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8 Signs Your Car is Overdue for an Oil Change

8 Signs Your Car is Overdue for an Oil Change

When your car, truck or SUV is due for an oil change, you should never wait too long. Most modern vehicles will let you know precisely when service is needed. On older vehicles, you may just have to watch the mileage or check the calendar (usually every 3-6 months, depending on how often your vehicle requires service). If you are a Fox Run Auto customer, we'll gladly set you up on a regular maintenance plan with reminders when certain services are due. Here are some of the signs that will let you know when your vehicle is due for an oil change: 1. Low Oil Level Almost all vehicles make it very easy to get under the hood and manually check your oil. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean before sticking it back in. On the second check, the first thing you will want to look at is the fluid level. If it is too low, you may be due fo ... read more

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4 Signs of Automotive Emissions Problems

4 Signs of Automotive Emissions Problems

All modern vehicles have an emissions control system that is designed to minimize the amounts of noxious gas expelled into the environment. The fuel tank, engine, crankcase, carburetor and exhaust system can all produce harmful gases and the emissions system (also known as the EVAP system) helps to control how those gases are burned off before any exhaust fumes are expelled from the tailpipe.  The newer the car, the more sophisticated the emissions control system and its various sensors and components will be. As emissions standards continue to get stricter, it's vital that your exhaust system and other emissions controls are working properly. Fox Run Auto is an emissions specialist has identified four common signs that your vehicle might be having emissions system problems: 1. Warning Lights The most c ... read more

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Are You Due for New Tires?

Are You Due for New Tires?

Nobody ever wants to deal with getting new tires for their car, truck or SUV. Like a lot of automotive maintenance tasks, it's just something that has to be done every once in awhile. The more you drive, the more the treads will wear out. Eventually, it becomes quite dangerous to drive on bald tires. Losing Control on the Road When tires lose their tread depth, you minimize the traction between the rubber and the road. You may find the wheels slip upon acceleration or the vehicle drifts a bit on corners. You might not come to a full stop as quickly or easily. Obviously, all of these scenarios can be a little scary when you don't have complete control of your vehicle while driving. You are endangering yourself and anyone else on the roads or sidewalks around you! Beware of Blowouts! The biggest concern of worn tires is that you run the risk of a blowout. A weak tire ca ... read more

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Why Oil Changes Are So Important

Why Oil Changes Are So Important

It's time to get an oil change. It seems like you just did it recently, but your car's service indicator light came on or you've notice we've reached the mileage in the little sticker on the window that they put up after the last oil change. It's kind of a mindless routine we all go through as car owners. We get the oil changed when the service is due, and we don't think too much about it. What You Need to Know About Oil Changes Whether you change the oil and oil filter in your own garage, take it to a quick lube place or bring it to a professional full-service auto shop like Fox Run Auto, you may overlook just how important oil changes really are. There is a reason we need to perform this service every few thousand miles. Next time you are due for an oil change, we want you to remember a few important things a ... read more

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Using Your Senses to Detect Car Trouble

Using Your Senses to Detect Car Trouble

When it comes to noticing something is wrong with your car, sometimes all you need is your 5 senses. Well, make that 4 because your sense of taste probably shouldn't come into play! Otherwise, your other 4 senses can tell you a lot. Basically, any time you hear, see, smell or feel anything unusual while you are driving, then it's worth paying closer attention. If the problem persists or gets worse, you should take your vehicle to a professional mechanic for an inspection and diagnosis. Usually if something seems off, there is at least a minor automotive issue to address. In many cases, your senses can detect problems early on, which allows you to get them fixed before they develop into major repairs. Let's look at a few examples, according to the auto repair specialists at Fox Run Auto: Seeing is Believing We depend on our sense of sight more than any other, and there are some automotive ... read more

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