Monthly Archives: January 2020

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
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