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Be Careful When Shopping for Estimates

March 22, 2012 When phone shopping for estimates on auto repair, be careful. Don’t assume the cheaper quote is the better deal. Find out exactly what it includes. Many “good deals” can turn into nightmares. more »»

Auto Tip of the Week: Air Conditioning & Humidity

March 15, 2012 Air conditioning is more than just a cold blast of air. It also removes the moisture from the air in your car. more »»

What’s That Noise?

March 1, 2012 Most brake systems have a wear sensor designed to make a high-pitched squeal when the brakes are due for replacement. You may hear it when driving or braking. more »»

Air Conditioning Failure

February 23, 2012 The most common cause for an air conditioner failure is refrigerant leaks. This could mean anything from an O-ring leak to a compressor or evaporator failure. Get it checked by a certified tech. more »»

Air Conditioning Failure

February 23, 2012 The most common cause for an air conditioner failure is refrigerant leaks. This could mean anything from an O-ring leak to a compressor or evaporator failure. Get it checked by a certified tech. more »»

Whales and Oil Don’t Mix

February 16, 2012 Oil leaks leave a mess under your hood, ruining engine parts and smell bad. They leave puddles on the road and in the driveway. more »»

Communicate with Your Mechanic

February 9, 2012 Communication is key in getting what you want from your auto repair shop. more »»

Overheating Breaks

January 19, 2012 Overheated brakes can warp brake rotors causing a pulsating brake pedal, bad smells and squealing. This can ruin even new brakes quickly. We see this a lot after people come down Haleakala. more »»

Tire Safety

October 27, 2011 Tires are the second-most important safety issue on your car after brakes. Make sure you keep them properly inflated. Improper inflation can affect cornering and overall ride comfort. more »»

Beware of your wipers.

October 13, 2011 Check windshield wiper blades regularly. In our hot climate they get dry and split, even though you may not use them often. more »»

What’s that noise?

September 22, 2011 Listen to your car. It may be trying to tell you something important. Noises and symptoms often start gradually and we may not notice them until a little problem becomes a big one. more »»

Air Conditioning

August 11, 2011 Automobile air conditioning systems should be checked periodically for peak performance and proper cooling. more »»

Transmission Fluid

August 4, 2011 Transmission fluid is just as important as engine oil. Transmissions can cost as much as an engine to repair or replace, so you want to be sure it keeps working. more »»

Auto Tip of the Week

July 7, 2011 As the high-tech designs in new cars advance well beyond the space shuttle, you shouldn’t be surprised by rising diagnostic times and charges. more »»

Is Your Engine Light On?

June 30, 2011 The engine light is important. The computer is sensing a problem—it could be a loose gas cap or it might be a bad oxygen sensor, which could drop gas mileage by as much as 40 percent. more »»

Fuel Filters

June 16, 2011 Many automotive fuel filters are located under your car, so they are hard to see and often forgotten as part of a tune-up. more »»

Timing Belts

June 9, 2011 Engine timing belt replacement at the recommended mileage is critical, but often overlooked. On some cars, it can cost thousands in major engine repairs if the timing belt breaks. more »»

New Car Maintenance

June 2, 2011 With your new car under warranty, you can have maintenance services done at your favorite independent repair shop and still keep your warranty valid. more »»

Auto Tip of the Week

May 19, 2011 The most overlooked maintenance item I see on Maui is antifreeze. Even though it never freezes here, it’s critical to keep a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water in the cooling system. more »»

Recycling for Japan

May 19, 2011 Students ages 2 through 5 at Children’s Garden preschool in Kīhei collected and recycled over 30,400 bottles and cans in April to raise $1,570 for Japanese Red Cross relief efforts. more »»

 
 
 

 

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