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Common Dashboard Lights & What They Mean

Common Dashboard Lights & What They Mean

All vehicles are equipped with a sophisticated computer system that’s programmed to alert you if it detects something wrong. If you turn on the ignition and notice a warning light, it’s important to bring your vehicle into Dickerson Automotive as soon as possible for an inspection. Depending on which warning light illuminates, a major issue can progress quickly and lead to an unexpected breakdown. It’s important to pay attention to the dashboard warning lights because not only do they keep you safe, but they prevent automotive failures and their expensive repair bills. Below are the most common dashboard warning lights and what they can indicate:  Oil Pressure Light The oil pressure light is an image of an old fashioned oil tin and indicates an issue with your vehicle’s oil pressure system. If this light illuminates, your car may be low on oil, or the oil pressure is low. This light alerts of a problem that should be addressed as soon as ... read more

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Automotive Terms that are Important for Drivers to Know

Automotive Terms that are Important for Drivers to Know

Not everyone is a major car enthusiast; it’s easy to get lost in automotive jargon when speaking to a mechanic. It may even feel like they’re speaking an entirely different language altogether. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the meanings of commonly used automotive terms to effectively communicate with your mechanic.    ABS – ABS is an abbreviation for the anti-lock braking system. If you find yourself slamming on your brakes, the anti-lock brake system helps your wheels grip the road and prevents them from locking up.   Aftermarket – These are automotive parts that aren’t made by the original manufacturer.   ASE – ASE is an abbreviation for Automotive Service Excellence. This is a professional certification that requires a mechanic to have at least two years of on the job training and pass a skill test.   Battery – This is the component under your hood that stores the electrical power neede ... read more

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THE TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BRAKES: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE

THE TOP 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BRAKES: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE

Brakes for Your Vehicle: The Definitive Guide Brakes: an afterthought until you need them most. That critical safety system you probably think about during your day-to-day as often as you think about going to the dentist (until you break a tooth). Your brakes! But with regular maintenance and by keeping a sharp eye on the warning signs, you’ll never find yourself in a dangerous “if only” situation as you’re trying to decelerate your vehicle unexpectedly… “If only I’d gone to the shop sooner. “If only I took the signs seriously.” That’s not a risk you need to take. But what does regular brake maintenance entail? What are the costs you should plan for? How does the braking system in your car even work? And what exactly are the warning signs you should be aware of? What you’ll learn in this article about brakes: How do brakes work?What goes into a brake inspection? ... read more

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EMISSIONS TESTING & REGISTRATION RENEWAL IN UTAH [2019]

EMISSIONS TESTING & REGISTRATION RENEWAL IN UTAH [2019]

Emission Testing & Registration Renewal in Utah [2019] It rolls around every year, just like a wedding anniversary. And just like a wedding anniversary, you can count on getting in trouble if you forget it. We’re talking about emission testing & registration renewal for your vehicle(s). At any given moment, there’s a heap of responsibilities on your plate, and like your son’s birthday or your daughter’s big game, let alone the day you said “I do” to the love of your life, jumping through hoops to get fresh tags on all your vehicles is an important event that just might slip your mind or get lost in the shuffle. We’re here to take some of the pressure off you as you work to keep your life (and your car) running like a well-oiled machine. We hope you can refer back to this article as often as necessary for quick facts on keeping all the relevant legal work on your car up-to-date. What You’ll Learn about Emissio ... read more

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[Infographic] To Rebuild or Remanufacture?

[Infographic] To Rebuild or Remanufacture?

[Infographic] To Rebuild or Remanufacture? When your personal daily driver or commercial vehicle experiences a major failure, it’s important that you, as a value-conscious consumer, enter the shop with a working knowledge of what your options will be. While simply disposing of a failed vehicle and purchasing one new or used is certainly an option to consider, if your first instinct is to go to the automotive shop and not the junkyard, it’s likely that you sense the value in exploring your other options, which are to rebuild or remanufacture the failed components Often, and incorrectly, these two terms are used interchangeably, confusing the important differences between the two services. In this article, we’ll discuss these differences and how choosing one over the other can grant you the most value for your dollar. When Your Vehicle Fails in a Major Way You ... read more

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