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Essential Tips for Fall Car Maintenance

Fall Car Maintenance

Fall Has Its Own Travel Demands That Necessitate Maintenance.

After the stress of summer heat, traffic, and travel, fall can seem like a season of rest for your car. While this is true to some extent, you still need to pay attention to certain items of fall car maintenance. Before you spend too much time on the road this fall — or travel for Thanksgiving — make sure you’ve attended to the following.

Check Heater

As the weather becomes colder, your heater will once again see use. Instead of waiting for the first cold day to determine your heater has broken, check it beforehand. Comfort aside, a broken heater can also present a safety issue. The heater manages your defroster, which stands as an indispensable component as the weather changes.

Antifreeze Levels

Your antifreeze, surprisingly enough, also does work throughout the summer. This important fluid raises the boiling point of your engine’s coolant to prevent overheating. Antifreeze does even more when cold weather arrives. You’ll want to ensure proper levels, and take your vehicle in for a check-up if antifreeze appears low.

Inspect Your Tires

Summer travel puts a lot of wear on tires. Between the heat of the road and distances traveled, you should definitely check your tires at the season’s end. If your treads look low, make sure you get the tires changed before any fall trips. You could also have your tires rotated to ensure a longer lifespan.

For any fall car maintenance in Springfield, MA, choose one of two Spartan Auto Care Centers. We can guarantee reliable and thorough service to keep your car running at its best. Give us a call today at __PHONE__.

Three Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

Regular Oil Changes

Regular Oil Changes Will Extend the Overall Life of Your Engine.

Most vehicle owners remain vaguely aware of the benefits of regular oil changes. The activity relates to the continued health of the vehicle, though the particulars may remain unclear. Oil lubricates and protects the moving parts of an engine. Without it, a vehicle would quickly overheat and cease to function. Despite this awareness, many people skimp on oil changes. This can become a dangerous habit. To encourage more regularity with oil changes, consider the following advantages.

Better Gas Mileage

A well-lubricated engine has an easier job. Less friction and wear in the engine makes it a simpler task to operate your vehicle. Regular oil changes provide this benefit, which increases your gas mileage and the overall efficiency of your car.

Less Damage

Over time, oil will collect bits of dirt and debris. These can harm an engine as the oil goes about its job. A fresh oil change removes these particles, and ensures the healthy operation of your engine. An engine that takes less damage from old oil will have a much longer life.

Extended Life

Clean, fresh oil causes less friction in your engine, and causes less damage through accumulated debris. Together, these two benefits suggest the most important factor behind regular oil changes: a longer life for your engine. A car represents a significant investment. To get the premier return on this investment, you must take care of the engine.

Oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles are indispensable pieces of service. For regular oil changes in Springfield, MA, trust the experts at Spartan Auto Care Centers. To learn more or schedule service, call us today at __PHONE__.

How to Get Improved Gas Mileage

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You can save money at the pump through a few simple strategies.

While the price of gas may vary from acceptable to terrifying, good gas mileage will always save you money. From gas guzzlers to hybrids, all cars can achieve better mileage through a few simple practices. If you’d like to save some money while on the road, follow these simple tips for improved gas mileage.

Reduce Speed

Most people tend to drive as if in a hurry. Speeding greatly reduces your gas mileage, however, in addition to associated safety concerns. If you make a conscious effort to reduce your speed, you will save money on gas. For best results, try to drive below 45 mph whenever possible. Though not always practical, this reasonable speed will keep you safe and conserve your tank.

Stop Engine at Red Lights

Contrary to popular belief, it does not require an excessive amount of fuel to start your vehicle. If your engine runs, then you are burning gas. You can minimize this while in cities if you cut your engine at red lights. Though it may take a few seconds to start the car after the light changes, you’ll have better mileage as your reward.

Reduce Weight

The heavier your vehicle, the more gas it burns. To reduce your car’s weight, look to the trunk. Remove all superfluous items and junk, and you’ll have a lighter car that will run longer on a tank of gas.

These serve as just a few of the ways to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage. Simple maintenance operations can also lead to improved gas mileage. To learn more or schedule any kind of service in Springfield, MA, call __PHONE__ today for Spartan Auto Care.

Vital Fluids For Your Vehicle

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Checking Your Fluids Is An Important Part Of Vehicle Maintenance!

If you own a car,  you know that the way you take care of it has a big impact on how long it will last. At Spartan Auto Care, we want our clients to know how to keep their cars running smoothly. Today we will discuss 5 critical fluids, other than gasoline, that you should maintain frequently in your vehicle.

Brake Fluid

As the name implies, this fluid is essential for properly functioning brakes. You can find this fluid on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and it should be a golden color. If it is brown, it needs to be replaced.

Transmission Fluid

You should check these fluid levels monthly, and the fluid should be red. If the fluid is brown or smells burnt, be sure to change it ASAP!

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering is another important fluid that you should check monthly. It should not decrease significantly, but if it has, you may have a leak!

Coolant

This fluid should only be checked when you car is cooled and turned off. Within your radiator, you want the coolant to reach the fill line level provided.

