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My headlights are foggy

Overtime your headlight lenses can become foggy and it can become harder to see at night. Your headlight assemblies do not have to be replaced they can be cleaned and restored. This process involves using a compound to clean the lenses then a second compound to restore the lenses. This process takes a bit of time, but it saves you money from purchasing new headlight assemblies. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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headlights

The dash says service tire monitor

When your dash says that you need to service your tire monitor it means that something has happened to one of your tire pressure monitors (TPMS). Your tire pressure monitors monitor your tire pressure to make sure your tires are at the correct pressure. This ensures you are safe and that your vehicle is operating at optimal conditions. When you tire pressure is to low it can cause damage to your tires, and it will lessen your fuel mileage. When it is to high it can again damage your tires by over inflation.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Tire Light

What should I check on my car before winter?

Before it starts to get cold outside you should have a few things checked. Cold weather can be hard on your vehicle. You should have your battery checked, coolant, tires, wipers and defroster/heater. A cold snap can drain and shorten your battery life. Over time your coolant wears out and can stop cooling your engine properly. If you're not a frequent driver then over time your tires can become weather cracked due to heat and cold. The last part is the defroster/heater - you need to make sure it works properly to keep your windows defogged.  Give us a call to make your appointment for your winter checkup. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Fall/Winter

My low coolant light is coming on

Many cars are now equipped with a sensor in the coolant overflow tank to monitor the cooling system level. This sensor monitors the level of coolant in your vehicle. This has been a helpful addition to keep your engine full of the fluids that it depends on. When your engine is low on coolant then it can overheat which can damage the internal components and shorten the lifespan of your engine. If this light comes on you should pull over and check to make sure you're full of coolant, if you are low you should have it checked for leaks as soon as you can. If your vehicle starts to overheat then you should pull over and turn it off.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Coolant

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 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 oil can light came on

The oil can light on your dash is for your oil pressure. This light will come on when you have an issue with your oil pressure. This is one of those times that you should not keep driving and pull over as soon as it is safe too. The light could be on due to a faulty sensor but it comes on more times because of low oil pressure and this can be due to not enough oil or to much oil in your engine. It can also be due to the oil pump not pumping the correct amount of oil into your engine. It needs to be checked and diagnosed properly to prevent damage from occurring in your engine.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Oil light

Why did my car overheat while driving

Your car could have overheated due to a loss of coolant/antifreeze. This could be from a faulty hose clamp to a leak with your water pump. The only way to know for sure is to have it checked to make sure you have all the information about your vehicle. When ever your car starts to overheat you need to pull over as soon as it's safe and turn off your engine. Overheating can lead to damage of your engine and possible engine failure.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Overheating

My car isn't starting

Over time anything can wear out, even your starter. Just think of how many starting cycles you've had over the course of the lifetime of your vehicle. Every single time you start your vehicle your starter has to make that happen. Over a period of many years all that starting can cause the brushes inside of the starter to wear out and stop functioning. Sometimes it's a part that can be repaired and other times it just needs to be replaced -that just depends on the starter itself.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Starter
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