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It is a snowy day here in Western Massachusetts! Don't let the snow get you down. Follow some basic tips and tricks to make using your vehicle during these cold snowy days a bit easier. #snowday #defrost #deice

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Auto Care is typically not a priority for car owners. Because of this reality, they may not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car. Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money and headaches! Learn about six common mistakes you could be making. Increase your vehicle's life expectancy by avoiding these mistakes. #vehicleslife #healthycar #automaintenance

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Believe it or not, Preventative Maintenance is the key to a reliable vehicle in the cold. If you care for your car by following our recommended maintenance program, you will increase your vehicle's chances of remaining reliable.

A vehicle that is properly prepared can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse. Follow the link to learn more about our tips and tricks to keep your vehicle on the road this winter. 

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How to cool an overheating engine? With the hot weather this summer has brought us, your vehicle is at risk of overheating. Most of us have our A/C on full blast which could trigger our engine to overheat. Even if you maintain your vehicle well, this can still occur. So it is important to know what to do in order to remain safe if your vehicle overheats. #engineoverheating   #caroverheating   #autorepairshop  

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This Week at V&F: A customer from West Springfield brought in their "2006 Nissan Xterra" concerned that their brakes were grinding. Our technician took the Xterra on a road test to verify the customer’s concern. The technician confirmed the noise and continued his visual inspection on the vehicle. It was concluded that the rear calipers had become frozen and the piston was broken. The left rear "caliper pistons" had broken off and jammed into the rotors (no pad left). The right rear "caliper was stuck" on and the "pads were metal to metal." #brakecheck  

For the customer’s safety, we recommended a complete Rear Disc Brake Job. We installed rear brake pads, removed and replaced the rotors and calipers, along with inspected the brake hoses. In addition, we repacked the wheel bearings and topped off the brake fluid. The customer’s Xterra is now safe and stopping properly! #brakerepair  

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One of our customers brought in their 2011 Nissan Rogue complaining of a "vibration in the front end of her vehicle" when driving 30 MPH and above. During the technician's test drive, he felt a bad shake coming from the rear of the vehicle while driving only 5-10 MPH. The technician was never able to increase his speed to 30 MPH due to the fact he felt it was unsafe.
When he returned to the shop, he begin his visual inspection. He found that the left rear tire's cord was showing, had a severe shifted band (components of the belt plies), and was down to 3/32 tread depth. View the link below to learn more about tires and why the customer thought the vibration was coming from the front! #tires   #autorepairshop  

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This Week at V&F: A customer brought in their "2008 Toyota Sienna" complaining of a "rattling sound coming from the vehicle while idling". When the vehicle was at higher speeds, the noise would diminish but would become louder when slowing down. One of our technicians inspected the vehicle and discovered that the insides of the catalytic converter were broken and bouncing around inside causing the rattling sound. We recommended changing the catalytic converter on the Sienna. The customer agreed and in turn, the concern went away! #catalyticconverter   #autorepair   #autorepairshop  
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A customer brought in their 2010 Subaru Forester complaining of a "loud noise coming from the clutch area." The vehicle was making noise when shifting. The customer noted that they had to rev the engine in order to keep the vehicle running. The technician's troubleshooting led him to discover that several fingers on the "clutch pressure plate" had broken off; the throw-out bearing had blown apart. In turn, the shaft that the throw-out bearing rides on had cracked and distorted in shape. This had kept the throw-out bearing applied against the clutch fingers which in turn caused them to break. This loud noise lead to discovery that we needed to replace the clutch kit and install a new transmission. #clutchsystem   #transmission   #autorepair  

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A customer brought in their 2010 Subaru Forester complaining of a "loud noise coming from the clutch area." The vehicle was making noise when shifting. The customer noted that they had to rev the engine in order to keep the vehicle running. The technician's troubleshooting led him to discover that several fingers on the "clutch pressure plate" had broken off; the throw-out bearing had blown apart. In turn, the shaft that the throw-out bearing rides on had cracked and distorted in shape. This had kept the throw-out bearing applied against the clutch fingers which in turn caused them to break. This loud noise lead to discovery that we needed to replace the clutch kit and install a new transmission. #clutchsystem   #transmission   #autorepair  

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A customer brought in their vehicle complaining of a "terrible knocking noise". The noise was so displeasing to the ear that she did not feel comfortable driving it. She informed us that the "noise got worse with speed and when making turns". Our technicians brought the vehicle for a test drive to duplicate the noise. Upon inspection, they were are to find that the front "CV Axle" and "wheel bearings" needed to be replaced. The wheel bearing had failed causing the CV Axle to be excessively loose. Due to this, the axle had too much play. In turn, causing damage to the axle spindle. Learn more by visiting the link below. #cvaxle   #wheelbearing   #autorepairshop  
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