Archive for the ‘Maintenance and Service’ Category

Most common reasons that vehicle fuel economy worsens during winter

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Looking through windshield at cars on road during winter

We’re no strangers to cold and snow here in Vermont, as our place in the Northeast United States brings plenty of precipitation and frigid temperatures when the calendar begins to shift into winter. A common side effect of this is seeing your car’s gas mileage get worse and worse as the temperature drops, and today we want to investigate why.   (more…)

How to change a flat tire on your used vehicle

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Woman on phone sitting on flat tire

Especially now in winter weather, flat tires are about to be more and more prevalent. Whether they’re just getting older and unable to adjust to more frigid temperatures, or if you ran over spiky objects in the street, it’s never fun to wake up to a tire that’s out of air. Luckily, if you have a spare, getting a new set on your current model is pretty easy. Here’s how to change a flat tire on your used vehicle – using these steps from our Poulin Auto Sales team, you’ll get back up and rolling in no time!   (more…)

Does Vermont require emissions testing on used vehicles?

Friday, October 4th, 2019
Isolated view of vehicle tailpipe

Emissions testing requirements in Vermont

With a newfound emphasis on environmental safety throughout the American automotive market, today’s models have been built to provide cleaner performance than ever before. When you register a vehicle in our state, you’ll need to ensure that it meets all expectations before you can head out for the open road. So, today Poulin Auto Sales will show you the emissions testing requirements in Vermont, as well as where to get it taken care of. (more…)

How far can you drive with a spare tire on your car?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
Spare tire next to flat tire attached to vehicle

Maximum driving distances on different spare tire types 

Getting a flat tire is (obviously) never a good time, but replacing them with a spare is (luckily) a pretty simple fix. Once you have your spare tire on your model, the logical next step is to take it into a dedicated service center to get a new set installed, but what happens if you’re far away from your home dealership?   (more…)

Why is My Vehicle Not Starting Up When I Turn on the Ignition?

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
Young woman with keys to a car

Issues with a Vehicle Not Starting Up

We all have those mornings where we are running around the house trying to get the kids ready for school and they can’t find their homework, change their minds about what they want to wear for the day, and find every distraction possible to prevent leaving on time. Once you get everyone situated in your high-quality used vehicle from Poulin Auto Sales, you go to turn the ignition…and it won’t start! Oh no! What is wrong? (more…)

What is the Best Brand of Motor Oil?

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Closeup image of engine oil being poured out a an oil bottle

Best Motor Oil Brands

Are you trying to decide what brand of motor oil to use in your vehicle? If so, then you have come to the right place! There are a number of excellent motor oil brands available for you to choose from. The staff here at Poulin Auto Sales is here to help you, our customers, make the best decision on what motor oil to use in your vehicle! Let’s explore the excellent motor oil brands available and help you discover which brand works best for your vehicle! (more…)

Should I use conventional or synthetic oil for my vehicle?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
Oil pour red bottle

What oil type is best for my used vehicle from Poulin Auto 

When you buy a pre-owned vehicle, you may not know what type of oil to use at your next oil change. Luckily, there is a simple way to find out, which we will cover below. Keep reading to learn what type of oil you should use in your used vehicle from Poulin Auto.  

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Does My Vehicle’s Oxygen Sensor Need to Be Replaced?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Mechanic checking an oxygen sensor in a vehicle

Symptoms of a Failing Oxygen Sensor

As you are driving your vehicle, do you notice a strong gasoline smell? Has your vehicle’s fuel efficiency started to go downhill? Then there is a good chance that your vehicle’s oxygen sensor is starting to fail and needs to be replaced! (more…)

When Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle’s Battery?

Friday, February 15th, 2019
Mechanic handling a car battery

How Long Does a Vehicle Battery Last?

Most of us can probably say that we experienced going out to our vehicle in the dead of winter with frigid temperatures, eager to get where we want/need to go…and discover that the battery is dead. This is always a huge inconvenience and it seems to happen at the worst possible time. You also start to ask yourself when was the last time that you changed your vehicle’s battery. Let us explain how long a vehicle’s battery will typically last so that you can avoid this inconvenience in the future. (more…)

Is My Vehicle’s Thermostat Not Working?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Symptoms of a Failing Vehicle Thermostat

Symptoms of a Failing Vehicle Thermostat

Here in Vermont, it is REALLY cold! It is bad enough when we need to go outside to get to our vehicle, but it can be awful when our vehicle’s cabin refuses to warm up. What is causing the issue? (more…)