You are driving along and noticed the tire TPMS warning light (known officially as the “Tire Pressure Monitoring System”) comes on. At first you assume you lost some pressure on the road, until you came to a stop and noticed your tire is flat. Somewhere out there you had run over a patch of nails […]

*Screeeeeccch* That’s never a sound you want to hear coming from your vehicle. There are lots of things that could go wrong with your car to compromise your safety, but failing brakes are among the most dangerous. We typically notice our brakes when we need them most: Stopping suddenly because a deer ran out in […]

What they do If you own a car, you’ve probably heard about your shocks and struts before. But what do they do? Unsurprisingly, you probably assume that shock absorbers absorb shock. Guess what? It’s a lie. Shocks (or shock absorbers) and struts actually help control the spring that absorbs the shock: They’re what keep your […]

How much time do you & your family spend in your vehicle? Have you ever thought about what your kids are breathing in during all those trips to the games of the season? Or even those quick runs to the store for milk? Unless you’re obsessed about car maintenance, you probably don’t spend much time […]

Wiper blades are an essential part of car safety, especially during the rainy, snowy months ahead in New England. If your wipers don’t properly push water and snow out of your line of sight, it can hugely compromise your driving abilities. It’s already hard enough driving in inclement weather, so there’s no reason to do […]

No, we aren’t talking about your hairline — we’re discussing your tire tread. Did you know there’s such a thing as “bald” tires? Yep! That’s when your tire tread is 2/32nds of an inch deep. 32nds? Yes, it’s a strange measurement, but it equals about 1/3 inch, and that’s how tire treads are conventionally measured. […]

Summertime means BBQs and beaches, but it also means rising temperatures and cranked up car air conditioners. Did you know that can cause your vehicle’s engine to overheat? If your temperature gauge starts climbing, don’t panic! Instead, take these steps to cool your car off: Turn off the AC: We know, it’s no fun! Especially […]

At Cape Auto, we are celebrating the summer with a special deal from now through August 31: Get a $15 – $25 Prepaid Visa Card with a qualifying purchase of a NAPA battery, alternator or starter. Your vehicle’s packed with sunscreen, beach balls and towels, but is it ready to make the drive? Of course […]

Summer-time is upcoming, and with that — the heat. Is your vehicle’s air-conditioning system working properly? Are you still feeling warm even with the knob turned to full-blast? You might need to recharge your air conditioner because it loses charge annually. Most car manuals recommend recharging every two years. So if you’ve never done it […]