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Fluid Check – Simple Tip to Save Thousands!

Fluid Check – Simple Tip to Save Thousands!

The manual for your vehicle is filled with dates, mileage, and recommended maintenance to keep your vehicle running smoothly. But what happens if you put off that fluid flush until the next oil change? If you’re lucky, skipping a fluid flush means reduced performance, extra wear and tear on your vehicle, and a few extra issues on your next inspection. If you’re unlucky, it means you’re at risk for a breakdown and expensive repairs. You are at even greater risk the longer you put off the cooling flush and maintenance. Motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant… even windshield washer fluid! There are many types of fluids in your vehicle, and each needs to be replaced periodically. These fluids perform critical functions, like preventing your vehicle from overheating and providing pressure in the brake system to stop your vehicle. As the fluids flow through the systems in your vehicle, they are subject to normal wear and tear from the heat ... read more

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Signs Your Vehicle is Overheating

Signs Your Vehicle is Overheating

Are you ready for summer? This season means rising temperatures in Pensacola, which can leave your vehicle at higher risk for overheating. As you drive on especially hot days this summer, keep an eye out for these three warning signs that your vehicle is overheating: Steam from under the hood
If your engine is running too hot, the temperature can cause the fluids in the engine to boil and evaporate. The coolant and water in the engine, also called radiator fluid, will turn to water vapor. This often looks more like smoke pouring from the hood of your car. At the first sign of vapor, pull over and turn off your engine to let your vehicle cool down. Strange smells
The components in your vehicle are designed to withstand the high temperatures that occur during normal operation of your engine. If you start to smell something burning or melting, the engine may be overheating. Fluids often smell as they are heated to a boi

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Planning for Summer Road Trips

Planning for Summer Road Trips

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. While we still have a few weeks before the official summer solstice, we hope you get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. One of our favorite aspects of summer is vacations, especially road trips! Whether you love cranking up the tunes on the radio or playing “I Spy” with your passengers, road trips are a great way to see more of our beautiful state of Florida and spend quality time with family. But before you head out this summer, make sure your car is up for the trip! A pre-road trip inspection is a great way to ensure your vehicle is as ready for the travel as you are (and avoid roadside breakdowns). Maintenance
Check your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. When was the last time you had an oil change? If you’ll be do for maintenance in the middle of the trip, you’ll be stuck searching for a new auto shop in an unfamiliar town. Call our experts to review your m
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Over vs Under Inflated Tires

Over vs Under Inflated Tires

Keeping your tires at the proper pressure can go a long way to help improve fuel efficiency, comfort on the roads, and even the life of your tires… but how do you know the optimal tire pressure? If your tires are under inflated, the lack of pressure inside the tire can create more stress on the side wall of the tire. Tires are designed so that the tread is on the part of the tire that is meant to hit the road. If there is not enough air in the tire, the sidewall may connect with the road as you drive or turn your wheels. The side wall of the tire is often thinner than the outside of the tire. Without the tread to protect the side wall from dangers on the road, the side wall will become thin and worn quickly. Your vehicle is much more likely to get a flat tire from hazards on the road or a blow out when the tire becomes too thing. Over inflating the tire can also be dangerous. If the tire is filled with too much air, the internal pressure puts the tire at ... read more

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Spring Safety on Wet Roads

Spring Safety on Wet Roads

Spring means rain, puddles, slick roads and hydroplaning. Here are some tips to help you stay safely on the road, no matter what kind of weather we get this spring! Proper tire tread depth is critical for being able to channel away water and maintain traction on slick roads. You can easily check tread depth at home if you have a quarter handy. Insert the quarter head down into the tread; if your tread covers the top of Washington’s head, you have at least 4/32”, enough to keep you safely gripping the roads. Always drive with two hands on the wheel! Windy, slippery, rainy, wet conditions make defensive driving a must. Others may swerve into your lane or hydroplane into your path and being able to safely control your car is a critical part of keeping your family safe. For this same reason, keep plenty of distance between you and the can in front to make sure you can stop in plenty of time. Brake carefully. If you’re travelling at high speeds and need ... read more

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Evans Automotive Facebook Like Giveaway!

