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Road Tripping for the Holidays?

Road Tripping for the Holidays?

The holiday season is practically here! If you’re getting ready to visit home, visit loved ones, or simply find your way to a delicious seasonal feast, here’s how to make sure your vehicle is ready to get you to your destination.   Start System       Have your battery/starting/charging system checked. Your battery provides electrical power to start the engine, stabilizes voltage for the charging system, and supplies additional current to the charging system. It’s always good to catch a weak battery before you get on the highway, rather than having it fail while you’re on your trip.   Emergency Kit       If our tips missed something in your vehicle, or something unforeseen happens and you find yourself in a sticky situation, having a kit with all the necessities will hold you over until help arrives. In this kit, you’ll at least want to pack some blankets, drinking water, snacks, first aid, and refl ... read more

Extended Warranties: To Buy or Not to Buy?

Extended Warranties: To Buy or Not to Buy?

  There’s nothing scarier than making an investment that doesn’t pay off. This spooky season, don’t get stabbed in the back because you don’t have all the information. So today, we’ll investigate if having an extended warranty is worth the investment? Before we begin, we acknowledge that extended warranty companies aren’t all the same. While most are fine, there are some companies that may set off red flags. However, it’s completely up to you, and with this information, you can make the best decision based on your needs.    There are typically three main types of extended warranty packages: basic (or bronze), plus (or silver), and deluxe (or gold.  The basic extended warranty package will be an extremely basic warranty. It will only have coverage up to a certain amount of money per hour paid out, as well as it generally will only cover half of the bill up to a maximum amount. Usually, it covers internally lubricated parts ... read more

Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace?

  There always comes a point with vehicles where you have to decide whether it’s worth it to put in the time and money to give it the repairs it needs or to move on and buy a new car. With today's vehicles becoming more complex and sophisticated, falling behind on important maintenance in a car can really cause some major problems with some unexpected repair bills.    When you bring a vehicle to Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair, we always follow our 300% rule. 100% of the cars that come into our service centers will get inspected 100% of the time. We will estimate those findings and present them to you 100% of the time.   We do this, not to sell you something, but to ensure you are always fully aware of the condition of your vehicle and the investment required to get it back up to safe and reliable condition. It's then up to you whether or not you want to do any of it at all.    So, now we have to figure out whether or not you should ... read more

Why is Your Car Too Hot?

Why is Your Car Too Hot?

  As the summer months come to an end, a warm car might not seem like a problem. But what do you do if it gets a little too hot? Here are 5 reasons why your car may be overheating that we can help you with at Honest Wrenches.   Failed serpentine belt     Your serpentine belt powers multiple essential systems, like your cooling system. A failed belt means that your water pump isn’t getting power, so your engine won’t be receiving any coolant.   Blown head gasket     Your head gasket is another vital part of your engine and system. A blown gasket could mean that coolant is entering your engine, where it either burns off or leaks out. As the coolant escapes the system, your engine can overheat.      Failed thermostat     Just like the thermostat in your home, your vehicle’s thermostat controls the temperature in your car’s cooling system, regulating the amount of coolant being circulat ... read more

When Do I Replace My Car Battery?

When Do I Replace My Car Battery?

  Your battery does a lot in the function of your car, especially as more and more features are added into our cars. The battery contains plates that interact with a mixture of chemicals that form an electrolytic solution, allowing electrons to flow between the plates. This reaction and the flow of electrons is essentially the electricity that powers your car. The battery provides the energy to start the engine, provides energy to the ignition system, powers electronics, and regulates voltage. With a dead battery or dying battery, it can’t provide power to start the car, the ignition, or your radio and GPS systems. So how do you know when it’s time to change it?       The rule of thumb is to change your battery about every four years under normal conditions. However, depending on where you live, your driving habits, the condition of your charging system, along with other factors, that lifespan may change.      For example, tr ... read more

Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

On Tuesday, we broke down the myth of causing harm to your transmission by servicing your transmission fluid. This service is vital to your transmission’s performance, but if not done properly, there are risks. Like topping off your spoiled milk with fresh milk, adding new transmission fluid to old transmission fluid will just taint what’s good. Transmission fluid cleans, cools, and lubricates the internal components of your transmission, so you want to make sure that you’re keeping up on its maintenance.   If you don’t clean out all of the old “spoiled” fluid that captured all of the debris, sludge, and grime from the transmission, and then add new fluid that’s going to continue to clean the system, the debris, sludge, and grime will just be mixed back in with the good fluid. So, when we perform our transmission fluid service, we add an effective cleaner into the system prior to servicing the fluid and we get the fluid up to operating t ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating   No one wants to see a dreaded warning light flashing or the temperature gauge rising off the charts, but when you’re on the road and the alarm bells are ringing (literally and metaphorically) what do you do? The first thing you’ll want to do is turn your heat and fan on high and roll down your windows to help dissipate heat through the car’s heater core. Next, quickly find a safe place to pull over and shut the vehicle off right away. In these instances when your car is overheating, it is not recommended to open your hood immediately, in case of burst or broken equipment that could expose you to hot engine coolant and cause injury. Once you’re pulled off safely, you’ll want to call your trusted automotive repair shop, Honest Wrenches.    So what could have caused this overheating? There are many reasons, 5 of which we’ll dive into today to help you understand what’s happening with your ... read more

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do   Last Thursday, we talked about high temperatures–not just the sweltering summer weather, but high temperatures in your vehicle causing it to overheat. We’re rounding out our 10 reasons for an overheated engine with our final 5 this week.    Failed serpentine belt     Your serpentine belt powers multiple essential systems, like your cooling system. A failed belt means that your water pump isn’t getting power, so your engine won’t be receiving any coolant.   Blown head gasket     Your head gasket is another vital part of your engine and system. A blown gasket could mean that coolant is entering your engine, where it either burns off or leaks out. As the coolant escapes the system, your engine can overheat.      Failed thermostat     Just like the thermostat in your home, your vehicle’s thermostat controls the temperatu ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant? Coolant plays an important role in the function of your vehicle. Its primary purpose is to transfer heat to prevent damage to your engine, whether through freezing or overheating.  Most owners manuals will tell you to change your engine coolant around 150,000 miles. If you look further into your service manual to 180,000 miles, it will tell you you’ll need to service your coolant again, even though you just did it 30,000 miles ago. Why, according to your owner’s manual, should you wait to change your coolant for the first 150,000 miles, but then have to change it every 30,000 miles thereafter?      Most mechanics will recommend you actually check your coolant before the manual recommends. Vehicle manufacturers often compete in the market of “lowest cost of maintenance” in the first 100,000-150,000 miles of their products. It seems every year, a manufacturer finds a way to stretch that out a ... read more

Hit the Road : Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Hit the Road : Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Summer is here and so are your summer road trips! Before you hit the road, it’s important to ensure that your car is ready for the journey ahead. Regardless of your destination, taking the extra steps to prepare your car and have your mechanic check it out to get it road-trip-ready will keep you from being stranded on the side of the road on your vacation.     Tires   The only thing between you and the road is your tires. It’s crucial to ensure that your tread is wearing evenly, there’s plenty of the tread remaining, that no road hazards have damaged your tires, and they are filled to the proper pressure. And don’t forget the spare! You never know when a flat tire could create a detour in your route.   Fluids   Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. Your car has many different fluids ranging from engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and of course, your fuel sys ... read more

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