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How to deal with sun glare

In News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

It’s that time of the year where the sun is at a bad angle and blinds drivers during their commute. Here are a few tips for addressing the sun glare. Using a sun visor is one solution. Drivers should also make sure their windshield is clear by cleaning it inside and out. They can also set their defroster to the …

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Are animals living in your car?

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Are animals making themselves at home in your vehicle? As the cooler temperatures begin to creep in, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for various creatures that seek shelter in or near it. “I’ve removed anything from mice, rats, squirrels, and their nests,” HomeTowne Auto Repair and Tire Owner ST Billingsley said. “I’ve removed cats, snakes, and …

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Is your battery light on?

In Automotive Diagnostics, News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

If your battery light comes on or flickers on your dashboard, it could be a sign of an alternator going bad. The alternator is driven by the engine to produce electricity to run the accessories in a vehicle and recharge the battery. Some common problems that could lead to an alternator not working correctly can be normal wear and tear, …

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Signs that your starter is going bad

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Click. Click. Click. It’s a dreaded sound for many drivers, especially when they are trying — unsuccessfully — to start their car. The noise is one sign that a vehicle’s starter is going bad. Another giveaway is if your vehicle won’t start, even when a jumper box or a jumper cable are attached to it. You may also hear a …

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Brakes and the Virginia Safety Inspection

In Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Bringing your vehicle in for the Virginia safety inspection is one way you can protect yourself and others. The brakes of your vehicle have to be working properly in order to pass the yearly requirement. There can’t be a soft brake pedal or a twisted brake hose. A vehicle will fail if any active leaks or oil contamination is found. …