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10 Things You Should Check Regularly On Your Vehicle

10 Things You Should Check Regularly On Your Vehicle

Owning a vehicle is a big investment, especially because cars require regular maintenance and inspections in order to operate at their best. We know that maintenance can be overwhelming, especially when trying to keep track of what your vehicle needs by referencing the owner's manual. However, knowing what the most important components are and understanding what to inspect regularly can go a long way in terms of ensuring your vehicle lasts throughout the years.  In addition to making sure that your vehicle runs smoothly, good maintenance can also help keep you safe on the road. Mechanical issues account for many accidents while on the road, and your safety should always be a number one priority.  Here are 10 items in which we believe are the most important to inspect on a regular basis when it comes to your vehicle:  Engine oil - never miss an oil change and check your dipstick regularly  Tire pressure - driving with low tire pressure can decrease fuel effic ... read more

What Does the Engine Oil Light Mean?

What Does the Engine Oil Light Mean?

You're driving and you see the engine oil warning light turn on - what exactly does it mean and what do you do now? The picture above shows what the engine oil warning light looks like. This particular warning light is an indication that your engine has lost normal oil pressure. As soon as you see this warning light turn on, we recommend that you stop driving your vehicle as soon as possible and turn off your engine.  Continuing to drive 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 coming from your engine in addition to a sudden loss of engine power or misfiring.  The causes of this issue can vary, but an engine oil pressure warning light typically indicates: Low oil le ... read more

Do I Need to Replace My Car's Differential Fluid?

Do I Need to Replace My Car's Differential Fluid?

Are you familiar with your vehicle's differential system? Not all vehicle's owners are, and it is actually a very important component. It is another one of your vehicle's vital systems that runs on fluid, and so the question is, does your differential fluid ever need to be replaced? First, let's look at what exactly your vehicle's differential system does.  When your vehicle turns corners, the wheel on the outside of the turn is covering more ground than the wheel that is on the inside of the car. The differential has the job of compensating for this difference, by splitting the engine torque to allow for each wheel to spin at a different speed according to your vehicle's needs. This just helps ensure proper control and operation of your vehicle. The differential system uses thick fluid to help keep it lubricated. It is typically recommend that this fluid is exchanged periodically, typically around every 30,000 miles. However, your vehicle's owne ... read more

A Message From Broad Stroke About COVID-19

A Message From Broad Stroke About COVID-19

At Broad Stroke, we want you to know that our shop is still open and available to help you with your auto care needs. Auto repair is an essential business, and we are committed to providing our customers with safe and reliable service when they need it most. We understand that our community members are relying on their vehicles more than ever to get to work or the store during these difficult times. While remaining open to assist you, we are also making appropriate changes to our process and services to better protect our customers and staff from the COVID-19 virus. We are offering contactless service in the following ways: Using a No-Contact Drop Box for drop offs and pickups   All Communication Over Phone & Email (Digital Invoices and inspections)   Accepting Payment Over The Phone and Online payments   Complementary Vehicle Pick Up and Drop Off *Some restrictions apply to vehicle pickup. Call for more details.* The safety of our customer ... read more

Why Does My Seat Vibrate or Shake While Driving?

Today's cars are intricately designed to make our driving experience smooth and quiet. This is why our cars have so many components that absorb shock and sound, so that we don't have to feel every bump in the road. If you start feeling that your seat is vibrating or shaking during your drive, something is definitely wrong. There are a few different reasons why this can happen, but typically the issue is an easy fix.  A shaky or vibrating steering wheel can indicate a few different things:  Your seat itself may just be loose. Typically we can take care of this with a few turnings of a wrench or replacing a worn out bolt.  There may be suspension system parts that are worn down, such as the shocks and struts. If your vehicle isn't absorbing shock correctly, you can feel that coming through your seat on very uneven roads.  Warped brake discs or drums can also cause a vibration, but it will only happen while braking.  The issue could be as simple a ... read more

Setting a Better Example Behind the Wheel

More than ever, parents are having a huge effect on their kid's future driving habits. You may not realize, but when you drive with your kids in the car, they observe you and learn from you. Good or bad, your kids will pick up your habits and apply them once they reach the age to get behind the wheel. This is why it is so important to set a good example for your kids behind the wheel and teach them good driving habits. This will give you peace of mind when that day comes that your teen is ready to drive.  Here are some ways that you can set a good example for your future teen drivers:  Obey traffic laws and follow the speed limit Leave a car's length ahead of you and avoid tailing other cars Don't show signs of road rage such as yelling or being crude towards other drives Use your signals to switch lanes or turn Show them that respect is required on the road by slowing down for pedestrians, going slowly in work zones, getting out of the way of fire trucks an ... read more

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are always a special time of year when most of us will be spending time with friends and family. However, the holidays are also peak times when it comes to crime and theft which can take away the holiday magic and leave you stressed during the season.  In order to combat holiday theft and crime, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to take measures which can help protect you and your family both on the road and at home.  Here are some of our top holiday safety tips to combat seasonal crime and theft:  Always lock your home doors and windows while at home or when you leave. If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to watch over your home for you and be sure not to leave any valuables in the view of outsiders. Also, try not to spread the word that your house will be empty.  Ensure that your vehicle is ready for any type of drive or travel this season by having it inspected by the exper ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Broad Stroke!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Broad Stroke! 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 Broad Stoke Associates 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 ... read more

How Can I Extend the Life of My Vehicle?

Driving every day can take a toll on your vehicle over time, especially if you find yourself hitting traffic often or driving through the city. You may not realize it, but driving in traffic actually causes more wear and tear on our vehicles than a normal drive. If you’re one of those who drives on the daily, here are some tips on how to extend the life of your vehicle and increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  Drive Safe - Giving yourself plenty of time to slow down or stop behind the vehicle in front of you actually protects your vehicle. When you drive the speed limit, you’ll increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and you’ll be much safer on the road.  Keep Current with Vehicle Maintenance - Making sure your vehicle is always properly maintained is a great way to extend the life of your vehicle. When you have regular inspections or service, you avoid major repairs and unwanted breakdowns that can happen when a car is poorly kept. Ne ... read more

Why You Should Get Regular Maintenance Checks

Buying a car is a huge investment. You've likely worked for much of your life to save up and continue to work to pay off your car loan or support your vehicle investment. Since your car has likely cost you a pretty penny, it's important to understand the maintenance required to ensure that your vehicle avoids major issues and runs smoothly throughout the years.  We know that vehicle maintenance can sometimes be overwhelming, which is why taking some time to read your vehicle's owner's manual and to plan out your car's important services is helpful. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent having to have major repairs performed on your car, which can be necessary if your vehicle is poorly maintained.  A regular maintenance check will inspect:  Fluid levels Filters Brakes Belts & hoses Cooling system ...& more! Every time you bring your vehicle into Broad Stroke, we make sure to check your vehicle's maintenance and inform ... read more

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