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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

When should I change my timing belt?

Your timing belt should be changed every 60,000 to 90,000 miles and this depends on your engine and your maintenance schedule. Every time your timing belt gets serviced we also change your water pump, thermostat and seals. This ensures that your vehicle runs and operates properly. Your timing belt is an important component as it makes sure the internal components of your engine are rotating properly and in sync.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Timing belt

Back to school 2020

I don't have to tell you how different the school year looks this year, we are all struggling and wishing things looked differently. We are hoping that it will get better and the kids will get back into the classrooms and back to the activities they love. Our kids are old enough that they are doing online school for now with the hopes of that changing in the next few months. We're not "going" as much as we have typically but we're trying to make the most of the situation that we have. We hope that you're all well and all of your kids are handling it as well as can be expected. Please let us know if you need anything for your kids and for the younger ones who are in school I hope they get to soak up as much of it as possible.  Since we're all hopeful for school starting in person now is the time to get your maintenance caught up from all the summer fun. We went on Sunday drives and had adventures within our social distancing guidelines. Now it's t ... read more

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Back to School

My car has a sloshing noise

The sloshing noise in your car may be you coolant being low. This will cause the noise because the cooling system if not full. The cooling system lines go from your radiator at the front of your car to the heater core that is mounted inside or under your dash. Any time that you have a leak in your cooling system then it can cause an overheating issue with your engine. This will also cause your heater to not work properly due to the low coolant.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Noise

September 11

Do you remember? I do and I always will.  We have an entire generation that has been born since that day, including my children. They need to be taught what happened that day, to be told of the lives lost and the heroes who saved so many.  Happy Adventures,  Jason and Heather

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September 11

My car is making a scraping noise

Your car may be making a scraping noise due to an issue with your brakes. If one of your brake calipers is seized or sticking then it can cause a noise when you're driving. This noise will not go away and will progressively get worse. Your brake caliper can seize due to an excessive amount of moisture in your brake fluid that will damage the internal components of your braking system. Your brake fluid's moisture content should stay below 1% anything more than that and it should be serviced. We typically advise that you have your brake fluid serviced every 12 months. We also do free brake inspections, give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather 

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Brakes
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