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Mike's Auto Service & Repair Inc.

Mike's Auto Service uses ASE-certified automotive technicians and other service professionals!

173 River Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: 413-737-7806

Hours Of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday's: 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Female Friendly Repair Facility!

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Mike's Auto Service & Repair wants you to drive both safely and without incident. This also means we would LOVE to see your vehicle up and running 100% of the time. New England provides a harsh driving environment due to the heat of summer, the cold of winter, the stop and go traffic on top of dust and air pollution. Each of these challenges require routine preventative maintenance to be performed on ALL Vehicles despite your driving habits to ensure you never encounter a vehicle breakdown.

We will list the major items to watch for below and how YOU can take preventative measures to ensure your safe travel.

Use this link to jump down to Winter Tips --- Use this link to jump down to Summer Tips

Mike's Auto Service & Repair wants you to drive both safely and without incident -- some tips! Check the MassDOT 511 traffic page for traffic cameras and traffic alerts.

Massachusetts Logo - Ice & Snow - Take It Slow! The Official Website of The Massachusetts Department of TransportationSome words from the MassDOT

Winter is a beautiful time of the year in Massachusetts, especially when a fresh layer of new snow covers everything. Winter can also be a dangerous time of the year.

To prepare for the coming wintry weather, motorists should check all fluids, make sure their radiator is winterized, maintain a gas tank above half-full and keep windshield washing fluid on hand. A winter survival kit should include an ice scraper and shovel, flashlight, jumper cables, flares, sand for traction, extra clothing or blankets, a first-aid kit and non-perishable food.

To stay safe on the road, you need to prepare your vehicle for the harsh weather ahead. Many of these items you can check on your own. The rest, have the team at Mike's Auto Service & Repair inspect and repair accordingly any safety issue they may find. Start with the windows. As the weather turns cold, thermal shock will set in and turn small chips and nicks into large cracks, which could cost you hundreds of dollars to repair. You might even have to get new windows. To avoid such costs, inspect your windows often and have chips and nicks repaired. You should also check your windshield wipers. As it- gets- closer to winter, you may want to replace them with a winter set, complete with a rubber boot to prevent ice and snow from freezing on the pivot points.

After you've inspected the windows, take a look at the fluids, Continue to change your oil as recommended and keep other fluids, such as the power steering, brake and windshield washer fluids, filled. Don't forget about the anti-freeze and engine oil. You should change the anti-freeze every two years and follow the manufacturer's winter grade oil recommendations. Winter grade oils in general are light and make starting the engine in cold weather easier.

Next, check out the engine. The cooler the temperature, the harder it is for fuel to ignite. Get a tune-up and make sure your belts and hoses are in good condition. Cracks, soft spots and bulges are all signs that a belt or hose should be replaced. Make sure your heater is working properly and test the battery. A weak battery may not pose a problem in the summer, but it will probably fail in the winter when you need the extra power to start a cold engine. The average battery lasts three and a half years. If yours is older than that, you may want to replace it. In addition to the battery, you should also inspect your brakes and check your exhaust system for leaks. Carbon Monoxide is a byproduct in engine exhaust and if it is leaking, it can enter the vehicles interior AND IT CAN SERIOUSLY HARM YOU OR CAUSE LOSS OF LIFE!

Once you're done with the engine, examine your tires. Frosty weather can take its toll on tires. Inspect your tires and replace any that have bulges or bald spots (this goes for summer as well) and hitting a pothole or just glancing a curb CAN DAMAGE YOUR TIRES! Make sure they are properly inflated and aligned and rotate them every 6,000 miles. If you live in an area with heavy snow, you may want to use snow tires.

Things to Remember

Use the brake and gas pedal lightly when driving in icy conditions and watch for bridges, which freeze before roadways. Do not use cruise control in icy conditions. Clear frost from all car windows and mirrors and remember that exit ramps may have less sand and salt on them than the highway.

Motorists who drive 4x4 vehicles are urged to remember that those vehicles tend to be heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don't get overconfident in a 4x4 vehicle's traction.

Remember that the road in front of the plow is usually in much worse condition than the roadway behind the plow. Plows will typically travel under 35 miles per hour and there is always a temptation to pass them. For safety purposes, it is recommended to stay a safe distance behind snowplows.

In wintry weather, motorists should drive with headlights on, observe posted speed limits, never drink and drive, make sure everyone is using a seatbelt and be on the lookout for changing weather conditions. Other safety precautions include obeying warning signs, keeping a safe distance between vehicles and using four-way flashers when stopped in traffic or traveling slowly.

Safe Winter Driving Tips

If you plan on traveling during the winter, it pays to Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Driving including having Winter Car Supplies. Just following some simple Safe Driving Tips and Using Common Sense While Driving Near Snow Plows could insure that you make your destination safety. However, be prepared for the unexpected. Know what to do In Case You're Stranded or In An Accident.

Preparing your vehicle for winter driving

Reliable transportation is especially important in the winter. Not only should you keep your vehicle in top operating condition all year round - for safety and fuel economy, it is especially important to get it winterized to avoid any unpleasant or dangerous situation while traveling in frigid weather. Check the following:

Always fill the gasoline tank before a long trip or even for a short distance. Stop to fill-up long before the tank begins to run low. Keeping your tank as full as possible will minimize condensation, providing the maximum advantage in case of trouble.

A Citizens Band (CB) radio and/or cellular phone can be very useful to you or another stranded motorist in case of an emergency.

Winter car supplies

Keep winter car supplies that can assist you in case of an emergency. You easily can equip your vehicle with essential gear for winter. Here's what you'll need:

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Use Common Sense While Driving Near Plows

Keep a safe distance from snow plows!

In Case You Are Stranded While Driving In Winter

In Case You Are Involved In An Accident

Unfortunately Summer is NO PICNIC (no pun intended) for your vehicle. The high temperatures, stop & go traffic, construction dust, heavy use of the A/C can ALL lead to excessive wear & tear!

The Sun! The high temperatures, stop & go traffic, construction dust, heavy use of the A/C can ALL lead to excessive wear & tear!

Simple Maintenance Can Keep You and Your Vacation on the Road!

With summer just around the corner, many families across our nation are starting to plan vacations and summer road trips. Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your preparation includes getting your car in shape for warmer weather. Some simple preventive steps can help you save time, money and the headache of having your trip interrupted or even cut short because your car breaks down. "With a few quick and relatively inexpensive steps, you can keep your vehicle and vacation running smoothly." "You should be enjoying your trip, not worrying about whether your car will make it home."

Summer Maintenance Tips

Hot weather can be rough on cars. Higher temperatures speed up a car's wear and tear, as fluids and lubricants break down more quickly. But by following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule (see your car's owner's manual) and taking the following precautions, your car will be ready for a long, hot summer: