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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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Rodent

My car was hard to start

Your car could have been hard to start due your battery needing replacement. Your battery has a life of 4 to 6 years - this depends on the type and quality of your battery. If your battery is good quality then many times you can exceed the 6 year mark, if it isn't then your battery may only last for 2 to 4 years. Quality does make a difference in the longevity of your battery life. When your battery is weak then it will cause your car to crank slowly and a hard start.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Battery

My ABS light came on

Your ABS light is part of your braking system. If this light comes on then that means you have a fault within that system that needs attention. This could be a control module that sends information to your brakes. This would be a safety concern and something that should be addressed as soon as possible.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

Why does my tire pressure light turn on when it's cold

Your tire pressure light comes on when it's cold outside due to the air retracting. When it's warm air rises and expands. When it's cold outside air retracts or deflates. This will cause your tire pressure to change just a few degrees when it gets cold outside. Your tire pressure light has a small margin of where your tire pressure should be, if it drops or is overinflated then it will cause your light to come on. The best thing is to have your tire pressure checked to make sure you're safe when ever you are out and about.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My car started to shake. Why?

Your car might be shaking due to a faulty u-joint. Your u-joint is one piece of your drive lines components. This connects your transmission to your axles and/or differentials. Over time the joint will wear out and this will cause a shaking or vibration while driving. It typically is very minor and gets progressively worse overtime.  Give us a call to schedule your appointment and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Shaking
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