Under the Hood

Pre-Trip Check Helps Avoid Road Trip Breakdown

School’s out for summer and your family is ready for a much needed summer vacation. But is your vehicle ready for the road? A new video from the non-profit Car Care Council explains the importance of a pre-trip vehicle check and the steps to be taken…

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Spark Plugs Need to Be Replaced Periodically

That little engine part called the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle’s power, performance, dependability and fuel efficiency and, according to the non-profit Car Care Council, should be replaced periodically. “Spark plugs are one…

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Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College

Seeing your child off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far away from home. Sending them away in the family vehicle can create even more worry and stress. A little advance planning and a well-maintained vehicle can offer…

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August: Car Maintenance Tips

How do you know when your brakes need work? These symptoms may tell you. Here are some Car Maintenance Tips for you to consider. Brake, Look and Listen Brake pad wear. On many vehicles, you can inspect your brake pads by bending down and looking through…

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Getting Your Car Ready for School

It’s back-to-school time and the Car Care Council wants to help families get their vehicles ready for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more. An informative new video from the non-profit organization provides motorists a with a five-point checklist…

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A Must Have Summer Car Maintenance Checklist

Summer is here in Portland, which brings heat and humidity that can be absolutely brutal. You can feel the sweat starting to drip from your bones, right? But you’re not the only one who needs to start preparing for the high temps—your car needs a helping…

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6 Essential Summer Car Care Tips

Road trip season is almost here! Make sure your vehicle is ready to handle some sun-drenched driving. Summer’s high temperatures, flurries of dust and dirt, and the occasional rain can all take a toll on your vehicle’s most important systems. With these…

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Tyler's Summer Driving Tips

Okay, so summer's here and you're itching to fill your jalopy to the headliner and hit the open highway. Great! The combination of heat, long trips and heavy loads can place enormous demands on your car. So, before you pull out of the driveway, we'd like…

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Happy EVAP to You

The time around your birthday is a special one: Friends taking you out to your favorite restaurant, family calling you to give you a hard time about making it another year older. Another event that typically happens around your birthday is a reminder…

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Airbags: The Need for Speek

Airbags sometimes seem to be fickle aspects of a vehicle that have a mind of their own. They also have an association of being soft and fluffy in their un-deployed state. When released however, it is a whole different story. Their explosion is engineered…

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