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Brake service: When and why to have it done

In Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Written by Sydney Jones, General Service Technician for HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire The most crucial safety device in your car is the brakes.  As Newton’s first law of motion tells us, an object in motion will stay in motion until stopped by an external force such as friction. We can’t rely on friction to stop our cars while going …

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Oil change service levels

In Oil Change by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Written by Sydney Jones, General Service Technician for HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire Most car owners know that they have to change their oil to keep their car running, but many don’t know the intervals between oil changes and how different types of oil can change that interval.  Many GDI engine owners are unaware of the BG Oil Change service …

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Signs that your gas tank is leaking

In Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Do you smell gas? You could had a fuel leak. That is the case of 1990 GMC Sierra, which was brought into HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire. The owners of the vehicle mentioned that they can smell fuel and see fuel when adding it. When Jason started working on the GMC Sierra, he noticed the two seams of the gas …

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Is your vehicle’s sunroof clogged?

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Over time, the sunroof of a vehicle can become clogged. Charles from HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire faced this issue when he was working on a 2012 Toyota RAV4 last month. The vehicle had come in because of a dead battery.  As he was looking into the problem, he noticed that the check engine light and oil pressure light stayed …

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Air induction service for GDI engines

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Written by Sydney Jones, General Service Technician for HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire The GDI (Gasoline Direct Inject) fuel and air induction service is specifically catered to GDI engines, which aim to provide greater power in a smaller engine. It was standard that a 4-cylinder engine had excellent gas mileage but not a whole lot of power. Meanwhile, a V8 …

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Toyota Prius tire alignment problems

In Vehicle Alignment by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are the tires of your Toyota Prius wearing unevenly? Is your car pulling to one side? Does the steering feel sloppy? These are some signs of a bad tire alignment. Various issues can be mistaken for a wheel alignment problem. The steering wheel shuddering when you press the brake pedal is one of them. Tire alignments should be performed when …

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HomeTowne Auto Repair accepting Toys for Tots donations

In Community Involvement by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are you looking for a way to help the less fortunate? HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is serving as a drop off location for Toys for Tots. The annual Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped gifts for children in need. Donations can be brought to the auto shop between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from …

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Check engine light started flashing

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Written by Erin Flynn My work week had an unexpected start. I had filled up the gas tank for Volkswagen Beetle and was leaving the parking lot when my vehicle began to shudder.  It stopped and then started shuddering again a few minutes later. Then, the check engine light began to flash and eventually became solid. Thankfully, I made it …

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What is a fuel injector?

In Automotive Diagnostics by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

This week, a 2008 Jeep Wrangler was brought to HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire. The check engine light was on, and it had a fuel injector code. Fuel injectors send fuel into the cylinder, allowing your vehicle’s engine to run.  To reach them, we needed to remove the intake manifold. On this Jeep Wrangler, the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) tube …

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Maintaining your vehicle’s coolant level

In Vehicle Fluids by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Written by Erin Flynn When I started my Volkswagen Beetle a few days ago, I heard a beeping sound and noticed that one of my dashboard lights was blinking. A few seconds later, it turned off. I learned, later on, that it had been the coolant level light. One of the staff members from HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire checked …