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How Do I Know If I Need a Wheel Alignment?

How Do I Know If I Need a Wheel Alignment?

Proper vehicle maintenance doesn’t just involve oil changes and car washes. Your wheels play an integral role in vehicle performance and need love and care too. One of the many tire services you will need for your car is wheel alignment. Your tires can get misaligned naturally over time. But most of the time, it comes from careless mishaps like running into a deep pothole or hitting a curb. Below are the typical signs it’s time to go in for a wheel alignment service:   Sign #1 - Abnormal Tread If your tire tread has become significantly worn down since the last time you’ve looked at it, it may be more than a sign to replace your tires. Irregular tread wear usually means your wheel alignment is off. Please note the wear: is it cupped, on the outer edges, or center?  Sign #2 - Tires Squeal Driving isn’t always a silent experience, but you shouldn’t notice squealing sounds under normal circumstances. If your wheels are misaligned, the tires wil ... read more

What Do The Dashboard Warning Lights In My Car Mean?

What Do The Dashboard Warning Lights In My Car Mean?

Your dashboard is the center of information for learning about the condition of your car's complex internal systems. The dashboard lights can remind you when it's time for maintenance, and they can also signal trouble. There are five warning symbols on your dashboard that you should never neglect:   Electrical System Fault Light The electrical fault light depicts a car battery and is one of the most critical warning lights on your dashboard. When it illuminates, it signifies a problem somewhere in the electrical system of your vehicle. While neglecting it may not cause significant damage right away, you may not be able to start your car next time around.   Tire Pressure Light The TPMS light on your dashboard is another one you should be able to read. Most of the time, it resembles a tire. Driving with underinflated or overinflated tires is very dangerous as it impacts the handling of your vehicle. Your tire pressure should always meet the requirements liste ... read more

What Are the Differences Between Car Detailing & Car Wash?

What Are the Differences Between Car Detailing & Car Wash?

Let's be honest - our cars can always use a little cleaning. It can be pretty challenging for most of us to keep our vehicles in pristine condition with busy schedules. Not only do we not have the time, but we may lack the knowledge or tools to do the job justice. If this sounds like you, it may be beneficial for you to consider getting the service of car detailing.    Car Detailing VS. Car Wash You may be wondering, "Is there a noticeable difference between a car wash and car detailing services?" and the simple answer is: DEFINITELY. These two services may seem similar at first, but they are immensely different from one another. The average cost of a car wash can be significantly less expensive than car detailing. However, most people justify the price difference for additional services offered.   An average mechanical car wash will only include exterior cleaning and washing, drying, and tire washing. A car detail service with Paul's Automotive wi ... read more

Reasons to Avoid Parking in Direct Sun During Summer

Reasons to Avoid Parking in Direct Sun During Summer

Every driver understands how harsh the cold winter weather can be on the cars. But the summer season can equally wreak havoc on your vehicle, impacting its health and performance. It can even get worse for drivers who tend to park their cars in direct sunlight on hot days. Your vehicle is not designed to be heatproof. On a hot summer day, its internal temperatures can quickly shoot to extreme levels impacting the battery and engine performance. If you love your car and want to keep it performing great, it is essential that you always park it under the shade. Below are some reasons why: To Protect Your Battery Hot summer weather can take a significant toll on your battery, drastically cutting short its usable life. Besides parking under shade, always check your battery terminals for any signs of corrosion to ensure it is in good condition. Sometimes, shades might not always be available, forcing you to leave your car out in the scorching heat for the better part of the day. In ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

There are a few sounds that can make you cringe. These may include fingernails scraping on a chalkboard, a train coming to a screeching halt on the tracks, or your brakes squealing when you stop. There may not be much you can do about the train or the fingernails on the chalkboard, but you can see a licensed technician at our shop when your brakes begin screeching. It Could be a Signal of Worn out Brake Pads The most common signal that your brake pads are wearing out is the squealing from the brakes. That is there is a metal wear indicator that gets exposed when the pads wear out. When it is exposed, the brakes produce a screeching sound to make you aware that your brakes need your attention. You May Have Loose Brake Parts The braking system on your car is made up of many parts. These include rotors, and possibly drums, hoses, and calipers. If one of these parts becomes loose, it could cause a vibration. That would in turn cause a squeaking noise when you go to stop. Weather or a ... read more

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