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5 Most Important Car Maintenance Services

We understand that car maintenance can be confusing at times, especially when you are uncertain about when and why services need to be completed. Although maintenance is usually always explained more thoroughly in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, your local auto repair shop is a great source as well when it comes to staying current with your car’s maintenance. Here are the 5 most important car maintenance services that should never be missed for your vehicle: 1. Oil Change The service that car owners are most familiar with - the oil change. Although it may seem like a small routine service, oil changes have a huge effect on the overall health of your vehicle. They are important for keeping your engine protected and should never be missed.  2. Tune-up A vehicle due for a tune-up has usually reached a certain milestone in terms of mileage. The services needed for a tune-up with vary depending on your vehicle and what it needs. A tune-up will basically revamp your ... read more

What does the leak underneath your car mean?

Seeing a leak underneath can be a cause for concern, especially if you aren’t sure how serious it might be. When you see a leak, be sure to inspect it and make a mental note of the color and where the leak appears to be coming from. Fluids can leak due to a number of reasons, and the severity of the leak can vary depending on the source. Here are what some leak colors can indicate: Clear - Clear liquid isn’t a leak at all, but is just condensation from the air conditioning system.  Red - Red fluid can come from the transmission or power steering system, caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems.  Pink - Pink fluid usually is power steering fluid or transmission fluid, as mentioned above. Orange - Orange can indicate leaking antifreeze or just regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator. Transmission fluid can also look orange if it is old or dirty. Yellow - Yellow fluid can indicate a radiator coolant leak, caused by a ... read more

Happy New Year from Small World Auto Center!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

It’s Time to Check Your Tires!

During the winter, especially around the holidays, many of us will be driving to and from family members and friends homes to celebrate and spend time with one another. When it comes to driving in the rain and snow, it is important that your vehicle’s tires are in top shape to ensure your safety on the road.  With regular use of your vehicle, your tires will start to wear down and lose tread. Your tires may also be forced out of alignment from driving over speed bumps, potholes, or hitting curbs. Tires out of alignment or balance can also cause excessive wear on your tires.  Tires that are bald or worn down are dangerous on the road, and even more so while driving in rain and snow. Without tread, your tires will have a hard time making traction with the road with water, ice, or snow in between your tire and the street. This lack of traction will cause your vehicle to hydroplane, which essentially means that your tires aren’t able to grip the road. Without this g ... read more

Top Vehicle Maintenance Items for Fall

It’s the fall season, and as our weather changes from the hot summer heat to the colder months, it’s time for us as vehicle owners to take charge of our vehicle’s maintenance. For instance, you may have not even realized that your vehicle’s windshield wipers aren’t working properly anymore because you haven’t turned them on in months. Small maintenance items like changing your windshield wipers are important when it comes to making sure your vehicle is prepped and ready for fall and winter weather.  Vehicle maintenance is not only important for your safety on the road - a healthy vehicle will also help save you money over time by allowing you to avoid costly repairs. If your vehicle is well maintained, you won’t be stressing over unexpected breakdowns or major issues that can occur with cars that are in poor health.  When it comes to transitioning from warm to colder months, here are some of the top vehicle maintenance tips that wil ... read more

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