Auto Maintenance

Did you know that in 2020, there were over 1,823,500 vehicles registered in the state of Maryland? That is a lot of automobiles on the road. An MD State Safety Inspection Certificate is a requirement for all those vehicles to help keep motorists safe. This certificate is only issued if your vehicle meets or exceeds the safety standards deemed necessary by the state. The MD Safety Inspection includes many different parts of your auto. This blog focuses on motor and transmission components. Below is a detailed description of the motor mounts, gear shift indicator, and CV joints. We also look into common warning signs and general maintenance associated with your vehicle’s motor and transmission. How do I obtain a Maryland State Safety Inspection Certificate? An MD State Inspection Certificate can be obtained once your vehicle passes a safety inspection at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station in Maryland. Once your vehicle meets or exceeds all Maryland’s safety standards, it will pass the inspection. The inspection station will electronically transfer the information to the Motor Vehicle Administration.  Motor & Transmission Components Motor Mounts Motor (or Engine) Mounts connect the motor to the body or frame of your vehicle. They can be made of a solid rubberized material or filled with...

Most pre-owned vehicles must obtain a Maryland Safety Inspection certificate before being sold or transferred. Our last blog focused on exhaust system issues that can result in your vehicle failing certification. This blog will focus on problems with the fuel system and emission system that may cause your vehicle to fail the MD State Safety Inspection. Common issues may include the fuel pump, gas cap, or fuel injectors. A certificate will be issued once the necessary repairs are made, and the vehicle passes the inspection. Keep reading to learn about automotive fuel & emissions components, common issues, and symptoms you should recognize. #1 Tip To Pass The MD State Safety Inspection Follow all of the factory-recommended service intervals found in your owner’s manual. That’s it. That’s the tip. Routine maintenance is the very best way to keep your vehicle efficient and running clean. Regular inspections, oil changes, and general service appointments can catch many small issues before they become big expenses. And, it’s never too late to start. Ask your service technician about creating a routine service schedule to fit your specific needs. The Fuel System & Emission System Fortunately, these days auto manufacturers design vehicles to have more fuel economy and less air pollution (or emissions)....

Winter driving can be stressful for you and hard on your vehicle. Stay safer this winter by following a few winter driving tips and regularly inspecting your tires, headlights, windshield, and wiper blades. Consult your owner’s manual for details on maintaining your vehicle’s specific components. Or, if you prefer to leave your auto inspections up to the professionals, schedule a service to winterize your car.   Winter Driving Tips & Auto Services Here are a few helpful tips to follow while driving this winter: Slow down - Studies show driving at reduced speeds in bad weather is safer. Increase the distance between you and the car you are following. Don’t follow a snowplow too closely, as they can drive unpredictably. Store an emergency kit in your vehicle. Keep up with your vehicle’s routine maintenance. Traction: Tires Make sure your tires can handle the snow, sleet, and ice this season. Do your All-Weather Tires have adequate tread? Should you upgrade to Winter Tires this year? If you are unsure, contact Eby’s Garage for a Tires Service. Tell them how you use your vehicle and what terrain you regularly navigate. They can inspect your current tires and make recommendations to suit your needs perfectly. If you decide on new tires,...

October is officially known as National Fall Car Care Month in the United States. It is a great reminder to get caught up on any routine maintenance services that are overdue. A few fall auto tips to help prepare for the cooler temperatures include inspecting your tires, getting a battery check, and scheduling an oil change. Also, keep reading for some suggestions to avoid common fall driving hazards.      Car Care Month: Fall Auto Tips Routine Maintenance Check your owner’s manual to see if you have any mileage marker (30/60/90k) services that have been missed or are approaching. Performing routine maintenance on your automobile is the easiest and most cost-effective way to prolong the life of your vehicle. Battery Check Winters can be harsh on car batteries. Extreme temperatures and inclement weather can shorten battery life. Battery maintenance should include: Removing corrosion from the terminals & cables. Using a bracket to secure the battery in the engine compartment. Avoid using electronics when the car is not running. Try to make trips last 10 minutes or longer to allow the alternator time to charge the battery. These practices can help prolong the lifespan of your car battery. You can schedule a battery check with your auto service center to see how...

The sun is shining, school is out, and it is time for your annual summer vacation. With travel restrictions still in place for many traditional vacation spots, the Summer Road Trip is a popular alternative. Whether your ideal road trip takes you to the lake, the mountains, or on the famous Route 66, make sure your car is safe and road ready. This has been a trying year with many challenges. Many of us have been working from home instead of driving into the office. If your car has been idle for so long, do you still need to do your routine auto maintenance? Absolutely! Even if you have not racked up the miles, the time between oil changes is just as important. Before you start your summer road trip, make sure to do all the basic auto maintenance checks, including brakes, tires, and exhaust.   Routine Auto Maintenance: Time vs. Miles Automobile manufacturers spend a lot of time designing, testing and evaluating the components that go into your car. They take all that information and come up with a comprehensive maintenance schedule to keep them all working at their best. Then they give you that maintenance schedule in the form of suggestions...