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Common Clutch Problems and Symptoms to Look Out For

Common Clutch Problems and Symptoms to Look Out For

If your vehicle has a manual transmission and you drive it long enough, the clutch will probably go out along the way. The clutch isn’t built to last forever. And, when it goes bad, you can’t really drive it effectively. So, it’s definitely an important part of the car’s mechanical systems. There are a couple of ways that a clutch fails. One is it fails to disengage and the other is it fails to engage fully. In this article, we wanted to shed some light on some common clutch problems and the symptoms you should look out for when a clutch is getting ready to have problems. Reliable Import Service has ASE certified, professional import auto mechanics who can properly diagnose and repair any issues with your clutch. Don’t hesitate to call us when you have signs of a bad clutch. What Is the Purpose of the Clutch The clutch allows the engine to connect with the transmission. In other words, th ... read more

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What to Do When Your Car’s Air Conditioner Stops Working

What to Do When Your Car’s Air Conditioner Stops Working

​So, you’re driving along in the heat of the summer season and so comfortable with the air conditioner working splendidly. But, wait a minute, now you are starting to sweat. Why? Because suddenly your A/C is blowing out warm air! And, of course, it is one of the hottest days of the year! An air conditioning system that is improperly operating can not only be uncomfortable but also dangerous, especially for children, elderly, and people with compromised health. Ensuring that your A/C is in good working condition should be a priority. Before the season gets in full gear, be sure to get the system checked.  When your car’s air conditioner goes out and is blowing warm, stale air instead of cool, refreshing air, there are several reasons why. In this article, we detail five common reasons for your A/C ceasing to work properly. Our recommendation, however, is to call us at Reliable Imports to schedule a service as soon as possible. Our team of professional, knowledgeable ... read more

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Are MINI Coopers Reliable and Should You Purchase One?

Are MINI Coopers Reliable and Should You Purchase One?

Are MINI Coopers Reliable? MINI Coopers are fun to drive, able to zip in and out of traffic with ease and make parking a snap. They’re stylish with countless customization options that embrace their quintessentially retro British vibe. But do they hold up? We repair MINI Coopers in Raleigh and are often asked, “Are MINI Coopers reliable?” and we wanted to take a look at how they hold up, especially compared to similar vehicles. The Background of MINIs The 1956 Suez Canal Crisis led to a massive fuel shortage in Europe, which led to an explosion of small, fuel efficient European vehicles, particularly German “bubble cars,” the Fiat 500 in Italy, and soon, the MINI, which made its debut in 1959. Throughout the 1960s, their popularity grew, and they were used in British film and television. Soon, the world immediately came to associate the MINI with British culture, but by the 1970s, they ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

7 Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change It’s no secret that one of the most important maintenance steps you can take to keep your car running smoothly and make sure it lasts a long time is simply getting the oil changed regularly. We know you’ve probably heard the three months or 3,000 miles rule when it comes to getting the oil changed, but it’s not 100 percent accurate. Some cars can go longer between changes (consult with your owner’s manual to see their recommendations), and some older vehicles or ones with high mileage may need more frequent changes. So, how do you know when it’s time to take your car in for an oil change? Our import repair company in Raleigh is sharing the seven signs that should steer you to a trusted service provider.  Check Your Oil Regularly We can’t stress enough how important it is to regularly give your vehicle a once-over, and this includes checking you ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

What Does Restricted Performance Mean on My Jaguar?

What Does Restricted Performance Mean on My Jaguar? Jaguars exude class, craftsmanship, and confidence, and they’re known for blending classic style with power and performance. So, when you see the “restricted performance” signal on the dash come on while you’re driving, you feel like you got a punch to the gut.  Of course, not all signal lights mean the same thing. “Check engine” is certainly more concerning than “low fuel,” but what about “restricted performance?” Is it an immediate emergency or a simple fix? Our import repair shop in Raleigh is providing a closer look at what this warning means, what causes it, and what you need to do if you see it.  What Does “Restricted Performance” Mean? Primarily seen on S-type and XJ-Series Jaguars, when the restricted performance error message lights up, it means the engine management system has determined a problem. Often this happens either at a cold start o ... read more

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Why Is My Subaru’s Steering Wheel Locked Up?

