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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.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

4 Reasons Your Check Engine Light Illuminates

Oh, the dreaded check engine light and all the worries that ensue. Will you make it to work okay? Will your car stall out on the side of the freeway? Will your engine be a smoking hot mess when you pull up in front of school to pick up your kids? Should you even drive?!

Is Your Vehicle Battery Going Bad? 3 Signs to Watch For

Identifying the signs of a failing car battery can save you the frustration of a vehicle that won’t start. Click to learn the telltale signs your battery is going bad from the experts at AA Auto Tech.

Dreaded Dash Lights: What Do The Indicators on Your Vehicle Dash Mean?

Do you know what your vehicle’s dashboard lights mean? The experts at AA Auto Tech discuss the most common warning indicator lights and the meaning behind them.

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