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How to Protect Your Battery During the Winter

How to Protect Your Battery During the Winter

Extreme weather conditions can be harmful to car batteries. The strongest battery may not be able to withstand temperatures that are too cold. The winter is officially here in Alpharetta, so it's time to take extra precautions to maintain your battery's health. A few simple tasks can prevent your vehicle from dying when you least expect it. Below are a few helpful tips to protect your battery during the winter.  Drive for 10 minutes or longer. It's tempting to stay warm indoors, but if you have the opportunity to go for a drive. Drives that are at least 10 minutes allow your engine to warm and adequately charge the battery. If you don't drive, the cold weather can weaken your battery. In severe cases, you may not start the next time you drive.   Park in a garage. During the winter, park inside a garage to keep the battery insulated. If a garage isn't nearby, try parking near heated equipment, w ... read more

Why is the Check Engine Light On?

Why is the Check Engine Light On?

As a driver, it's important to stay prepared for what can go wrong with your vehicle. The coolant can leak, the transmission could fail, or a tire can go flat. Mechanical issues can happen when we least expect them to. If the check engine light comes on, it can leave you completely confused because it can be alerting you to a variety of issues. You know you should check the engine, but you aren't sure why. The check engine light never comes on by mistake; below are five reasons your check engine light may have come on.  Engine Overheating  If the check engine light has come on due to your engine overheating, you will also notice additional symptoms such as a high-temperature reading and white smoke. The engine overheating can be dangerous and can cause severe damage to your vehicle. If your car is overheating, pull over immediately and allow your vehicle to cool down. If letting your car cool doesn't help, you should seek professional assistance ... read more

5 Signs You Need A Wheel Alignment

5 Signs You Need A Wheel Alignment

We all want our vehicles to stand the test of time. And proper wheel alignment not only improves vehicle performance; it keeps the drive safe by extending the life of the tires. Wheel alignment is a maintenance service that should be prioritized because misalignment can occur with typical day to day driving. How do you know when it’s time for a four-wheel alignment or front-end alignment? The key is to pay attention to your vehicle and watch out for any warning signs. There are several common symptoms: it’s time for an alignment service, below are 5 to look out for. The Tires are Wearing Unevenly When wheels are misaligned, the tires will display uneven tread wear. This is a noticeable sign if you visually inspect your tires. Every so often, check treadwear by measuring the tread depth in a few areas of each tire. Aligned wheels properly will wear at the same rate. If there is a discrepancy, there may be a wheel alignment issue. Unnatural Dri ... read more

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