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

All About Your Car Battery

The car battery has an important job in your vehicle - it's what help your vehicle start and continuing running, as well as providing power to electrical components throughout. Car batteries don't last forever, and often times can be run down due to human error. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers regarding car batteries:  How long do car batteries last?  The average car battery life for a standard battery is between 4-5 years. However, very hot climates can reduce this lifespan to around 3 years. Your own driving habits can also affect the battery's lifespan, so understand when you last had a battery replacement and when you might be due next will be helpful to remember.  How do you know if a battery is still good?  If you suspect your battery is nearing the end of its life, you can either remove your car battery and bring it into our shop for a test or bring your vehicle in and we can test it. Most ... read more

Reasons for Uneven or Rapidly Wearing Tires

Reasons for Uneven or Rapidly Wearing Tires

Tire wear is always something that should be avoided, especially when it is rapid or uneven. The photo here shows what uneven tire wear looks like - one side of the tire is nearly bald and the other side is still rigid. This can be caused by a number of different reasons, which we will discuss now.  The most common reason for rapid or uneven tire wear is a bad wheel alignment. It can also be caused by worn steering and suspension parts. If you do notice wear on your tires, the best thing to do is bring your vehicle into Broad Stroke for an inspection. Our experts will inspect the alignment and suspensions system to determine the exact cause of the issue,  If your tire wear is severe, we may recommend that you get one or more new tires. Driving with worn down tires can put you at risk for a flat tire, hydroplaning, and tire blowouts. It is important to have this issue inspected right away and handled to ensure your safety on the road. 

How to Avoid Drowsy Driving

When it comes to driving after a long day’s work or taking one of those long road trips, trying to stay alert and awake can be a challenge. Most of us are guilty of it - we’ve experienced those moments on the road where you close your eyes for just a second and snap up awake right after, probably frightened that you allow yourself to do so.  Here are some tips on how to stay alert and stay safe on the road: Get a good night’s rest before driving. If you don’t get a good sleep, especially before a long drive, this can greatly affect your ability to stay alert and awake.  Stay engaged with your passengers, if possible, or play something that will keep your mind thinking. Chat with your passengers or sing along to some tunes. Before you start your drive, pick a playlist or podcast to listen to that will grab your interest and help you stay awake. If you are traveling a long distance and have others in the car, make sure to take turns behind the wheel ... read more

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