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Celebrate October Fall Car Care Month With Dickerson Automotive!

Celebrate October Fall Car Care Month With Dickerson Automotive!

Several maintenance items can go a long way toward improving your vehicle’s safety, performance, and longevity during the fall. With autumn finally here in Utah, the weather will cool down and the leaves will change colors. Fall weather tends to bring about many challenges for our automobiles. To avoid unwanted breakdowns or accidents, we recommend taking care of these 10 maintenance items to make sure your car is fit for the road.    In fact, October is Fall Car Care Month anyway. Show your vehicle some love, and it’ll treat you in return.  Here are our top 10 maintenance tips to follow! Top off vehicle fluids. Your vehicle relies on many different fluids, including motor oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, and even windshield washer fluid. At Dickerson Automotive, our team can take care of inspecting and refilling your fluids. We’ll even check for leaks too. Inspect belts and hoses. These are some of you ... read more

Top 4 Reasons Why Your Car Is Leaking Motor Oil

Top 4 Reasons Why Your Car Is Leaking Motor Oil

Getting your oil change and oil filter change is one of the most important (and quickest) auto maintenance tasks. Your vehicle is a major investment, and we understand that at Dickerson Automotive. That is why we strive to provide you with high-quality and clean engine oil so that your engine can run smoothly. Engine oil keeps your engine components lubricated, to minimize friction, and free from corrosion.    You can imagine that motor oil is constantly flowing throughout your engine. After a certain amount of time, the oil darkens and becomes less effective overall. If you wait too long in between oil services, you may experience leaks that can result in engine damage.    Some oil leaks are more obvious than others. The most common sign of an oil leak is if you notice a dark puddle underneath your parked vehicle. However, it is always a good idea to check on your oil if you hear engine knocking.   Reasons Why Your Car Is Leaking Oil Blown Head Gask ... read more

What Happens if I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light

What Happens if I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light

Most vehicles manufactured after 2008 are equipped with a warning light for low tire pressure called the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The system alerts you if any of your vehicle's tires have low pressure using sensors to track the tire pressure. However, the sensor only shows when the tire pressure is below 25 percent of the recommended manufacturer's pressure for safe driving. You should, therefore, not substitute regular tire pressure checking with the TPMS. In most vehicles, the warning light is a yellow wheel's cross-section on the vehicle's dashboard. Some vehicles will also display a low-pressure message with the exact tire with low pressure. Why You Should Never Ignore the TPMS Warning Light Driving with a low tire pressure affects your vehicle's handling, performance, and, more significantly, your safety. Underinflated tires tend to flex more and generate more heat which may cause the tire's internal components to overheat and break down ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Some people are prone to postponing auto repairs, despite the clear presence of a problem. Visiting the auto shop is essential if there is a problem with the vehicle's fitness to be driven, particularly with the brakes. The brakes of your car are its most important safety element, so be careful to maintain them so that they can protect you. If you observe any of these frequent indicators of brake failure, visit the shop immediately. Grinding Noises Strange sounds emanating from the brakes as you slow down usually indicate that the brake pads have worn thin and that metal is grinding against metal. The noise may be characterized as a howl, a grind, or a whine, but regardless of how it sounds to you, it always indicates problems. Soft Brake Pedal A mushy brake pedal usually indicates that the brake pads are low and need replacement. However, this condition might be the result of far larger and more dangerous problems. If your brake pedal is mushy or sits closer to the floor, this ... read more

Stay tuned on when your car needs a tune-up!

Stay tuned on when your car needs a tune-up!

What Is An Engine Tune-up? To preserve your engine's performance, it's imperative to go for routine tune-ups. Tune-ups are a vital requirement of preventative maintenance that can help you avoid car-tastrophes as well as keep expensive repairs to a minimum. Additionally, tune-ups can help you pick up potential problems that the onboard diagnostics system isn't able to detect. An engine tune-up is the process of refreshing your car's engine by going through a few key areas to ensure everything is clean and in the correct working order. It's important to note that this may mean taking different steps for different engine types, but usually these steps entail inspecting: The condition of the fluid levels and performing an oil change if necessary. The serpentine belt and hoses for any signs of age such as damage or cracking and replacing if necessary. The engine's fuel-system components to ensure the fuel filter has not clogged up and no damage ... read more

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