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Oil Leak Triggers Check Engine Light

by Brian England on Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Recently, one of our customers came in with a “check engine light” on. When a "check engine light" comes on, many drivers think it's due to an electronic issue, but sometimes it can be a mechanical issue.

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Topics: oil leak, check engine light, free courtesy scan, valve seal problem

My Check Engine Light is On. Is it Okay to Keep Driving?

by Brian England on Mon, Mar 31, 2014

My Check Engine light is on but I am not having any symptoms. Is it ok to keep driving?

We've done quite a few blogs on this issue, but it is so common that people really should know what to do as well as a few of the things that can cause the problem.  In general it is okay to keep driving in the short term as long as the check engine light is not flashing. In the longer term the problem should be properly diagnosed.

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Topics: check engine light, Toyota Civic, clogged intake manifold

Something I Got From My Auto Repair Shop That I Never Expected

by Rosalyn Williams on Sat, Mar 15, 2014

It’s probably a good idea to start out this blog post talking about me and maintenance; it’s a constant challenge. Here are some examples:

  • I’ve owned a home as a single woman for 13 years, and I’ve only had my furnace inspected and cleaned about 3 of those years. Yes, I know I it’s supposed to be done every year; it’s just that this item never seems to move to the top of my to-do list.
  • I know everything you ever wanted to know about sealing a home for energy efficiency because I worked for DAP, a caulk and sealant manufacturer for nine years, yet so much cold air comes in from under my kitchen door (and through many windows) that we sometimes have ice inside on the floor & on the windows. Pretty bad, huh?
  • When I first became a single mom, after my divorce, I simply forgot that cars needed regular maintenance (or maybe I was confused since the maintenance manuals stopped around 60,000 miles & my ex-husband used to take care of the cars). Whatever the case may be, I owned a Dodge Caravan that lived on oil changes & repairs only. A couple of times, the repairs were botched, (and one botched repair even cost me a friendship since I missed an important commitment, but I digress). Unfortunately that Dodge Caravan didn’t live too long.

Anyway, that’s just for perspective…

And then, about four years ago I started getting my car repaired at BA Auto Care. Before that, I went to different places like Pep Boys, a shell gas station near my job, quick lube places, and finally, for a few of my cars, to the dealer. My preference was fast and cheap, but with my last few cars, I tried to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation and went to the dealer for the recommended service intervals because I wanted my cars to last.

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Topics: auto repair shop, check engine light, preventive maintenance, peace of mind, auto mechanics, training, dead battery, quick lube, technology, invests

Our Top 5 Blog Posts of 2013

by Brian England on Wed, Jan 01, 2014

The end of one year and the start of another is a great time for some analysis. We've taken the time to review things that worked well and were of interest to our customers and prospective customers.  

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Topics: check engine light, auto shop, car shaking, intake valves, waiting room, top blog posts, 2013, amenities, Tire Rotation

What to do if Your Check Engine Light Comes On

by Brian England on Mon, Mar 11, 2013

Do you know what to do if your check engine light comes on?  Do any new drivers in your household know what to do?

Well here are some basic steps and information that can help you to be prepared in case your check engine light comes on.

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Topics: check engine light, warning light, OBD II

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When it comes to auto service we believe that excellent customer service is all about information and relationships. The more you know about automotive services, the easier it is to have a good relationship with your auto shop because you understand exactly what's happening with your car. We hope this blog will help to facilitate a good relationship with your auto shop, whether it's BA Auto Care or any other shop. We're happy to provide you with great information about auto service, repairs, and a few other topics we love.

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