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Should I fix my car or get a new one?

This all depends on you and the amount of work that your vehicle needs. Most times vehicles are worth putting money into rather than getting a new car. If you're in the market for a new car and you're ready for that monthly payment along with all the maintenance to keep it in perfect condition then CONGRATULATIONS! If you're not then it might be worth looking into repairing what you already have. If you were to take the money that you need to invest into your vehicle, and went to purchase a different vehicle most likely you would just end up with another set of problems. This isn't always the case, but many times it is. If you've got questions and you wonder if your vehicle is worth investing in give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

Why are my brakes smoking?

If your brakes are smoking then you most likely have a brake caliper that has seized and it causing drag on that side. If this is happening please pull over immediately. It's not likely but your brakes could catch on fire. Your caliper, rotor and pads will all need to be replaced to get you back on the road again.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

Why should I service my transmission?

Changing the fluid in your transmission is just as important as changing the oil in your engine. It does not have to be done as frequently as it takes a specialized fluids. Your transmission should be serviced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Servicing your transmission extends the life of your transmission and the life of your vehicle.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Transmission

Why doesn't my air conditioner work?

Why doesn't my air conditioner work?

The weather's been much nicer the last few days, it's been warm enough that when I'm driving that I am turning on the air conditioner in my car. If your's isn't blowing cold there is a good chance that you have a leak in the air conditioning system that is letting the refrigerant leak out.  In order to find the leak, we have to perform a test and fill the system with a fluid that allows us to see where the leak is under a black light. At that point we will have the data that we need and we will be able to diagnose your problem properly and let you know what needs to be done to keep you chilly this summer.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures, Heather

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Air Conditioning

Why should I service my car?

Why should I service my car?

So that it doesn't go boom.....honestly that's a great reason.  You should have your vehicle serviced to prolong the life of your vehicle. With proper care and regular maintenance you vehicle will drive and ride like when it was new. Oil changes, fluid services, replacing belts and worn parts will keep you on the road. A vehicle no matter what you drive is the second most expensive thing you will buy after your home. Keep it running with regular maintenance and you the likely hood that you're stuck on the side of the road will be much less, Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

What does it mean when someone says you have a blown shock or strut?

What does it mean when someone says you have a blown shock or strut?

When someone says you have a "blown" shock or strut they're saying that your shock/strut seals have leaked the internal fluid out that smooths the movement of the tires over bumps. This can cause the tire to not maintain contact with the road. In an emergency situation this can cause excess rolling to the side and increased stopping distance.  Basically if you have to swerve you could potentially roll over or if you have to slam on the brakes you may not stop as soon as you would like. This is more important than you think. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather    

Why it's important to change your air filter?

Your air filter is an important component to your car. It prevents dirt from getting into your engine damaging it. If it's dirty then it is restricting air flow which means that your engine is starving for air and it won't run as well or as efficiently as it should. It can also cause your engine to burn oil. Air filters should be changed when they are dirty, there is no timeline for this, it all depends on where you live and where you drive.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Air filter

What is an alignment and why do I need one?

What is an alignment and why do I need one?

An alignment is a suspension adjustment that effects the angles and direction that the tires are pointed. This can effect both handling and tire wear. Basically if you're vehicle is out of alignment then it's going to drive poorly and it can cause your tires to not wear properly and be damaged.  We can take care of your vehicle from top to bottom, bumper to bumper. We service all makes, models from domestic to Asian to European. Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Alignment

Check Engine Light vs Maintenance Light - what are they?

Check Engine Light vs Maintenance Light - what are they?

Your check engine light is a picture of an engine and when it comes on there is a problem with your engine or your transmission. It can come on due to a misfire, engine failure, a sensor, and it also monitors your transmission and drivetrain.  The maintenance light typically says "service engine soon" it's usually your reminder for your oil change. On some vehicles it also monitors the life of your fuel filter and other components too.  Give us a call and let us take care of you and your automotive needs.  Happy Adventures, Heather

Why did my car overheat?

Your vehicle could overheat from several reasons, one being that the water pump is no longer pumping antifreeze/coolant into your engine. It's called a water pump but it's really a coolant/antifreeze pump. It circulates the antifreeze/coolant from your engine and radiator keeping your engine at the proper temperature.   Give us a call and let us take care of you and your automotive needs.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Water Pump
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