How to Handle an Overheated Car Engine

overheated engineHave you noticed that your car engine has been running hotter than normal? An overheated car engine is nothing to joke around about. If you notice the temperature gauge on your vehicle increasing, you should take the warning very seriously. While proper car maintenance performed by a professional auto specialist can help prevent issues with overheating, any number of internal problems could be causing your vehicle to overheat. If this happens while you’re driving, here’s what you can do to keep yourself and your car safe.

1. Shut Off Your Vehicle

The very first thing that you should do when your engine overheats is pull over and shut your vehicle off. While you may want to try to drive the few extra miles to the nearest auto technician, it’s imperative that you stop your car immediately and let it cool down. Continue Reading →

Dashboard Warning Lights You Should Know

dashboard warning lightsAre you familiar with what all of your dashboard warning lights mean and how to respond to each one of them? Regular car maintenance is imperative to keep your automobile running, as well as to keep you and your passengers safe. The hope is that you’ll always have time to take your vehicle to an auto specialist if a problem arises. However, sometimes you need to respond to your car’s warnings right away. Knowing the following three important dashboard lights and what to do when you see them will keep you and your car safe.

1. Engine Light

If you see a dashboard warning light shaped like a car engine, it’s important to take action right away. Don’t assume this warning will just go away. It means that there is a problem with your car’s engine. Often, this warning is accompanied by a loss of driving power. Take your car to an auto technician as quickly as possible. Continue Reading →

How To Interview Your Auto Technician Before Service

Auto technician interviewDoes your car require general maintenance or need repairs? Don’t leave the care of your automobile in the hands of just anyone. Make sure your car gets the professional attention it deserves at the hands of a highly qualified auto technician. Proper and timely car maintenance can keep your vehicle running for years, saving you the enormous expense of replacing it. When you take your vehicle to a new shop, talk to the auto specialist directly and ask the following questions.

1. Do you offer free estimates?

While not every auto shop will offer free estimates, many do and it’s a good thing to know upfront. If there will be a charge, request a quote before agreeing to have your car serviced. Don’t deal with technicians who insist that they aren’t able to provide this information until after they finish the work.

2. Have you worked on this make and model before?

It’s easy to assume that every auto technician is experienced with every make and model, but this simply isn’t the case. You should always inquire as to whether the shop has worked with your kind of automobile before. This is especially true if you require European auto repair. Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Make Your Car Transmission Last

Tips for Your Car TransmissionYou depend on your car every day. It gets you to work, helps you run your errands, and brings you home safe after a long day. Being without your car would be a major inconvenience, so you want it to keep running for years to come. You don’t have time for car transmission problems! Luckily, there are several things you can do to help keep your transmission (and car) running properly. Here are three things you should do to prevent transmission issues:

1. Take Your Car to the Shop Regularly

Regular car maintenance is vital for keeping your vehicle running strong for years. In fact, having a professional examine your car and perform minor maintenance regularly doesn’t just keep your car on the road longer, it helps limit the potential for larger and more expensive repairs in the future. Continue Reading →

Does Your Car Need Engine Maintenance?

Signs You Need Engine MaintenanceLife is often busy and hectic, so it’s not surprising many car owners forget about engine maintenance. Taking proper care of your car engine, however, is extremely important. Not only will it keep your car running longer, but it can help you prevent costly repairs down the road. When was the last time an auto specialist examined your engine? If it’s been a while, you should seriously consider taking your car in for a tune-up. Here are three ways to tell if your car needs engine maintenance:

1. You Hear Loud Noises from Under the Hood

If your car is making noises, have an auto technician examine it as soon as possible. While a problem with your engine is just one of the many potential causes, noises of any kind should be addressed right away. Continue Reading →

Why You Need an Oil Change Every 3000 Miles

oil changeYou’ve always heard that it’s important to check and change your car’s oil, but has anyone ever explained why? The general rule is that you should get an oil change every 3000 miles you drive. There are, in fact, several reasons this needs to be part of your regular car maintenance routine. Here’s why oil changes need to be a serious priority for you and your car.

1. Oil Protects Your Engine

Without a functioning engine, you’re going nowhere fast in your car. Oil lubricates your car engine and keeps it working properly. This lubrication ensures engine parts do not wear out prematurely. Skipping oil changes puts extra strain on your engine, and therefore on your car. Ensuring your engine is lubricated can prevent needless and expensive car repairs with your auto specialist. Continue Reading →

Maintenance for Your Tires During the Winter

Tires this WinterRegular car maintenance is essential no matter what season it is, but it’s especially important to take proper care of your tires during the winter. You may think that you can care for your tires the same way you do throughout the rest of the year. Many car owners don’t realize is that the colder temperatures and bad weather can wreak havoc on your tires. It’s good practice to have your car tires examined, rotated, or replaced by an auto specialist every time the season changes. Here are three additional tips to ensure your tires are ready for the road this winter.

