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What Everyone Should Know About Changing a Flat Tire

What Everyone Should Know About Changing a Flat Tire

Photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash   Welcome to American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission’s May Blog! With the start of May, spring is in full bloom, and we hope you’ve been able to enjoy some time outside before the summer sun hits. Today, we’re talking about what every driver should know about dealing with a flat tire on the road.   Sooner or later, a blow-out happens to all of us. The initial shock of it is traumatizing, and if you can’t get roadside assistance, it can be very distressing. That’s why it’s best to prepare for an incident with the knowledge of how to change a tire.   There are some guidelines to follow if you’ve never had to deal with a flat tire y ... read more

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Spring Cleaning in your Garage

Spring Cleaning in your Garage

Welcome to April’s blog! With spring now in full bloom, we are talking about spring cleaning and why your garage likely needs some attention as you start the season. There are many great reasons for you to devote a weekend towards spring cleaning your garage, and those reasons might even surprise you. Here’s our top four: You could use more organization and space - With space in our homes a constant issue, this is the usual reason we get up and spring clean our garages. But think about how much better and more efficient your garage will be when you’ve been through it and made decisions on what to do with assets you haven’t touched in over a year. It’s an excellent clarifying moment: do I really need that slowly-drying original paint since I changed the wall color? If you haven’t set up a tool desk, this is the perfect excuse to start planning one or reassess your current one for clarity. You’ll likely discover lost o ... read more

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Giving Gratitude For Our Cars

Giving Gratitude For Our Cars

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash As we gather together for Thanksgiving and say our graces and show gratitude to the people who make our life better, maybe it’s also a good time to give praise to that family member that we rely on too readily and credit too little: yes, I’m speaking of your BMW. Think about how much harder your year would have been without your car behaving reliably and being there for you when you needed it. While you can’t give your vehicle a seat at the table this year (not even the kids table), you can do a number of things to reflect the love your car is giving you, from the small to the grand:   Clean your car. A dirty car is unhealthy, both inside and outside. Grit and dust and pollen on your car can clog your car’s systems, choking them. A dirty interior can lead to mold and other problems. And you will do more to protect a car you think of as clean and attractive. Happy car = happy driver. Keep a clear view of the road. Y ... read more

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Preparing Your Vehicle for Fall and Winter

Preparing Your Vehicle for Fall and Winter

Photo by Åaker on Unsplash No matter what time of year it is or where you live, as the seasons change, so do road conditions. Even those who live in temperate or warmer climates need to take into account the changing elements, as well as the effect those elements have on their vehicles. Regular and routine maintenance will not only help to improve your gas mileage and reduce your vehicle’s emissions, but it can help you catch minor problems before they become large and costly repairs down the line. So, keep reading to learn how to prepare your vehicle for fall and winter from the pros at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission!  First and foremost, take a look at your owner’s manual and get familiar with your car manufacturer&r ... read more

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What Are Your Car’s Main Fluids?

What Are Your Car’s Main Fluids?

Ensuring that your car’s fluids are in check is one of the most vital parts of taking care of your vehicle. With continued innovation in the automotive industry, fluid care has become even more essential than ever before. To learn more about the most critical fluids within your car, keep reading! Motor Oil: Motor oil is one of the most common fluids associated with car maintenance. The oil in your car ensures that your engine is lubricated throughout and runs smoothly. It is also essential to avoid overheating your engine. To check this, make sure your engine is cold before you attempt.  Radiator Fluid: Your radiator fluid also allows your engine to run without overheating while driving. However, caution should be used when checking it. You should always check it after you’ve driven your car around, but while it is neither hot nor cold.  Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid, similar to motor oil, helps to lubric ... read more

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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 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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