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Posted on October 31, 2019

Welcome to Smitty’s Auto Service Tips where we provide maintenance and repair tips for foreign and domestic autos. If your car is making strange sounds these tips may help you to figure out what is wrong.
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Mass Airflow Sensor Problems

Posted on December 31, 2019
Almost all modern cars come with an electronic fuel injection system, which is comprised of a variety of complex components. One such critical component is the Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF). Installed between the intake manifold and the air filter of the engine, the mass airflow sensor’s job is to measure the airflow (the amount of air entering the engine).
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How to Find a Reliable Mechanic near You

Posted on December 23, 2019
These are the qualities we look for when choosing a reliable mechanic or an auto repair shop in Gainesville:
“He is always there when you call for a car emergency, good with his hands, reliable and trustworthy…”
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Choosing a Certified Auto Repair Shop

Posted on December 16, 2019
In an ideal world, ASE certification, or choosing a Certified Auto Repair Shop, is important and every car owner’s right when it comes to auto repair and maintenance.

Yet we live in a world where many people are unaware of the importance of this certification. This is why so many cars in Gainesville, Florida are
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What's the Reason for That Squeaking Sound in Your Car?

Posted on December 10, 2019

Here’s a mental exercise for you; imagine you’re driving down the road when all of a sudden you start hearing a squeaking sound coming from your car. It’s natural to panic in such situations.
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When to Replace Your Car's Timing Belt

Posted on December 4, 2019

To avoid engine damage and costly repairs, car owners are advised to replace their car’s timing belt somewhere around each 60,000 to 100,000 kilometers—depending on the car make and model.

What is a timing belt and what does it do?
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My Car Battery Keeps Draining!

Posted on November 26, 2019

Car batteries can generally last for a long time. In fact, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the average lifespan for a car battery is 4 to 6 years. Nevertheless, sometimes, batteries die much sooner than that.
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To Speed or Not to Speed

Posted on November 18, 2019

 “If speed kills me one day, don’t cry because I was smiling” – Paul Walker. After driving cars for many years in different countries throughout the world, I have developed a love /hate relationship with the highway. Cars today are
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How to Save Money on Auto Repair

Posted on November 11, 2019

What is the one thing car drivers hate more than not being able to speed up on an empty road due to those pesky speed limits? Most drivers hate to take their car to a shop to have their car repaired without knowing how much it will cost in advance. Auto repairs are usually expensive and time-consuming. Some tips on how you can save money on auto repair are listed below.
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Auto Problems You Should Check Immediately and Why

Posted on November 8, 2019

Though automobile engineering has come a long way from what it was like when the first automobiles were built, there is still one thing that plagues drivers the world over. Auto Problems! No matter what manufacturer your car was made by and how recent the model may be; over a period of time, you’re bound to face some troubles.
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Signs There's a Problem with Vehicle Transmission

Posted on October 31, 2019

Does your car make loud noises every time you change gears? Or maybe the engine fluid is leaking. These are just a few of the many signs of problems with a vehicle transmission.
This is a major problem since vehicle transmission is directly connected
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Spark Plugs - Signs They Need to Be Replaced

Posted on October 30, 2019

Don’t know what spark plugs are? No need to worry, you aren’t the only one. Spark plugs are the most commonly overlooked components of your car engine.
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A Guide to Car Heating and Cooling System

Posted on October 29, 2019

Notice steam coming out from the hood of your car?
The temperature gauge also indicates that your car is heating up. It’s a sign that your car’s overheating and trust us when we tell you, it’s not
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Engine Noises That Require Immediate Attention

Posted on October 28, 2019

From knocks and clicks to groans and ticks, all cars start to develop engine noises at some point, especially if they’ve gotten a few years old. But what if you’re sitting in traffic or driving along serenely, and your engine starts
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Why Is My Engine Backfiring?

Posted on October 25, 2019

A misfiring engine is one of the most common (and frustrating) mechanical problems experienced by car owners. While an engine backfiring isn’t typically a major problem, having it diagnosed and sorted in a timely
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Get a Maintenance Checkup Before a Long Road Trip

Posted on October 18, 2019
In the famous song “He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother”, by the Hollies, they talk about the road being long with many a winding turn. Recently I thought to myself, “They couldn’t have described it any better” because I had just experienced the benefits of getting a maintenance checkup before my
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