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Check Engine Light

When your Check Engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That's perfectly understandable. That same Check Engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap. There's a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It's really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. Call Hometown Garage at 860.342.5777 for help with your Check Engine light. Think of taking your temperature. Say it's 101°. Your heat sensor – the thermometer – tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn't tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information, more tests. For any ... read more

Steering

Steering is one of the things we Portland drivers take for granted in our vehicles. Let's break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second,  the actual parts that steer the vehicle. Most drivers in Portland, CT, who are under 40 have never driven a vehicle without power steering. Most vehicles in CT today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles in CT have an electric pump. Some Portland vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering. The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. Portland drivers can postpone that day by having a power steering service at Hometown Garage from time to time. We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This rem ... read more

Axles

Question: I hear a clunking sound from my front wheel when I make a turn. What could be the problem? Question: I hear a clunking sound from my front wheel when I make a turn. What could be the problem? Hometown Garage Answer: One possible cause of the problem is a worn axle. Front-wheel drive vehicles have axles that transfer power from the transmission to your front wheels. There is one for each front wheel. These axles are called constant velocity axles or CV axles for short. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have axles that are in back and run between the differential and the rear wheels. Of course, all-wheel drive vehicles will have an axle at each wheel. When a front CV axle goes bad, it will make a clunking noise as you make a slow turn. When a rear axle goes bad, the clunking or moaning sound will be in the back. Now there really isn't any preventive maintenance you can have performed to make your axles last longer, but you can ha ... read more

Alignments

It's no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the Middletown area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That's called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other. Something that you won't notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around when you're out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. That's because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out faster because you're constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road. Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it doesn't have to be a big shock, i ... read more

Windshield Wipers

Today at Hometown Garage we're going to talk about windshield wiper blades. Now that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is: We protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we taken care of them too. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when we drive around the Hartford area. We really ought to think about wipers as part of an important safety system. We should think about maintaining safety – not just responding when our wiper blades fail.  How many times have you been caught off-guard in Hartford by the first storm of the season with a streaky windshield you can barely see out of? Or with no washer fluid? Wiper blades live outside the vehicle, exposed to heat and sun in the Hartford summer and cold and ice in the Hartford area winter. It's no wonder that they get dry, brittle and torn. We recommend changing wiper blades twice a year – before they're so damaged that they don't work. If y ... read more

Tire Replacement

New tire choices can be overwhelming for Portland drivers. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. How much do you drive off-road in CT? How important are looks as you drive on Hartford roads? Let's suppose you have a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good in Portland. When the Portland weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do in CT, you want full on performance tires. If all-out performance isn't a big issue, all-season tires are a good compromise that works well for most Portland drivers. When it's time for new tires, visit with a tire professional at Hometown Garage in Portland. Describe your needs and wants. He'll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are ... read more

Hometown Garage Launches NEW Website!

We got a new look! Hometown Garage of Portland, CT, has launched a new website. We understand that the web is taking over how our customers are looking for businesses and services. Our goal is to make sure that our quality auto repair services can be easily found on the web! Feel free to browse around our new website and let us know what you think. Please come back frequently to check out the latest news, photos, advice & promotions. By taking your vehicle to a NAPA AutoCare Center, you’re getting the best of both worlds. All AutoCare Centers are independently owned shops that take pride in their communities and customers while still being backed up by a national warranty and the trusted NAPA brand

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