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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

What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

If you're considering purchasing a used vehicle, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended in order for you to understand the condition of the vehicle and whether or not it is a good investment for you. Oftentimes, the person selling the vehicle may report that there are no issues with the vehicle, and a pre-purchase inspection can help to verify that claim and inform you of any future expenses that you may incur. Here at our auto repair shop, we are your source for honest and professional pre-purchase vehicle inspections in the area. At our facility, our goal is to help you make the best decision based on the results of our inspection. We provide pre-purchase inspections to thoroughly check the vehicle you are considering buying and give you our evaluation to help you understand if you're getting the car at a good value or not. A pre-purchase inspection at our shop will: Help you better understand the value of the car Reveal any underlying issues or needed repairs Identify ... read more

​​Common Misconceptions Regarding Motor Oil

 ​​Common Misconceptions Regarding Motor Oil

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, oil and filter changes are the most important task in preserving the performance and longevity of your car. Oil allows the various parts of your engine to move smoothly while minimizing friction. As a result, you will notice reduced wear, stable temperatures, and less likelihood of problems later in life. Over the years, there's been numerous falsely spread information regarding motor oil and its changes. We're here to squash those lies. Myth #1: Dark Oil Is Bad While dark engine oil can indicate that your oil is bad, sometimes it doesn't. Certain oils can darken shortly after you get an oil change. There are other deciding factors like viscosity, smell, and levels to consider too when it comes to oil changes. Myth #2: You Need An Oil Change Every 3K Miles This 3,000-mark may have held true for all vehicles before, and it still applies to some today but not all. If your car has a complex engine and takes synthetic blend oil, it can ... read more

When Does a Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

When Does a Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

The timing belt in every car is a necessary component of the engine that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft attune. When it gets old, it runs the risk of breaking, which can cause many problems for you and your car. Timing belts are typically made with tough rubber with durable steel or polyester threads running through them. They are also ribbed accordingly to ensure the perfect "timing" of the opening of the engine. As mentioned before, the belt surrounds the crankshaft and connects to the camshaft and pulley.   If your engine is experiencing weaknesses, your timing belt could very well be the cause of it. Some other signs of a bad timing belt include: Ticking or clicking noises Engine misfiring or runs rough Oil pressure decline Visible smoke To ensure your timing belt's condition, we recommend bringing your car to Scruggs Automotive for an inspection.   Why Replace Your Timing Belt? Replacing your timing belt will enhance your fuel efficiency and eng ... read more