Audi Check Engine Light Repair

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Audi Check Engine LightAudi repair for a clogged vacuum port

On a daily basis customers bring cars in concerned that their Check engine Light is on. So Check engine light repair is nothing new to us. While there is no computer on the market that can pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with a car just by plugging it in (which some people seem to think..), our Master Technicians have the tools and training to get to the root of the problem in a timely manner. What makes this particular Audi Check engine light unique is what we found.

Outstanding Customer Service

A few months back we received a call from a new customer. She was concerned that her Audi Check Engine Light had come on and felt that every shop she went to was “ripping [her] off” (she had been to 4 other shops….), but she heard great things about us from friends and co workers. Her ultimate goal was to get the Check Engine Light fixed as “cheaply as possible” so that she could get an inspection sticker and insisted that she already knew what was wrong and that we give her a price on an “Audi Mass Air Flow Meter” (spoiler, this wasn’t the problem).

Tip: Now this may sound like a simple issue and in some cases it really is. But we don’t know what will fix the car when we’ve never seen the it. Diagnosing an issue takes on average about 1 hour. Not to mention the tools, training, and software that goes into it. While vehicles do have “common” issues, that doesn’t mean that a common issue applies to every single situation. The only way for us to know what’s going to be needed to repair a vehicle and how much it’s going to cost is to properly test until we find what failed and quote accordingly. Without following these simple steps, we would be guessing and anyone that quotes over the phone without ever seeing the vehicle is doing just that. Feel free to read more about our case study on how much you actually save by having a professional properly diagnose issues on your vehicle rather than guessing.

Audi check engine light repair clogged vacuum lineShe called us back a few times and was very persistent about getting a price to replace the “Mass Air Flow Meter” or look at her car for free. We declined and she went elsewhere. Over the next few months she would call every few weeks (this story does have a silver lining) asking us to give her information about the Check Engine Light as it was still not fixed even after spending “Thousands” elsewhere. We took the time to educate her about the difference between having someone “pull a code” (process of having someone pull a sequence of numbers from your car’s computer that leads to a problem area in the vehicle) and properly diagnosing an issue (figuring out exactly what part failed and why).

Tip 2: Think about the difference between pulling codes and diagnosing an issue like this. Let’s say I needed directions to 11 Main Street in St Paul Minnesota. Pulling codes / “Just drive to St Paul Minnesota, you’ll find it…”. Diagnosis / (insert exact directions to the doorstep here). See the difference? Puling codes will lead to a troubled area, but there are a lot of parts in that system and not all of them are necessarily bad. The other issue is that sometimes you can have a code for one area but the problem is in a completely different system. Save yourself time, money, and aggravation by leaving it to trained professionals.

Audi Repair

Finally after a few months and 7 or 8 phone calls she made her way in with an expired Mass State Inspection Rejection Sticker on her windshield and a batch of fresh baked cookies in hand. One of our Master Technicians took her vehicle for a road test (to get milk… j/k) and quickly verified that the vehicle was running a little bit rough and that her Audi Check Engine Light was in fact on. Fortunately for this customer it didn’t take long to spot the problem.

The first issue was that the Secondary Air Injection pump was filled with water and completely seized internally. The shop(s) that she brought the vehicle to before us must have found an issue

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Old “repaired” valve and the new valve

with the Audi Combination Valve and tried to “fix” it rather than replace it. This valve is an essential component in the Secondary Air Injection System (in short, it helps with emissions) . Rather than replace the valve they tried to glue the faulty piece of the valve back together which caused a blockage in the supply vacuum line going into the valve. Why such an obviously faulty part(s) wasn’t seen is baffling.

We ended up replacing the faulty valve, pump, and cleaning all of the lines. The total repair took about 2 hours (including the diagnosis). Then we went ahead and got her a valid Mass State Inspection sticker so she wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore. If we would have taken her suggestion about replacing the Mass Air Flow Meter we would have wasted about $500 of her hard earned money on a part that was fine.

Now I promised a silver lining and here it is. Not only did the customer get her car fixed that day and leave with a valid Inspection Sticker. The customer is also an AWESOME baker!!! She brought in cookies the day of the repair and stocked us up on all sorts of homemade cookies, pies, and treats. Who doesn’t love cookies, pies, and perfectly running vehicles…..?

We also backed our repair with our 2 year 24,000 mile nationwide warranty and 12 months of roadside assistance at no additional charge. Is your Audi in need of Service or a Repair? Give us a call today or schedule online 24/7.

