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Yearly Archives: 2020

What Can Cause Your Vehicle to Breakdown In The Winter?

What Can Cause Your Vehicle to Breakdown In The Winter?

We know that winter driving can be stressful, especially when you try to stay off the roads in times of winter storms and snow. The best thing you can do to be as prepared as possible when hitting the road in the winter is by ensuring that your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather.  An inspection at our shop can help guarantee that your vehicle is in the best condition to stay reliable through the winter weather, and if not, we can help make the repairs necessary to get your vehicle where it needs to be.  Here are some of the top causes of winter vehicle breakdowns: Engine overheating - Motor oil runs thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for it to circulate and keep your car running smoothly—and prevent it from overheating. A dead battery - It’s harder for car batteries to produce a charge in winter — meaning it might not be able to produce enough energy to start your car when you t ... read more

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

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