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We all love upgrading our vehicles but, when using our vehicles, they will eventually break down, it doesn’t matter if it’s a factory stock vehicle or a completely modified monster, the break downs will happen, so here at Vibrance Auto we are the one stop shop for everything from upgrades, to maintenance to repairs! The scope of the work we do here includes work on all major and minor components of the vehicle

We service and repair:

Check engine lights

Fuel Systems

Braking systems

Suspension systems

Wheels and tires

Power steering systems

Cooling systems

Air conditioning systems

Transmissions

Wiring system repair

Engine work

Much more!

 

We want to be the place you think of when it comes to anything automotive, from Car stereos to spark plugs so we offer a variety of services to help accomplish what you need. We are more than happy to be your go to place, so we provide quotes for anything you might be needing. If you’re not sure what’s wrong, we also offer diagnostic services to help identify and see what has gone wrong and help create a plan of attack to fix it! We also try to be price conscious and make sure we can do it at the best value to you, not always by using the cheapest parts, but by using the best valued parts for the price you pay. Whenever we make a repair we want to make sure the parts used are going to last and perform for many years to come hopefully saving you money in the long run.

Diagnostics: we like to do comprehensive diagnostics when it comes to seeing what issue your vehicle is facing. If it something simple, we will do basic checks and visual inspections for little to no cost. If it requires more time and an in-depth look, we charge 85$ an hour to figure out what is going on, we try to cap our diagnostic time 2-3 hours to save you money. Typically, anything that requires over 3 hours of diagnostic time most likely requires a dealership with specialized specific tools and will recommend you to them to help in saving you money. Anything we cannot do we will help find you the proper people to resolve your problem, as well as help facilitate any new relationships needed to get the job done, we will even help leverage our relationships to help get you the best prices on external work   to make sure the problem you came in to get fixed gets resolved.

Repair: We use universally recognized labor times to estimate labor costs, we want to make sure that when you ask us for a quote we are able to give you the most fair rate possible by using standard repair times as quoted by manufacturers specs, tie this to our lower than average industry labor rates we tend to be the best deal in town. Even if we arent the lowest quote we assure you we will be the best value for your dollar in the service you receive.

Do my breaks need repaired?

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Signs Your Vehicles Brakes May Need Service or Repair

The best way to ensure your vehicle maintenance stays as inexpensive and pain free as possible is being able to see and recognize potential issues prior to them becoming a real issue. The braking system is arguable one of the most important safety systems on your vehicle so being able to recognize issues that are slowly arising before they become a big issue is key! You also don’t need to be a braking system expert to see and identify the signs, you just have to be able to recognize some of these common symptoms.

Pulling from side to side under braking:

If your vehicle seems to want to jerk or pull in a particular direction under braking you may likely be experiencing a braking issue, your vehicle is designed to apply brake pressure evenly under normal braking conditions so if it isn’t you may need to get your vehicles brakes adjusted to correct any braking issues. In some occasions simply adding more fluid may solve the problem, having it checked out is a good idea though.

Vibration under braking:

If you begin to notice minor to heavy pulsing or vibration under braking in the brake pedal itself or in the steering wheel while under braking you may have worn our brake rotors, rotors over time can wear down or warp causing a non-flush surface to apply the pad onto, this can cause your braking system to act abnormally. This is normally a job for a technician to check out and replace worn out parts.

Noises from the braking system:

Under breaking the brake system should be fairly quiet, if you begin to notice screeching, squeaking or even grinding like noises these noises can be something as simple as a wear indicator telling you the brake pads may be low. On the flip side it could be indicating that your brake shoes or pads are improperly wearing, or seated meaning they need to be serviced. Getting your brakes checked out for this is a good idea as they may not be performing at optimal performance. as a side note waiting for brake noise is not a good indicator of break wear, breaks should be inspected periodically to ensure healthy wear, front breaks do tend to have a wear indicator which makes noise when low. Rear breaks however do not, so do not wait for noise to tell you breaks need work.

Breaks that feel Squishy or all around less effective:

If your braking system feels compromised in any way by providing a brake pedal that travels much further than usual to brake the same distance, this is an indicator of a potentially dangerous vehicle to drive. Though the issues this may represent, may be simple as glazing of the brake pads or rotors (the braking surfaces become like glass and smooth) or something more important like a failing brake cylinder or pump. This is an issue that should certainly be taken to a technician to be properly diagnosed.

 

 

Caring for your braking system is a simple process that just needs occasional maintenance and a watchful eye. As long as you keep an eye on it and keep it properly maintained your vehicle should stop on a dime every time!

Check engine light ? What does it mean?

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Check engine light and a few potential reasons why it came on

Your dashboard, a cluster of helpful dials and lights that tell you about your vehicle’s status at all time, it’s our most trusty friend while driving, that is until the dreaded check engine light comes on. Of course, our immediate instinct is to hope for something simple and that can be easily and quickly remedied, without a costly repair bill, but most importantly we begin to hope it’s a minor enough thing that we can get to where we need to go before the vehicle is no longer drivable. The good news is check engine lights tend to mean there is a starting point for a diagnosis and can help to diagnose most simple problems since they throw a code that a technician can read and help to interpret, so getting your vehicle back up and running is nothing more than a quick trip away from the mechanic. We are going to list below a few reasons why engine lights can come on to help ease your mind when potential issues arise.

