Regular Car Maintenance – An Ounce of Prevention

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  We agree.  It would seem counterintuitive for a car repair shop to teach you how to keep your car in good shape, but that’s just who we are.  We want you to trust us to give you the truth […]

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Grant’s Quick tips – Bad Battery or Bad Alternator?

Your car battery provides the much needed electricity to activate the starter motor and get you on your way. It also provides juice to the devices in your car that require electricity when the engine isn’t on. Every time you start your car, listen to the radio/ipod, use the power windows and/or seats while the […]


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Grant’s Quick Tips – Tighten it Up! Loose Gas Caps Can Lead to Big Problems

Believe it or not the number one reason for the dreaded “check engine” light to illuminate is a loose gas cap.  The reason is that you have a sensitive group of instruments in your car that make up what is called the evaporative emissions system.  It sounds fancy, but really it’s just a system that […]

Why Is My Steering Wheel Shaking?

With lots of mountain driving in the foothills it’s not uncommon over time to find your steering wheel is shaking. However it can, and often does, mean you need to get your car looked at. Shaking vibrations coming to the steering column can mean a number of different things: first, it could mean that you […]



How to Fix a Flat Tire 101

In life you can count on flat tires almost as much as taxes. Here’s a quick guide to help you turn a sticky situation into smooth sailing. As with any problem you’re going to need some tools to get the job done. Here’s a list of what you need: A car tire patch kit consisting […]

8 Great Car Tips from Bear River Auto Tech

If you treat your car well, it will serve you reliably for many years and thousands of enjoyable miles.  Here are some helpful tips from your friendly car repair folks at Bear River Auto Tech… Change Your Oil – Read your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic what is best for your car and the […]

Car Tips from Bear River Auto Tech

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Don’t Be Shocked

You may be surprised to learn just how important automotive shocks really are. Shocks are responsible for keeping the spring in check. When you hit a bump, the springs compress to comfort the passengers and the shock, when working correctly, keeps the car from bouncing by dampening the oscillation of the springs. The shocks work […]

The Basics on Brakes

There are 3 different types of brakes on most passenger vehicles. Late model cars typically have disc brakes on the front wheels, and some have disc brakes on all four wheels. These brakes compose the braking system that helps you slow and stop your car. Many cars have drum brakes on the rear wheels and […]

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What’s Wrong With My Car – Basic Troubleshooting

Sounds and smells are definite clues that something may be amiss with your vehicle, but there are subtle clues that also should alert you to trouble. If you are the primary driver of your car, you should be able to notice when there is a change in the behavior or feel in handling. Car trouble […]