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Does Your Car Suffer from Quick Lube Dependency?

Does Your Car Suffer from Quick Lube Dependency?

At Honest-1 Auto Care, we're always committed to keeping your vehicles running smoothly and efficiently. Today, we want to address a common issue that many car owners face – Quick Lube Dependency! It's a phenomenon that might be costing you more than you realize. In this post, we'll explore the drawbacks of quick lube services and offer you a solution that not only benefits your car but also saves you money. Let's dive in! The Pitfalls of Quick Lube Dependency:One-Size-Fits-All Approach: Quick lube services often adopt a generic approach, using the same oil and filter for every vehicle that comes through the door. Your car is unique, and it deserves a tailored solution. Quality of Oil: Quick lube establishments might use lower-quality oil to keep their prices competitive. This could lead to decreased engine performance and a shorter lifespan for your vehicle. Inadequate Inspections: Quick lu ... read more

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The Road to Success: Why is it Important to Check Your Vehicle's Alignment?

The Road to Success: Why is it Important to Check Your Vehicle's Alignment?

Picture this: You're cruising down a scenic highway, wind in your hair, and your favorite tunes playing on the radio. Life couldn't be better until you notice your steering wheel veering slightly to the left. It's a subtle reminder that something might be amiss with your vehicle's alignment. But why is it important to check your vehicle's alignment, you wonder? In this blog, we'll explore the importance of this often-overlooked aspect of car maintenance and how it can impact your safety, vehicle longevity, and wallet. 1. Safety First When it comes to vehicle maintenance, safety should always be your top priority. Proper wheel alignment plays a significant role in ensuring your safety on the road. Misaligned wheels can cause your vehicle to pull to one side, making it harder to control. This can be particularly dangerous when navigating sharp turns, heavy traffic, or adverse weather conditions. Moreover, poor alignment can lead to uneven tire ... read more

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The Key to Long-Lasting Performance: Regular Vehicle Maintenance

The Key to Long-Lasting Performance: Regular Vehicle Maintenance

As a responsible vehicle owner, you understand the importance of taking care of your investment. Regular maintenance isn't just about keeping your car looking good; it's about ensuring its optimal performance, safety, and longevity. At Honest-1 Auto Care, we're dedicated to helping you achieve these goals through a range of essential services. How Important is it to Do Regular Oil Changes? Regular oil changes are the lifeblood of your engine. Clean oil ensures that your engine's components operate smoothly, reducing friction and preventing wear and tear. It's recommended to have an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on your vehicle and driving habits. Our Honest-1 Mooresville Oil Change service not only replaces old oil but also includes a thorough inspection to catch potential issues before they become major problems. Why Regular Tire Rotations Matte ... read more

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5 Tips for Buying Used in Mooresville

5 Tips for Buying Used in Mooresville

Here are 5 tips from Honest 1 Auto Care for used car buyers: 1. Ask for service records. Most owners who document regular maintenance service take care of their vehicle. 2. Inspect the vehicle thoroughly. Check for uneven tire wear, alignment, suspension issues, strange sounds and funky odors. 3. If everything checks out up to this point, take it to Honest 1 Auto Care in Mooresville for a thorough used car inspection. Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Honest 1 Auto Care can give you a heads up on any pressing issues or emerging problems that will need to be addressed eventually. If the seller won't let you do this before you buy, move on. 4. Buy a CarFax report. This will show any major accidents and title status concerns including whether it is a salvaged vehicle. You don't want a car that was underwater for a week after Hurricane Sandy. 5. After you buy, stay on top of regular maintenance (and save the records). Honest 1 Auto C ... read more

Extending the Life of your Car

Ten Things You Can Do or We Can Do For You! The best thing that you can do to extend the life of your car and potentially save yourself a bundle of money is to have your car serviced on a routine basis. All car manufacturers have a schedule of recommended services for each vehicle they sell. Follow this schedule. Be sure to follow your schedule for fluid flushes. Check the level and color of all fluids at every gas refill. If you don't know how to check your fluids or know what color your fluid should be then ask us to teach you. We will be happy to teach you for free. Nothing lasts forever. Your vehicle's oils and fluids do break down and require replacement in order to properly lubricate. These fluids not only provide lubrication, they need to conduct heat; they need to protect from rust and corrosion; they perform hydraulic functions. Change your oil and oil filter regularly to protect your engine and improve your gas mileage. Dirty oil or incorrect grade ... read more

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How to Maintain Your Car's Cooling System This Winter

How to Maintain Your Car's Cooling System This Winter

Winter is right around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll protect your car when the temperatures turn frigid. Your car’s cooling system is an essential component that prevents the engine and other parts from seizing up during extremely cold temperatures, and it provides nice warm heat to the cabin of your vehicle! There are a few things you can check to ensure your car’s cooling system is maintained, and you can always trust Honest-1 Auto Care, your honest mechanic shop to help you out as well. Check For Leaks & Condition of Radiator Fluid Radiator fluid leaks are common but need to be addressed as soon as possible. If you see a liquid under your vehicle that is bright green or yellow, or even other colors, then your car is likely leaking radiator fluid. It’s important to bring your car to our repa ... read more

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Ever Heard of the Serpentine Belt?

Ever Heard of the Serpentine Belt?

SPRING CAR CARE TIPS Ever Heard of the Serpentine Belt? You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It's called the serpentine belt. The belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pump, radiator fan, and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff doesn't it? If your serpentine belt were to break, your battery would die in a few miles. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks. Check your owner's manual for when it's recommended to replace your serpentine belt – or just ask your Honest-1 service advisor. He can inspect the belt as well to see if it's in trouble. You may have been told to look for cracks in your belt to see if it needs to be replaced. Of course ... read more

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Time to Check the A/C

Time to Check the A/C

Let's talk about air conditioning service and repair issues. Most of us we don't give our air conditioning a second thought as long as it's making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air. The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. The A/C system should be an airtight system; if there are leaks then it is a priority repair issue and should be serviced. Customers may opt to add fresh refrigerant as well; this protects the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool. Even with regular service A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts. Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down the road. Check your owner's manual or ask your Honest-1 Service Advisor for recommendations. And if you ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Simple Answers from Honest 1 Auto Care: Cabin Air Filter

Simple Answers from Honest 1 Auto Care: Cabin Air Filter

Question: My car has a bad odor when I run the heater or air conditioner. My friend said I might need a new cabin air filter – what's that? Honest 1 Auto Care Answer:cabin air filter is a special filter that cleans the air that comes into the vehicle's passenger compartment – or cabin – of your vehicle. Most new vehicles sold today now have a cabin air filter. A cabin air filter catches dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants before they can get into your cabin. It's kind of like the filter on your furnace in your home, and it cleans the air you breathe inside your vehicle. As you can imagine, it eventually gets filled up and can even start to get smelly. So – just have it replaced. Now some cabin air filters are really easy to access and others are much tougher to get to. Your friendly and knowledgeable te ... read more

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When Should I get a Wheel Alignment?

When Should I get a Wheel Alignment?

It's no surprise that your vehicle will drive better here in the MOORESVILLE area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That's called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Something that you won't notice right away, but one thing you will notice if you keep driving around when you're wheels are out of alignment is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. That's because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out fast because you're constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road. Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole or smacking a curb. And, it doesn ... read more

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