How Important is my Car's Oil Change?

As a vehicle owner, one of the first maintenance items you become accustomed to is your vehicle's regular oil change, which is needed typically between 3 months or 3,000 miles and 6 months or 6,000 miles. You probably head to the shop every due date to get your oil change taken care of without questions, but do you really understand the true importance of the oil change and why it is needed so often?  When you visit GIA Service Center for your regular oil change, you are most likely getting your engine oil replaced, the oil chamber cleaned, and a new oil filter installed. Motor oil has a very important job - when your vehicle is running, oil is circulated throughout the engine. The oil helps keep the engine lubricated, helping to protect it from overheating as well as helping to avoid metal to metal contact between parts. While circulating, the oil also picks up debris and dirt which helps to keep the engine clean.  When the oil picks up di ... read more

Protecting Yourself from the COVID-19 Outbreak

Protecting Yourself from the COVID-19 Outbreak

At GIA Service Center, we understand how uncertain the current times are. With news of the COVID-19 virus spreading rapidly, it has become more important than ever to adjust our daily lives with CDC regulations and recommendations for avoiding getting sick.  One of the most important measures that has been put into place by our government is social distancing. It is required at this time to avoid meeting up in big groups or with family and friends who are not in your immediate household. This is strictly for your own safety and the safety of your family members.  Here are some of the ways in which you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself from the virus:  Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands Do not shares beverages, utensils, or food with others Keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others Use a tissue or cover your face when coughing ... read more

When Do I Need a Brake Master Cylinder Replacement?

The brake master cylinder is a vital component in the brake system which uses a piston to pressurize fluid in the brake lines to each wheel cylinder when you press down on the brake pedal. The pressure will move the pistons, forcing the brake pads or shoes to squeeze against the rotors to slow and stop your vehicle. A typical sign that you may have an issue with the brake master cylinder is if it takes longer for your to brake than normal. If you do have a brake master cylinder problem, it is important to have this issue looked at right away.  Any type of brake issue needs to be addressed quickly, because a faulty brake system can put your safety on the road at risk. When you come into GIA Service Center for a brake inspection, we will look at every component to ensure proper function and good condition. Here are some of the most common signs that can indicate it is time to replace your brake master cylinder:  Brake fluid leak A spongy or low hanging brake pedal Discolore ... read more

Why is My Steering Wheel Loose?

You get in your car and start driving, only to notice that the steering wheel feels loose. It doesn't feel like you have accurate control of the direction of your tires and it may be hard to keep the steering wheel straight. You may also notice that even when you turn your wheel an inch or so, the tires don't move. This can be extremely dangerous when it comes to driving on the road with your vehicle in this condition.  As soon as you notice something strange with your steering wheel, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into GIA Service Center. Our experts can perform a vehicle inspection to determine the cause of the issue and provide you with an accurate estimate of the work needed to restore your vehicle back to its best.  If your steering wheel is loose, it could be caused by the following:  Damage pitman arm Worn tie roads Failing ball joints Low/dirty power steering fluid A steering wheel issue can be stressful, but rest assured that it can be fi ... read more