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CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All NEWNAN service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measur ... read more

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

Many NEWNAN car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in NEWNAN.Change your vehicle air filter at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE3210 HWY 34 ENEWNAN, GA 30265770.254.8261    

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10 Services NEWNAN Drivers Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over NEWNAN. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by NEWNAN residents. They're all very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE service advisor if it's time for ... read more

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Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, GA folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most NEWNAN drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us GA penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us NEWNAN vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and for clogged pas ... read more

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in NEWNAN

About 90% of our driving decisions in the NEWNAN area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most NEWNAN drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the NEWNAN area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.NEWNAN drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the storm.NEWNAN ve ... read more

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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In NEWNAN

Every NEWNAN car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in NEWNAN don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that GA people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in NEWNAN. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your NEWNAN home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around NEWNAN roads. Your vehicle actually needs about 12,000 times more air tha ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and NEWNAN drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in NEWNAN.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your power st ... read more

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Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to NEWNAN Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in NEWNAN. Some vehicles in NEWNAN no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts are up in the valv ... read more

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Keep Your NEWNAN Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey NEWNAN - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in GA affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around NEWNAN or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged air filter won ... read more

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Maintenance on My Mind

Ask any NEWNAN man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most NEWNAN residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled maintenance for their vehicles.Funny, because most of us in NEWNAN have no trouble remembering to wash our clothes, mow our lawns or brush our teeth. It isn't that we can't remember to take our vehicles for service; it's a matter of making it a priority.When it comes to our vehicles, NEWNAN drivers like myself, need to be a little more maintenance-minded. The fact is, we can choose to do it, or we might find ourselves being compelled to do it.For example, when we consistently forget ... read more

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