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21st Century Alignments

21st century alignments at Portland Automotive   A great majority of collisions can cause some type of suspension damage, which means a wheel alignment will be necessary. The list of additional steps after a wheel alignment keeps growing with the addition of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). These systems need to know what direction the vehicle is travelling down the road in order to accurately make safety corrections and predictions. However, there are still questions on what is required when ADAS and wheel alignments are concerned.   Vehicles equipped with ADAS, especially lane keep assist and collision braking, need to be properly aligned with how the vehicle is traveling down the road. Cameras and sensors use different inputs from the vehicle, such as inputs from the steering angle sensor. If the steering angle sensor is adjusted during a wheel alignment, the forward-facing camera, which controls the lane departure warning, may think the steering wheel is tur ... read more

Happy New Year!

Happy New year! 2022 is a big year for our shop. Portland Automotive is turning 30! And with that being said we are excited to celebrate with everyone. Our shop has come a long way since 1992 and within the last few years the advancements have been more than we could imagine. But we are not stopping there. Our dedication to our community is that we will always be here to help. We are constantly investing in new equipment and software so we can stay up to date and keep you and your family safe in any car you drive. Our modern shop is your perfect dealer alternative. We even make sure that your car holds resale and trade-in value. Our shop reports to carfax so you have a good record of maintenance and repairs made on your vehicle. Since the day we opened we have always offered our customers free loaner vehicles as a courtesy. We know repairs don’t always come at a good time and can seem inconvenient so we made sure you never get stuck without a ride. In 2022 we are proud to brin ... read more

Windshield Wiper Replacement in Portland, CT

Windshield Wiper Replacement in Portland, CT

Usually, most people don't care for their windshield wipers as long as they half work. However, that's not a good idea. Windshield wipers play a significant role in your and your passenger's safety. Your windshield wipers are effective at cleaning, drying, and clearing your windscreen. They are absolutely necessary when it comes to driving in the rain or snow. Sadly, most drivers do not follow the rule of changing them out every 6 to 12 months. Instead, most people will wait until they entirely fall apart or stop functioning before scrambling to get a replacement. It is highly recommended that you get in the habit of wiping off your wipers and checking for signs of wear and tear. Here's how to tell if you require new ones: Squeaking Noises Your wiper blades should glide seamlessly and quietly across a wet windshield. If you hear a loud screeching when you test them with wiper fluid, it may indicate that the rubber or silicon on them has aged.  Streaking and Smea ... read more

Is There a Difference Between Antifreeze vs. Coolant

Is There a Difference Between Antifreeze vs. Coolant

Keeping your engine cooled off is considered a top priority; otherwise, your engine would overheat. Next thing you know, you're stranded with a vehicle breakdown on the side of the road. Your cooling system, which comprises of coolant, is in charge of keeping your engine stable. As a responsible vehicle owner, you need to monitor your coolant levels routinely.    When it comes to the cooling system, you may hear people use the terms "antifreeze" and "coolant" interchangeably, but they aren't really the same to car enthusiasts and professionals. They may be the same in a casual setting, but you should know the difference to avoid any confusion.    Antifreeze is a viscous, concentrated solution composed of alcohol (usually ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, or methanol), phosphates, or silicates. The chemical ingredients in antifreeze help relieve the high temperatures in your engine and contain anti-rust properties.   The liquid ... read more

Do I Need Fluid Maintenance for My Car?

Do I Need Fluid Maintenance for My Car?

All vehicles depend on many different fluids in order to function optimally. The fluids usually serve a purpose to keep their internal components lubricated and support systematic functions. All drivers need to stay on top of the six essential fluids: engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windscreen wiper fluid, and antifreeze/coolant. If any of these solutions run low or the fluid is in poor condition, your vehicle could experience a handful of problems.   Importance of Fluid Maintenance We highly advise that you inspect and measure your fluids periodically. The most frequent fluid service that you need to get for your vehicle is an oil change. You should have your oil changed approximately every 5,000 miles (depending on the type of oil). In contrast, your other fluids can last you a lot longer.    To answer your question (the title of this blog), YES, every car needs fluid maintenance. There are two types of terms to remember concerni ... read more