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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

How to Care for Your Vehicle's Cooling System

The cooling system is a very important system within your vehicle that helps to keep your engine cool and clean while running. A problem with the cooling system can mean major problems with your engine - and engine repairs can become costly. This is why it is so vital to maintain your vehicle's cooling system and make sure that it is always working at its best.  One way you can ensure that you care your car's cooling system is by having your vehicle regularly inspected by the professionals here at Motorhaus. Regular inspections will allow us to catch any cooling system issues early on and prevent major problems from occurring.  Another way to care of your vehicle's cooling system is to be more aware of how your vehicle runs and to make sure that if you ever notice your engine is overheating or running roughly that you have your car inspected as soon as possible.  Having a cooling system service at recommended intervals is also important. Not only is coolan ... read more

Fuel Saving Tips

It seems that gas prices are always on the rise, and between driving to work everyday, dropping off the kids, and running errands, it may feel as if you are filling up your vehicle's gas tank way to often. Budgeting is important, and learning how to safe and budget for fuel can have a large effect on your wallet.  The most common culprits of wasting fuel include:  Loose or missing gas caps Under inflated tires Faulty thermostat Worn spark plugs Poor wheel alignment While all of the above can lower your vehicle's fuel efficiency, luckily these can all be prevented and/or taken care of. Here are some of our fuel saving tips:  Always make sure that your tires are properly inflated and aligned, as this can lead to using up more gas than needed and can actually cost you money due to tire and suspension system damage Make sure your car is tuned up, well maintained, and in good shape. All of the above culprit are due to poor vehicle maintenance, so regular insp ... read more

Mechanical Failures that Can Cause Accidents

Drive safely on the road is so important, especially when it comes to protecting yourself and others. Everyone wants to get to their desintation safely, and by driving with care and without impairment, you can take a step towards minimizing accident risk.  Although impairment and failure to take appropriate safety measures while driving is a top cause of accidents, mecahnical failures also take a chunk of reasons why car accidents occur. This is why it is so important to always have your vehicle regular inspected and well maintained.  Tires are a big culprit when it comes to accidents on the road due to mechanical failure. If you experience a tire blowout on the highway, chances are you may slam on your brakes or even lose control of your vehicle. This can be avoided by always keeping your tire pressure at its correct settings and ensuring that your tires are always in good shape. Brakes are also a top reason for accidents due to mechanical failure. This can be avoided wit ... read more

Why Potholes Can Damage your Vehicle

Potholes can’t always be avoided on the road, which is why it is important to understand the damage that driving over them can cause and the steps to take next. If you’re driving slowly and you hit a pothole, you are probably fine. However, if you’re driving on a faster speed limit road and hit a pothole, it is in your best interest to have the following components inspected by a trusted mechanic: Tires - tires can be damaged in a number of ways after hitting a pothole. It can cause the side of the tire to actually blow out due to the pressure on one side of the tire. If your TPMS light comes on after hitting a pothole, this is usually a sign of some sort of damage that will need to be looked at.  Wheels - damage to the wheels can occur from hitting a pothole quickly. If you notice that the wheel is cracked or bent, bring your vehicle into your trusted mechanic. If a damaged wheel is hitting the tire, it can cause damage over time.  Alignment - hitting a ... read more

The Key To Switching Lanes Safely - S.M.O.G.

When it comes to driving, any safety tips or techniques that we can teach can benefit everyone on the road. We have all seen it - the driver who switches lanes without even looking, moving across several lanes without a blinker on, expectedly all other vehicles to move out of the way. Although it may work sometimes, this is a dangerous and risky way to drive.    Acronyms are a great way to remember key phrases, and the acronym S.M.O.G. was created for how to switch lanes safely. Remembering this acronym is easy and will make sure that you always change lanes on the road in a safe manner!   S - Signal  Always make sure that your blinker is on, signaling the direction that you are changing lanes. Try to have your signal on 3 to 5 seconds before actually changing lanes.   M - Mirrors Check all mirrors, including rearview mirror and side mirrors, for cars nearby.    O - Over the shoulder Check over your shoulder in the direction of where you ... read more

Ways you May Be Damaging your Vehicle Unintentionally

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:  Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.  Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at risk for ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! 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 Change your windshield wi ... read more

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