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May Flowers: Ideas for Nurturing Your Car's Springtime Bloom

May Flowers: Ideas for Nurturing Your Car's Springtime Bloom

As the world awakens from winter slumber, nature bursts forth with vibrant colors and fresh fragrances. Just as you tend to your garden to ensure it flourishes, it's equally important to nurture your car's well-being as spring unfolds. Here are some tips to help your trusty vehicle bloom alongside the May flowers. 1. Spring Cleaning Bid farewell to winter grime by giving your car a thorough spring cleaning. Start with a gentle wash to remove salt, dirt, and debris accumulated during winter travels. Pay attention to nooks and crannies where dirt may have accumulated, including wheel wells and undercarriage. Don't forget the interior—vacuum carpets, wipe down surfaces, and clean windows for a fresh start. 2. Check Your Fluids Spring is the perfect time to check and top up your car's vital fluids. Ensure that oil, coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid are at the proper levels. Consider scheduling a coolant flush if it's been several years since th ... read more

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Do I Need To Pull Over If I See A Dashboard Light? We Answer Your FAQs

Do I Need To Pull Over If I See A Dashboard Light? We Answer Your FAQs

Photo by Jonathan Petersson On Unsplash Do I Need To Pull Over If I See A Dashboard Light? We Answer Your FAQs Navigating the road is more than just steering and accelerating; it's about understanding your vehicle's language through dashboard lights. Have you ever wondered if you should pull over when that mysterious light flickers? Our comprehensive FAQ guide delves into the dashboard's cryptic signals, decoding the urgency behind each light.  Let's get to the details. Understanding Dashboard Lights Modern vehicles come equipped with many dashboard lights, each serving a specific purpose. Let's explore some of the commonly encountered dashboard lights and what they might indicate: Check Engine Light For every car owner, the warning glow of the check engi ... read more

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5 Things To Add To Your Maintenance Calendar in February

5 Things To Add To Your Maintenance Calendar in February

Photo by Eric Rothermel On Unsplash 5 Things To Add To Your Maintenance Calendar in February Taking your vehicle on the road is more than just driving; it's a commitment to ensure that every turn of the key is rewarded with reliability and optimum performance. That's why it's important to do some maintenance to prevent your car from breaking down in the strangest places or at the strangest times.   Whether you're a casual car driver or a seasoned enthusiast, understanding the details of car maintenance is key to creating a world where reliability, safety, and efficiency come together for your driving experience. Here are 5 tips for your maintenance checklist!  1. Tire Check and Rotation February marks the change from winter to spring, bringing fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable road conditions.    Start the month b ... read more

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Your Comprehensive Guide to Car Air Filters

Your Comprehensive Guide to Car Air Filters

Photo by Why Kei On Unsplash Your Comprehensive Guide to Car Air Filters This ultimate guide is your key to understanding how air filters work and why they matter in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Whether you're a seasoned driver or just beginning your journey, this comprehensive resource will empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your vehicle's maintenance and performance. Understanding the Variety of Air Filters Car air filters come in many options, each suited to different vehicles and driving conditions. We'll delve into the nuances of paper filters, foam filters, cotton gauze filters, and synthetic filters, ensuring you choose the right one for your unique needs.   Paper Filters: These are the m ... read more

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Gifts You Can Get Any Car Owner

Gifts You Can Get Any Car Owner

Photo Hush Naidoo Jade Photography by On Unsplash Gifts You Can Get Any Car Owner Whether you're looking for a holiday gift, a birthday present, or simply want to surprise someone with a gesture of appreciation, we're here to share some thoughtful and practical gift ideas for car owners. And trust us; our suggestions will not only bring a smile to your receiver’s face but also enhance their driving experience.   As car enthusiasts and seasoned auto technicians at Service Plus Automotive in Calcium, NY, we understand the needs of car owners like no one else. So, let's dive into our top gift ideas that will make your loved ones glad and keep their vehicles in top-notch condition. Quality Maintenance Package Nothing says "I care about your car," like gifting a comprehensive maintenance package. Our auto shop offers var ... read more

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Another Year of Brakes For Breasts: Join Us in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Another Year of Brakes For Breasts: Join Us in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Photo by Gabby Triq On Unsplash Another Year of Brakes For Breasts: Join Us in the Fight Against Breast Cancer At Service Plus Automotive in Calcium, New York, we believe in the power of community, compassion, and giving back. It's a sentiment that drives us year-round, but during the month of October, our commitment to a greater cause shines even brighter as we participate in the annual Brakes for Breasts campaign. What We Love About Brakes for Breasts Throughout the month of October, Service Plus Automotive is excited to offer FREE quality brake pads or shoes as part of our ongoing partnership with the Brakes for Breasts non-profit organization. This incredible initiative has been a highlight of our year for several reasons.   First and foremost, we are deeply honored to collaborate with Brakes for Breasts, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Breast ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the New School Year

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the New School Year

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the New School Year As summer draws to a close and the new school year approaches, ensuring your vehicle is in top-notch condition is essential. Proper maintenance enhances your safety and helps you avoid unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. In this month's blog post, the expert auto mechanics at Service Plus Automotive will discuss essential steps to prepare your vehicle for the new school year, including oil changes, brake inspections, air filter replacements, and wiper checks. We will also highlight the signs and symptoms that indicate these components need attention. Oil Changes   Consistent oil changes are vital, as they keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. Even the perfect driver needs an oil change, as over time, engine oil becomes susceptible to dirt, sludge, and metal particles ... read more

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Celebrate The Fourth of July in Calcium

Celebrate The Fourth of July in Calcium

Photo by Mike Enerio on Unsplash Celebrate The Fourth of July in Calcium The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and Calcium, New York, offers a range of exciting events and activities to make your holiday memorable. You can explore the area's rich history by visiting museums and landmarks and engaging in outdoor adventures. Here are some ideas to help you plan your Independence Day festivities in Calcium and the nearby Black River. Fireworks Display As the sun sets on Independence Day, prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks show. Gather your friends and family at Watertown's Thompson Park or the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to witness the mesmerizing bursts of color and light. Visit Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site Immerse yourself in history by visiting the ... read more

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4 Signs Your A/C Needs Attention

4 Signs Your A/C Needs Attention

Photo by Emmanuel Kontokalos on Unsplash 4 Signs Your A/C Needs Attention Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the sweltering heat. If you rely on your car's air conditioning system to keep you cool and comfortable on the road, it's vital to ensure it functions properly. Below, we’ve listed 4 signs that your A/C needs attention and some common repairs we do here at Service Plus Automotive before the summer begins. First, let’s chat about why it’s so important to have a functioning A/C! The Importance Of A Working A/C A functioning A/C system in your car is crucial, especially during the hot summer. A properly functioning A/C system not only keeps you and your passengers cool and comfortable, but it also plays an essential role in your safety.    Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious health risks, and a malfunctioning A/C system can ... read more

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When Should I Replace My Tires?

When Should I Replace My Tires?

Photo by Enis Yuvus on Unsplash When Should I Replace My Tires? If you're like most car owners in Calcium, New York, you've probably wondered how often you should replace your tires. After all, your tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle when it comes to safety and performance. But how do you know when it's time to replace them? In this blog post, we'll answer that question and provide some tips for keeping your tires in top condition. It’s Important To Change Them Regularly! First, let's talk about why it's important to replace your tires on a regular basis. Over time, your tires can wear down and lose their grip on the road. This can lead to decreased handling, poor traction, and even accidents. In addition, old tires are more likely to blow out or suffer punctures, which can be dangerous at high speeds. By replacing you ... read more

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