Ethanol? Dry Gas?

People often say that you should add dry gas to your fuel tank when you live around here in the winter.  It is NOT necessary to do that.  The gas that you buy at the gas station already has ethanol added to it which keeps the gas from freezing down to -10 degrees and lower honestly.  Dry gas is very expensive, and while it does work, it is not necessary.

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Car Care Class

We’re having a car care class! Who wouldn’t want to have some extra knowledge about their car?  Stop by and learn the things that seem so hard because you aren’t entirely confident about what you’re doing under the hood.  We’ll teach you how to change your oil, how to check all of the fluids, how to change a tire and how to change your messy wiper blades yourself!  Call first and come in this Wednesday, the 13th to learn how to do all these nifty car care necessities just in time to impress on Valentine’s day!

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Winter Driving

When driving in the winter, especially on long drives or drives to somewhere you’ve never been, it’s always a good idea to pack items to keep you warm in case of an accident.  Our tech Jim suggests hand warmers, blankets and snacks (especially if you have kids).

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Change your oil religiously

If you do nothing else for your car, change the oil religiously. We have seen more than one engine completely ruined by infrequent oil changes. The oil in your engine is the only thing that prevents metal on metal friction inside your engine so when the oil breaks down, you are doing damage.

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Use premium parts

If you are planning on keeping your car for more than a year, use premium parts. We always recommend them because they last longer, have fewer problems and failures and save you more in the long run on labor.

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Replacing headlights and taillights

Many headlight and taillight bulbs are relatively easy to replace yourself (although some are hard even for us and these should be done by us to prevent damage to your car). If you want to save a few bucks, stop at an auto parts store and do it yourself. Just remember not to touch halogen bulbs with your bare fingers. The oil on your fingers will cause these bulbs to explode when it heats up. Jeeze!

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Brake tests affect Vermont State Inspections

Vermont State Inspection rules have recently changed. In years past we didn’t have to look at your brakes as long as they stopped the car within a certain distance. Now we are required to check the brakes on every car and you fail if they are getting worn out.  They also fail if there is  rust on the rotors, since this indicates the pads are not making proper contact with the rotor.

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Check engine light and emissions

Vermont State Inspection is a safety and emissions test, proscribed by the state. That’s why dash warning lights are a flag – a “check engine” light indicates an emissions problem.

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