Precision Auto Repair and Sales West Springfield MA Best auto repair shop near me

 

I know that not everyone can do an Audi repair so when I started having issues with my – new to me – Audi I freaked out. I called everyone but there aren’t many shops that work on Audi and I was lost. I had a few people tell me that James is awesome and that Precision is where I need to go but I guess I was fixated on knowing the total cost prior to bringing my car anywhere.  After a few lengthy conversations with James and David I felt that they were really trying to help and seemed very honest. I was definitely surprised with how quickly they took care of my car. I was back on the road in only a few short hours. Their waiting room is nicer than my living room so I was very comfortable and everyone was accommodating. In total at other shops I spent $2,400 and roughly 3 months taking it back and forth to them. When I wised up and went to Precision they fixed it that day and in a few hours. The bill was also much less than I had initially anticipated. If you want your Audi fixed right the first time by guys that love cars, cookies, and helping people. Precision is the place for you.

Anna O

Agawam, MA

Why is my Check Engine Light on ?

Volkswagen check engine light repair

Why is my Check Engine Light on?

Have you ever thought, “Why is my Check Engine Light on in my Volkswagen”? Today we saw an interesting case for why the light came on and the fix was pretty neat. We have all heard someone at some point tell us “Just check the gas cap”. While that may be true in some cases, the fact remains that we really only see that once in a while. The engine computer monitors every sensor and Volkswagen check engine light repairsystem in the engine at all times and when it sees anything out of the ordinary, it will turn the light on. This can be for any of a few hundred reasons. Today I’ll explain how we got to the bottom of a Check Engine Light in a customer’s Volkswagen.

“Why is my Volkswagen Check Engine Light On?”

A long time customer came in today. He was concerned because he had been driving to Rhode Island when his Check Engine Light came on suddenly. He called us and said that the light had come on but the car was running just fine. He made his way back and brought the car in. The first step was for one of our Master Technicians to first drive the vehicle to see if anything felt out of the ordinary. The only thing we noticed was a minor shake at idle and that the Check Engine Light was in fact on.

From there we use a Volkswagen Diagnostic Scan Tool to pull a code (a code is a sequence of numbers that lead us to a problem area in the engine, transmission, SRS system, or ABS system). The customer actually had 5 separate codes. All of the codes were related to the engine misfiring. From there we begin diagnosis. Vehicles need 3 things (more than that but these are the 3 main ones) to run. Air, Fuel, and Spark… In this case he had all 3. the next step was to measure compression (this is the internal pressure that the engine builds when running). It was slightly low. Next we performed a cylinder leak down test. We want to make sure that the engine is capable of holding the internal pressure that it builds.

Bingo!!! 3 of the 4 cylinders in this engine were leaking down. We looked into the cylinders with a bore scope (little camera that fits in tight places). This allowed us to see into the cylinders and intake. The technician noticed a great deal of carbon built up so we needed to remove the intake for further diagnosis.

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This was only about 1/3 of the carbon we took out of the cylinders. The pile is about 1/2′ high. (That’s a lot)

Once the intake was removed we could see the top of the valves. “We found our problem!!!” The top of the valves were so caked up with carbon that the valves weren’t able to fully close. This was the cause of the cylinders leaking down and the cause of the misfire.

We cleaned the top of all of the intake valves by hand then used a vacuum to suck out the debris. Then a small machine called a “Walnut blaster” is installed and it blasts in finely crushed up walnut shells and vacuums them out to make the area brand new again. The intake is then reinstalled.

In total the diagnosis and repair took about 4-5 hours. We have seen this issue before but this was definitely the worst one. Since it was harder to clean, we had to take a little more time. Once the repair was finished, the car was cleaned and returned to the customer.

So if you’re wondering “Why is my Check Engine Light on in my Volkswagen“? Give us a call. Our trained Technicians have the experience to get you back on the road quickly without wasting any time replacing things that you don’t need. This will only save you time and money

 

Oil Change Part 2

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In Part 1 of this post about Oil Change intervals and/or Scheduled maintenance we covered how to properly check your engine oil as well as detailing what is classified as Factory Scheduled Maintenance and/ or “K Services”. In Part 2 we will cover K Services based on driving habits, how “K Services” are the new “Tune Up”, and how performing these services not only adds value to your vehicle but it will help save you money and time by keeping the car running like new while maintaining the factory warranty.

