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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Our 27-point inspection is standard with any service

It's common for auto repair shops to offer 10-point inspections. However, at Plantation, we believe it's worth the extra time and effort to do a more comprehensive inspection and it's standard with all service, including oil changes. Our inspections are designed to do two thing: Save you money by finding concerns that can be corrected before more expensive damage is done Locate an potential safety problems or concerns. The more you know about your car's condition, the better able you are to assess problems and issues. Sometimes, we'll identify a pressing issue that makes the care unsafe but usually, we'll find something that needs fixing in the near-term and we can advise you on how long you might be able to continue before risking serious vehicle damage. The 27 Point Inspection includes: Check interior lights and gauges Check windshield washer fluid font and rear Check all exterior lights for proper operation, (front, rear, and side) Ch ... read more

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Don't neglect your differential!

Don't neglect your differential!

The engine and transmission get a lot of attention when it comes to maintenance. But you shouldn't forget about your differential, especially since winter could have hidden problems with it. If you own a rear-wheel drive car or a pickup truck, the differential is the ball-shaped thing in the middle of the underside of the car, between the rear wheels. It allows one wheel to spin a bit faster than the other, which needs to happen when the car makes a left or right turn. The differential has gears inside of it and oil to keep them cool and lubricated. Like any other fluid, it dries up and gets dirty over time and needs to be replenished. If your differential oil is low, you might not notice it over the winter, as the cold will keep the temperatures down. Diagram of differential function. In the summer, though, low oil levels can destroy the differential. You'll know you're in trouble if yo ... read more

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