Auto Care Tips

Inside our Car Care section you’ll find advice, articles, and vehicle maintenance tips and more.

What is a Tire Rotation What is a Tire Rotation
Tire rotation is a necessary auto maintenance task that is performed to keep your vehicle in its optimal condition. Refer to your owners manual on how often to have this service performed. Generally, a tire rotation service should be performed every 5,000 - 6,000 miles. A general rule of thumb is to have a tire rotation performed every time you have your oil changed.  Tires undergo tread wear from everyday driving. Tires that are not properly inflated will also cause uneven tread wear. Uneven tread wear on your tires can cause problems for your vehicle, which can result in costly repairs... Read More
How to Change a Tire How to Change a Tire
It's always a good idea to know how to change a tire. Relying solely on AAA, or local auto shops may not be the most reliable solution. You could be in an area with a weak cellphone signal, or possibly, your phone's battery could be drained. Having the knowledge of changing a tire can come in handy in these situations, and saves your money on towing and repair costs. Middle Country Automotive wants to ensure that you have all the information you need if you are ever in a situation where you cannot call for help and can handle the task on your own until you can get to the nearest mechanic... Read More
Five Auto Care Myths Five Auto Care Myths
We all fall victim to common car care myths, without evening realizing it. Middle Country Automotive would like to provide you with a list of common auto care myths to avoid them as they are outdated or bizarre. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspection and brake repair services in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720, and want to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable ride every time you use your vehicle!  Myth #1 Pressure Gauges Are Not Needed If one tire appears to not be as full as the rest, just fill it with some are the next time you get some gas and problem solved, right? Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth... Read More
How To Change Your Air Filter How To Change Your Air Filter
You wouldn't think that your car needs anything other than fuel to get going, but it needs air. Air filters keep the inside of your engines free of dust and very small debris. Every car is made differently and will have a different time frame to replace your air filter. Refer to your owners manuals for when to replace your air filter. Generally, you should replace your air filter every year. Air filters are generally inexpensive and replacing one is not all that difficult. This can help you save money if you are on a budget. Middle Country Automotive would like to offer it's expertise and give you only 4 steps to changing your air filter... Read More
Drive Safely During the Winter Season Drive Safely During the Winter Season
The winter season is the most dangerous time for drivers. The best advice is to not drive at all, if you do not have too. If you do have to drive, drive on paved streets only, or be sure to have proper tire chains installed. Middle Country Automotive wants to ensure your safety during the winter months. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspections, and brake repair services in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720... Read More
How To Change Your Cars Oil How To Change Your Cars Oil
Changing your car's oil may seem intimidating, but anyone can do it! Not only is it a simple task to do on your own, but you save money in the long run by changing the oil yourself. Middle Country Automotive provides you with a few easy steps to do the job yourself. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspections, and brake repair services in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720... Read More
How To Clean Your Engine How To Clean Your Engine
Engines are most commonly overlooked when it comes to cleaning. A clean engines performs better and helps to ensure its longevity. However, cleaning your engine is not the same as cleaning the exterior and cabin of your car. Middle Country Automotive wants ensure that if you clean your engine yourself, you go about it in a safe way. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspection and brake repair services in Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720... Read More
How To Choose an Auto Repair Shop How To Choose an Auto Repair Shop
Finding an auto shop to get the job done right can be overwhelming. DO NOT choose a shop only because it is convenient for you. The technicians at Middle Country Automotive are experts in all auto repair, auto inspection, brake repair services and many more in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720. We have been providing guaranteed workmanship, personalized services, and competitive prices for all foreign and domestic cars, SUVs, vans and trucks for the past 30+ years... Read More
How To Properly Wash Your Vehicle How To Properly Wash Your Vehicle
Everyone wants they're car to look its best, especially during these beautiful summer months. You can always take your car to a traditional carwash, but if you are strapped for cash, a simple carwash in your driveway works wonders, and if done correctly, you can leave your car looking better than any carwash! By washing your vehicle frequently, you maintain your car's finish, paint job and help to preserve that "new car" look. There are some things to watch out for, such as types of wheel cleaners to use or what to use to dry off your car after washing it. First things first, do not wait to wash your vehicle if you see any build up of dirt, grime, bird droppings or dead insects... Read More
What You Should Do If Your Car Engine Overheats What You Should Do If Your Car Engine Overheats
It does not matter what type of vehicle you drive, or what year it was manufactured, during the hot summer months, it's common for vehicles to overheat. The first sign will be your car's temperature guage indicator starting to rise, and often times, you will notice your engine releasing steam or starting to smoke up. At Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720, your safety is our top priority, especially during the sizzling heat of the summer months.   Here are some things to do if you notice your car engine overheating: Turn the air conditioning off and turn on the the car's heater... Read More
Prepare Your Car for Summer Prepare Your Car for Summer