Evans Automotive Facebook Like Giveaway!

Once per month, Evans Automotive will select one winner at random from the “likes” on our business Facebook page to receive a special prize! In order to become eligible for this contest you must Like the Evans Automotive Facebook page. Each Page Like on Facebook counts as one entry to the monthly contest. Once you “Like” our business page, you will automatically be entered to win. The contest will run for one month, from the 1st of the current month to the last day of the month (i.e. February 29, March 31, April 30, etc.) The winner will be announced within 5 days of the end of the contest period, on the 5th of the month. Winners are selected from a random drawing of all eligible entrants each month. We will announce the winner in a Facebook post. The winner must respond and contact Evans Automotive (in a comment or message) to collect their prize. The contest will occur m ... read more

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Save Money at the Pump with the Right Gas

Save Money at the Pump with the Right Gas

When you pull up to the gas station and glance at the prices, it can be tempting to reach for the lowest octane with the lowest price… but depending on your engine, this could save you a few cents at the pump and cost hundreds in engine damage down the road. Why? Not all engines use fuel in the same way. High performance vehicles often put extra pressure on the fuel before it is ignited. This is called compression. The octane rating (or number on the gas pump) for the fuel tells you how much it can be compressed before it will spontaneously ignite. Premature detonation in the engine, also called knocking or pinging, can lower the performance and efficiency of your vehicle and cause serious engine damage. Saving a few cents by choosing the cheapest gas may lead to thousands of dollars in engine repair. Never compromise by choosing a lower octane for your vehicle, and always use the grade your manufacturer recommends for your vehicle. If yo ... read more

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Checking your Headlights

Checking your Headlights

Winter roads are dark – make sure you can see (and be seen) on the roads in Pensacola by checking your headlights. For most drivers, headlights are one piece of your car that is taken for granted. You don’t have to think about your headlights unless the roads are dark. Modern cars often have automatic lights, so you don’t even need to flip a switch to see at night. But what happens when your headlights are looking a little duller than usual? If you’re not checking your headlights as part of your car care routine, you may miss the warning signs and small issues that make it hard to see on dark winter roads. First, check your bulbs. Once per month, ask a passenger to help you check your lights. Have one person sit in the car and turn on and off the various lights while the other walks around the vehicle to make sure they are all working. Headlights, foglights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals… each bulb is important for helping you stay safe on ... read more

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Flat Tires from Low Tire Pressure

Flat Tires from Low Tire Pressure

“Check your tire pressure or you’ll get a flat!” These words of wisdom, in one form or another, are passed to drivers as the temperatures change in Pensacola. And it’s true – tire pressure matters, and no one wants a flat tire, but why are they related? Under-inflated tires change the way the tire hits the road. When you look at a tire straight on, you see the tread. The tire is designed so that the tread hit the road straight on, carrying the weight of your vehicle in the center of the tire. If you look at a tire from the side, you’ll notice that the edge is much smoother. The tread tapers off leaving a smooth sidewall on most tires. When there is too little air in the tire, part of the edge becomes exposed to the road as you drive. All of the weight from the vehicle is shifted to the outside edge of the tire. Instead of carrying your vehicle smoothly on the center of the tire, the edge must hold the bulk of the weight. This change not only affe ... read more

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Driving Safely

Vehicle safety is an important subject for most people that drive or own vehicles. There are a number of threats to your safety while driving. These threats can stem from a variety of factors such as internal issues with the car, accidents, and even burglary or any attempt of theft. Keeping that in mind, it is important to make sure all drivers and car owners are aware of the vehicle safety tips to ensure their car stays safe. Here is a list of a few vehicle safety tips that can be easily put into practice. Make Sure Your Car Is Maintained A car that is up to the mark in terms of maintenance is safer than a car that has faulty parts. When you know that your car is in pristine shape, you are likely to have a different drive feel and sense of safety. Make sure you are able to get your car’s engine, tires, brakes etc. through proper maintenance before you set for a ride in your vehicle, since a faulty engine can sometimes result in severe mishaps. Stay On ... read more

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