Motor Oil

Luckily, most drivers know to change the motor oil frequently to keep the car running smoothly, but make sure you are changing it at appropriate intervals, by referencing your owner’s manual.

If you need assistance with your auto maintenance in Springfield, MA, give us a call today at 413-781-2480! Our expert mechanics are ready to help!

Essential Summer Car Maintenance

photo of summerSummer is here, which means it is time to get your car maintenance completed. Many people take road trips with friends or vacations with family during the summer season, driving for a good portion of it. Summer can be fun but it can also take a huge toll on your car. It may not be apparent, but changes in the season can affect many different systems within your car, from tire pressure to how your filters function. Before you head out of the road, there are a few specific areas of your car that you should check out or have serviced before you hit the road.

Top Systems to Check For Your Summer Maintenance

#1 Tires

It is no secret that tires are affected by the weather. More specifically, they are affected by temperature. It is important to check your tires and maintain the best pressure for them. Without maintenance, your tires can wear irregularly and even be damaged beyond repair. When filling up your tires, the recommended PSI can be found on the tire itself. You may also want to take your vehicle into the shop for wheel alignment and tire rotation. This will ensure that your tires wear evenly, preventing an excess of damage to only one.

#2 Filters and Fluids

Periodically, it is important to have your fluids and filters checked and changed. This includes your oil filter, oil, air filter, coolant, fuel filters, and more. Changing your filters will ensure no debris, dust, or metal affects your engine, keeping your systems running at optimal efficiency. Sometimes, debris that has passed through a filter can get caught up within the fluids, especially with oil. If untreated, these particles can damage your engine and even break down your car.  Getting service and fluid change will prevent the particles from affecting your engine.

#3 Brakes

Your brakes are very important to the safety of your vehicle on the road. Having brake service completed can be the difference in how your car handles an emergency situation. On your next drive to the store, make mental notes of any issues you are experiencing with your braking. Does it seem like it takes a while for your car to stop? Have you heard any grinding noises? These are signs that your brakes need service.

#4 Emergency Kit

When was the last time you checked your emergency kit? Before you head out on the road, check and ensure you are stocked up on all the essentials such as road flares, first aid kit, jumper cables, and other safety items. One piece of safety many forget to check on is their spare tire. This can be the difference between making it to your destination or being stuck on the side of the road. Always check to make sure your spare tire has the correct amount of PSI when you are testing your in-use tires.

Need service before you head out for your summer trip? Spartan Auto Care provides you with quality service and repair in Springfield, MA and West Springfield, MA. Call today at (413) 781-2480 for your maintenance service. 

Air Conditioning failure

 

Contact Spartan Auto Care today for A/C inspection and repair.

It’s blazing hot outside so you push the air conditioning button on your dashboard, but no cold air comes out! How can this be? There could be several reasons for this malfunction. Let’s look at the potential problems with an A/C system.

How A/C Systems Work

A/C system compressors are like pumps that push the refrigerant to the condenser. While the refrigerant flows through the condenser, it is chilled and circles back to the evaporator. The A/C ducts bring air through the passenger vent.

Common A/C Problems

What happens when the A/C isn’t producing any cool air? The most probable cause is a leak in the refrigerant. No refrigerant equals no cool air. If it is in fact the refrigerant, then a service technician can locate the root of the problem and fix it. Some other reasons for A/C failure could be a failed compressor and defective refrigerant hoses. This can lead to clogs in the airstream.

Set Up a Routine A/C Inspection with NAPA AutoCare

A/C repairs can get fairly pricey, depending on the repair. A regular A/C inspection can reveal smaller problems before they become bigger problems. Ask your local a Spartan Auto Care service advisor in Springfield and Westfield, MA what they recommend for your vehicle’s A/C system. Call today at (413) 781-2480.

Top 5 Most Common Car Repair Services

Photo of repairHave you ever wondered how common your car repair needs are? With vehicles, there are so many parts and services that can help your car continue running. Auto mechanics stay up to date all the time on new cars and parts to ensure you get the best service in this ever-changing vehicular world. However, there are always popular services that all kinds of vehicle get. Which are the most common car repair services? 

Most Popular Car Repair Services

#1 Brakes

Brakes are actually compiled of many different parts. The fluid, pads, discs, rotors and more all work together effectively stopping your vehicle. When one of these fails, it can make your car more hazardous than you may realize. Service on these various parts keeps your car stopping smoothly and can prevent dangerous situations.

#2 Oil Changes

Everyone knows oil changes are an important part of your vehicle maintenance. Oil lubricates your engine, keeping your engine and car functions moving. Over time, oil can become contaminated with metal flakings, dust, debris and more, causing damage to your engine. That is why having your oil changed every few thousand miles remains so important.

#3 Coolant And Coolant System

Your engine creates extreme temperatures in order to get your car moving through internal combustion. Your coolant and coolant system keeps your car from overheating and causing damage. When your radiator, water pump, and coolant are wearing or broken, your engine might not cool in the way you need it to.

#4 Tire Rotation and Replacement

Tires should not be a major surprise. From punctures to a standard rotation, tires are some of the more easily damaged pieces of a vehicle, leading to replacement. The downside of tires is that you may not always realize that a replacement has become necessary until disaster strikes. Rotation can prevent unnecessary and uneven wear from occurring on your car’s tires.

