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How Often Should I Change My Oil? – Car Maintenance Advice

By | August 17th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance, Maintenance|

When it comes to changing your car’s engine oil, everyone has a different opinion. Some say four times a year; others say every 3000 miles; still others say once a year should be plenty. The bad news is there’s really no one answer to that question. It depends on your [...]

How Often Does My Car Need A Tune-Up? Car Performance Advice

By | August 4th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance, General Repair, Maintenance|

There used to be a time when you’d have your car tuned up every September. If not, you’d have it towed in to the shop around November. One way or another, you were getting that car tuned up! Today’s cars aren’t like that. They no longer have points; many don’t [...]

Car Defroster Not Working? – Set The System To Fresh Air!

By | July 28th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

It’s wet, it’s cold, and your windows are all fogged up. So you crank up your defroster and wait… and wait… but somehow the windows never seem to clear up. If your car defroster isn't working, chances are you have the defroster set wrong. Set the controls to allow for [...]

Car Fluid Checks

By | July 21st, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

Engine oil… transmission fluid… engine coolant… power steering fluid… brake fluid… just a few of the many fluids necessary for your car to operate safely and reliably. So it’s important to check them once in a while to make sure they’re full and in good shape. The problem is, those [...]

Car AC Problems? – Temperature Trouble Help

By | July 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance, Maintenance|

Summertime… the days get longer and the mercury begins to rise. It’s a great time for families; not so much for your car. Because nothing puts more strain on your car’s engine and drivetrain than high temperatures. Add the air conditioning to the mix, and you have a recipe for [...]

Local Repair Shops – Pick One Shop and Trust Them

By | May 27th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

Just for a moment, pretend you’re the one who answers the phone at your local repair shop. Two customers called this morning: One was a regular customer you know by name; the other a one-time price shopper. Which one would you go out of your way to take special care [...]

How To Find A Good Car Mechanic – Choosing the Right Shop

By | May 25th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

Maybe you’re new to the area… or maybe your old shop closed. Whatever the reason, there may come a time when you have to look for a new repair shop. But how do you choose the right one? How To Pick An Auto Repair Shop When it comes to trying [...]

How To Get Your Car Road Trip Ready – Preparing For A Summer

By | May 21st, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

So you’re getting ready to take a big summer road trip; the last thing you want is to find yourself stuck in a strange repair shop, hundreds of miles from home, with out-of-state tags and a stack of suitcases in the back. So your best bet is to have your [...]

Car Maintenance Tips – Car Care Council Offers 75 Page Guide

By | April 1st, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Cottman Brand News, General Repair, Maintenance|

April is National Car Care Month and the experts at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, a nationwide chain that services almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic, offer some simple tips to keep your car in good shape for the spring and summer peak driving season. Car [...]

My Car Is Under Warranty; Do I Need to Have It Serviced at the Dealer?

By | March 19th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

No, you do not need to have it serviced at the dealer; in fact, it’s illegal for the dealer to even suggest such a thing. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, makes it illegal to even claim that your warranty is void or to deny coverage [...]