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Yearly Archives: 2019

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

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

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