a car payment plus the expense of the maintenance that it will need on top of it. Now maybe your vehicle is a little behind on it's maintenance, it can be caught up and it will still run great. This will depend on what you want to invest in your vehicle. I have two options I tell people. Option one is your car is in great shape and it may need a bit of maintenance to keep it going or option two of it's time for a new vehicle. Just so you know my daily driver is not new, she's a 2004 and I love her. She has only left me stranded once with no fault of her own - the water pump died on the way home from work one day. Other than that she runs beautiful and s ... read more

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High Mileage

Why did my car die while driving

It's happened to me and it's one of the worst feelings ever when your car stops running while you're driving down the road. I expect my car to get me from point A to point B and when it doesn't it's not a great feeling. Some of this can be prevented with regular maintenance and some of it is just unexpected. The last time it happened to me my fuel pump died while I was headed home. This isn't something that you can plan ahead like a tune up or timing belt or even fluid services, this is just a breakdown. Fortunately fuel pumps do not go out often and they last for many years. I replaced the one in my current vehicle when it had over 200K miles on it. When your fuel pump stops working, your car will die and will not start. You can turn the key but nothing will happen. At this point you will need to have your vehicle towed and then repaired.  Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

My check engine light came on and my cruise control stopped working

When your check engine light comes on it will disable other functions in your vehicle including the cruise control. It does this as a safety feature. Your check engine light can come on for numerous reasons, it will disable your cruise control to prevent emissions damage and to get your attention so you will have it repaired.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Cruise Control

Why does my car idle rough?

Happy Monday!! If your car is idling rough it could be from low oil. Modern engines use the oil to control valve timing. If your oil is low then you can get air in the system causing a rough idle. This can also cause damage to the engine if not corrected asap.  Give is a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Rough Idle

My a/c is only blowing hot

Warm weather has shown up and I'm sure I am not the only one who's A/C isn't working as well as it should. It's always on the hottest day that it stops working right. Or your in an area that rolling down the windows is just not a good idea....like a cloud of mosquitoes. Either way the only way to know what's wrong with your A/C is to have it tested for leaks. We take care of all makes, models, years and you.  Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Air Conditioner

Why does my car smoke?

Happy Wednesday! It's a short week with Monday being a holiday and I know it's thrown me for a loop like it always does. Yesterday was two days in one and today thankfully is just Wednesday.  If your car is smoking then it could be from a couple of different sources. One you could have oil leaking onto your exhaust that is causing the smoke to happen, other could be steam that looks like smoke coming from your cooling system. The only way to know what is happening is to have your car checked to make sure you are safe on all your travels.  Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures, Heather

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Smoking
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