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Tips to Keep Kids Occupied in the Auto Shop

Posted on: April 19, 2018

There will come a time for most parents when you need to bring your kids along for a vehicle inspection. There’s a good chance that you’re due for one soon, or maybe your check engine light just came on. On those occasions when no one is available to watch your kiddos, and they’ll be with you at the auto shop, a little preparation will go … Continue reading Tips to Keep Kids Occupied in the Auto Shop »

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Kid Friendly Snacks to Help You Survive the Next Road Trip

Posted on: April 12, 2018

You’ve had your pre-trip vehicle inspection at a local shop like Action Gator Tire, and the bags are all packed. Now it’s time to plan how to keep your kiddos happy with healthy and car-friendly snacks. The first thing you’re going to want to consider is storage and delivery methods. You can save lots of time and unscheduled stops by making age-appropriate snacks reachable and … Continue reading Kid Friendly Snacks to Help You Survive the Next Road Trip »

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We've all been there. The check engine light in our car turns on and we can't get it to turn off. Many vehicle owners groan or panic when they see the dreaded check engine light light up. This is often because there's no apparent reason for what's wrong. But don't panic just yet. A check engine light or service engine soon notification is often the result of something simple and easy to fix. Chances are, it's because of your onboard diagnostic system. This is a computer in your vehicle can control and monitor the car's performance. When there's something out of the ordinary or a part of the vehicle is operating less than optimally, your vehicle's computer and on-board diagnostic system (or OBD) will light up the check engine light to let you know there's a problem. Taking your vehicle to a shop of certified technicians is the best idea to get the most accurate diagnosis, but you should still know what to watch out for. Here are three important steps you should take when you notice that your check engine light is on. 1. Make Sure There Isn't a Serious Problem Thankfully, your car's onboard diagnostic system will alert you if there's a serious or emergency problem with your engine. You'll be able to tell because the check engine light will be flashing instead of steadily remaining lit. If this is the case, stop driving your car immediately and have it checked out by a professional technician. However, if the vehicle's check engine light is just lit up and not flashing, you can feel free to look into the problem a bit more yourself before consulting a technician. 2. Get the Code Read by a Professional When a check engine light comes on, it's the result of a diagnostic trouble code (also known as a DTC). To learn what this means, take your vehicle to a local auto shop and ask for help reading your car's diagnostic trouble code. A trained mechanic will use a specialized tool to find out what code is causing the light to turn on. But keep in mind that these codes are only half the battle. You'll still need to get your car diagnosed by a certified technician if you really want to fix the problem. 3. Fix the Cheapest Things First Many times, a check engine light is just the result of an easy and inexpensive repair. For example, one of the most common causes of a check engine light is a loose gas cap. A loose gas cap can cause the oxygen to fuel ratio to get slightly off if your engine which will initiate a DTC that indicates a problem with the fuel system. Simply tightening your gas cap and then clearing the code can remove the check engine light on your car and set your mind at ease. So, before you put a lot of money into your vehicle for repairs, try a few simple tricks or fixes. What To Do When The Problem Is More Serious Than You Can Handle If you aren't sure that the issue causing your check engine light alert is fixed, contact the trusted professionals at a certified auto repair shop. By taking your vehicle to a reliable repair shop you can rest easier, and driver safer, knowing you'll be able to finally turn that check engine light off. Don't wait to have you service engine light looked at. Schedule an appointment online today and see the friendly auto experts at Action Gator Tire.

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Is On

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Many vehicle owners groan or panic when they see the dreaded check engine light light up. This is often because there’s no apparent reason for what’s wrong. But don’t panic just yet. A check engine light or service engine soon notification is often the result of something simple and easy to fix. Chances are, it’s because of your onboard diagnostic system. This is a computer … Continue reading What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Is On »

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Can Using Premium Gas Really Save You Money?

Can Using Premium Gas Really Save You Money?

Posted on: February 17, 2018

Purchasing gasoline is a necessary evil for the average citizen. Unfortunately, oil companies don’t always make things simple for motorists when it comes to picking which gas to use. There are also rumors and misinformation out there that claim that using a higher octane gasoline like mid-grade or premium can save you money by making your engine run more efficiently. These claims are both true … Continue reading Can Using Premium Gas Really Save You Money? »

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Important Things to Understand About Your Radiator

Important Things to Understand About Your Radiator

Posted on: February 8, 2018

There are all kinds of radiators, but the most common is probably the one inside your car. Your vehicle’s radiator is a crucial part of keeping your car running smoothly and safely. The main purpose of the radiator is to keep your car’s engine cool while it is operating even in the extreme temperatures under the hood. Without the radiator, your car would quickly overheat … Continue reading Important Things to Understand About Your Radiator »

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Vehicle Isn’t Riding Smooth

Posted on: January 22, 2018

Everyone enjoys a smooth ride on the highway. And you always notice when your vehicle isn’t driving as well as it should. There are plenty of reasons why your vehicle’s ride could be rough or bumpy. Diagnosing why you’re having a rough ride can be difficult. We put together this list of helpful tips to set you on your way to getting the smooth ride … Continue reading Top 5 Reasons Why Your Vehicle Isn’t Riding Smooth »

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Car Battery?

Posted on: January 15, 2018

A dead battery can be a big problem. Don’t find yourself stranded. Action Gator Tire put together these tips and tricks to make sure you get the most of your battery. Day to Day Car Battery Care When using a battery, it’s important to make sure you check it regularly for signs of corrosion or other warning signs of a bad battery. Warning signs include: … Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of Your Car Battery? »

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How to Know When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

Posted on: January 4, 2018

It’s hard enough driving in the rain, sleet, and snow. If you have to peek through a small gap in the windshield and you’ve got the wiper blades at full speed in a light shower, then you’re making life harder than it needs to be By that point, it’s pretty obvious you need to replace your wiper blades, but you don’t need to let it … Continue reading How to Know When to Replace Your Wiper Blades »

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What is the Wobble?

Posted on: December 28, 2017

A Step by Step Guide to Identify the Wobble and What’s Causing It There are many potential causes for a shaking or wobbling sound when driving a car. From the transmission to the tires, virtually any mechanism on your automobile that rotates or absorbs shock can be the wobble culprit. It is important to understand how to properly identify the cause of the wobbling sound. … Continue reading What is the Wobble? »

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Caring for Your Car

Posted on: December 18, 2017

A Routine Maintenance Guide Buying and maintaining a vehicle is an important investment that you and your family undoubtedly rely on. Many factors will influence the type and frequency of services your vehicle requires in order for it to live a long, healthy life. Certain engines require longer or shorter periods or miles between a required maintenance routine. That’s why it’s very important to familiarize … Continue reading Caring for Your Car »

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