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Yearly Archives: 2020

Why does my car squeal

The squealing noise from your car is most likely from your serpentine belt. Over time your belt will wear and when it goes over the pulleys it will slip causing the squealing noise. This can be remedied by replacing your belt. If your belt has been replaced recently then it probably just needs to be tightened.  Give us a call and let us take care of you Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Squealing

Why did my car overheat while driving

Your car could have overheated due to a loss of coolant/antifreeze. This could be from a faulty hose clamp to a leak with your water pump. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked to make sure you have all the information about your vehicle. When ever your car starts to overheat you need to pull over as soon as it's safe and turn off your engine. Overheating can lead to damage of your engine and possible engine failure.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Overheating

My check engine light keeps going off an on

This could be due to an issue with your fuel trim. If you have an oxygen sensor that is beginning to fail it will cause the light to come on and go off as it is ready correctly or incorrectly. The only way to know for sure what is going on is to have a diagnostic test run on your car to make sure the diagnosis is correct.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My check engine light is on and flashing

If your check engine light is on and it's flashing at you that means that you have a misfire that could potentially damage your engine. This can occur because of a faulty spark plug or ignition wire. This could also happen if your engine is past due for a tune up. Either way it is something that needs to be addressed immediately to prevent damage to your engine.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather

My car is leaking oil in the driveway

This is due to a seal or gasket that has failed on your engine. This can be due to age or just a faulty part. The best way to know what needs to be replaced is to have it checked out to make sure which one needs to be taken care of.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Oil leak

Why is my car making a clicking noise

If it's from the front of your car then it could be your sway arm bushings that are worn out or it could be your CV axle that has a internal failure. Either one of these need to be checked out and diagnosed properly to keep you on the road.  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 stopping

Your car may be shaking while braking due to an issue with your brakes. This can be anything from your rotors being warped to your brake pads have low material on them. The best way to know for sure is to have your brakes inspected to make sure your safe. We do free brake inspections, just give us a call to set an appointment and we will get you back on the road.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Shaking

My car makes a noise when I turn at low speeds

This could be due to an issue with your power steering pump, or your suspension components. If your power steering pump is low on fluid it will cause your pump to be loud and potentially cause damage to your power steering pump. On the suspension side of things, it could easily be worn out bushings causing your noise.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

My car started shaking

Your vehicle could be shaking due to a suspension component being worn out, for pickups it can cause a "death wobble" this is very specific to a certain suspension system, but when it happens it can be dangerous due to the lack of control you have when driving. If this happens you need to hold the steering wheel firmly and slow down as quickly as is safe while still in control of the vehicle. You may have to come to a complete stop for it to go away, once this happens you can start driving again. This will keep happening at unpredictable times until the suspension issue is fixed.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Shaking

My car won't turn on

If your car won't start or even turn on it's probably your battery. Batteries typically last anywhere from 4-7 years. This depends on the type of battery and of course the quality. When replacing your battery you should have the battery cables and terminals checked to make sure you won't have more issues in the future. Of course if your could be bad sooner than that and most places will have a guarantee. These are typically 12 months to 30 months and again this depends on the battery you purchased.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Battery
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