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Steve’s Auto Repair seeking Service Advisor

In Uncategorizedby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Do you have customer service experience?

Are you looking to switch careers?

Come join the Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire team.

The Woodbridge-based auto repair shop is looking for an entry level Auto Service Advisor.

It’s seeking candidates who have a positive attitude, exceptional phone skills and computer knowledge.

Experience in the automotive industry isn’t required. Having customer service experience is a plus.

Willingness to learn is a must.

Employees will be able to learn management skills through the full-time position.

They would also receive fully paid health insurance, paid training, paid time off.

Questions and resumes may be sent to st@stevesautorepairva.com.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Windshield washer fluid: Blue does not equal good

In Uncategorizedby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Just because your windshield washer fluid is blue does not mean that it is good. You should use a windshield washer fluid tester to make sure the temperature protection level is good to negative 40 degrees.

It’s important to make sure it has adequate protection so during cold weather, the fluid doesn’t freeze in washer fluid reservoir, washer pump.

This will prevent any fluid from coming out of the washer nozzles when you try to use the windshield washer fluid to clear ice off your windshield.

It can also cause the plastic to break. 

The way vehicles are designed nowadays, the windshield washer reservoir in buried behind bumpers and fenders, and replacement can be difficult and costly.

Windshield washer fluid reservoir
Windshield washer fluid reservoir

A lot of places use washer fluid concentrate and one or two pumps can turn a gallon of water blue, but that doesn’t mean it’s providing the correct amount of protection.

During the winter months, there are many choices of washer fluid.

Windshield washer fluid is normally blue, but can be other colors depending on the manufacturer.

“I particularly like RainX Winter Fluid, because it does help clear the windshield and it puts a light RainX coating for when it rains,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner ST Billingsley.

As long as you have washer fluid that is at the correct protection level, blue will do you just fine. 

Windshield Washer Fluid Warning Light
Windshield Washer Fluid Warning Light

If you’re not sure if you need more windshield washer fluid, go to your local, independent auto repair shop and have them check it for you.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Is my transmission bad?

In Uncategorizedby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

In today’s vehicles, it may be difficult to determine if you’re having an engine running problem or a transmission problem.

Since the vehicles have a lot of computer control in them, an engine running problem can mask itself as a transmission problem, and vice versa. 

One way to tell if you’re having a misfire problem over a transmission shaking problem is to look at the check engine light. If it’s flashing, then it is most likely a misfire. If the light is steady and you’re still having that issue, then it could be a transmission problem.

Transmission

Some other symptoms of a transmission problem will be delayed engagement when you’re stopped and then you press the gas pedal. This can mean that there’s a clutch problem, a solenoid problem, or even low fluid.

Another direct indication is the drive indicator on the dashboard may start to flash. 

If you have to press the gas pedal much further than normal to get moving, this could be a transmission problem, but you should have an auto repair shop take a look. Catalytic converters can get clogged up and give you the same symptom.

Also, very dark and burnt smelling fluid along with shifting issues can be a sign that the transmission is having problems.

One of the things you can do to help make the transmission last is to have a transmission fluid exchange performed about every 30,000 miles. This will not only put new fluid through the whole transmission, it can help get the clutch material and contaminants out of it.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Virginia safety inspection of headlights

In Inspectionby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

It’s important that drivers are able to see, even at nighttime and when there’s inclement weather.

To make sure that motorists are traveling safely, inspectors check a car’s headlights when conducting the Virginia safety inspection.

Virginia Safety Inspection

Headlights must have proper aim and mounting to pass the annual requirement. Vehicle safety inspectors shouldn’t be able to move the assembly.

They also look for cracks in the lenses and anything that distorts the light’s aiming pattern.

Headlights can also fail if they are discolored or they don’t have the correct candlepower — meaning that they’re too dim or too bright.

A headlight aligner machine can be used to check the candlepower and aiming.

Virginia safety inspection
Safety inspection of headlights

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics. 

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Why you should change your cabin air filter

In Cabin Air Filterby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Does your car smell musty?

It could be time for you to get a new cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter is a cartridge filter that purifies the air that enters the cabin from the vents.

It’s similar to an air conditioning filter found in most homes.

Cabin air filters also help prevent your vehicle’s heating core and evaporator from clogging up.

Cabin Air Filter

Clean Cabin Air Filter

How often the filter should be changed depends on the make and model of a vehicle and its driver.

Someone who lives on a dirt road may want to get a new one every 10,000 miles. Those who travel from their driveway to the interstate might need to change it every 20,000 miles.

Having the filter changed regularly helps keep dust, dirt, pollen and bacteria out of the front of your vehicle so you don’t breathe it in.

Before setting up an appointment to change it, you might want to make sure your vehicle has one. Some cars, such as Volkswagen beetles, don’t have cabin air filters.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.