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What Happens When Your Alternator Fails?

What Happens When Your Alternator Fails?

The alternator - it isn't a component that many people are familiar with, however, it is vital to the overall operation of our vehicles. The alternator has a really important job - it helps charge the battery when your engine is running and it powers your vehicle's electrical systems. Without it, your vehicle wouldn't stay running.  So, what happens when your alternator starts to fail? When the alternator starts to fail, many other vehicle components will begin to stop working. Electrical systems aren't just your vehicle's lights and radio - it also includes the engine control systems and ignition system. Typically, the alternator goes bad slowly and you'll be able to identify symptoms so that you can get it repaired quickly before you find yourself stranded on the road. What happens when the alternator completely dies is the battery stops getting recharged and eventually will be providing the electrical power itself until it has none left to give.  ... read more

My car is overheating!

We've all seen the driver stranded on the highway with their vehicle stalled and smoking. Many factors can cause your car to overheat. It may be a problem that requires extensive repairs, or it could be a quick fix; whatever the issue, you should make it a priority to get down to the problem as soon as possible.  If your car is currently overheating: 1. Pullover safely, park your vehicle and turn off the car. 2. Turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. If your car doesn't cool and continues to overheat, turn on your heater. The heater will redirect as much heat out of your engine that it can. 3. Exit your car when it's safe to do so and pop the hood to allow the engine to cool off.  4. If you are stuck in traffic and your vehicle's temperature is indicating that it's overheating, shift your car in neutral gear or park and rev the engine.  5. Reach out to a professional automotive specialist in your area. If your vehicle is overheati ... read more

Top 5 Most Important Routine Car Maintenance Items

Owning a vehicle goes beyond just driving it off the lot and getting to where you need to go. A huge part of owning a vehicle is taking care of your car, inside and out. This is where your vehicle's routine maintenance comes in. Your vehicle is made up of over 30,000 parts, and these parts need to be maintained throughout the years in order to ensure proper operation. Good vehicle maintenance also helps you in the sense that it save you money on repairs over time. Getting into the habit of routine car maintenance is something you won't regret. You'll thank yourself later as you easily avoid major issues such as engine rebuilds, transmission repair, and more.  Here at the top 5 most important routine car maintenance items:  Understand your vehicle's owner's manual - the owner's manual has some vital information regarding the maintenance that your car requires and at what exact intervals. Use this as a tool to keep track of what your vehicle needs and ... read more

A Message About COVID-19 from Goose Automotive

A Message About COVID-19 from Goose Automotive

With the growing uncertainty surrounding the rapid outbreak of COVID-19, Goose Automotive wants you to know that we are here to help. We want to make sure you have safe and reliable transportation, and auto repair is an essential service among COVID-19 shutdowns.   We are committed to keeping our customers safe. We always take precautionary measures to make sure our clients and team are protected from illness and injury.    You can get your car servied without needing to enter our shop.    Here's how: FREE Vehicle Pick Up and Drop Off Book an Appointment Online Accepting Payment Over The Phone or Text Disinfection All Keys, Cars, Steering Wheels, Shifters, and Door Handles Frequently Sanitizing the Office and Shop Area All Communication Over Phone, Text or Email  But, that's enough about your vehicle...if you need any help, please reach out. We're part of this community as people. If we can help run an errand, drop-o ... read more

My Car Doesn't Move When I Step on the Gas Pedal - What is Wrong?

If you car doesn't move when you step on the gas pedal, this is usually an indication of a fuel system issue. However, it can also be an indication of engine problems or a stuck emergency brake. Typically before acceleration failure, you may find that your vehicle's engine runs rough or frequently stalls. As soon as you notice an engine problem like this, it is vital to have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.  When you get your vehicle into our shop, we will inspect and diagnose your vehicle. We will look at the following issues:  Is your vehicle's emergency brake engaged or stuck? Often times this can cause problems with acceleration and may need to be released by a mechanic.  Is there an engine management system issue? This just means that there is a problem with the gas and air intake ratio, which can be due to a faulty sensor.  Is the check engine light on? If so, our experts can run computer diagnostics to understand where the problem i ... read more

How Do You Know When Your Transmission Fluid Needs to be Changed?

Transmission fluid is a vital part of your vehicle because it lubricates various transmission components to prevent overheating and corrosion while your vehicle is running. Transmission fluid typically lasts a long time, but may need to be replaced at a major service every 30,000 miles or so. It depends upon the make and model of your vehicle and your own individual driving habits.  If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms, you may be due for a transmission fluid change:  Grinding or squealing noise while shifting, which can indicate that your fluid isn't properly lubricating your gears and clutch components You find it difficult to shift, either with manual or automatic transmissions Your vehicle is surging forward or backward without you pressing on the gas or brake pedal The gears are slipping out of place, which can be caused by grime and dirt buildup from dirty transmission fluid You notice a delay in movement after shifting, which can be caused by ... read more

New Year’s Eve Driving Safety Tips

It’s time to ring in the New Year, celebrating that another year has passed and hoping that the New Year will bring us all good health and fortune. Many people will be out celebrating the holiday with their loved ones, which is why it is so important to remember to stay safe tonight wherever you plan to be.  If you are planning on driving to a destination tonight to celebrate, be sure to remember the following safety tips which will protect your safety and the safety of others on the road:  NEVER drink and drive. If you are planning on partaking, we suggest not driving at all and getting a ride share or taxi sorted to get you where you need to be. If you do drive to a friends house and partake in drinking, ask to spend the night until morning when you will be safe to drive home. When you drink and drive, you risk taking your own life and the lives of others.  You may want to leave early to get to your destination to avoid heavy traffic in populated areas.  ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Goose Automotive!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Goose Automotive! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Goose Automotive before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first ... read more

What are the Warning Signs of Bad Brakes?

Properly working brakes are a must when it comes to being able to accurately slow and stop your vehicle on the road. Being aware of how your brakes regularly work and understand some signs of bad brakes can make the difference between getting stuck with failing brakes and being able to detect an early problem.  It is recommended that your vehicle's brake system is looked at by one of our experts here at Goose Automotive at least once a year to verify that your brake pads, rotors, lines, and other components look good. An issue with a major brake part such as the brake line or brake pads, can cause sudden brake problems and is definitely something to try and avoid at all costs. Good brake maintenance will help you avoid these dangerous and scary situations and keep you safe on the road.  Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for that can be warning signs of bad bakes:  Brake warning light is on Noticeable decrease in brake power Vibrating while ... read more

How to Change a Headlight Bulb

The headlights on your vehicle are very important to your safety on the road. In the dark or in certain weather conditions, your vehicle's headlights are what allow you to see ahead of you and also make your car more visible to other drivers on the road. So what happens when you notice that one or more of your headlights is out? Is it ok to replace your head bulb on your own?  Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, replacing a headlight bulb on your will differ and can be easy or more complicated. It uses requires you to open up the hood and find the area behind the headlights to located the burned out bulb. It is something that can be done - but we recommend just bringing your vehicle into Goose Automotive for assistance.  If you do plan on trying to change your headlight bulb yourself, you will need a tool kit, gloves, and a new head bulb which can be purchased at your local auto parts store or online. Use extreme caution when replacing the bulb and be sure ... read more

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