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Staying Safe on the 4th

Fourth of July is a time of celebration, but it is important not to get too carried away! The team at Ponder Auto Repair wants you to have a safe and fun holiday this July, so we have put together some safety tips for you to follow. If you are planning on driving anywhere this Fourth of July, our technicians can perform a thorough inspection to ensure you aren’t faced with any surprises while you are out and about.  Take a look at the local laws for fireworks regulations before planning any celebrations.  High-grade fireworks should be left to the professionals, as they often require delicate handling. It is always better to be safe than sorry.  If you see any fireworks wrapped in brown paper bags, avoid them, as this is a sign these are meant for a professional.  If your little ones are playing with sparklers, make sure an adult is present. These fireworks may seem small but they can still pose a danger, especially if your little ones plan on playin ... read more

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Tire Health: Things to look for

Tire Health: Things to look for

Along with performing regular preventative maintenance for your tires, it is important to keep an eye for potential problems. The team at Ponder Auto Repair has a keen eye for detail and is here to help you understand tire health. Here are some things to pay close attention to:  Uneven tread wear: If you notice a pattern of high and low wear, this is indicative of uneven tread wear, which is commonly caused by underinflation, misalignment, and improper balancing.  Shallow tires: The tread in your tire should be 1/16 of an inch deep, and if it isn’t, your tire should probably be replaced, as shallow tires can lead to dangerous situations.  Foreign objects: Pay close attention to any foreign objects lodged in your vehicles, such as small stones, glass, metal, or any other object.  Damaged spots: If any spot is cracked, split, or punctured, it is a sign of a serious problem, and your tire is probably in need of attention.  If you are experiencing any of ... read more

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Thirsty? 3 fluids your car likely needs, stat

Imagine yourself after a long-run. You might find yourself searching desperately for that water bottle, looking to quench your thirst. You might find it surprising, but your vehicle feels the same way, except your car requires more than just one fluid to quench its thirst. Here are three fluids your vehicle needs:  Engine Oil: This is an easy one; we all know our cars need this. We may know that your vehicle needs this, but do you know what this fluid actually does? Your engine oil is responsible for keeping all the components in your vehicle lubricated and functioning smoothly.  Transmission Fluid: Engine oil might be important, but so is transmission fluid. This fluid is responsible for lubricating your vehicle’s gears and keeping them from overheating. For a smooth and safe ride, transmission fluid is a must.  Radiator Fluid: This fluid has many names -- coolant, antifreeze -- but whatever you call it, this fluid should not go unchecked. In warm weather months ... read more

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5 Reasons Why You Should Winterize your Vehicle

5 Reasons Why You Should Winterize your Vehicle

  At Ponder Auto Repair, we don’t just want to provide auto repair for you. We want to help you have the best relationship with your car that is possible. We want your car to last a long time and for you to truly enjoy the experience of driving it. With winter fast approaching, you’re going to want to take some time to winterize your vehicle. What is winterizing? Don’t worry--we can help. Here are a few reasons why winterizing your vehicle is so smart: Save Money Winterizing means maintenance and maintenance saves you money in the long term. Bringing your vehicle in for regular checkups and getting it ready for winter means that you can get ahead of major repairs you might need. Knowing what repairs are coming up means not being blindsided by a huge auto repair bill, which is a win for everyone!  Shed Some Light On The Matter  Winterizing will involve checking your lights. With darkness setting in earlier and staying with us longer, it is even more cr ... read more

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