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Auto Repair Tips for Winter

Winter is just around the corner, and it is time to begin thinking about winter-auto-repair tasks for your vehicle. Even though the temperatures may not often drop below freezing in your local area, it is still a good idea to have your local mechanic take a look at your vehicle to ensure the following are in good order: Antifreeze-Be certain the level is full and the mixture is adjusted properly. Tire treads-Check the tread depth and ensure you have enough tread to allow for safe winter driving. Tire Pressure-During cold weather, tires lose pressure, so it is a good idea to add a little pressure from time to time. Tires that are properly inflated provide better contact with the road and will protect your wheels from potential damage. Windshield Wipers-Have your old wiper blades tested or replaced at your auto service center to ensure you are able to see clearly. Window Washing Fluid-You will likely use more fluid during the winter months. Keep in mind that only washer fluid should ... read more

Check your Brakes before Holiday Travel

The holiday season is almost upon us and with it will come plenty of out-of-town trips to visit the relatives. If you have noticed your brakes vibrating, grinding, or squealing when you come to a stop or if you are no longer receiving a firm response when the brake pedal is tapped, it could be time to bring your vehicle in to your nearest auto service center for a quick brake repair checkup before you hit the road for holiday travel. The last thing you want to do on the way to Grandma’s is break down. It is usually a good idea to have your brakes checked about every six months, even if you do not think there is a problem. But, if you have heard a noise recently that isn’t normal, it is a good idea to get your vehicle checked as a precaution. Remember, different sounds in your vehicle can indicate different problems. Whether it’s a high-pitched squeal or a grinding noise, your vehicle is trying to tell you something. Take the time to get your vehicle inspected now bef ... read more

Keep your Vehicle in Tip Top Shape with the Right Fluid Levels

Monitoring your vehicle’s fluids is essential to ensuring it stays in good condition and is well maintained. You can typically find a diagram in your owner’s manual that will show you exactly where all of the major fluids should be checked, but if you do not have a manual, don’t worry, we can help you. Most of the vehicles have several major fluid levels that should be checked as described below. Engine oil should always be checked while the engine is off. As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to check the engine oil every two weeks. Transmission oil usually needs to be checked while the vehicle is running and either in neutral or park. To obtain a true reading, the transmission usually should be warmed up. Manual transmission requires the fill plug to be removed in order to check the transmission fluid. If you are not comfortable doing this, ask your local mechanic to check it for you about once a year. The engine coolant will also need to be checked, but make sur ... read more

How to Avoid an Overheated Engine

Warm temperatures are still here and if you have noticed your vehicle is continually overheating, it is a good idea to have a professional mechanic look at it. Driving your vehicle with an overheated engine can result in serious long-term damage. If you cannot make it in to an auto service center right away, you can try some quick-fix solutions. First, check the antifreeze to ensure it is circulating. If it is not and you have a busted hose or a leak, you need to see an auto mechanic for repair immediately. If your vehicle has plenty of antifreeze and the engine is still overheating, take a minute to check the uptake hose. Over time, this hose can become loose and coolant can begin to leak out. The hose may need to be replaced in order to cool down the engine. Similarly, if the uptake hose is blocked or detached, check it to see if liquid is still able to pass through it. If not, it may need to be flushed in order to clean it and allow the antifreeze to freely flow through it again. K ... read more

Two Auto Problems you Cannot Afford to Ignore

In today’s economy, many people are looking to cut back on expenses wherever possible, but ignoring potential auto repair needs should not be an area for taking shortcuts on costs. There are two auto problems you simply cannot afford to ignore and need to be addressed by an experienced service center, such as ours – B&B Automotive, a full service Bryan auto service center. Puddles suddenly appearing under your vehicle. The appearance of dark puddles could mean a variety of things, including transmission oil, power steering fluid, axle grease, or oil. . If the puddles are green, yellow, orange, or pink, it’s possible your vehicle could be leaking antifreeze/coolant. If you’re not certain, it’s always best to take your vehicle to a reputable mechanic for a quick checkup before the problem becomes even bigger. Engine cutting out. This issue has the potential to be a serious problem, particularly if your engine is cutting out under heavy acceleration. Th ... read more

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