Yearly Archives: 2019

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

What To Do In a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout is no doubt a scary and stressful situation, especially if it happens on the highway or in traffic. It can be caused by something as small as a nail in the road or low tire pressure.  The top five causes of tire blowouts are under-inflation, overload, uneven tread wear, damage and defects. You’ll know you’ve had a tire blowout if you hear a loud pop and an unevenness with your vehicle. You’ll also most likely smell burnt rubber and will hear what is left of the tire flapping around. If it happens, don’t panic. Here are some tips on what to do next if you find yourself in this situation:  Don’t slam on your brakes. Try to maintain control of your vehicle and pull of safely to the side of the road or exit promptly. Get away from traffic and find somewhere safe.  Turn on your hazard lights. Do not get out of your vehicle unless it is completely safe and away from any traffic.  Call for roadside assistance. You can also ... read more

The Importance of Regular Vehicle Inspections

The average car owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the condition of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your vehicle, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At our shop, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it is actually a way that you can ensure you&rsqu ... read more

Spring Car Care

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

5 Tips on How to Avoid Car Accidents

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed.   Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t pre ... read more

How Long do Brake Pads Last?

The brake system in our vehicle is extremely important, because it allows us to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t occur all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency.  The brake pads are the part in your brake system that helps to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. When you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. With worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components.  Most brake pads will last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. However, how long your brake pads will last will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your driving habits.  If your brake pads need to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Brake pedal shake ... read more

Happy New Year from Goose Automotive!

It’s that time again, where we think about the goals that we want to make for the new year. While you may be thinking the usual, such as being on time more often, visiting family, or going to the gym more often, you may not have considered making a resolution or two for your vehicle. Here are some resolution ideas that you can make for your car to keep you safe on the road into 2019!   Clean Out your Car   Cleaning out the inside of your vehicle will help you to feel more organized and give your car that new car feeling! A clutter car can make it difficult to feel comfortable while driving, especially for passengers.   Schedule your Vehicle Maintenance Deadlines in your Planner   The most important part of owning a vehicle is staying current with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance and services. If you have a planner or calendar, jotting down dates of your upcoming services will help you keep track of when it’s time to bring your vehicle i ... read more

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