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Written by Jessica Golden

Four Typical Car Summer Breakdowns

Car Repair Shop,Annapolis MDNow that we are in the middle of summer enjoying the warm weather, we are spending more time on the road going to our favorite vacation spots. Why let car breakdowns get in the way of fun if you can prevent it? The following are four typical car summer breakdowns. We recommend stopping by a reputable local independent car service as an alternative to more expensive and impersonal dealership facilities.

Battery

Most of us think of a dead car battery occurring mostly in winter, but the heat waves of summer can place added stress on batteries, leading to battery fluid evaporation and damaging corrosion. As part of your car’s regular service schedule, have a technician inspect your car’s battery, alternator, and starter.

Check Engine Light

An activated check engine light is a potential indicator of several issues. While you may be able to handle a basic problem such as a faulty gas cap, the majority of issues require professional care. It is advisable to take your car to a certified mechanic and have a computer determine the fault codes to get a proper diagnosis.

Radiator

Summer’s high temperatures can often lead to overheating. You may be headed to a mountain cabin, and the climb up a steep grade may strain the engine and its cooling system. The temperature gauge on your dashboard will indicate when your engine is overheating, and it is better to pull over safely and turn off the engine before serious damage results. Have your car’s coolant levels inspected at the start of every season or long road trip by a professional.

Tires

Flat tires occur much more frequently in summer than during any other season. While it is quite useful for you to be knowledgeable and physically able to change your flat tire, it is far more important to have your tires inflated, balanced, and aligned properly as part of a regular inspection schedule. Tire pressure should be checked monthly to help ensure safety and even tread wear. Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

4 Common Car Problems of Summer

car mechanic, Repair,  maintenanceAfter being through a tough winter of driving, you may think that you can take it easy as far worrying about your car during the summer. Unfortunately, high temperatures can also cause damage to your vehicle. Road temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees for several days in a row during a heat wave. Prolonged exposure to heat can affect every component of your car. The following are four common car problems of summer.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Top Eight Vehicle Services for New Drivers – Part 2

 car mechanic, car shop, repair servicesAs discussed previously, a new driver will probably be driving a used car. The vehicle may be more of a challenge to maintain because it will be older with higher mileage. However, proper and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. Part 1 covered the topics of air filter, battery, brakes, and hoses and belts. Part 2 will discuss the last four of the eight most important services for your vehicle.

Oil Change

Lubricating the moving parts of the engine, oil provides critical protection from high temperatures and friction. As oil gets older, its viscosity starts breaking down, and eventually it will lose its effectiveness. Although newer vehicles may not need oil services every 3,000 miles depending on the oil use, you should perform regular checks of the oil level. Make sure to discuss your vehicle, manufacturer’s recommendations and usage of your vehicle for the proper oil and service interval recommendations.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are responsible for the ignition of the air/fuel mixture within each cylinder of your engine. This results in multiple controlled explosions that provide the energy necessary to power every internal-combustion vehicle. As do every electrical element, a spark plug will eventually burn out. If a spark plug stops working, the engine will be forced to work harder, and this will be very inefficient. Check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement intervals. They can be recommended by both time and/or mileage.  Ensuring the spark plugs are in good condition will result in smoother running and an engine with longer service life.

Tires

Car tires are engineered to last for thousands of miles, and they can be costly. However, even tires of the highest quality will eventually wear and undergo a loss of air pressure. Maintaining proper tire inflation has three very important benefits. First, tires will last significantly longer because wear will be more even. Second, safety is enhanced because under or over inflated tires are much more likely to blowout at highway speeds. Third, proper inflation results in improved fuel efficiency, reducing costs. Other important tire services are regular tire rotations and alignments, which will also assure even tire wear.

Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are important because they help ensure a driver’s visibility, making driving safer. The longevity of your windshield wipers will depend on the region where you live. Rubber will degrade more quickly because of UV rays and high temperatures if you live in the Sunbelt. Similarly, cars driven in areas that experience freezing temperatures will have wiper blades that will degrade faster because of cold and salt. Depending on the normal weather conditions of your area, replacing wiper blades ever six to twelve months will be necessary to make sure they remain effective.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Visit Your Trusted Dealership Alternative for Tire Services

Repair Services, Annapolis MDThe trusted dealership alternative you use to take care of your car should also be your first stop when you need your tires serviced or replaced. Sure, franchise discount tire stores will try to lure you with ads and commercials about sales, but many of them will give you “discount services” as well. It often feels like they care more about making a sale, than if the tires they are recommending are the right fit in terms of your driving needs and safety.

Personal Service

When you use your trusted facility, they know both you and your car very well. They will understand what kind of tires you need. The professionals will ask the right questions. What kind of driving do you do every day? Are your commutes stop-and-go or long freeway trips? Do you ever use your SUV to go off road? Are you looking for performance or durability? With this information in hand, they will be able to advise you in a personal way.

Thorough Services

Your trusted mechanic will be thorough when it comes to inspecting your tires. Every tire inspection should always include the spare (if equipped), and this is often a cut above budget-tire places. A certified dealership alternative will also provide excellent record keeping. They will note the items below for each one of your tires at every inspection:looo

  • Type/Brand, Size
  • Speed/Performance Rating
  • Condition
  • Tread Depth
  • Production Date
  • Wear Pattern
  • Tire Pressure

After recording all of the above, each tire will be inflated or deflated to attain its correct PSI (per square inch) pressure. If the mechanic advises your tire(s) need repair or replacement, you will get advice involving your safety and options, along with an estimate.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.