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Blinking Check Engine Light Explained

Blinking Check Engine Light Explained

There is a huge difference between driving your vehicle with the check engine light on solid and driving your vehicle with the check engine light blinking."Can I drive my vehicle with the check engine light flashing?" My strong suggestion is to only drive your vehicle long enough to get to a safe place to stop.  If you are driving down the freeway and your check engine light starts flashing, safely make your way to the shoulder and call for roadside assistance. Your vehicle's engine light is designed to flash when it is detecting a major misfire. Driving your vehicle for an extended time with a major misfire will likely cause damage to the engine itself or more commonly the catalytic convertor. So although your vehicle will likely remain running and get you back home, I strongly suggest pulling over once safe and calling for a tow truck to avoid damaging any components that may still be good. In the end, the cost of the tow will ... read more

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Signs of a bad alternator

Signs of a bad alternator

Signs of a bad alternator The first step of knowing if your alternator or battery is bad or starting to go bad is to understand the basic functions. Battery: The battery in your vehicle has the basic function of storing power when the vehicle is turned off.  That being said, if your vehicle starts having an issue while the engine is running, it is typically not caused by the battery.   The typical signs of your battery starting to fail or being bad are: No Electrical Power No lights on the dash when you turn the key. No sounds. No cranking of the starter when you turn the ignition to the start position. ​Low Electrical Power: Lights might come on in-dash when you turn the key to the on position but they may be dim or flickering.  This is a sign of low battery power (amperage or voltage). Rapid clicking-  A common sound you hear when a battery has some power left but not the correct amount is a rapid clicking noise when you hold the ignition in the cran ... read more

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ABC4 News

ABC4 News

Announcer: You're watching ABC4 News. Host: Welcome back, everybody. Today it is more important than ever to get great customer service, especially when it comes to your car. Today, we have a local automotive repair company with us. Shadetree Automotive has over 600 Google reviews and does things so different that their clients and fans absolutely love them. Host: Today, we've got Russ Talbot and Brian Bassett with us to tell us what makes Shadetree Automotive so different. So Brian, let's start with you. What are some of the things that you guys do at Shadetree Automotive that really stands out and is appreciated by your customers? Brian Bassett: Well, I would like to say it's, uh, Russ and I's, you know, manly, uh, middle aged good looks- Russ Talbot: (laughs) Brian Bassett: ... and receding hairlines, but, um, (laughs) no, really it's, uh, we have a thre ... read more

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How Do I Know If My Car Is Overheating?

How Do I Know If My Car Is Overheating?

How do I know if my car is overheating? One of the top causes of expensive engine failure is overheating due to cooling system failures. It is important for you and especially younger drivers to understand the gauges and warning lights your vehicle has As the owner of an auto repair shop, I have seen some of the most expensive car repairs stem from a young driver not paying attention to or understanding the overheat warning their vehicle gives them…until it is too late. Most cars and trucks are equipped with a temperature gauge. This allows you to constantly monitor the temperature of your engine. For most vehicles, normal engine temperature is a range between 195 degrees and 220 degrees. If your car or truck has a gauge that displays the temperature, it is safe to assume the 195 to 220-degree range is normal for your vehicle. Your vehicle’s exact specifications are easily found with a little bit of research or by referring to the owner’s manual Vehicles equipped w ... read more

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4 Ways to Better Maintain Your Vehicle To Avoid Costly Repairs

4 Ways to Better Maintain Your Vehicle To Avoid Costly Repairs

4 Ways To Better Maintain Your Vehicle (and avoid major repairs) We can all agree that the cost of owning a vehicle is the biggest investment we have outside of the homes we live in. It cost a lot to buy a new vehicle and it cost a decent amount to maintain and repair our older vehicles. With over two decades in the auto repair, auto maintenance, and service industry, I have helped thousands of people make educated decisions on what to do with their vehicles.  I would like to share with you some proven maintenance practices that will ensure you are driving a safe and reliable vehicle for as long as you want to drive it. Rotate your tires every 6 months or 5,000 miles.  The front tires of your vehicle typically wear much faster than the rear.  Your front tires carry the additional weight of the engine and they are also the steering tires. This causes the edges of the tires to wear a bit faster than the rear. By regularly rotating the tires front to back ... read more

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