Normal Service vs. Severe Service

The easiest way to explain this is to point out that clearly some people are harder on their vehicles than others. To piggyback on this, there are also areas of the country that are harder on vehicles than others. Below is what Acura describes as “Severe Service”. This is a pretty industry standard description and applies to most vehicles;

oil change severe service description
Do these match the conditions your vehicle sees or your driving habits?

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your driving habits and geographical location don’t apply to that description, then you fall under “Normal Service”. The difference between the 2 is basically that Severe Service schedules are a little shorter. They do this because if the vehicle is exposed to harsher conditions it’s only natural that your vehicle will need a little bit more attention to stay running like new.

Acura scheduled maintenance chart
The chart breaks down mileage and specific services based on the exact mileages
Oil change severe service schedule
As you can see, the Severe Service Schedule doesn’t allow as much time between services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see from the side by side comparison. Vehicles that are driven in Severe conditions will see almost twice as much maintenance than “Normal condition” vehicles. Just a small hint, everyone of us living in New England fall under Severe Service based on temperature change alone from day to day.

Tune Up

Every single day we get a few calls from people that are asking for a price for a “Tune Up”. The problem here is that years ago a Tune Up would fix about 90% of the issues a vehicle could have, but that’s no longer the case. When these people are calling it’s typically because they have fallen behind with their K Services and have developed an issue that needs to be addressed and most people are under the impression that a “Tune Up” will fix whatever is broken. The K Service Schedule will lay out an exact plan as to when to change all fluids, filters, spark plugs, timing belt, and any other serviceable components. In addition it allows our Factory Trained Technicians a chance to properly inspect a list of other areas detailed on the Schedule. If your Service has lapsed the process is still simple, we figure out what’s been missed and bring it up to date. How does this benefit you?

“What’s in it for me?”

This is a question we all ask ourselves when making any decision. By performing these K Services and following the schedule laid out by the manufacturer of your vehicle it does a few things for you.

First, it keeps your factory warranty current. that’s correct, You do not need to go to the dealer to keep your factory warranty current. plus our average customer saves about 20% under what the dealer charges for the exact same service.

Next, you get a safe running vehicle. With all of these mileage based services there are various points of inspection on the vehicle that we check. We can quickly assess the immediate condition as well as being able to spot any other issues on the horizon before they become a problem. This way it allows you to plan.

Last, is that when your vehicle is running it’s best not only are you going to have many miles of worry free driving but you’ll also have better fuel economy. In addition when you decide to sell or trade your vehicle, having all of the up to date maintenance records will really help the resale value.

I hope this has been helpful. If you have any other questions just feel free to reach out to us at anytime. We’re here to help. Or to schedule an appointment you can do so here.

Precision Auto Repair and Sales West Springfield MA

 

I started going to James back when they first opened about 10 years ago. I was definitely skeptical when he told me what needed to be done and when basically because I had never heard anyone else tell me this. How could he predict the future? My Audi had 5,000 miles on it and he was telling me how to get to 200,000 miles. I literally left the first visit with a schedule and prices for services broken down all the way up to 200,000 miles. I had to admire his passion but I also have to admit that I never thought I would get this far or own the car this long. 10 years and 240,000 miles later I can honestly say that the only issue I had that James didn’t tell me about was when my starter went bad. It worked one day and didn’t the next, oh well. This is also the first car I’ve ever owned that didn’t give me a heap of trouble around 80,000 miles. I’m happy to see how much Precision has grown over the years and based on my first and many interactions with James I can definitely see why. They are fair, honest, caring, and transparent. If you want your investment to last you’re going to want to take it to Precision. These guys know their stuff!

Karen P.

West Springfield, MA

Oil Change Part 1

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It’s no secret that we all want to drive our cars as long as possible, staying as safe as possible, while spending as little as possible, and ultimately have no breakdowns. The truth is that with very little planning this is a very realistic goal for every one of you. But if you are one of the many that think by just getting an Oil Change a few times every year that is going to help you reach this goal, I’m sorry to say that you won’t. Our experience shows that the customer that only gets an Oil Change once or twice every year and doesn’t perform any other maintenance will pay up to 5x more (based on ownership up to 150,000 miles) to keep their car running safely than someone that follows the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.

In this 2 part post I’m going to explain what Factory Scheduled Maintenance is, how to properly check your engine oil, how performing these services actually cover what some call a Tune Up, the difference in services based on driving habits, and why you need to use this schedule if you don’t want to pay for expensive and unexpected repairs and keep your factory warranty current.

