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How to Make Your Vehicle Last 200,000 Miles or More!

How to Make Your Vehicle Last 200,000 Miles or More!

Excellent news!  The majority of vehicles sold in recent years can go 200,000 miles with precious few major repairs.    But there is a catch: Preventive maintenance is required.  And there is more to it than meets the eye. Also, there are important new services that not everyone is aware of yet.   Oil Change?  But of course.  Many people still refer to it as a “lube, oil and filter” service.  Chassis lubrication has pretty much gone by the wayside, but the fresh oil and filter part is still the meat and potatoes of a basic car service.   A proper oil change should include an examination of the vehicle’s major components and a check of other fluids; transmission, brake, power steering and coolant, in most cars. This service is due by mileage, or at least twice a year. Some of the preventive services recommended on modern cars are necessary because cars are lasting so much longer.  It’s also like ... read more

5 Top Reasons to Buy a Ford Transit For Your Small Business

5 Top Reasons to Buy a Ford Transit For Your Small Business

1. Your drivers will figure out the ​Sync3 Infotainment System easily and stay safe on the road. As small business owners we all want our employees to be safe and not distracted while driving.  The Infotainment System is easy to teach and allows your drivers to get their tunes or find out where they are going safely.  Quick and easy to learn. 2. Excellent handling and responsive steering  When you are turning in those narrow areas and tight circles, the Transit handles with great response and ease.  The newer Ford Transits handle less like a truck and have a smoother ride.  Throw in a 5 Star Safety Rating and you've got the whole package. 3. Your employees will appreciate the comfy seats and quiet, smooth ride This work van offers a comfortable ride for your people when they are driving for work all day long.  The van is insulated and the road and wind noise is minimal.  On our Colorado ... read more

What To Do If Your Vehicle Suffered Damage From Sliding Into a Curb

Oh, that helpless feeling!  Sliding, sliding closer and closer until WHACK! Or maybe it's a sad crunching noise.  Or both. Whether you bounced off a curb or managed to go up and over, the next few moments are likely to be filled with dread. How much damage?  Will the car be okay to drive? How much will it cost to fix? One thing is certain - your car should be inspected if you have any doubts about damage.  Many reputable shops will check your car for damage at no charge, so there’s no reason not to have a professional give your vehicle a clean bill of health or let you know what may be needed to keep you safely moving down the road. Haglin Automotive is one of those reputable shops - we will be happy to give your vehicle a complimentary, proper inspection for your peace of mind and safety.   What is most likely to be damaged in a curb hit / slide off?   Wheels can be bent, which may or may not be visible while still on the car.&nbs ... read more

How to Diagnose a Shaky Steering Wheel

At normal operation, your vehicle should drive smoothly and without issue. You shouldn't find yourself feeling too much of the road's imperfections or every single little bump in the road. However, if you start to feel that your vehicle's steering wheel vibrates excessively, there may be an issue with the suspension system, tires, or wheels. Since many different components can affect the steering wheel, diagnosing the problem can be a little bit tricky. The following are some ways that you can narrow down the issue and understand the cause of your shaking steering wheel.  The most common cause of a shaking steer wheel is the tires or wheels. Tire balance is vital to a steady vehicle and out of balance tires can cause shakiness, uneven tire wear, and more. Tire balance can be an issue if you notice that your steering wheel vibrates at high speeds or gets progressively worse the faster you drive.  The wheel bearings can also be a culprit when it comes to a shaky s ... read more

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

Gasoline Direct Injection = More Power, Better Efficiency!   While it’s true that direct injection engines (GDI) develop more power and produce lower emissions, it is also true that there are some maintenance challenges that have plagued the design for many years.   The evolution from carburetor to fuel injection (which was invented in the 1920’s) took until the 1980’s when virtually all new gasoline powered cars and light trucks were fuel injected.  The move to fuel injection increased fuel efficiency, lowered emissions, and enhanced reliability. Instead of the engine pulling the in the fuel, the system would deliver a precise amount of gasoline at the moment of the intake stroke.   Fuel injection systems can be prone to clogged injectors which led to better gasoline additives and maintenance services designed to “clean” the injectors and fuel intake system.  We recommend an Air Induction service as routine maint ... read more

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

The versatile and robust Transit Van has found its way into the hearts of drivers and fleet managers in a wide array of transportation services. From the nimble little Transit Connect all the way to the F-350 Cargo Transit, this modern panel-van-style creation is responsible for delivering everything from flowers to construction supplies to passengers virtually anywhere.  They are also being outfitted as conversion vans, police vehicles, and ambulances.  Of course we’re talking about the Ford Transit line, which evolved from and replaced the Econoline Vans produced for decades, but other manufacturers have similar vehicles - the Ram ProMaster (pictured below) and Mercedes Sprinter vans among them.   For fleet operators, downtime can mean lost revenue, so the choice of a repair facility is especially important.  Who can do the preventive maintenance and any needed repairs in a timely manner?   Haglin Automotive, a full-service, independent aut ... read more

What Vehicle Changes are you Making for 2020?

It’s that time of the season when we start thinking about what changes or resolutions we plan to make for the upcoming year. 2019 has ended and we all hope that 2020 will bring us health and good fortune. Many people will think about what resolutions to make such as going to the gym more often, eating healthier, and waking up earlier. These are all fantastic resolutions, but have you thought about any changes you will be making when it comes to your car?  Nobody is a perfect vehicle owner, but there are many ways in which the regular car driver can not only take better care of their vehicle but save money on car repairs in the new year. It is a great idea to think of a vehicle resolution that you can make going into 2020 that will help you protect your car investment and save you money on repairs. Here are some of our top vehicle changes to make for 2020: Try to keep your car clean and free of garbage Clean out your trunk - it will give you much better fuel efficiency Ha ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

The exhaust system of your vehicle has the important job of converting harmful gases emited from the engine into less harmful gases which are then emitted from your exhaust system. If your vehicle has an exhaust system, harmful gases could potentially be leaking into your cabin which is detrmental to you and your passenger's health. A exhaust system problem can also make you vehicle fail an emissions test and make your vehicle legally not able to drive.  Some of the most common causes of exhaust system problems include:  Rust - rust can occur often when it comes to the muffler, pipes, and other components of the exhaust system. Roads that still use salt in the winter can speed up this process even more. Rust should be removed from parts if possible, and if not, super rusty parts should be replaced.  Bad Oxygen Sensor - a bad oxygen sensor can cause problems when it comes to making sure that the air-fuel mixture is correct for your emissions system. This can cause ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Haglin Automotive!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Haglin Automotive! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Haglin Automotive before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid ... read more

Different Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Different Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Your vehicle is equipped with a complex computer system that will alert you if it detects something wrong with your vehicle. When you do see a warning light turn on, its important to bring your vehicle into Haglin Automotive as soon as possible for an inspection. Depending on the warning light, a major issue can progress quickly and lead to unexpected vehicle breakdowns. Here are some of the most important dashboard warning lights and what they can indicate:    1. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT - this light will illuminate if your vehicle detects that their is a problem with the engine. This needs to be inspected as soon as possible.    2. BATTERY WARNING LIGHT - this light will turn on when there is an issue with your vehicle's battery. In order to prevent getting stuck with a vehicle that won't start, it is important to have this looked at right away.    3. ENGINE TEMPERATURE WARNING LIGHT - this light indicates that your engine is running too hotly ... read more

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