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Measures We Are Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open

Here at Premier Automotive Service, we understand the uncertainty and fear throughout the country surrounding the spread of COVID-19. While our shop remains open to serve the people of our community here in Urbandale with essential auto care, we continue to monitor the latest news surrounding Coronavirus updates. Our shop is open, and ready to assist you with all of your vehicle's needs during this time. Premier Automotive Service is closely following the CDC's recommendations in terms of proper practices of sanitizing and keeping our shop a safe place to serve you. Here are some of the ways in which we are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring a clean shop for our customers: We are continuing to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, handles, restrooms, counters, tables, and furniture multiple times throughout the day.   The Interior Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Door Handles will be sanitized before your vehicle is r ... read more

Do I Need a Tire Rotation?

You hear the term "tire rotation" and think back - you aren't sure if you've ever had this service done or what it even entails. We have found that most car owners don't know the true important of a tire rotation or how often it should be completed. Lets talk about what exactly a tire rotation is and why it is so important to maintaining your tires.  What exactly is a tire rotation? A tire rotation consists of simply rotation your tires around. For example, the front tire will be moved to the back, the back to the front, and so on. Essentially, every tire will see every corner of your vehicle.  Why is a tire rotation important? When you rotate your vehicle's tires on a regular basis, you will significantly expand their lifespan. This is because some tire positions may endure more pressure or weight than the others, usually the front tire on your driver side. Since this tire will be subject to more weight and pressure, it will wear ... read more

Why Does My Car Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

You start driving and you suddenly smell what seems to be rotten eggs. If it doesn't pass and you continue smelling it throughout your drive, this could be an indication of a serious problem. What you might be smelling is hydrogen sulfide, which is your vehicle's fuel. This chemical is usually converted into a odorless sulfur dioxide, so if you're smelling rotten eggs, there is more than likely a problem with the fuel system.  Here are some of the issues that can cause the smell of rotten eggs in your vehicle:  A faulty catalytic converter is the usual culprit when it comes to the smell of rotten eggs. The catalytic converter is the component that converts hydrogen sulfide, so if you're smell it, the catalytic converter isn't doing its job.  A failing fuel pressure sensor or worn out fuel filter can also lead to a rotten egg odor. The fuel pressure sensor helps to regulate the use of fuel and it fails, it can clog the catalytic converter with an ex ... read more

How to Prepare for Driving on Icy Roads

Driving on icy roads can't always be avoided. If we are experiencing heavy winter weather and you still need to get to work in the morning, you may find yourself stressing about the drive. We know that driving during severe winter weather can be concerning, which is why always trying to be prepared before you hit the road can help you tackle the challenge and get to your destination safely.  If you haven't already, you may want to consider looking into winter tires. Winter tires can be stored in your garage or other facility nearby your home and can be put on when needed. Winter tires can allow you to get much more traction on the road and will be dependable even during severe weather conditions. Also, if you are planning on traveling, be sure to check road conditions beforehand. Some areas may require tire chains by law for certain vehicle types.  Another important way to prepare for driving in winter weather is by always making sure that your vehicle is well ... read more

How to Handle a Driving Emergency

We never want to find ourselves in a bad situation on the road - however, it can happen. The most important thing to do is handle the situation as safely and as calmly as possible to avoid further problems. You never know when you might end up with a flat tire or experience a car breakdown on the road.  Here are some tips on how to properly handle a driving emergency:  Try not to panic. The worst thing you can do in an emergency situation is to panic and not act calmly. Stay calm and breathe, and try to figure out what the next best steps are.    Make sure that everyone with you is ok, as well as yourself! If you’ve been in an accident and a passenger or yourself is hurt, call for medical help right away.    Be sure to pull over to a safe place. Try to get your vehicle out of traffic’s way and to a safe place on the road. If you can’t move your car, call the police immediately to help make the situation safe. Never get out of your v ... read more

