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How Best to Travel with Fido

How Best to Travel with Fido

American Five Star Auto Repair knows that travel safety is vital for the whole family. And that includes your beloved family dogs! With that said, taking your dog along on your family travels will be a lot more fun when you prepare ahead of time. Read on to learn how best to travel with Fido!  Before you get started with how you'll travel with your dogs, make sure that they're healthy before doing so. Take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup, and ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date. And make sure you bring your vaccination records with you! You'll also need your dog's health certifications if you plan to fly through an airline. Don't forget to make sure that you bring along enough of their regular food, bottled water, and any medications to last the whole trip! To keep your pooch safe while traveling, think about investing in a crate. You'll want it to be large enough for your dog to stand, turn, and lie down. Look for durable crate materials, w ... read more

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What Goes Into an Emergency-Preparedness Kit for Your Car

What Goes Into an Emergency-Preparedness Kit for Your Car

While you may be stuck inside the house right around now, it’s the perfect time to get your car ready for those summertime adventures on the horizon! Summertime fun all starts with being prepared, which is why you should always have an emergency-preparedness kit in your car. Read on for some essentials your kit should always include. Your vehicle should always include an emergency-preparedness kit, kept in the trunk. Make sure to check this every six months, and replace any expired items. While there are several types of items you may want, there are a few universal items you should always include. First, you’ll want to keep some routine car essentials. That includes an inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack for any flats that you might encounter down the road. Jumper cables and a tool kit will also come in handy, should your battery die or some other smaller issue result. A flashlight and extra batteries are always a good idea, especially if you get stranded ou ... read more

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Road Trips and How They Enhance Your Well Being

Road Trips and How They Enhance Your Well Being

It’s May, and while Spring may be in full bloom outside, being stuck away in the house at this time of year can take its toll. We all could use some help staying sane during these uncertain times. It’s essential to find healthy, low-risk ways to get exercise and fresh air to keep the whole family from going stir-crazy! Read on for why a short road trip may be the perfect way to get out of your house during the age of COVID-19.   Road trips aren’t just about getting out of the house for a while; it’s about removing yourself from your normal headspace and routine. Even when you are happy with your home and work life, it’s not uncommon for people to feel like they’ve fallen into a never-ending routine. That routine can sometimes start to feel like a rut and sometimes winds up taking a toll on our mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing. Taking some well-needed time to remove yourself from that routine can provide significant and fast-acting ... read more

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Proper Tire Care

Proper Tire Care

While we know that our cars need regular tune-ups and general maintenance every once in a while, your tires carry the majority of the wear your vehicle experiences. On a day-to-day basis, your tires see miles and miles of road – the majority of which isn’t always in the best condition. Read on for essential tire care tips to keep your tires in tip-top shape all through the year! Check Your Tires Often Whether you commute each day or have a leisurely drive through town to get to work each day, your car’s tires take a beating. That’s why it’s important to inspect your tires frequently on your own. This should be done at least monthly, to make sure there isn’t any obvious signs of damage your tire like chunks taken out of the rubber, gashes, or significantly low tire air.  Check Air Pressure Your tire’s air pressure is extremely important to keeping up your car’s maintenance and care. Over inflating or under inflating your tires can h ... read more

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What goes into preparing for a road trip?

What goes into preparing for a road trip?

Spring is upon us, and road trip season is right around the corner. Is your car ready to roll? The last thing anyone wants is to get stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car while everyone else is making it to their destinations and having fun. When planning a road trip, your vehicle is what will get you to your event, so give it some love and a really good check-up before taking off for a road-tripping adventure. Inspect Your Car If you don't have an eye for oil quality, tire wear, belts, and hose checking, then perhaps it is best to take it to a professional like the team at American Five star. Knowing your vehicle is sound before hitting the road will leave you feeling secure in your upcoming travel adventure. Fluid Inspections Have you checked your radiator fluid lately? Radiator fluid requires a specific mixture depending on your climate and where you are heading. For your radiator to properly do its job of cooling your engine, it needs to have free ports for the ... read more

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What is preventive maintenance and why does it matter?

What is preventive maintenance and why does it matter?

