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Some Tips to Find a New Car that Suits Your Needs and Lifestyle

So, you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, huh? The siren song of a newer, shinier, and cleaner vehicle can be very tempting; especially if you’re tired of driving your current vehicle. Of course, the AutoPro Auto Service team promotes preventive maintenance on all new or used vehicles. Why? Because you can save a lot of money over the long haul if you take great care of your 4-wheeled investment. After all, doesn’t it feel good to not have a car payment? But IF you are going to buy a new car or a “new” used vehicle, here are some tips to find a new car that suits your needs and lifestyle. List Your Needs. Before you hit the auto malls, your first step should be to list out your needs. Write down what it is you are looking for in a vehicle. Do you need to carry sound equipment for your band? Do you need to carry a certain number of passengers? Will a convertible be practical as your daily driver? Do you need a truck with running boards so y ... read more

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What to keep in an Emergency Kit in the Car

What to keep in an Emergency Kit in the Car

  It's always wise to keep an emergency kit in your car in case you end up in a tricky situation on the road. When the weather gets colder is when it's particularly important to have safety supplies nearby. As a responsible car owner, it's smart to prepare for the worst case scenario. Emergencies can happen to all of us. Whether you run out of fuel, slip off on an icy road, or puncture a tire, a well-stocked emergency kit can get you back on the roads quickly and safely. We suggest keeping the following supplies in your emergency kit.  Jumper cables Flashlight, plus extra batteries (or a hand-crank flashlight) A Swiss Army Knife) Bottled water First-aid kit with adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes and-aides, medical wrap gauze pads, and antiseptic cream Road flares or reflective warning triangles Some other essentials that could be helpful in case of an emergency: Small fire extinguisher. Tire gauge to keep an eye on inflation Jack and lug wrench for when ti ... read more

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The Importance of Preventive Car Maintenance

The Importance of Preventive Car Maintenance

Of the items that you’ll purchase during your lifetime, an automobile is one of the most expensive. Taking care of preventative on your car offers a sense of relief because you can rest easier knowing that you and your family are safe. To make sure that your vehicle has a long lifespan and to protect your investment, it’s important for responsible car owners to have their car inspected from time to time. To ensure your safety and your car’s dependability, manufacturers specify preventative maintenance that needs be addressed and inspected to keep the warranty intact.   The team at AutoPro Auto Service encourages responsible car owners to make sure that their cars get preventative maintenance so you can have some peace of mind. Here are just a few things to be on top of when it comes to preventive maintenance. Keep all fluids clean and at the proper levels Oil cools and lubricates the engine of your car. The engine overheats and puts out pollution when the mo ... read more

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What is a modern “tune up?”

The phrase “tune up” evokes images of a mechanic replacing parts and making adjustments under the hood of a vehicle.  The vehicle is then returned, running better than ever, presumably getting better gas mileage, and increased acceleration.  This may have been the case many years ago, but in regards to today’s vehicles, the phrase “tune up” is obsolete.  For example, today’s vehicles have computers that automatically adjust air-fuel mixtures to accommodate ignition timing to compensate for worn down spark plugs rather than requiring manual adjustment.   Instead of “tuning up” your car, AutoPro Auto Service’s technicians will inspect your fuel, ignition and emission systems and check for any diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) in your computer system.  Trouble codes give car mechanics or technicians areas where on board problems potentially exist.  These codes are generalized so manual testing and inspection ... read more

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My tire pressure warning light came on recently. What does that mean?

When the TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System light comes on, it means your vehicle’s tire pressure is low or is going flat. The dashboard warning light, turns on when the tire pressure is below 20% of what the vehicle manufacturer recommends. So if your recommendation is for 35 psi (pounds per square inch), the light will come on when your pressure falls to 28 psi. Pro-active auto owners can check their tire pressure at least once a month, instead of waiting for the TPMS system to activate.  20% below recommended pressure is significantly under-inflated. This means that you will be experiencing degraded handling and that your tire will be running hotter than it should. This can not only be a safety hazard, but your tires will wear prematurely and could even suffer a heat related failure. Some vehicle owners mistake the tire pressure printed on the side of the tire as the recommended pressure for the vehicle. This is not the case. The information on the tire is the ... read more

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