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Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Fall

Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Fall

As the leaves begin to fall and the temperature begins to drop, your vehicle maintenance becomes more important. Proper seasonal maintenance can save you money in repairs down the road, and can help increase your vehicle’s trade-in value. Furthermore, regular...

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Back to College: Vehicle Checklist

Back to College: Vehicle Checklist

Now that summer has come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. While you’re packing your bags and preparing your school supplies, it’s important to remember that your vehicle needs preparation as well. We have put together a back to...

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Summer Road Trip: Prep Your Vehicle for Vacation

The key to a stress-free summer road trip is a reliable vehicle to get you to your destination. Simple preventative maintenance can ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch. Here are a few ways to prepare your vehicle for your next trip. Belts and Hoses HIgh...

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Safety Tips for Driving this Halloween

With witches, goblins and ghosts out and about, Halloween boasts plenty of things to make us scared; our driving shouldn’t be one of them. During this dark and spooky time of year, let’s make sure our driving stays safe, so we can focus on having fun and eating candy....

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What’s So Important About The Coolant System?

Your cars engine produces a lot of heat. While this heat is the natural result of a properly running engine, too much can pose a problem. It’s the job of your car’s coolant system to temper the heat and keep things running smoothly.  If the system is doing its job...

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Tips for Safe Summer Travel

Throughout summer people tend to travel more. Dr. Automotive wants you to have fun this summer and stay safe. Here are some tips for not letting an accident ruin your fun: Do Not Text and Drive Use a hands-free headset for phone calls Do Not Drink and Drive Do Not Eat...

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Summer Car Care Tips

Soaring temperatures can amplify the effects that daily driving has on your car. Summer car care should always be a priority. In fact, AAA sees an increase in the number of roadside assistance requests during the summer. Before you hit the road, consider these vehicle...

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Driving with Rover

Driving around with your beloved furry friend can be fun for both of you. Some dogs love going for a ride while others not so much. Sometimes the trip is necessary- the vet or groomers and sometimes for fun, unfortunately a trip in the car can become dangerous. Here...

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Spring Cleaning Car Prep Checklist

Spring is here and soon summer travel season will be in full swing. When the weather gets warmer what adventures are you planning? Will your car be ready? With a few simple tips to spring clean your car, it will be all set to take you wherever you travel. Change the...

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GAS CRUNCH CAN MAKE YOU THINK

Did the recent local gas crunch make you think a little about some things? Like…Was this just a ploy to raise prices again? Or…Why did everyone panic when the news media said “don’t panic”. Perhaps it was…If that joker does not fill up and get his 93 Buick out of my...

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Winter Car Prep Checklist

Winter is upon us once again. Scraping ice off the windows, frigid commutes to work or school, it is important that your car be in top condition to make sure you can make it safely to your destination. A few tips to prepare for when winter is at its peak.   Check your...

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EXPOSING THE “FREE” CHECK ENGINE LIGHT DIAGNOSIS

My old grandpappy once told me “boy, there are no free lunches, and if they are free they probably ain’t worth eating”. My Gramps was a very wise man and that statement is actually very deep antidepressant lexapro. Let’s see how that relates to today’s automotive...

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CHECK YOUR BRAKES!

Having a car that will not start is certainly an issue of concern. Inconvenience and frustration accompany a vehicle that will not get you from A to B because it doesn’t go vroom-vroom ! But let’s think about the other end of the spectrum, how about if your vehicle...

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Automotive Reprogramming and Repair in Smyrna, TN

Is your car running poorly? Or is your “check engine” light on? Have you been told that your auto software needs to be updated? Let’s face it…the computer age is the here and now in virtually everything, especially the automobile. Cars today have multiple control...

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5 Common Summer Car Failures

1) Evaporative leak: Evaporative emissions are caused by fuel volatility, or its tendency to change from liquid to gas. A rise in outside temperature can cause an increase in pressure in your gas tank, which must be vented to prevent the gas tank from deforming. They...

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Summer Driving Tips, Part 2

The Tires Tire Pressure Make sure that you have the correct tire pressure in all five tires. (In case you never noticed, there's a tire in the trunk.) There's plenty of debate about what constitutes "correct" tire pressure, but we suggest going by what your vehicle...

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Summer Driving Tips

Here's the first installment of our advice for things to thoroughly check out—before you set out on your next adventure. The Cooling System 1. The Radiator First, make sure that the radiator core is in good shape. In areas of the country where roads are salted, the...

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Emissions Test

Another question we often hear is, “How can I make sure my car will pass emissions?” If your vehicle is a 1996 model or newer and the check engine light is on it will not pass emissions in Rutherford County. No matter what the failure, it simply will not be granted a...

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Check Engine Light

What does it mean when your check engine light is on? How can I get that annoying light off? Those are questions we here daily at our Smyrna auto repair shop. This is a common problem in today’s automotive world. Any vehicle 1996 and newer has an updated on-board...

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Winter Car Safety Tips

Tires: Check your tire to make sure they have good tread, are not dry rotted which will be evidenced with small cracks in the rubber and are properly inflated. While we don’t sell or install tires at Dr. Auto, we are glad to inspect your tires to make sure they are...

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