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Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter

Posted on October 14th, 2016 | No Comments »

The leaves are starting to fall, the Packers are winning, and temperatures are starting to drop. Here are a few reminders so that you don’t get stuck out in the cold this Winter.

If your brakes are squeaking or grinding, now is a great time to address the problem.

Have you tested your vehicle’s heating system since Spring? It’s easy to test, and it’s better to do it now than when it’s below 0 degrees outside.

How is the tread on your tires? If you’re due for a new set of tires, we sell and install all-weather tires from many leading brands.

You should also have your battery tested. While many batteries perform well when the temperature is 50 degrees or better, they may fail when a car is outside all day in freezing temperatures.

Routine Vehicle Maintenance

Posted on September 28th, 2016 | No Comments »

Proper vehicle maintenance is fairly easy to do, and can save you money on repairs while extending the life of your vehicle.

Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Check your engine drive belts for condition and tension. If they appear worn or damaged have them replaced. If they appear loose have them checked and adjusted.
  • Check your battery for corrosion. If the terminals are corroded, clean them off.
  • Test your brakes. Are they squeaking or grinding?
  • Check your air filter. If it is loaded with dirt and debris, it is time for a new one.
  • Check your coolant or radiator fluid. It’s important to do this before Winter, and before Summer.

If you’re nearing a major milestone on your vehicle, such as 60,000 or 100,000 miles, schedule a multi-point inspection. We can perform the manufacturers recommended services. Plus, often times we can catch small problems before they become larger, more expensive problems.

Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

Posted on June 13th, 2016 | No Comments »

Summer is in full swing. While you’re out gardening, fishing, boating, or enjoying the state parks, your car feels the heat, too. Here are a few ways the heat may be affecting your car, and what you need to know:

Battery: Like the cold in winter, temperature can really impact the health of your battery. The heat causes fluids to evaporate and empty quickly, leaving you hot and dry with a dead battery.

Belts, Hoses, and Cooling Systems: Exposure to heat can result in cracks in your belts and hoses, which can quickly lead to your engine overheating or your radiator failing.

AC System: You never rely on your air conditioning more than on a hot day. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make sure your fluids are topped off and your systems are up to date.

Is your car ready to stay cool this summer? Stop by Mike’s Service Center or call us for an appointment if you notice any performance issues with your vehicle. We’re here to help.

5 Simple Signs when it’s Time to Service Your Brakes

Posted on May 16th, 2016 | No Comments »

Most brakes have wear indicators that produce noise when it’s time to change the pads. Or your brakes may “feel” different when you press on them and require more pressure to stop the vehicle.

If you think there may be a problem with your vehicle’s brakes, be safe and have them inspected.

5 Simple Signs when it’s Time to Have Your Brakes Serviced

  1. The car shakes when you apply the brakes.
  2. The car makes a squeaking noise that stops when I apply the brakes.
  3. You have to push the brake pedal harder to stop than before.
  4. There is a squeaking noise made when the brakes are applied.
  5. The brake warning light is on.

Most cars have 2 brake warning lights, one red and one amber. The amber light warns if the anti-lock brake system has a problem. When this light is on the anti-lock (ABS) system is not working. Keep in mind that if your brake fluid is low enough to turn the warning light on your brake pads are probably worn to the point of needing service or replacement.

Spring is in the Air

Posted on March 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

Spring is here, and we’re celebrating with a great promotion on Air and Cabin filters.

Call us for your next oil change, and have us take a look at your Air and Cabin Filters while we’re servicing your vehicle. Your filters should be changed every 10,000-15,000 miles.

By changing your air filter you can:

  • Prolong your vehicle’s engine life
  • Increase fuel efficiency
  • Reduce emissions

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