The check engine light might come on in your vehicle. It’s an amber colored light that shows on your dashboard. In newer vehicles it might just be a problem with your gas cap not being screwed on tight enough (or a worn gas cap), causing the vehicle to fail the self-diagnostic evaporative emission test. All Indianapolis, Fishers, and Noblesville area drivers need to do is go to their gas cap and verify that it is tight. If that was the problem, the light will turn off and everything will be fine within one or two days. At Professional Automotive, we advise drivers to resist the temptation to have someone “clear” the codes to turn off your vehicle check engine light. This erases important diagnostic information that your friendly and knowledgeable Professional Automotive needs to diagnose the underlying problem for the check engine light – and any other pending problems that may be stored in the computer. If the problem is still there – you still see the light – bring your vehicle in to Professional Automotive. We offer a free plug in to show and explain to you what codes are set and what the next step would be to get your check engine light problem solved. Give us a call Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th Street Indianapolis, INDIANA 46250 317-596-0898 http://WWW.iLoveMyMechanic.COM
Question: I need new tires. How do I know which tires to get? Professional Automotive Answer: Let’s look at selecting new tires in light of three factors: Function, Fit, and Value. Function: This gets at what your needs are for new tires: weather conditions, terrain, temperatures, etc. New family vehicles sold in INDIANA come with all-season tires. They can be used all year long and do pretty well in most Indianapolis, Fishers, and Castleton area road conditions – but they aren’t ideal at the extremes. Winter tires have a more aggressive tread for handling snow and ice and they have a rubber compound that helps them have better traction as temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely better stopping and road-holding characteristics for NOBLESVILLE than all-season tires in INDIANA winter weather. Dedicated summer tires enhance warm weather performance driving. If you drive off-road there is a spectrum of tires from all-terrain (a good mix of highway and off-road capability) to dedicated off-road tires. The key is to discuss the function you need with your Professional Automotive tire professional to get the type of tire, load rating, speed rating and wear rating you need. Fit: The easiest thing is to select tires in the same size that were installed at the factory. If you want a different size wheel or tire profile, be sure to work with a professional that can make sure that your new wheels and tires fit properly and don’t rub in bumps or turns. It’s also to make sure that important safety systems like anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control aren’t adversely affected by the new tire size (the computer may need to be recalibrated to make necessary adjustments). Value: Note, I didn’t say price. The tire that meets all your needs AND has the warranty and tread life you expect will probably not be the cheapest option – but it may well return the best value for your tire dollar. Your friendly and knowledgeable Professional Automotive tire professional will help you with options for this automotive decision. Give us a call. We have Specials with rebates going all the time. Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th Street Indianapolis, INDIANA 46250 317-596-0898 http://www.iLoveMyMechanic.com
A lot of Fishers, Indianapolis area drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That’s a big deal. You could be driving through INDIANA mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won’t leave you stranded. Fishers, Indianapolis area drivers really do need to plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the Tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive to see if you can feel any vibrations: are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? The next thing is a Full Service Oil Change at Professional Automotive so you can make sure all of your fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your vehicle is older, you may consider putting in the high-mileage formulation to clean harmful sludge deposits in the engine. You may also need a new PCV valve and an engine air filter. How about your transmission and brakes? Have you had your Transmission and Brakes inspected in the last six months? How are your Wiper Blades? There’s nothing like not being able to get rid of the bug juice on a long road trip. Check your owners’ manual for any other recommended service and have your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Professional Automotive do the multi-point inspection they do so well before you head out. Consider also having the Coolant System serviced at Professional Automotive – you want to stay within the ‘s recommendations. Fishers, Indianapolis area drivers who are towing a trailer will want to keep in mind that they’ll be going a long way under severe conditions. A lot of drivers overlook severe conditions like towing, or INDIANA summer heat, or driving on dirt roads. Plan ahead for your next road trip – at Professional Automotive, we want you to get there and back. Give us a call Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th Street Indianapolis, INDIANA 46250 317-596-0898 http://WWW.PROFESSIONALAUTOMOTIVEINC.COM
The job of your coolant/antifreeze is to circulate around the engine, absorb heat then dissipate it in the radiator. We also know that Cooling system failure can cause extensive engine damage. Here are a couple things to think about. One is about minor coolant leaks. It’s tempting to put off repairing small cooling system leaks – we just keep topping off the coolant. There are several problems with this. First, coolant is messy. It doesn’t just evaporate away. The puddle is harmful to the environment and is toxic to pets. Plus, the cooling system needs to maintain a certain pressure to do its job. A leak will compromise the pressure. Third, small leaks can unexpectedly become big leaks real fast. Did you know that another job of the coolant is corrosion protection? Antifreeze/coolant contains a package of anti-corrosion additives. These additives coat internal surfaces throughout the entire cooling system. They protect against oxidation which can lead to leaks as well as scale that clogs cooling system components. The protective coating is constantly reacting to chemical compounds created by the extreme heating and cooling cycle the coolant goes through. Over time, the coating is depleted and there is nothing left to protect the exposed metal in the engine and other system parts. This is why most manufacturers recommend your coolant/antifreeze be changed periodically. Even though your old coolant may be cooling your engine just fine, it leaves it exposed to corrosive elements that will damage the system. We always recommend to have your coolant exchanged when replacing a cooling system component. For example, when you put in a new water pump it is not coated with anti-corrosion additives. If your anti-corrosion package is already depleted, the new water pump will immediately be subject to corrosive elements that will quickly start to reduce its life cycle. If you change the coolant when the new water pump is installed, it will be protected the first time you start the engine. When we do a coolant exchange at Professional Automotive, we try to remove as much of the old coolant and accumulated sediment from the system as possible. We also give your cooling system a thorough inspection. Ask us if it’s time for a cooling system service. And if you suspect a leak let’s get that repaired right away. Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th Street Indianapolis, INDIANA 46250 317-596-0898 http://www.iLoveMyMechanic.com
Are you looking for a few fundraising ideas to help fund your organization? I would ask you to consider us. We have worked with a few organizations and have helped them raise thousands of dollars. We would like to speak with you to see how we might help you meet those ever increasing money demands for your group. We offer a valuable product that includes 3 oil changes, a towing discount, and a $25 coupon to help save on car repairs. We ask you to sell this card for $30. Yes that’s right for only $30! This is a great value for the one buying it. No longer are the days when you sell over priced candles, candy bars for $5, or a coupon card to places you never go. Most people want to support their community but they also want something of value. We help to provide both. So what do you the fundraiser get? You get to keep all the money. You get to keep the whole amount you collect. In fact we even provide you with all the supplies at no cost. You actually keep 100% of all the money you raised, the buyer gets a great deal and we get to serve new customers while supporting our community. It’s a triple win. If you’d like to receive more information on how we can partner, give us a call at 317-596-0898. We look forward to speaking with you. *We reserve the right to support organizations at our discretion.