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Diesel Smoking Black? It Shouldn't.

Your diesel vehicle shouldn’t smoke black. If it does, something is wrong, and it would be wise to get it checked out as soon as possible.  If you have an older vehicle with a few more miles on it, it could simply be that it has accumulated a lot of combustion products in critical ar...

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Written on Monday, December 3, 2018 by
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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Car Won't Start

It’s happened to all of us. You’re in a hurry, running behind, you rush out to your car, jump in and turn the key, and then…. nothing. Your car won’t start. There are a lot of reasons why your vehicle might not start, but some are more common than others. Here are 5 common i...

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Written on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by
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One Simple Way To Save Big on Auto Repair

Here at AG Automotive we urge our customers to replace their engine belts, radiator and heater hoses at specified intervals as part of a regular maintenance plan. Your serpentine belt alone is used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering AND air conditioning compressor. If this belt fails...

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Written on Friday, September 7, 2018 by
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Our Technicians Are ASE Certified. Learn What That Means For You.

Auto repair shops which carry the ASE Blue Seal employ highly trained, certified automotive technicians. The National Institution for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a non-profit organization which provides training and testing designed to improve the overall quality of auto repair shops and ...

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Written on Friday, July 13, 2018 by
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4 Tips to Help Your Vehicle Beat the Heat This Summer

Remember, extreme heat can be harmful to your vehicle. Here are four tips to help protect your vehicle this summer: 1.   Don’t drive on bald tires. In extreme heat, that scorching hot road can be tough on your tires. If the rubber is already worn down the hot Summer pavement can be ...

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Written on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by
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The Light Came On! How Do I "Check Engine"?

Your check engine light is on. What now? How bad is it? How much is it going to cost? These are questions every motorist has at some point when that ambiguously named “Check Engine Light” comes on. Honestly, there is a lengthy list of things it could be. Oxygen sensors, mass airflow se...

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Written on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by
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Do I Need New Brakes?

Your vehicle’s brakes will not last forever. Brakes are subject to a lot of everyday wear and tear. So, even the highest quality brakes and brake components will eventually fall in to disrepair. Changing your brake pads is a fairly simple and low-cost repair. However, ignoring your brake pads ...

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Written on Thursday, May 24, 2018 by
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7 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Vehicle Cool This Summer

1.       Drape towels on driver’s seat and steering wheel to keep them cool. Don’t have a towel handy? Prevent burning your hands with this trick: Turn the wheel 180 degrees before getting out of the car. That way, the side you touch is safely in the shade w...

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Written on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by
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The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

AG Automotive provides extensive pre-purchase vehicle inspections that allow you to commit to your vehicle purchase with full confidence. For most people, purchasing a vehicle is the second largest purchase they will ever make. That’s why we’re here to help you make sure you’r...

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Written on Monday, May 7, 2018 by
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What Do I Do When My Power Steering Goes Out?

Don't feel like reading the article? Watch the video instead: Power Steering Blog Video Is your steering wheel suddenly MUCH more difficult to turn than usual? Odds are your vehicle’s steering functionality has been compromised. Most likely due to an issue with your power steering sy...

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Written on Monday, April 30, 2018 by
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How Much is a Brake Inspection?

"How Much is a Brake Inspection?" Brake inspections are crucial to ensuring safe driving conditions. Determining when to get an inspection will depend on your driving conditions and preferences. The goal of our brake inspection is to find and diagnose any issues your brakes may have. During a b...

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Written on Friday, April 20, 2018 by
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What Are Transmission and Differential Fluid?

Transmission and differential fluid are often overlooked, but they're very important fluids to check during service intervals. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission service interval is quickly approaching or has passed. For fluid specification...

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Written on Monday, April 16, 2018 by
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The Cost of a New Timing Belt

Your timing belt is responsible for synchronizing your engine’s functions. It controls the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft. It also controls the opening and closing of your engine’s valves to allow air and gas in and out. This causes the fuel to ignite in the combustion chamber. ...

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Written on Monday, April 9, 2018 by
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How often should my radiator be serviced?

Preventative maintenance is the number one way to save money over the lifespan of your vehicle. One aspect of preventative maintenance that customers often ask about is radiator upkeep. There are certain steps you can take to help maintain a properly functioning radiator. Understanding more about th...

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Written on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by
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How Much Are New CV Joints?

The cost of new CV joints can vary, but one thing is for sure: The cost of replacing your CV joint is cheaper than the major repairs you may face if a faulty CV joint is left untreated. Your vehicle’s CV joints connect to the drive axles, which connect the transmission to the wheels. The...

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Written on Friday, March 2, 2018 by
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What is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is a schedule of planned maintenance services aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. The primary goal of Preventative maintenance is to prevent the failure of equipment before it occurs. It is designed to preserve your vehicle’s reliability by replacing wo...

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Written on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by
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How Much To Replace Fuel Injectors?

“How much is it to replace my fuel injectors?” is a common question when a customer’s truck isn’t performing up to its potential. When a fuel injector fails, you may experience hard starting, misfires, or an engine that lacks power. The fuel injectors may also leak fuel. All ...

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Written on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by
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How Much is a Turbocharger Replacement?

“How much is a turbocharger replacement?” is a question we get hear a lot. If your turbocharger is acting strange, we invite you to bring it in for repair but be aware that there are a lot of other potential issues that can seem similar to a non-functioning turbocharger, and this problem...

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Written on Monday, January 15, 2018 by
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Water in Your Gas Tank?

Getting water in your gas tank can happen a few different ways. Your fuel can be contaminated if the fuel supplier failed to mix the fuel additives properly. Perhaps the gas station that you filled up at has a bad water filter. Maybe your gas cap got left off after your last fill-up and it rained so...

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Written on Monday, January 8, 2018 by
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Do You Need New Tie Rods?

Don't feel like reading the article? Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/vVXXXFKIOfk Do you need new tie rods? Difficult, erratic, and unexpected steering are signs that your tie rods—inner, outer, or both—might need to be replaced. As an outer tie rod fails, the toe changes...

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Written on Friday, January 5, 2018 by
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