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Summerlin • Las Vegas • Spring Valley • Centennial

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Summer heat kills car batteries

Summer months bring a noticeable increase in drivers needing roadside assistance for a dead car battery. With proper precautions, car batteries can last three to five years. However, drivers in hotter climates may notice a relatively shorter life cycle for their car batteries. Hot temperatures can cause corrosion of car batteries’ internal components and weaken their power.   Here are a few maintenance tips to avoid heat damage to your car battery:  Keep a note of the age of your battery.  The age of a car battery can indicate when it’s time for a replacement. The battery will have a date or an alphanumeric code that tells you when it was created. Each letter typically corresponds with a month; for example, the letter B means February.   Park in the shade or garage to avoid direct heat from the sun.   Make sure your battery's heat barrier is securely in place under the hood.   Make sure all interior and exterior ligh ... read more

Maintenance to Ensure a Lasting Vehicle

Maintenance to Ensure a Lasting Vehicle

A vehicle is a huge investment, costing thousands of hard-earned dollars. Putting so much money towards a car means that you expect your car to last you throughout the years, and without costing you too much money on repairs. The truth is - our vehicle’s won’t run in perfect condition for years without regular maintenance and service. Cars are huge working machines, and need to be tuned and touched up from time to time to ensure properly working systems.  Repairs are usually more costly than services, which is why preventative maintenance will actually help you save money in the long run. Although you may feel like you often have to pay for small services for your car, those services will offset the cost of major repairs. Maintenance items you may be already familiar with include oil changes, fluid flushes, inspections, tire rotation and balancing, alignments, and much more.  The best source for information on the proper car maintenance for your specific vehicle ... read more

Smell Something Off? Your Vehicle Might Be Telling You Something

We’ve all smelled an unusually scent on the road before, such as the spray of a skunk on the highway or the heavy smell of gasoline when an eight-wheeler drives past. However, if you’re ever in your own vehicle, and notice a smell that doesn’t go away, don’t ignore it. A smell that won’t go away that you smell while driving is an indicator that something may be wrong with your vehicle.  Some causes of a smell are less urgent than others, but the only way to be sure of the cause is to bring your vehicle into our shop an inspection as soon as you start noticing the weird smell. Here are some of the usual scents and what they can indicate: Gasoline - This usually means that your vehicle has a gas leak. This could be from the fuel injector line or fuel tank.    Burning Carpet - A burning carpet smell could be a sign of a brake problem. This should be inspected as soon as possible.    Burnt Rubber - A burnt rubber smell could be c ... read more

Ideas for Staying Active and Being Productive Among Shelter in Place Orders

Ideas for Staying Active and Being Productive Among Shelter in Place Orders

We know that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this unprecedented time as we deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. The CDC and Nevada government officials have encouraged people to stay home and avoid contact with others to help minimize the spread of the virus. With schools closed and many businesses shut down, we wanted to share with you some of our ideas on how to stay active and productive while sheltering in place and practicing social distancing: Take a walk in the park or a hike on a trail to get fresh air. Remember to always keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.  Rekindle a creative outlet, such as painting, puzzles, sewing, etc. This will help pass the time and keep you busy! Try a home workout (use YouTube to search for an easy at home workout and use whatever you have at home) Take on a home cleaning project that you've been putting off Read a book Cook a delicious recipe Reorganize a closet, drawer, or shelf Clean out your car In resp ... read more

My Brake Pedal Sits Lower Than Usual - What's Wrong?

Your vehicle's brake system is extremley vital to the overall safety of your car. After driving your vehicle for a while, you get used to how your car works and will notice when something strange occurs. If you notice that your brake pedal is sitting lower than it used to, or even appears to be "spongy" when you press it, this is definitely a cause for concern.  Your brake system actually works on hydraulic pressure, which is activated when you press on the brakes. Brake fluid is responsible for transferring this pressure from the brake lines to the brake pads/rotors to slow and stop your car when you need to. The master cylinder is what creates the pressure that initates the brake pads to press down on the rotors after you press down on the brake pedals. So, lets look at some of the reasons why you brake pedal may be sitting lower than it usually does.  There is air in the hydrualic system, which is preventing the proper pressure from being created. If this i ... read more

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