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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

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

When it comes to driving your vehicle into the winter months, it is important to ensure that your vehicle is well maintained and prepared for any weather condition. Whether you are planning a road trip to visit friends or family, or will continue to drive to and from work every day, your vehicle needs to be in top shape in order to keep you safe on the winter roads. The following are some winter vehicle maintenance tips that will help guide you on how to take care of your vehicle and ensure your safety this winter season.   Regular inspections are a must! When it comes to your BMW or MINI, frequent inspections are the best way to catch an issue early on that could become troublesome to deal with during the winter.   Change your windshield wipers. In our beautiful state of Washington, this is a must for drivers, especially during the rainy months. Windshield wipers only last about a year, so if you start noticing any skipping, smudging, or smearing of water when your win ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our cars that are important for keeping safe and comfortable in the colder weather.    Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoid costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter: Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.    Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be check ... read more

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My Check Engine Light is On - What Do I Do?

We understand that dreadful feeling of seeing your vehicle's check engine light turn on out of the blue. You start to wonder what could possibly be wrong, and how much it is going to cost you to fix it. You may also think, does it even need to be checked out, or will it just go away on its own? We’ve all been there, hoping that maybe it will magically turn off the next day. However, when your vehicle’s check engine light turns on, it’s your vehicle’s way of telling you that something is wrong.  The check engine light will turn on if your vehicle’s computer system senses that there is a problem with a part in your vehicle. There are many different issues that can trigger the light to turn on, and usually diagnostics will have to be run to determine the issue. It is nearly impossible for you to determine the issue by thinking of what could be wrong or by looking under the hood, so don’t stress yourself with thinking the worst. As soon as you ... read more

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