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Don’t let potholes dip your day

You’re driving down the street and boom - you feel your car dip down into a massive pothole. During this time of year, pitted asphalt and hidden potholes are sprinkled along the road. Pothole damage may not be noticeable right away but can wreak havoc on your vehicle if it’s not addressed quickly. Below are popular signs that your vehicle may need repair:  1. The steering wheel feels unusual or “off.”  Chances are you’ve been driving your vehicle for a while, so you know when something feels different. If the steering wheel is vibrating while driving, it may be time to have your alignment checked. A dip in a pothole can cause damage to your steering component or wheel misalignment.  2. Noises are coming from your exhaust. Damage to the exhaust system isn’t noticeable by the untrained eye, but you can hear it. Damage to your exhaust system can result in long-term damage to your engine. If your exhaust is making a noise you’ve ne ... read more

Can the Hot Weather Affect Your Car Battery?

Can the Hot Weather Affect Your Car Battery?

  When you think about the summer heat, you may wonder if driving in warmer weather can actually affect your vehicle in some way. In actuality - it can! The heat can actually affect some vehicle components, in particular the battery. Your car battery is more susceptible in the warmer weather, especially if you are parking out side in direct sunlight. Let's look at why and ways you can protect your vehicle's battery during the summer.    During the summer weather, the intense heat can actually cause issues for our car batteries. Reason being, high temperatures actually cause battery fluid to breakdown and evaporate, which can in turn damage the battery and shorten its life overall. A typical car battery will last between 4-6 years if well maintained, but often times excessive heat can cut that in half.    One way that you can avoid excessive battery wear during the summer is to have your battery inspected before the sum ... read more

Safety Tips that Every Driver Should Know

Whether you’re a new driver or a seasoned one, driving safely is the number one thing to remember on the road. Driving on the road can be vulnerable, especially when you not only rely on your own safe driving, but also the safe driving of others.  Before you get into your vehicle, be sure to check off the following:  Get a good night’s rest  Have a snack or meal Be completely ready - don’t try to get ready in the car Make sure your gas tank is filled Set your GPS to your destination, if needed Have your radio or music ready to go so you aren’t fixing it while driving Here are some additional safety tips to follow while on the road:  Always wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers are as well Put your smartphone away Pay attention to the road and try to avoid distractions from passengers Follow the speed limit Make sure to always check your mirrors and blind spots before switching lanes Keep a safe distance between your car a ... read more

A Message About COVID-19 from Four Car Garage

A Message About COVID-19 from Four Car Garage

At Four Car Garage, we want you to know that we taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and are able to remain open during this tough time as an essential business. Even though many of our community members are working from home or are out of work, there are still those working in essential industries who are relying on their vehicles at this time along with those who need their cars to travel to the store or healthcare center. We want to be here to help if you find yourself dealing with car trouble at this time or need a service performed. If anything changes, and we need to further adjust our operations, we will let you know. For now, we remain open and have implemented both social distancing and additional cleaning measures for your safety and the safety of our employees. Measures we have taken include the following: All keys will be cleaned before and after services Steering wheel, shifter and driver’s door handle will be cleaned before and after service All technicia ... read more

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