Yearly Archives: 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Broad Stroke Associates!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Broad Stroke Associates! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Broad Stoke Associates before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone c ... read more

How Can I Extend the Life of My Vehicle?

Driving every day can take a toll on your vehicle over time, especially if you find yourself hitting traffic often or driving through the city. You may not realize it, but driving in traffic actually causes more wear and tear on our vehicles than a normal drive. If you’re one of those who drives on the daily, here are some tips on how to extend the life of your vehicle and increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  Drive Safe - Giving yourself plenty of time to slow down or stop behind the vehicle in front of you actually protects your vehicle. When you drive the speed limit, you’ll increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and you’ll be much safer on the road.  Keep Current with Vehicle Maintenance - Making sure your vehicle is always properly maintained is a great way to extend the life of your vehicle. When you have regular inspections or service, you avoid major repairs and unwanted breakdowns that can happen when a car is poorly kept. Ne ... read more

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

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