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Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle Diagnostics

Photo by Mídia from Pexels   VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS Over time, your vehicle will start to experience wear and tear from driving and display signs and symptoms that need attention. Take note if you hear, see, or feel something that is out of the ordinary such as:​ Are there any dashboard warning lights on? Is the check engine light on? If it is, is the light flashing or steady? Is your car is making a squeaking, thumping, whirring, clanging, dragging, or grinding noise ? Is your vehicle driving rough? Do you feel vibration, pulsation or shaking when driving or braking? Do you experience abnormalities at specific speeds- low speeds, highway sp ... read more

What Happens If You Don't Drive Your Car For Long Periods Of Time?

What Happens If You Don't Drive Your Car For Long Periods Of Time?

​ Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T DRIVE YOUR CAR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME? The last year or so has had the world adjusting to a “new normal”. Many people are now working from home or not driving as much as they once were. We are often asked, “Will not driving my car have a negative impact on the engine, engine oil, battery, brakes and tires?” “What can I do to keep my car running smoothly during this transitional time?” Here are some tips to keep your car in top shape, even if you don’t drive it often.   DO I HAVE TO DRIVE MY CAR EVERYDAY?   It is not necessary to drive your car every day. Driving a few times a week can help keep things moving along and prevent running into issues in the near future.   WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CAR SITS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?   Vehicles that aren’t driven regularly will drain the battery. There are multiple systems that still draw power as a vehicl ... read more

What You Should Look For In A Reliable Auto Repair Shop

What You Should Look For In A Reliable Auto Repair Shop

Photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels   WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A RELIABLE AUTO REPAIR SHOP?  There are many things to consider when looking for a reliable auto repair shop. Not all auto repair facilities are equipped with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment, provide honest communication or offer warranties on their parts and services. Here are some factors to keep in mind when selecting a reliable auto repair shop.   WARRANTY- BACKED SERVICES A professional auto repair center will offer reasonable warranties on their parts and services. These warranties show that the company stands behind their work and offers peace of mind to their customers if a part fails or becomes compromised during the warranty period. We recommend that you ask about any warranties available before approving work on your vehicle and learn what steps to take if you have to replace a part under warranty. Certain conditions may apply for a warranty to ... read more

Don't Waste Your Time With A 10-Minute Instant Oil Change

Don't Waste Your Time With A 10-Minute Instant Oil Change

  DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH A 10 MINUTE INSTANT OIL CHANGE 10 minute instant oil changes are convenient when someone is pressed for time but it doesn’t allow for a thorough check of a vehicleto be done. These “quick lube services” are exactly that- QUICK. Quantity over quality. They typically have more than one person changing your engine oil and filter, topping off fluids, and checking air pressures in your tires. If you’re lucky enough, an experienced lube technician can alert you to a potential problem with your vehicle that they see while they are working. These quick oil change centers are not equipped to complete more complex repairs and would recommend you to a full-service auto center to have your vehicle repaired. So why waste your time with a 10 minute instant oil change when you can have the same service, plus a courtesy check of your entire vehicle, for less than the price at an Instant Oil Change Center?  ... read more

When is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 1, 2020. With the days getting shorter, we will need to adjust to driving in the dark more often. You may find yourself driving to work in the dark and again on your way home. As a precaution, check that your Headlights, Taillights, Dome Lights, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights are in proper working condition. Anything that needs attention should be replaced before you head out on the road. Also, the Firefighters Association of the State of New York reminds us to check our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend as well. Safety first! When it comes to auto repair and maintenance, Lou's Car Care is the right choice. Service Baldwinsville, Syracuse, Camillus, Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, Fayetteville and Manlius, NY communities since 1976. We perform regular maintenance and emergency repairs. We are here and ready to help!  

LOU'S CAR CARE COVID-19 RESPONSE

LOU'S CAR CARE COVID-19 RESPONSE

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority! We are following the necessary and required guidelines set in place by the CDC, New York State and Local Officials. In an effort to reduce COVID-19 exposure and to help prevent the spread of the virus, masks are required to entire the building. Lou’s Car Care has increased our safety and sanitation protocols and a few precautions include: Our employees wearing masks Social Distancing signs and floor stickers outlining safe space between each person Plexiglass guards on our Reception Counter protecting our customers and staff Sanitizing vehicles before and after use by both our customers and employees Lou’s Car Care employees will have their temperature taken at the beginning of their shift All door handles, counters, tables, seats, and pens will be cleaned thoroughly every hour Please note that our shuttle service remains temporarily unavailable. Loaner vehicles are still available by ... read more

October Is Fall Car Care Month

October Is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month, an essential time of year dedicated to reminding drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter. It is important to inspect vital components of a vehicle that are critical for keeping safe and comfortable in the colder weather.  Here are the 10 Fall Vehicle Maintenance items the Car Care Council recommends that will help make sure your vehicle is ready for the colder months ahead: Check Fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.  Check Hoses and Belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle.  Check the Battery - A dead b ... read more

Do I Need Winter Tires?

Do I Need Winter Tires?

  Do I Need Winter Tires? We are asked this question a lot! The All-Season Tire was introduced into the marketplace, providing motorists with better Winter Driving Performance than a Summer Tire and the opportunity to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the biannual Winter Tire changeover. Even though All-Season Tires can provide safe All-Weather Performance, Winter Tires are more efficient once temperatures start to fall. Tire technology advances in tread compound and tread design have improved driving performance across the entire spectrum of tires, but especially with respect to Winter Tires. Modern Winter Tires offer up to 50% or more winter traction than All-Seasons. All Tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of Winter Tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -22⁰F and below, thus providing superior traction and grip. Today’s Winter Tires are not only designed to ... read more

Why Do I Need to Flush My Coolant?

Antifreeze, or Engine Coolant, is a liquid that mixes with water to help prevent your vehicle’s engine from freezing or over-heating in extreme temperatures. Believe it or not, Baldwinsville, NY has extreme weather.  Antifreeze and Coolant change the freezing and boiling points of water. When Coolant is mixed with water (usually at a 50/50 ratio) in the vehicle’s Radiator, the water will no longer freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit but rather freeze at temperatures colder than -35 degrees Fahrenheit. The boiling point of water alone is typically 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When antifreeze is mixed with water, the boiling point now increases to 223 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to replace most fluids in your vehicle regularly. Engine Coolant will break down over time and lose the ability to help maintain the Engine’s optimum temperature and prevent corrosion. Dirt, scale and rust particles floating inside older Coolant can clog your Radiator and cause your ve ... read more

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