Summer weather can create extreme conditons for vehicles due to the heat. Hot weather can cause fluids and oil to break down can can cause decreased performance, engine seizing and permanent damage to your vehicle's engine. Ensure that your car run efficiently during the summer months by following Middle Country Automotive's advice. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspection, and brake repair services in Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720... Read More
What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down
Having your vehicle break down can be a hassle to deal with, especially went it happens on a highway. Many people panic and do not know what to do in such a situation. Middle Country Automotive wants to make sure that you stay safe if this even happens to you. We are experts in all auto repair, auto inspection and brake repair services in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720. Your safety is our #1 priority. Here we provide you with advice on what to do if you ever find yourself in this type of situation: What's the first thing you should do? If your car breaks down on the highway, see if you can safely pull your car over on the shoulder lane or an emergency lane... Read More
Car Maintenance Ensures Your Safety Car Maintenance Ensures Your Safety
You and your family are not safe unless your car is reliable and in good condition. To ensure that your vehicle is in good condition, perform or schedule car maintenance services. Be sure to consult your owner's manual on when or what parts need to maintained. Vehicle preventative maintenance not only ensures your safety, but also saves you money on future costly auto repairs, increase fuel efficiency and increases the longevity of your car. Different parts of your vehicle will need maintenance at different time intervals, be sure to check out our preventative maintenance page to learn when you should maintain or schedule maintenance services for different parts of your car... Read More
Prepare Your Car for Spring Prepare Your Car for Spring
There is a plethora of articles on winter and summer maintenance, however, you rarely come across any articles on how to prepare your car for spring. Your vehicle takes a beating during the winter and it is essential to have to your car looked over before spring to ensure your vehicle is safe and road ready for the upcoming spring months. Middle Country Automotive wants to ensure that you are safe and that your vehicle operates at optimum driving conditions during all seasons of the year. Here is a list of things to do when preparing your vehicle for the spring months: Alignment - Potholes and other driving conditions due to winter can cause your car to mis-align... Read More
Preparing Your Vehicle For Long Term Storage Preparing Your Vehicle For Long Term Storage
Preparing Your Vehicle for Long Term Storage Do you have a car that you use only during the summer? Are your leaving for an extended vacation? Whatever the reason may be, you need to store your vehicle for a long period of time. Prepare your vehicle for long term storage to prevent any damage or issues such as a dead battery, and future costly repairs. By following the tips provided, you are ensuring that your car is road ready when you get back! We at Middle Country Automotive in Selden NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720, want to ensure that you are ready to get back to normal when you get back from vacation... Read More
What Happens When You Do Not Change Your Oil Regurlary What Happens When You Do Not Change Your Oil Regurlary
Just like we need blood to survive, your car needs oil in order to function properly. Oil is a lubricant which allows all the metal parts of your engine to work efficiently. If your engine was devoid of oil, there would be extreme wear on your engine and its part as well as increased friction. Your oil filter is also an essential part of your engine and should be changed with every oil change. Please refer to your owner's manual to find out when you should have your oil changed. Essentially, your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. It is also important to practice preventative maintenance on your vehicle to ensure that it is in optimum shape to perform... Read More
Gas-Saving Tips for Your Auto Gas-Saving Tips for Your Auto
While it is always wise to conserve natural resources, the recent price of gasoline has made even the most wasteful people think twice. Whatever your motivation, here are some gas saving tips from the pros at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Monitor tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional. If you require tire services, call Middle Country Automotive in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720... Read More
Every Tire Comes With An Autobiography Every Tire Comes With An Autobiography
Middle Country Automotive in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720, wants to make sure that you keep your tires in tip-top shape. We are experts in auto repair, auto inspections and brake repair services. 1. Size matters. Your holy rollers list their size, just like a T-shirt. Look for a number like this: P225/45R17. The P stands for passenger (LT means "light truck")... Read More
26 Things Your Car Mechanic Is Not Telling You 26 Things Your Car Mechanic Is Not Telling You
Here are a few tips on how to avoid getting ripped off at your next visit to your mechanic. You can trust that the technicians at Middle Country Automotive in Selden, NY 11784 and Centereach NY 11720, won't try to scam you out of money. Our auto mechanics are experts in auto repair, auto inspections and brake repair services... Read More
Brake Maintenance Tips Brake Maintenance Tips
Your vehicle's brakes consist of five main components: brake pads, rotors, calipers, lines, and a master cylinder. Here is what you can do to ensure that your car brakes are always in optimal shape. If you feel this sounds too complicated or you do not have time to maintain your brakes, Contact Middle Country Automotive today in Selden NY and Centereach NY, our technicians are experts in all areas of brake repair, as well as auto repair and NYS auto inspections... Read More
Automatic Transmission Diagnosis Automatic Transmission Diagnosis
There are a few words in the language of auto repair that make car owners want to crawl back into bed, and "transmission" is at the top of the list. There's something about that mysterious box underneath your car that incites fear. Before you hand over your keys, brush up on the simple end of automatic transmissions. If something is seriously wrong, at least you'll be armed with enough knowledge to avoid being ripped off... Read More
