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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in NEWNAN, GA, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for NEWNAN residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficiently ... read more

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Fuel Injectors

The last new American vehicles sold in NEWNAN with a carburetor rolled out of the GA dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in NEWNAN, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injectors deliver fuel far more precisely than carburetors. That translates into better fuel economy and more power for NEWNAN drivers. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure.A few vehicle manufacturers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly ... read more

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Hitting The Brakes In Lehi

Hitting The Brakes In Lehi

Hello NEWNAN, let's talk about brakes. But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck rolls off a local NEWNAN showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles/kilometers start to add up on the vehicle. NEWNAN drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads and shoes on drum brakes are called the friction material. That's because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it's not until they are worn so thin as to be out of 'spe ... read more

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Brakes

A New Battery in NEWNAN

Hello NEWNAN drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in NEWNAN, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.The weather where you live in GA also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehicle engi ... read more

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Battery

Automotive Tips from CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE: Air Conditioning Inspection

Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.Environmental laws in some around NEWNAN require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE3210 HWY 34 ENEWNAN, GA 30265770.254.8261  

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Air Conditioning

Tracking True in GA: Wheel Alignment in NEWNAN

The biggest issue for NEWNAN area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN. When undergoing an alignment service at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.NEWNAN drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly we ... read more

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Alignment

Busting Automotive Myths in NEWNAN, GA

Myths passed around our NEWNAN, GA community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the NEWNAN area, come over to CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on man ... read more

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Maintenance

NEWNAN Road Trip Preparation

People from NEWNAN, GA, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a GA road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.You can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. Heading out on a GA road trip? Stop by CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE before you head out to make sure everything is in good repair. Let's look at some of the auto maintenance related problems you might encounter on a road trip in GA and what you might do to avoid them.The most common vehicle component to fail is the tires. Of course, you can't always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tire problems.A good tire inspection at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE will start with looking over ... read more

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Inspection

Hitting the Brakes in NEWNAN

Safety should always be an element of your vehicle care. So even if you don't care about how your vehicle looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other NEWNAN drivers — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.Brakes need a regular inspection. There are  parts that wear out or wear down, and it's best to replace them before you have serious problems. Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that's a good sign that you need your brakes checked. You can also tell something is wrong with your brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate serious problems. If vibrations accompany b ... read more

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Brakes

The CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of NEWNAN drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in NEWNAN. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on GA roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb NEWNAN hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. At CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE, we ... read more

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