What Maintenance Does My Hybrid Require?
Just like any other vehicle, Hybrids actually do require some routine maintenance to prevent expensive breakdowns. Here at AG Automotive, we service popular models such as the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Altima Hybrid and the Honda Civic Hybrid. We find that preparing our customers through early educat...
Written on Monday, March 18, 2019 by
Today's Featured Donation Recipient: Dirty Revival
AG Automotive is proud to assist our community and lend a helping hand whenever we have the chance. That’s why we donate work to certain individuals, businesses, and organizations that can benefit from some complimentary vehicle repair and maintenance. So when we heard that Portland’s own Dirty Revival was having some issues with their touring van, we wanted to lend a hand to make sure they can still hit the road and share their unique brand of Portland funk with the rest of the country. You’re welcome America!
Written on Thursday, February 28, 2019 by
A New Look — And Direction — For 2019
AG Automotive rebrands and refocuses to expand services
JEROLD B. SMITH
Portland, Ore.—Known since 1993 as AG Diesel, the north Portland shop, owned by Cameron Tormanen, is now AG Automotive to reflect its expansion into passenger car, SUV, crossover, and other l...
Written on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by
Today's Featured Donation Recipient: Depave
AG Automotive is proud to assist our community and lend a helping hand whenever we have the chance. That’s why we donate work to certain individuals, businesses, and organizations that can benefit from some complimentary vehicle repair and maintenance. Depave is one of those organizations! Dep...
Written on Thursday, February 21, 2019 by
How Often Should I Change My Diesel Engine Oil?
“How Often Should I Change My Diesel Engine Oil?” is a common question from first time diesel owners. The answer depends primarily on your driving habits. If you mainly drive shorter distances, like around town, the oil in the diesel engine will accumulate contaminants more quickly than ...
Written on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by
Are Your Tires Still Good? Here Are 3 DIY Checks You Can Perform Today!
One of the most important safety components of your vehicle are your tires. Failing to properly maintain your tires can lead to poor fuel economy at best, and a potentially deadly accident at worst. That’s why keeping tabs on your vehicle’s tire health is paramount. Here are three quick ...
Written on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by
3 Reasons Your Tires Are More Important Than You Think
We here at AG hear the question “How often should I replace my tires?” from almost every customer. The first thing every motorist should know is that by following a regular maintenance plan, your tires will be properly rotated, balanced, and kept at the correct pressure for the maximum a...
Written on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by
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...
Written on Monday, December 3, 2018 by
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...
Written on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by
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...
Written on Friday, September 7, 2018 by
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 ...
Written on Friday, July 13, 2018 by
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 ...
Written on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by
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...
Written on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by
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 ...
Written on Thursday, May 24, 2018 by
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...
Written on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by
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...
Written on Monday, May 7, 2018 by
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...
Written on Monday, April 30, 2018 by
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...
Written on Friday, April 20, 2018 by
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...
Written on Monday, April 16, 2018 by
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. ...
Written on Monday, April 9, 2018 by
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