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Why Preventative Maintenance Matters

Why Preventative Maintenance Matters

Your vehicle is one of the most significant and most important investments you will make in your lifetime. Just think about how much you rely on your vehicle day in and day out. Even one day without your trusty sidekick can be quite a hassle. If you are looking to preserve your vehicle's longevity, driveability, and safety, preventative maintenance is a must.  Why does preventative maintenance matter? Here are just a few reasons why:  Routine service performed by the qualified technicians at Convoy Auto Repair helps avoid potentially costly and dangerous repairs. These regular appointments allow our team to identify and service areas that could cause issues in the future.  Preventative maintenance also improves your vehicle’s fuel mileage. For example, if you don’t change your oil or engine air filter, your vehicle’s gas mileage will be negatively affected. It could also quicken the wear and tear on your vehicle’s engine if ignored.  ... read more

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Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready?

Spring is Here! Is Your Car Ready?

We can’t believe Spring is officially here! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and New Year’s, but we couldn’t be more excited for the shining sun, the blooming flowers, and the blue skies. Winter can wreak havoc on your vehicle, as those cold temperatures make your car work that much harder.  Spring is the perfect time to bring your vehicle to our shop for preventative maintenance. This way, we can avoid any damage winter may have done to your vehicle. Not only that, but preventative maintenance preserves the longevity, driveability, and safety of your vehicle. Here is how to get your vehicle ready for Spring:  Take time for your tires! Winter driving is hard on your vehicle’s tires. Now is the perfect time to inspect, rotate, and align your tires. If you get your tires aligned and rotated, your tires won’t wear as fast. We will also keep an eye on your tires’ tread to ensure none of your tires are balding. Spring ... read more

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Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Even though cabin air filters and engine air filters function similarly by purifying the air, however, their purposes and locations are different. Both of these filters are essential for your vehicle's overall longevity and performance. Even the smallest parts of your car, including your cabin air filter and engine air filter, ensure you reach your destination safely and smoothly.  If you stick to a regular maintenance schedule, our technicians can keep a close eye on your cabin air filters and engine air filters, but how exactly does a cabin air filter and an engine air filter operate? Your engine air filter is responsible for ensuring only clean air reaches your engine's interior. Your vehicle has an intake system that draws air into the engine. This air must be clean and free of contaminants, particles, or debris. Your engine air filter makes sure to filter out all the debris. If your engine air filter is dirty or clogged, it will need to be replaced, or your engine ... read more

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Up And At ‘Em: Best Ways To Improve Fuel Mileage

  Gas prices seem to be steadily rising, as many of our clients trading in their SUVs and trucks for more fuel-efficient vehicles. However, there are many steps to take before taking the plunge and letting go of your beloved SUV or truck. You can even take these measures with your more fuel-efficient sedan and find yourself saving exponentially next time you need to fill up.  Luckily for us, it is not that difficult to go farther on a gallon of gas. Here are the best ways to improve fuel mileage:  Take a look at your gas cap, or have the qualified technicians at Convoy Auto Repair inspect your gas gap. 17% of all vehicles on the road have broken or missing gas caps. Broken or completely missing gas caps negatively impact your gas mileage and are harmful to the environment by letting harmful fumes escape into the atmosphere.  Make sure your vehicle's front-end alignment is in tip-top shape. Winter wreaks havoc on our vehicles, and we are in the midst of this ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions for Being a Better Car Owner

We can’t believe how fast the year flew by! We would like to wish every one of our clients a safe and Happy New Year! We are so grateful for all our customers who continued to choose Convoy Auto Repair for service this past year. We look forward to sharing 2021 with you!  We usually start the New Year off with resolutions for many of us, but how many of us actually fall through with them? The team at Convoy Auto Repair has a compiled a list of resolutions that are easy to accomplish. Not only will they make you a better car owner, but they will help you save money in the long-run too. Here are New Year’s Resolutions for being a better car owner:  Bring your vehicle to Convoy Auto Repair for routine maintenance throughout the year. If you are looking to preserve the health and safety of your vehicle, regularly scheduled appointments are a must. Our team often identifies and addresses issues before they turn into bigger and more expensive problems. Not only does r ... read more

