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Is your car ready for winter?

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Is your car ready for winter? As the upcoming season approaches, it’s important to make sure that it’s prepared as much as possible. Here are a few components you should check as the cooler months begin to settle in: Windshield wipers: One of the things that you’ll want to look at are your wiper blades to see if they are …

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CrossClimate SUV Tire – an all season tire for SUVs, crossovers

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Having tires that you can count on whether it’s sunny or snowing is important. The Michelin CrossClimate SUV tire is an all season tire available for SUVs and crossovers. Featuring wet and dry traction, it is certified for snow traction. This tire’s V-shaped tread design, deep sipes and emerging grooves enable it to last longer in wet and snowy weather. …

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Why is a brake fluid exchange important?

In Brake Fluid Flush, Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Car maintenance isn’t just about oil changes and wheel alignments. It also extends to your brake system. When you step on the brake, the brake pad and brake rotor press against each other, creating heat and moisture. They don’t move very far, and neither does the brake fluid between them.  The moisture that accumulates causes corrosion to build up. Corrosion …

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Brake failure symptoms and causes

In Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Many factors can lead to brake failure – cheap brakes, brake parts installed incorrectly, and brake wear are among them.  Several symptoms indicate that brake repair is needed. Grinding, squealing, rattling and groaning noises are all signs that there is a problem with your car’s brake pads. The causes range from loose parts to a lack of lubrication, depending on …

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Common car heater problems

In Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Now is a good time to make sure your car heater is working properly. When checking your heater or using it for the first time this season, you may notice that cold air is blowing out of the vents. Here are some common causes: It needs more coolant: Hot air generates from the heater core. Coolant, which runs through the …

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What causes a check engine light to turn on?

In Automotive Diagnostics by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A car’s check engine light isn’t an indicator that should be ignored. The symbol clues you in that there’s a problem. The issue itself can span a number of components. If your car’s check engine light is blinking, which means that there’s an engine issue, we recommend bringing it to a mechanic as soon as you can. Waiting to have …

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Why you should change your cabin air filter and clean the cowling

In Cabin Air Filter by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Leaves will soon begin falling across Virginia. They can become lodged in your car’s cabin air filter or the cowling area. Cabin air filters clean the air that goes into the front of vehicles and prevent bacteria, dirt, dust and pollen from entering. They keep the heating core and evaporator from getting blocked, as well. Once or twice a year, …

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Tell your auto repair shop everything

In Vehicle Alignment by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Details are key. When dropping off your vehicle at an auto repair shop, it’s important to provide as much information as possible – whether it’s a noise you hear, work that has been done, or a recent incident.  The driver of a Dodge Avenger brought their car in for a wheel alignment and explained that they had hit a curb. …

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Headlights: What’s checked during the Virginia Safety Inspection

In Car Safety by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

It’s starting to become darker earlier. With the nights lengthening, it’s even more important that drivers have functioning headlights. Headlights are among the parts that are looked over during the annual Virginia Safety Inspection. Brakes are another component. In addition to making sure the assembly doesn’t shift, inspectors ensure there aren’t any cracks, which can alter the aiming pattern. Why …

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Signs your water pump is going bad

In Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Your car’s water pump ensures that coolant is moving through the engine, preventing it from overheating. You may need a new one if it’s corroding or loose, or the radiator is emitting steam. An overheating engine and coolant leaking in the center of the car’s front end are also signs of a bad water pump. Here are some recommendations for …