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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?
September 16, 2015 
• Car Tips
The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most drivers.

Let’s get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your vehicle’s check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe engine damage. Naturally, drivers should get that taken care of right away at Pasour Auto Repair Service.

If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at highway speeds, tow, or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your service center.

If the light is glowing steadily, auto owners should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with Pasour Auto Repair Service to get it checked out.

An explanation on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative. Most of your vehicle engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called an engine control computer. The computer is able to adjust many engine parameters for environmental conditions, engine condition and even the way you drive in.

In order to make these adjustments, the computer relies on a network of sensors to provide data. The computer knows the proper operating range for each sensor. When a sensor reading is out of range the computer runs some tests and may turn on the Check Engine Light.

A simple example is a loose or missing gas cap. This may cause one of the sensors to read out of range. The vehicle’s computer doesn’t know if it’s a serious condition that caused the reading or just a loose gas cap, so it stores a trouble code and turns on the Check Engine Light.

Now when you tighten up the gas cap the sensor readings will be in the correct range. The computer will keep checking on the report for a day or two. Since a bad reading didn’t come up again, it turns off the Check Engine Light. The computer will also try to make adjustments to compensate for some readings. If it can do so, it’ll then turn off the Check Engine Light. If the problem can’t be resolved then the light will remain on and you should get your vehicle looked at at Pasour Auto Repair Service.

Your Pasour Auto Repair Service technician will plug a scanner into the on-board diagnostic port and read the trouble code stored in the computer. The trouble code will give the Pasour Auto Repair Service technician a starting place as he diagnoses the cause of the problem.

September Special – Save More When You Spend More
September 3, 2015 
• Specials and Discounts
This month, save more when you spend more at Pasour Auto Repair! You’ll save 10% when you spend $250, $500, $750, or $1000 at Pasour Auto Repair.

This means, you’ll save:
  • $25 when you spend $250
  • $50 when you spend $500
  • $75 when you spend $750
  • $100 when you spend $1,000
You already know that we have the best prices in town, so if you’ve been putting off maintenance and repair to your vehicle, this is the month to call us! You can save as much as $100!

Give us a call at (980) 677-0903 to schedule your appointment now!

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Back To School Vehicle Safety Tips
August 28, 2015
• Vehicle Safety
Parents have a lot on their minds when it’s time for back-to-school. But we can’t think of anything more important than your child’s safety. Whether you drive your kids to school or they ride the bus, we have some important tips that could actually save your child’s life.

And if you’re not a parent, please keep reading. We are all responsible as drivers to make sure that children going to and from school are safe.

Here are our top back to school vehicle safety tips!

Parents of Car Riders

1. Have your kids enter and exit your vehicle from the side of the car closest to the curb.

2. Even if you’re running late, don’t drop the kids off across the street from the school. Pull into the parking lot where the danger of your kid(s) being hit by another vehicle is much less.

Parents of Bus Riders

3. Walk your kids to the bus stop, if possible.

4. Teach your kids to take three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches.

5. Teach kids to walk in front of the bus (not behind it) when necessary.

6. Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and open the door before approaching the bus.

7. Teach kids that if they have to cross the street after exiting the bus, to take five giant steps in front of the bus and get the bus driver’s attention by waving goodbye. If the bus driver waves back, your child will know that the bus driver sees him/her.

8. Teach children to look both ways before crossing the street.

9. Do a practice run before school starts by walking your children to the school bus and reviewing these safety tips.

All Drivers
Yes, even those of you without kids.

10. Never block the crosswalk at a stop sign or stop light, but especially at a school crossing.

11. Obey the speed limit in front of schools.

12. When driving near a school or in neighborhoods during bus pick-up and drop-off times, be especially mindful of pedestrians.

13. Look out for crossing guards and what they’re trying to communicate to you. And do what they say. They’re there to protect the students.

14. Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.

15. Never pass a bus that is stopped and has its stop sign out if you are behind the bus, in a lane going the same direction of the bus, or going the opposite direction on a road with no median.

16. Give school buses at least 10 feet of room. This is the area that is most dangerous for children.

17. Be extremely cautious for children pedestrians who often cannot judge dangerous situations like more experienced adults. Don’t assume they see you or will make the right choice.

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We Test Batteries
August 19, 2015
•  Car Tips 
•  Vehicle Maintenance
Today’s vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then we have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers, and DVD players. We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos.

Plus there are all the vehicle engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off. And of course, summer heat can take a real toll on battery life.

