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Yearly Archives: 2016

Protecting your Vehicle from Theft

Every year, the number of car thefts goes down in the United States. In part, we owe this to car manufacturers for making vehicles more difficult to break into. However, credit also goes to car owners for being educated about and aware of car thieves. Here are a few tips to help make sure you never have to deal with the stress of a stolen vehicle: Lock your Doors, Roll up your Windows Even if you’re just leaving your vehicle for a moment, make sure it is secure and take your keys with you. Thieves will look for easy ways to take off with a vehicle.  By leaving your doors unlocked or your windows cracked, you’re giving them a simple way to do that. Park in a Garage or a Well-Lit Area Typically, thieves want to do their dirty work discreetly where they won’t be suspected. If people can observe a car in a lighted area, a thief is less likely to target it. It’s the vehicles left in dark lots or on the street that tend to g ... read more

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Prepare for Holiday Travel

The holiday season is here! As families across Florida are preparing for friendly gatherings, many will be travelling to spend the holidays with loved ones. If your holiday plans involve a road trip, be prepared so your trip is safe and worry free! Pack for your Passengers. Having snacks and drinks available can help keep your passengers comfortable during longer drives. Make sure you bring CDs, music, or entertainment, but remember – the driver is in control! Don’t bring anything that would be a dangerous distraction to the driver. Check your Emergency Kit. Road conditions are unpredictable this time of year, especially if you are traveling outside of the state. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit, including spare tire, jack, jumper cables, and emergency supplies. Watch Road Conditions. Holidays mean the busiest roads in Pensacola and across the country. Check your favorite traffic app before you leav ... read more

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Get the Most Out of Your Tires

Get the Most Out of Your Tires

It is a new season, and that means time to inspect your tires and get the most out of them as you drive the roads of Florida. If you drive your vehicle 12,000-14,000 miles per year like the average driver, the change of the season is a great reminder to inspect your tires. Every 3,000 miles tires should be inspected for proper inflation to keep you running smoothly and maximize fuel efficiency.  Inflate to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation, not the maximum pressure allowed as stamped on the side of the tire.  A monthly visual inspection and tire pressure check is recommended by most tire retailers. At every 6,000-8,000 miles, tires need to be rotated. Rotation is critical for even tire wear and longevity.  This is a great time to closely inspect each tire for uneven wear patterns or damage.  Often, uneven wear can be corrected with an alignment, but could be the result of worn or damaged suspension. Stop by Evans Automotive Serv ... read more

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“Spongy” Brakes

“Spongy” Brakes

Driving down the roads in Pensacola, when you approach a stop sign or traffic light, your foot will move to the brake pedal to slow down your car. But what happens when the brakes don’t react the way you expect? Brake issues are one of the most serious problems affecting your vehicle. Do NOT ignore a warning sign of brake problems! If you are experiencing brake problems in your vehicle, call our shop to arrange a tow and a brake inspection. One symptom of an issue with your brakes is “spongy” brakes. This means that when you apply the brakes, the pedal feels squishy or soft beneath your foot. Instead of firm and consistent resistance, the brake pedal reaction is unpredictable. This is a serious condition – spongy brakes put you at increased risk for uncontrollable brakes on the road. If left unaddressed and ignored, spongy brakes can quickly cause a serious accident on the road. Spongy brakes is often a symptom of a leak in the brake system. Brake fluid should be the only thing ... read more

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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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