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Fall and Spring Checkup in NEWNAN

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, most of them used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.Your owner's manual or NEWNAN service advisor at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE can tell you the right oil to use.Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don't want to overheat in the GA summer or freeze up i ... read more

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Maintenance

Wash Me, Wash Me Right (How to Wash a Vehicle)

Most would agree they'd rather drive around in a clean, shiny vehicle than one coated with a layer of dirt.  When warmer weather comes around, some of us are bound and determined to wash our own vehicles.  And to protect the paint and its luster, there are a few things to keep in mind when you get out the bucket and soap. Cool body.  It's not a good idea to wash a vehicle when the body is hot.  If it's been sitting out in the sun or you've been riding around on a sunny day, make sure you cool your vehicle off by either moving it to the shade or wetting it down with cool water. The problem with washing a hot vehicle is that it's going to dry so fast, minerals in the water can form hard-to-remove spots on the paint.  And some of those can be really difficult to get out.  Best to avoid it. Slippery when wet.  Make sure you wet your vehicle down thoroughly before you get the washing mitt out.  Experts keep a couple of buckets of soapy water on hand ... read more

Automotive Tips from CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE: Air Conditioning ? Common Problem

Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around NEWNAN. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.A common A/C problem for NEWNAN drivers that visit CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components.Leaks can develop at seals and gaskets and may reduce the amount of refrigerant, causing the system to work too hard to compensate. Dirty components can have the same consequences.Ask your CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE service advisor for an air conditioning system inspection to make sure everything is up to spec.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE3210 HWY 34 ENEWNAN, GA 30265770.254.8261  

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Air Conditioning

A Not-So-Straight Story (Vehicle Pulls to One Side)

A vehicle should travel straight down a straight road with the steering wheel centered.  But time and travel can take their toll and soon you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or right.  Those are not good signs and should be taken care of fairly quickly. One thing that you should note is when this is happening: if it is all the time, only when you brake, only when you accelerate. If you describe these symptoms to the service adviser or technician, it may help them pinpoint the cause more quickly.  Many things can cause a vehicle to pull to one side, one of which is that it's out of alignment.  If so, you could be doing damage to other components of your vehicle if you keep driving with it this way. If your tires show signs of uneven wear on the treads or if your wheels squealing, that is another clue. Improperly inflated tires can also cause your vehicle to pull in one direction.  Your service facility can check to see if your tires have the pressure r ... read more

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Alignment , Tires

Problems with Suspension Solved at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN

A vehicle's suspension system is tough. It can last for years and after lots of driving for NEWNAN drivers. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these elements of unpredictability, it is important for NEWNAN drivers to have them inspected periodically. Worn, broken and missing parts can be identified during an inspection at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE . An ineffective suspension system will decrease the driver's control over a vehicle, so when it is damaged it frequently leads to the worst kind of vehicular damage — dangerous accidents.The suspension system is composed of springs and shock absorbers (or shocks). Springs suspend the weight of the vehicle above its axles. They allow the vehicle to “b ... read more

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Suspension

NOT JUST ANOTHER CUSTOMER (Finding the Right Service Facility)

You might remember a hit TV sitcom that was set in a bar, a place where "everybody knows your name."  The idea, of course, is people feel more comfortable where they aren't just another customer among many; they're special because their relationship goes back a few years.   That comfortable relationship can extend to professionals you deal with, too.  Think of your accountant, your dentist, your doctor.  Most people try to stick with the same person or firm in those businesses.  They have grown to know their work over the years and they've learned to trust their professionalism, the quality of their work and their track record.    Ideally, you should have that same relationship with your automotive service facility, like your friends here at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE. You may have tried several facilities over the years until you found one that did good work at a reasonable price.  The longer your relationship with your service facility, the better t ... read more

CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

GA service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some NEWNAN drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE inspections: NEWNAN drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a GA summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting clos ... read more

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Maintenance

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at NEWNAN car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of NEWNAN, GA, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart NEWNAN drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for NEWNAN residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart NEWNAN drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build-up of harmful ... read more

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Maintenance

Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything with a Trip Inspection at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation faster than ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a trip inspection at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN. After all, you wouldn't travel without clean socks, why ask your vehicle to travel with a load of dirty oil?The first step in a trip inspection at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE is to look at your travel plans. What kinds of roads will you be driving on? Will you be in the GA back country or on the freeway? Will you be crossing mountains? Off-roading? What will the weather be like? How far away from NEWNAN will you be traveling? How much are you hauling? Will you be towing a trailer or lugging a rooftop carrier? Will you encounter dust, mud, snow or sea salt? All of these questions can help determine which services are most needed. An ... read more

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Inspection

Introduction to Diesels for NEWNAN, GA

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around NEWNAN, GA, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in GA are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in NEWNAN, GA. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in NEWNAN, GA, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many NEWNAN drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. There's more power in a barrel of diesel f ... read more

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Fuel System
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