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5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light Is On

5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light Is On

If you're on a road trip and the check engine light comes on, it grabs your attention immediately. Dashboard lights have been implemented for a while. Today, modern vehicles have a sophisticated system that can give plenty of information about your vehicle's health. The indicator lights on your dashboard can tell you if your tire pressure is low or your engine runs too hot. However, the check engine light can be more of a mystery. Is it a significant problem that needs professional attention or a minor issue that can be corrected right away? If you know the possible meanings, you'll be less likely to feel a sense of panic. Below are seven of the most common reasons your check engine may come on.  The gas cap is loose.  Have you just recently left the gas station? If you just filled your tank, make sure your gas cap is completely secured. A gas cap that is loose or damaged may be the reason the check engine light is on. The gas cap prevents the fuel from evapora ... read more

3 Reasons an Engine May Backfire

3 Reasons an Engine May Backfire

If you're driving along the road and were startled by a loud pop sound, your engine may have backfired. An engine that has backfired is not an issue to take lightly. It usually indicates that the engine has a significant problem and, if ignored, can jeopardize your vehicle's health. Several reasons can push the engine to backfire; that's why it's essential to have your car inspected the moment you notice any issues. Below are three major reasons the engine may be backfiring and how you may prevent it in the future.        Air/Fuel Ratio is Too Lean  If the air/fuel ratio is too lean, there's too much air and not enough fuel in the engine. Excessive vapor can develop and combust in the exhaust. However, this isn't the only cause for the air/fuel ratio to become too lean. A bad fuel pump or clogged fuel injectors can also cause the air-fuel balance to become too lean.   Air/Fuel Ratio is Too Rich  In healthy ... read more

Adjust Your Headrest to Prevent Whiplash

Adjust Your Headrest to Prevent Whiplash

Once inside their vehicle, most people don’t give their headrest a second thought before starting their drive. Despite the headrest being standard in most cars, they are a forgotten gem for most drivers. The headrest isn’t just a comfortable place to lay your head; they are a safety feature that protects your head and neck during an accident. New vehicle models have evolved with more comfortable seats that are ergonomically shaped to fit your body; however, the headrest has always stayed awkward and primitive to protect your spin.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), whiplash and neck injuries are among the most frequently reported injuries in automotive insurance claims. Most often, cases of whiplash occur during rear-end vehicle collisions. When a car is hit from the rear, the driver’s torso moves forward so quickly that their head lags behind. The headrest helps prevent whiplash by preventing your head from yanking back an ... read more

Uh, oh. My Windshield is Cracked

Uh, oh. My Windshield is Cracked

There’s nothing more frustrating than approaching your car and noticing a cracked windshield. It wasn’t there earlier, what happened? A cracked windshield seemingly occurs unexpectedly, and the size of the damage is correlated with the amount of the cost. Your vehicle’s windshield is one of the most crucial safety devices in your car. Its primary function is to protect you and your passengers from the elements and dangerous rocks and debris. Your windshield also provides up to 60% of structural support to your vehicle. One small chip on your windshield can spread into a long crack across the entire length of the surface. Small chips can be fixed pretty quickly, but long cracks always require a complete windshield replacement.  A cracked windshield can leave you walking away with a fix-it ticket on top of a costly bill in most states. A damaged windshield is hazardous because it can obstruct your view, leading to a significant accident. A broken windshield should ... read more

Why You Shouldn't Eat While You Drive

Road trips are a great way to pass the time now that we’re restricted from doing too much else. And if you don’t pack enough snacks for you and your passengers, you’ll be tempted to get something fast & quick while commuting. Before you pull over for that double bacon cheeseburger, consider the dangers of distracted driving before you take a bite out of that five-dollar burger. It may be worth taking additional time to pull over to eat during your next trip.  Eating while driving causes three types of distracted driving: physical, cognitive, and visual. Physical distractions are any distraction that causes the driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel. One example of this would be holding a taco in one hand while steering. A cognitive distraction is when a driver’s attention is divided between the road and anything else. Visual distractions take the driver’s eyes off the road. Most people struggle to eat without looking at their food ... read more

