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Tips for Summer Vehicle Maintenance

Tips for Summer Vehicle Maintenance

Summer is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the spring weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your summer road trip plans, be sure to come by MotorHaus for a summer vehicle inspection. Here are the top summer maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly through the warm months:  Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Chang ... read more

How Long Does a Car A/C Recharge Last?

How Long Does a Car A/C Recharge Last?

A common cause for a car air conditioning to not blow old cold air as it used to is low refrigerant. Low refrigerant can happen if you haven't had your A/C serviced in a long time or if there is a leak somewhere in the system. In order to get your vehicle's A/C running like new again, you'll need to have an A/C recharge performed.  An A/C recharge service consists of removing all of the refrigerant from the system, flushing everything out to be able to put fresh refrigerant in. It also includes a test of the system's pressure and temperature control which is important when it comes to a working air conditioning system. We also check for leaks to make sure that the refrigerant isn't low for this reason. If there is a leak, we will repair it to ensure that refrigerant doesn't continue to leak inside of your vehicle (this can cause the whole A/C system to shut down and cause damage to surrounding parts).  So, how long does a car A/C recharge last? There ... read more

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

The brake system in your vehicle is extremely important, because it allows you to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t happen all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency over time. Brake pads do tends to wear down with regular use of your vehicle, so they will need to be replaced periodically. The brake pads are the component within the brake system that helps to gently slow your tire rotation when you step on the brake pedal. When you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. If you continue to drive with worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components.  Most brake pads will last anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average lifespan around 40,000 miles. However, the lifespan of your brake pads  ... read more

How Often Does the Suspension System Need Maintenance?

How Often Does the Suspension System Need Maintenance?

In order to maintain a good working vehicle, regular maintenance is key. There are many different systems in your vehicle, and each system typically requires maintenance at a certain interval in your vehicle's lifetime. One of these systems is the suspension system, which helps to ensure the best handling and overall ride experience for drivers. So, how often does the suspension system need maintenance?  The suspension system consists of all of the parts connected to your tires and supporting the frame of your vehicle. When you think about it, this system is constantly under heavy weight and pressure, which will eventually cause wear and tear of certain parts. Most parts will work well without maintenance over the years, but items like the shocks and struts will need attention periodically.  One important component that you need to have checked and maintained regularly are the tires. Tires need to be in good condition, properly balanced, properly aligned, correctly infl ... read more

MotorHaus is Open & Ready to Serve You...A Message About COVID-19

MotorHaus is Open & Ready to Serve You...A Message About COVID-19

Motorhaus is open and CONTINUING TO SERVICE VEHICLES and we are committed to KEEPING OUR CUSTOMERS SAFE. You can get your car fixed without ever needing to enter our shop.  Here's how: FREE vehicle pick up and drop off Accepting payments over the phone Using a no-contact drop box Disinfecting all keys and cars before and after service.  Offering financing through Synchrony - 1 year deferred interest on purchases over $750. Frequently sanitizing the office.  New gloves for every service All communication over the phone and email *some restrictions apply to free vehicle pickup. Call for more details.* Call us with any questions or to schedule your appointment. Stay safe and wash your hands. We'll get through this together

How Often Does the Cabin Air Filter Need to be Replaced?

When you use your vehicle's air conditioning or heating system, air is taken from outside your vehicle and flows through a filter before it enters your cabin. This is necessary to remove pollutants and dirt from the air before it is circulated within your car. It is important to the safety of the air you are inhaling. The cabin air filter is different from the air filter - the cabin air filter is to filter air before it reaches the inside of your vehicle and the air filter filter air that goes into the engine to burn fuel.  So how often does the cabin air filter need to be replaced? Just like your other vehicle filters, the cabin air filter will become significantly dirty over time and will need to be replaced. Your vehicle's owner's manual will outline the proper interval recommendation for how often the cabin air filter should be replaced.  The most common symptom that can indicate you need a cabin air filter replacement is poor airflow from the A/C vents ... read more

Buying a New Car? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind.

Buying a new car is an exciting experience - there's nothing like that new car smell! If you've been taking your time and researching what car you are considering purchasing, there are certain things you should consider when making your decision. You probably have a checklist that includes color, style, price, and more. We challenge you to include the additional items on your checklist to help you make the best decision for a huge investment.  What will your car be used for? This will help you determine what type of car is best for you. For instance, a car that you will be using for lots of travel and outdoor activities may lead you in the direction of a truck or SUV. A car that you will need to take the kids to school may point you in the direction of a bigger car that will fit everyone. A car to get you to work everyday may lead you to choose a sedan with great gas mileage.  Consider your budget and don't forget to think about other expenses that come wit ... read more

Car Resolutions for NYE 2020

It’s that time of the season when we start thinking about what changes or resolutions we plan to make for the upcoming year. 2019 has ended and we all hope that 2020 will bring us health and good fortune. Many people will think about what resolutions to make such as going to the gym more often, eating healthier, and waking up earlier. These are all fantastic resolutions, but have you thought about any changes you will be making when it comes to your car?  Nobody is a perfect vehicle owner, but there are many ways in which the regular car driver can not only take better care of their vehicle but save money on car repairs in the new year. It is a great idea to think of a vehicle resolution that you can make going into 2020 that will help you protect your car investment and save you money on repairs. Here are some of our top vehicle changes to make for 2020: Try to keep your car clean and free of garbage Clean out your trunk - it will give you much better fuel efficiency Ha ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from MotorHaus!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at MotorHaus! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at MotorHaus before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid kit.  &nb ... read more

Common Questions to Ask Your Mechanic

We know that it can be a little bit stressful when thinking about going to the auto repair shop. However, the most important thing to remember is that you are in charge of your own vehicle, and that you can ask as many questions as you would like about your vehicle before agreeing to any work. Here at MotorHaus, one of our priorities is making sure that you are comfortable at our shop and always have your questions answered regarding your vehicle.  Here are some common questions that can be asked at the auto repair shop to out your mind at ease:  Are your mechanics licensed and/or trained? - It is always a good idea to ask if the shop’s mechanics are licensed or certified. This will give you peace of mind that the staff working on your vehicle know what they are doing.     Can you show me what is wrong with my vehicle? - Don’t be afraid to ask for details about what is actually wrong with your vehicle. This will give you the opportunity to under ... read more

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