Checking your oil level

Cars are definitely built a lot better than they were years ago. They’re much more efficient and are built to much stricter specifications which typically means that they won’t burn through fluids, last longer, and can go longer between services. With that said, the life blood of your engine is the oil. I typically check my oil every other time I fill my gas tank. This helps me monitor the condition and level of the oil regularly so I can spot an issue before it becomes a major problem. Here’s how;

Factory Scheduled Maintenance

The manufacturer that built your vehicle came up with a plan for your vehicle. This plan was laid out to ensure that all essential systems in the vehicle get checked or serviced at specified times. The plan was also made to ensure that you will have worry free driving so that you will stay loyal to the brand you drive and ultimately buy another one in the future. The example below is actually the plan for an Acura RL (your plan will vary based on the vehicle you drive, this is just an example. If you need information for a specific vehicle, feel free to call us and we can get that for you);

The chart breaks down mileage and specific services based on the exact mileages
The chart breaks down mileage and specific services based on the exact mileages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see the plan is broken down into specific mileage based sections that point out exactly what needs to be checked and/or replaced as well as when. These services are commonly referred to as “K Services”.

In Part 2 of this post we will cover K Services  based on driving habits, how “K Services” are the new Tune Up, and how performing these services not only adds value to your vehicle but it will help save you money and time by keeping the car running like new while maintaining the factory warranty.

Follow me over to Part 2 now.

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Subaru Fuel Pump Repair

Faulty fuel pump

Subaru Stalling

As you can see the connector is melted in one spot and scorched in another and the power wire is burned and melted
As you can see the connector is melted in one spot and scorched in another and the power wire is burned and melted

About 2-3 months ago we received a call from a man that was having trouble with his car. In certain situations he would lose all power and the vehicle would just shut off. He wanted a price for a Tune up but based on what he was telling us, a Tune Up wasn’t going to help him. It was actually going to just waste time and money. We told him that it sounded like an issue with his Subaru Fuel Pump and that we would need to check a few things to be sure.

He said he would call us back and a few hours later called to tell us that his buddy is a mechanic that used to own his own shop (here we go again….) and can fix it for him cheaply (and again…). Then thanked us for the help. Now fast forward 2-3 months to this week.

Subaru Fuel Pump Replacement

Here's another view of the same 3 spots on the fuel pump
Here’s another view of the same 3 spots on the fuel pump

 

It turns out that in this case the mechanic friend almost killed him….. literally! Those are pictures of the Subaru Fuel Pump. The friend verified what we said and that there was an issue with the Fuel Pump. What was actually happening was the pump was just worn out internally and it needed to be replaced. This “friend” just ran more power to the pump by running a wire from the battery right down to the pump. The only way to explain how much more power that is would be to say, it’s like lighting a birthday candle in a bonfire. It’s WAY too much power. So what happened?

The power wire to the pump got so hot it melted itself, the connector to the pump melted from heat, and the pump got so hot internally it began to melt the cap of the pump. Remember, not only is this pump hot and melting but it’s submerged in gasoline….

If you don’t know what happens when fire and gasoline mix check this out.

(In his defense there was a Spider)

The customer only realized that there was a problem because the “Friend’s Fix” didn’t work and actually made the problem worse. He had no idea that he was driving around in a rolling bomb. We took care of all of the issues and had the customer back on the road safely within a few hours and backed our repair with our 2 year 24,000 mile Nationwide warranty and 12 month roadside assistance.

 

5 Star Rating

 

It’s tough to find a good mechanic and one that you can trust. I thought my friend knew what he was talking about because I’ve known him for years. I was almost in disbelief to see what Precision found but I’m thankful that they found it. They kept me informed the whole time my car was there and even sent me pictures and e mails showing me everything that was going on with my car. It’s tough to find transparency like that in this day and age. For anyone looking to get their car fixed I want you to take it from me. I’m cheap! I’m as cheap as it gets. I tried to take the cheap way out this time and it almost killed me. That’s not cool. Leave the car stuff to the professionals at Precision auto. They know what they’re doing and they’re really not all that expensive when compared to the dealer. A+++++ guys.

Henry D

West Springfield, MA

Ford Exhaust Manifold Leak Repair

It’s safe to say that noises drive me crazy. Any sort of repetitive ticking, squeaking, or clicking is literally torture for me. This week we saw a customer that shared the same affliction as me and in this case his noise came in the form of an Exhaust Leak on his Ford truck.

