Back to Basics – Car Care 101

In light of the back-to-school season, we thought we’d take car care back to the basics in this quick course! The technicians at our independent auto repair shop review three major components in your vehicle and the maintenance needed to keep your car running smoothly. 1. Motor Oil. Every car owner should expect and plan… Read More »

Summer Heat And Your Tires

This summer we have already seen record heat in some parts of the country, including dramatic highway and train rail buckling.  If our roads have been so drastically distressed, you have to ask how does this affect my tires? Heat can diminish your tire integrity, and failures are common.  Much like you would not walk… Read More »

Stay Cool on Summer Road Trips

Hit the open road. Turn up the radio, pack your favorite snacks, and grab a few friends for a summer road trip! Sounds like a recipe for a fun trip… except when the summer heat hits your vehicle. Summer in Hayes is hot! Which poses new challenges for your vehicle. Here are three ways to stay… Read More »

Problems with the Timing Belt

The timing belt operates in the extremely hot and demanding conditions of your vehicle’s engine. Which means, like the other components in your engine, the timing belt is subject to normal wear and tear over the course of its life in your vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt between 60,000 and 100,000 miles,… Read More »

5 Services for your Car this Spring

Spring is here with beautiful sunny days and unpredictable rain storms. Hopefully the harsh winter weather is over, but has it taken a toll on your vehicle? Consider these five maintenance services to keep your family safe in the changing Virginia weather. Alignment. If your vehicle is pulling to one side or another, your tires may… Read More »

3 Causes of Slippery Brakes

Winter roads are tough on vehicles, from rain and slick snow to ice and freezing temperatures. Your vehicle needs to be able to remain in control driving and stopping, even when there are several factors working against you. Below are three reasons you may experience slipping brakes: Too Little Tire Tread. Your vehicle’s tires should have… Read More »

What you need to know about Oil Changes

An oil change is one of the most basic car care services, yet there is still confusion about it. How often do you need an oil change? What type of oil should you use? How can I save money on my oil changes? The most common rule of thumb is that you should change your… Read More »

Cleaning your headlights

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, with fewer hours of sun and daylight than any other day of the year. That makes December and January dark, and headlights even more important on winter roads. Most drivers rarely need to think about their headlights. New cars automatically turn on the lights and… Read More »

Defogging Tips

The temperatures are dropping in Hayes! You’ve probably noticed a thin layer of fog creeping up your windshield as you drive. While this is a nuisance, why does it happen, and how can you fix it? Interior fogging happens because of the temperature difference in and out of your vehicle. When it’s freezing outside, you… Read More »

Why Your Car Needs Coolant

Fall is in the air, which means temperatures are dropping across Hayes, VA. As the temperatures fluctuate, one important fluid keeps your car running at the right temperature: Coolant. When it’s cold, why would your car need coolant? The truth is, your engine is like Goldilocks. Too hot, and your engine will overheat and break… Read More »