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Common Car Problems in the Spring

Common Car Problems in the Spring

As winter fades away and the temperatures start to rise, please remember to prioritize your vehicle by keeping it in good shape for the spring season. With the change in weather, several common car problems can arise. Here are some of the most common car problems in the spring and what you can do to prevent them. Battery Problems: The cold weather of winter can put a lot of strain on your car battery, and this can cause it to wear out or even fail during the spring season. Be sure to check your battery's charge and connections regularly to ensure it functions properly. If your battery is over three years old, consider replacing it. Tire Pressure: Fluctuating temperatures can cause your tire pressure to drop or rise, leading to uneven wear and tear on your tires. Check your tire pressure often and keep it at the manufacturer's recommended levels. Brakes: Winter driving can be tough on your brakes, especially if you live in an area with a lot of salt or sand on the roads. Spr ... read more

The Different Types of Car Light Bulbs

The Different Types of Car Light Bulbs

Light bulbs are a critical component of your vehicle's lighting system and play a crucial role in ensuring road safety. With the advancement in technology, there are now various types of light bulbs that can be used in your vehicle, each with its own unique features and benefits. In this blog, we will be discussing the different light bulbs used in vehicles and what makes each type special. Halogen Bulbs: Halogen bulbs are the most common type of light bulb used in vehicles today. They produce a bright, white light and are relatively inexpensive. The halogen gas inside the bulb increases the lifespan of the bulb and makes it more efficient. LED Bulbs: LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are becoming increasingly popular in vehicles because of their energy-efficient design. LED bulbs use less power and last longer than traditional halogen bulbs. They also produce a bright, white light that can enhance visibility on the road. Xenon HID Bulbs ... read more

What Are the Types of Power Accessory Repairs?

What Are the Types of Power Accessory Repairs?

Power accessories are the electronic features in your vehicle that make driving more convenient and comfortable. These modern features include power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, and power seats. These tools add comfort and convenience to your daily drive, but when they break down, it can be a major inconvenience. In this blog, we will discuss some common power accessories and how to keep them in good working order. One of the most common power accessory repairs is for power windows. Power windows can stop working due to a failed window motor or a broken power window switch. A qualified technician will be able to diagnose the issue and replace the faulty component. Another common power accessory repair is for power door locks. Power door locks can stop working due to a failed door lock actuator or a broken power door lock switch. A technician can diagnose the issue and replace the faulty component. Power mirrors can also stop working due to a failed mirror motor or a br ... read more

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

If you're an automobile owner, it is important to know the signs of low brake fluid. Brake fluid is a hydraulic liquid that transmits force through brake lines when the brakes are pressed in order to stop your vehicle. Without proper levels of brake fluid, you can't expect your brakes to work correctly and safely. What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid? The most obvious sign is that your brakes will feel spongy or slow when you press down on them. This usually happens as a result of air entering the system due to leaking fluid. Additionally, you may hear a squealing noise when you apply your brakes. If your vehicle's brakes are making this noise, it could indicate that your brake fluid levels are low. Also, if you notice that your vehicle is taking longer to come to a complete stop than it usually does, this could be another indication of low brake fluid. Function of Brake Fluid Brake fluid helps your brakes work more effectively and efficiently. It is crucial that you chec ... read more

3 Must-Checks for Your Holiday Trip Inspection

3 Must-Checks for Your Holiday Trip Inspection

Whether you're planning to visit family and friends or go on a winter vacation to escape, you’re most likely going to need your car. At Tri Star Automotive, we can make sure your car, SUV, or truck is safe and ready to handle whatever road conditions. The last thing we want is for your fun to be ruined by an inconvenient breakdown. Below are the top 3 items that you must check before your holiday road trip: #1: FLUIDS All vehicles contain many fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper solvent, coolant, and more. You should check that these are filled at a proper level and free of contaminants for the best performance. If you want to be on the safe side, it wouldn’t hurt for you to bring along extra fluids too. #2: BELTS & HOSES A simple inspection of your vehicle’s important belts and hoses, especially the timing belt and serpentine belt, can make a world of difference in saving you time and money ... read more