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Signs You May Need Suspension Repair

Signs You May Need Suspension Repair

Has your car been pulling to one side? Have you noticed unusual or uneven wear on your tires lately? Do you hear strange noises when you go over a bump or make a turn? You may have a problem with your suspension! Here are a few signs that you might need suspension repair: Uneven Wear On Tires You should check your tires regularly for signs of damage and air pressure, and especially for uneven wear. This can indicate a number of problems with your vehicle, and a certified mechanic can quickly assess the culprit based on your tire damage. For example, if your tires are wearing down on one side but not the other, you may need a wheel alignment. This could also indicate worn ball joints, damaged springs, or deteriorating suspension bushings. Bouncing, Rough Ride Wondering if there’s more potholes than usual on your street? Your rough ride might be due to worn out shocks or struts. Park ... read more

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3 Signs That You Need to Have Your Brakes Checked

When your brakes have reached their limit of wear and tear, it’s not something to be overlooked or delayed. Thankfully, there are some key tells that vehicle ownersgetwhen their brakes are nearing the end. If these are ignored, they can grow into more substantial issues and require more costly repairs, so it’s definitely wise to heed the warnings that your vehicle gives you and act quickly. When in doubt, take your car in for a quick brake check to your trusted local mechanic, and they can give you a sense of how your brakes are holding up. In fact, it’s great practice to get a set of professional eyes on your brakes before heading out fora road trip, especially if you’re likely to encounter traffic and have to make frequent stops. No one enjoys a roadside break down when you’re away from home! Get Your Brakes Checked Out If… You Hear a Grinding or Squealing Sound – Typically the squealing sound will occur first, whe ... read more

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Service Spotlight: Automotive Tune Up

Keeping your vehicle on a regular maintenance schedule will help you keep your car on the road and reduce the chances of ending up stranded on the side of the road calling for a tow truck. These are a few things we check during an inspection to make sure your car is running properly: Ignition Check Engine Fault Codes Check Battery Voltage Check We will typically change pieces including the spark plugs, rotor and distributor caps, and O2 sensors if they appear to be worn out. The air filter, fuel filter, and the filter for the PCV valve will all be replaced to improve your car’s performance. Older vehicles are more likely to need the O2 sensors replaced as well as belts and hoses. Adjustments may be necessary for the idle speed and ignition timing. There is a myth that new vehicles do not require a tune up for their first 100,000 miles and this is simply not true. It is especially important to make sure the filters and oil are changed around every ... read more

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Don’t Pokemon GO on the Go

Pokemon GO is sweeping the nation. Nay, the whole globe. People everywhere are burying their heads in their cellphone — even more so than usual — and while it’s nice to see more people getting outdoors as they experiment with this “augmented reality,” it’s also causing some inevitable problems. Just as texting while driving is a huge hazard and has led to countless motor-vehicle accidents, so too is playing Pokemon GO while behind the wheel. The game itself is better played on foot, many would argue, and yet we’ve seen incidents across the world that seem to indicate that some players have taken the on-the-go experience far too literally. In Baltimore, MD, a busy gamer slammed into the back of a parked police car. To matters worse, the guy kept driving until the Police Officer chased him down to make sure he was OK. Needless to say, that guy didn’t catch them all, but he caught a whole lot of something else. Several drivers in ... read more

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Nun Proves That Ambien, Wine, and Driving Don’t Mix

In a bizarre case of what some are calling “sleep-driving“, Sister Kimberly Miller of Philadelphia was arrested for crashing her car into an area auto shop last November. She is now on trial to determine whether she was driving drunk, or whether her prescription sleep aid, Ambien, caused her to drive while sleeping. Sister Kimberly has been known to sleepwalk before, so she might have been more susceptible to Ambien’s side effects than others who take the drug. Police say that Sister Kimberly seemed unaware that she had crashed her car, and that she was staggering and slurring her words when they arrested her. The nun says that she lost four hours of her life that night, and was very distressed when she came to and found herself in handcuffs. She also confessed to having two glasses of altar wine earlier in the evening, then taking the Ambien because she was having trouble falling asleep. Sister Kimberly is a well-love ... read more

