What Causes Potholes

You’re driving along the road and feel your car sink into what feels like a crater. As potholes line the streets and highways, local officials are rushing behind to repair them. Pothole repair is expensive and a never-ending job. Potholes along the road usually don’t get fixed right away, leaving it a priority to get regular vehicle maintenance with your trusted automotive shop here in St. Petersburg, FL. What causes potholes, anyway? Below are a few reasons potholes are a regular occurrence during your drive:  Asphalt Damage: Sometimes, vehicle accidents and flat tires can weaken the road surface and create holes or gouges. If the edges of a road receive a lot of vehicle activity, it can result in surface breaks since this is usually the weaker spot on the road.  Unsealed asphalt: These are areas on the roads that are left unsealed due to cracks and depressions. These small depressions make it possible for water to accumulate ... read more

Should you Sleep in your Car?

You’re on a long road trip, and a wave of fatigue hits you like a sack of bricks. You blast the A/C to wake you up, but the cold air reminds you of the peaceful hum of the fan you sleep under at home. There isn’t any rest stop. With a few restaurants several miles ahead, you consider pulling over for a quick cat nap. There currently aren’t any nationwide laws that make sleeping in your car illegal, but you can suffer some extreme consequences depending on where you are. Car cat nap regulations are left up to each state. Sometimes a city may have specific laws in place to prevent dozing off in your car. No matter how many extra preparations we make, getting tired or fatigue is a normal phenomenon. There isn’t enough coffee in the world that can substitute a decent amount of sleep. If you don’t have expressed permission to sleep on private property (outside of your own), many cities have options. There are rest areas, campgrounds, 24-hour retailers, and tru ... read more

Is Your A/C Ready for the Summer?

Is Your A/C Ready for the Summer?

Is Your A/C Ready for the Summer?   The temperature outside may be rising but that doesn’t mean the temperature in your car should be too! If you are like most Floridians, you rely on your AC to keep you cool in our hot and humid summers.    Understanding when your AC is about to go out is critical to keeping you and your family comfortable inside your vehicle. A good air conditioning system in your vehicle will cool your car off in a matter of minutes, if not, your vehicle may be in need of an AC repair.    These four items will help you know if your vehicle's AC is about to break.   Your fan is not consistently blowing cold air Inconsistent cold air is most commonly the result of low freon - this is the refrigerant that makes the air cold. When the freon level is too low, the air coming out of the vents may just feel room temperature. A simple AC recharge may be able to solve this issue and can be done at most local auto ... read more

How Often Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

How Often Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

When it comes to our windshield wipers, the average car owner isn’t usually sure how often they need to be replaced. In reality, our windshield wipers need to be replaced pretty often, ranging from every 6 months to a year. Our windshield wipers have an important job in all types of weather conditions, including rain and dry weather. Even when the weather is warm and sunny, windshield wipers are often needed to clean our windshield for clear visibility.  In Florida, our weather is all over the place. It's hot and humid, but we also have frequent rain and storms. The heat of the summer will actually cause windshield wipers to dry out and become cracked. Then once the rain falls again, your windshield wipers aren’t very effective and will need to be changed. We recommend having your wipers changed once after the summer, and once after the Florida winter. This will ensure that your wipers are in good working condition when you need them the most.  There ar ... read more

What are the Most Common Brake Problems?

Our brakes are an important safety feature of our vehicles, helping us slow down and stop efficiently on the road. This is why it is so important to be aware of what a brake problem can look like and what to look out for. If a brake problem does happen, we recommend having your vehicle inspected as soon as possible to protect your safety. Brake issues can show in a number of different ways, including strange noises or a change in performance.  Here are some signs that your brakes may be failing: Pedal feels “spongy”  Vibrating when you press on the brakes Lack of performance Squealing or screeching noise while braking Pedal goes to the floor If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above, bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as you can. We will perform a full vehicle inspection to determine what the issue may be. You may need new brake pads, a brake rotor resurfacing, and more.  Some of the most common brake problems include: Master c ... read more

Ways We are Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open to Serve You

Victory Automotive Service is taking the containment of this virus very seriously. The health and well-being of our community and out staff members is a top priority of ours. We also know that our community still needs reliable transportation in order to get to work or get to the store to retrieve supplies for their families.  In order to best serve you during these difficult times, our shop is remaining OPEN. We will be here to help with any of your automotive needs, including maintenance, repairs, and service. To protect you and our employees, we will be taking certain precautions to meet CDC regulations and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Here are some of the measures we are taking to provide you with service during these uncertain times:  We are constantly cleaning and sanitizing our facility.  If any staff members are showing cold or flu-like symptoms, we are asking them to stay home.  All high-touch areas will be regularly sanitized, such as door ha ... read more

Does a Car Battery Need to be Serviced?

Your vehicle's battery and connecting cables are important when it comes to providing the electricity required to not only start, but run your vehicle. While the battery has help from the alternator and charging system components to keep its charge, it is still the main electrical output source and therefore is vital to the overall operation of your car. We know that so many of our other vehicle components, such as the brakes and air conditioning system, need to be serviced periodically to maintain proper operation. So the question is, does your battery need to be serviced? Your vehicle's battery doesn't necessarily have to be serviced, however it should be regularly looked at for any signs of corrosion or fraying of connecting cables. You may have experienced looking under your vehicle's hood and noticing that the positive and negative terminals on your battery have gunk on them. This is due to battery acid and corrosion, which can happen with older batteries. If this ... read more

Driving at Night Safety Tips

Driving at night is significantly more dangerous than during the day because of how difficult it is to see as well in the dark. Also, in areas that are heavily lit, the glare from those lights can make vision even more impaired. This is why it is important to have the following safety tips in mind when you need to drive your vehicle at night.  Be aware of your surroundings and other drivers on the road. If you notice another drive swerving or drive erratically, avoid getting near them. Drunk driving is much more likely in the evening, so being defensive while driving can protect your safety.  Never drive at night if you feel tired. Driving in the dark while sleepy can put you and others on the road at risk. A couple of good ways to keep alert while driving include listening to music, rolling down the windows, or having company in your vehicle to keep conversation with.  Ensure that your windshield is clean.  Check your vehicle's exterior lights to make sure ... read more

How to Properly Change a Tire

When it comes to being a vehicle driver, there are certain things that you should know to help you in times of a vehicle emergency. No one wants to be stuck with a flat tire, but driving over debris unexpectedly or driving with low tire pressure can cause a flat tire to occur unexpectedly on the road. Knowing how to change a tire correctly and having the necessary tools in your vehicle that you will need for changing a tire is essential.  Items you need to keep in your vehicle to change a tire:  Spare tire Car jack Lug wrench Vehicle's owner's manual Flashlight How to properly change a tire:  If you do notice that you have a flat tire and you are driving, don't slam on the brakes. Try to approach a safe place slowly and immediately turn on your emergency lights. Come to a slow stop where you are safe and out of the way of traffic.  Be sure to engage your parking brake before beginning.  Remove the hubcap from your tire, if applicable.  ... read more

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