Yearly Archives: 2019

What’s in the Shop 7/11/19

As part of a new blog segment that Pegoraro Auto Repair will be doing to give customers more information on cars and vehicles in general, we wanted to talk about some of the vehicles that come through the shop. Being an automotive shop that works on almost all makes and models, including gas, diesel, and electric, we see a lot of different cars and trucks. Most of the vehicles we see are in pretty good condition and have owners that take pride in what they drive. We're here to help them take care of those vehicles, and to make sure everything is in great condition. As a benefit to you, and to help inform you as the customer on a little bit of general info and repairs, we wanted to talk about a few of the vehicles that come in! This blog is simply the opinions of our shop and is not intended to favor any car over another. This week, on "What's in the Shop?" To kick off this weeks segment I'm going to start with a 2013 Dodge Challenger. This Challenger has the "medium" 5.7-liter engi ... read more

8 Steps for Getting your Car Ready For Spring

8 Steps for Getting your Car Ready For Spring

Spring has officially arrived, which means out with the snow, and in with the sun (and to no surprise for us in Washington and Oregon, the rain). You no longer need snow tires or winter coats, but here are a few things you should do to prepare your car for spring. 1. Wash and detail your car To begin the detailing process at home, start with a basic car wash, washing from the top of the car down. Once you have washed the exterior of your car, use vehicle polish on the exterior to help remove any scratches. After you apply the polish, go ahead and use some wax to seal the finish. Once you're finished waxing, you may want to use a microfiber buffing cloth to remove excess wax and to leave the exterior with a glossy, clean finish. Now on the inside of your vehicle, you are going to want to vacuum the floors and seats (if they are cloth), or use leather cleaner if your car has leather interior. Using interior wipes is an easy way to get rid of the small particles that may be f ... read more

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5 Tips for Keeping your Diesel Engine at Peak Performance

5 Tips for Keeping your Diesel Engine at Peak Performance

#1 Keep it Clean – Follow all regular maintenance intervals. By waiting and putting off minor things you may cause major issues that could have been prevented, all for a fraction of the cost of major repairs. #2 Regularly Monitor the Coolant – Don't let it wear down too much and become too acidic, instead keep it in clean and changed when needed. This will help prevent bigger issues with other components like the radiator which can lead to more costly repairs. #3 Stay up to Date on Oil Changes – Most diesel vehicles need an oil change every 5,000 miles, though some manufacturers may recommend every 3,000 miles. Depending on how you drive or if you tow often, your vehicle may benefit from every 3,000 even if the manufacturer says 5,000. #4 Change the Fuel Filters – Fuel filters wear out so change them! Set a reminder or have a set maintenance plan so your fuel filters are being changed every 10-15 thousand miles. This will help keep things clean and p ... read more

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What’s Routine Maintenance?

What’s Routine Maintenance?

If you're asking that question your not alone. Many people aren't aware that their vehicle needs regular maintenance along with the 19.99 oil change special. There are many benefits to keeping up on your vehicle as well. Save money, though it may seem like your spending to do some of these services, it will save you from larger repairs down the road. It will also help your car last longer, or if you choose to sell it will typically sell for more with service records. Save time. Though you'll go to the shop, it's much less time to do the preventative maintenance the manufacturer recommends than fixing after it breaks or goes bad. Often times you will then have to fix or repair additional parts that connect/interact as well. Fuel Efficiency. Keeping up on maintenance helps your engine run smoother and often times will keep your mpg from falling below what the vehicle is rated for. Safety. You don't want your car breaking down on a road trip, in the middle of the night, or in ... read more

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Expert Brake Service in Vancouver Washington

Expert Brake Service in Vancouver Washington

Having okay brakes is not okay. With all the safety systems that cars have, the first and most important is your brakes. Nobody has to tell you the importance of brakes and what can happen when your brakes don't work, you already know. What you want to be aware of though are the warning signs to have your brakes inspected. Common warning signs include: The ABS light on your vehicle is on If your brake pedal feels spongy or is slow to respond If grinding or constant squeaking/squealing happens during braking Some vehicles have a Brake Service Maintenance reminder as well There's no reason to have an accident that could have been avoided because of routine brake service and maintenance. A Pegoraro Auto Repair, conveniently located in Vancouver WA, we understand not wanting to pay for things unnecessarily as well. You can rest assured that with our brake inspections, we'll give you photos of your vehicle, the service areas, and a clear explanation to i ... read more

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