Hyundai & Kia 1 Million car recall

Hyundai & Kia 1 Million car recall

Brake lights are a early warning system the the vehicle's behind you. Don't wait! Contact your closest dealer for repairs

The brake lights are an early warning system to the vehicles behind you. Don’t wait for contact in your rear.  Contact your closest dealer for repairs first!

 

Here’s the list of affected Hyundai vehicles

*2006-2009 Accent
*2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Santa Fe
*2006-2007 & 2009-2011 Tucson & Elantra Touring
*2007-2010 Elantra
*2008-2011 Veracruz
*2009-2010 Genesis
*2010-2011 Genesis Coupe
*2007-2008 Entourage
*2006-2008 Tiburon

Here’s is the list of affected Kia vehicles [Read more...]

Why Flush Brake Fluid?

Why Flush Brake Fluid?

25ml of brake fluid getting ready to meet 5ml of water. Click on image for a better veiw

25ml of brake fluid getting ready to meet 5ml of water.
Click on image for a better view

Brake fluid is a special oil. It is designed to withstand cold temperatures without thickening as well as very high temperatures without boiling.  It is a recommended service for many vehicles and should be flushed about every 30,000 miles.

Brake fluid is an odd duck, it’s like an oil, but it likes water.  Yes, brake fluid likes water.  That is one of several reasons your vehicle’s brake fluid should be flushed. [Read more...]

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Beats out Michelin

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Beats out Michelin

James and His truck

James is like his Mom. He is not picky as long as it’s perfect. Can you imagine living with these two? Thankfully I’m not that way.;))

It started with my son’s Chevy Silverado needing a set of tires.  It’s not like he’s one of those picky engineer type people.  His list was simple. I need a tire that…

*Resists damage that can be caused by construction site debris
*Smooth and quiet at highway speed while I’m driving north
*Provides good off road traction for my trips north
*I want good tread life
*Don’t forget, I am on a budget [Read more...]

When the Devil comes a Knockin’

Devel Horns-1When the Devil comes a Knockin’

It started with a phone call. “I have a bad water pump on my ‘04 Acura MDX.  Can you email me an estimate?”  Acura’s MDX is their top tier crossover vehicle.  With the confidence of all-wheel drive, a strong 3.5 liter V-6 and well appointed accessories, the MDX is a great ride. An estimate was emailed to the owner, Chris, for a replacement water pump along with the recommendation to replace the timing belt as well.  In this vehicle, like many others, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.  [Read more...]

Michelin Tire Security Breach

Michelin Security ProblemsData System Compromised at Michelin Tire

Michelin Tire’s data system has been compromised, meaning somebody got a hold of a good amount of customer information.   Knowing this, you should use care in opening any e-mails or providing personal information.  Below is a copy [Read more...]

Tame the Wolf, Tire Pressure Monitors

Pressure sensor

Tire Pressure Monitors Don’t Cry Wolf

 

Don’t you just love it when the the tire pressure warning light comes on?  I hear customers say,  ” When colder weather hits it seems “that light” is on most every morning”.

The tire pressure warning light is a blessing that is “cursed at!”  I often hear from the customer, “I just ignore that light”

There is a simple fix that even the manufacture’s are now doing.  In cold weather rise the tire pressure.  I’m glad they’re doing this, because we’ve been for sometime.

So why does cold weather cause the tire pressure warning light to come on? [Read more...]

General Tire Rebate $50

Arm Yourself with the Right General Tires and receive a $50 Rebate

March 15 – April 10, 2013

Here are the details on great savings

Here’s the rebate form:

Call us at 942-8882 for current pricing and availability or use our Quick Contact Form ….

go Quick Contact

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Qualifications: [Read more...]

Mail-In Rebate for a Goodyear Visa® Prepaid Card

Mail-In Rebate for a Goodyear Visa® Prepaid Card valid on purchases between March 1 through May 31, 2013.

One Mail-In Rebate for a Prepaid Card per qualifying purchase. Offers available only at participating U.S. Retailers. Offer valid only for U.S. residents who are individual consumers. Commercial fleets are not eligible for these rebates.  Purchases made on the Goodyear Credit Card are subject to credit approval.  [Read more...]

Subaru Head Gasket Woes

Subaru Head Gasket Failures

Subaru’s are great year round cars for New England. On any giving day you drive by our shop it can look like a used car lot for Subaru’s. We do service that many.

As I said they are great cars, but like all things good they’re not perfect.

There are three repairs that strike fear in the hearts of Subaru owners. If you own a Subaru, the odds are not in your favor of avoiding one of the following repairs:

The top three most expensive problems with a Subaru

1. Timing belt replacement.  (Necessary maintenance)

2. Converter replacement. Short trip driving, ignoring a check engine light or poor maintenance are a factor.  Other times it’s just dumb luck.

3. Cylinder head gasket replacement.  The “luck” thing plays into this in a couple of ways.  But, it is helpful to follow the recommended service/maintenance schedule provided by Subaru.

 Costly Repairs

All of these items can be costly repairs, but today we’re going to talk about cylinder head gaskets. The other day a Subaru wagon came in for a basic service. The customer also complained of a burning smell coming from the vehicle. With the vehicle on the lift, inspection found that engine oil was leaking onto the exhaust system.
Where was the oil leaking from?
The head gaskets, in fact, oil was leaking from both sides of the motor. [Read more...]

Plastic Engine Parts

 
 

The Mystery of Neil’s Truck

 

The image to the left is the under-hood of a Chevy pick-up.  The customer’s concern was for a slow loss of coolant and this coolant loss was a bit of a mystery.  Neil, the owner of the truck, reported that he would have to add a couple quarts of coolant every two or three weeks. His truck was always parked inside a garage and there was never any evidence of a coolant leak.

This problem is seen primarily on GM’s cars and light trucks.  Here’s how it starts. [Read more...]