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What is ASE Certification & Why is it Important?

If you're driving down the road and your brake pedal feels mushy, it may be time to stop by a mechanic. ASE Certification is important because, without it, there's no way of knowing whether or not the technician knows what they are doing. But what does that mean?

What is ASE Certification?

ASE stands for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. They are an independent organization that evaluates and certifies automotive specialists across the United States, Canada, and Latin America on their knowledge of vehicle technology. The testing involves specific information

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Does Your Brake Pedal Need Repairs?

Don't wait until it's too late to repair your brake pedal, which can increase the risk of a car accident. There are several signs to look for that indicate your brake pedal needs attention now instead of later.

Vibrations can start to develop and become stronger the more you apply pressure to the pedal. The car can also fail to drive straight and can drive to the right when you try to reduce your speed or come to a stop. Many drivers also begin to notice burning smells coming from the car.

 

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Do You Need New Tires? Come See the Team at Harbin Chevrolet

Spring is here! For many folks that means that it might be time to buy a new set of tires. After all, you don't want to drive on tires that aren't going to provide you with outstanding performance and safety. Since the tires on our cars, trucks, and SUVs are such important parts of our driving experience, it only makes sense to have a good set. If you need new tires for your vehicle, you should head to Harbin Chevrolet, in Scottsboro, AL. We sell many of the top tire brands in the world in our parts center…

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Demystifying ASE Certification

ASE certification is a major badge of honor and experience for an auto mechanic. It also assures you that a given mechanic is supremely knowledgeable in the maintenance, repair and replacement of your car's major and minor automotive parts. Following, our Harbin Chevrolet service team demystifies this all-important certification.

Why ASE Certification is So Important and Respected

The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence, a non-profit founded in the 1970s, issues ASE certification. The certification is the equivalent of a master's degree in automotive repair. 

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The importance of your muffler and exhaust system

You wouldn't be able to operate your vehicle properly without a working exhaust system. Your exhaust system and muffler are important components of your automobile, and the friendly staff at Harbin Chevrolet want you to understand how they work and why they are so important.

Unless you drive a fully electric car, the engine uses a combustion system to create energy to make the car go, and that creates gases as a byproduct. Your exhaust system has several components that work in concert to capture those gases and funnel them out of your car through the tailpipe.

 

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Automobile Recalls Demystified

Here at Harbin Chevrolet we've heard quite bit about recalls over the years. Although recalls are harmless and more common than most people realize, the word is still a little confusing and frightening to most vehicle owners. Fear not. Here's a basic rundown about how to find info on recalls and what they are.

How to Find Info on Recalls

Is there a recall on your vehicle? It's easy to find out. Your vehicle's manufacturer alerts you automatically by mail when you maintain up-to-date vehicle registration. You can also sign up to receive recall info by…

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A Quick Intro to Headlights

Headlights illuminate the way at night, in bad weather and in low-light conditions. They're a vital but often overlooked automotive component. Here's your quick intro, straight from the experienced techs of our Harbin Chevrolet service department.

Sealed-Beam vs. Composite

Sealed-beam headlights were an industry norm up until the 1970s. They consist of bulbs hermetically sealed in sturdy housing designed to prevent ingress of debris. Replacement requires an entirely new, intact headlight assembly. Composite headlights have sealed assemblies you can 

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Basic Winter Car Prep and Care

Winter can take a lot out of you and your car. Just like you need heavier clothing and outerwear, your car benefits by a few tweaks as well. Here are five key winter car prep and care tips our Harbin Chevrolet team think you should know.

Change Your Tires

If you don't have all-season or winter tires, consider investing in some. Winter tires have particular flexibility, tread depth and design to enhance traction on cold, icy roads.

Keep Tire Pressure on Point

Monitor your tire pressure weekly to anticipate fluctuations. 

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Harbin Chevrolet's Guide to How Brake Pads Work

Brake pads are one of the smaller features of a vehicle, but they play a vital role in keeping you safe in Scottsboro. It all begins as you place your foot on the brake pedal. As you put pressure on the brake, a series of events begin, starting with the cylinder sending brake fluid to the calipers behind your wheels.

These calipers apply pressure to the brake pads with pistons that push them into the rotor, eventually causing it to slow the vehicle to a stop. To make sure your brake pads are in prime condition, look for them between…

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