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Why You Should Get Regular Maintenance Checks

Buying a car is a huge investment. You've likely worked for much of your life to save up and continue to work to pay off your car loan or support your vehicle investment. Since your car has likely cost you a pretty penny, it's important to understand the maintenance required to ensure that your vehicle avoids major issues and runs smoothly throughout the years.  We know that vehicle maintenance can sometimes be overwhelming, which is why taking some time to read your vehicle's owner's manual and to plan out your car's important services is helpful. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent having to have major repairs performed on your car, which can be necessary if your vehicle is poorly maintained.  A regular maintenance check will inspect:  Fluid levels Filters Brakes Belts & hoses Cooling system ...& more! Every time you bring your vehicle into Broad Stroke Associates, we make sure to check your vehicle's maintenance ... read more

All About Your Car Battery

The car battery has an important job in your vehicle - it's what help your vehicle start and continuing running, as well as providing power to electrical components throughout. Car batteries don't last forever, and often times can be run down due to human error. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding car batteries:  How long do car batteries last?  The average car battery life for a standard battery is between 4-5 years. However, very hot climates can reduce this lifespan to around 3 years. Your own driving habits can also affect the battery's lifespan, so understand when you last had a battery replacement and when you might be due next will be helpful to remember.  How do you know if a battery is still good?  If you suspect your battery is nearing the end of its life, you can either remove your car battery and bring it into our shop for a test or bring your vehicle in and we can test it. Most ... read more

Reasons for Uneven or Rapidly Wearing Tires

Reasons for Uneven or Rapidly Wearing Tires

Tire wear is always something that should be avoided, especially when it is rapid or uneven. The photo here shows what uneven tire wear looks like - one side of the tire is nearly bald and the other side is still rigid. This can be caused by a number of different reasons, which we will discuss now.  The most common reason for rapid or uneven tire wear is a bad wheel alignment. It can also be caused by worn steering and suspension parts. If you do notice wear on your tires, the best thing to do is bring your vehicle into Broad Stroke Associates for an inspection. Our experts will inspect the alignment and suspensions system to determine the exact cause of the issue,  If your tire wear is severe, we may recommend that you get one or more new tires. Driving with worn down tires can put you at risk for a flat tire, hydroplaning, and tire blowouts. It is important to have this issue inspected right away and handled to ensure your safety on the road. 

How to Avoid Drowsy Driving

When it comes to driving after a long day’s work or taking one of those long road trips, trying to stay alert and awake can be a challenge. Most of us are guilty of it - we’ve experienced those moments on the road where you close your eyes for just a second and snap up awake right after, probably frightened that you allow yourself to do so.  Here are some tips on how to stay alert and stay safe on the road: Get a good night’s rest before driving. If you don’t get a good sleep, especially before a long drive, this can greatly affect your ability to stay alert and awake.  Stay engaged with your passengers, if possible, or play something that will keep your mind thinking. Chat with your passengers or sing along to some tunes. Before you start your drive, pick a playlist or podcast to listen to that will grab your interest and help you stay awake. If you are traveling a long distance and have others in the car, make sure to take turns behind the wheel ... read more

Emergency Items to Always Keep in Your Vehicle

If you own a vehicle, you most likely drive from one place to another multiple times a day. We rely on our cars to get us where we need to go, and never expect our vehicle’s to breakdown along the way. When it comes to driving, especially in the evening, many unexpected scenarios can occur - from bad weather to a flat tire. Since you never know what can happen when you’re on the road, it’s important to have an emergency kit packed in your trunk at all times to prepare you for and situation. Here are 10 emergency items to keep in your vehicle:  Spare Tire, Jack, and Lug Wrench - Having a spare tire is extremely important. You never know when you might need one. A tire can blow out unexpectedly just by driving over a nail or other sharp object, and a spare tire will definitely come in handy if you find yourself in this position. You’ll need a jack to lift up on end of your vehicle and a lug wrench to remove and replace bolts and nuts. Flashlight - A flashli ... read more

Tips to Protect your Vehicle from the Heat

The weather is warmer, and during this time of year a lot of us spend time taking trips and spending time outdoors, enjoying the sun. If you’re planning on going to the beach or taking a road trip in the near future, here are some tips on how to protect your vehicle from the harshness of the heat: Have your vehicle’s air conditioning system, cooling system, and belts and hoses inspected. The air conditioning will be necessary for those long drives in the heat. The cooling system also needs to be in top working condition to keep your engine from overheating. Belts and hoses can also be affected by the warm weather, so an inspection can prevent belts from snapping or hoses from breaking, which can cause breakdowns and expensive repairs.    Make sure that your vehicle’s tires are at the proper air pressure. A poorly inflated tire can cause decreased fuel efficiency and puts you at risk for tire blowouts. It is also important to make sure you are currently wi ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

Signs Your Brakes May Be Failing

Failing brakes is always a scary occurrence, especially when you notice a symptom while driving. Our vehicle’s brakes are extremely important to the overall safety of our vehicles, so regular brake maintenance and understand certain symptoms of brake problems is key. It is recommended that your brakes should be in top working condition at all times to ensure your safety on the road. If you ever suspect an issue with your brakes, you should have your vehicle inspected by an expert as soon as possible. Brake problems can stem from a number of different things, including leaks, worn brake pads, warped rotors, and more.  Here are some symptoms that indicate failing brakes: The brake system warning light has turned on Your car pulls to one side while braking The brake pedal vibrates while braking The steering wheel vibrates while braking You notice a lack of performance Leaking fluid underneath car The brake pedal feels spongy or goes to the floor A squealing or grinding ... read more

How Often Do I Deed a Wheel Alignment?

How often your vehicle needs a wheel alignment will depend on a number of different things, including your vehicle, your tires, and your driving habits. The typical interval for alignments is around every 2 years. However, there are other occurrences that can happen which can cause your wheels to be forced out of alignment, causing you to need an alignment sooner.  Wheels can be forced out of alignment by a number of things, including driving fast over speed bumps, driving over potholes, hitting curbs, car collisions, and more. If you suspect that there is an issue with your wheel alignment, have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Driving with your wheels out of alignment can actually cause damage to your vehicle’s internal parts.  Signs that your wheels are out of alignment include: Squealing tires Uneven or rapid tire wear Vehicle pulls to one side Vibrating while driving If you notice any of the symptoms above, or it’s been awhile since your last ... read more

Happy New Year from Broad Stoke Associates!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

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