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Yearly Archives: 2019

Main Causes of Vehicle Breakdowns in the Winter

We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather.  An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be.  Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns:  Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you turn the key. Radiator failure - You left your veh ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Carlife Professional Auto Service!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Carlife Professional Auto Service! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Carlife Professional Auto Service before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, c ... read more

Happy Halloween!

It is Halloween day, and many of us will be bringing our kids out for a night of fun and trick or treating. Whether you have kids of your own to take out or if you're planning on attending a Halloween event, such as a haunted house or party, please remember the following safety tips while driving:  Keep an eye out for any pedestrians and always give them the right of way. Kids tend to run and will be very excited, so give yourself plenty of time to search around for kids nearby.  Drive slow, especially in neighborhoods.  Stop longer at stop signs at intersections for kids crossing.  Never park your car in a red zone or illegal spot. Do not block traffic or walkways.  Be careful when backing out of driveways! Make sure to go slowly and give pedestrians plenty of time to see your vehicle.  Make sure that your vehicle's lights are working properly so that people will be able to see your vehicle on the road at night.  Always stay sober if y ... read more

How Do I Know if My Car’s Muffler is Bad?

Mufflers serve an importance purpose when it comes to your vehicle's emissions system. The primary job of the muffler is to reduce exhaust system noise that is directed from the exhaust ports to the exhaust pipes, and also to help direct exhaust gases out of the engine.  The typical muffler lasts anywhere between five to seven years, but rust and other factors cause cause muffler issues to happen. If there is a problem with your vehicle's muffler, you will start to notice some telling symptoms.  How do I know if my car's muffler is bad? Engine is misfiring Exhaust is very loud You notice condensation coming from exhaust pipes You hear a rattling noise coming from the exhaust If you suspect that your vehicle needs a muffler repair, don't hesitate to give us call here at Carlife Professional Auto Service today and we will help determine the right service for your vehicle. 

The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

A pre-purchase inspection is always a good idea before you commit to buying a used car. A used car can look total fine and in good condition from the outside, but having your vehicle thoroughly inspected by an experts can shed more light on the actual condition of the vehicle.  Even if you don't believe that the vehicle is in perfect condition, a pre-purchase inspection will at least give you an idea of any future financial burden the vehicle may bring in the future.  Just asking the car owner for permission to have a pre-purchase completed is a good way to understand the transaction and how honest it is - if the owner of the vehicle is uncomfortable or fighting back on the pre-purchase inspection, that may be an indication of deceit.  What will a pre-inspection cover? It will basically be a complete bumper to bumper check of the vehicle, looking at fluids, filters, lights, the battery, fuel system, steering, alignment, tires, and much more. Any repairs that are n ... read more

Why Do I Need An Oil Change So Frequently?

All vehicle owners are very familiar with the regular oil change, especially because it needs to be taken care of so frequently. The usual interval is every 3 months or 3,000 miles, but some newer vehicles only need an oil change every 6,000 miles or 6 months.  So when it comes to oil changes, you may wonder, why are they needed so often? The reason why the engine oil needs to be replaced so frequently is because of how this engine oil works. It works as a lubricant for the engine, and because of the heat and dirtiness of the engine, the engine oil tends to break down quickly and become dirty.  At a regular oil change, your engine oil replaced, the system flushed out, and a new oil filter is installed. When your vehicle is running, the engine oil is circulated throughout the engine. This oil has the important job of keeping your car's engine properly lubricated, which prevents it from overheating. It also helps to prevent metal to metal contact betwe ... read more

How to Switch Lanes Safely

When it comes to driving, any safety tips or techniques that we can teach can benefit everyone on the road. We have all seen it - the driver who switches lanes without even looking, moving across several lanes without a blinker on, expectedly all other vehicles to move out of the way. Although it may work sometimes, this is a dangerous and risky way to drive.    Acronyms are a great way to remember key phrases, and the acronym S.M.O.G. was created for how to switch lanes safely. Remembering this acronym is easy and will make sure that you always change lanes on the road in a safe manner!   S - Signal  Always make sure that your blinker is on, signaling the direction that you are changing lanes. Try to have your signal on 3 to 5 seconds before actually changing lanes.   M - Mirrors Check all mirrors, including rearview mirror and side mirrors, for cars nearby.    O - Over the shoulder Check over your shoulder in the direction of where you ... read more

Check Your A/C Before Summer Driving

Nobody wants to get stuck during the spring or summer warmth without working air conditioning. If you try to turn on your A/C and no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out and it never gets colder, there’s something wrong with an A/C component. The A/C system is actually very complex, and therefore there are a number of different reasons why the system can fail. Here are some of the top causes of A/C system failure:  Refrigerant leak Failed compressor Deteriorated refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The best way to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work properly throughout the spring and summer is to have your system inspected by one of our experts regularly. Routine A/C inspections will allow us to catch small problems early on before they turn into more expensive issues.  If there is a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you may notice one or more of the following sy ... read more

Strange Smells to Pay Attention To While Driving

A strange smell coming from your car can be hard to bear, especially when it is coming through your air vents and smells terrible. Although it isn’t uncommon to get a random whiff of a regular car scent one in a while, a persistent smell while driving your car can indicate an issue with a major component.  Here are the most common smells associated with car issues and what they can mean: Moldy - If you notice a moldy or musty stench when the air is turned on, chances are that mold or mildew has actually formed somewhere in the air vents. This should be cleaned right away as breathing in mold particles is extremely bad for you.  Burning smell - A burning smell can come from a few different places, but most commonly can indicate a timing belt or drive belt issue. It can also indicate engine and transmission problems.  Rotten eggs - The smell of rotten eggs can indicate an issue with your emissions system, and more specifically the catalytic converter. This is an ... read more

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