Fortunately, battery technology has given drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, vehicle batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every battery gets to the point where it cannot hold enough of a charge to start your car. Sometimes batteries need to be replaced because they have developed a leak.

Replacement batteries come in all shapes and sizes. Some cars have limited space that requires a specially shaped battery to fit. Larger vehicle engines require more powerful batteries to get them started. If you live in a cold climate you will need a more powerful battery because engines are harder to start when it is cold.

Batteries come in “good”, “better”, and “best” grades. More expensive batteries may have a longer warranty and are guaranteed to last longer. As with most things auto owners need to purchase to keep their cars in good condition, paying a little more upfront saves money in the long run.

Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Pasour Auto Repair's service advisor to test your battery and advise you on how much life it has left.

Give us a call at  (980) 677-0903 to schedule your appointment now!

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August Double The Reward Points Special
August 4, 2015
•  Specials and Discounts
During the month of August, we want to say thank you for being a member of our rewards program and if you’re not a member, we want to entice you to become a member. We’re doubling the reward points you can earn this month and doubling their value anytime you apply your points to your bill! 

This offer is also good for those of you who aren’t reward members yet. Just tell us you want to become a reward program member the next time you’re at Pasour Auto during the month of August. Some of our customers have saved hundreds of dollars on their bill using this program! With savings like this, why wouldn’t you sign up?

How does our reward program typically work? 
You receive 1 point for every dollar spent. One point = 3 cents. So, it’s like getting 3% back on all your purchases at Pasour Auto Repair.

However, when we double your points in August, you’ll receive 2 points for every dollar spent, which is like getting 6% back on all your purchases. 

AND if you turn in your points towards your bill this month, you’ll get to double those as well. So each point will equal 6 cents towards your bill.

Have questions or want to sign up for a reward card? Come in or give us a call at  (980) 677-0903! 

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Q & A: How Do I Keep My Engine From Overheating?
July 24, 2015
•  Question and Answers
Question:
I was driving down the freeway in and smoke started coming out of my car. I pulled over and called my husband. I had to be towed to my mechanic. He said my car had overheated. What can I do to prevent that in the future?

Pasour Auto Repair Service Answer:
Unfortunately overheating is the most common engine failure for. It’s also one of the easiest to prevent.

The basic idea is this: you need to keep enough coolant/antifreeze flowing through your vehicle engine to keep it cool. Problems arise when they develop leaks in their systems (like in the radiator or a hose) and the coolant leaks out. Sometimes the coolant gets so contaminated that it blocks up the radiator so the coolant can’t get through. Over time, you end up broken down on the side of the road.

Your owner’s manual recommends a schedule for coolant replacement. That’s because your coolant actually becomes corrosive over time and starts to eat away at the cooling system causing leaks or blockages. New coolant stops that process.

Ask us about inspecting your vehicle cooling system for leaks, spongy hoses, and other damage. If it’s time to replace your coolant, hoses, or other cooling system parts, have it done right away at Pasour Auto Repair Service. Prevention is key to avoid inconvenient situations, like being stranded on the side of the road with an overheated engine.

Give us a call at  (980) 677-0903 to schedule your appointment now!

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July Free Tire Rotation Special
July 9, 2015
•  Specials and Discounts
Get a FREE Tire Rotation with purchase of an oil change, during the month of July at Pasour Auto Repair! 

Why should you rotate your tires? 

Just like your shoe soles don’t wear evenly, your tires don’t wear evenly either. Tires tend to wear more on the front tires. So if you don’t rotate them, you will end up needing to replace your front tires more often and thus, costing you more money. By rotating them, you expose all tires to equal wear (well, as equal as possible). This is a safety issue too because bald tires tend to slide on wet surfaces and hydroplane more often.

When should you rotate your tires? 

Car manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. If you don’t remember getting your tires rotated at your last oil change, it’s probably time that they were rotated. However, if you have any questions, we can look it up because we track all of the services we perform on your vehicle.

To schedule your oil change with your FREE tire rotation, give us a call at  (980) 677-0903!

5 Tips For Safe Traveling With Pets
June 20, 2015
•  Vehicle Safety
Pets are important members of our family. Some of us even think of them as children. So why wouldn’t you put care and consideration into keeping them safe while you’re traveling this summer. Whether you’re transporting your pet to a border or family friend so you can go on a pet-free vacation or if your fur baby is tagging along on a road trip, follow these 5 tips for save traveling with pets this summer.