Mass Air Flow Sensor or MAF:

Your mass air flow sensor is an important component for your engine’s health and proper function as it is measures the amount of air coming into your engine and helps your vehicle to determine how much fuel to mix into the combustion chamber to run smoothly. If your MAF has an issue and isn’t working as it should it can degrade your vehicles performance and begin to damage other components such as your cars catalytic converter, O2 sensors and even your spark plugs. A malfunctioning MAF can trigger a check engine light and should be checked out before it causes other issues, but is usually an inexpensive and simple fix.

Catalytic Converter

This is an incredibly common issue that vehicles face over their service lifetime. Over time a catalytic converter wears out as its main job is to help covert harmful gasses like carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and scrubs a lot of the harmful fumes that come out of an exhaust out of the air. Many times, when a catalytic converter is going out it means theirs others issues with the vehicle as well to get checked out but a check engine light is the first place to start with them.

Gas Cap

One of the simplest and most common problems that will trigger a check engine light is a simple gas cap. The gas cap seals the tank allowing it to build up pressure to pump fuel to the engine. When the cap is loose pressure isn’t built up, meaning fuel delivery is inefficient and gas can evaporate losing your precious fuel. Simply tightening a gas cap or replacing it when its rubber seals have worn out can fix a check engine light

Spark plugs and spark plug wires

Your car has different monitoring systems, one of them is the spark and ignition system, If your spark plugs aren’t working optimally or the wires are failing your car can trigger an engine light. A bad set of spark plugs can cause your engine to run poorly, or adversely affect fuel mileage. Having a technician check out spark plugs and wires with a tune up is always good idea.

O2 Sensor

A failing o2 sensor is one of the most common issues a vehicle may face. An O2 sensor that goes un fixed may cause other issues in your vehicle along with making it run poorly, this can even lower the efficiency of your vehicle’s mileage by up to 40%. This is a common and simple issue to remedy that can also cause dirty engine parts if not dealt with early on.

Overall your vehicles engine light will often come on for very common items and should be investigated sooner rather than later. The check engine light is a wonderful tool to help diagnose simpler issues in a vehicle. A trained technician should be able to help you quickly and painlessly diagnose your vehicle. At Vibrance Automotive we have the resources to help you keep your vehicle happy and healthy and you safe on the road.

The Advantages of Adding Custom Rims to Your Vehicle

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As many know Wheels or Rims are the round metal body that holds your tires and air together. The wheel is a crucial component in how your vehicle rides and holds air. This being said they are also a large focal point so they come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes giving your vehicle a broad variety to chose from. This leads to a potential question though, If your wheels are in good condition and hold air just fine, why worry about changing it to a custom rim? Why add more to do to a vehicle you just purchased? We have a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

Tire options:

Many truck and SUV owners want to improve off-road handling, and performance. A great way to do this is by installing new wider wheels that can help you find a more appropriate tire size for your particular vehicle goals. Also, by changing Wheel size out sometimes to a more common size of wheel you find yourself with many more tire options of which often come in more inexpensive than less common size options. Many on road or sports cars also find changing Rims can improve tire options that help them better stick to the road especially in tight corners. Wheels can significantly reduce your Vehicles rotational mass and improve handling by simply changing them out.

Increase Curb appeal and car value:

A vehicle with custom wheels tends to draw many more eyes than a vehicle without them. This tends to provide a vehicle that is easier to sell when the time comes, more views means a higher chance of a sale. This also provides a margin for a higher sale price. When it comes to selling your vehicle, any extra dollar helps and any way to get more views is always appreciated. Making your vehicle an eye catcher will almost always benefit you whether you’re trying to sell the vehicle on the open market or just wanting to drive a better-looking vehicle.

Handling:

Many rims are designed for improving handling characteristics. Certain wheels can reduce the weight , or improve grip of the tire to the rim itself , so depending on what your vehicles needs are sometimes a new set of rims are the best first step to improving your vehicles performance. When it comes to rotational mass, the best place to remove some load on your vehicle is where the engine spins, the wheels.

Appearance:

The main reason people tend to change out the factory rims on vehicles is to simply improve the looks of a vehicle and inject a little bit of self-expression into their vehicle. A new set of rims will help you differentiate your vehicle from the rest of the pack and stand out. Especially when your vehicle is around others of the same model and make. This is also part of the fun of adding new wheels, the exploration of styles and choices helps to make the vehicle feel more like your own.

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LED Headlights: The Latest Trend You Must Follow

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Last when you have observed the headlights of the cars running on the roads? If you have seen them recently you must notice the change in their headlights. Let me tell a something more about this change. A research shows that almost every vehicle is installed with the new LED headlights which are much brighter and better looking than ever. These LED headlights have already taken the place of the old weak halogen bulbs and becoming an ultimate choice for choosing car headlights.

