Did you know that as the weather gets colder there is an extra strain placed upon your battery! Even though you may be able to start your car fine today, Will Your car Start in the Dead of Winter? Usually any battery problems are first experienced in the morning, after the vehicle has been sitting for 8-12 hours. When you turn the key does it take many tries for your engine to start? Are you hearing a whirring or clicking sound? If so, then this is a warning sign that something is on its way out and your car needs attention! Whenever experiencing any starting issues be sure to have a Complete Charging System Test performed by and experienced ASE Master Certified Auto Technician/Mechanic. This will include thorough testing of the Alternator, Battery, Wiring and Connections. Winter can be a particularly harsh time of year for you and your car. So, while you’re at it, also have your Antifreeze, Radiator, and Hoses Checked for below freezing temperatures ... read more
When behind the wheel of your vehicle, always try to observe Green Driving habits to keep your fuel economy & emissions levels at their very best.Reduce drag by keeping your windows rolled up & your air conditioner on.Avoid sudden accelerations and decelerate gradually when safely possible.Shut off the engine & try not to idle for more than 2 minutes at a time.Driving at speeds over 70 MPH increases emissions – slow down & go green.Plan your routes to avoid redundant trips for errands and appointments.When driving on an uncrowded highway - use your cruise control.Go Green-Be Green!
Did you know that driving with your tires at the proper inflation level can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 3%? That’s a savings of $30 to $70 depending on how much you drive. Properly inflated tires can reduce greenhouse gasses by 1.42% to 0.69%. Whereas under-inflated tires alone costs the country more than 3.5 million gallons of gasoline each day. Observe the speed limit. As a general rule, assume that each on average, for every one mph increase over 50 mph reduces your gas mileage by .1 miles per gallon. That’s one mile per gallon less for every 10 mph over the speed limit you drive. Depending upon your driving style and how fast you drive, you could waste 20 to 70 cents per gallon. Relax. Avoid hard or “jackrabbit” starts and stops. Aggressive driving can reduce your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in the city. Reduce excess vehicle weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your trunk. Each 100 pounds o ... read more
Memorial Day Weekend, Not Just a Weekend for Travel… Did you know that in 1922, after World War I, the Red Poppy was adopted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as the Official Memorial Flower? The poppies were inspired by a poem written by John McCrae called “In Flanders Fields”. The artificial red poppies are assembled by veterans at VA medical facilities and veterans homes which are then distributed throughout the county. The donations received from these poppies “have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom."
Red Poppy - The Official Memorial Flower//www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flower.pdf This Memorial Day, May 29th, as more Americans than ever hit the road, let’s take a moment to slow down ... read more
In light of the sudden warmth in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire our thoughts turn quickly to spending more time outdoors and getting out and about. Did you know that with this sudden warmth there may be danger from quickly melting snowpack? Quick melting snow can cause ice jams clogging area rivers and streams bringing rapidly rising water and sudden flooding. Why is this important? According to the National Weather Service & NOAA, “It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry off a small car; 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occur in vehicles. Don’t underestimate the power of water. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN”. Check out this video… //www.weather.gov/wrn/Videos Please pass this important information on to ... read more
Winter Travel Can Be Very Hazardous.Why not increase your odds of getting there safely?Ready.Gov published the following list on how to: "Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car" "In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle Flashlights: with extra batteries First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars Manual can openerWater: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver Pet supplies: food and water Radio: battery or hand cranked Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction ShovelIc ... read more
NOVEMBER FALL CAR CARE ***10 Steps to get Your Car Ready for Fall & Winter!***The Car Care Council reminds motorists that having their vehicles checked Before the Temperature Drops is a sensible way to avoid being stranded out in the cold.Don’t get stuck with the unexpected expense of an emergency repair.Have an Expert Technicians Inspect Your Vehicle Before Winter Arrives!Have an Expert Technicians Inspect Your Vehicle Before Winter Arrives!Check antifreeze and all other fluids Check the hoses and belts Check the battery Check the brake system Inspect the exhaust system Check engine performance Check the defroster and air conditioning system Inspect the steering and suspension system Check the tires Check the wipers and lightingTHEN YOU’LL BE GOOD TO GO!!!
What are the Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself to Know if you are Getting the Best Service for You & Your Car? Ready? Here We Go! Do you feel that you are able to Communicate Your Wants & Needs to your service professional? Do they Identify your Issues and Concerns? Do they Understand for what purpose your car will be driven? Do they help Fulfill Your Automotive Goals? Do they Design an Individualized Service Plan to address You & Your Vehicle’s Needs? Do they Provide you with Highly Trained ASE Certified Auto Technicians? Are you offered very High Quality Service backed-up by a Multi-Year Warranty? And if so how long is the warranty and is it nationwide? If You Answered No to any of these Questions then you are Selling Yourself Short! Consider this: #1 You are the customer and Your Concerns & Goals Should Count! Communication is a Very Important Part of the Service Process. You Deserve Better tha ... read more
I BET YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW WHEN TO PUT YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON! Well, chances are you could be wrong! ON APRIL 7, 2015 THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PASSED A NEW LAW TO MAKE THE ROADS SAFER FOR EVERYONE! Previously, whether a car was stationary or in motion while on a public way the driver must turn on the vehicle’s headlights and taillights when driving anytime from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise-that has stayed the same. Now with the new law, you must also turn on your headlights and taillights when there is insufficient light or unfavorable weather conditions, (i.e. rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog etc.) that reduces your visibility on the roadway so that you cannot see clearly for 500 feet or when your vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed. So you’re probably thinking, but isn’t that common sense? Apparently not! I can truly appreciate that the roads can always be safer for everyone. One of the outcomes of this new law is that if a driver do ... read more
Mechanics Direct started out exclusively providing maintenance, service, and repair for Honda & Acura vehicles back in 1996. From the time we opened our doors, our customers loved our work, attention to detail, and the priority service they received-so much that they kept requesting that we work on all the other family cars they owned. As a service to our wonderfully loyal customers, we started servicing all of their Toyota & Lexus vehicles as well. As you may have guessed, with the crazy winters we have in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, so many of our customers owned the all-wheel-drive Subarus to get around; then we also started to specialize in Subaru service. Fast forward to 2009-in an effort to keep up with the demand, we expanded to double the size of our shop and we were now able to not only service all of the Acura, Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Subaru cars that our loyal customers owned, but ALL of the other Make & Model vehicles that our customers wanted us to wo ... read more