We see a lot of Ford Exhaust Leak Repairs throughout the year. The most common leak we see on these trucks is actually caused by faulty Exhaust Manifolds. They actually rot out and eventually crack which gives the exhaust a place to leak out. This ultimately causes a very annoying noise, power loss, lowered fuel economy, Failed Mass State Inspection, and can cause the Check Engine Light to come on. In most cases it’s a simple fix, but on some of them the parts and bolts become rotted and break when coming out.

Ford Exhaust Manifold Replacement

First we need to remove them. It’s a pretty tight space so the Technician(s) just needs to make sure that everything in the way is properly removed and secured out of the way.

It would appear that the technician is laying down on the job, but it's just a tough space and this is really the only way he can gain access to a few of the bolts
It would appear that the technician is laying down on the job, but it’s just a tough space and this is really the only way he can gain access to a few of the bolts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ford Exhaust Manifold Leak

Once the manifolds were removed the Technician was able to inspect them a little easier. As you can see there is a small crack in the manifold that was the source of the exhaust leak and noise.

The green-ish/ yellow line is the crack
The green-ish/ yellow line is the crack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished Product

As you can see the Ford Exhaust Manifolds are really in a tight spot. With just a little buttoning up and reattaching the remainder of the exhaust this customer will be back on the road in no time.

As you can see, the exhaust manifold is in a really tight space.
As you can see, the exhaust manifold is in a really tight space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This repair takes a little bit of time and has to be done by Trained Technicians. Fortunately for this customer he had an Aftermarket Warranty that he purchased when he bought the truck and they paid the bill for him. We work with most Aftermarket Warranty companies on the market today and back most repairs with our 2 year, 24,000 mile Nationwide warranty and 12 month roadside assistance.

5 Star Rating

 

I had the best experience today with precision auto repair. They worked with my warrantee contractor and achieved the best results for me. Thank you much. You now have another loyal customer. Highly recommend.

Jon B

Feeding Hills, MA

Subaru Service Scheduled Maintenance

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The most frequently asked question we hear day to day is “How much for a tune up?”. While this was a very easy question to answer in the 70’s and 80’s, cars have become much more complex and the term “Tune Up” ultimately doesn’t have a ton of bearing on ensuring that your Subaru runs it’s best for years to come.

So I want to take a few minutes to explain what a “Subaru Tune Up” used to be, what it currently is, and also explain  the benefits of having your vehicle serviced properly. A “Tune Up” used to essentially be an oil change, spark plugs, air filter, fuel filter, and a distributor cap and rotor. The owner of the car did this pretty much whenever the car started to run rough or about every 20-30,000 miles based on driving habits. This would solve most issues a vehicle could develop back then. Now the manufacturers have changed over to what is called a “K service”. A “K Service” is a mileage based service (you can find this schedule in your owners manual or just call us if you’re unclear on your vehicle’s actual schedule and we can e mail it to you) that ensures that your vehicle is in our shop at specified mileages. During these specified mileages we check various areas of the vehicle and perform some required services such as fluid changes, computer resets, air filters, timing belt replacement, and even spark plugs. It is very rare however that if you have a “Check Engine Light” lit up on your dash that this service or a “Subaru Tune Up” will resolve the issue. You may need to have that issue looked at as well.

One of our Master Techs performing a Subaru Service
One of our Master Techs performing a Subaru Service

The benefit here is that with all of the new technology in vehicles these days we find that the required replacement of parts is minimal and the benefit to the consumer is that since your vehicle is in the shop at such regular intervals the chance of a major part failure or break down that will leave you stranded is lowered by roughly 90%. That’s correct, by performing your mileage based service laid out by the manufacturer we have found that you are 90% LESS likely to break down than someone that just wants to change their oil every 3,000 miles. In addition, by performing these services on your vehicle it keeps the “Subaru Factory Warranty” current and on average our customer’s pay about 20% less for the same service than the “Subaru Dealer” will charge.

So in short following your Subaru Dealer’s Service Schedule will help ensure years of enjoyable driving and safety for you and your family. Rest assured that when it comes to Subaru Service in West Springfield MA, we’ve got you covered.

 

 

In need of Subaru Service? Call us today at 413.363.0306 or schedule online today.

