Tips

This short video explains the five most common mistakes car owners make and provides simple tips for avoiding them.

Drive with your brakes metal to metal: you don’t want to do this because it will damage your rotors. If your brakes make noise, it’s time to see a mechanic.

  1. Drive with your brakes metal to metal: you don’t want to do this because it will damage your rotors. If your brakes make noise, it’s time to see a mechanic.
  2. Not replace cracked belts: If a cracked belt breaks, you can lose power steering and your car can overheat.
  3. Not change your timing belt: Not changing your timing belt at the manufacturers’ recommended time will bend valves, your engine will lose timing, and you will need an engine rebuild. Make sure you change your timing belt when recommended by your cars manufacturer!
  4. Ignore your check engine light: It’s so easy to do! But this will certainly create more pollution, and decrease your MPG. And with rising gas prices, you definitely want to get the most out of your mileage!
  5. Ignore manufacturer recommended maintenance. Things like changing your fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, oil changes, and topping off your fluids are key to increasing the life of your vehicle. Ignoring these things will cause:
 

Have YOU ever been sick? Ever showed up in the emergency room Friday night or tried to schedule a doctors appointment last minute?

Prestige Auto Works is like a doctors office for your vehicle. As I write this blog, I’m sitting in the doctors office with my son, two days after calling to let them know I don’t think he’s feeling quite right and want to have him checked before anything worse happens. Luckily we got in, still one person ahead of us. We have been here almost an hour now and still haven’t seen the doctor. Pretty typical on most occasions. I really wasn’t expecting to be seen the minute we walked in at 8:30 a.m. Sound familiar?

Luckily people are self healing, somewhat…

Even though we are in a technologically advanced society, we still don’t have self healing cars. Most people don’t understand that actually it is quite the opposite. I was just asking my seven year old son last night if he knew what the snow ball effect was, and I had to explain: once something happens there is a multiplying effect…

Ever “just had a check engine light on, but everything runs fine”? I have heard that line a lot! There are thousands of reasons the check engine light will come on. Once it is on you won’t know when more codes are added on. One thing leads to another. A drip here can damage that, a rattle there can loosen this, once it starts leaking it only gets worse, and I could be referring to dozens of different things in this one sentence.

How long do you want to live? How long do you want your car to be reliable? Sometimes little things can lead to big things if not taken care of by a professional right away.

April and October are National Car Care months. When you bring your vehicle in for service we perform basic safety inspections and will mention any concerns we have. If you ever have questions or want to learn more about regular maintenance and caring for your vehicle you can ask the service adviser.