Why Is My Subaru’s Steering Wheel Locked Up? A locked steering wheel on your Subaru is a dismaying problem when you’re parked, and if you’re driving when it happens, it can lead to an accident. Our Subaru mechanic in Raleigh is breaking down what causes your steering wheel to lock up and what you can do about it.  What It Means When Your Steering Wheel Is Locked When You’re Parked First, let’s look at what causes your steering wheel to lock when it’s off or parked, as these are often less serious issues, but much more common. Wheels Turned When Parking If you go to turn your car on and not only is the wheel not turning but the ignition is locked, most likely, when you were parking you turned the steering wheel too much. This can lock the wheel, but it’s easy to fix. First, put your key in the ignition and gently try to turn it as far as it will go without putti ... read more

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How to Protect Your Car from Pollen Damage

While pollen is certainly a hassle for most people, triggering itchy eyes and a runny nose, it’s not great for your car either. The thick layer of yellow dust is more than just an eyesore, it can cause expensive damage to your car if not dealt with properly. Plus, once it gets in your car, it will exacerbate your own allergies as it will be highly concentrated in a confined space. All in all, it’s best to take care of it before it becomes a problem. So, our import repair shop in Raleigh is sharing some tips on how you can keep your car cleaner inside and out and protect your car from pollen damage.  How Does Pollen Damage Your Car?  Pollen is considered “environmental fallout.” This means that even though it’s a naturally occurring substance, its presence can be damaging to materials - tree sap, decaying bugs, and bird droppings all fall under this umbrella, too.  See, to the naked eye, you may just see pollen as being some sticky dust tha ... read more

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Is Maintenance on a Volkswagen Expensive?

If you’re shopping for a car, the initial price tag plays a role in whether or not you can afford it, of course, but it’s also important to factor in the cost of ownership. For example, some more affordable cars end up being significantly more expensive to insure, and while some luxury brands may end up with maintenance costs well above average. So, where do Volkswagens fall when it comes to maintenance and repair costs? Our import repair shop in Raleigh is taking a look at whether Volkswagen maintenance is expensive or if it’s an economical investment. Overall Costs of Volkswagen Maintenance There are two commonly held beliefs when it comes to owning a Volkswagen: 1) They’re German cars so they’re incredibly reliable and well made. 2) They’re German cars so repairs are expensive and the cost of ownership is high. Turns out, only one of those statements is true (hint: Volkwagens are inc ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

Is It Time for an Audi Timing Belt Replacement

Is It Time for an Audi Timing Belt Replacement

You know you’re supposed to get an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, check your battery every season, and take your car in for a transmission fluid replacement around every 50,000 miles. You take your Audi’s scheduled maintenance seriously because you know that’s what it takes to maximize its lifespan and get the best performance possible. But how much thought do you give to the timing belt? Left ignored, a timing belt can wear and break, destroying your engine and causing thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. To help you avoid expensive Audi repairs, our import repair shop in Raleigh is walking you through everything you need to know about timing belt replacement.  What Does the Timing Belt Do? Before we get to the timing belt, let’s talk about the crankshaft and camshafts for a moment. Crankshaft - converts linear energy into ... read more

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3 Easy & Essential Maintenance Services for Your Audi

3 Easy & Essential Maintenance Services for Your Audi

You love your car. More than just something that gets you from point A to point B, your Audi is comfortable, luxurious, and genuinely fun to drive. We know you want it to stay this way, too, which is why our Audi repair shop is sharing five easy maintenance tips you can’t afford to skip. Check Your Oil and Change It Regularly We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure you check your oil regularly and get it changed around every 5,000 miles. Driving a car with little to no oil is a recipe for disaster, as, without proper lubrication, the engine parts will seize up, and the engine will basically be ruined. Dirty oil, full of particulate and dirt, can also wear out an engine quickly, causing expensive and extensive damage.    Instead of relying on your oil light to let you know if you’ve got a problem, take a few minutes once every few weeks to check the amount and condition of your oil ... read more

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