The Perfect Gift for Father's Day

Father’s day is that special time of year dedicated to celebrating the amazing father figures in your life. If your dad is a car lover, you’re in luck. 2020 has a variety of gift options that’ll make him forget you got him a pair of socks and a coffee mug the year before. Allow this list to inspire you to make this year’s gift one that your car enthusiast will always remember:   A throne that’s fit for a king  Custom seat covers for his car are a great way to protect his investment and spruce things up. From plush to genuine leather, there are multiple options to choose from that can fit different preferences.   24/7 Dash Camera There are dash cameras that provide 24/7 video surveillance that can capture his fun and spontaneous moments during road trips. Dash cameras also provide the essential benefit of capturing footage from an accident or break-in. This benefit alone is an incredibly invaluable asset because it gives police and insu ... read more

Tips for Out of State Road Trips

Tips for Out of State Road Trips

The summer months are the perfect time for road trips, especially when the kids are out of school and the weather is warm. If you’re planning a road trip that travels out of state, we recommend doing research before you embark to ensure that you’re ready for your travels.  When traveling out of state for a road trip, be sure to research the state or states that you will be traveling to or through. A good thing to be familiar with are state traffic laws, which can greatly differ between states. This will ensure that you’re able to drive safely and obey the law on your journey.  It is also a good idea to research the weather and climate of your destination. This will allow you to be more prepared for a certain weather conditions, such as rain. You’ll be able to pack clothing more efficiently and ensure that you have the right belongings to accommodate different weather if needed.  Another good thing to look up before your road trip is your exact ... read more

What are the Symptoms of Bad Brakes?

Brakes are very important when it comes to accurately slowing and stopping our vehicles on the road and protecting our safety. An issue with your vehicle’s brakes can sometimes start small and gradually get worse over time, which is why it is important to have a brake inspection performed as soon as you notice an issue. If you ever notice a problem with your brakes, it is important to have your vehicle looked at by one of our experts here at ASR Auomotive as soon as possible. Ignoring a small issue can turn into a larger one, that could eventually lead to brake failure on the road - which no driver wants to experience.  Brake problems can manifest in many different ways, whether you notice a lack in performance or are suddenly experiencing a strange vibration while braking. Brake problems can stem from a number of different components, including brake pads or shoes, brake rotors, brake lines, and much more.  Any of the following symptoms can indicate an iss ... read more

How ASR Automotive is Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak

How ASR Automotive is Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak

ASR Automotive is open for business and is taking extra measures to assure your health and safety! We understand the impact that the spread of COVID-19 has had on our nation. The virus has not stopped, and it is up to all us to do our part to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.  Auto repair and service is essential to the every day lives of our community, because you rely on your vehicle to get to work or to the store to get supplies during this critical time. While we are remaining open, we have taken important measures to ensure that you get the auto care you need while also doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Here is how we are responding at ASR Automotive:  We Are Offering No Contact Service: Leave your keys in our drop box, view the service estimate on your phone, pay by text and pick up your keys from our secure key lockers outside our office!    Financing Options Are Available Through Car Care One. See Shop For Details. &nbs ... read more

What is a Wheel Bearing Replacement?

The wheel bearings are the components of your vehicle that support the front and rear axles of your suspension system. They also help support the entire weight of your car, so you can understand just how much pressure the bearings undergo daily. These parts are made with extremely tough steel to withstand the weight of your vehicle, but can fail after a heavy amount of mileage.  If the wheel bearing has started to fail, it may be at risk of seizing or breaking completely. If this happens while your vehicle is moving, you could experience loss of control of your vehicle. This is why it is some important to have your vehicle inspected at our shop if you suspect that you have a wheel bearing issue. Here are some of the most common symptoms that can suggest that you need a wheel bearing replacement: You hear a growling or grinding noise coming from the wheels. This is typically a very characteristic growling noise that tends to get worse as the bearing's wear prog ... read more

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