Taking Care of your Vehicle this Year


The start of the New Year is a perfect time to understand the schedule that your vehicle should be maintained by. There are certain tasks and things that should be done so your vehicle always runs the best that it can. Checking with the owner’s manual is a great way to know what things need to be done, and how often they should be done. We can also recommend a schedule for your vehicle.


The brakes should be inspected on a regular basis. This will help to ensure the safety of your vehicle for you and your passengers. When the brakes start to make odd noises and sounds, schedule an appointment. When the brake pads and brake rotors start to go out, you may hear a high pitch squealing noise. This is usually caused by a metal on metal connection. If the brakes become spongy, then the brakes will show signs of going out. Check the brake fluid to ensure that it is at the correct amount. read more

Get your Vehicle Ready for Winter now


While the weather gets cooler, now is a good time to bring your vehicle in for a pre-winter inspection. This will help improve the mileage, efficiency, and performance of the vehicle when you drive. It should be brought it on a regular schedule to help keep it operating correctly. We will also recommend to you what the schedule should be to bring it in. This way all the parts are inspected as often as they should be. You can also check the owner’s manual to ensure that you are staying up to date on the maintenance it requires. read more

When to Inspect your Car


Fall maintenance is important for your vehicle to help ensure that it is working correctly when you will need to drive it. Following the proper recommended maintenance schedules will help your vehicle be in the best operating condition it can be in. If you choose to ignore maintenance schedules, your vehicle can have an unexpected breakdown. This may also result in a costly repair bill as well, depending on what the issue might be. Anytime you notice anything wrong with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. read more

Checking the Fluid Levels this Fall


Keeping the fluid levels at the appropriate amount that is required. When you are not sure when the vehicle should be inspected, you will want to contact us. This way we can tell you the schedule of when the vehicle oil change should be done, as well as fluid flushes. Without proper maintenance, your vehicle will have further issues, and will result in a costly repair bill. If there is an issue you notice that is unusual for your vehicle, it is always important to contact us immediately. Doing so can help prolong the condition of your vehicle. read more

Tire Rotations for your Vehicle

Tire rotations

Tire rotations are one of the easiest auto maintenance tasks to accomplish. It is also very important. Done properly, it can extend the life of your tires. It can also improve your gas mileage. Properly rotated tires ensure that your car handles in a steady and predictable manner when you need to make a sudden turn or stop.

Why rotations are needed

If you left all four tires in the same corner of your car for years and years, some tires would wear out faster than others. Worse, some of the treads in individual tires could wear unevenly, with the inside or outside wearing out first. Uneven tread wear is unavoidable. The weight of a car is not distributed evenly to all four corners. The engine, the heaviest single thing in a car, is usually at the front, so the front tires tend to carry more weight. The front tires also take care of all the steering duties. read more

Inspect the Battery of your Vehicle

battery, Dale Feste Automotive

The battery can lose its charge for several reasons. A jump may be needed for some of the reasons the battery has lost its charge. If you leave the vehicle’s headlights on, they can drain your battery and cause it to go dead. The same thing is true for leaving on the interior lights of the vehicle. Leaving the radio on when the vehicle is not running can also lead to the battery going dead. If you notice your battery draining or going dead frequently, bring it in so we can inspect it. Sometimes the battery is draining because of another issue, at which case we can check to find the cause of the issue. read more

Why the Lights are an Important part of the Vehicle


To help keep your vehicle safe, it is important to follow the recommended maintenance schedule. Besides bringing your vehicle in, there are also certain parts you can check yourself. One of the areas includes the lights. This will be the headlights, taillights, and blinkers of the vehicle. These are important because not only do they help your visibility, but it can also help others to see where you at or which direction you are turning. Also make sure the light is still operating. It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your vehicle. You might reverse into a parking space in the dark and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If you notice any issues with the lights, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can repair the light for you. read more

Hopkins Raspberry Festival

Hope to see you at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. This is one of the oldest festivals in the state!  If you have already been out to enjoy the festivities, make sure to visit again. The Hopkins Raspberry Festival is fun for all ages!