Category Archives: Auto Repair

What to Do After a Car Accident

We often talk about how to successfully take on all sorts of automotive challenges, from driving safely during different seasons to avoiding deer when they pop out of the ditch. But what to do when you get in a car accident? Every accident is different, so there isn’t a standard script in many cases where fender benders are concerned. However, there are a few standard operating procedures that you should follow to help ease the headache of a car accident. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Smell What He’s Cooking? The Rock Debuts New Ford Ad

To be totally honest, there aren’t a whole lot of celebrities we’d consider worthy of acting as an automotive spokesperson. It seems a little cynical to assume that they know what they’re talking about, or that they actually drive the cars that they’re shilling. I mean, if they’re worth millions, wouldn’t you expect that their cars are pretty outlandish as well? You would expect that — unless, of course we’re talking about The Rock. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Do You Need to Change your Brake Fluid?

For all of our talk of auto service at Harbin Automotive — and let’s admit, it’s a lot — one question we get asked pretty frequently at our Scottsboro-based dealership is, “Do I need to change my brake fluid?” There have been mixed messages for as long as there’s been brake fluid, and we’re here to say with authority that the answer is…maybe. There are different opinions and schools of thought on this, so let’s wade together into the murky depths of brake fluid. Read the rest of this entry >>

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The Top Five Reasons a Check Engine Light Comes On

It’s pretty frequent that a person comes in for service at Harbin Auto and, when asked what the problem seems to be, they simply shrug. “Don’t know,” they’ll say. “‘Check Engine’ light was on.” This begs an all-too-common question: what causes the Check Engine light to come on? We’ve seen these lights for ages, and we’re pretty confident that we know the top five reasons a check engine light comes on. Read the rest of this entry >>

Shifting Shaky? Five Signs of Transmission Trouble

When it comes to vehicle issues, many of us have questions that we don’t know the answers to. On our blog, if you haven’t noticed already, we have a whole “Maintenance” and “Repair” categories where you can find out how to address many of your car’s issues. Today, we’re going to take down another car-trouble titan, gearbox problems. From your friends here at Harbin Automotive, here are five signs of transmission trouble to pay attention for before it’s too late. Read the rest of this entry >>

Heat Got You Down? What to do when your Car Overheats

Now that the mercury is rising on thermometers across the country, we’ve noticed that the same thing is happening to thermostats on vehicles in our area. The rise in temperature, combined with more frequent and longer travel itineraries, causes a lot of trouble for vehicles of all vintages. Luckily, we at Harbin Automotive are here to help. Here are some tips for what to do when your car overheats, and we’d also be more than happy to help you beat the heat in our service department at Harbin as well! Read the rest of this entry >>

How to Know when it’s Time for Suspension Repair

As drivers in our area gear up for the upcoming vacation season, there will undoubtedly be regular checks of the systems that make our vehicles go. As you may have noticed in your time visiting our blog and website, we at Harbin Automotive do all that we can to help give motorists of our area the tools and know-how to help make their automotive lives safe and productive ones. Today, let’s take a look at suspension systems, and how to know when it’s time for suspension repair. Read the rest of this entry >>

Four Sounds that Mean Auto Repair is in your Future

For better or worse, many automotive problems must be diagnosed by you, the driver. You know your car better than anyone, and that means that the responsibility falls to you to get a read on a possible problem with your vehicle. One of the most logical ways to assess a potential problem is by identifying the sounds coming from your vehicle, which tell a story about what might be going on. So, what sounds mean that you need auto repair? From your friends at Harbin Autootive, let’s play a game of “What’s that Sound?” Read the rest of this entry >>

Hold On, Everyone: Tips for Driving on Rough Roads

After the winter has passed, you might notice that one of the most irritating remnants of poor weather has been left in its wake: potholes. It’s true, even in an area such as ours that doesn’t receive an enormous amount of snow, the drastic fluctuations in temperature combines with occasional plow usage to inflict considerable damage on our roads. So what should you know before you head out onto a rough, heavily rutted road? Here are a few tips for driving on rough roads; who knows, they just might save your tires. Read the rest of this entry >>

Five Smells That Indicate Car Trouble

The sense of smell is an amazing thing. Around this time of year, you start detecting outdoor grills, and it sets off a wave of thoughts in your brain. Same too of apple pie or burning ditches or a fish fry. We not only know the smells, we know what these smells mean. In much the same way, we can use our noses to detect problems within our vehicles as well. Here are five smells that indicate car trouble, from your friends at Harbin Automotive. Read the rest of this entry >>