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Why Is Warranty Coverage on Auto Repairs Important?

Why Is Warranty Coverage on Auto Repairs Important?

As a responsible vehicle owner, it's important to keep your vehicle in good shape to ensure it lasts a long time. While maintenance is key to protecting you from expensive repairs, some other repairs are necessary. When you need to take your vehicle to an auto repair shop, we understand you want to be sure they're done correctly. That's where warranties come in handy. When you have a warranty coupled with your auto repair services, you have an agreement that the repair shop will provide you with specific services or repairs for a set period. This can be a significant advantage for consumers because it gives you peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong after the repair, you're covered. Here are some reasons why having a warranty with your auto repair services is crucial: Protection Against Faulty Repairs: If a repair shop performs a service or repair that ends up being faulty, the warranty will cover the repair costs. Without a warranty, you ... read more

What Is Octane?

What Is Octane?

When you pull up to a gas station, you're often faced with various gasoline options, each with different octane levels. But what do these numbers mean, and how do you know which kind of gas is recommended for your car, SUV, or truck? Read on to learn the basics of fuel types. What is Octane? Octane measures a fuel's ability to resist "knocking" or "pinging" during combustion. Knocking is an undesirable effect that can occur in an engine when fuel ignites prematurely, causing the engine to run inefficiently and potentially leading to damage. How are Octane Levels Measured? Octane levels are measured using two rating systems: Research Octane Number (RON) and Motor Octane Number (MON). RON measures how well a fuel resists knocking under light to moderate loads and speeds, while MON measures resistance under heavier loads and high speeds. The two numbers are then averaged to determine the fuel's "octane rating." What Kind of Gas is Recommende ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers?

How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers?

Windshield wipers play an integral role in keeping you safe while on the road, especially during rainy or snowy conditions. However, most drivers often need to pay more attention to the maintenance of their wipers, leading to inadequate visibility and raised risks of accidents. Therefore, it's crucial to understand how often you should replace your windshield wipers to keep yourself and your vehicle safe on the road. Factors Affecting Windshield Wiper Lifespan Several factors determine how long your windshield wipers will last, such as weather conditions, frequency of use, and the quality of the wipers. In areas with harsh weather conditions, such as excessive heat or cold, or heavy rains, the wiper blades may wear out faster. Also, if you drive regularly, the wiper blades may wear out faster than someone who rarely uses their vehicle. Signs It's Time to Replace Your Windshield Wipers Streaking or Skipping: If your wipers start to leave streaks or skip across the windshiel ... read more

How to Tell If Your Catalytic Converter Is Bad

How to Tell If Your Catalytic Converter Is Bad

A bad catalytic converter can cause some serious problems in your car. Here are the top 5 symptoms of a bad catalytic converter: 1. Reduced engine performance: If you notice your engine doesn't seem to be running as smoothly as it used to, it could be due to a bad catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is an important part of your vehicle's emissions system and it helps reduce air pollution. When it malfunctions, it can lead to a reduction in engine performance. 2. Trouble starting your car: A catalytic converter is a part of your engine's exhaust system that helps reduce emissions. It takes the exhaust gases and converts them into less polluting emissions. If your catalytic converter is damaged or clogged, your engine may have difficulty starting. 3. Excessive exhaust smoke: The catalytic converter helps reduce the amount of harmful gases created by your vehicle, so if it isn't functioning, it's time to take ... read more

Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter Emergency Car Kit

Are you traveling a long distance this holiday? The persistent snowfall can be a problem for you and your loved ones if you are well prepared. Here is what you need to know incase of an emergency. Winter Emergency Car Kit Emergencies can happen at any moment. Be sure to be fully prepared when that happens with the following essential to ensure that you make it out safely. Snow shovel Once snow begins to accumulate around your automobile on the roadside, you'll need to have a shovel to create a route or uncover your vehicle. Make your automobile noticeable to rescue crews by reducing the quantity of snow surrounding it or hiding your rear lights. Car Charger for Cell Phones Cellular phones are literal lifesavers when winter traveling turns out badly, but they're only functional when they're charged. To keep your phone charged, carry an extra mobile phone charger in your survival pack. A basic USB vehicle charger allows you to charge any cellphone as long as you have t ... read more

