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Caring for Your Brakes During the Winter

Car driving on a snowy road.
We all know by now, year-round vehicle maintenance is imperative. However, making sure your car, and specifically, your brakes, are ready to hit the road during the winter months is crucial. Maintaining your brakes can help avoid costly repairs and disruptions to your life.

Everything You Need to Know About Tire Rotation

Auto mechanic rotating tires.
In the world of vehicle maintenance -- tires are, literally, where the rubber meets the road. Tire rotation is crucial for the safety and reliability of your car, and tires are a fairly significant investment. With tires being such a major piece of the transportation puzzle, it's smart to understand tire rotation and everything that goes into it.

5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Local Mechanic

Man handing over keys to mechanic.
We’ve all been there. The “what’s that sound?” or the “Where is THAT leak coming from?!” Car repair is an inevitable and important part of maintaining the performance of your vehicle. To keep those “CLUNK-KER-CHUNK, Oh No!” moments to a minimum.

Oil Change FAQs

Changing the oil in a car engine, local auto mechanic filling your vehicle's oil with a funnel with the hood open
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.

10 Common Transmission Problems (& How to Fix Them)

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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 begins making odd noises or sensations when driving, it suddenly becomes all you can think about.

The Correct Tire Pressure for Your Car

Adult man Checking tire pressure With tire gauge
Your tires a 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 you drive.

Emissions Testing Requirements in Southern Idaho

Close up of a car's fumes coming from exhaust, vehicle emissions concept
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.

Diesel Engine Maintenance for Ranchers and Farmers

Diesel pickup truck on a ranch, several cows seen through the windshield of a pickup truck
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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Properly diagnosing your vehicle requires training, experience, time, and often times, some very expensive and specialized equipment and software.