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Cooling System: Essential Maintenance

Cooling System: Essential Maintenance

Have you ever wondered about the importance of your vehicle's cooling system? Understanding it's role is essential for maintaining optimal engine performance. With proper coolant, and regular cooling system services, you can prevent expensive repairs. Join us as we explore the significance of coolant and how it protects your vehicle. Yes, the words antifreeze and coolant can be used to describe the same fluid. Coolant is a vital fluid in your vehicle's engine. It helps regulate the engine's temperature, ensuring it doesn't get too hot or too cold. This is important because an engine that is too hot can overheat and cause damage. In addition, an engine that's too cold can freeze up and stop working. Essentially, coolant keeps your engine running smoothly in any weather conditions. Let's discuss why coolant is essential for your vehicle. When your engine runs, it is generating a lot of heat! The cooling system, which includes the radiator and the wat ... read more

Winter Service Special

Winter Service Special

Winter-Ready Vehicles: Navigating Safety With Our $199 Winter Service Special! As the winter chill sets in, we invite you to prioritize your safety on the road. Ensuring your vehicle is winter-ready is not just about vehicle performance. It's a critical step in securing your safety on the road! At Graham Auto Repair, our team is dedicated to your safety on the road. As part of our commitment to take care of our customers, we want to share our $199 Winter Service Special. But before we get into the details of this special, let's dive into some essential services that will prepare your vehicle for winter. 1. Tire Rotation: Tire rotations, which are included in our "Winter Service Special," are a proactive step to prevent uneven tire wear and to enhance tire grip on icy roads. Uneven tire wear poses additional risks in snowy & icy road conditions. A tire rotation is included in the regular cost of our " ... read more

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What Are The Signs You Need New Brakes?

What Are The Signs You Need New Brakes?

What are the signs you need new brakes? We understand that maintaining you car can be both rewarding and puzzling. One crucial part of your vehicle that demands attention is your brake system. So we are here to guide you through 5 signs that your brakes need extra attention. To help ensure your safety and peace of mind on the road! 1. Squeaky Symphonies: Have you ever noticed a high-pitched squeal when you apply your brakes? This can be a clear sign that your brake pads are getting worn down. Most brake pads have built-in wear indicators that will emit a sound when the pads are worn down. This sound is to ensure you never miss the memo! To let you know it's time to replace your brakes, before it becomes dangerous to drive. 2. Vibrations and Shakes: Does your car shake or vibrate when you brake? Warped brake rotors could be the culprit. This not only affects your vehicle's performance. It also poses a safety risk! There are other things that can cause your vehicle to vibrate ... read more

When is it time for an oil change?

When is it time for an oil change?

Is it time for an Oil Change Service?  It's always a good idea to be prepared and up-to-date on your vehicle maintenance services. So if you're asking yourself, "Is it time for an Oil Change?" then the answer is most likely yes! Regular oil change services are essential in keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. For most vehicles, you should schedule an oil service every 3-4 months. Why? Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It ensures that all of the vehicle components are properly lubricated. This helps to reduce friction between the moving parts, which can improve overall engine performance and efficiency. Keeping up on your maintenance services assists in preventing future breakdowns!  With every service at Graham Auto Repair, our Technicians will perform a digital vehicle inspection. This inspection is free! Why do we do this? Because it's our goal to keep you and your loved ones safe when you're on the road! We do this by inspect ... read more

How Do I Prepare My Car For Winter?

How Do I Prepare My Car For Winter?

Winter is here! Many of us are getting ready to travel for the holidays. You may be asking, "How do I prepare my car for winter driving? It can seem like a daunting task. But we're here to help you! With these 4 maintenance services, you will be better prepared on the road this winter. We also have 1 more bonus tip for you at the end! 1. Tire Rotation One of the most important services to prepare your car for winter is a tire rotation. When you don't rotate your tires, they wear down unevenly. This can lead to dangerous conditions while driving in the snow. It's super important to have good tire grip when driving on ice and in the snow! By rotating your tires every few months, you'll help them to wear evenly. This will prolong the life of your tires as well.   2. Change Your Air Filter & Cabin Air Filter Did you know that most vehicles have more than one air filter? There is the engine air filter and the cabin air filt ... read more

