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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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Diesel Service at Pegoraro Auto Repair

Diesel Service at Pegoraro Auto Repair

At Pegoraro Auto Repair, giving your diesel vehicle the excellent service it deserves is what we're all about. We've been serving the Vancouver and surrounding Clark County areas with exceptional diesel service for more than 10 years. As an EPA-compliant shop we have you covered, whether you're looking for routine diesel maintenance, diesel service or diesel repair. Some of our best services include complete diesel engine overhauls and high-performance diesel builds. Our ASE-Certified technicians hold years of experience with almost any diesel make, including a Ford with a Power Stroke engine, a Chevy with a Duramax engine, or a Dodge with a Cummins engine. We also service Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz diesel models. You can rest assured the diesel experts at Pegoraro Auto Repair know your diesel vehicle. We respect the importance of keeping your diesel vehicle serviced, repaired and running well, all in good time. Our certified diesel technicians understand your engine an ... read more

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BMW Service in Vancouver, WA

At Pegoraro Auto Repair, conveniently located in Vancouver WA, taking exceptional care of you and your vehicle is our number one goal. With our highly trained and certified technicians, your car will receive the exceptional service it deserves. With extensive experience on all makes of BMW vehicles, we have the skills and experience necessary to keep your car running smooth. From annual services, engine maintenance, or repair, we have you covered. As a courtesy to our clients, we offer a fleet of courtesy vehicles and shuttle services, to ensure that you're able to go about your day without any disruptions. With a 4.9 star review on Google and a 99% customer satisfaction rating, we strive to go above and beyond. With all of our services, we do a comprehensive inspection complete with detailed reports and photographs to give you the information you need to keep your car running smoothly. Backed by our industry leading 3 year/36,000 mile warranty on part ... read more

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5 Simple Steps For Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

Winter is coming, and for us in the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Vancouver Portland metro area, that means rain, more rain, and probably snow. And while we've come to expect this, sometimes we need a reminder to get us prepared. The worst time to have issues with your car is A: when you need it, and B: when it's cold outside. Both A and B seem to always happen at the same time, so here are 5 tips to decrease your chances of auto issues this winter. Battery Batteries typically have a harder time operating in cold weather than they do in warm weather. As a result, a weak battery that made it through the summer may be a dead battery in the winter. We suggest having a volt test performed on your battery to make sure it's in good working order. You don't want to be stuck in inclement weather over a simple fix that is easily avoidable. Coolant Coolant, also referred to as antifreeze, is extremely important as it keeps your car engine from freezing in cold temperatures ... read more

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HONDA FIT

HONDA FIT

Honda Fit: Surging and hesitating while driving at highway speeds: This customer brought her vehicle that was surging and hesitating while driving at freeway speeds. The check engine (service engine soon) light was not on and never illuminated for the customer. We road tested and verified the concern. We used the scan tool to check for codes, no codes were present. We then road tested and looked at the cylinder misfire data, we noticed when we experienced the surging the engine was misfiring on cylinder #1. When we removed the spark plugs and inspected them we found worn spark plugs. We then tested the ignition coil and found that the coil had weak spark output. We replaced all spark plugs and the cylinder #1 ignition coil. After the repair we road tested the vehicle and the hesitation and surging were no longer present

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