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Monthly Archives: June 2019

What do wheel bearings do?

Wheel bearings support the weight of your vehicle and allow the brake components, wheel and tire to all rotate. When they start to make noise or if they have movement in them then it's time to change them. They are something that gets used each and every time you move your vehicle and are a very important safety component.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather


Wheel Bearings

Summer Travel Tips - number 6 - Brakes

Unless you just had them replaced before any road trip you should have your brakes checked. We do free brake inspections and they're a quick and easy way to make sure you're ready to go on your trip. We realize you're busy packing and wrangling your family, but a few minutes to make sure you're safe is really all it takes.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather


Travel Tips

Why does my car smell like fuel?

If your car smells like fuel and you haven't just filled up the tank it needs to be checked. You may have a fuel leak and that could be hazardous. A fuel leak can cause a fire in your car and that is potentially fatal for you and your passengers.  Give us a call and let us take care of you,  Happy Adventures,  Heather


Fuel Smell

Summer Travel Tips - number 5 - Maps

99% of us have a map built into our phone and yes I use mine all the time, but before any long road trip make sure you know the route you're taking and get yourself a good map. A few years ago I went and purchased an atlas of the USA and also one of Oregon.  We've been planning a road trip for a few years now. We haven't decided on when or where yet, but it's great to be able to look at the map and find places that we would like to go and to put them on the list. Most of us have GPS on our phone and while those are great, there are times that you may not have service and knowing how to read a map is important for those times.  Give us a call for all your automotive needs and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather


Travel Tips

What happens if you don't do your cooling system fluid service?

If you put off your maintenance it can cause damage to your engine and the other components. It can also leave you stranded on the side of the road with a broken vehicle. Your coolant is an important component to your engines health without it your engine would overheat and damage your engine. Over time your coolant breaks down and no longer cools your engine properly. We recommend that you have your cooling system fluid serviced every 60K miles and your hoses to be serviced at 120K. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather


Fluid Services

Summer is officially here!

Happy first day of summer! It's here finally, I think summer is our reward for all those gray days that we have over the winter. Today has the longest daylight of the year and we hope you have a moment to enjoy it.  Now that the kids are done with school and it's summer, it's time to go somewhere and do something. Whether it's a drive to the beach, the lake or river give us a call prior to your trip to make sure you're ready to go.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My car is making at rattling noise

If your car is making a rattling noise then it should be checked out. Unfortunately there are more than a few things that can make that noise from a rock that is stuck in a heat shield to something being wrong with your exhaust.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather



Harvest is starting in the valley

It's that time of year that harvest is starting and with that you have a lot of farm equipment on the roads. Please be patient as they are doing there best to get to the next field. The equipment is large and it does move slowly, sometimes it's hard to see around so be cautious when you're passing.  Happy Adventures, Heather



What happens when a ball joint goes bad?

When your ball joint goes bad it can cause extreme tire wear and in the most dangerous of conditions it can break and cause you to lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident. If you've been told that your ball joint has excess movement and needs to be changed, then it probably does. You'll also need an alignment to make sure all of your steering and suspension components are correct.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather



Summer Travel Tips - Camping Edition - the top 10

Camping is great, but it can be stressful so we made a top 10 list of things to make your adventure a little less stressful. 1. Try it at home first - give it a dry run. If you've never put your tent up or set your trailer up before; you need to try it before you get to your camping spot. Nothing makes tempers flair faster and will ruin a perfectly good day than arguing with your husband/wife/friend/significant other about how things should go. Trust me - try it at home first, a good dry run will save your sanity and your trip. 2. Your camp site. If you thought about it ahead of time you likely have a reservation in your favorite area or you're adventuring somewhere new for the first time. Summer in Oregon is a bit fleeting so the campgrounds fill up fast around here, so if you're head somewhere without a reservation be prepared to have to go to more than one campground to find a spot.  3. Packing list for people - you'll need one for everyone who is going ... read more


Travel Tips
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