Yearly Archives: 2020

5 Essential Maintenance Task Your Vehicle Will Love You for This Fall in St. Petersburg

5 Essential Maintenance Task Your Vehicle Will Love You for This Fall in St. Petersburg

October is a great time to give your car a little TLC for Fall Car Care Month. Vehicle maintenance reduces wear and tear while also preventing costly repairs. A vehicle performing at its best increases its safety and boosts performance. A car struggling to operate will also struggle to consume fuel, causing a huge hit to fuel efficiency. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your vehicle for the colder winter season. Below are five essential maintenance tasks you should consider for your car this Fall.    Inspect Your Car Battery  Heat can be extremely harmful to your car's battery; it decreases its lifespan. As the weather cools off in St. Petersburg, check your battery to ensure its life throughout the colder months. Reach out to your trusted automotive facility or purchase a battery tester to keep inside your vehicle. If your car is older, watch for any electrical signs that the battery is dying and make sure everything is turned off before getting out ... read more

Skid Safety and Avoidance

Skid Safety and Avoidance

The Fall season has started to creep up on us, which means a change in weather and road conditions. It’s crucial to stay prepared and adjust your driving habits as necessary. If a driver is careless with driving, their car can skid, losing control of their vehicle. Skid marks happen when tires lose their grip and traction to the road. A skid can be very dangerous and can lead to major accidents. Tires can lose their traction to the road for a few common reasons: Driving Too Fast Skidding can occur when a driver over accelerates.     Pressing the Brake Pedal Too Hard If a driver slams on the brakes, it can lock the wheels, causing the vehicle to skid.    Sharp Turns Sudden sharp turns without much braking can cause a car to lose control, skidding in a circular fashion.  Unstable road conditions can make a vehicle more likely to lose traction. Rainy weather makes roads, especially asphalt, more slippery. At the same time, winter seasons can lea ... read more

Signs That Indicate a Failing Starter System

Signs That Indicate a Failing Starter System

  Every successful drive you’ve ever taken involves starting your car. It’s easy to start the engine and take off. No one typically thinks about their vehicle’s starter until they encounter a problem. Turning the key is the most straightforward part of a complicated series of events. When the engine turns over, and fuel enters your combustion chamber, the engine roars and comes to life. The starter system is durable and meant to last under extreme weather and road conditions, but daily wear and tear can create problems. Several signs can indicate a failing starter system, below are a few common symptoms to look out for:   You hear a grinding noise.  Grinding sounds usually indicate a mechanical problem that’s typically related to the gears that connect to your vehicle’s starter motor. Worn gears can lead to various issues that result in them not adequately engaging with the engine. Additionally, there can be mechanica ... read more

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

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