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They put gas in my diesel pickup - now what?

First off did you start the pickup after you realized it had gas in the fuel tank? If not then the fix is typically pretty easy, we will drain and clean the tank, replace the fuel filters, refill it with diesel and it should be good to go. If you were unaware of the gas in the fuel tank and started it then we have a different route that we need to go down. The fuel tank needs to be dropped, cleaned and then refilled with diesel, the fuel filters will need to be replaced, then the fuel system bled to get the other fuel out of the system. At this point the fuel filters may need to be replaced again. At this point we will start testing each component for damage and then we will have a conversation about where to go depending on our findings. Worst case senario the engine will need to be replaced. Not the answer you wanted and it doesn't typically happen, but depending on the damage it could.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Diesel

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

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

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

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

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

When turning my suspension feels loose

Anytime that you have a steering and/or suspension issue it needs to be checked as soon as possible. If something breaks this could lead to an emergency situation. We always have time to check a suspension issue and any brake issue. We may not always have the ability to repair your issue that same day, but we will do everything we can to keep you safe and on the road.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather  

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Steering

Why does my belt squeak?

Your serpentine belt may be squeaking due to it being worn out. It could also be squeaking due to a faulty serpentine belt tensioner. The tensioner has internal bearing and over time those bearings will wear out and cause your tensioner to start making noise. Your tensioner should be replaced when the bearings are worn to keep you on the road. If the bearing breaks then it will cause your alternator to stop charging and then after it has drained your battery your vehicle will stop running.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Belt Noise

My car is pulling to the right

There are questions that come with this statement. When does it pull? When you hit the brakes? While driving down the road? If your car is pulling when you're on the brakes then it's an indication that you're having an issue with your brake calipers. When you caliper sticks then it causes your brake to be stuck on and that will cause the pulling. We do free brake inspections, you're welcome to call and we will get you in to make sure you're safe on all your journeys.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes
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