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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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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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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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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

Relax When the Wind Blows in GA: Winter Car Prep for NEWNAN Drivers

When autumn comes around in NEWNAN, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for NEWNAN drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for NEWNAN drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the GA winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of GA winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates the problem. Your first concern ... read more

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Maintenance

Diesel Maintenance for GA

At CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our GA friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru. Of course, the US auto makers will be expanding their diesel offerings as well. Diesels will become a very big deal here in GA.You may ask, why has it taken so long getting to GA and North America? There are a bunch of reasons like fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurtle was that GA diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of highly refined diesel engines ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE: Rotor Problems

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in NEWNAN.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is important for NEWNAN drivers to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the problem. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your friendly and professional CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE tech perform a thorough inspection.Give us a call.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE3210 HWY 34 ENEWNAN, GA 3026577

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ICE - In Case Of Emergency In NEWNAN GA

When accidents occur in NEWNAN, GA, the victims' emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and medical information.When GA police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories, they waste precious time.In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the NEWNAN, GA, area who you'll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment and inform NEWNAN paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading through NEWNAN and around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency – is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.Simply put 'ICE' before a contact name in your cell phone, like 'ICE – Dad,' 'ICE – Nancy.' or 'ICE – Doctor ... read more

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around NEWNAN, GA, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the NEWNAN area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do NEWNAN drivers know when there is a problem?It's simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a trouble code in the computer ... read more

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