1. Conduct Regular Visual Inspections

It’s a good idea to visually inspect your car tires regularly. In the winter, you should take the time to examine your tires at least once a month. Not sure what to look for? If you notice any cracking, low pressure or see a significant decrease in tread, it’s a good idea to take your car to a professional.

2. Consider Different Types of Tires

If you live in a particularly cold are where it snows often, you already know about winter tires. There’s a big difference between all-season tires and winter tires, which generally have deeper tread and provide better control and traction on slick roads. If you know your area will see snow this season, consider opting for winter tires.

3. Check Tire Pressure Often

While monthly visual inspections are good, you should also make a habit of checking your tire pressure. Driving on tires with low pressure can be very dangerous, especially during the winter. It can also lead to early tire wear.

Need Help with Your Car Tires this Winter?

It’s never too late to have a technician look at your car’s tires. Better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your and your family’s safety. If your tires need to be examined, bring your car to Classic Motorsports! We offer tire repair, rotation, and replacement, as well as many other automobile services. Visit our website for more information or call (425) 348-4110 to set up an appointment today.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Winter Tire Maintenance – BMW, Audi, Mercedes & More

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Care for Your Car This Winter

Care for Your Car in the WinterProper car maintenance is always important, but ensuring your car is in tip-top shape throughout the winter is imperative. There is nothing scarier than suddenly finding yourself stranded on the highway during a snowstorm! Cold weather conditions can do a number on your vehicle if you aren’t careful; so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take the steps now to ensure your car is running smoothly this winter. Here are three items you should check so caring for your car will be easier this winter.

1. Lights

The need to check your car lights may not seem related to winter, but it is. During the summer, days are longer and brighter. Winter means shorter days and, ultimately, darker commutes to and from work. You may not have noticed the effect before, but driving with broken lights will be much more dangerous in the winter. Take the time to have your auto specialist look at your car lights now.

2. Battery

The cold can really impact your car battery. You might have been able to squeak by with a dying battery during the warmer summer months, but the winter will not be so kind. Have your auto technician check the voltage of you battery and replace it before winter if needed. Continue Reading →

Rear Wheel vs. All Wheel Drive

Rear Wheel vs. All Wheel DriveFor years, just about every vehicle except for Jeeps had rear wheel drive. The reasoning at the time was that the even distribution of weight, with the engine in front and the weight of the drive train and transmission spread evenly through the rest of the chassis, made for better handling. Then, front wheel drive became the new trend with its promise of better traction in bad weather. These cars were a little more economical too as it’s easier to install the engine and drive apparatus in the same place on the car while on the assembly line. Advances to front wheel drive and the popularity of the SUV has brought with it new choices of four wheel (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). But new doesn’t always mean better. So, what are we to think about rear wheel vs. all wheel drive?

The AWD and 4WD options, though an improvement over front wheel drive, is still more suited for off-road driving and a better choice for those living where there is plenty of snow and rainfall. These vehicles will give you better traction, but rear wheel drive may still give better handling. All race cars are still rear wheel drive vehicles. Continue Reading →

A Guide to Car Depreciation & Vehicle Resale Value

Car DepreciationBuying an automobile has its ups and downs. A new car means excitement. It also may mean making payments and trading in a car that has some good memories. Or it could be goodbye to that never-was-much-good moving money pit. If you want to avoid that kind of purchase again, then you should look into your new cars estimated resale value. Resale value may seem a strange choice to consider when buying a new car. However, reputation and reliability are factors that analysts look at when determining future resale value. For years, the resale value of the BMW 3 series has always been high. How does this get figured out? It’s mostly due to depreciation. Most cars really do lose about 20% of their value when driven off the lot. You’ll want the depreciation your car gets to be better than most others after that.

What Causes My Car to Depreciate

Two things to help reduce depreciation would be getting a model that has recently been redesigned. Cars with designs four or five years old many times will have a bad rep by the time it goes up for resale. Another factor is mileage. A good idea is to try and limit your miles driven. That is the single best way to help a car keep its value. Being a stickler for regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes and tune-ups will also go a long way to retaining value for your new car. Continue Reading →