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Identifying a Whistling Noise in Your car

Do you need help identifying a whistling noise in your car?  Here are some of the most common things to look for when you hear a whistling noise in your car.  Some whistling noises you'll only hear when your car…

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do you really need valve caps

What Do Valve Caps Do?

What Do Valve Caps Do? Have you ever looked at the valve caps on your vehicle's tires and wondered what do they really do?  Do they keep air from leaking out of your tire?  Do they protect the tire's valve,…

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cleaning your steering wheel

Proper Way to Clean Your Steering Wheel

Here is a great way to clean your steering wheel safely and effectively: 1. Cleaning Solution to clean your steering wheel The solution you use depends on the material of the wheel. Check the owner’s manual if you’re unsure of…

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Damage from hitting a pothole?

Damage from hitting a pothole can result in a few problems you may notice with your vehicle.  Here are the top 4 things to look for after you have hit a pothole: 1. Wheel or Tire Damage Check for scuff…

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How to Choose Winter Tires

Many folks wonder how to choose winter tires for their vehicle.  Here are 2 key factors to help you make a good decision. 1 - Buy tires with at least a 4⁄32-inch depth and replace them when their tread has worn…

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Check Your Tires Monthly

It is very important to check your tires monthly to ensure the safety of your vehicle for those in it and others on the road.  Here is a list of things to keep in mind during your monthly check. 1.…

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Sounds That Mean Car Problems

Have you ever wondered what that noise was coming from your car? In most cases it shouldn't be ignored because if left unchecked could lead to bigger more expensive problems with your vehicle. Here is a list of Sounds That…

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Warning Signs of a Dying Battery

Dying Battery? Don’t get stuck with a dying battery that is ready to be a dead battery anytime soon! Know the signs and get your’s checked! Here are some warning signs your battery could be on it's way out: 1…

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5 Common Car Air Conditioner Problems

Is your vehicle's air conditioner just not cutting it?  Many times you have no cold air or air that is slightly cool, but not cool enough to make a difference.  Here is a list of the 5 common car air…

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What Does a Radiator Flush Do?

Why should you perform a radiator flush on your vehicle?  Radiator fluid, better known as coolant or antifreeze, keeps your engine cool. Car engines run hot, especially in warm weather, and without something to dissipate the excessive heat generated by the…

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5 Most Ignored Problems That Can Cost You Big

Never Changing the Oil - The dirty oil in your engine can eventually lead to complete engine replacement ($5-8,000 or more). Generally, you’ll want to change the oil annually or by the mileage the manufacturer specifies whichever comes first.  See…

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Oil Price Illusion

Every vehicle needs a regular oil change, and that means the price of oil is always a factor to consider in order to control your vehicle's operating cost. One of the best ways to do that is to use oil…

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Vehicle Maintenance

In order for any machine to work well and be reliable, it needs regular vehicle maintenance. This is why companies are such sticklers about maintaining their equipment and machinery. A machine that breaks down and stops production costs them big…

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car service

Car Service and How to Save Money

There is a an easy way to save money on car service specials and here it is – pick a shop you trust and do all of your business there. Why not shop around? There are a number of reasons…

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the harmful effects of ethanol

Harmful Effects of Ethanol

The harmful effects of ethanol have been known and continue to grow. As the government continues to meddle in the free market of ethanol, unintended consequences pop up all over the place. Now we have the EPA, after much lobbying…

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how often should i change my oil

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Oil is a question that doesn't have a one answer fits all solution. But there really is no mystery to this most common of maintenance services. We know we need a periodic oil change, but…

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flat tire

Flat Tire – Avoiding Potholes

Potholes. Sooner or later everybody hits one of these things. Trying to save getting a flat tire is a big deal for most car drivers. In the majority of cases even a deep pothole can be a non event. The…

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car leaking

Car Leaking Issues and What To Do

Is your car leaking? Should you fix that minor oil seepage coming from the valve cover? If you spend a lot of time on the road, yes. If you use the car locally, maybe you can live with it. I…

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scheduled maintenance

Scheduled Maintenance or Oversold Hype?

Sometimes spending money on scheduled maintenance or preventative maintenance can really help. How does changing the fluids in a car really help? Well, it helps, but you have to consider your plan for how long you will keep those wheels…

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engine noise

Engine Noise

Believe it or not engine noise problems are some of the most difficult problems to cure. It starts with the customer’s vague description of the situation which results in a lot of time being spent by the technician who sometimes…

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timing belt

The Timing Belt and When To Replace Them

A couple of months ago we recommended a timing belt to one of our customers based on the age of the belt. We usually do this routine when someone has a scheduled appointment. It hadn’t reached the end of its…

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3846 Columbia Avenue, Mountville, PA. 17554, Lancaster County | Phone: 717-285-3738

Mechanics serving the automotive repair and service needs of Lancaster County communities such as Columbia, Conestoga, Lancaster, Landisville, Millersville, Mountville, Mount Joy, Washington Boro and Wrightsville.

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