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Safety Tips for July 4th

Safety Tips for July 4th

July 4th is a cherished day here in the United States when it comes to celebrating our freedom and getting together with family and friends. We know that Independence Day may look a little different this year considering the current pandemic, but you may still be planning on watching fireworks or BBQing with your household. Regardless of what your plans are, there will more than likely be many more vehicles on the road and a lot of people out celebrating. This is why it is important to prioritize your safety and do what you can to have a safe holiday celebration.  Read up on some of our tips on how to remain safe while celebrating July 4th this year:  If you're planning on traveling far or using your vehicle a lot during the weekend, we recommend ensuring that your vehicle works at its best. Here at FloState Auto Diesel Repair, we offer pre-trip vehicle inspections to verify that your vehicle can handle the drive. If not, we help you take care o ... read more

Protect Your Vehicle During the Summer

Protect Your Vehicle During the Summer

The weather is getting warmer, and during this time of year a lot of us spend time taking trips and spending time outdoors in the sun. If you’re planning on going to the beach or taking a road trip during the next couple of months, here are some tips on how to protect your vehicle from the harshness of the warm weather: Have your car’s air conditioning system, cooling system, and belts and hoses inspected by an expert here at FloState Auto Diesel Repair. The A/C will be necessary for long drives in the heat. The cooling system also needs to be in top working condition to prevent your engine from overheating. Belts and hoses are also affected by the warm weather, so an inspection can prevent belts from snapping and hoses from breaking, which can cause breakdowns and lengthy repairs.    Make sure that your vehicle’s tires have proper tire air pressure. An under inflated tire can cause decreased fuel efficiency and puts you at risk f ... read more

How Does a Diesel Engine Work?

How Does a Diesel Engine Work?

  Diesel engine vehicles are great options for those who need efficient and cost effective vehicles. While typically diesel engines were only seen in larger trucks, they have been growing in popularity among smaller vehicles.  Diesel can have a bad rep - for some reason, they are seen as having bad emissions and black exhaust smoke. However, diesel engines actually are better for the environment and use less fossil fuel to run. They are extremely efficient, and can run smoothly under heavy loads.  So, how exactly does a diesel engine work? First off, diesel engines use diesel fuel. This is a type of fuel that is uses compression rather than being ignited by a spark. It is derived from the same type of fuel that a standard gas engine uses, but it goes through a refinement process. Plus, there are new type of diesel fuel being developed using more sustainable sources called bio-diesel fuel. In a standard gasoline engine, fuel is ignited using a spark plug. In a di ... read more

A Message About COVID-19 From FloState Auto Diesel Repair

A Message About COVID-19 From FloState Auto Diesel Repair

At FloState Auto Diesel Repair, we want our valued customers to know that we remain open and available to serve you. We understand the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and want to do our part to prevent the further spread of this virus while also being able to help our customers with their essential auto care needs.  Having a running vehicle during these tough times is necessary to support and feed your families. We also ask for our community's support during this time as a small business. If your vehicle is due for a repair or service, don't hesitate to give us a call and we will accommodate any of your needs.  Our hours of operation are: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday By Appointment between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. We understand that you are concerned about your health and the welfare of your family during this time. Our shop has closely monitored updates by the CDC and has implemented new measures to better protect your health when you b ... read more

Why are my Tires Losing Contact with the Road?

When one or more of your tires loses contact with the road, driving can be scary. You can feel a sensation of hydroplaning or that you can't properly control the direction in which your vehicle travels. Your vehicle is designed to drive with 4 tires on the road, and if only 3 are in contact with the road, your vehicle will not be safe to operate. Typically this only happens during certain weather conditions, such as heavy rain, when your tire isn't able to push through the water on the surface of the road to create traction.  Most modern vehicles are equipped with a traction control system which will help when you find yourself driving in wet weather. This system has a sensor that will alert you if one or more tires isn't making contact with the road. If this happens, the traction control system won't push any power to the tire that isn't creating traction and will instead shift that power to the other tires for maximum control capabilities.  Here are so ... read more

How Often Do I Need A Wheel Alignment?

If you're a vehicle owner, you may sometimes wonder how often you need a wheel alignment. You've probably been in for one once or twice, but the frequency of when they are needed may be more often than you thought. This blog post will talk about what an alignment is, how long is takes, and how often it is needed. What is a wheel alignment? A wheel alignment consists of adjusting your vehicle's suspension components so that your wheels are set to the correct angles based on manufacturer specifications. This allows you to get the best handling, performance, and protects your tires from excessive wear.  Is an alignment expensive? A wheel alignment is actually a more inexpensive service but cost will depend upon the make and model of your vehicle.  How long will my alignment take? An alignment is quick service, typically only taking an hour at our shop.  How often do I need an alignment? An alignment is typically recommended every 6,000 miles or so. However ... read more

New Year's Eve Driving Safety

It’s time to ring in the New Year, celebrating that another year has passed and hoping that the New Year will bring us all good health and fortune. Many people will be out celebrating the holiday with their loved ones, which is why it is so important to remember to stay safe tonight wherever you plan to be.  If you are planning on driving to a destination tonight to celebrate, be sure to remember the following safety tips which will protect your safety and the safety of others on the road:  NEVER drink and drive. If you are planning on partaking, we suggest not driving at all and getting a ride share or taxi sorted to get you where you need to be. If you do drive to a friends house and partake in drinking, ask to spend the night until morning when you will be safe to drive home. When you drink and drive, you risk taking your own life and the lives of others.  You may want to leave early to get to your destination to avoid heavy traffic in populated areas.  ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from FloState Auto Diesel Repair!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at FloState Auto Diesel Repair! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at FloState Auto Diesel Repair before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone ch ... read more

Key Items to Keep in Your Car for Emergencies

There is never any harm in being prepared and being safe. When you hit the road, especially for a long drive or road trip, it is important to make sure that you always have some key emergency items in your car. These certain items can come in handy is situations where your car may be stuck on the side of the road or you find yourself in a vehicle accident.  Here are the top emergency items to always keep in your car:  Jumper Cables Spare Tire, Tire Iron, and Jack Blanket/Sleeping Bag Water Phone Charger Flares  Flashlight and Batteries All of the items listed above are essential to have in your vehicle at all times. You never know when you may get stranded on the side of the road at night, and might need jumper cables or a charged phone to call for help.  Next time you plan a trip on your car, don’t forget the emergency essentials listed above. You’ll thank us later! If you suspect that your vehicle may need a repair or is due for service, don ... read more

Is Your Catalytic Converter Failing?

The catalytic converter is an important component of your vehicle's emissions system which essentially has the job of converting harmful compounds into less harmful compounds. This process is necessary for protecting you as the driver of the vehicle since some emissions can get into your vehicle's cabin. It also helps to protect our environment.  As with most vehicle components, your catalytic converter can fail and cause your vehicle to fail emissions testing and affect the overall performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle. If your catalytic converter is failing, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Reduced engine performance Rattling noises coming from underneath your vehicle Smell of rotten eggs coming from the exhaust Check engine light is turned on Your car is failing emissions testing As soon as you being experiencing any of the items listed above, bring your vehicle into the experts here at FloState Auto Diesel Repair at your earli ... read more

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