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How to Tell When Your Vehicle Needs Alternator Service

Are you worried your vehicle’s alternator is going out? Learn common warning signs of impending alternator failure from the experts at AA Auto Tech.

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Rough Ride? 6 Signs Your Shocks or Struts Are Shot

Have you noticed your vehicle handles differently than normal? Perhaps a bit bumpier or wobblier than you’re used to? If so, worn shocks or struts may be the culprit. Shocks and struts (every vehicle has one or the other, never both) do far more than supply a smooth ride — they allow you to effectively control your vehicle.

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Oil Change 101: What You Need to Know

When it comes to proper vehicle maintenance, if there’s one thing you should never neglect, it’s routine oil changes. Most vehicle owners are good about having their oil changed at regular intervals, but unfortunately, many have limited understanding of the when and why behind the procedure.

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Does Your Air Conditioner Need a Recharge? 4 Telltale Signs

Summer is almost here in Hastings, and if your vehicle’s air conditioning system isn’t up to snuff, that can mean a long, hot, sweaty commute. Not sure how to tell if your air conditioner is working optimally? Not to worry! Our team at AA Auto Tech put together a brief overview of telltale signs that it’s time for an AC recharge. If you’ve noticed any of the following air conditioner issues, don’t hesitate to give our team a call!

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4 Signs It's Time for New Spark Plugs

To maintain optimal vehicle performance, your spark plugs require routine maintenance and replacement. Spark plugs play a critical role in your engine’s performance, it’s fuel mileage, and it’s emissions levels, but there isn’t a spark plug on the market that will last forever. At AA Auto Tech, it’s our goal to help you maintain your vehicle in top condition, so below, we’ve outlined a few easy ways to determine when your vehicle is due for spark plug replacement.

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Why Is There a Puddle Under My Car? Top 5 Fluid Leaks & What They Mean

Have you ever seen the dreaded puddle? You know, the one you find under your vehicle after a day at the office or a quick errand run? If you’re like many vehicle owners, you’ve written it off on many occasions—but do you actually know what’s causing it? Sure, you can always assume it’s just your air conditioner hard at work, but what if that puddle is the result of something more serious? Something that could compromise your vehicle’s performance?

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Car Died While Driving? 4 Reasons Why

You’re driving along peacefully, just minding your own business and out of nowhere, your vehicle just...stops. Sound familiar? If so, you’re probably downright confused. It was working fine one second, and the next? Just...nothing. At AA Auto Tech, in our decades of practice, we’ve seen this issue play out again and again. In some cases, the problem requires a quick and simple fix. In others, you could be facing extensive repairs or component replacements, depending on the extent of the issue. Below, we’re discussing five of the most common culprits behind sudden stalls and what they mean for your vehicle.

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When Should You Replace Your Brake Rotors? 3 Signs It’s Time

If your vehicle seems to be acting up each time you hit the brakes, you’ve no doubt wondered whether it’s safe to continue driving it. Although a variety of issues can cause problems while braking, one of the most prevalent is damaged or worn brake rotors. If left unrepaired, damaged rotors can significantly compromise your ability to stop your vehicle, which presents a major safety hazard. At AA Auto Tech, it’s our job to help you keep your vehicle in safe working condition, so if you’ve noticed any of the following issues, it’s time to call us for a brake inspection.

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Top 4 Transmission Troubles & How To Handle Them

Does your vehicle feel jerky every time you hit the gas? Is it slow to respond when you pull onto the freeway? If either of these issues sounds familiar, nine times out of ten, your vehicle’s transmission is to blame. At AA Auto Tech, we specialize in transmission repair and replacement, and we’re here to let you know that the longer you allow the problem to persist, the worse it will become. Below, you’ll find more information on a few of the most common transmission problems we see, and what you should do if your vehicle is suffering from these issues.

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Getting Poor Gas Mileage? Here’s How to Fix It

Have you recently realized your vehicle no longer gets the great gas mileage you once enjoyed? Are you spending more than normal on your monthly fuel costs? Diminishing gas mileage is typically a sign that your vehicle has undergone normal wear-and-tear and requires one or more replacement parts to improve fuel system functioning. In some cases, though, the issue might simply be a consequence of less-than-stellar driving habits. Fortunately, there are a few simple fixes that can help restore your vehicle’s fuel economy and lighten the burden of frequent fill-ups on your wallet. Our team at AA Auto Tech explains what you can do below.

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