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Yearly Archives: 2020

Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

The fall season is upon us, which means that the rain will be returning soon. We know that you are probably no stranger to the rain here in Washington, but after the summer months, you may have gotten comfortable driving in the dry weather.  Driving in the rain definitely comes with its setback and dangers, because it can be harder to see the road and wet road conditions can make it harder for your tires to make proper traction. However, there are certain ways that you can make your drive safer with the following tips for driving in the rain:  Make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition. Wipers should be replaced at least every year and more so every 6 months if needed. A key sign that they need to be replaced is cracking or fraying of the rubber. You may also notice that your wipers skip, smear, or make chattering noises while turned on.    Check your exterior lights to ensure that all lights are bright and working properly. If your headlights l ... read more

Caring for Your Car Throughout the Summer

Caring for Your Car Throughout the Summer

The summertime is always the perfect time of year to travel and take your car out for a road trip or a day in the sun. It's always a time of increased traffic on the road, as many people are using their vehicles more often. With the increase in driving and the warmer temperatures, the summer tends to take a toll on our vehicles in more ways than one. Caring for your vehicle throughout the summer will protect your vehicle's integrity and ensure that it runs well into the fall season.  Here are some of the ways that you can take care of your vehicle during the summer:  Try to park in shade and directly out of the sun. Parking in the sun for extended periods of time can damage your vehicle's exterior and can affect your interior as well. Plus, you'll need to rely on your vehicle's air conditioning system more often to cool down the cabin.    Check your tires to be sure that they are set at the proper air pressure. Driving with under-inflated tir ... read more

What to Do if Your Windshield Cracks

What to Do if Your Windshield Cracks

Summer is the perfect time to jump in the car and travel to your favorite place for some time away and fun in the sun. However, you never know when something unexpected might happen, such as a broken windshield or cracked window. When you find yourself caught in a situation like this, don’t panic. Here are some tips on what to do next.  Summer tends to be very dry and hot, with lots of sand and rocks on the roads. Because of this, a rock hitting your windshield while driving is not unheard of and can happen. If this does occur, the best thing to do is find an auto repair shop that will help you fix the damage as soon as possible.  Cracks tend to get bigger, especially in the heat, so having the crack fixed as soon as possible will prevent the crack from getting and obscuring your vision while driving. In most states, driving with a cracked windshield is illegal, so this needs to be considered as well.  Blasting your car’s AC in the heat when there is a cra ... read more

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

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