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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

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

Why Your Car Needs Regular Oil Changes

Most vehicle owner's are aware of the cardinal rule of car ownership - to have your vehicle's oil changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Although we know that it is important, most may not understand why, and why it is needed so often.    When you visit Premier Automotive Service for your regular oil change, your engine oil is replaced, the system is flushed out, and a new oil filter is installed. This engine oil has a very important job - it keeps your vehicle's engine lubricated. This lubrication keeps the engine from overheating and helps to avoid metal to metal contact between vital components. The engine oil also helps pick up debris and dirt as it circulates which helps to keep the engine clean.    When the oil picks up dirt throughout the engine, it brings it back through the oil filter, which catches all of the grime. The oil filter will eventually become clogged up after filtering the oil, and this is why the oil filter ... read more

Pre-Road Trip Vehicle Checklist

Spring and Summer seasons are the best time of year to hop in the car and take a trip nearby, whether you’re hitting the beach, heading to amusement parks, or going camping! The last thing you want to do is get stuck on the road with a broken down vehicle. Before you embark on your road trip, be sure to go over our pre-road trip vehicle checklist to ensure that you’re vehicle stays reliable and dependable on your vacation.    Check Tires - Tires should have the correct pressure and should have good tread.  Check Belts & Hoses - Your local mechanic may have to complete this step. Belts and hose problems can go undetected until they fail completely.  Check Filters & Fluids - All fluids should be clean and full and filters should be clean as well to ensure all systems work properly and to prevent overheating.  Check Windshield Wipers and Lights - You never know when you might hit rain and need windshield wipers. All exterior lights need to ... read more

The Importance of Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is here, and it is the season to start taking control of your vehicle's health. Over the winter months, our cars can decrease in performance due to the heavy weather that can take a toll on our cars. When spring comes around, it's the perfect time to address any issues that may have occurred due to the colder weather and make sure that your vehicle is in top shape for the warmer months ahead.   Here are the top services and maintenance items to revive your vehicle and be prepared for spring and summer driving:    Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Stay on top of oil and filter changes Test cooling system and top off coolant Have belts & hoses inspected Make sure A/C works properly Check tire pressure, treat, alignment, and overall tire condition Test your lights, including both exterior and interior, to make sure they are working properly Get new windshield wipers and top of windshi ... read more

5 Items for Your Summer Road Trip Checklist

5 Items for Your Summer Road Trip Checklist

Road trips are a fun and traditional part of summer for many people. Wherever you decide to go this summer, you’ll need a reliable vehicle to make the round trip. Here are five things you should put on your car’s summer checklist. Your Tires – Look for warning signs like bulging spots, areas with little or no tread, and any foreign object stuck in the tire. Make sure your tires are fully inflated to get you the best gas mileage, and keep a spare tire in case you get a flat while you’re on the road. Your Oil – Now is not the time to skimp on an oil change. Make sure your oil is clean and that the level is high enough. Other Fluids – Oil is vital, but it’s not the only fluid that needs to be checked. You want to make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, and cooling system are all full and ready to go. Belts and Hoses – Rusty or loose connections can be a key factor in ... read more

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Blown Head Gasket Signs

Blown Head Gasket Signs

How to Tell You Have a Blown Gasket The best way to discover something in your car has gone awry is by turning off the radio for a short while during a drive. Then you’ll be able to detect any odd car sounds as well as allow yourself to be more observant to the feel of your car – how hard do you have to pull on your steering wheel, how far are you pressing your brake pedal before your car slows down, how easily is your gear shift changing? If you notice any difference in these operations or find that there are squealing, grinding, or rattling noises occurring, then it is best to take your vehicle in to a professional mechanic immediately. These small symptoms, if caught early enough, can save you hundreds or thousands on later repairs or component replacements if left unchecked. Signs that your engine may be having trouble could be symptomatic of a blown head gasket. It is easiest to tell if this may be what is happening beneath ... read more

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Signs You Need a New Battery

Signs You Need a New Battery

To avoid getting stranded, have your battery inspected or replaced every three years. No one wants to get stuck with an inoperable car battery. For many people, this annoyance can seem like it always comes out of nowhere. Since the car battery doesn’t give many obvious outward signs of decay, non-attentive car owners truly can get stranded. As a general rule of thumb, get a new battery for your car every three years. Otherwise, pay attention to these warning signs. Indicators You May Need a New Battery Low Fluid: A portion of your battery case is translucent to allow for the inspection of your fluid level. If the fluid falls below the lead plates on the inside — the location of the energy conductors - then it's likely time for a replacement. Check Engine Light: Your check engine light can indicate many things. Low battery life serves as one of these. When you take your car in to get it checked, make sure your battery g ... read more

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The Importance of Replacing Fuel and Air Filters

The Importance of Replacing Fuel and Air Filters

The Importance of Replacing Fuel and Air Filters Car maintenance and upkeep can become costly if you let it. That is why many people look for ways to cut down on their repair costs. A lot of the time, this leads to refusing services that seem unimportant or redundant. When you hear "filter replacement" you may think that it is not important. However, replacing your fuel and air filters are far more important than you know. Air and Fuel Filters Your vehicle is run by an internal combustion engine. In order to function, it needs fuel to create the energy used in vehicular motion. This fuel will either be gas or diesel, depending on your vehicle. Your fuel is then mixed in a proper ratio with air to create combustion and get your vehicle moving. When fuel and air are put into your vehicle, many different contaminants can be pulled with them. These contaminants, like dust, dirt, worn metal flakes, and more, can trav ... read more

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How To Tell If Your AC Needs Service

How To Tell If Your AC Needs Service

With summer quickly approaching, everyone is busy getting their vacation plans together and ensuring their home is prepared for the hotter temperatures. However, do you know if your car’s AC is ready? A vehicle’s air conditioning is a system that has a tricky set of rules when it comes to service. Mostly, when you are no longer comfortable in your car or your air conditioner is not blowing as coldly as it should, it is time for service. This is not a very concrete set of rules, and you may want some definitive signs to keep a look out for. Signs Your AC Needs Service #1 Your AC Is Not Blowing Or Sounding Funny This is two different situations that can arise within your car’s AC. You turn on your air conditioner to cool down your car and, to your surprise, nothing comes out of the vents. Another situation is that your AC takes a while to come on, but when it does it makes a lot of strange noises. These are both s ... read more

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