Monthly Archives: December 2018

CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

Organization is the key to managing a busy life in GA. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep NEWNAN residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. NEWNAN residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance services that are often overlooked by vehicle owners in the NEWNAN area. They are not presented in any particular order.1. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Power Steering Service. Moisture gradually builds up in your power steering fluid, which can lead to corrosion in your steering system. The fluid also gets dirty, which can gum up your steering system. The fluid needs to be replaced periodically.2. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Wheel Alignment. Wheels that are out of alignment will cause a ... read more

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the GA news. NEWNAN people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of NEWNAN motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of NEWNAN drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in GA.The NEWNAN drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's real ... read more

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Maintenance

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for NEWNAN Automobiles

NEWNAN drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down NEWNAN, GA, streets and roads.When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around NEWNAN are great ways to knock a car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels start pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.The team at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.At the very least, those who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can be expensive ... read more

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Alignment

Getting New Tires in NEWNAN?

There are so many tire choices in the NEWNAN area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most NEWNAN area folks so you want do it right.Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your NEWNAN tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all season tires o ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

Starting in 1996, CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the computer make adjustments in various vehicle systems to allow for constantly changing driving conditions and even to compensate for minor problems. However, if the computer encounters a situation it can't adjust for, it turns on the Check Engine light. (The Check Engine light is called the “service engine soon” light on some vehicles.)If the Check Engine light is burning steadily, it indicates a problem that needs to be taken care of soon. If it is flashing, however, the vehicle needs ... read more

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Diagnostics
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