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Have you ever driven over a pothole that was especially rough? Do you hear odd noises under your car when making a turn? Before you end up stranded on the side of the road, check your vehicle for these signs that you need suspension repair.

Rough Ride
This is perhaps the most common symptoms of a suspension issue, usually associated with bad shocks or struts. When the shocks or struts wear out, they cannot absorb the impact of the dips and bumps in the road. This can leave you feeling like you just rode a roller coaster after a drive to the store. Don’t overlook this discomfort! Bad shocks and struts can reduce safety and hinder your ability to stop quickly.

Uneven Tire Wear
Because your tires connect your vehicle to the road, they can tell you a lot about your car’s suspension. If your wheels are out of alignment, you might see single-side wear on your tires. Damaged suspension components can lead to cupping or scalloping on your tires, which may call for premature tire replacement. Don’t waste money on new tires; check your suspension!

Pulling or Drifting During a Turn
If you feel your car sway or pull to one side during a turn, you might have worn shocks. Not only is this annoying, it can increase your chances of a rollover accident. If you hear any knocking sounds, you might have bad tie rods or failing ball joints.

If you notice any of these signs that you need suspension repair, don’t ignore them! Call Rolling Auto Service for mobile suspension repair in Venice, FL at 941-493-6511!

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What to Pack in a Car Emergency Kit

If you’re putting together a car emergency kit, there are many scenarios to consider. After all, you want to be prepared for anything. Instead of purchasing a pre-assembled kit, pack your items in a bag or 5-gallon bucket (but be sure to keep certain items within reach of the driver’s seat). Here’s what to pack in a car emergency kit:

The Essentials
No matter who you are or where you’re driving, there are a few things you should always have in your vehicle. While some may seem unnecessary, you’ll be thankful that you have them in an emergency situation. Whether you get a flat tire or run out of gas, be sure to keep these items handy (and know how to use them!):

- Emergency food and water
- Tire changing supplies (spare tire, tire iron, tire jack)
- WD-40 - Duct tape
- Jumper cables
- Your car’s manual
- Flashlight
- First aid kit
- Paper maps
- Seat belt cutter and window breaker tool

Personalize Your Kit
Now think about who rides in your car often, where you drive, and any times when you wish that you’d had X, Y, or Z. Do you have a dog or small child? Pack emergency food for both, a spare leash, waste bags, baby wipes, and anything else that comes to mind. If you’re driving to an area with cold weather, consider purchasing an ice scraper and gloves. Go to the beach often? Keep sunscreen and a towel in your car.

Optional Items We Encourage
In addition to the essentials and your personalized items, there are several other items that may come in handy. Consider packing a weather radio, change of clothes, umbrella, a tire pressure gauge, paper towels, and emergency flare or reflective triangle.

If you break down and need auto repair in Venice, FL, call Rolling Auto Service at 941-493-6511! We come to you!

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How important are regular oil changes? If you want your vehicle to last and perform well, don’t skip your oil change! There are many benefits to regular auto maintenance, as well as poor results if you don’t change your oil regularly. Here are a few…

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Gas mileage. This debate has gone on and on for quite a while. While all cars come with an initially listed fuel economy, there has been an epic quest for many to improve this number. At Rolling Auto Service, we have a few tips on how to keep and improve…

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Windshield wipers are an important fixture of your vehicle. They help you see when it rains and keep your windshield clean. However, you may not realize there is a problem with your wipers until rain is pouring. Keep in mind that it’s always better to…

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The brakes on your car are some of the most important safety features available for you to use. It is vital to keep your brakes well maintained and replace the brake pads as needed. Not sure where to start with brake maintenance? Here are some tips to…

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Keeping your tires maintained with proper inflation and the occasionally rotation will keep them in great shape and reduce the chances of you being stranded on the side of the road. Here are a few benefits of keeping your tires maintained: Fuel Savings…

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The suspension system of your car, truck, or RV is made up of two primary parts: the shocks and the struts. The suspension system’s purpose is to absorb dips and bumps in the road, and to also compensate for uneven terrain, so that you and your passengers…

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If you plan to travel by car this summer, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is firing on all cylinders (pardon the pun)! This is the most important time of the year to get your car tuned up and topped off. Here are three tips for maximizing your car’s…

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Each and every vehicle requires a degree of regular maintenance to stay in working order. Regular oil changes, tire service, and brake checks are all important, but a trained mechanic will know many of the precise aspects of maintenance that will help…
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