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Get a Tune-Up for Back To School Season

Get a Tune-Up for Back To School Season

It’s that time of year again – the back-to-school season is just around the corner. With parents and students scrambling to buy pens, notebooks, and/or dorm items, most people forget about their cars. If you want your kids to get to school safely, having your car checked for safety is the first step to start.    A tune-up or preventative maintenance is key to keeping your car in good shape throughout the hectic school season. When you bring your car to Scruggs Automotive for a check-up, the first thing we will check for is any unusual signs, like odd sounds or weird smells.    Another crucial area that needs to be checked is your wheels. Nobody wants to have to deal with a flat or blowout on their commute. Our expert team can assess their pressure and tread wear. While we are down there, we will look at the brakes’ condition. We will check the brake pads, brake fluid, brake rotors, brake calipers, and more.   Next, we will move on to the ... read more

What Causes Brake Shudders?

What Causes Brake Shudders?

The braking system is one of the most vital parts of your car. Not only does it secure your life, but it also enables you to manage your desired speed and thus enjoy your driving experience. However, some situations are both embracing and cause you to panic, thus not enjoying your drive. For example, imagine driving on a highway enjoying your favorite music with the windows down. Then suddenly, you notice congestion in traffic ahead of you, which necessitates you to stop. However, when you step on the brake pedal, you feel a vibration through your steering wheel or the brake pedal, which startles you. This situation can turn from a joyous afternoon drive to danger very quickly. The steering wheel or the brake pedal vibration from trying to brake is known as brake judder or a brake shudder. Brake shuddering occurs when your braking system has breaking difficulties and can be dangerous if not addressed. What Causes Brake Shudder? Brake shudder might be caused by several things and can ... read more

What Are the Different Types of Car Fluid Leaks?

What Are the Different Types of Car Fluid Leaks?

  When you notice a liquid dripping or seeping out of your vehicle, it is a major problem and your vehicle requires immediate attention. Our vehicles have many different types of fluids. To help you pinpoint which exact one it is, you can analyze its color, smell, texture, and more. Read on to learn about the different types of fluid leaks.   There are 6 fluids that commonly leak out of vehicles. They are: Water - Your car AC extracts the moisture in the air and leads it out a hose, which drains it out on the ground if necessary. If you notice light to moderate water leaks, it shouldn’t be a serious concern. If it happens often, you should take your car to an auto repair center Engine oil - Engine oil color can range from being light amber to almost black, depending on how long it has sat in the engine. Oil leaks can occur in different locations, but they are usually due to broken seals or gaskets.  Coolant - Coolant is typically a bright color liquid that ha ... read more

5 Ways You Can Increase Your Fuel Efficiency

5 Ways You Can Increase Your Fuel Efficiency

You may be thinking of ways to save money or cut spending in the climate of increasing inflation rates. When it comes to driving, you can cut costs by increasing your fuel efficiency in a variety of ways. Many of us have bad driving habits that once addressed can ensure we are both saving money and also improving the health and longevity of our vehicle. Check Your Tires The easiest way to increase your fuel efficiency and save money on gas is to make sure you have your tires pumped to the correct inflation. Improperly inflated tires are also one of the main reasons for tire damage, causing you higher costs of more frequent replacements over the long-term. While you're at it, get your auto repair shop to rotate and balance your tires for even greater fuel efficiency. Use the Right Oil Save yourself 5 cents per gallon by checking your vehicle manufacturer guide and try to use the thinnest-viscosity of motor oil for your car model. If you are getting your car professionally servic ... read more

5 Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

5 Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

You've probably heard a strange noise coming from your car, but you didn't think much of it. Or maybe you were too embarrassed to ask for help because you weren't sure how to explain the sound. While most car sounds are standard, there are a few that shouldn't be ignored. You might be able to troubleshoot the problem independently. Still, it's always best to consult an expert if you notice these five noises. A squealing sound when you hit the brakes The brakes are an essential part of your car, so something is likely wrong if they start making noises. Worn brake pads or rotors likely cause this. When brake pads get low enough, they contact the rotor surface, resulting in a high-pitched squeal or squeak. Pay attention if you hear a high-pitched squeal when you press the pedal. When this happens to your car, take it in for service as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to fix and the more dangerous it becomes for you and other driver ... read more