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Crank no start on Ford F-350

In Automotive Diagnostics by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A crank no start is a common problem that can occur with any vehicle. It’s the reason that a customer brought their Ford F-350 to our shop earlier this month. When looking into the problem, our technician found that the fuel injectors weren’t pressurizing. A high pressure oil system is used to pressurize the injectors, because they need 500 PSI …

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Car shaking when driving

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Have you noticed your car shaking? If so, it may be telling you that there’s a problem. One of our customers felt a vibration when driving. It was taken on a test drive and it seemed that the issue was somewhere in the drive train. We put it up on a lift and when we ran it at about 40 …

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Are winter tires needed in Northern Virginia?

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

With winter being around the corner, drivers are looking into getting their vehicles ready for any possible inclement weather we may experience. Purchasing and replacing their tires with winter tires is one way some prepare. There are a lot of questions people may have about winter tires. Here are some recommendations and information regarding this option. Why should you check …

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Why you should check your lug nuts and wheel bolts

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A lot of cars, trucks and SUVs have lug nuts or lug stud bolts – depending on the make – have a chrome coat or chrome caps.  Over a period of time – due to normal wear and tear and the environment – they’ll start to rust between the iron part of the lug nut and the aluminum coating, or …

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How to save gas and get better gas mileage

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

As gas prices have increased throughout the year, a lot of commuters are considering how they can cut down on their bill at the pump. While you can’t change how much gas costs, there are many things you can do to make the fuel you do buy last. How to save gas while driving Clean your vehicle (including the trunk): …

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Cadillac CTS wheel alignment cost

In Vehicle Alignment by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire works on Cadillacs of all makes and models. Our Cadillac service includes wheel alignments, which help prevent premature tire wear. We recommend having it checked once a year or when new tires are installed. While conducting an alignment, we use high quality parts and a computerized alignment system. Various specifications, such as caster, camber and …

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What does a tune up consist of?

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When was the last time you had a mechanic thoroughly check over your vehicle? Although it is important to make sure basic car maintenance – like oil changes and inspections – is performed, automobiles also require a tune up every once in a while. “Tune up” is a term you may have heard or read in reference to regular automotive …

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Brakes grinding? Why is that?

In Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Have you been hearing an unpleasant sound as you’re slowing down? It may be your brakes grinding. A grinding noise while braking could mean that the brake pads have become worn and their plates and the brake rotors are rubbing together. Grinding is one of several symptoms that your vehicle is in need of brake repair. A large amount of …

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Do I have a battery problem?

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

How do you know if your battery is going bad?  The first indication is that you’re getting a slow crank or that your battery light is flashing or staying on. Keep in mind, that could also be a sign that the alternator is going bad. But usually the battery is the first place to check. Here are some common problems …

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How to tell if your car alternator is bad

In Automotive Diagnostics by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are you having trouble starting your vehicle? Your car alternator going bad could be the cause behind this problem. Here are some bad alternator symptoms: Battery light comes on Grinding, growling and whirring noises Electronics not working correctly Dead or slow car battery Burning electrical or rubber smell More in-depth explanations of each indicator can be found below. Battery light …