#5 Ignition System and Battery

Starters and ignition coils can become worn over time, but batteries can die if you forget to turn your vehicle off. While by far one of the cheaper repairs, car batteries are one of the most frequent repairs necessary. If you did not forget your keys in your car and your battery is dead, there may be a problem with your alternator.

Do you need one of these common car repair services? Spartan Auto Care provides you with quality repairs and services in Springfield, MA, West Springfield, MA, and the surrounding area. Give us a call today at (413) 781-2480 for your service!

 

Care For Your Car And Save Money Doing It

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If you’re like most car owners, you depend on your car to take you to work, school, and everywhere else! That’s why it is critical that you take care of your vehicle, and properly maintain it. Many drivers think car care is always expensive. but today we’ll talk about how you can care for your car WITHOUT breaking the bank!

Do A Visual Check Once A Month

Once a month it may be a good idea to take a good look at your car. This way you can catch on to any small issues before they become big, expensive issues!

Check your brake pads by looking through the spokes of the wheels, and make sure you still have about 1/4 inch of brake pad between the brake and the rotor. If you have less, it may be time to replace.

Next, check your tires themselves for bumps or nails, and check to see how deep the tread is. Good tread is essential for safe traction.

After that, look under the hood and make sure your fluid levels are at the appropriate levels. If you see anything loose, or just out of the ordinary, feel free to drop by our shop in Springfield, MA and have one of our techs take a look!

Wash Your Car

Taking the time to wash the inside and outside of your vehicle is a great way to increase the longevity of your car. Washing the exterior prolongs the life and luster of your paint and headlights. Cleaning the interior of your car can also improve your mood while driving, and increase the resale value of your car further down the road. Don’t forget to take your time on the windshield. Any streaks you miss could pose an issue later!

Drive Better

Not only for your own safety, but also for the care of your car, it is important to drive safely. Speeding causes your vehicle to burn gas at a faster rate, and puts added stress on your tires and brakes. Additionally, slamming on the brakes, or accelerating too quickly can lead to more frequent maintenance requirements.

Your car takes care of you! Be sure to take care of it, too! Anytime you need assistance with your car care needs, stop by Spartan Care Auto Centers in Springfield, MA, or contact us and let our expert mechanics handle the rest!

 

 

Tips For Your Teen Driver

Tips for Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe From Spartan Auto Care in Springfield, MADo you have a new driver in your home? It can be a nerve wracking time when your teenager gets their driver’s license. As a parent the most important thing you can do is make sure your teen driver is knowledgeable about vehicle safety and prepared in case something happens on the road.

Driving Safety

The leading cause for death for U.S. Teens is motor vehicle accidents. That’s a scary fact for any parent, but luckily most crashes are preventable. So what are some easy tips to keep your teen safe as they start driving?

  • No Alcohol. Besides the fact that your teen drinking is illegal, it is also the #1 risk factor for getting into an accident. Start talking to your teen early about the dangers of drinking and driving.
  • No Texting. This is a tip you can best get across by setting a good example. Your child observes you to see what is right and wrong, and that includes in the car. Texting and driving is distracted driving, and according to the U.S. Government in 2014, 3,179 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involved distracted drivers.
  • Wear a safety belt. Compared with other drivers, teens are the group least likely to wear a seat belt.

Be Prepared

You should also make sure that your teen is prepared in case something does go wrong on the road. Review your insurance information with your child, and be certain that they have valid proof of insurance in their vehicle. Teach your child how to change a flat tire, and how to pop the hood of their vehicle in case it overheats. In addition, you should teach your teen about proper vehicle maintenance like getting regular oil changes and tire rotations.

Are you looking for a great auto care center to start your teen driver off on the right foot? Come see us at Spartan Auto Care in Springfield, MA.

Winter Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Cold

Winter maintenance for your car sounds like a lot of work. However, knowing a few simple tips can make all the difference to your car. Here are four tips to maintain your car this winter.

Winter Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Cold

Fill Up On Cooling Systems

Make sure that there is enough coolant in your car. Coolant prevents the engine from freezing. If you are replacing coolant yourself, it is recommended to use a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. Although you can replace the coolant yourself, having a mechanic do it will guarantee no mistakes.

Invest in New Tires

Having tires that can withstand the cold is crucial. If your tires aren’t bald, then you should get them rotated. Also, it’s a good idea to check your tire pressure as a part of your winter maintenance routine.

Check Your Car Battery

Doing some winter maintenance on your car can save you from breaking down. It can be difficult for a car battery to work in cold weather, so have a professional mechanic perform a test on it.

Replace Lighting

It becomes darker in the evening during the winter season, so make sure your headlights are working. Check that your interior lights are working, as well.

Finding a professional in Springfield, MA  to perform winter maintenance is important and the mechanics at Spartan Auto Care Centers are ready to help! Since 1956 they have been helping many residents with their winter maintenance, and they will be able to help you! Call them at (413) 781-2480 for winter maintenance advice and additional tips.