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Doylestown Auto Repairs Spring Maintenance

Seasonal Maintenance: Spring

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Check your spark plugs and wires. Your ignition system works hard. Spark plugs fire millions of times, and inefficient spark plugs can cost you performance and fuel mileage.

Check all your caps. Gas caps, radiator cap, brake fluids and more. Anywhere fluids are poured should be checked for a tight seal. This will keep out water and debris and keep your car running smoothly.

Clean your headlights. Road salt, harsh weather, grime and other debris can leave your headlights cloudy and dirty. Take some extra time and clean them up to give yourself greater visibility for night driving. You may need to have them professionally cleaned.

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Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Check-Up

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Sluggish. Squealing. Unreliable. Vibrating. If any of these descriptors fit your vehicle’s recent behavior, it just might be trying to tell you something – like it’s time for a tune-up.

Today’s vehicles differ significantly from their decades-old brethren that required a tune-up every 10,000 or 20,000 miles. With newer vehicles, it’s increasingly common for manufacturer-recommended service intervals to stretch to 100,000 miles before certain maintenance items, such as replacing the spark plugs, should be completed.

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Struts and Shocks: When and Why They Need Maintenance

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You may be surprised – shocked even – to learn just how important automotive shocks and struts really are. If you need new shocks or struts, don’t delay, because these are crucial safety items that help you maintain control behind the wheel.

But wait a minute. How do you know whether or not you need replacements? And what does a shock or strut even do in the first place? Every driver should know the answers to these questions, yet few actually do. So we’re going to walk you through the answers, step by step.

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Recyclable Cars

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Which parts of your car end up as landfill?

Each year, around 10-15 million vehicles are disposed of in the United States. Luckily, over 95 percent of these “retired” cars head straight to one of the 9,000 vehicle recycling operations around the country and 80 percent of these cars’ parts are completely recycled, letting cars claim top spot as the world’s most recycled product.

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Doylestown Auto Repair

Vehicle Maintenance is important

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Technician certification organization ASE surveys show a well-maintained vehicle not only lasts longer, it retains more of its resale value.

With a sluggish economic recovery and today’s consumers watching their finances carefully, it’s no surprise that the average age of vehicles in the United States is more than 11 years old, according to automotive research firm R.L. Polk and Co. With motorists holding on to their vehicles longer than ever before, maintenance takes an even greater importance in keeping roads — and people — safe.

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New Year Car care tips. PA State Inspection and Emissions $29.95

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PA State Inspections and Emissions for just $29.95! Call 215-348-9459
We are located at 5 Atkinson Dr. Doylestown, Pa 18901 (Across from the Post Office).

If your car has been taken for granted, the start of the new year is an ideal time to make things right and commit to regular maintenance. By doing so, vehicles will respond with improved performance, safety and reliability, and owners will likely save on costly repair bills that often are the result of neglect.

Protect your pride and joy. Here’s how to be a better car or truck owner in 2017. Resolve to take better care of your car or truck this year. Here are 10 New Year’s car care resolutions that will help extend your vehicle’s life and protect its performance in 2017 and beyond.

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Winter Windshield Wipers

Winter Car Hacks – safety, safety, safety

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Raise your wipers at night and cover them with socks to prevent them from freezing to your window.

Frozen lock? Use a straw and blow on the lock to melt the ice. You can also use hand sanitizer to quickly thaw it.

Or, use a lighter to heat the car key and slide it into the lock. This also works for frosty front doors.

Shaving cream works to fog-proof your car. It has a lot of the same ingredients as commercial de-foggers. Just spray a layer on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean. Pro tip: Don’t leave open containers of liquid or water in your car overnight, those will evaporate and turn into fog or frost.

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Resale Value of your Car – 10 Tips

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The used car market is a finicky thing.

Even though a group of used cars may seem practically identical, their prices might vary dramatically. That’s because no two cars on the used market are the same: some cars have had hard lives and are driven aggressively, while other cars are barely driven museum pieces. Some may have a detailed history of when they were serviced and by whom, while others have no history at all. Some cars are blue while others are silver.

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It’s a Myth That Only New Car Dealers Can Service A Vehicle Under Warranty

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True or false: Until your vehicle is out-of-warranty, it must be serviced by the new car dealer or the factory warranty will be void.

Although you may have answered “true,” the correct answer is “false.”

It’s the law that independent repair shops can provide the services to maintain your new car warranty. Consumers are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which prohibits a manufacturer from voiding the vehicle warranty because service was done by a non-dealer.

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Three Ps of Auto Care: Preventative, Proactive, Prepared

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In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit Car Care Council reminds motorists of the importance of the three Ps of auto care to make sure their vehicle is ready for the unexpected.

1. Preventative – Reduce the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble by following a vehicle service schedule and performing routine maintenance. 

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