Do You Hear That? 3 Common Sounds Your Car Makes and What To Do About Them

October 24th, 2016

A moving car makes many noises, most of which are reassuring; the engine rumbling, the tires humming, the turn signal clicking. However, every car owner has heard a weird sound coming from their car at least once while driving. These sounds vary; they could be nothing to worry about or hint to you that you may need a visit to a friendly auto mechanic to service your vehicle.

Here we have compiled a list of three common sounds you may hear in your car, and what to do about them.

Sound #1

  • The sound? A constant thump-thump-thump.
  • Where is it coming from? Your tires. Could be just one, or all four.
  • When you hear it? When you first start your car, when you are stopping, and when you are going low speeds.
  • What is it? Chance ...[more]
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3 Warning Signs You Are in Need of Auto Repair

October 12th, 2016

Buying a new car is one hefty investment, so it is important to regularly service your vehicle with the right auto repairs to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. If you own a car and don't know how to recognize the signs that you need to take it into a tire and auto repair company, here are a few clues to look out for.

1. Screeching and squealing sounds

One foolproof way to tell that your car is in need of repair is unusual sounds. Simply put, your car should never make any screeching or squealing noises because this means something is seriously wrong under the hood. A screeching sound can be a warning sign that your brake pad has worn too thin, and a squealing sound when your car first starts up can be an indicator that one of your engine belts needs replacing. As a rule of thumb, brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, so keep in mind the last time you had them replaced when you are hearing these sounds.

2. Your car is ...[more]

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Basic Car Maintenance Mistakes And How to Prevent Them

June 10th, 2016

In order to stay in the same condition you bought it in, a car needs to have proper preventative maintenance. But for those who aren't that car savvy, auto repairs can be confusing. Neglecting vehicles costs the economy over $2 billion every year and these are costs that can be quite expensive. So luckily for you, we've outlined some basic car maintenance mistakes and how to service your vehicle when needed.

Skipping oil changes

Each vehicle requires proper engine lubrication in order to function properly. Old and dirty oil sits in the engine and breaks down into a sludge-like material that can deposit all over your engine. And when the engine isn't clean, it will not work properly and can seize up and die. Getting regular oil changes will help ensure a long engine life and will help your vehicle ride smoothily.

Ignoring the check engine light

We have all been there, where we see a mysterious light pop up on our dashboar ...[more]

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Don’t Let the Engine Light Keep Blinking! Three Tips for Car Repair

January 19th, 2016

tires-puyallup-waDid you know that almost 175,000 businesses in the U.S. are auto repair companies? The purpose of any auto repair business is to diagnose and fix vehicle problems as quickly and as accurately as possible. Between 2006 and 2016, there is expected to be a 14% jump in the number of auto mechanics. If you are looking for a qualified, trustworthy mechanic, look for places that have Automotive Service Excellence certified employees. When it comes to options for your car repair, there are several things you should know.

1. Tires

Are the tires your mechanic recommends the best fit for you? All terrain tires like Goodyear tires are one option they might recommend. These tires are not just for goi ...[more]

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How Oil Change Monitors Work – And What They’re Not Telling You

October 2nd, 2015

By Garrett McKinnon
VehicleMD Staff Writer
Originally published in Winter 2011 issue

BMWs have them. Mercedes, too. And so do Audis, Volvos, Lexuses (Lexii?), Acuras and others. What are “they,” you might ask? Oil change indicator lights. And they’re not just confined to luxury makes, either. Almost every GM vehicle made since 2004 has come standard with the company’s “Oil Life System,” and companies like Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and others are increasingly putting oil change reminder systems in their cars.

But what do these little lights and flashing messages really tell you about the condition of your car’s motor oil? And how do they know when your motor oil needs to be changed? Osmosis? Magic? Lucky guess?

Regardless of the automaker, today’s oil life reminder systems all have one thing in common: They do not physicall ...[more]

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Three Ways to Know It’s Time to Repair Your Engine

February 11th, 2015

tires-puyallup-waUnlike simple brake repair jobs or outfitting a car with seasonal snow tires, engine-based automotive maintenance is not an outpatient procedure. Consider it the open-heart surgery of the car world.

Without a strong engine, a car can’t operate — period. And projections current estimate an increase in demand for auto repairs in the coming year, especially if polar vortexes keep popping up to complicate our daily commutes.

When a person is experiencing heart problems, there are always warning signs. Shortness of breath, dizziness and chest pains can all be symptoms that something’s not entirely right inside your chest. Though they’re completely different machines, cars also exhibit ...[more]

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A Long-Lasting Love: Giving the Rides of Our Lives Some TLC

January 12th, 2015

By Kara Bishop
VehicleMD Staff Writer
Originally published in Winter 2011 issue

When I was little I loved riding my horse, Bear. One day when I was riding, I spurred him and made him run laps around our arena for a long time, not letting him stop. My dad finally stopped me and asked, “How would you like to run for that long with someone riding you?” I realized that my “ride” needed special consideration.

The same applies to the “rides” we drive today. The engines underneath their hoods work hard all day long as we journey to and from work, run errands or just take joy rides.

Just as I once did with my horse, we tend to take advantage of our cars and their hard-working engines, spurring them on to work harder and endure longer service intervals. But just like a horse can only endure so much running without a break, your engine can on ...[more]

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