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Woman With Car Troubles
23 Aug

Mass Air Flow Sensor: What It Is and Signs of Failure

What is a Mass Air Flow Sensor? The mass air flow sensor (MAF) is a key component of the electronic fuel injection system in a car. It is located between the air filter and the engine’s intake manifold. In some cars, the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor is built into the mass air flow sensor. […]

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What to Do if Your Car Does Not Pass a Safety Inspection
21 Jul

What to Do if Your Car Does Not Pass a Safety Inspection

Failing a vehicle safety inspection can be frustrating. You’ve most likely taken time out of your busy schedule to get the test done, only to learn you need to make two more stops: first to your local mechanic and then back to the inspection station. Vehicles need to be inspected after being purchased or registered […]

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importance of tire rotation
16 Jul

The Importance of Regular Tire Rotation

Shocks and struts are an essential part of a vehicle’s ability to operate smoothly and safely. However, Tire rotation is the process of changing the position of each of the four tires on a vehicle. For vehicle owners, regular tire rotation is an essential part of regular maintenance. It will extend tire lifespan and improve […]

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tire rotation vs alignment hollenshades
03 May

The Difference Between Tire Alignment and Tire Rotation

Tires are some of the most important parts of a car. Up-to-date tires that receive regular maintenance can extend the lifetime of a vehicle and decrease the chance of an accident. A major part of ensuring your tires are in good condition is visiting your local auto repair shop regularly for vehicle maintenance and check-ups. […]

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why wheel bearings fail hollenshades auto repair
22 Mar

What Are Wheel Bearings and What Causes Wheel Bearing Malfunction?

If you are hearing a strange, unusual noise coming from your car while you’re driving, it’s possible you may be experiencing wheel bearing malfunction. Wheel bearings are safety-critical components that are designed to sustain axial and radial loads caused by breaking, accelerating, and cornering. A crucial part of your vehicle’s good functioning, problems with wheel […]

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brake rotor blog post hollenshades
08 Mar

Brake Rotors: 5 Questions You Might be Afraid to Ask

Does a rotor need to be machined? No. What causes a rotor to crack? Brake Rotors do not crack from hitting a pothole or curb; they break due to the stress of heat and cycling from hot to cold. Also, mechanical stresses from stopping the vehicle can play a part. Every time the brakes are […]

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A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO CHOOSING A LOCAL CAR MECHANIC
13 Oct

A Student’s Guide to Choosing a Local Car Mechanic

Every August, students make their way back to college, sometimes hundreds of miles away from home. They may be in a brand-new city, where they don’t know many people and aren’t familiar with local businesses. Often, new drivers find themselves unsure of how to find a trustworthy, dependable mechanic who will ensure their car is […]

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preparing your car for fall hollenshades auto repair
24 Aug

Preparing Your Car for Fall Rain and Leaves

With the beautiful fall colors we enjoy in the Mid-Atlantic often comes quite a bit of rain. Most people know that driving in the rain can be difficult and requires a little more attention to things like hydroplaning. However, it’s important to check up on a few interior and exterior parts of your car when […]

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