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Wiper Blades

Today at Auto Pro we’re going to talk about windshield wiper blades. Now that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is: We protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we taken care of them too. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when…

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Exhaust

We’ve all heard a car or truck that needs a new muffler.  But there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler.  The exhaust system has three main functions: To safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe Treats the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants Muffle the engine noise Exhaust gas…

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The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle

The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious drivers. But how can we know we’re getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else’s problems? There are good used vehicles for sale. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when…

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Transmission Service

Question: My friend just had a very expensive transmission repair. How can drivers like myself avoid transmission trouble? Auto Pro Answer: Florida drivers may have noticed a trend of engines becoming more and more powerful in recent years. At the same time, fuel economy has been improving in nearly every motor vehicle segment in FL. More…

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Transmissions

Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Tampa drivers. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what FL drivers can do to push that day off as far as possible. The first thing Tampa drivers can do…

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Items Most Stolen From Vehicles

What item is most often stolen from vehicles? Is it: (A) Stereo (B) Wheels (C) Air Bag (D) DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft – approximately 50,000 a year nationally in the United States. New airbags…

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The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Tampa drivers. But how can we know we’re getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else’s problems? There are good used vehicles for sale in the Tampa area. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a…

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Thermostat

The thermostat is part of your cooling system. Tampa residents’ vehicle thermostats perform a similar function to the thermostats in their homes. At home, you set your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature range. When your home gets too hot, the air conditioning kicks on and when it gets too cool, the heater turns on. Now your…

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Heat and Traffic Jams

    Question: What is a severe service maintenance schedule? Auto Pro Answer: When I was a kid in Tampa, Sunday meant having a bath, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes soon as we got home. Mom didn’t have to wash those clothes but once a month or so. Now,…

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Check Engine Light

When your Check Engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That’s perfectly understandable. That same Check Engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap. There’s a…

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