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Cicadas and Your Car: What You Need to Know During This Summer's Road Trips

Cicadas and Your Car: What You Need to Know During This Summer's Road Trips

Hear that buzzing? Is the buzzing…all you can hear? Well, we can relate! As summer approaches, many of us are planning exciting road trips. However, this year brings a unique challenge: an unusually high number of cicadas. These noisy insects are more than just a nuisance you may find hard to look at—they can actually affect your vehicle. In this blog, we'll explore how cicadas can impact your car and what you can do to protect your vehicle during your summer adventures. Why Are There So Many Cicadas This Year? Cicadas are fascinating insects known for their loud mating calls and periodic mass emergences. This year, certain regions, including ours, are experiencing a significant cicada brood. These insects live underground for most of their lives and emerge in large numbers every 13 to 17 years to mate. While their presence is a natural phenomenon, it can cause some unexpected issues for car owners. Cicadas and Your Vehicle Cicadas can find their way into various ... read more

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Heatwave Hacks: Car Care & Safety Tips for Missouri’s Summers

Heatwave Hacks: Car Care & Safety Tips for Missouri’s Summers

Heatwave Hacks: Car Care & Safety Tips for Missouri’s Summers Things are mild right now–many of us Missourians are enjoying the “calm before the storm”, or rather, the “cool summer weather” before the humidity and heat really start. It looks like we’ve got a hot summer full of heatwaves ahead of us, so now is the perfect time to prepare your vehicle for all things hot weather! In this blog, I’ll talk you through some of the things I suggest to our customers when it comes to getting that car ready for vacations, road trips, or just being parked on hot asphalt while you work.  Cooling System Maintenance Is Number One One of the most critical aspects of summer car care is ensuring your vehicle's cooling system is in optimal condition. Missouri's heat can push engines to their limits, making them more prone to overheating. Regular maintenance checks are paramount, including coolant level inspection, radiator flushes, and t ... read more

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How to Create a Comprehensive Car Care Checklist for Every Season

How to Create a Comprehensive Car Care Checklist for Every Season

Photo by Jonathan Hanna on Unsplash How to Create a Comprehensive Car Care Checklist for Every Season With each passing season, different aspects of your car require attention to ensure it runs smoothly year-round. This is why every car owner must stay on top of their vehicle's maintenance to ensure its longevity and performance.    We've put together this article to help you create a car care checklist tailored to every season to help you keep your vehicle in optimal condition all year round. Come with us!  Spring Maintenance (March - May) As the weather starts to warm up, it's time to give your car some much-needed attention after the harsh winter months. Start by checking your tires for wear and proper inflation, as fluctuations in temperature can affect tire pressure. Next, inspect your windshield wipers and replace them if they're cracked or lea ... read more

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FAQs About Car Ownership and Maintenance In Mid-Missouri

FAQs About Car Ownership and Maintenance In Mid-Missouri

Photo by Kirk Thornton On Unsplash FAQs About Car Ownership and Maintenance In Mid-Missouri Are you a car owner in Mid-Missouri? Whether you're a seasoned driver or a new vehicle owner, understanding the ins and outs of car ownership and maintenance is crucial for keeping your vehicle running smoothly. At The Auto Shop in Jefferson City, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you navigate the world of automotive care. How often should I get my car serviced? It's recommended to follow your vehicle manufacturer's guidelines for scheduled maintenance. Typically, this includes oil changes every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, tire rotations every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, and regular inspections at least once a year. What type of oil should I use for my car? The type of oil your car requires depends on fac ... read more

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The Auto Shop: 7 Common Signs of Transmission Trouble You Shouldn't Ignore

The Auto Shop: 7 Common Signs of Transmission Trouble You Shouldn't Ignore

Photo by Tekton On Unsplash The Auto Shop: 7 Common Signs of Transmission Trouble You Shouldn't Ignore Your vehicle, while embarking on the open road, serves as a steadfast companion to take you to your destination. During this voyage, the transmission plays a pivotal role, ensuring seamless communication between the engine and wheels. However, smooth performance can sometimes be disrupted by subtle yet significant signs of transmission trouble. Ignoring these indicators can transform a minor hiccup into a major automotive saga.    Over here at The Auto Shop in Jefferson City, we care about your smooth rides and will be sharing seven common signs of transmission trouble you shouldn't ignore, so let's get to it. Sign 1: Shaky Shifts One of the initial indicators of transmission issues is noticeable hesitation or ... read more

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