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How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Fall

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Fall

The fall months are filled with chilly weather, falling leaves, and the excitement of the holidays to come. The summer can typically take a toll on our vehicles, due to the high heat and the increase in driving. Preparing your vehicle and making sure that it's ready for fall is important to your car's overall health and your safety on the road. So, how can you prepare your vehicle for the fall season?  Getting your vehicle ready for fall requires just a few simple maintenance items or an inspection here at Ervine's & Grand Rapids Hybrid. The following services are the most important when it comes to fall maintenance:  Tires If you've ever hydroplaned on the road before, you understand how important having good tires is. The fall season is typically wetter weather, and therefore your tires need to have good tread in order to make proper traction with the road. Otherwise, you'll find yourself losing control of your vehicle during rain ... read more

Brakes for Breasts & Free Brake Pads!!

Brakes for Breasts & Free Brake Pads!!

For the second year, Ervine's Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid is joining with hundreds of other independent repair facilities around the country and are participating in Brakes For Breasts.   During the month of October, for every brake service, the brake pads or shoes are FREE*. All you pay for is the labor and any other necessary parts or $30 Off Any Service**  Call or make an appointment online today!   *Up to$100 per axle.  **Excludes Oil Changes, Tires, and Inspections      

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Squealing brakes aren't just an annoyance - often times they can be a sign of a problem with your brake system. Any issue with your brakes should be a cause for concern, especially considering that they are essential to your safety on the road. You rely on your brakes to slow or stop when you need to, and if a problem occurs, you may find yourself with less effective brakes or failing brakes.  So, what can cause your brakes to squeal? If you're driving in the morning, and you notice that your first few brakes are squealing, this may not be anything to worry about if the squealing goes away in a few minutes. This can happen because of moisture accumulating on the brake pads overnight.  However, if you're hearing the brake squealing throughout your entire drive and it doesn't go away, this points to needing a brake component repair or replacement. Here are the potential causes for your brake noises:  You need new brake pads. Brake pads wear down over tim ... read more

Be Prepared for Accidents on the Road

Be Prepared for Accidents on the Road

During the summer months, many people will be planning road trips with their families and friends while school is out and the weather is warm. Because summer means more traveling, there will be more cars out there on the road and traffic always brings the possibility of an accident.  Although you may not even want to think about a car accident occurring, it is always a good idea to be prepared for anything - just in case. A minor accident may not ruin your entire trip, but not having the things you need can put a damper on your journey.  We recommend packing a safety kit with you, just in case you find yourself in some sort of vehicle accident or emergency. The safety kit should have the essentials, such as your Driver’s License, car registration, and your insurance card and medical information.  Some other items you should always have on hand include a phone and phone charger, water, snacks, jumper cables, emergency phone numbers, spare tire and tire changing k ... read more

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