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My car has a sloshing noise

The sloshing noise in your car may be you coolant being low. This will cause the noise because the cooling system if not full. The cooling system lines go from your radiator at the front of your car to the heater core that is mounted inside or under your dash. Any time that you have a leak in your cooling system then it can cause an overheating issue with your engine. This will also cause your heater to not work properly due to the low coolant.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

September 11

Do you remember? I do and I always will.  We have an entire generation that has been born since that day, including my children. They need to be taught what happened that day, to be told of the lives lost and the heroes who saved so many.  Happy Adventures,  Jason and Heather

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September 11

My car is making a scraping noise

Your car may be making a scraping noise due to an issue with your brakes. If one of your brake calipers is seized or sticking then it can cause a noise when you're driving. This noise will not go away and will progressively get worse. Your brake caliper can seize due to an excessive amount of moisture in your brake fluid that will damage the internal components of your braking system. Your brake fluid's moisture content should stay below 1% anything more than that and it should be serviced. We typically advise that you have your brake fluid serviced every 12 months. We also do free brake inspections, give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather 

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Brakes

When turning my suspension feels loose

Anytime that you have a steering and/or suspension issue it needs to be checked as soon as possible. If something breaks this could lead to an emergency situation. We always have time to check a suspension issue and any brake issue. We may not always have the ability to repair your issue that same day, but we will do everything we can to keep you safe and on the road.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather  

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Steering

My rear brake is smoking

Smoking brakes is something that you should be very concerned about. This could be due to the caliper being seized and applying the brake or it could be an issue with your parking brake system. If your parking brake cable gets stuck and it stays on it can also cause your brakes to smoke. Over time your parking brake cable can become corroded and the cable can seize which will make it not release when you release your parking brake. This can also cause your parking brake to not hold properly on a hill. This is a safety concern that needs to be addressed immediately to keep you, your family and others safe.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

Why does my belt squeak?

Your serpentine belt may be squeaking due to it being worn out. It could also be squeaking due to a faulty serpentine belt tensioner. The tensioner has internal bearing and over time those bearings will wear out and cause your tensioner to start making noise. Your tensioner should be replaced when the bearings are worn to keep you on the road. If the bearing breaks then it will cause your alternator to stop charging and then after it has drained your battery your vehicle will stop running.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Belt Noise

My car is pulling to the right

There are questions that come with this statement. When does it pull? When you hit the brakes? While driving down the road? If your car is pulling when you're on the brakes then it's an indication that you're having an issue with your brake calipers. When you caliper sticks then it causes your brake to be stuck on and that will cause the pulling. We do free brake inspections, you're welcome to call and we will get you in to make sure you're safe on all your journeys.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

On occasion my car won't start

This could be due to an issue with your starter and your flex plate. If your starter is not connecting to your flex plate properly during starting then it can cause your vehicle to not start. We would need to test your started to make sure it doesn't have an issue then to inspect your flex plate for any missing teeth.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Starter

My battery cables are corroded - why should I have them cleaned?

When you battery cables are corroded they do not conduct electricity well and that can cause an issue with your starting system. It will also cause your battery to not charge properly when you a driving down the road. This can also damage your battery cables if left unattended for a long period of time.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Battery cables

Why did my check engine light come on?

Your check engine light can come on from something as simple as a gas cap to an issue with an engine control module to a transmission issue. The only way to know for sure is to have it properly diagnosed. Sometimes it is as simple as a faulty gas cap and other times it may say it's a "gas cap" but it's something more complicated within the fuel and emissions system.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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