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Holidays Wishes from the Team at Convoy Auto Repair

Holidays Wishes from the Team at Convoy Auto Repair

We can't believe that the year is almost over! The holidays are quickly approaching. The team at Convoy Auto Repair recognizes that the holidays might look a little different this year, but the holidays' message and meaning remain the same. It is a special time of year, as we all take the time to show our appreciation for our loved ones.  We want to use this blog to show our appreciation for you. We are always grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your vehicle, and we can't be more thankful each time you choose our technicians for auto repair. Holidays might look a little different this year in the wake of COVID-19, but the underlying meaning remains -- it is essential to take the time to show our appreciation and gratitude for the ones that mean the most to us.  At Convoy Auto Repair, we consider you part of our extended family. We strive to treat you with kindness and compassion, from the moment you walk through the doors until you the instant you leav ... read more

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How To Drive More Efficiently in Winter

 How To Drive More Efficiently in Winter

Even the slightest drop in temperature can affect your vehicle’s fuel economy, as a car’s gas mileage is much lower in chiller weather. A reduced fuel economy can result in you spending more time and money at the gas station. The team at Convoy Auto Repair wants to keep this from happening, which is why we have compiled a few tips and tricks designed to improve your vehicle’s fuel economy during winter.  What exactly causes your vehicle’s fuel economy to lower in the winter? First, engine and transmission friction increases in cold weather because it causes your engine fluid’s temperature to drop. Next, heated seats, window defrosters, and heater fans all use additional power. Colder air is also much more dense, increasing aerodynamic drag on your vehicle. Finally, your alternator has to work that much harder to keep your battery charged, which in turn leads to decreased battery performance. However, there are several steps you can take to drive mor ... read more

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The Effects of Ash on Your Air Filter

As California residents, we know that wildfires are inundating our state, and we are dealing with the effects of these raging fires -- fire and ash. Not only does the ash and smoke affect us, but it affects our vehicles too, especially your cabin air filter. You can think of your vehicle’s cabin air filter as your vehicle’s lungs, and when your car is struggling to breathe, your risk of breathing in contaminated air is significantly higher.  Your cabin air filter is responsible for keeping the air in your vehicle clean and contaminant-free. When your cabin air filter is dirty, you might find yourself breathing in more smoke, ash, dust, pollen, and other debris. When a cabin air filter is freshly installed in your vehicle, the filter will be pristine and sparkling white. However, when your filter is infiltrated with smoke and ash, your cabin air filter darkens, practically to black.  A dirty, ash-filled cabin air filter doesn’t just affect your vehicle&rsqu ... read more

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Here is What College Student Needs to Know About Owning a Car

College may be different for some this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your college student won’t be completing the critical milestone of being an adult -- owning their first car. Before you let your college student take off, we recommend reminding them of the responsibilities of owning a vehicle. The team at Convoy Auto Repair has compiled a few reminders for first-time car owners. Here is what every college student needs to know about owning a car:  Study up on that owner’s manual. We recognize that college students already have so much to study, but add one more book to your reading list. The owner’s manual has tons of valuable information, including your car’s ideal maintenance schedule, appropriate fuel grade, and tire pressure.  Spend some time researching your insurance options. Insurance companies will provide different quotes for the same car and driver, so it pays off in the long-run to find the best price. You can easily com ... read more

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Make Sure to Stay on the Straight and Narrow -- The Importance of Alignment

It is easy to take our vehicle for granted. We put our key into the ignition, step on the gas, turn the wheel, quickly and safely get to our destination, but a lot happens behind the scenes. From your wheel alignment to your braking system to even your oil, each component ensures your vehicle performs best, and your wheel alignment is an integral part of your vehicle’s overall safety and driveability.  Your tires and wheels can become easily misaligned because of road conditions, hitting a significant bump in the road, or even a minor accident. Typically, your front wheels are more vulnerable to becoming more misaligned, but it does happen to your rear wheels. It is quite easy to tell when your vehicle is misaligned -- your car will pull one way or another. You will take your hands off the steering wheel, and your vehicle will veer to the left or the right. You might also feel a vibration in the steering wheel if your wheels are misaligned.  Wheel alignments are imper ... read more

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