You may not need a pit crew to keep your car performing at optimal levels, but don’t put it off or you will inevitably pay the price for doing so. Ignore preventative maintenance can mean putting your safety at risk not to mention opening yourself up for large repair bills you could have avoided. When you invest in preventive maintenance, your car performs better and you increase its lifespan. Even if you don’t do much, make sure to do these five maintenance items and you will reap the benefits: Rotate your tires. Every time you change your oil is a good rule of thumb. If you don’t, it will lead to uneven tire wear and the need for new tires sooner than later.  Have your brakes inspected regularly. This is a huge safety item, yet it’s one that often goes ignored. If you stay on top of this preventive maintenance item, you reduce your risk of a complete braking failure, but you’ll also reduce the risk of a huge preventable auto repair bill because yo ... read more

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Car goals for 2020

 Car goals for 2020

We all have goals for the New Year, but it can be easy to forget the very thing that gets us to and from the office, soccer field, school, you name it. It’s important that as we begin planning for 2020, we take time to set some car goals too. Whether it’s to own a new one, get better insurance, or increase our commitment to better preventive maintenance, it’s all important.  Here are some great articles about buying a new or used car: https://www.motor1.com/features/387876/9-best-used-vehicles-buy-2020/ https://www.autotrader.com/car-shopping/buying-new-car-whens-best-time-211343 https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/new-car-buying-guide/ Looking to get a better auto insurance rate? https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/ways-to-get-cheapest-car-insurance/ When it comes to preventive maintenance, there’s plenty you can do on your own: Check all fluids for levels and color: Check fill lines and look for dirty colors. You need enough of each f ... read more

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What to Keep In an Emergency Kit in the Car

What to Keep In an Emergency Kit in the Car

While we all plan to have safe and smooth travels, it is good to be prepared, and it builds confidence. Just in case things don't end up going as planned. Having an emergency kit packed and ready to go is a wise idea. It can get overwhelming to think of what to pack. What to keep in a car emergency kit?   Have you ever wondered what to pack in your vehicle emergency kit? Well, here is a comprehensive list to consider packing along before you leave on an adventure.   Prepacked First Aid Kits are easy to come by and usually have gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, a thermometer, tweezers and a cold pack all stored in a convenient zippered case. Adding a compass, a flashlight with extra batteries and a spare car charger to the mix will help you round out your safety kit. Add a note with phone numbers for family; add your insurance provider's name and number and a preferred tow company to your first aid kit. It is helpful ... read more

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Winter Tires vs. Regular Tires

Winter Tires vs. Regular Tires

Fall is upon us; have you been thinking about winter tires? It can get confusing in a hurry, why do they call regular tires “all-season or “all-weather” if they are not good for winter conditions? Are winter tires that different from regular tires after all? What makes a winter tire so great in the rain and snow anyway?  Here is the skinny:  All-season tires do handle the best in dry weather; they offer a shorter stopping distance and often ride and handle better. They are a good year-round tire in a temperate climate with weather averaging above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. An all-season tire can be identified by its rounded grooves and symmetrical tread pattern. These tires offer a very comfortable ride, they handle well on the highway and also offer good all-around traction, plus you can use your existing wheels, which is VERY convenient. All-weather tires handle well on the road and in wet conditions, and they perform better throughout mid-season transitions ... read more

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Dress Your Car up for Halloween

Dress Your Car up for Halloween

That time of year is right around the corner, and everyone is thinking about what to dress up as, what their kid is going to wear, and even their pets! But what about your car? Whether you’re just festive, love decorating, or you’re participating in your neighborhoods/schools Trunk or Treat, we’ve got some fun ideas for you to take a look at and get inspired this Halloween season! Now, we often see cars covered in decals for businesses or your favorite sports team but taking a look at how we can decorate for Halloween is just another fun thing for us to do, especially when we spend so much time in our cars. For a one-time event like a Trunk or Treat event, you have a lot of flexibility surrounding your car décor because you do not have to take into consideration being able to drive your car in all of its decorations. So, if your neighborhood or PTO is looking to put one on, get your creative muscles flexing. Themes for stationary vehicles can truly be larger th ... read more

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