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With winter approaching, there a few things to get checked to winterize your vehicle before it arrives. While North Carolina very rarely gets cold enough for there to be any issues with antifreeze, it should still be checked before winter arrives to ensure that its is up to the task of offering protection at very low temperatures. Because cold temperatures can cause tires to lose a small amount of air pressure, it is also recommended that the air in tires is checked and topped off as well. Even a small loss of air will cause the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) light to illuminate, alerting a driver that tire air pressure has fallen. Beyond that, a car in a relatively fair weather state like North Carolina doesn’t require much “winterizing”, while true cold weather states may require special snow tires and undercoating to help mitigate road salt.
Contact us to “winterize” your vehicle or perform any other needed service on your vehicle. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Not following the correct oil change schedule for your vehicle can come back to bite you. Generally, the correct oil change interval is 3,000-5,000 for conventional oil, or 5,000-7,500 miles for full synthetic oil. After many miles, the inside of the motor can sludge up. In addition, for the majority of people that do not check their fluids (coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid), oil changes are the only time these fluid levels get checked. In order to keep the interior of the motor in good working order, any leaks or other issues can be diagnosed and repaired quickly and can be kept under observation.
If you have fallen behind on the oil change schedule for your car, call us at (919) 876-2548 to schedule your appointment by phone or fill out our make an appointment form today so we can keep your motor in good working order.
There are a variety of problems that can cause your check engine light to illuminate. Though it may or may not be caused by drivability problems, it’s important to get it diagnosed because the underlying problem can cause lasting damage to exhaust components such as the catalytic converter, which is very expensive to replace. In addition, the car will be outputting a greater amount of emissions, and may see a decrease in gas mileage.
Some of the problems associated with check engine lights:
- Defective oxygen sensors
- Bad catalytic converters
- EVAP leaks
- Clogged EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve
- Spark plugs being worn to the point where unburned gas is poured into the catalytic converters, thereby damaging them
Having an ASE certified technician diagnose the underlying problem behind a check engine light is much more prudent than simply having an auto parts store use a simple code reader to see the numerical code behind the check engine light. If your check engine light is on, schedule a free appointment with out ASE certified technician today. We will diagnose and repair the problem to get you back on the road quickly and safely.
After the A/C is blowing cold and the cabin air filter has been changed, it’s time to make sure that any worn tires are freshly installed before taking any trips for the summer, because worn or underinflated tires have significantly less stopping power and traction, especially in slippery conditions such as North Carolina’s sudden rain storms. Eastgate Shell offers tires from major manufacturers from Uniroyal and BFGoodrich all the way to Michelin and Hankook, and we also perform services from mounting and balancing to alignments and tire repairs. Contact us to take advantage of these special offers before the expire.
Current Rebates Offered When You Buy a Set of 4 Select Tires:
- Uniroyal – $40 Mastercard Reward card with the purchase of four new Uniroyal passenger or light truck tires in the month of May
- BF Goodrich- $50 or $70 Mastercard Reward card with the purchase of 4 new BFGoodrich tires from May 16 to May 29
As we head into the travelling season where you and your family are likely to be taking trips and vacations, it’s a good idea to get any problems taken care of that you may have been putting off, such as oil changes and state emission inspections. There may be other items you are not aware of such as losing coolant, needing to add air to a tire, your car AC blowing warm air, and the air filter needing to be changed.
Thank you for visiting Eastgate Automotive and learning more about our vehicle service center and gas station in Raleigh NC. We specialize in BMW, Mini’s and Much More.
We have recently launched our new website to provide customers with better information about our services, our qualifications and an online appointment request form. If we can provide any of the following services for your vehicle, please contact us or call (919) 876-2548.
- A/C Services
- Brake Services
- Diagnostic Services
- NC Emissions and Safety Inspections
- Oil Change Services
- Tire Services
- Mini Cooper
For over 10 years we have served Raleigh’s foreign and domestic auto repair needs. We offer unbeatable prices, reliable experience, and efficient service in our state-of-the-art facility.
We also offer state-of-the-art computer technology and friendly service with a service guarantee for all work done with us.