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Small, routine steps taken throughout your vehicle's lifetime can save you headaches and a lot of money in the long run.


The primary job of your vehicle’s battery is to help start the engine. However, it also stores energy generated by the alternator and runs the secondary electrical systems or additional components in your vehicle. To help you take care of your battery, we will:
• Tighten loose hold-down clamps and terminals
• Remove corrosion
• Check the alternator belt tension and wear
These are common indications that you may need a new battery or battery connections.
If you experience any of these problems, schedule an appointment with us.
• Your vehicle won't start
• The vehicle is silent when you turn the key in the ignition
• Your vehicle makes a clicking noise but won't start
• The battery keeps running down
• The battery seems weak and fails to crank your engine normally

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Belts and Hose Inspection

Belts and hoses are extremely important to your vehicle. If they fail, your vehicle could break down. To help prevent this, make sure your belts and hoses are checked at regular intervals. An easy way to remember is to have them checked every 3,000 miles or with every oil change.
During a belt inspection, technicians check each belt for:
• Glazing, cracking, peeling and softening
• Proper tensioning
• Proper drive pulley alignment

During a hose inspection, technicians at Gemini Automotive Care facilities:
• Check for leaks
• Check for hardening, cracking and softening
• Perform a cooling system pressure test to help check for leaks
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Computerized Engine Analysis

Today's vehicles are equipped with highly sophisticated electronic engine control systems. The computer receives information from a network of sensors and switches that tells your ignition, fuel and emission control systems what to do. At the first sign of any engine problems, such as rough running, low fuel economy, failure to pass an emissions test or dashboard warning lights, be sure to get service as soon as possible. By tapping into your vehicle's computer, technicians can check a multitude of engine components:
• Ignition system    • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)    • Restraint systems    • Fuel injection system    • Emissions    • Electrical
If your vehicle has any of the following symptoms, our technicians can properly diagnosis engine problems and make the proper repairs.
• Difficulty starting the vehicle or engine
• The "check engine" light on the instrument panel lights up
• Rough idling or stalling
• Poor acceleration
• Poor fuel economy
• Excessive oil use (more than one quart between changes)
• Engine continues running after the key is removed
• Your vehicle cranks over but won't start
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Cooling System Maintenance

To keep warm and cozy or cool and comfortable, it's best to maintain your heating and air conditioning systems.

A thorough inspection includes:
• Inspecting the interior controls and blower
• Checking radiator coolant level, hoses, pressure cap and thermostat
• Testing the compressor belt
• Checking for leaks or other damage

System testing includes:
• A cooling system pressure test
• Comparing the A/C pressure to manufacturer specifications
• Testing the A/C system for refrigerant leaks
• Checking the interior vent air temperature

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Disc Brake Service
Brakes are one of the most important components on your vehicle. You need the confidence of knowing that when you press your foot to the brake, your vehicle is going to stop. That's why it's important to keep these tips in mind to help keep your brakes functioning properly:
• Have your brakes checked at least once a year - more often if you drive frequently in city traffic or live in a hilly area
• Never drive with the parking brake on
• If you hear a high-pitched squeak when you use the brakes, have them checked
• If you hear a scratching or grinding noise when not braking, this also can be a sign of a brake or bearing issue and should be inspected immediately
• Check your brake fluid along with other car fluids. If you have to add fluid more than once every few months, you may have a leak
Here are some common signs that you should take your vehicle for brake service.

• Your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes
• The brake pedal sinks to the floor when pressure is maintained
• You hear or feel a scraping or grinding sensation during braking
• You hear a high-pitched, piercing metallic sound while the vehicle is in motion
• The "brake" light on the instrument panel lights up
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Oil, Lube, and Filter
Your vehicle relies on oil, lubrication and an oil filter to keep it running smoothly. Every three months or 3,000 miles, your vehicle should be ready for an oil change. Check owner’s manual for specific recommendations for your vehicle.
Oil, lube and filter changes include:
• Changing the oil filter
• Checking the air filter
• Checking and topping off all fluids under the hood
• Lubricating all fittings
• Checking engine for leaks
• Checking belts and hoses
• Checking tire pressure
• Checking entire undercarriage

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Steering Systems
The steering and suspension systems bear the weight of your vehicle, keep the tires on the road and help you experience a smooth, controlled ride. To help make sure your steering and suspension systems are working properly, a technician can examine all of your steering and suspension components, including:
• Tie Rod Ends (inner and outer)
• Idler Arm
• Pitman Arm
• Rack and Pinion Unit
• Rack and Pinion Bellows Boots
• Springs
• Shock and/or Struts
Suspension System
Suspension problems can cause a vehicle to become hard to control. If you experience any of the following problems, make sure you schedule an appointment with us.
• You hit a bump and you notice your vehicle keeps bouncing for a while
• It's more difficult to turn the steering wheel, or it feels like something is binding or dragging
• The steering wheel moves too easily
• Your vehicle pulls to one side while you're driving
• You must constantly correct the direction of the car by turning the steering wheel when you're driving
• Your steering wheel jumps or jerks when you're idling or driving slowly
• Your steering wheel begins to vibrate
• The steering wheel wobbles side-to-side when you're traveling at steady speeds
• When you turn a corner, you hear a knocking, clunking and/or squeaking noise
• When you turn the steering wheel all the way in one direction, you hear a whining or moaning sound

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Tire Rotation
Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back or a combination of both. Regular tire rotation helps avoid uneven tire wear that can lead to poor performance and gas mileage.
Some tires need rotated at specific intervals, while others will need rotated depending on the wear. To find out when your tires need rotated, check your vehicle's owner's manual or ask one of our technicians.

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Transmission Maintenance
The driveline of your vehicle takes the power generated by the engine and transforms it into the rotation of the wheels, and therefore, the speed of the vehicle. Here are some tips for maintaining your driveline:
• Watch and maintain the proper level of transmission fluid
• Ask a technician to inspect your CV and universal joints for loss of lubricant or excessive movement
• Bring your vehicle in for a test drive to check for any noises or vibration taking place during acceleration that could indicate a joint problem

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Wheel Balance
Balancing your tires is important. If overlooked, unbalanced tires can lead to uneven wear, vibration and potentially unsafe driving conditions. Our technicians can help determine whether your tires need to be rotated and balanced based on wear or mileage.

Getting your tires balanced can mean:
• Smoother ride
• Increased Comfort
• Less driver fatigue
• Enhanced tire wear
• Enhanced for tires and drive train components

Wheel alignment is the position of your wheels relative to your vehicle. When properly aligned, your wheels will point in the same direction as the vehicle. To maintain proper control of your car, you must keep your wheels in proper alignment. Otherwise, steering will become difficult, your tires will wear unevenly and your fuel economy will decrease. An alignment check includes:
• Inspection of the steering and suspension components
• Examination of the tires for size, inflation and wear
• Comparison of your alignment to vehicle manufacturer guidelines

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