Do you own a newer vehicle? Have you thought about keeping this vehicle for an extended period of time? Maybe for its lifetime? There are many advantages to holding on to your vehicle; even after it has reached the Cinderella Era. You ask: "What's the Cinderella Era?" This is the period after the loan is paid off, but your vehicle is still in good condition. "The financial benefits of keeping your vehicle long after you have paid it off are significant," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. Wouldn't be nice to drive your vehicle without worrying about it breaking down. Rich White also has a very wise proposition to how we can financially prepare for those maintenance and repair bills: "By allocating the equivalent of just one car payment annually during the Cinderella Era and saving the rest, you can cover an entire year's worth of basic maintenance and grow your nest egg." Some great advice!
I have heard horror stories about timing belts breaking and causing permanent engine damage! How can I prevent this from happening to me? Understanding some general information about timing belts will help you to avoid a broken timing belt. First, timing belts should be replaced between 60,000 to 100,00 miles. So, you will need to start inspecting your belt for any wear periodically at the 60,000-mile point. Secondly, a timing belt, that is wearing out, will start make a ticking noise. If you hear this noise, be sure to make an appointment to have your belt checked. The other two things that can happen is a no start or when an engine is misfiring. Timing belts are the second most important maintenance item for vehicles; with oil changes being number one. A broken timing belt is a big deal! Although replacing it can be costly, having it break is even more costly.
Getting repairs or maintenance done on our vehicles just isn't fun. We have to go without our vehicles for a day to a week or longer. Many of us put off repairs and/or maintenance for many different reasons. The danger in doing this, of course, is we risk creating more issues or damage to our vehicles. The following 5 repairs need to be completed sooner than later for this very reason. 1. Worn engine/motor mounts. These mounts hold your engine in place. Obviously if the engine is not secured properly with these mounts, you risk other parts breaking. 2. Exhaust leaks. Not only are exhaust issues loud, but you risk the fumes entering inside your vehicle and potential health risks. 3. Fluid leaks. We all put off this repair way longer than we should. It's easier to just add the oil or power steering fluid. Over time this bad habit will cause other issues. 4. Worn shocks and struts. These rarely go bad overnight. So, when you start to feel like you're driving a boat or hear ... read more
Are you a New Year Resolution type of person? How about making ONE resolution for your vehicle? You read that right... a resolution for your vehicle (times the # of vehicles you own). I have an idea that is really simple and easy to do. Follow these 4 steps for each of your vehicles on a WEEKLY basis. That's it... just once a week! 1. Check the tire pressure--- In winter months they are going to read lower than recommended so be sure to check them after the car has been driven a few miles. After you get home from work or running errands, would be a great time. 2. Check your hoses for cracks, dry or brittle material. 3, Top off your coolant and washer fluid 4. Check your oil. Running extremely low or out of oil is setting your vehicle's engine up for failure. At the very least check the Bob's Auto Service oil change sticker in the upper left corner of your windshield. This will tell you about when your next oil change is due. Now this is a super easy and quick way to keep ... read more
What does this holiday shopping season and auto repair services have in common? Do you have family members, co-workers, friends or neighbors that have their auto repair services completed at Bob's Auto Service? The answer is Bob's Auto Gift Certificate(s)! Are you wondering what to get someone that seems to have everything they need? The answer is Bob's Auto Gift Certificate(s)! These certificates can be made out in an amount of your choice. They are good for 12 months from date of purchase.