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Good to Know

by ‎04-15-2014 11:03 AM - edited ‎04-15-2014 11:05 AM (49 Views)

hugging car.jpgMaybe you been in this position before—you see a used car you just have to have! It’s the right color, the perfect year, make and model, and it has with all the creature comforts you could ever want. The price is so-so…but hey, it’s the right color!

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Good, Cheap or Fast?

by on ‎04-01-2014 11:00 AM (767 Views)

Good Cheap Fast sign.jpgYou may have heard the old joke about “good, cheap or fast,” where you can have two of the three, but never all three. This certainly can be true with automotive repair. I have seen many cases where a quality repair can take time and be expensive, but I have also seen quality repairs done at reasonable prices.

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Don’t “Leaf” It Alone!

by ‎03-18-2014 11:00 AM - edited ‎03-17-2014 03:47 PM (4,837 Views)

car leak.jpgHave you ever wondered why, during warmer months, you often see a small puddle of water under the right front area of the vehicle after you park? If you were driving with the air conditioning on, the water on the ground is a good thing. It’s only water, and yes, it’s actually supposed to be there!

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Nicely Inconsiderate

by on ‎03-04-2014 12:13 PM (1,305 Views)

smiling driver.jpgAlmost seems to be an oxymoron, doesn’t it? How can you be nice and inconsiderate at the same time? Here are a few examples from the road:

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Your Car May Be Ready…But Are You?

by ‎02-18-2014 12:02 PM - edited ‎02-18-2014 12:03 PM (473 Views)

snow traffic.jpgBy now, I’m sure most folks up north have had just about as much of winter as they can take. I’m also sure that if there was any preparation needed for your car, it has probably been done; either proactively or reactively.

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What Should a Good Repair Shop Look Like?

by on ‎02-04-2014 10:55 AM (2,262 Views)

good repair shop.jpgShould it have a clean parking lot, clean waiting area and clean bathrooms? Should the shop itself be clean and organized? Should it have qualified technicians dedicated to the industry and a shop owner who invests in the tools and technology to keep current with the vehicles on the road today? 

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Low Voltage Can Be the Root of All Evil

by on ‎01-22-2014 10:56 AM (4,310 Views)

car battery.jpgMy personal vehicle is just five years old and has always started like a champ. Then suddenly, about a month ago, I noticed a longer than normal engine crank time the first time I started it each morning. 

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Start the New Year Right

by on ‎01-07-2014 10:48 AM (374 Views)

driver on phone.jpgAs we ring in 2014, many resolutions are being made in relation to exercising more, losing weight, spending more time with loved ones, and so on. While many are made with the best of intentions, it is not uncommon to fall off the intended path and slip back into our old ways. 

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Holiday Cheer

by on ‎12-23-2013 10:00 AM (373 Views)

Santa car.jpgAs we cruise through the Holiday Season and bring the year to a close, make sure you take time with friends and family to reflect on the many blessings 2013 had to offer. 

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When Is a Good Time to Buy?

by on ‎12-10-2013 02:13 PM (835 Views)

worried car salesman.jpgOver the years, there have been many opinions on when is a good time to buy a new car. The short answer could be when you can afford the deal and you feel good about your purchase. Keeping in mind that, in most cases, buying a new car is your second largest investment, the goal should always be to keep as much of YOUR money in your pocket as possible.

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The Modern Things in Life

by ‎11-26-2013 01:17 PM - edited ‎11-26-2013 01:17 PM (418 Views)

muscle car.jpgBeing an avid fan of the 60’s muscle cars, I am often reminded of how far technology has taken us, and how these advancements make our lives not just easier, but certainly more comfortable. 

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Safety, Efficiency and Functionality

by on ‎11-13-2013 08:53 AM (814 Views)

HondaVac.jpgThese are just three of several categories car manufacturers focus on when designing vehicles to appeal to their prospective customer base.

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Where Did the Dipstick Go?

by on ‎10-30-2013 02:10 PM (4,454 Views)

dipstick.jpgChecking the transmission fluid on many of today’s cars and trucks can be different from what you remember. It’s not always as simple as just pulling the dipstick—because many newer models don’t even have one!

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Slower Traffic Keep Right

by on ‎10-15-2013 02:02 PM (793 Views)

traffic illustration.jpgBear with me as I climb aboard my soapbox! We’ve all seen them, and in some cases we’ve even been them. I’m referring to drivers that cruise down the interstate in the far left lane a comfortable 10-15 mph lower than the posted speed limit. 

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I Remember When…

by on ‎10-01-2013 11:16 AM (1,004 Views)

classic car.jpgI know it sounds like the intro to a reminiscent walk down memory lane—and coming from me, you are thinking it probably has something to do with automotive repairs, right? Well, you’re close! Here are some of the automobile components I’ve seen change the most over the last few decades. 

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October Is AAA Car Care Month

by on ‎09-17-2013 11:12 AM (4,565 Views)

October calendar.jpgWhile many folks typically associate October with Halloween, in the automotive division of AAA we associate it with Car Care Month. Even though we encourage motorists to care for their car every month of the year, October has been designated as the month we try to heighten awareness of proper vehicle maintenance and preparing your car for winter. 