Buying A Back To School Car Buying A Back To School Car
What to Look For Well, it's almost that time of year again. School will be open very soon and there will be a lot of brand new drivers out there. With parents working and busy schedules, it's not really practical to let students drive the family car to school. If they are off to college they will need a car of their own. The obvious answer is to get another car. "Let The Buyer Beware." A new car would be nice, but not too many of us can afford that. So the answer is a used car. When buying a used car the catch word is "Let the buyer beware." There are a lot of unscrupulous people out there waiting to dump a clunker on an inexperienced, unknowing buyer... Read More
How Your Smartphone Can Help You Care For Your Car How Your Smartphone Can Help You Care For Your Car
You can get so much car care information and vehicle maintenance direction from your smartphone. These days the internet is a viable source for any information, including auto issues! A smartphone possesses the technology that can help to give you instructions for maintenance procedures while you are under the hood, help you find a part that needs fixing and get you to a trusted mechanic quicker and easier than ever before. (ARA) Whether you're a weekend mechanic or simply enjoy being able to keep a handy and accessible maintenance log, here are few ways your smartphone can help you take better care of your car:   How-to Videos YouTube isn't just a great place to check out the latest hilarious viral video, it's a great resource for finding videos that can lead you through common car maintenance procedures... Read More
Keep Your Vehicle Safe and Looking Great Keep Your Vehicle Safe and Looking Great
Do your brakes squeal when you push on the pedal to stop? Have them checked at Middle Country Automotive, we provide superb brake repair services at our Selden and Centereach locations! Have your been ignoring that unsightly puddle of liquid that keeps appearing under your car?  Small inconveniences can become much larger problems if not taken care of early, and unfortunately, many drivers fail to address vehicle problem signs until it's too late.  Frequent checks and proper maintenance can make all the difference between a safe, attractive vehicle and an unreliable eyesore... Read More
10 Things Every Car Owner Should Keep In Their Car 10 Things Every Car Owner Should Keep In Their Car
You never know when you may be in an emergency situation with your vehicle especially on long trips on the road. A proper way to make sure that your car is in shape for the road and/or long trips, make sure your inspection sticker is up to date. During an auto inspection we will check for necessary issues with your vehicle. Also make sure your brakes are in optimum condition on long trips. We also provide brake repair services. Here we have put together a list of 10 things you should always keep in your car in the off chance you are in any type of situation... Read More
What Happens During A New York State Vehicle Inspection? What Happens During A New York State Vehicle Inspection?
You must make sure that you have your vehicle inspected in a DMV approved site, repair shop, or inspection center annually. Middle Country Automotive is certified to conduct all auto inspections in Selden 11784 or Centereach 11720, as well as motorcycle inspections. You can perform preventative maintenance on your vehicle to make sure your inspection goes by smoothly. Everyone who owns and drives a vehicle that is registered in New York State is required by law to undergo a safety and emissions inspection... Read More
How To Shop For A Fuel-Efficient Car How To Shop For A Fuel-Efficient Car
If you're shopping for a more fuel-efficient car, you need to get a handle on what poor fuel economy really costs you. And you'll need to take a hard look at what you actually need in a vehicle. If fuel economy is important to you, you'll need to keep it in mind early in your decision process. Once you've settled on a specific make and model, most choices you make will have only a slight effect on fuel economy. You might want to consider a gas-electric hybrid vehicle. If you do, you should make that choice for reasons other than saving money. A hybrid car or SUV will burn considerably less fuel than a non-hybrid version... Read More
How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off On Repairs And Maintenance How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off On Repairs And Maintenance
Few things in life are filled with as much mystery and anxiety as automotive service. Any number of questions can arise when something is wrong with your car or even when you just bring it to the dealer for its scheduled maintenance: "My car only has 12,000 miles on it, so why do the brakes shudder?" "When I brought my car to the dealership for its 15,000-mile maintenance, the service adviser showed me a list of things to be done that was a lot more than my owner's manual called for... Read More
Maintenance Basics for Teens Maintenance Basics for Teens
So you're going to have a new driver in the family. Standard Driver's ED courses may have already taught your son or daughter the basics of how to drive, but they seldom teach teens what they really need to know to keep a car running right, so as to avoid costly repairs and keep safe from roadside breakdowns and other mishaps. Trouble is, many young drivers don't know -- or even care -- how a car works, or what they need to do to keep it working. There are some, admittedly, who are real gearheads, but most teens have other concerns, like clubs, sports, or their image to the opposite sex. They may be fascinated with the car as a symbol of independence, and as an appliance, but that's it... Read More
Prepare Your Car For Colder Weather Prepare Your Car For Colder Weather
It's getting cooler and the leaves are falling, which means that autumn is really settling in. While the end of the warmer weather may leave some folks feeling down, what people may not realize is that your car could use come cheering up too. If you have any questions or issues dealing with preparing your car for winter, come visit us in Selden NY 11784 or Centereach NY 11720, we are experts in auto repair, nys auto inspection, and Read More
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