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Signs that mice are living in your car

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Chilly months are ahead, which increases the likelihood of mice living in your car.

To mice and other animals, including squirrels and frogs, vehicles are warm and offer protection.

It only takes one cold night to draw them in.

Certain smells attract them, as well. Some parts – like fuel lines – that are produced with a soy-based substance can draw rodents in.

Normally, mice keep themselves hidden by burrowing deep in the engine. They build nests and will chew wires and insulation. 

Indicator of mice living in your car

Usually, drivers won’t find out that a mouse has been living in their car until something stops working and a mechanic or auto repair shop that’s working on it sees broken wires.

You may also notice insulation or what appears to be ground up newspaper around your vehicle, which indicates that they are moving it from another place.

Mouse droppings and damage to upholstery – which can be used to make nests – are other symptoms.

If you turn on the blower motor and it sounds unbalanced or loud – like something is flopping around – it’s a good sign that there’s a mouse nest.

Mice love to build nests in the air box. That’s a common area we see them when we’re performing oil changes or checking the cabin air filter.

How to keep mice at bay

You can deter mice by cleaning your car regularly and using mouse traps in your garage.

If you are having a big problem with mice living in your car, try putting dryer sheets in the engine compartment – mice hate the smell. But make sure to tuck the dryer sheets away so they don’t catch on fire.

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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Symptoms of a bad rack and pinion

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Do you have a stiff steering wheel?

It could mean there’s a problem with your rack and pinion. This component is connected to the steering knuckles, which turn the steering wheel left or right.

We installed a new one on a Honda Odyssey last month. Our technician determined that it needed to be replaced when he noticed it was leaking. This is a good reason why you should have the rack and pinion inspected.

New and old rack and pinion.

New and old rack and pinion

Rack and pinion replacement

To replace this part, the technician needed to remove a bracket for the engine mount.

This rack and pinion was relatively simple to install. For vehicles that have switches and multiple sensors, the process can be more complicated.

A stiffer steering wheel is one sign of a bad rack and pinion. This problem can be caused by leaking steering fluid that’s getting bound up, or the system being low on fluid.

You can help protect the this component through regular power steering fluid exchanges.

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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Auto parts shortage: Why you shouldn’t put off car repair

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Some auto parts have been more difficult to find since the Coronavirus outbreak started.

For example, Goodyear was slowing its tire production, meaning that there could be a shortage on certain types of tires as the country gets moving again. You may be able to get a tire that fits your car, but it might not be the right speed rating or load rating.

Auto parts shortage problem

Many of the parts we use are made by companies located in other countries. With countries around the world shut down, not as many people are working, which has cut down on the production for these products.

We recently needed a new computer for a Ford F150. Normally, we can receive one the next day. This time, there was one located in the United States, and it took five days for us to get it.

From what we’ve been told, the part stores and manufacturers have done a good job of tapping into each other’s resources to move products around. However, with the factories being closed or reduced production, we could see a drop off of supplies being produced.

While parts are still readily available, it’s probably a good idea to have something repaired that you’ve been putting off. If you wait a month or two, it may be more difficult to get it completed.

Our pickup and drop off services

If you need work done on your vehicle, we have a scheduled pickup and delivery service. A few drop off options are also available.

Anyone who doesn’t want to come into the building can bring their cars using our “After Hours” drop off slot. They can also give us a call at (703) 670-8005, and a staff member can meet them outside to get their keys and information.

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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Our new pickup and delivery service: How it works

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Do you need work done on your vehicle but don’t have time to bring it to the repair shop?

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge can help.

We have started a scheduled pickup and delivery service. Here’s how it works.

Our pickup and delivery service process

Our staff will get all the information from you over the phone, schedule a time they can get your keys, and sign the ticket. 

We will take pictures of your vehicle for any damage we see and bring your vehicle to the shop to get serviced.

Before we perform any repairs, our staff will call you, provide you with an estimate, and go over our digital inspection with you. This will allow you to see exactly what they’re talking about from the comfort of your home.

Upon approval, we will repair your car. When we are finished repairing it, we will let you know and take payment over the phone. We will schedule a time we can return your vehicle to you and sign for delivery.

If your vehicle doesn’t start or is unsafe to drive, please let us know and we can arrange towing to our repair shop. Inclement weather conditions can affect pickup and delivery.

Customers interested in the service can simply call us at (703) 670-8005.

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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Pick up and delivery service available through Steve’s Auto Repair

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Due to concerns about the Coronavirus spreading, many people are working from home.

Schools across the region are also closing and some colleges are hosting classes online.

Steve’s Auto Repair offering pick up and delivery service

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge is offering a pick up and delivery service within the local area, through scheduled appointments.

“We’ll arrange a time to actually pick up your vehicle, arrange a time to bring it back, take care of everything else in between,” Owner ST Billingsley said.

Our employees will also wipe down the steering wheel and turn signal.

Anyone interested in the service may call Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire at (703) 670-8005.

“Take it easy out there, we want everybody to be nice and healthy; please give us a call if we can help you out,” Billingsley said.

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.