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5 Easy Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Are you planning a summer road trip? If so, you’ll want to make sure that a car checkup is on your pre-trip to-do list. You’ll be depending on your vehicle to get you safely to your destination and back home again, so it’s important to make sure everything is in working order. Here are some things you’ll want to check before you hit the road. Check the Brake System Make sure your brake pads are good, and that you have plenty of brake fluid. Also look at the battery connection. It should be tight and have no sign of corrosion. Inspect the Tires Do a thorough visual inspection of your tires. Do they have plenty of tread? Are they fully inflated? If your tires are underinflated, your car will not get its best gas mileage, and you’ll end up paying more for your trip! It’s also important to check for hazards like bulging spots or foreign objects in the tread. Check the Hoses and Belts Hoses and belts connect pretty much every sy ... read more

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Regular Vehicle Maintenance: Importance of Tire Alignment

All vehicles need occasional maintenance to keep running. No matter how luxurious or advanced your car may be, you will undoubtedly take your car in for oil changes and brake service. Another important component of regular maintenance is tire alignment. To help you make the most out of your tires, we walk through the mechanical and safety benefits of tire alignment here. As you travel, you will inevitably encounter potholes or rub against a curb or two during a turn. This can throw off your suspension can cause the affected tires to roll at an angle, rather than straight forward. These tires will wear out faster, as they are slightly dragged in the direction the rest of the car is going. Aligning your tires so all are facing the same angle allows the tires to wear at the same rate. If you realize your car pulls to one side as you try to drive straight, this is a telltale sign that you need your tires realigned. Periodic ti ... read more

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Your Transmission’s Function

Most drivers don’t know too much about there cars. Nothing wrong with that, we pay professionals for that knowledge. But, some basic understanding of the parts in your vehicle can help you make better decisions as a car owner. Here, we’ll go over your transmission’s basic function, as well as the importance of proper maintenance. It’s Function: An internal combustion engine doesn’t work without a transmission, which regulates the amount of power sent out from the engine. Today, you’ll usually find cars with automatic transmissions on the road. They change gears on their own based on how fast the vehicle travels. One simple fact makes it extremely important for you to maintain your transmission’s health: expensive repairs. If you don’t want to break the bank, take your car in to the repair shop at the first sign of a problem, such as gear slipping. Need professional work done on your vehicle? We have expert mechanic ... read more

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Tips for Fuel Efficiency

Do you dread each trip to the gas station? With these simple tips that every driver can put to use, you can take full advantage of your car’s recommended gas mileage to put more time between your trips to the pump. Here we have detailed a few quick maintenance and driving tips to help you drive smarter. Driver Etiquette and Car Maintenance Driving calmly is a plus for your gas mileage as well as your safety. Avoiding the urge to pass the cars in front of you will help you reduce unnecessary acceleration and braking, which will help maintain your gas mileage at a desirable level. Additionally, driving calmly is a safety bonus – fatal car accidents are on this rise this year in North Carolina and the rest of the nation, so traffic safety is more important now than ever. Inflating your tires to the recommended pressure is also critical for gas mileage and safety. Properly inflated tires reduce the wear and tear your tires ... read more

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Lowering Air Pollution Via Auto Emissions

While keeping our communities’ air clean largely rests at the government and corporate levels, we as citizens can do our part to ensure that we don’t pollute, especially when we drive. Making sure your car meets emission standards helps reduce the pollution of the air that we all breathe. Here, we’ll talk about lowering air pollution via auto emissions. About Auto Emissions: Of all the pollutants in the air that cause smog, 1/3 of them come from automotive combustion engines. In fact, transportation causes about 27% of all of the greenhouse gas emissions in America. All of this information comes from the EPA. Do your part for the environment; if you notice something wrong with your exhaust or catalytic converter, please don’t wait to take it to a mechanic. It won’t just benefit the environment; it can help preserve your car’s health as well! The trusted mechanics at Newton’s Car Care have tons of experience fixing ... read more

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