Winter Driving

Winter Driving

5 Tips For Safe Driving In Winter Weather We already have our first round of snow this season! So we want to share a few tips to improve your safety out on the road. We have included a vehicle safety checklist and a list of items to keep in your vehicle. The best thing for winter driving is to be prepared and stay calm. And if possible, stay home and enjoy the beautiful snow! 1. Check the weather conditions in advance Just looking outside may not be enough! Check winter weather advisory reports for snow, sleet or ice. This will help you plan ahead. You may need to leave early, or plan ahead for your drive back home. Dress appropriately with layers, hats, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Plan your drive based on roads that may have the safest conditions! 2. Safety checklist before you hit the road When you are driving in winter weather, it's important to check your vehicle for increased safety. Here's a quick checklist of things you ... read more

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Why is Vehicle Maintenance Important?

Why is Vehicle Maintenance Important?

The video above is meant to make you laugh! But expensive vehicle repairs are not fun! It is our job to partner with you in maintaining your vehicle. We know that you have places to go! You want to get there safely, preferably without any breakdowns. By completing Maintenance Services you can extend the life of your vehicle. How do maintenance services extend the life of your vehicle? When you keep the fluids inside your engine clean, they can do their job better. Their job is to protect your engine and keep your vehicle running smoothly. Performing maintenance services will reduce the wear and tear of the engine and it's components. In turn this extends the life of your engine, and keeps you on the road longer! There are many different Maintenance Services that should be performed on your vehicle. Which ones and how often will depend on many different factors. The year, make, and model of your vehicle is one part. It will also depend on how often you drive, th ... read more

Winter Driving Tips from Graham Auto Repair

Winter Driving Tips from Graham Auto Repair

Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and Christmas is right around the corner! A lot more people are planning to travel this year than last year. Keeping you and your family safe while driving is one of our top priorities! So today we want to give you a few safety tips before you hit the road.    Traveling with your family for the holidays can feel like a burden --- especially when the weather is dark or dreary. If you can find ways to make it fun, it will add to the holiday spirit! If you have kids, you can play driving games, listen to music, or listen to a book on CD. If you can use Bluetooth in your car, you can also listen to a Podcast. Be sure to bring things to entertain your youngest passengers. You can bring books, toys, or movies for children who may get bored. We all want to avoid the dreaded question, "Are we there yet?" If you have time, planning a few stops along the route can give you all something to look forward to! We hope this list helps you and ... read more

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How Often Should You Change Your Brakes?

How Often Should You Change Your Brakes?

How Often Should You Change Your Brakes? Brake Pads and Brake Shoes will wear out over time. The more often they are used, the thinner they will become. As they thin out they are no longer able to generate the same amount of friction and heat. This makes it harder for you to stop your vehicle quickly, which will increase the distance that’s required for you to stop. There are many factors that contribute to how quickly our Brake Pads or Brake Shoes need to be replaced. Our driving habits and the environments we drive in both make a difference in how fast they thin out. The material our Brake Pads or Brake Shoes are made from also makes a difference. Different materials have a different amount of durability. Let’s talk about the different warning signs that you can watch for, to know when it’s time to change your Brakes. 1. Vehicle Warning Light One sign you should watch for is the Brake System Warning Light. If this warning light comes on it could mean more t ... read more

Health and Safety Update

Health and Safety Update

We are still open during this time. Please see below some of the steps we are taking to ensure the Health and Safety of our Team and our Customers. In light of the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19, we would like to assure you that our Team at Graham Auto Repair is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment in our Shop for both our employees and our customers. We constantly monitor the changing guidelines and recommendations to ensure that our Team is up to date in our processes. All of our employees use frequent hand-washing. This is one of the best steps to remove potential germs! Our Team wear masks and maintain social distancing. We have masks available for your use if you do not have one. If any of our employees are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms, we ask them to stay home and encourage our customers to do the same. If you are sick and need to re-schedule your appointment for a later date, please give us a call 253-847-2221. We ... read more

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