Bloomington Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

January 23, 2022

Any Bloomington driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Bloomington residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of ... More

Beginning to See the Light (Check Engine Light Diagnostics)

January 16, 2022

It's a light many drivers fear they'll see turn on at the most inopportune time. It's the one on the dash that says "Check Engine," "Service Engine Soon," or it may be simply an engine-shaped light. Your first instinct may be to pull off to the side of the road and turn off the engine. The truth... More

Something to Latch On To (Hood Latch Safety)

January 9, 2022

The other day, a driver was trying to open his vehicle's hood so he could add some windshield washer fluid. But when he pulled the hood release inside the car, nothing happened. Usually, opening any hood is a 2-step process. You pull the hood release (which is usually a handle under the dashbo... More

Used Cars: Tuffy Bloomington Advice on What to Do After You Buy

January 2, 2022

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Bloomington drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Bloomington area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, w... More

'Tis the Season (Tires)

January 1, 2022

We all know about winter tires. But did you know there is such a thing as summer tires? Most people have all-season tires on their vehicles. They work pretty well in a variety of weather conditions. But if you want better handling and performance, you might consider switching to summer tires. ... More

THE IMPORTANCE OF VISIBILITY (Cleaning Vehicle Glass)

December 26, 2021

We've all been through it. The vehicle ahead of us kicks up mud, slush, snow or salt on our windshield and we can't see a thing. And not being able to see a thing when we're driving? Not a good thing. Debris on a vehicle's glass can be blinding when driving directly into the sun. And other thi... More

Have a Ball! Know your Ball Joints (Ball Joints)

December 19, 2021

We all have joints in our own skeletal system, but did you know your vehicle has some joints of its own? One of the most important is called a ball joint. One of the interesting things is that it's somewhat similar to the ball and socket joints we have in our hips and shoulders. A ball joint all... More

The Light Nobody Wants to See (Check Engine Light)

December 12, 2021

You've probably had your Check Engine Light go on. Then it goes off and you figure, hey, whatever the problem was, it's gone now and I don't have to worry about it. Well, the problem may have gone away and it may not have. Your vehicle likely has one of these warning lights on the instrument pa... More

Take Charge! (Battery Testing)

December 5, 2021

OK, so you probably take your vehicle's battery for granted. Turn the key or push a button and it starts right up. During times of warmer weather, you probably think your battery can take it easy. But it may surprise you to learn that hot weather can be much harder on a vehicle's battery than ... More

Ready, Set, COLD! (Getting Vehicle Ready for Winter)

November 28, 2021

When the temperatures plunge, your vehicle better be ready because it faces a whole new set of challenges. Rubber stiffens, glass fogs, fluids freeze. Just thinking about it can get your heart beating faster. So here are some tips for getting ready for those inevitable colder temperatures. Mak... More