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Yearly Archives: 2020

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

How to Prevent Car Fires

Car fires are an occurrence that luckily is very rate, but can be deadly. You may be familiar with a car bursting into flames after an accident, but cars can also catch fire due to mechanic or electrical issues. While we know this can be a scary thought, being prepared and knowing how to prevent fires from happening is the best way you can avoid these types of situations.  If you smell gasoline or see a puddle underneath your vehicle that you think may be gas, don't take the situation lightly. Do not drive your vehicle with a gas leak and make sure that your car isn't anywhere near a flame. We recommend a tow to Nerger's Auto Express to address the leak quickly and safely. When a car has a fuel leak and you continue driving, the fuel can drop onto a hot engine or exhaust and can ignite a fire.  Knowing gas station safety can also help avoid car fires at the gas pump. Always ensure that your vehicle's engine is turned all the way off before pumping gas. Also ... read more

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