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The Forgotten Power Steering Fluid

The Forgotten Power Steering Fluid

Most drivers are aware that they should change their oil about every 5,000 miles or so. However, when it comes to the power steering fluid, you may be uncertain of the proper interval to have it changed. In some cases, drivers may forget about the power steering fluid altogether. Changing the power steering fluid is essential to maintaining the health of a vehicle. It doesn’t burn off with time like engine oil does; it gets dirty and contaminated. Over time pollutants and sludge accumulate and eventually build up. When the power steering fluid becomes contaminated, it immediately puts more pressure and stress on the steering wheel. In severe cases, significant damage can occur, leaving you with a costly repair bill.  How often you change your power steering fluid is variable to your driving habits and specific road conditions. Depending on who you ask, you will get a different recommendation. Below are a few ways to determine what’s the best service interval for your ... read more

5 Common Causes of Poor Gas Mileage

5 Common Causes of Poor Gas Mileage

You’re driving down the street when your gas light comes on. It was only just the other day that you filled the tank up. Vehicles are already expensive to maintain, and the cost of gas may only hurt your pockets more. Several aspects can cause your car to guzzle gas, leading to a decrease in fuel efficiency. If you want to save a few extra dollars at the gas station, this below list has a few things to consider to get the most out of your gas tank. Pressing Too Hard on the Gas Pedal While it may be fun to speed every once and awhile, it can cause a considerable decrease in fuel economy. Stepping on the gas forces more air into the combustion chamber, leading the vehicle to overcompensate by injecting more to keep a proper fuel to air ratio. Low Tire Pressure Low Tire pressure reduces fuel efficiency because it reduces the tire’s rolling resistance, causing the vehicle to expend more energy to maintain speed. The sticker on the inside of the door jam ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Dying Car Battery?

What are the Symptoms of a Dying Car Battery?

The battery of your car is responsible for powering the ignition system, computer, radio, lights, and more, so it’s important to check its condition regularly. According to a recent study, more than 1 in 10 car batteries need a replacement. Sometimes problems can occur with little or no warning, however, there are several key symptoms of a dying car battery to look out for. 1. Difficulty Starting the Car Your car needs a huge surge of energy to start the engine. With a dying battery, you’ll see that the engine cranks slowly than usual, and the car takes longer to start. Usually, you’ll get one or two warning signs of this matter before the car battery dies completely, so do not overlook it. If you hear a clicking sound, when turning the key, this means that there isn’t enough power to crank the engine. In this case, you have to jump-start the battery and get a new one as quickly as possible. 2. Loss of Power to Electronics T ... read more

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

How Do I Know if I Have Air in My Brake Lines?

Your vehicle's brakes are super important to the safety of your vehicle. When you step on the brake pedal, you expect your vehicle to slow or stop according to how quickly you need it to. Bad brakes can lead to accidents if you aren't able to stop quickly enough. Have you ever driven your car and pushed down on the brake pedal, and felt that the pedal was spongy or soft-feeling? This is a common symptom of air in your brake lines. Let's understand what brake lines are and what some of the signs of having air in your brake lines are.  The brake lines are the parts within your brake system that house and circulate brake fluid. The brake system is hydraulic, which means it uses high pressure from the brake fluid to power your brakes. Air is the enemy in a hydraulic system because it reduces pressure and essentially makes the process less effective. When air gets into the brake lines, your brake system suffers.  Symptoms that can indicate you have air in your brake ... read more

July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is a celebrated day here in the United States. It symbolizes our independence and freedom and is always a day full of traditions that includes a stunning fireworks display. We know that July 4th may look very different this year, especially considering the current pandemic that is still prevalent. This just means that if we are going to celebrate, we have to do so safely and smartly.  Even though many big events will be canceled, there is still an opportunity to celebrate at home or with close family and friends. You can still fire up the grill, make your favorite food, play games, and enjoy some small fireworks at home. If you are planning on making a day of the 4th this year, we encourage you to follow the safety tips below:  If you'll be celebrating with family and friends or in a public place, be sure to wear your mask at all times. Also, practice social distancing. Doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 can make a huge difference.  ... read more

Why is My Vehicle Running Rough?

