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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

Get Your Car Spring Ready!

The best way to ensure your safety on the road is good vehicle maintenance. Spring is here - and it’s the perfect time to make sure your car is running in top condition. The winter season can take a toll on the condition of our vehicles, so it’s time to inspect major parts and fluids that will be important to your car’s reliability throughout Spring. Here are the most important spring car maintenance items to take care of this season by your local mechanic: Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights ... read more

It's Time to Have Your A/C Inspected!

We are nearing the summer months, and now is the perfect time to have your vehicle's air conditioning inspected. Whether you've been experiencing some issues with it, or it's been a while since your last A/C inspection, it's important to have the A/C looked at before an issue happens on your summer drives. At Small World Auto Center, our experts are here to help with all of your vehicle's air conditioning needs, from regular maintenance to repairs!  A problem with the air conditioning system can manifest in a number of different ways. Look out for any of the following symptoms: Air blowing out doesn't match temperature setting Only hot air blows from vents Strange noises or smells when turned on Overall lack in performance As soon as you notice any of the problems listed above, bring your car into Small World Auto Center for an air conditioning inspection. Your car may be low on Freon or there could be an issue with a fan or motor. We will get to the b ... read more

Back To School Driving Safety

It's that time of the year - the kids are going back to school and traffic will be increased for the next couple of months. When it is those first couple of weeks of school, many more cars will be on the roads, especially in school zones, and children with backpacks will be roaming the sidewalks.  With the increase of cars and of students out and about in the neighborhood, it's important to remember some back to school driving safety tips to keep everyone safe and unharmed during the beginning of the school season.  Here are some back to school safety tips to remember:  Obey speed limit laws in neighborhoods and school zones. School zones are marked with lower speed limits for a reason - many kids will be walking around the area and speeding is dangerous and unnecessary.  Watch for pedestrians crossing the street and know your area's laws regarding right of way.  Always take turns slowly and carefully, especially around homes and schools ... read more

How to Keep your High Mileage Car Running

Our cars have made many improvements throughout the years, and it is apparent that cars can now continue to run smoothly even when they have high mileage. If your car’s mileage is over 100,000 miles, you may be a bit concerned about how much longer your vehicle will be dependable on the road. However, good car maintenance can help you extend the life of your vehicle well past the 100k mile mark.  Here are some tips on how to keep your high mileage car running smoothly for years to follow:  Choose a vehicle manufacturer that has a good track record when it comes to long lasting vehicles. Do your research before buying a car and choose an option that you will be able to get your money’s worth out of.  Make sure to stay on top of your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will recommend services at specific intervals that are put into place to help upkeep your vehicle. Following these services will keep your v ... read more

Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

Most of us use our cars daily, and after we are comfortable driving, we tend to begin bad habits that can cause a risk to the safety of our driving. If you drive daily, try to remember to practice safe driving and to always keep your concentration on the road.  We often don’t realize the bad habits that we do because we aren’t aware of their occurrence. However, realizing our bad habits and working towards correcting them, especially when it comes to driving, can drastically reduce the chance of an accident on the road.  Here are some bad habits that should be avoided while driving:  Talking excessively to passengers Talking or texting on the phone while driving Eating will behind the wheel One hand driving Not signaling when changing lanes or turning Riding the tail of other vehicles on the road All of the above are bad habits that most vehicle drivers are guilty of at one point or another. Read over this list and try to identify which you are guilty ... read more

Why are Oil Changes so Important?

From the moment you first get your vehicle, you become aware of how often you need to stop by the shop and get your oil changed. We know that sometimes it can be a hassle, especially if your vehicle needs an oil change every 3 months. The good news is - an oil change is typically an affordable vehicle service. But have you ever wondered, why are oil changes so important?  The engine is one of the most important components in your vehicle, and your regular oil change is what ensures that your engine stays lubricated and protected. Motor oil has a number of different jobs when it comes to ensuing your vehicle's engine runs smoothly. It lubricates engine parts to protect them from overheating and also from becoming damaged from rubbing up against other metal components. It also helps keep your engine clean by picking up dirt and grime buildup that can affect overall performance.  When you skip your regular oil change, you run the risk of causing damage to your engine which ... read more

Car Maintenance CheckList

When it comes to owning a vehicle, the single most important thing that you can do is take care of your vehicle. Think about how much money you have spent on your car - most likely tens of thousands of dollars. Now, imagine blowing off a service because you don’t really think you need it, although it won’t cost you much and it actually will protect vital car components and extend the lifespan of your vehicle. Seems silly, right? Well, the truth is, a recent survey by the Car Care Council found that 89% of vehicles in use were in need of at least one service or repair. We understand that as a car owner, it can be difficult to bring your vehicle into a shop and trust that what the mechanics recommend is necessary to the overall integrity of your vehicle, and not just a way to get more money out of you. That is why it is so important to find an auto repair shop that you can actually trust and that will be 100% transparent with you. When you find a good auto repair shop, you&r ... 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

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