5 Star Rating

 

I was always under the impression that I needed to go to the Subaru Dealer in West Springfield or my warranty would be void. I was under this impression because that’s what the dealer told me. After a few minutes of research I found that it’s not true and then started to question other things I was told such as, Why do I need a major repair every single time my car is in for service? So I looked for other options. I found Precision Auto Repair in an online search and decided to give them a shot. They got me right in, gave me a ride to work, and the price was more than reasonable. I also enjoyed the personal interaction I got from the staff there. They make me feel like a friend and not a customer. My husband and daughter both drive Subaru’s and we all currently take our vehicles to Precision and have been for the past 3 years. They’re the best.

Mary Beth W.

Southampton, MA

 

9 Ways To Save On Gas

December can be an expensive month. Holiday parties, presents, decorations can all add up fast. That’s why this month I decided to share with you some sneaky ways to get better gas mileage and keep more money in your pocket.

1. Air filter – According to CarMax.com replacing your air filter can improve your gas mileage. A dirty, clogged air filter will reduce your car’s performance making it work harder than it has to.

2. Plan your trips – Planning and combining your driving can help save on gas. Instead of doing several short trips during the week, combine all of them for one longer trip when you have the time.

3. Set your tires to proper inflation – The U.S. Department of Energy reports that under-inflated tires are responsible for nearly 3.3 million gallons of wasted gas every day. Inflating the tires not only improves gas mileage but it is much safer for driving and improves the longevity of the tire treads.

4. Tune up your engine – There is a oxygen sensor located in the exhaust and on some vehicles it is mounted before the catalytic converter. This sensor reads the air to fuel ratio in the exhaust gases and relay the info to your car’s computer. If this sensor is malfunctioning then it won’t be able to measure the air to fuel ratio. It can also cause your check engine light to come on and cause your car to fail an emissions test.

The number one component in a tune-up that people tend to overlook is the oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensors are located in the exhaust and on some vehicles are mounted before the catalytic converters. They read the air to fuel ratio in the exhaust gasses and relay the information back to your cars computer. If the sensors are malfunctioning then they won’t be able to accurately measure your air to fuel ratio and can cause your engine to run lean or often times rich. It can also lead to having your check engine light illuminate on your dash or cause you to fail your emissions test.

5. Avoid excessive idling.

6. If you have automatic transmission use overdrive except when towing.

7. Maintain a log.

8. On fuel-injected cars, make sure the oxygen sensors, engine emissions system, and evaporative emissions control systems are in good shape.

9. Find the best gas prices in your town. A good place to check gas prices is at Gas Price Watch website:

Gas Price Watch

Auto Repair Springfield MA, Car Repair, 8 Steps To A Safe Car This Winter

Okay, so here’s the thing.

Winters in Western MA are very tough on cars.

We have had a very warm Fall season but the cold weather is right around the corner and I want to make sure you and your car are ready.

I’ve listed 8 simple steps you can follow. If you have any problems or if I can answer any questions, please give me a call.

Step 1: Check your battery. During the cold, your engine requires more power to get going. A mechanic can run a battery load test to see if you need to replace it and clean the posts and add distilled water if necessary.

Step 2: Stock your car with emergency supplies. There are many long, lonely roads in Western MA and being stranded anywhere could cause major problems while you’re waiting for assistance. Some good supplies to have are: a fully charged cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, blankets, ice scraper, first aid kit, tow strap and a folding shovel.

Step 3: Check your belts and hoses. Cold weather can weaken belts and hoses, any signs of wear and tear and they should be replaced.

Step 4: Change the oil. Cold weather reduces oil’s effectiveness and the colder it gets, the thicker the oil gets. As oil is used, it gets thicker which can make it difficult for the oil to circulate through the engine.

Step 5: Check your antifreeze. Antifreeze and water mixture should be about 50-50. This will prevent the coolant in your radiator from freezing.

Step 6: Check tire pressure. Cold weather causes air pressure in your tires to drop. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire’s air pressure will drop about one psi. Your tires need to be properly inflated to make sure they are getting the proper contact with the road, which is important during wintry conditions.

Step 7: Snow tires are always a good idea. Snow tires are made with a softer rubber which allows them to stay flexible during the coldest weather. The tire is made with tread patterns designed to grip in snow and ice.

Step 8: Check wiper fluid and change wiper blades. We all agree that we need a clear windshield, but worn wiper blades and an empty wiper fluid reservoir can quickly lead to an accident. Replace worn or frayed blades and top off your wiper fluid with a brand that has a lower freezing temperature.

Before taking off, one more thing.

Precision Auto Repair is always here to help and we do provide winterization appointments. You can schedule online by going here next:

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Thank you.

James