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Did you know? Your Timing Belt

Did you know that not all cars  have a timing belt. It's true, many have a timing chain which is very different and there are others that just have gears. If your car has a timing belt then it needs to be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles. This depends on the engine in your car to when it needs to be changed. This is a very important component of your engine and not something that should be postponed. If your timing belt were to break while you are driving it could cause a failure inside your engine.   If you have questions about timing belts and how they work give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Timing Belt

My car is leaking water

This could be completely normal. Yes it could be normal, this depends on where it's leaking water from. On the passenger side near the front tire is a drain for the air conditioner. After driving with your air conditioner on for a long period of time it can cause components to get "iced up" and when you stop they will thaw causing the excess water to go out the drain. This is normal, now if your car is leaking water from another area of your vehicle then it needs to be checked to make sure it doesn't cause damage to your engine.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Leaking

Why do I need a clutch fluid service

You need a clutch fluid service to keep your hydraulic system working as it should. The fluid is a lubricate for your hydraulic system, and over time it can draw moisture. This moisture will cause internal damage to the hydraulic components causing them to fail and it could mean a costly repair for your vehicle.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Fluid Services

What does a glow plug do?

Glow plugs aide in the starting of a cold diesel engine. Over time they can be less effective and as they age it can lead to an increase of starting time and a possible no start condition. Glow plugs are not like spark plugs they do not need to be changed by mileage. You will know they need to be changed when you have a long crank time, rough running at an idle or a check engine light. We do advise for them to all be changed at the same time to save you time and money.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Glow plugs

What to do when your car is overheating

When your car is overheating you should pull over as soon as it's safe and turn off your engine. You should never open your radiator cap when your engine is hot, the coolant is under pressure and it is very hot and cause burns. You should also never pour cold water into a hot radiator the water could instantly boil and then shoot out of the radiator causing burns. The best thing to do is to wait until your engine has cooled off this could take 20 minutes to up to an hour.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Overheating

Olivia is getting married

Tomorrow is the big day!! We're all so excited for her as she starts this next chapter and we know you are too. The next time you're in tell her congratulations and ask how it went. She'll be gone for a few days, so I will be here filling in for her the best that I can.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Olivia

Did you know? Gear Oil

Today's did you know gets to you a day early as tomorrow we have a special post dedicated to Olivia.  Did you know that gear oil is just what it sounds like - it's oil that lubricates the gears in your front and rear differentials, it is also used in manual transmissions. Gear oil is very heavy and thick which is why it does such a good job of lubricating all of those moving parts. It comes in conventional and full synthetic.  Questions? Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Did you know

What is a Rear Differential Fluid Service

If you have a front wheel drive car this isn't something you need to worry about since you don't have a rear differential. If your car is rear wheel drive, 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive then this is for you. Your rear differential should be serviced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles and this depends on if you tow and the type of fluid that your rear differential takes. When we service your rear differential we remove the cover, clean and inspect all the gears and components then put it all back together with new fluid.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather  

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Fluid Services

When I turn off my car it makes a noise

Anytime that your car starts to do something out of the normal or it makes a noise that isn't a sound you normally hear then it needs to be checked out. It is most likely something simple that you don't need to worry about or it could be a safety concern  that needs to be addressed to keep you safe on the road. Either way keeping you going on your adventures is a priority to us.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

Why does my car shake when braking?

Typically if you car is shaking while braking it means that you have an issue with your brakes. It could be that your rotors are warped due to your brakes getting overly hot. Your car could also have the wrong type of brake pad material which is causing it to transfer to much material while braking. We do free brake inspections for your piece of mind.    Give us a call and let us take care of you,  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes, Shaking
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