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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Shop dog

For those who have been in the shop over the last two months I am sure you've heard about Ashley. She is one of our black Labrador shop dogs. She is the sweetest of the three and the most loving for sure. Two days before Thanksgiving she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her left rear leg. Two weeks later we were fortunate enough to have the leg and tumor removed. She is still recovering and when you come in she is still missing some hair where they shaved her. She's doing great though and get around like she's not missing a leg at all except for tight turns. We will keep you updated on her progress and her prognosis.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Labrador

My car died while I was driving

This could be from an electrical fault with your battery. If one of the cells in your battery has failed then it can and will cause an electrical fault. This can cause erratic behavior with your electrical components including your wipers, radio and heater.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Battery

When is my timing belt due to be changed?

Depending on your car and engine your timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles or every 4 to 6 years. This range depends on what the manufacturer recommends as replacement. Time/age is just as important to when your timing belt should be replaced as age. When your timing belt is old it will crack and can break due to the condition of the belt.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Timing Belt

Why is my power steering not working?

Your power steering may not be working due to an issue with your rack and pinion. Some rack and pinions are electric, if these stop working then you will loose all of your power steering. This is a safety concern and should be addressed and repaired. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My steering feels loose

Your steering could feel loose due to a ball joint that has started to wear out or is damaged. This is can cause your vehicle to wander on the road. Over time this can cause premature tire wear. When your ball joints have excess movement then it can become a safety concern.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Ball Joint

My brakes are grinding when I stop

Your brakes could be grinding due to your brake pads being worn out. If your pad material wears out then it will cause a grinding noise on your brake rotor when they are metal to metal. Your brake pads should be changed when they're around 3mm to prevent damage.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

My brakes make a grinding noise when I back up

Your brakes could be making a grinding noise due to a faulty brake caliper. If your caliper seizes then it can cause your brake pad to wear prematurely and this will cause grinding when the brake pad wears down to metal. If this happens your brake calipers, rotors and pads will all need to be replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

My car has a noise when driving

This noise could be coming from one of your wheel bearings. Over time your wheel bearings will wear out and this will cause a noise. Your wheel bearings attach your wheels to your suspension and support the weight of your vehicle. When they are worn out it can cause your wheel bearing to break and possibly an accident. Your wheel bearings should checked at each oil change.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

My car has a water leak

The most common water leak that we find is from a sunroof. The drains on the sunroof can become clogged with debris and this will cause the sunroof to leak into the car since it doesn't have a place to drain. The drains of your sunroof will become clogged with debris from trees and other materials. The drains should be checked and cleaned at least once a year to prevent you from having an issue.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Water leak

I have a mouse in my car

I have a mouse in my car. As cute as mice are in the storybooks they are hard on vehicles and the components. One little mouse can cause a lot of damage if they are left to do what they want. Mice will make a nest in any area they want and they love to chew on wiring which is a different issue all on it's own.  To keep mice out of your car here are some tips.  1. Don't leave food in your car - this attracts them 2. Don't leave clothing in your car - it makes a great nest 3. Put a dryer sheet in your glove box and that will help to keep them away - they don't like the smell If you do have an issue with mice then you should have a professional find the access points to your heater and air intake and cover them with wire mess. This will also deter them and hopefully they will find a new home.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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