1. Never leave a pet in a car that is not running.

If the temperature is a mild 75 degrees outside and sitting in the sun, your car’s interior can reach 100 degrees, within 10 minutes and 120 degrees within 30 minutes. Even just a few minutes can cause your pet to suffer from heat stroke and potentially die.

2. If your pet will be traveling in a crate, get them used to the crate prior to the trip.

Try letting your pet get used to the crate in your home and by riding in the crate on short car trips.

3. Take all the essentials.

This includes: food, water, bags for picking up pet waste, any medication they may need, and something from home to keep them preoccupied and/or feel safe like a bone or favorite toy.

4. Make sure your pet has ID.

Get your pet micro-chipped and make sure your pet has an ID tag attached to its collar with at least your name and phone number.

5. Consider a harness.

If your pet is not traveling in a crate, consider purchasing a harness to make sure your pet is safely secured in the vehicle. Just like we need seat belts, pets need to be protected from flying through the air in case you are in an accident.

Pasour Auto Repair would like to wish you a safe and happy summer for both you and your pet!

Why You Should Upgrade Your Wiper Blades
June 12, 2015
•  Car Tips
Wiper blades may not be the most exciting topic for most car owners – but they are pretty important. Most of us have had an experience when a sudden rain storm hits while we’re driving; then when we turn on the wipers – nothing but streaks. This can be especially disconcerting at night when the glare of on-coming headlights distorts your vision.

Simple answer: change your wiper blades BEFORE they fail. Check them out every couple of months just to see how they are working. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the sooner they’ll wear out. This is especially important in the summer, when there are a lot of pop-up storms and bugs hitting our windshields are at an all-time high. Road grime can also makes windshields dirty and causes us to use our wipers more.

But even when you’re not using your blades, they are exposed to sunlight, ozone, soap, and extreme hot and cold NC temperatures, which lead to deterioration. Your blades can actually rot away and fall apart before you need them. Of course, using your wipers when the blades are torn can lead to scratches in your windshield. You don’t want to risk an expensive windshield replacement over the cost of a couple of wiper blades.

Now let’s talk about wiper blade upgrades. You have the option to upgrade both the design and the wiper material. Let’s start with the material. Traditional black rubber blades do a great job of clearing your windshield when they are new. Over time, all of the conditions mentioned above damage them and degrade their performance. Silicone blades are far less affected by environmental conditions and will simply perform better for longer.

There are two elements to the design. First, the wiper blade itself: Some have a single wiping edge. Others have multiple edges – kind of like a multi-blade razor. The idea is to maximize wiping power during both swipes of the blade.

The other design element is the wiper frame. This is the structure that applies pressure on the blade as it passes over the windshield. A conventional frame has four to six contact points on the blade. These apply pressure used to clear water and snow. A beam frame provides uniform pressure along the entire surface of the wiper. Their shape catches the wind passing over the vehicle to provide additional down-force to get a clean swipe. A hybrid frame has four to six contact points as with a conventional blade, but also incorporates an airfoil to provide additional down-force as with beam blades.

So which blade should you choose? You should always use at least the grade and design that came with the vehicle from the automobile manufacturer. Upgrade for better performance and longer lasting blades. The extra cost of premium blades is a good value for this important safety system.

While you’re at it, make sure you have plenty of windshield washer solvent (use a winter formulation when temps drop below freezing) and that your washer nozzles are working well.

For more information or questions, talk to your Pasour Auto Repair Technician to decide what wiper glades are best for your vehicle. Call  (980) 677-0903 to schedule your appointment now!

June Fuel/Air Induction Service Special
May 31, 2015
•  Specials and Discounts
Are you experiencing…

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Power loss
  • Rough idle
  • Hard starting
  • Pinging/Knocking, or
  • Increased emissions?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for a fuel/air induction service from Pasour Auto Repair! And lucky for you, we are running a special on this service during the month of June for $99.86.

With this special, we will…

Clean
  • Fuel injectors
  • Throttle body
  • Plenum and air intake
  • Intake valves and ports
  • Combustion chamber deposits
Corrects
  • Balance of air and fuel in system
After this service you’ll notice
  • Reduced emissions
  • Restored horsepower
  • Restored fuel economy
This special won’t last long! Make sure your summer vacation isn’t ruined by your car’s inefficient use of fuel or a car that just doesn’t drive well. Call us at  (980) 677-0903 to schedule your appointment now!

**Our Fuel/Air Induction Service kits are from BG Automotive Maintenance Services, a great company that is well respected as being a leader in vehicle maintenance services. Check out their website for more info!**
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