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Monthly Archives: September 2020

Why are my brakes squeaking?

Your brakes could be squeaking due to being wet, from the type of pad material, they were overheated, or they are close to needing replaced. Many brake systems have a "squealer" on them that tells you when your brakes are getting close to needing replacement. This squealer is activated with the pad thickness is thin. If you're wondering why your brakes are squeaking it could be that you are due for new brake pads. We do free brake inspections - give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

My car is overheating at an idle?

When your engine starts to overheat it can cause damage to the internal components. A overheating issue should be taken care of quickly to prevent damage. This could be due the engine fan not engaging at the appropriate time. The engine fan should turn on at a specific temperature and this assists in cooling the engine to the appropriate temperature.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Overheating

My steering wheel is shaking

Your steering wheel may be shaking due to an issue with your brakes. If your brakes have gotten hot or overheated then your rotors may be warped. When they are warped they will cause shaking. If the shaking is bad enough then it can be a safety concern to do not being able to stop. We do free brake inspections. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My 6.0L diesel won't start

This could be due to multiple issues, but many times when we see this it is due to the low pressure oil pump not creating enough pressure for the high pressure oil pump. When this happens the pickup will not run. Many times the low pressure oil pump will fail slowly and when that happens it can also damage the high pressure pump by not feeding it enough fuel. To confirm that this is the issue we test the low pressure pump and if it has failed then after replacement we will retest and also test the high pressure pump to make sure it was not damaged.  If it was damaged then it will have to be replaced too. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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6.0L

My car won't start when I turn the key

If your car won't start when you turn the key it could be due to multiple things including a bad fuel pump. If your fuel pump stops doing it's job which is to supply your engine with the fuel it needs to run properly then your car won't start. Your fuel pump is just that it's an electric pump in your fuel tank that pumps fuel from your tank to your engine. If it stops working then it will need to be replaced to keep you on the road.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Fuel

My car shakes when I brake

If your car is shaking while braking it is most likely due to an issue with your brake rotors. Your brake rotors can get overheated when braking down long hills or when pulling heavy loads. When your rotors get overheated this can cause them to warp and then your car will shake while braking.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

I have a puddle of fluid in my driveway

This could be from any fluid that goes into your vehicle. If it's dark then it's most likely engine oil or gear oil, if it's a reddish color then it's probably transmission fluid, green or orange then it's probably coolant. All of these fluids are important and the leak needs to be addressed. When your vehicle is low on fluid it can not operate the way that it should and it can cause long term damage to the components.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Fluid

My car has a burning smell

That burning smell could be from multiple things, although it is typically due to oil leaking onto your exhaust, then burning causing the smell. When you have a burning smell that means that something is burning on your vehicle and it needs to be checked out.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Burning

Oregon Wildfires

Our state has been ravaged by wildfires over the last could of weeks. Our heart breaks to see those who have lost homes, family, pets, and livestock. We want to take a moment and say THANK YOU to every single fire fighter. Thank you for putting your life at risk to help those in need, we are forever grateful to you. To all the volunteers we appreciate all of your time, energy, resources and effort - thank you for all that you do.  Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Wildfire

Do I go by the date or mileage for my oil change?

That depends on how much you drive. If you drive more than the date then we go by the mileage. If you don't drive much then we suggest that you have your oil changed every 6 months.  Your oil will break down over time and it's hard on your engine components.  If you drive a lot then it's not an issue because you are probably getting your oil changed at least twice a year. If you're not then we should put you on an every 6 month oil change. Your oil change is a simple thing and it's one of best things you can due for the health of your vehicle.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Oil Change
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