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Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

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Summer temperatures and driving conditions can take a toll on your vehicle, and this puts you at risk of being stranded just when you depend on your car, truck, or SUV the most.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

If you’re like most of us in the Treasure Valley, you have already started to feel the heat. Your vehicle has too! So what can you do to help ensure that all your vehicle’s systems and components stay summer-ready and available for whatever road trips or adventures you have planned?

The Why, What, and How of Ignition Interlock Devices

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As soon as you are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle, you’re going to have a lot of questions and concerns about what this means not only for you but for your daily life and vehicle as well.

We’ll answer the why, what, and how of ignition interlock devices so that you’re prepared to move forward and get back on the road.

Oil Change FAQs

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Unless a dark puddle greets you under your car, a warning light on your dash, or enough smoke coming out of your tailpipe to worry the Boise fire department -- the oil in your vehicle's engine is usually out of sight, out of mind.

So how often do you need to check and change the oil in your vehicle, and what kind of oil is best for your car?

Let us take some of the mystery out of having your vehicle's oil changed regularly and keep you on the road and out of the shop!

10 Common Transmission Problems

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When your vehicle’s transmission is working correctly, it’s out of sight, out of mind. But when you hop in your car to head to work in the morning and it won’t move, or when it begins making odd noises or sensations while running, it suddenly becomes all you can think about.

So what are the most common transmission problems a vehicle can experience, and what can you do to fix them? We'll cover that here, but first, let's talk about transmissions and how they work.

The Correct Tire Pressure for Your Car

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Your car's tires are literally the most important (and only thing!) between you and the road.

They have a big job to do—stopping, turning, traction, performing at speed, under load, etc—and that’s why the proper tire pressure is so important to maintain, no matter how or what you drive.

But how do you know what the correct tire pressure is for your car? And how does tire pressure impact your safety, fuel economy, performance, and the life of your tires? We've got answers!

Emissions Testing Requirements in Southern Idaho

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While the requirements for smog and emissions testing in Idaho may differ from other states, understanding the requirements and how (and where!) to test can save you time, money, and a lot of hassle down the road.

What are Idaho’s emission testing requirements?

In rural areas of Idaho, the concept of emissions testing may seem foreign. Many Idaho counties have no emissions regulations, and vehicles can legally be operated with broken, defective or, even non-existent emissions equipment.

Diesel Engine Maintenance for Ranchers and Farmers

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For hard-working farmers and ranchers, today’s modern diesel-powered pickups are quickly bridging the gap between light-duty trucks and the kinds of tasks that only a semi could take on before, so it’s no surprise that they are being used more and more for agricultural, commercial and industrial uses.

Why You Can't Get an Auto Repair Quote Over the Phone

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Yes, but here’s why it’s not in your or your wallet’s best interests.

It can be tempting to try and get an auto repair quote over the phone because after all, just about every other product or service you can think of wants you to do just that; call and get a price quote.

You may see ads asking you to do this very thing, but when it comes to servicing or repairing your vehicle, it’s not a very good idea. But why?

Skipping Oil Changes? Here's Why You Shouldn't

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From total engine failure to losing your “I adulted today sticker, the list of things that could go wrong if you skip getting an oil change is long.

Here is a list of some of the things that can happen to your vehicle (and your wallet) if you don’t get an oil change.

Why Oil Matters

In order to better understand all the negative things that can (and will) occur if you don’t change your oil, we first need to understand what it is exactly that oil does to and for your engine.