Why is My Vehicle Running Rough?

A properly running engine should run and start smoothly without excess noise or vibration. If you being to notice that your vehicle is “running rough”, meaning that you start to notice loud noises, vibrations, and an overall decline in performance, you are likely dealing with an engine problem. As soon as you notice a change in your vehicle’s drivability, it is important to have your vehicle inspected. Engine problems should never be ignored and the sooner you fix the problem, the more money you’ll save yourself over time. At Nerger's Auto Express, our ASE certified technicians are experienced working on all makes and models of vehicles. We can help determine the exact cause of the issue and get you back on the road quickly and safely.  As soon as you start to notice drivability issues, be sure to note down the symptoms you are experiencing. Do you notice that your engine is “running rough”? Is your car idling rough? Does your car stall be ... read more

Do Modern Cars Still Need Tune-ups?

The tune-up - an age-old term that is still around today. Back in the day, cars needed be tuned regularly. There weren't sophisticated computers in cars to monitor things likes fuel mixture, idle speed control, and timing. A tune-up was needed to replace spark plugs, distributor points, and fuel/air filters. There were also adjustments that needed to be done to the ignition timing and idle mixture.  Back in the day, a tune-up was recommended every 20,000 miles or so. However, today's cars run on complex computer system. So the questions becomes, do I still need to have a tune-up performed? If you look at a tune-up as preventative maintenance, then yes - a tune-up is still needed. It may not be the same services as performed when a tune-up was first used in auto repair, but certain maintenance items are still very much required.  So, considering a tune-up as a check up of your vehicle's major systems and taking care of important maintenance items - a tune-up is s ... read more

Practicing Social Distancing? Take Care of Your Car’s Overdue Needs!

Practicing Social Distancing? Take Care of Your Car’s Overdue Needs!

  Our government has just announced that our shelter in place order will be expanded through the entire month of April, leaving many wondering what they will be able to for the next month to keep themselves busy. Social distancing is extremely important at this time, because it helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep hospitals from becoming overcrowded and without supplies.  What exactly does social distancing mean? Social distancing and shelter in home orders require us to stay home as much as possible. We can go to the store or to work, but when doing so, avoid large crowds and keep at lest 6 feet between you and other people. This also means no gathering with friends or family who aren't living in your immediate household.  While you may feel that you are fine and aren't sick, many COVID-19 carriers aren't feeling symptoms, but can still spread the virus. This is why it is so important for everyone to follow CDC regulations regarding ways to p ... read more

How Nerger's Auto Express Is Helping To Combat The Spread Of The Corona Virus!

How Nerger's Auto Express Is Helping To Combat The Spread Of The Corona Virus!

We are open and CONTINUING TO SERVICE VEHICLES and SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS. We are committed to keeping our customers safe. The following are a few of the action steps in place at Nerger's Auto Express! If you want to drop your car off and do not want human contact you can drop your keys in our night key drop even if it’s during normal business hours. We can also make arrangements for you to pick up your car after hours. We can even accept payment over the phone. If you would like your vehicle serviced and need it picked up or delivered we are offering a pick up and drop off service to our customers, at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you! Our technicians wear rubber gloves when they work on each vehicle and change them frequently. We will also sterilize your key, steering wheel, center console and door panels before you get your vehicle back. Our employees will be staying home if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, fever or cough. Employees will be symptom fr ... read more

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Is Suspension System Lubrication Necessary?

The suspension system is your vehicle is very important, because it allows for your car to move smoothly and with ease. It is made up of many different working components that absorb energy from the road and keep you and your passengers comfortable. Many of these parts are shafts connected to different arms or joints, such as the arm bearings and ball joints. It is important to keep this system working at its best to maintain proper control of your steering.  You may have heard the term suspension system lubrication and wondered, is this necessary? Just like many other systems in your vehicle, lubrication is necessary to keep parts moving easily and to avoid metal to metal contact. Proper suspension system lubrication will ensure that your vehicle moves without issue and that you are able to steer your vehicle quickly and accurately.  If you're unsure of how often your vehicle needs a suspension system lubrication, the best source for this information is your vehicle ... read more

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