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Should You Have Your Wheels Balanced?

Should You Have Your Wheels Balanced?

With our busy lives, it can be easy to let automotive maintenance slip away from you. However, putting off maintenance can have more damaging effects than you think. You may be putting your and your passengers’ lives at risk. One of the most overlooked forms of maintenance is tire maintenance.    Tires are the only part of your car that actually touches the road. So, obstacles, poor weather conditions, and other unexpected surprises on the road can put your car in danger. Tires and wheels naturally wear down over time. Because of how unpredictable the road can be, it can cause your wheels to go out of alignment or be unbalanced. Therefore, we highly recommend you have your tires and wheels inspected regularly.   After a thorough wheel inspection, your mechanic may recommend a wheel balancing service. Even if your tires look fine, they can feel uneasy and shaky when your wheels aren’t balanced. Normally, your car should drive without any vibrations. To fix ... read more

5 Must-Haves For Every Vehicle Emergency Kit

5 Must-Haves For Every Vehicle Emergency Kit

If you’re gearing up for a road trip, there are some items you should pack for safe travels. Whether you are going coast-to-coast or commuting to school or work, it’s always good practice to have an emergency kit on hand.    The open road can be dangerous, and accidents can still happen no matter how careful you are.  Having a prepared emergency kit can make you better equipped to handle any curve balls thrown your way. More importantly, these key items will keep you and your family safer.   First Aid Kit: For minor injuries to minor illnesses, a first aid kit is great to carry around. It can ease any pain you may be feeling so that you can get to your destination safely.    Jumper Cables: Jumper cables should never be overlooked, even if you swear that your battery is fine. All it takes is for you to leave your car lights on overnight, and your battery will be drained. Instead of countlessly trying to start your car, you can avoid the t ... read more

What Are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What Are the Symptoms of Dirty Fuel Injectors?

Sometimes fuel injectors can get dirty despite consistent efforts to keep them clean using fuel injector cleaners. Dirty fuel injectors can lead to problems like engine stalling, a rough idle, and poor fuel consumption stats. So how can you tell your vehicle needs its fuel injectors cleaned? You should first understand fuel injectors' role in your car's design. Fuel injectors allow the right amount of fuel into your engine's cylinders. They form a regulator for how much fuel your engine gets for perfect motion. If your fuel injectors are dirty, you will notice; 1. The Car Will Not Start Your engine depends on air and fuel to combust and produce the power to be propelled forward. It may also be possible that the car does not have gas, so dirty fuel injectors should not be your first conclusion when your vehicle does not start. 2. Rising Fuel Consumption Brand new fuel injectors should give you fuel consumption rates. These rates should ... read more

How to Tell If You Need New Brake Pads

How to Tell If You Need New Brake Pads

Have you driven and had to stop or slow down? When you go to press on your brake pedals, you hear a loud screech. Could this mean your brake pads are done for? Do you need to replace them? Read on to learn more about brake pads and how to tell whether it is time to replace them.   Brake pads are an important part of your braking system. They apply the necessary pressure and friction to a vehicle's brake rotors to slow and stop your vehicle’s wheels. A typical car, SUV, or truck has two pads on each wheel. Like your tires, the front brake pads usually wear down quicker than the pads on the rear wheels. However, it is best to replace all of them at once.    Brake pads should be replaced every 50,000 miles, give or take. It ultimately depends on your driving habits, the quality of the brake pads installed, the make, model, and age of your car, and how much wear is left on your pads. Your vehicle handbook has all the information you need to know about your brak ... read more

Common Auto Repairs Done in the Summer

Common Auto Repairs Done in the Summer

For many people, their car gets a lot more mileage during the summer than any other season. Many of you will be taking road trips to the beach or visiting family. And other times, you'll be making the commute back to work. The miles can quickly add up on your car, which is why we recommend scheduling a maintenance check at Protech Automotive Services at the start of the summer.  We can help you prevent any unnecessary repairs or unexpected breakdowns during the summer. Here are some common problems that drivers experience during this time of year: Overheating Engine When the sun is beaming on your car, it has to work even harder to keep the engine cool and everything under the hood cool. Sometimes, it may be too challenging to keep up, which is why engines overheat rather quickly. Typically, the repairs for an overheating engine are new coolant or a thermostat replacement. Engines that frequently overheat may require more severe and extensive repairs. Air Conditioner Repai ... read more