Be Prepared for Accidents Before You Hit the Road

During the summer months, many people will be planning road trips with their families and friends while school is out and the weather is warm. Because summer means more traveling, there will be more cars out there on the road and traffic always brings the possibility of an accident.  Although you may not even want to think about a car accident occurring, it is always a good idea to be prepared for anything - just in case. A minor accident may not ruin your entire trip, but not having the things you need can put a damper on your journey.  We recommend packing a safety kit with you, just in case you find yourself in some sort of vehicle accident or emergency. The safety kit should have the essentials, such as your Driver’s License, car registration, and your insurance card and medical information.  Some other items you should always have on hand include a phone and phone charger, water, snacks, jumper cables, emergency phone numbers, spare tire and tire changing k ... read more

Happy Holidays from Premier Automotive Service!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Premier Automotive Service! The holiday season is a joyful time usually filled with visiting friends and family through the upcoming months. If you are planning on driving local or visiting folks far away, making sure that your vehicle is well maintained for the winter season is key. Here are some of our top winter season maintenance items to have completed before you hit the road:  Have your tires inspected for proper tread, condition, and tire pressure Ensure that all fluids are fresh, clean, and topped off Check the battery for charge Make sure that your wheels are properly aligned and have tires balanced and rotated if needed Check all lights, exterior and interior, to make sure that they are working properly Test defroster and heat Replace windshield wipers if needed Have the brake system inspected include brake pads, rotors, lines and more Before you hit the road, all of the maintenance items above will help give you pe ... read more

Seasonal Car Maintenance

With every season comes changes in the weather, and ultimately driving in these different weather conditions can ultimately take a toll on our vehicles in different ways. This is why it is so important to understand your seasonal car maintenance needs. Since we are currently coming out of summer and going into fall, it's important to understand what is needed before the fall season.  Here are some pre-fall season maintenance items to keep in mind for your vehicle:  Windshield wipers may need to be changed before the rain starts A bumper to bumper vehicle inspection is recommended to catch any issues that summer may have caused on our vehicles Inspect your tires for treat, overall condition, and air pressure Check all fluids and filters Take care of any services that you may have been putting off If you need any of the services listed above, don't hesitate to stop by Premier Automotive Service or give us a call today. We will address any of your vehicle's nee ... read more

How to Check Your Motor Oil Level

Regularly checking the oil levels in your car is important when it comes to maintaining a healthy and safe car. It's a simple maintenance item that can help you identify any issues early on, such as leaks, which can cause major damage to your engine. We recommend that you check your motor oil level at least once a month and especially before you embark on any long drives.  Here is how to check your motor oil level: We recommend checking your oil levels before driving your vehicle, as they will appear lower right after your engine is running.  Make sure your car is parked on an even and flat surface.  Find the oil dipstick in your vehicle under the hood. The best way to find this is by refering to your vehicle's owner's manual.  Pop the hood to do the step above.  Most dipsticks will have a colored cap, such as yellow or orange, which will help you better locate the dipstick.  Grab a paper towel or an old rag. Slowly pull out the dipstic ... read more

How to Inspect the Pressure in Your Tires

How to Inspect the Pressure in Your Tires

Having the proper tire pressure is vital when it comes to protecting the overall integrity of your tires. It will also ensure that you stay safe on the road, as low tire pressure can lead to tire blowouts and trouble steering or turning properly. Your vehicle is properly equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system which will alert you if your tire pressure has fallen below manufacturer recommendations.  During the summer, air expands due to the heat and then will contract during the winter with the colder temperatures. This is why many people will notice that their tire pressure will reduce when the air gets cold. If this happens to you, just make sure to inspect your vehicle's tire pressure and fill it accordingly.  Here's how to check your vehicle's tire pressure: First, you'll need a tire pressure gauge, which can be purchased at your local auto parts store.  Remove the valve cap from your tire, located on the front next to the hub cap.  N ... read more

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