How to Keep Your Transmission In Good Shape

How to Keep Your Transmission In Good Shape

If you know about automobiles, you probably know that transmission rebuilds and replacements are not cheap. That is why you should never overlook the importance of transmission service/maintenance. This system is in charge of transferring engine power to move your wheels, and it relies on a lubricating fluid to keep it clean and cool. Follow these tips to keep your transmission running for many years to come: 1. Get Regular Transmission Fluid Exchanges Your automaker sometimes has the interval for this service listed in the owner’s manual. On average, this service should be done every 30,000 miles or every two years, whichever comes first. This service allows us to eliminate the lingering debris and impurities in the system, making the fluid move more fluidly.  2. Check Fluid Levels and Catch Leaks  The transmission fluid is responsible for lubricating gearboxes on top of powering the transmission. That is why you should check on the fluid conditi ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Vibrations in your car can be jarring, mainly when performing something critical like braking. You should consider a brake service if you feel vibrations/ shaking when using your brakes. Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake? "Brake shudder" refers to the shaking or vibration you feel through the brake pedal and the steering wheel when you brake in your vehicle. Brake shudder often occurs due to problems with the brake rotors (or brake discs). When your car's brake rotors are unevenly worn, its brake pads tend to get in contact with the flat spots available on the disc's surface. In turn, this causes the shaking that you feel. This form of uneven wear of your brake discs could result from several things. For example, it might be the poor installation of the rotors or the brake calipers not functioning correctly. It could also be the appropriate bedding-in procedure not having been used if there has been a recent installation of new brake pads. Although this is the m ... read more

Top Car Preventive Maintenance Services You Should Consider

Top Car Preventive Maintenance Services You Should Consider

If you're like most car owners, you want to do whatever you can to keep your vehicle in good condition. That's why it's important to consider preventive maintenance services. By having these services performed on a regular basis, you can help protect your car from major problems down the road. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the top preventive maintenance services that you should consider. One of the most important preventive maintenance services that you can have performed on your car is an oil change. Over time, the oil in your engine will begin to break down and become less effective. This can lead to a number of problems, including engine damage. To avoid this, it's important to have your oil changed on a regular basis. Depending on your car's make and model, you may need to have your oil changed every 3000 miles or so. Another important preventive maintenance service is a tire rotation. Over time, the weight of your car can cause the tires to wear ... read more

What Is An Alternator?

What Is An Alternator?

Without an alternator, the battery and the rest of the vehicle’s electrical system would not be able to function. In fact, it could leave you stranded until you’re able to get it fixed. To avoid the major inconvenience of being stuck with a dead battery, please have your alternator checked and repaired when necessary. The team at Premier Automotive Service is always ready to help!   What Does the Alternator Do? The alternator is an electrical system component that supplies electricity to the car battery. Since the battery is the part of a vehicle that is necessary to start your car and continue to run it, the alternator must do its part. Plus, the alternator powers your headlights, radio, GPS system, power seating, seat warmers, and more.   What Are Some Common Alternator Problems? Most alternators require little to no maintenance, and they eventually wear out. However, their lifespan can shorten due to poor habits. Overloading your battery and the rest of t ... read more

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Does My Car Really Need Fluid Exchanges?

Your car uses different fluids that help to run it. And over time, these car fluids collect contaminants or get depleted. These pollutants slow the performance, so regular fluid servicing is vital for a safe and seamless driving experience. During fluid servicing, the mechanic recommends flushing out the fluids and replacing them with new ones. The entire car system is then cleansed with specialized cleaning fluid or water to eliminate any grime or grit that builds up over time. These are some of the fluids in your car and the importance of having them flushed and replaced. Transmission Fluid Depending on your car model, some mechanics recommend that you change the transmission fluid every 60,000-100,000 miles. Manufacturer recommendations also determine the frequency of changing this fluid. Brake Fluid Although brake fluid exchanges are rare, they are critical if there is moisture in your braking system that causes it to rust. If the brake fluid o ... read more

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