There are a lot of distractions for drivers these days -- from GPS systems to mobile phones to all kinds of computer display panels. Get distracted long enough and you just may end up hitting a road obstacle -- it could be a median strip, a pot hole or some debris in the roadway.
If this happens to you, there are some things you should check out right away after accidentally hitting a road obstacle. Don't just keep on driving!
SRS stands for supplemental restraint system, but the more common lingo for the SRS warning light is the Air Bag System Warning Light. This light typically comes on for a few seconds when you start your car, but if it stays on, it signals that there is a problem.
This blog post was originally published in 2011, but has been updated to reflect the fact that beginning September 1, 2016, British American Auto Care began covering all major repairs for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
It is very easy to find automotive parts online at great prices but I would only recommend doing this if you are going to install the parts yourself.
When people have their car alternator replaced, the expectation is that the repair will last at least as long as the expected life of the new alternator, four to five years or anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Plus, like many auto repairs, replacing an alternator is not cheap. A quick check online shows the cost to replace an alternator in the Columbia, Maryland market on a Subaru Outback, for example, can range from $345 to $585. It makes sense that when a new alternator fails after only a few months, any car owner would want to know why!
Topics: alternator repair
When is the right time to retire an old car versus repairing it, and what exactly happens when you decide to retire an old car to the junkyard?
Here is the story of an old car we retired a while back.
A couple of years ago, an old 2001 Saab had been abandoned at our Columbia auto repair shop. It sat there for six months before we made the decision to get rid of it. It looked great and was still driveable, but it drove horribly! It smelt of burning oil. The brakes hardly worked. The handling was awful. The electronic dash was a mess of scrambled information, and when I put the heating system on, dog hair filled the air.
Topics: abandoned vehicles
Sometimes knowing a little can get you into big trouble. We have all done it. We start what seems like a small job, like plumbing, and have it turn out to be a major issue --the kind of problem that makes you wish you had called the plumber in the first place.
Not long ago, I received a plea for help from an owner of a Mini Cooper via a comment on the British American blog. The Mini owner was having an issue with 1st gear. He would select 1st gear, release the clutch, and nothing would happen. He got advice from two friends who were mechanics, talked to a local dealership technician, and did some online research -- lots of advice from lots of resources.
When running a small business, it's hard to know sometimes if you are doing the right thing from the perspective of the customer. So we asked our customers to:
Daytime running lights have been around for a while, but many people still don't know exactly how they function as well as the benefits to drivers. Here is a question we have gotten on occasion:
When it comes to auto service we believe that excellent customer service is all about information and relationships. The more you know about automotive services, the easier it is to have a good relationship with your auto shop because you understand exactly what's happening with your car. We hope this blog will help to facilitate a good relationship with your auto shop, whether it's British American Auto Care or any other shop. We're happy to provide you with great information about auto service, repairs, and a few other topics we love.