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Without suspension, driving your car would be a jarring experience. If you’ve ever ridden in a sports car or a large solid axle truck, you might have an idea of how important suspension is to not only the comfort of your car but the handling and towing capabilities it has.  Suspension systems help control your […]

Purchasing a “new-to-you” used vehicle can be a daunting process. From the initial search to the final payment, each step brings with it a host of things to factor into your decision. One of the largest downsides of buying a used vehicle is the unforeseen issues that the previous owner may have failed to disclose […]

Between all of the other maintenance items to keep track of, less thought-about services like brake fluid flushes can be pushed to the back burner. Despite this, brake fluid is one of the most important fluids and maintenance items on your vehicle, especially for safety.  While it’s understandable most people focus on the life of […]

With so many individual maintenance items to keep track of in your vehicle, it’s understandable that these various terms may become a little complicated to keep a handle on. Two of these underlooked maintenance services are wheel alignments and tire balancing. While these have similar names and maintenance intervals, it’s important to understand the difference […]

Your steering wheel is one of the only points of control you have over your vehicle, it can be beyond worrying if you experience a shaky and uneasy feeling through it.  In the majority of vehicles, using traditional hydraulic power steering, the steering rack is connected indirectly to the suspension system, brakes, and axles. If […]

Formerly known as “Duck My Ride,” our “Keys for Hope” program is designed to fulfill needs within our community. We had to pause this program when Covid-19 hit for various reasons, but we are grateful for the years that Duck My Ride was possible. Though the effects of Covid are still present, we are happier […]

Organization is the key to managing a busy life. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep you on top of preventive maintenance. But you can’t just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to safe operation, and they all need to […]

Sun Automotive technicians have been using a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle since 1996. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle’s engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions. Sensors throughout a vehicle send […]

One thing all drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very […]

Most Eugene and Springfield drivers don’t even think about their air conditioner. Now here’s a tip for vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during Oregon winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if […]