Friday, October 18, 2019

Get your Car ready for Holiday Road Trips with Pugh's Service Automotive's SHOT Inspection!

Don’t look now, but with holidays fast approaching, that means traveling…. Lots and lots of traveling. Whether it be through the skies, on the road, or both, you will need to make sure that your car is in tip-top shape to make the trip. This way you can make it to Grandma’s house safely and without incident.   

You might be wondering what exactly should be checked on your car before a long trip. The answer is everything. This can be done with a free, complimentary Sensory Inspection at Pugh’s Service Automotive, otherwise known as our SHOT (Sight, Hearing, Odor, and Touch) Inspection. In most cases, this inspection is just what you need to ensure safe travels to family and friends for the holidays.

First, we will use our sense of Sight to take a good look Under the Hood and at the Underbody. We will look for any leaks, which is straightforward, as your car should be dry. If a Fluid Leak is spotted, we will note what color it is along with the area it is found in. This will tell us which part is the culprit for the Leak, and then we will give you a call with an estimate to repair the problem. If you are about to embark on a longer road trip, it is best to let a professional Auto Repair Shop repair the issue before you leave.

Second, we will use our sense of hearing on a Test Drive to listen out any potential negative sounds. Hearing a suspicious sound can often point us in the direction of the true problem so that we can use our senses of Sight and Touch to Inspect even deeper.

 For example, Failing Brake Pads can be heard before serious damage occurs. Wheel Bearings also will present with a Roaring Sound if they are going bad. Squeaking or other Noises Under the Hood could indicate worn parts such as Belts and Pulleys. If this is the case, then none of these things should be neglected before you begin your trip, as they can cause serious damage if you were to continue to stress them.

Next, we use our sense of Smell to detect any unwanted Odors during the Test Drive and throughout the Inspection. A very common smell is one of Burning outside of the Car, which can indicate Worn Down Brake Pads. A Burning Rubber Smell can indicate Bad Hoses or Worn Belts. Other Odors to beware of are a Sweet, Syrupy Smell and Hot Oil Smell. If either are accompanied by Leaks seen under the car then you could be dealing with a Leaking Valve Cover or Radiator.

Pugh’s Service Automotive will use our senses of sight and touch to determine the culprits, so that we can provide you with an Accurate Estimate of Repair. This way, you don’t overspend, and you have safe and reliable transportation for your road trip.

Last, but certainly not least, we will use our sense of touch to feel for Soft and Squishy Hoses, Cracked or Torn Belts, and much more.

In addition to everything mentioned above, we will Check to make sure your Oil, Brake Fluid, Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Washer Fluid, and Tire Pressures are all at the proper level. We will also inspect your Lights and anything else that may come to mind, making sure all is working properly for your trip.  

Part of enjoying the holidays is not worrying about whether you make it to your destination, and part of that is finding a reputable Auto Repair Shop like Pugh’s Service Automotive to make sure your car is in the best shape possible. We love our customers and want you to have a great holiday season, so if you want to make sure your car can make the trips during the holidays, give us a call. It’s the cheapest holiday insurance you could ever want.

With all this in mind, we at Pugh’s Service Automotive wish you a blessed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.

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