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How Often Should You Get a Tune-Up?

January 30, 2019 12:53 am | Published by | Leave your thoughts

How frequently you need to get a tune-up for your vehicle really depends on the type of vehicle you have and your driving practices. In general, older cars that do not have electronic ignitions need to be tuned up every 10,000 or 12,000 miles or on an annual basis, whichever comes first. Newer cars that do have electronic ignition functionality and fuel injection systems can go a little longer—they can go anywhere from 25,000 miles to up to 100,000 miles without needing major tune-up work, depending on the type of vehicle. Of course, as a vehicle owner, you should always consult your owner’s manual first to see the recommended tune-up intervals for your vehicle. This will give you a sense... View Article

Can Potholes Damage Your Vehicle?

January 16, 2019 12:52 am | Published by | Leave your thoughts

We frequently have clients ask us whether running over a pothole could damage their vehicle. The real question isn’t can it, but how much can it—if your vehicle runs over a deep hole in the road, there’s a possibility it could experience steering misalignment, bent rims or a tire puncture. There’s also the potential for less serious issues that you might not notice immediately, which in turn could lead to more serious problems with your vehicle. Here are some tips from a mechanic in New Palestine, IN for areas to inspect if you’ve recently run over a pothole and are worried you might have damaged your vehicle: Tires: The first area you should check after driving over a pothole is... View Article

If Your Check Engine Light Is On, It Could Be Affecting Your Engine Performance

January 2, 2019 9:54 pm | Published by | Leave your thoughts

When the check engine light in your vehicle comes on, you don’t necessarily need to panic—there are certainly reasons why the alert could show up on your dashboard that don’t put you in mortal danger. Of course, it is still important to bring your vehicle to a mechanic in New Palestine, IN as soon as possible after you notice this light to verify why it has come on. At the very least, if your check engine light is on, you can reasonably expect that it is having a negative effect on your engine performance. Here’s some information about the potential reasons why your check engine light may be on: You need a new oxygen (O2) sensor: The O2 sensor in... View Article

How Do You Know if Your Tires Are Good for Icy Conditions?

December 19, 2018 9:54 pm | Published by | Leave your thoughts

Winter is here, and with it comes the snow and ice and slippery road conditions. Your tires are what stand between your vehicle and the road, so it’s important to make sure they’re capable of holding up in these conditions and giving you some friction so you can maintain control of your vehicle even when the weather outside is frightful. But how do you know if your tires are in good enough shape for icy conditions? Here’s some information to consider from a mechanic in New Palestine, IN. Tread depth One of the easiest ways to determine if your tires are in good enough shape to be used during the winter (or at any time, really) is to use the... View Article

How to Keep Your Car Rust-Free This Winter

December 6, 2018 2:34 am | Published by | Leave your thoughts

While snow and ice can certainly be pretty to look at, it can be a nightmare to drive through. That’s why most states and municipalities that experience wintry weather salt their roadways. While salt is excellent at melting snow, it’s also adept at corroding metal. This means that driving on salted roadways makes your vehicle substantially more susceptible to premature rusting and corrosion. While salt damage on your car’s body is unattractive, it rarely poses a threat to the operational integrity of your vehicle. Salt damage to other parts of the car, however, can make it challenging to drive your car effectively or cause long-term mechanical problems down the road. Mufflers, coil springs, the exhaust system, the brake system and... View Article