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Are You Out of Balance?

by ‎09-03-2013 02:01 PM - edited ‎09-06-2013 08:48 AM (1,078 Views)

pothole.jpgI wish I had a nickel for every time I heard, “My car has a vibration. I would like a wheel alignment.” With very few (and almost no) exceptions, a vehicle that has a front end that is out of alignment will almost never cause a vibration. The majority of the time, vibrations felt while driving usually come from a tire/rim combination that is out of balance. 

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Surviving the Summer

by on ‎08-20-2013 01:30 PM (880 Views)

overheated car.jpgEven though we are still in the pattern of the routine 3 o’clock thunderstorm, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll be able to turn off the air conditioner, open the windows in the house, and look forward to fall activities. But what about your car?

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Water Ingestion Woes

by on ‎08-06-2013 03:40 PM (1,898 Views)

road flooded.jpgWe’ve all seen the news clips of the flooded streets after a monsoon-style rain event, and usually there is a car sitting in the middle of the street with its flashers on. My guess is the driver didn’t heed the warnings of driving in flooded conditions, thought they could make it through and got stuck along the way. This is SO DANGEROUS!

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When Modules Stop Talking

by on ‎07-23-2013 11:00 AM (852 Views)

malfunctioning car.jpgTechnology has brought us to the point to where the cars we drive are so electronically advanced, they can apply the brakes if a hazard is present without the driver touching the brake pedal, slow the vehicle down if the car in front slows down, and even parallel park themselves. This technology is great and brings us one step closer to self-driving vehicles, but what happens when something goes wrong with the system?

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Hard-to-Find Parts

by ‎07-09-2013 11:00 AM - edited ‎07-15-2013 09:07 AM (1,211 Views)

car parts.jpgA friend of mine recently called upon me to help to locate the correct MAP sensor for a late-model SUV. I thought to myself, “How hard could it be?” Well, after five different parts stores, two dealers and about three hours of internet searches with no success, I decided to reverse engineer the search and began researching the part number stamped on the old part. 

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The Dangers of Flooded Roads

by on ‎06-25-2013 10:55 AM (425 Views)

flooded road.jpgWhen storms barreled through Central Florida recently, many roads became flooded and impassible, stranding some motorists and their vehicles. In many situations, these breakdowns could have been avoided if the motorists had followed these basic rules for wet weather driving:

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Paying the Price for DIY

by ‎06-11-2013 04:17 PM - edited ‎06-11-2013 04:17 PM (597 Views)

icepack on head.jpgI met up with a friend of mine the other day that I haven’t seen in awhile, and I noticed he had this huge bandage on his forehead near his left eye. When I asked what happened and how did the other guy look, he laughed and told me the story of how he had to replace the serpentine drive belt on his truck. 

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I Can See Clearly Now…

by on ‎05-28-2013 02:10 PM (942 Views)

cleaning windshield.jpg…that I cleaned my windows! Well, actually, it’s a little more involved than that. I took it upon myself to do a complete window maintenance service on my vehicle, and it almost makes me feel like I got a new car! 

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Indicator Light vs. Idiot Light

by ‎05-14-2013 01:28 PM - edited ‎05-14-2013 01:28 PM (808 Views)

warning lights.jpgHave you ever wondered where the term “idiot light” came from? According to Merriam-Webster online, the term first appeared in 1966 and is defined as “a colored light on an instrument panel (as of an automobile) designed to give a warning (as of low oil pressure).”

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Lose a Pound Per Year

by on ‎04-30-2013 02:36 PM (1,089 Views)

car drip.jpgNo, I’m not talking about a personal weight loss program—I’m referring to the average refrigerant loss some vehicles experience each year. I have seen some consumers and their technicians go nuts trying to find a refrigerant leak in an air conditioning system—a leak that doesn’t exist. 

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Recall vs. TSB

by on ‎04-16-2013 01:58 PM (1,252 Views)

Car stereo.jpgOftentimes, when I’m asked a question about a particular problem or symptom, one of the first things I do is access one of my repair databases and look for any applicable Technical Service Bulletins—or TSBs. 

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Do It Right the First Time

by on ‎04-02-2013 11:03 AM (1,117 Views)

timing belt.jpgMost of us probably grew up living by age old adages such as, “The early bird catches the worm,” “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and “If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” Growing up in a household where my father was a machinist by trade and my mother worked for a major electronics company assembling printed circuit boards, precision and accuracy was drilled into me from an early age.

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Change of Season

by on ‎03-19-2013 11:14 AM (1,496 Views)

pollen on car.jpgI’m always amazed to hear some of our visitors and short-term residents comment on the lack of seasons in the South. While some of these people may not have an appreciation for our region’s year-round greenery or the fact that you can pretty much play golf (or most any outdoor sport) 12 months out of the year, one of the telltale signs that the season has changed here is the amount of pollen in the air. 

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Is the Glass Half Full?

by on ‎03-05-2013 10:13 AM (1,542 Views)

glass half full.jpgWe’ve all heard there are two ways of looking at things in life. For the optimist, the glass is half full, and for the pessimist, the glass is half empty. When it comes to some car repairs, the opinion of whether a repair should be made can be just as subjective.

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