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Monthly Archives: November 2020

My heater doesn't work

If your heater isn't working then it could be an issuing with your coolant. Your coolant flows through your engine to keep it cool, but it also flows through your heater core. As your engine warms up your coolant flows from your radiator into your engine and then into your heater core. This is what creates the warm air inside your vehicle. When your coolant is low then there is not enough coolant to go around and your heater will not warm up properly. Once the leak is fixed and your coolant is topped off then your heater should work properly. Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Heater

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

We wish you all a very happy thanksgiving. Jason and I are so thankful for each and everyone of you. We appreciate you letting us take care of you and letting us keep you safe on the road. We know that 2020 has been a struggle, and it has been for us too. We are here for you now and in the future. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and that we will all come out of this stronger than we were before.  Happy Adventures,  Jason and Heather

My heater is blowing cold

If your heater is only blowing cold then it could be due to a plugged heater core. Your heater core is inside your dash and the warmed coolant that comes through your engine flows through it providing heat to you. If this element is plugged then it won't allow the warmed coolant to enter causing you to not have heat. Your heater core can become plugged due to contaminated coolant. Your coolant should be serviced every 36 months/3 years. Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Heater

When I turn on my fan it makes a noise

This could be due to an issue with your blower motor. Your blower motor is your fan, if your blower motor has debris then it can cause your heater to not work properly and for fan to make a noise. Many times we find mice and or a nest in the blower motor and that is causing the noise. If this is unaddressed for a long period of time it can cause damage to the blower motor and it will have to be replaced due to damage. Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather 

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Blower motor

My car smells sweet

A sweet smell coming from your car may be coming from one of your cooling system components. This can range from your radiator, hoses, heater hoses, heater core, water pump, heater elbow, thermostat. Any one of these components can leak coolant and if to much coolant leaks out then it will cause your car to overheat. An overheating issue can cause damage to your engine and multiple components. Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Coolant

When I turn my steering wheel my car doesn't turn right away

We know how frustrating it is when your car doesn't operate the way it should. If you're turning the steering wheel and nothing happens they refer to that has play in the steering wheel. This play is an indication that your steering gear is worn out. Your steering gear has internal gears that over time can wear out causing this extra movement or play. The steering gear can wear out faster if you have larger oversized tires or if it has had a leak then it may not be lubricated properly causing premature wear. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Steering

When should I replace my timing belt?

This depends on your vehicle and your engine. Some engines need the timing belt to be replaced every 30,000 miles and others 90,000 miles. This just depends on your engine. Your timing belt controls the valve timing of your engine. If this belt breaks it can cause internal damage to your intake and exhaust valves and result in needing the valves replaced and the cylinder head repaired. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way to keep your engine running properly and your cost of repairs down. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Timing belt

My fuel gauge stopped working

Your fuel gauge is one of those things that I deem important. I wouldn't want to run out of fuel when driving down the highway because I didn't know how much was in my tank. Your vehicle has a fuel level sending unit that tells the fuel gauge how much fuel is in your tank. If this stops working then your fuel gauge will also stop working. The fuel level sending until will need to be replaced to make your fuel gauge start working again. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Fuel

When I turn my key my car won't start

This could be due to multiple things. The first thing that should be checked is your battery. Your battery should last from 4 to 6 years, but if you live in a hot or cold climate then your battery may not last as long. Many times a battery that is getting older will stop working when we have a big swing in temperature - like when we get our first cold snap or our first hot day of the year. We do free battery checks - just give us a call and we will take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Battery

Thanksgiving Travel Checklist

Are you traveling this year? 2020 has been a hard year for sure and we know it's been hard to be so isolated from friends and family. For those who are traveling what is your go to list for when you're on the road. As my kids have gotten older my list has gotten less, but more at the same time. It's much of the same as it always has been but just different. Here is my top list of things we need to have when we travel during the winter months.  1. Blankets 2. Phone Charger 3. Comfortable Clothes 4. Water 5. Snacks 6. Emergency supplies 7. Games 8. Music playlist 9. Headphones/earbuds 10. Paper map What's on your list?  Give us a call to get you ready for all of your travels. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Travel
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