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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

Who to Call in a Car Emergency

If you're a daily driver, you've probably come close to an accident or emergency at least once. Whether it's from another driver's bad driving choice or you became distracted on the road, it's no secret that near-accidents happen all of the time.  While often times the accident is just a "what-if", you never know when you may be faced with an actual emergency. When it does happen, being prepared and understanding what to do next is the best way to handle the issue.  If you do find yourself in an accident or emergency, here are some helpful tips on who to call:  If you're in a solo accident, such as a hitting a curb or tree, and you are not hurt and there is not much damage to your vehicle - call a loved one and a towing truck if your car is not driveable.  If you're ever in an accident where someone involved is hurt, even yourself, call the police and an ambulance immediately.  When you get into a car accident with ano ... read more

Engine Oil Warning Light - What Does it Mean?

Engine Oil Warning Light - What Does it Mean?

The Engine Oil Warning Light - what exactly does it mean and what do I do when I see it on my dashboard? The picture above shows the Engine Oil warning light. This warning light is an indication that your engine has lost normal oil pressure. If you see this light turn on, we recommend that you stop driving your vehicle as soon as possible and turn off your engine.  Driving with this light on can cause severe, irreversible engine damage. Although you won't know how bad the oil pressure issue is right away, the best thing you can do is expect the worse and stop driving. If this light is on, you may also notice some other oil pressure warning symptoms such as ticking, rattling or knocking sounds from your engine and a sudden loss of engine power or misfiring.  The causes of this issue can vary, but some common causes include:  Low oil level Worn oil pump Worn engine bearings Engine oil leak Defective oil pressure sending unit Defective oil pressure gauge or ... read more

Common Car Smells and How to Remove Them

We understand that it can be concerning when you start smelling a weird scent in your vehicle, especially if that scent is of gasoline. There are certain common smells that can be indicative of things, such as a needed repair or cleaning. Here are some of the common car smells and how to remove them from your vehicle:  If you smell something funky, try to identify where the smell is coming from. A funky or rotten smell could be coming from a hidden old food item somewhere in your car. A smell of rotten eggs, however, can actually be a sign of a transmission problem that will need to be inspected as soon as possible.  If your car smells like mold or mildew, deep clean your car by vacuuming and steam cleaning the interior. More than likely, the smell is just due to dirty upholstery that can be cleaned. If you smell mold when the air conditioning system is turned on, there could be an issue there which will need to be looked at by your local trusted mechanic.  If you sm ... read more

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