Yearly Archives: 2021

Take Care of Your Car for the Holidays

Take Care of Your Car for the Holidays

The end of the year is nearly around the corner, and that means holiday travel. Whether you are visiting your loved ones afar or taking a ski getaway, you're going to need a dependable ride to take you there. Before you hit the road this season, we highly urge you to take your car to the auto shop first so that it can be thoroughly checked and serviced for maximum safety.   When it comes to your vehicle, here are some friendly reminders to help you prepare your vehicle for a pleasant journey: Inspect your tires for signs of wear and tear (tread) and measure their pressure; consider getting new tires if needed Check your oil and oil filter; get an oil change if needed Check other fluid levels (coolant, brake, windshield washer, etc.) Test your windscreen wiper blades to see if they work appropriately Clean your car and place a small garbage bin for your waste Pack an emergency safety kit and include jumper cables Bring absorbent towels or paper towels and place them wi ... read more

​​Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Shift Gears?

​​Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Shift Gears?

The majority of most cars, trucks, and SUVs are equipped with automatic transmissions. This is because automatic transmissions are a lot easier to use than manual transmissions, which is why it is the preferred option. All you have to do is put it into the correct gear and go. The gears for automatic transmissions include park, reverse, neutral, and drive. We often don't have to stop to think when performing gear shifts because it comes instinctively to drivers over time. But is there a correct way to go about shifting gears? You may not recall if it was mentioned in driver's ed. But it's okay - we are going to go over this information today. Shifting from Drive -> Reverse At very low speeds (within 5 mph), a swift change from Drive to Reverse, or vice versa, will not typically cause any transmission damage. However, it's always a safer choice to come to a complete stop before changing gears using an automatic transmission. By waiting, it can allow its components t ... read more

Is Brake Fluid Universal for All Vehicles?

Is Brake Fluid Universal for All Vehicles?

The brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that is needed to carry out the operation of your braking system. Brake fluid works by utilizing hydraulic pressure to the calipers when you apply pressure on the brake pedal. Brake fluid can withstand high pressures and high temperatures to stop your car. However, this solution is just as important as any other fluids or oil in your vehicle and requires maintenance.   To answer the question of the blog title: NO - brake fluids are not universal. There are two main bases of brake fluid available on the market: glycol-based brake fluids and silicone-based brake fluids. Each type of brake solution also has varying characteristics such as color, price, and temperature-resistant properties. Numbers characterize them; Here are the five common types of brake fluid and their qualities: DOT 3 - DOT 3 brake fluid is a glycol-based brake solution. It is yellow or amber in color, and it has the weakest boiling point of all brake fluids. DOT 4 - Most f ... read more

Driving Habits That Can Seriously Take a Hit On Your Car

Driving Habits That Can Seriously Take a Hit On Your Car

Everyone has a certain number of bad driving habits that are hard to admit. While acts like forgetting to use a turn signal or riding the brakes can annoy other drivers on the road, many poor driving practices can hurt the integrity of your vehicle. Here is Fast Lane European's list of the most common driving habits that can harm your car and how you can avoid doing it!   FLYING OVER SPEED BUMPS Going over a speed bump too quickly is a driving practice that can compromise your automobile's alignment. Speed bumps are made to keep both pedestrians and drivers safe by slowing down cars. Your vehicle can especially take a blow if your car rides too low. Hitting a speed bump in a certain way can put a dent in your bumpers or even wound components in the vehicle's undercarriage.    CRASHING INTO POTHOLES Similar to speed bumps, potholes are just as dangerous for your automobile. They can be creeping on you anywhere. These tricky road marks can do more than gi ... read more

Top Tips on Mercedes-Benz Maintenance

Top Tips on Mercedes-Benz Maintenance

Mercedes-Benz is a brand name that has been synonymous with class and luxury for decades. At Fast Lane European, we have highly experienced technicians trained to take the best care of Euro cars, such as Mercedes-Benz. As a specialty shop, we would like to spread these helpful maintenance practices that will keep your Mercedes-Benz running smoothly for a long time.   Get Regular Oil Changes The engine is the heart of your Mercedes-Benz, which is why it is so critical to monitor your oil levels. To avoid complications in your Mercedes-Benz's lifetime, you should take your car to our shop for regular oil changes to keep its engine happy and healthy. The other benefit of routine oil changes is that they will ensure optimal performance of your car and maximize your gas mileage.   Top Off Essential Fluids You may be used to only checking on your fluids if you run out entirely. However, it is excellent to check the levels at least every couple of months or even once a mon ... read more