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Yearly Archives: 2020

Top Vehicle Maintenance Items to Keep Your Car Running at Its Best

Top Vehicle Maintenance Items to Keep Your Car Running at Its Best

Good vehicle maintenance is essential when it comes to preventing major repairs and also ensuring that your vehicle runs smoothly for many years to come. For all of your general and preventative maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Dave's Automotive. Let's look at some of the most important maintenance items that will keep your vehicle running at its best throughout the years.  Fluids are a key maintenance item for all vehicles. Your vehicle runs on many different types of fluids throughout parts of your vehicle. Fluids have an important job that includes protecting components and ensuring that systems run smoothly. We will always check each of your vehicle’s fluids to make sure that the fluid looks clean and that lines are working properly.  Engine oil needs to be clean and cool to protect your engine parts against corrosion and seal combustion chambers. Lubricating mechanical components is extremely important because it reduces fric ... read more

Can Bad Spark Plugs Cause My Check Engine Light To Turn On?

Can Bad Spark Plugs Cause My Check Engine Light To Turn On?

The spark plugs have a super important job when it comes to your vehicle. They are the components that cause the spark to start-up combustion which is necessary to start your car. They put your engine's pistons in motion which is also important for proper air-fuel mixture and smooth operation.  If you get into your car and find that your vehicle won't start, you may believe that the issue is with the battery. However, oftentimes, it could be failing spark plugs. So, how do you know if your spark plugs are bad, and do they cause your vehicle's check engine light to turn on? The answer is - yes! Worn spark plugs can cause your vehicle's check engine light to illuminate, indicating an issue. It may even be a flashing check engine light. This is because bad spark plugs can cause your engine to misfire, which will trigger the check engine light to turn on. Some other symptoms of bad spark plugs include the following:  Rough idling Problems accelerating In ... read more

Can I Use Regular Water Instead of Engine Coolant in My Car?

Can I Use Regular Water Instead of Engine Coolant in My Car?

Your antifreeze is low and you don't have any coolant on hand - are you wondering if maybe you could use water instead? You aren't alone! There are a lot of people out there who try to use water in place of antifreeze when they don't have any other options. These people more than likely live in warm clients that never get below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and therefore feel that the water will never freeze. Although this may be tempting, it is definitely not something we would recommend - let's talk about why.  First, let's define what coolant or antifreeze is. It is a 50/50 mix of water and additives which help to increase the water's freezing and boiling points. It also contains several additives that help protect the engine from corrosion. While you drive your vehicle, it relies on coolant to essentially regulate the temperature of the engine and prevent it from overheating.  When your vehicle is low on coolant, typically due to a leak somewhere within ... read more

How to Prevent Road Trip Car Breakdowns

How to Prevent Road Trip Car Breakdowns

Taking a road trip in the summer is a fun and easy way to go on vacation without breaking the bank. It also gives you the freedom of traveling to many different places along your route, and more flexibility when it comes to actual vacation time. While you may focus on planning out your trip beforehand and all the stops you'll make, one important thing to consider is the overall condition of your car. Breakdowns do happen in the middle of a long drive, so doing what you can to prevent road trip car breakdowns is key!  The best way that you can help yourself prevent car breakdowns on the road is by ensuring that your vehicle can handle the long drive. Here at Dave's Automotive, we invite you into our shop for a pre-road trip inspection at least a week before your scheduled departure time. This pre-trip inspection will consist of a thorough vehicle check of vital components and functions. Our experts will check items like brakes, fluids, engine oil, tires, alignment, suspens ... read more

What Usually Causes A Car A/C to Stop Working?

You rely on your vehicle's air conditioning system to keep you comfortable on the road. When an issue with the A/C occurs unexpectedly, you'll find yourself driving in the heat with no relief. The entire HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, system is a complex system that is interconnected in some ways. The air conditioning system is run by a compressor which is driven by the engine, along with pressure lines and refrigerant.  The following symptoms are indications that there is an issue with your vehicle's air conditioning system:  No air coming out of vents Air is warm when A/C is turned on Strange noises coming from vents when A/C is on Mold or Mildew smell  If you're experiencing any of the issues listed above, chances are you have a problem within the A/C system. Let's look at some of the most common causes of a failing vehicle A/C.  Common A/C problem causes include the following:  Low refrigerant Damaged compre ... read more

Offering Contactless Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the globe, times are uncertain and there is great concern for the well being of our friends, families, and loved ones. Here at Dave's Automotive, we understand how important reliable auto care is to your daily lives, even among the COVID-19 shutdowns and stay at home orders. Many of those working in essentials fields such as law enforcement and healthcare still need a reliable vehicle to get them to work every day to continue saving lives and serving our community. Even those who may be out of work at the moment still need a reliable car to get them to the store to retrieve essentials such as food and sanitary supplies. This is why Dave's Automotive remains open to serve you and your family.  Auto repair is considered essential to keeping our community viable during this time and it is our number one goal to keep our staff, our valued customers and the community as a whole safe and healthy.  Here are some of the ways in w ... read more

What's That Sound? Car Noises and What They Indicate

After driving your vehicle for years, you get accustomed to the way it drives and the sounds it makes. So when you hear a sound that is off, you may be alarmed and unsure if your vehicle needs a repair or not. Depending on the sound, your vehicle could be letting you know that something is amiss. It also depends on when you hear the noise, whether it just starts happening nonstop or if it only happens when you step on the brakes or start your car. Lets take a look at some of the common car noises and what they can indicate.  A screeching noise under the hood can indicate a worn serpentine belt or a faulty engine pulley. The screeching sound will be respective, almost like you hear the noise every time the belt goes around once. Belts are extremely important and will need to be replaced at the first sign of wear, because a broken belt means a broken down vehicle.  A hissing noise under the hood can indicate a broken hose. A broken hose can be the source of a fluid leak ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive with Your TPMS Warning Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive with Your TPMS Warning Light On?

The TPMS warning light, seen above, is your vehicle's Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning light. When this light turns on, your vehicle is letting you know that it has detected that one or more of your tires has low tire pressure.  Proper tire inflation is important for a number of reasons. It is vital for proper handling, longer tire life, optimal fuel efficiency, and increasing your ability to drive safely in all weather conditions.  You see this warning light come on and wonder, is it safe to drive with the TPMS warning light on? If the light has just turned on and you need to find your way to our shop or to an air pump, you should be fine. However, continuing to drive your car with the light on is not safe. Here's why! When you drive your vehicle with low tire pressure, you are causing your tire to wear down excessively and prematurely. This is eventually going to cost you a new tire much sooner than you would have if you had the proper tire inflation. You ... read more

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