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Why you shouldn’t ignore an overheating engine

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Your vehicle has warning lights and signals for a reason. Choosing to ignore them can lead to trouble later on. We worked on a Jeep Liberty that had an overheating engine. A few symptoms occurred that hinted at this problem. First, the check engine light turned on. A check engine light can turn on for many reasons. If it comes …

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Repairing the braking system on a Ford Escape and Ford F150

In Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When it comes to auto repair, it’s important to take those extra steps. This can be eye opening and help technicians track down the root cause of a problem. We worked on braking system of two vehicles – a Ford Escape and a Ford F150 – that had the same symptom and resolution. The driver of one of the vehicles …

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Protect your transmission through transmission fluid exchanges

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Your vehicle’s transmission is responsible for sending power from the engine to the wheels. Since it plays such an important role and is an expensive component, it should be taken care of. Maintaining your transmission is one way to prevent problems from cropping up down the road. How to know if you need a new transmission There are a few …

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Car squeaking sounds and what causes them

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As you’re driving around town or on your way to work, you may notice a squeaking noise. There are several reasons why car squeaking sounds occur. These are some of the most common causes: Ball joints Brakes Control arm bushings Sway bar bushings Worn struts Here is a more in-depth explanation behind the different components. Ball joints Ball joints are …

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BG MOA provides additional protection to engine

In Oil Change, Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Staying on top of your car’s oil changes can prevent expensive repairs in the future. Recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, this service keeps your engine working right. You can read more about oil changes and why they are important by checking out one of our previous articles. There is a way to protect the engine even further – BG …

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Car AC repair and maintenance

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Spring has arrived.  With the warmer temperatures beginning to settle in, now is a good time to make sure your car’s air conditioning is working correctly. That way you’re not realizing there’s a problem when it’s 80 degrees out. Possible air conditioning problems There are several possible culprits behind air conditioning problems, including a constricted air conditioning condenser and being …

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Why you should have a power steering fluid exchange performed

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Your vehicle’s power steering system undergoes a lot of heat and pressure to help you maintain control.  The high pressure and temperatures eventually lead power steering fluid to deteriorate and lose its ability to lubricate parts. Over a period of time, power steering fluid – just like oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid – will start to break down.  Contaminants …

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Does my car need new brakes?

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Typically, drivers don’t know that their car needs new brakes until they bring it to a repair shop for an oil change or to address a problem. While performing an oil change, our technicians do a tire rotation and look over the vehicle. During this courtesy inspection, we may find that it requires new brakes or they are reaching the …

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My car is making a clunking noise

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Are you hearing a clunking noise when you’re driving? Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy (well … hopefully not). Clunking and rattling sounds may indicate problems with your car’s steering and suspension. Parts can wear out over time and cause a clunking noise, such as strut mounts and bushings. The issue could have to do with the drag link, control …

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Diagnostic testing on a Toyota Tacoma

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Diagnostic testing is a process of elimination. As our technicians work on vehicles, they determine where the problem lies and, through research and communication with the customer, figure out the cause. Some issues, however, aren’t so cut and dry. A Toyota Tacoma was brought in because it would occasionally stutter when going uphill, even after the driver let off of …