Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Is it My Battery, Alternator or Starter?

06.27.14

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My vehicle won’t start, now what?

Believe it or not, the first tool you need to use is your ears and you don’t necessarily need to even get out and raise the hood.
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How Long Do Brakes Last?

04.14.14

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This question usually relates to the brake pads. The lifespan of any given set of brake pads is dependent on a very wide set of variables ranging from how you drive to ‘science-y things’ like physics. Mechanics and manufacturers have a loosely agreed upon mileage range from around 30,000 to 70,000 miles, but stories of pads lasting a mere 100 miles to an amazing 100,000 miles exist too.

So, why the wide range?
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How Many Filters does YOUR vehicle have?

03.15.14

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For most us, we would quickly answer ONE, the air filter. Some might think a bit longer and respond w/TWO, the air filter AND the oil filter.

Did you know that many vehicles have four or more filters? All that need changing periodically AND some that require special tool OR that are hidden?
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Headlights

11.02.13

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How often should they be replaced: Well, obviously when lights dim or burn out

For maximum driving safety, it is very important to keep a close eye on how your car lights are functioning. If a light goes out, follow these steps to replace it and continue driving safely.
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Fallen Heroes

06.28.13

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This summer, NAPA will donate $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for every qualifying Battery, Alertnator and/or Starter we install (w/ every rebate you redeem).

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a non-profit organization that provides support to United States military personnel wounded in service to our nation, and their families.
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Your Battery

06.29.12

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Determining when you need to replace your battery can be really simple. One of the easiest (and most frustrating) ways is if your car won’t start and when you attempt to re-charge it, the battery won’t hold a charge. This makes it pretty obvious that you need a new battery.

The next most reliable way is if you find that you are having difficulty starting your vehicle in the morning. This usually happens more frequently in the winter, but hot climates can also shorten battery life. If your vehicle starter is sounding more sluggish, it might just be time for a new battery.
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Brake Pads and Rotors

05.01.12

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No matter how cool, how expensive, how big, how much it can haul, or how fast your vehicle is, there’s nothing more important than its ability to stop! It is, without a doubt, that your brakes are the most important part of being able to drive your vehicle.

Have your vehicle’s brakes lost some of their stopping power? Do they even squeak or squeal or scrape metal on metal? The squeak is an early warning that it might be time to replace, at a minimum, the pads. If you’re hearing metal on metal grinding, then its definitely time to do so (quickly) and you could be into some rotor work as well.
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Wipers

10.24.11

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What a great time of year this is for holiday gatherings, great food … and, ick, inclement weather.

Nearly ninety percent of all driving decisions are based on a clear view of the road, which means good visibility is absolutely essential — especially during wet weather when vision may be obscured by water, road splash, sleet or snow on the windshield.

Yet, wiper blades are one of the most neglected components on vehicles today. Many blades are cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn or otherwise in obvious need of replacement. Others may look okay, but do a lousy job of wiping when put to the test. Any blade that’s chattering, streaking or doing a lousy job of wiping is a blade that’s overdue for replacement.

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Service Advisor

05.13.11

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We understand the discomfort and uncertainty that is often associated with having your vehicle serviced. Our goal is to keep our customers safe, save you money on vehicle ownership and fuel consumption, and empower you with a better knowledge of basic automotive issues. That’s why we’re offering this Service Advisor feature on our website. This special section is loaded w/ descriptive images and diagrams, animations and videos to assist you to understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and what’s involved.

Engine Light

06.03.10

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There are many more things that can go wrong with your vehicle than you have gauges for, so the car makers gave us the ever popular and informative ‘service engine’ dash warning light. It could be as simple as a burned out tail light, a failing sensor or something more serious. The good news is that Heritage Service Centre has the diagnostic tools to talk to your vehicles’ computer to determine the actual issue or problem.