Short Commutes vs Cheaper Housing

A small town or big city is a huge decision when deciding where to live. When moving, is it smarter to choose an expensive housing option with a shorter commute or a cheaper housing option with a longer commute? The pandemic has altered the way most of our communities work, with many employers offering remote work options. However, what about workers who are still required to go to a physical location? Below is a list of factors when determining shorter versus longer commute times in relation to housing prices.  Verify your employer’s work from home policies. If you’re more productive in an autonomous work environment, you may be able to avoid a commute by working from home. Check with your employer on options, as even a few days a week from home will give you more flexibility when choosing where to live.   Don’t just consider how much wear & tear your car will be taking on or how much gas, it’s best to consider how much time you’ll be sit ... read more

Maintenance for high mileage vehicles

Most people are turning to long road trips for travel due to the extra precautions and limitations caused by the pandemic. Thanks to long commutes, you may find yourself a part of the high car mileage club. Below are preventative maintenance tips for cars whose mileage is already in the six-figures.                     1. Keep your vehicle clean.   High mileage vehicles do not need to look like they’ve driven across the country. Washing your car from the outside to the inside is a great way to protect your investment. Keeping your car clean prevents rust and paint damage. It may be a smart idea to schedule a special deep cleaning and detail that includes a quality wax. If possible, keep your vehicle out of the sun and stored away safely. A car cover is a good option if you aren’t able to park your vehicle out of the sun.  2. Stay on top of regular vehicle maintenan ... read more

How to Identify a Car Leak

How to Identify a Car Leak

You walk up to your car to hop in and start driving and notice something strange underneath - a river of liquid coming from underneath your vehicle. You may start to panic, and wonder if it is safe to drive your vehicle.  The most important thing to try to do is identify where the leak could be coming from, and that will help you understand the severity of the issue. Here are some common leaks and how to identify them:  Antifreeze Usually green, pink, or yellow in color Texture is sticky and thick Moderately important to see your mechanic for an inspection soon Brake Fluid Light brown Will look oily Very important and needs to be looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible Engine Oil Color can be from light brown to black Looks like a thin syrup Moderately important to have it inspected by your trusted mechanic Power Steering Fluid Appears reddish brown Looks thin and will drip from the front of your ... read more

What is a Pre Road Trip Vehicle Inspection?

Dreaming of your next road trip? I know we are. With shelter in place orders slowly lifting, you may be thinking about planning a road trip in the late summer. Many of us will get distracted planning the trip itself and may forget to ensure that our vehicle’s are in the best condition to embark on a road trip. The last thing you want is to get stuck on the side of the road in an unfamiliar place.  Before you go on your road trip, be sure to schedule a pre-trip inspection at our shop. A pre-trip inspection will basically check all of your vehicle’s vital components to make sure they are all in good working condition. We will also top off fluids and make sure there are no obvious signs of major repairs needed.  Our experts will inspect the following:  Battery Belts & Hoses Tires Brakes Fluids & Filters A/C System A bumper to bumper look at your vehicle will give you the peace of mind you’ll need to fully enjoy your road trip and help avoid ... read more

Measures We Are Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open to Serve You

Measures We Are Taking to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open to Serve You

Coventry Motors wants you to know that our shop remains open during this difficult time to serve you. Auto repair is essential, especially because so many of us are relying on our vehicles at this time to get to the store or get to work for those working in essential industries. We have been closely monitoring any updates from the CDC and have adjusted our services and processes to meet the standards in place to keep everyone safe.  We truly care about the health of our employees and our customers, so at this time we do ask that all customers refrain from entering our building unless necessary. We want to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and understand that not every carrier has immediate symptoms. In order to make your experience convenient and safe, we have adopted new measures including the following: When dropping off your vehicle for service, we ask that you use the key drop off box in the bay door. Upon receiving your keys, we will wipe all keys down w ... read more

What is That Strange Smell in My Car?

We all are familiar with strange smells in our cars when we leave food or trash overnight. However, if you are smelling something strange every time you start or drive your vehicle, and there is no food or trash in sight, this can be a sign that something is wrong. Typically, a strange smell is an indication of either a leak or that a particular component is malfunctioning. Lets look at some of the most common car smells and what they can indicate. Exhaust (sulfur-like smell) - this can indicate that their are exhaust fumes inside your cabin, which is extremely dangerous to your health. Get this checked out immediately.  Gasoline - a gasoline smell usually points to some type of fuel leak in the system, which can leave you stranded if you continue driving.  Maple syrup - a sweet syrup smell is leaking coolant. Without proper coolant, your engine can quickly overheat, so be sure to have your vehicle inspection as soon as possible.  Rotten eggs - this is due to a catal ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump?

The water pump is a vital component in your vehicle that has the job of delivering coolant from the radiator to the engine. The coolant is important to help ensure that the temperature of the engine is controlled. Without circulating coolant, your vehicle's engine could quickly overheat and damage can quickly occur. Because the damage can be severe, it is vital to understand what the signs of a bad water pump are and know that when you do experience any, the experts here at Coventry Motors are here to help.  The following signs can indicate a problem with your vehicle's water pump: An overheating engine Check engine warning light has turned on Whining noise, especially when accelerating A coolant leak under your vehicle, usually red or green in color Steam coming from the radiator As soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above, give us a call or stop by Coventry Motors. If your water pump is failing, chances are that you are also overdue for a timin ... read more



This customer brought in their 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee saying that they have brought the Jeep to several other repair centers and they could not adequately repair the Air Conditioning system. During our diagnostic, we found that the Evaporator was leaking. We located the leak of the Air Conditioning Freon Gas by pulling the system into a vacuum, charging a small amount of Freon gas and injecting a fluorescent dye into the system. As the Jeeps Air Conditioning compressor pumps, gas through the system it carry's a small amount of dye. The dye helps pinpoint even the smallest of leaks; we saw massive amounts of dye dripping out of the evaporator box drain tube. We informed the customer and the proper solution to repair they're Jeep Grand Cherokee. The appropriate fix is to remove the heat and air conditioning box assembly and replace the broken parts. We first have to remove the center console, the steering column, and the dashboard assembly. We then removed the heater and air co ... read more

Why and When to get your Vehicle Alignment Checked

          Todays modern vehicles rely on proper maintenance of vehicles suspension system for three key reasons; safety, vehicle performance and longevity. When the wheels are out of alignment, the tires are not pointing in the right direction. This will affect steering and suspension, but more importantly, it could affect driver and passenger safety and the longevity of the tires and all the components working together to give maximum control and handling. Modern vehicles are more advanced than ever before. With these advances come more complex suspension systems with different purposes. Stability control, dynamic stability control, active stability management or SAS (Steering Angle Sensors) all of these controls need to be calibrated with the suspension system. Every car manufacturer is different and requires different methods to adjust each unique system.               Safety c ... read more

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