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Your car’s exhaust system is pretty important. Not only does it reduce noise, or provide for that sweet sound, your exhaust system provides for a cleaner environment, too. To keep your car running its best, and getting the best gas mileage you can, keep your exhaust tuned properly. Come in to see us if you notice leaks, strange sounds, power fluctuations, a strong odor, or your muffler just fell off on 290.
We can upgrade your car’s exhaust system, too, or just replace your muffler, if that’s all you need.
Brakes stop your car. Sometimes before crashing into that Oak tree that just came out of nowhere. Sometimes before hitting a kid or getting your own hurt. Sometimes before the boys notice that you’re having too much fun in that fancy new car of yours.
One more time for Buffy: Literally, brakes stop your car.
Bring a canned good (something you would eat) around the shop one time on your way home from work or something. We’ll check your brakes for free. 10 minutes.
We’re happy to do what we can to make sure the cars in our neighborhood, and yours, too, can stop when they need to. Seriously, it takes 10 minutes. Bring that canned Octopus and we’ll make sure you can get your ass to the Quickie Mart to get more.
Have a look at the pic below to get an idea of a typical braking system on a typical car you or your sassy teen might be driving.
Brakes are a wear item, of course, and one time every year you should bring your car to your favorite mechanic’s garage and have him/her/spoon check them and replace pads and rotors as necessary. If your mechanic tells you “Literally, your brakes will be gone in 10 minutes and I literally am having an existential crisis about letting you leave without getting them done RIGHT NOW”
You should take that advice. Listen, it’s true – he’s only keeping you alive so he can keep fixing your car(s) forever. Job security!
You’re such a sleuth, lookit you.
Like most motorists today, you may be keeping your car longer. Anything Automotive is pleased to offer a wide variety of the most commonly requested auto maintenance and auto repair services which include: oil changes, brake services, timing belt replacements, A/C services, tune-ups, and so much more. Anything Automotive can help make general auto repair worry free.
You know you should change your oil at regular, reasonable intervals to make sure your car runs smoothly but a common question remains: How often should you change your oil? What is a reasonable amount of time — or mileage — between oil changes?
Consumer Reports recommends checking your oil level at least once a month. Be sure to get your auto repairs done at the first sign of a leak.
Check the owner’s manual and follow your automaker’s recommendations for general auto repairs. Some newer cars have electronic oil monitors and don’t have traditional dipsticks for manual inspection. The car’s service manual is the best way to learn how to maintain your car. It was written by the factory representatives who designed and built the car. It stands to reason that they should also know how best to keep everything running smoothly.
If you do have a dipstick, and you’re checking it yourself, make sure the car is parked on level ground. If the engine has been running, be aware of potential hot spots under the hood.
With the engine off, open the car’s hood and find the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out from the engine and wipe any oil off from its end. Then insert the dipstick back into its tube and push it all the way back in.
Pull it back out, and this time quickly look at both sides of the dipstick to see where the oil is on the end. Every dipstick has some way of indicating the proper oil level, whether it be two pinholes, the letters L and H (low and high), the words MIN and MAX, or simply an area of crosshatching. If the top of the oil “streak” is between the two marks or within the crosshatched area, the level is fine.
But if the oil is below the minimum mark, you need to add oil.
Pay close attention to the oil’s color. It should appear brown or black. But if it has a light, milky appearance, this could mean coolant is leaking into the engine. Look closely for any metal particles, too, because this could mean there is internal engine damage. If you see either of these conditions, get the car to Anything Automotive for further diagnosis.
If everything is okay, wipe off the dipstick again and insert it back into its tube, making sure it’s fully seated. Close the hood and you’re done.
Check Engine lights
The Check Engine light — more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) — is a signal from the car’s engine computer that something is wrong. Prior to 1996, carmakers had their own engine diagnostic systems, primarily to ensure their cars were compliant with Environmental Protection Agency pollution-control requirements. Starting with model-year 1996, automakers standardized their systems under a protocol called OBD-II, which stipulated a standardized list of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) and mandated that all cars provide a universal connector to access this information. It’s usually located under the steering column and is easy to access.
Check Engine lights come in orange, yellow or amber, depending on the manufacturer. If the light begins flashing, however, it indicates a more serious problem, such as a misfire that can quickly overheat the catalytic converter. These emissions devices operate at high temperatures to cut emissions but can pose a fire hazard if faulty.
But even with the code and its meaning in hand, do-it-yourself interpretation can be a little tricky — even if you are mechanically inclined.
Occasionally, the Check Engine light comes on when nothing is wrong with the car. It could be a temporary problem caused by a change in humidity or other factors. In such cases, the light should go off by itself after a short time.
five most common Check Engine light codes in order of frequency:
Whatever you do though, don’t ignore work that needs to be done. This post outlines some of the most basic repairs that people tend to overlook on their cars. Delaying preventive maintenance or obvious problems, sounds, or leaks will inevitably lead you to more expensive and time-consuming repairs down the road. No worries, Anything Automotive has superior Automotive Technicians that provide honest recommendations for all your vehicles needs.
If you count drive time as an upper body workout because your car wants to turn when you want to go straight, you may have steering system problems.
Let, our ASE-certified technicians determine the cause of those steering issues with a steering fluid flush service and/or repairs and those steering problems will be a thing of the past anything Automotive will get you back to effortless driving.
Does your car dip or rock when you go over bumps or drift around corners even at low speeds? When it comes to absorbing the shocks of the road, you’d think the shock absorbers would take care of everything. But you’d only be half right. Actually, coil or leaf springs handle the abuse of the road. Your shock absorbers handle the abuse caused by the rebound of the springs. They both work together to keep your vehicle under control. And those two components, plus a variety of control arms, shafts, rods, bushings, joints, and knuckles make up what’s commonly called a conventional car suspension. Many larger SUVs and pickup trucks still use this time-tested design. Whether your car or truck has shock absorbers or a strut-based system typical in many front-wheel-drive cars, Anything Automotive will get you back on the road with a smooth ride.
Rough road surfaces and Potholes don’t just make for a bad ride, they can affect the alignment of your wheels. Misaligned wheels can cause a ton of problems, including uneven tire wear.
Proper wheel alignment helps your tires last longer, improves gas mileage, and provides safer handling. helping you get the most out of your car, for as long as you own it, with Anything Automotive, regular preventive maintenance is easy and convenient.