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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 …

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BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire: A high quality, all-season tire

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are you in the market for a high quality tire with a lower price point? The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport Tire may be the right fit for your vehicle. With a 65,000 to 75,000 mile treadlife, this all season tire works well in dry and wet weather conditions. It features siping that helps push away water. The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A …

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Car windows on Subaru wouldn’t roll down

In Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are your car windows refusing to roll up or down? There are a few different causes behind this. A Subaru driver dropped off their vehicle at HomeTowne after realizing the passenger car windows weren’t working. First, Charles checked the window switches. He then moved on to the motors for the passenger windows and learned they weren’t working. Located in the …

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Emission test required every two years

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Every two years, Northern Virginia drivers must have an emission test conducted on their vehicle. This requirement applies to those who keep their cars in certain localities, such as Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. The emission test seeks to protect the environment by making sure the car releases the right amount of fumes into …