What Does Your Check Engine Light Mean? - High Tech Automotive

December 27th, 2013

Check Engine LightWhen your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tire and Automotive service department can diagno ...[more]

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Winterizing Your Vehicle - High Tech Automotive

December 13th, 2013

Winterizing Your VehicleAnother winter storm coming? Before you rush to the store for the last gallon of milk and loaf of bread, you’ll want to be sure your car is ready to battle the elements. Follow these tips before venturing out into the winter wonderland.

  • Check your Cooling System. Have your mechanic check your hoses, belts and anti-freeze. A weakened hose or belt can break and leave you stranded, or a weak solution of anti-freeze can ice up and damage your cooling system. Hoses shouldn’t have cracks or become softened. In extreme temperature drops, keep an eye on your hoses and belts, as low temperatures can cause additional breakage or weak spots.
  • Check Your Battery. Make sure your car's battery connection is clean, tight and corros ...[more]
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Choosing the Right Tire - High Tech Automotive

November 25th, 2013

Choosing the Right TireWe know you've heard it before, but it's critical enough to repeat: the tires you choose for your vehicle are important. It is critical to understand that the tires on your vehicle are the one single link to the road surface. To keep the rest of your vehicle performing at its peak, your tires are the very foundation of your vehicle.

Different quality tires will last for different periods of time, depending on wear and tear. Regular maintenance is key to longer tread life, but tread wears down over time and with use. Once you get to the point where you need to replace your tires, there are several choices that you can make. The easiest choice is get the exact size and make that originally came on the vehicle, when it was new. Beyond that, you might consider going to a better quality tire o ...[more]

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Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? - High Tech Automotive

November 14th, 2013

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday TravelIs Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. The truth is … long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving, but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Here is a simple check list for preparing your car for Holiday travel.

Two to four weeks before you go

  • Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at least one month, before you travel. That will allow plenty of time for any problems rela ...[more]
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The Whens and Whys of Common Repairs

November 1st, 2013

We have all heard the rule of thumb – get your oil changed every 3,000 miles – but why?

When it comes to getting your oil changed it is often good to stick to this guideline, or whatever your vehicle manual recommends.  However, it all depends on your individual driving habits.  If you do mainly city driving you can often wait to between 5,000 and 7,500 miles before an oil change. 

If you drive mainly on the highway, your engine gets hotter and needs to receive more care.  When oil is left too long in a vehicle under hotter circumstances, like a lot of highway driving, it thins, over heats, gets burnt, thickens, and can cause damage to your engines internal parts.  This is why, for those who do most of their driving on the highway, it is good to follow the 3,000 mile rule.

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Making Sure Your Car is Winter Ready

October 25th, 2013

Is your Car Winter ReadyIt's that time of year.  The time when you have to ask yourself, "Is my car ready for the cold?"  If you can answer "Yes" then you are one step ahead.  For those that cannot, we can help.

There are a few things every car owner should do at the beginning of the winter season to make sure that their vehicle is going to last until spring without incident.  

Check your vehicles engine coolant.

Coolant is normally associated with keeping the engine from overheating, but it is essential during winter as well.  Making sure that your engine has the correct amount of antifreeze in it will keep the engine from freezing up.  If there is no antifreeze, and the temperatures get cold enough, the water in the engine block can freeze ...[more]

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When Should You Replace Your Tires?

October 23rd, 2013

Tire Tread DepthYour tires are one of the hardest working elements of your vehicle, but how often do you check and make sure they’re acceptable and safe? It’s easy to overlook the underside of your car, but tire tread is simply too important to forget about. Remember, your tires are the only point of contact with the road for your entire vehicle, and the only thing that keeps your car from flying off of the road, when you’re going around a corner! Your tires keep you safe, secure, and keep your vehicle performing properly. In other words, they are vital to your car.

Check your tire tread depth. The tire tread is made up of little valleys and sipes molded into the tire at its creation. These are made to direct moisture away from the flat areas of the tire to maintain traction ...[more]

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Helpful Tips For The High Mileage Car

October 9th, 2013

High Mileage CarIf your car has reached the 75,000 mile mark or higher, it usually means at least two things:

  1. You’ve probably been taking care of it, so congratulations!
  2. Your vehicle now requires a little more tender loving care.

High mileage vehicles are pretty common, but without proper maintenance, you may be setting your car up for failure. The car’s parts are getting older and have received a lot of wear and tear. To get the most out of your vehicle, take some of these simple steps to ensure that your car can stand the test of time and keep you on the road for more miles and years to come.

  • Oil Changes:
    This cannot be stressed enough. Regular oil changes are the lifeblood of your vehicle. Changing the oil keeps ...[more]
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Website Launch Announcement: High Tech Automotive Launches New Site

August 27th, 2013

High Tech Automotive is excited to announce the launch of its new website. The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs.

Our new site offers customers the ability to connect with us and learn about our quality ASE Certified service. As your trusted dealership alternative since 2004, our goal is to keep your vehicle on the road, instead of on the side of it.

With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important service information.

We invite you to visit the new htechauto.com today.

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