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Ervine's Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid Green Practices

Ervine's Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid Green Practices

Today is Earth Day - It's the day when many people around the world plant a tree, invest in a reusable coffee cup or pick up garbage at a local park. We think all of these are great ways to celebrate Earth Day, but we also have many green practices being used on a daily basis at Ervine's Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid We use a paperless shop management system which easily saves 100 or more pieces of paper each day. We help customers maintain their vehicles in good condition so they will experience increases in fuel economy as well as reduced emissions. Also, by properly maintaining a vehicle, it lasts much longer, reducing the need to manufacture another vehicle, a huge saving in resources!    We service eco-friendly cars such as hybrid and electric vehicles.  We purchase shop supplies in bulk and use refillable dispensers instead of single use containers. We recycle MANY things: car batteries, beverage container ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

How Long Will My Brake Pads Last?

The brake system in our vehicle is extremely important, because it allows us to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t occur all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency.  The brake pads are the part in your brake system that helps to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. When you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. With worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components.  Most brake pads will last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. However, how long your brake pads will last will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your driving habits.  If your brake pads need to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:    Brake ped ... read more

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Ervine’s Auto Repair

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