Check, Your Check Engine Light!

When Your Check Engine Light Appears On Your Dashboard? Don’t Ignore It!

It is a warning, that means there is something wrong with your car. It could be an issue with the transmission, various sensors, emissions, ignition or other problems with other components that are important to your car running safely and efficiently the way it should.

This light illuminates for a reason. It will not tell you what the problem is but will alert you that you should have a certified technician perform a diagnostic check to determine the source of the light and the malfunction that is causing the light to come on. The problem could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or as serious as a major engine fail. Just remember it is a safety feature that is there to warn you and protect your car of any potential damage that may have occurred.

Think of your check engine light as a beacon of safety. How you react or how fast you react to the light coming on could mean the difference between a small repair to a major repair that could be very expensive.

Contact us for any automotive diagnostic testing or repairs.

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Winter Car Care

Winter Car Care

Taking care of your car during the winter is essential to ensure its performance, safety, and longevity. Here are some tips to help you prepare your car for the winter season: Check the Battery: Cold weather can be hard on car batteries. Have your battery tested to make sure it's in good condition, and replace it if necessary. Clean any corrosion from the terminals. Inspect the Antifreeze/Coolant: Ensure that your car has the correct ratio of antifreeze to water in the cooling system. This prevents the coolant from freezing in cold temperatures. Check the levels and top up if needed. Check the Tire Pressure: Cold air causes tire pressure to drop, so check your tire pressure regularly during the winter months. Make sure they are properly inflated for optimal traction and fuel efficiency. Switch to Winter Tires: Consider using winter tires, especially if you live in an area with heavy snowfall. These tires are designed for better traction in cold conditions. Inspect the Brakes ... read more

Virginia Automotive Service Auto Repairs 2.0

Auto Repairs 2.O Auto repairs refer to the maintenance and fixing of vehicles to ensure they are in good working condition and safe to drive. This process involves diagnosing issues, replacing faulty parts, and performing routine maintenance. Below, is an overview of auto repairs, common repair services, and some tips to keep your vehicle in optimal condition. Common Auto Repairs and Services: a. Oil Change: Regularly changing the engine oil is essential to keep the engine lubricated and prevent damage. b. Brake Repair: Brake pads, rotors, and calipers may need replacement to ensure efficient braking. c. Tire Maintenance: Regular tire rotation, balancing, and alignment help extend the life of your tires and improve handling. d. Battery Replacement: Car batteries have a limited lifespan and need replacement when they become weak or fail. e. Engine Diagnostics: Identifying and fixing issues with the engine's performance, such as rough idling or decreased power. f. Transmission Ser ... read more

Why Do My Tires Look Like They Need Air, Often?

Why Do My Tires Look Like They Need Air, Often?

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Does My Car Need New Shocks And Struts?

Does My Car Need New Shocks And Struts?

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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking? What is that awful squeaking, grinding noise from the front of my car? Well, it could be something wrong with your braking system  From brake pads, rotors, brake lines to brake fluid, your brakes are essential for driving safely. Most cars have a brake pad wear alarm and or light on the instrument cluster to alert you of any problems. The majority of the time it’s usually normal brake pad wear and the pads just need to be changed. But sometimes brakes will fail due to caliper, rotor malfunction or even a broken brake line or brake booster failure. Anytime you suspect any of these signs you ... read more

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