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Top 4 Common Problems Cars Face During Summer

Summer time is right around the corner! Summer is the time of long vacations, road trips, and getaways to enjoy or beat the heat with friends and family. However, during this time of fun in the sun, your car can take a beating from extreme temperatures, high humidity, and long journeys. Is your car ready to take on the summer? There are always a few issues you should have your car inspected for prior to making your trip such as oil changes and wheel alignment. Have your auto mechanic take a look for these four common summer car problems!

Top 4 Summer Car Problems

#1 Overheating

This should come as no surprise. Your car is run by an engine that reaches extreme temperatures. To top that off, summer heat can adversely affect your car. Make sure to keep an eye on your engine and thermometers. If you start to notice any signs of overheating, such as strange smells or steam coming from your engine, be cautious and take your vehicle to your local shop.

#2 Flat Tires

Due to temperature fluctuations tires can lose or gain air pressure. Add to that hot roads and even small, sharp objects scattered on the road itself, and it seems like a flat tire is unavoidable. Always ensure you have a spare in your car in case you find yourself in this situation. A spare tire will allow you to get your vehicle to the shop for repair and replacement of your faulty tire.

#3 Under-performing Air Conditioning

No one likes to be uncomfortable in their car. Its important to get your air conditioner inspected before taking trips and to make sure your car is prepared for the summer in general. Failing blower motors and fuses can make this system function poorly or not at all. Take notice if your car is not cooling down like it was last summer and bring your vehicle to the shop. Remember, sitting in a hot car can adversely affect your health, giving you heat stroke.

#4 Dying or Bad Battery

Everyone worries about their batteries in winter, but summer can wear down a car battery just as quickly. Extreme temperatures cause the battery to wear and humidity can even cause corrosion. Make sure to note the age of your battery and keep an eye on it. If your car is having trouble starting, purchasing a new battery may be just what the doctor ordered.

European Plus is your local auto repair shop, providing expert service your your vehicles. Let our licensed skilled auto mechanics help you get your car road ready. Give us a call today at (609) 737-7226!
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Many people automatically assume that a no-start situation is because of a dead battery. However, there are actually several potential causes. Here are a few of the most common reasons your car won’t start.

Damaged Starter
Do you hear grinding noises when trying to start the engine? Do you smell or see smoke? These are signs sometimes seen when a starter motor fails. You could also have a mechanical or electrical problem causing the starter to not work properly. If you cannot identify the problem, it’s best to see a professional mechanic for help.

Clogged Fuel Filter
Before fuel reaches your engine, it passes through the fuel filter. If the fuel filter is clogged, you will not get the proper amount when you try to start your car. A clogged filter may also exhibit itself through decreased power, especially when going uphill, or the engine light turning on. Depending on your specific vehicle make and model, you should replace your fuel filter every few years or 30,000-40,000 miles.

Bad Alternator
If you have noticed your headlights seem dim or other electrical issues, there’s a chance you could have a bad alternator. Your alternator is an important part of your car’s electrical system and can leave you with a no-start situation if it fails. It actually drains your battery, which can leave you with more than one problem.

If you notice these or any other other reasons your car won’t start, call European Plus for help! Our mechanics specialize in all types of import car repair in Pennington, NJ. Call us at (609) 737-7226 today!

https://www.autorepairhopewell.com/reasons-car-wont-start/
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Tips to Build a Car Emergency Kit

You never know when something will go wrong, so the best option is to be prepared. Keeping a car emergency kit in your vehicle can help you make minor repairs, stay hydrated in case of an emergency, and more. Here are some tips on what to pack in your car emergency kit.

The Essentials
No matter what kind of car you drive or where you live, there are some universally essential items to include in your car your emergency kit. Be sure that all supplies are in good shape and you know how to use them before throwing them in your trunk or glove box!

- Jumper cables
- Tire changing supplies (tire iron, tire jack, spare tire)
- Car manual
- Emergency contact info and car insurance
- WD-40 - Duct tape
- Jug or bottles of water
- Non-perishable, high calorie food (energy bars, fruit snacks, etc.)
- Gloves
- Flashlight
- First aid kit

Other Items
The best part of building your own car emergency kit is you can customize it however you want. Think about where you drive, what time of year it is, and who rides with you often. If you have a pet or child, pack them some food and something to drink. If you’re going somewhere you are not familiar with, bring a recently updated paper map. In the winter, keep an ice scraper and blanket in your vehicle.

Other items you might want to include are a weather radio, emergency flares, a change of clothes, spare change or cash, and an extra battery or charging cable for your phone.

If you need help from a professional mechanic, call European Plus at (609) 737-7226! We provide expert import car repair in Pennington, NJ!

https://www.autorepairhopewell.com/tips-build-car-emergency-kit/
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You have heard the term "Factory Scheduled Maintenance" before. Many believe that these services are not necessary and completely pointless. After all, with all the hustle and bustle of daily life, where can one fit in trips to the auto shop for service? While it may seem easy to write this service off, factory maintenance can do more for your vehicle than you may know.

What is Factory Scheduled Maintenance?

When your vehicle rolls off the line and ends up in your possession, there are recommended servicing dates for its components. These are written and designed by the factory to give you the most service and life for your car. These services keep all components running well and smoothly on the road and prevent expensive repairs down the line.

Like many of the mechanical systems, we use in our daily lives, having routine maintenance can take care of problems early. To get these services taken care of, you will need to reference your factory scheduled maintenance recommendations.

Where To Find This Information?

While your schedule may be available online or from the dealership, the easiest way to find this information is to check your owners manual. There, factories detail the needs, specifications, and service schedule for all components of your car. This makes it very simple on both you and your auto mechanic to plan ahead for future service needs.

Factory scheduled service is very important for the life and usability of your vehicle. Need maintenance services here in Pennington, NJ? Call European Plus today at (609) 737-7226 for your auto repair service.
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Cars, with all of their tens of thousands of working parts, are a marvel of modern machinery. To keep these parts functioning, a regiment of regular maintenance is highly important. It may be overwhelming to imagine servicing all of these parts, but fear…
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Every vehicle comes equipped with a check engine light that tells drivers when their car, truck or SUV needs to be serviced. There is a wide variety of issues that can cause your car’s check engine light to come on. The good news is that there is a pretty…
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Many people leave the car knowledge up to the professionals and enthusiasts. However, you should familiarize yourself with at least some of your car’s parts if you own one, as basic knowledge can come in handy. Here, we’ll go over your alternator and talk…
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Gasoline is an unavoidable expense for car owners, so stretching each gallon to the max is important to get your money’s worth. Fortunately, there are several simple maintenance tips to help keep your car running smoothly and at its optimum fuel…
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