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When is My Inspection Due?

When is My Inspection Due?

When is my inspection Due? All standard cars and trucks registered in Pennsylvania are required to have an annual PA State Safety Inspection performed. The expiration date of this annual inspection has no correlation with when you purchased your car or registered your car. The sticker on your windshield indicates the month and year of expiration. The inspection is always good until the last day of the month indicated. There is no grace period following the last day of the expiration month. Keep this in mind because you can be awarded a pretty hefty fine for driving with an expired inspection in PA.  When can I have my car Inspected?  While your car has a defined expiration date you are able to have your inspection performed prior to the expiration date. You can have the inspection performed up to 90 days prior to the expiration date. Don't worry having this service performed early will not shorten the date for your new certificatio ... read more

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State Inspection

Does my car have shocks or struts?

Does my car have shocks or struts?

Your vehicle may have shocks, struts, or a combination of the two! The overall function of shock absorbers and struts is the same; to keep the tire firmly planted while driving over varying conditions. A suspension system that is designed with shock absorbers can move and hold weight without the shock in place. On the other hand, a Strut Suspension system relies on the strut assembly to support the upper portion of the suspension. A key visual difference is that a strut will have a coil spring at the upper end to support the weight of the vehicle. Shock suspension systems also use springs to support weight although they are serviced separately from the shock. Speaking of springs, another suspension style more common in older vehicles and trucks is a leaf spring. A leaf spring is a long flat to a slightly curved section of spring steel. If you see leaf springs on your car the attached dampner is a shock absorber.  Struts are very common on the front suspension of late m ... read more

How often do you need a new car battery?

How often do you need a new car battery?

How often do you need a new car battery? Standard Lead Acid Automotive batteries in our region typically last anywhere from 4 to 6 years before replacement. Many factors can play a role in the life span of your battery. The main factor is regular use and maintenance of the battery. Luckily for all of us, daily driving will do just about all of the required maintenance on your battery! Not allowing your car battery to "die" or run low on voltage will maintain the life span.  If your battery terminals develop corrosion they should be checked and cleaned ASAP. Maintaining a clean vent path at the terminal and a clean electrical connection will allow the battery to operate for its full life span.  Most car batteries are stored under the hood of the vehicle and readily accessible. During your routine service visits, we will monitor the condition of your battery and even run a quick test to determine the current state of the battery to avoid poten ... read more

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Car Battery

When should you replace your windshield wipers?

When should you replace your windshield wipers?

New wiper blades? It feels like they were just replaced! Spring showers are certainly here and you may be noticing that the wipers on your car are not up to the task. Windshield wiper blades generally last for 6 months to a year. Signs that it is time for new wiper blades: Do your wiper blades make that horrible chatter as they travel across the glass? Are there spots on the glass that are not being cleaned? Is the edge of the rubber blade falling off? Do the blades smear the glass during their travelIs the glass streaky after being cleaned?Is the frame of the blade bent or damaged?  These are all signs that the wiper blades on your car are due to be replaced. Don't forget the rear windshield wiper while your at it, the forgotten rear wiper can deteriorate and damage the glass causing a minor $20 issue to turn into a major issue costing hundreds of d ... read more

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Wiper Blade

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Motorists should not ignore the following five warning lights once triggered, as doing so could have dire consequences. Engine temperature light The engine temperature light is triggered when the temperature climbs above a safe level. The engine may be overheating, the cooling mechanisms have failed or the car's computer has misinterpreted a fault in the engine temperature sensor. If this light comes on, you should pull over, turn off the ignition and consult a mechanic. Oil pressure light Oil is an essential component of an engine as it lubricates the many moving parts. The oiling system depends on steady oil pressure to get oil to the parts, and it may be disrupted if the oil becomes dirty or after an oil pump or filter failure. In the event of an oil pressure problem, you should stop and shut off the car immediately. Battery charging light An illuminated battery charging light can indicate that the battery is weak or that the alternator has failed. If the battery light ... read more

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Warning Light