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5 Signs Your Cooling System Is Failing

5 Signs Your Cooling System Is Failing

Did you know the cooling system that powers your A/C is also keeping your car engine from melting? Every car on the road today has a system to keep coolant (a.k.a. antifreeze) flowing throughout the engine year-round.   Keep your costs down through preventative maintenance and repair when needed – especially when it comes to your cooling system during the upcoming warmer months.   Here are five signs your system may be failing:   1. Temperature Gauge Is in the Red The temperature gauge on your dashboard operates just like a normal thermometer. If the gauge reads red, pull over and shut off your vehicle. The engine is overheating.   There are other reasons why your gauge may be acting feverish, such as a faulty thermostat, so a quick trip to your auto technician is the best way to get a true diagnosis of the situation.   2. Steam Billows From Under the Hood White steam billowing out from under your ho ... read more

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Why You Should Rely on an AAA Approved Auto Repair Company

Why You Should Rely on an AAA Approved Auto Repair Company

  As a motorist, you trust that AAA has your best interests at heart. Back in 1975, AAA set out to offer a solution to one of the biggest car owner challenges: inadequate car repairs. By founding the AAA Approved Auto Repair program, they offered consumers a method to find only the most qualified facilities to rely on for effective auto repair. Since its start, AAA has issued their approval to over 8,000 shops through a stringent, detailed application process. Here are four reasons why an AAA Approved Auto Repair facility is your best choice when searching for a dependable mechanic:   It’s a Lengthy Approval Process   Over the course of two years, Living the Dream Auto Care was required to prove ASE certification, continued customer satisfaction, upstanding community business reputation and ongoing staff training in order to be considered for this designation. The facility is inspected for cleanliness and the prices are assessed for fairness. The comprehensiv ... read more

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The Difference Between OEM, OES, and Aftermarket Parts

The Difference Between OEM, OES, and Aftermarket Parts

It is believed by many that OES (Original Equipment Supplier) parts have to be purchased directly from the dealer. OES parts are made on the same assembly line as the OEM(Original Equipment Manufacturer) except it goes through a couple added steps. Branding of the part or stamping with the manufacturer logo IE: HONDA, and then gets wrapped and labeled in the manufacturers packaging. This OES part has just become more expensive to the consumer because of theses added steps and inflated by numerous middlemen. Due to the regulations of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification there are quite a few OEM companies on the market because multiple OES brands are required. For the Auto manufacturers to have a steady supply on the production line, they must have several supply sources that provide them with equal quality parts. This ensures if a manufacturer has any problems with one supplier it will not disable the vehicles production and allow for substitution of o ... read more

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