If you compare LED to the old headlight, then you will find they are superior in each and every single way. LED headlights not only produce more radiance, it also gives three times more beam of rays than the halogen bulbs. They consume at least 35% less current that other bulbs which saves your money too.

Let me tell you what more offers LED headlights have to give you.

  • They are famous for producing a high intensity beam which is brighter than all the other bulbs.
  • They improve the exterior of your vehicle and make it look stylish
  • You can choose from a variety of colors and sizes.
  • LED headlights will give you more lifetime than any other bulbs.
  • You don’t need any technical assistance from the experts to install them.
  • Best quality products at a low price considering the lifetime.

So, to get along with the latest trend, why not experience LED headlights for once. I am sure, you would love these.

 

The Advantage of LED Lighting for Automobiles

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Since the beginning of the automobile, the lighting is in perpetual evolution. In recent years new technologies have emerged. The first xenons were marketed in 1991 on the BMW 7 series while the Led arrived in 2004 and the first to market them on a series model will be Audi on its R8.

In recent years, led lights have appeared on board vehicles. We propose you to discover through this article, the advantages as well as the utility of these luminous leds.

The Advantages of LED Headlights 

Know that today, if many vehicles are equipped with these types of lighting, it is thanks to the Audi car brand that began to introduce this technology for daytime running lights. Indeed, LED-based lights are very powerful and their light can be seen even in daylight. And yes, leds are not just gadgets for keychains .

Unlike traditional bulbs, LED lamps have a longer life and are faster on ignition. They also allow car manufacturers to offer more design-friendly headlight optics while maintaining powerful and consistent lighting. Something that was impossible with the bulbs of yesteryear.

LED Lights for Cars 

From now on, all the bulbs of a car can be replaced by led lighting. In addition to the headlights in the front of your car, you can also opt for a led lighting system instead of the rear lights. However, make sure you choose a model approved in France before buying your leds kit. Indeed, there are colorful versions but it is of course forbidden to use them on the road.

You can also replace the bulbs inside your car with led lights that will provide you with a better source of light. There are LED models for ceiling lights, glove boxes or your trunk.

WHERE TO BUY LEDS FOR CARS?

If you are looking for a leds kit for your vehicle, you will find either in your car center or on Internet sites specializing in the sale of led lights.

Finally LED-based lighting has appeared recently and may well develop in the future, taking precedence over the other two systems. Led lighting energy demand is much more limited compared to a conventional system and therefore its life is even longer than a xenon. That’s why the LEDs are found on electric vehicles where the hunt for energy saving is queen. Given its small size, it can equip many models and be adjusted to create shapes like the Audi in particular.

 

LED Headlights

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The importance of front lights for cars, trucks and buses to all road users cannot be overemphasized. For many years, all these vehicles are equipped with round or rectangular front optical blocks, with a classic design.

But new perspectives are now opening with the arrival of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) to equip the headlights.

LED lights (Light Emitting Diode) are very recent in the automotive market, their first use dates back to 3, 4 years. LED headlights are of course more powerful than xenon bulbs but more pleasant for the eyes, they are less likely to dazzle. LEDs have the particularity of having a very low energy consumption compared to xenon bulbs, so they are very often used for electric cars.

LED lighting in cars is refreshing, attractive and pleasant and gives an attractive contemporary touch. The light suited to you as the driver of the car. Whether you are young or older, a man or a woman – thanks to LEDs, everyone can design a personalized lighting atmosphere in their own car.

One of LEDs distinctions is their small size, LEDs, which can easily be assembled, allow car manufacturers to create new shapes, new design to the headlights, which bring a touch of singularity to cars that have them. However, the use of LEDs at the automotive level remains complex: LEDs tend to heat up when they are running, which can ignite other elements. Initially, they were only used for turn signals and brake lights. We find them recently applied to the headlights of some cars (especially on Audi).

LEDs have found their first applications as (third) brake light as well as to equip the turn signals; recently, they are seen more and more often as daytime fires and in the future, they will be more numerous to ensure the full lighting of vehicles.

How Does it Work?

It consists of two elements made of semiconductor material (silicon) that produce light when a current passes through them. A considerable mass of light photons is emitted even if the production current is relatively low. LEDs are therefore low in energy consumption; moreover, they are so small that we speak of a point light source. The scattered light is actually concentrated or focused by a lens that is part of the LED itself: it is no longer necessary to have reflectors and frames.

In conclusion, historically, the main goal of led headlights or led lighting is to illuminate the road. With cars going faster and faster, it is important to see well ahead, even at speeds over 100 km/h. Whether at night or under extreme conditions, it is necessary to illuminate the farthest and the strongest possible without dazzling oncoming motorists. This is the dilemma that companies today must resolve if they want to stand out.

 

LED LIGHTING AT THE HEART OF AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN

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Led Lighting are used to better see and be seen. But they are also a powerful tool for designers and automotive marketers, suggesting both elegance and technological sophistication. Manufacturers have understood this well and are multiplying innovations in this field, as much to improve active safety as to invent new languages ​​in terms of automotive style.

Two Led headlights and a grille, like two eyes and a mouth. Eyes that can be laughing or threatening, an amused mouth or the opposite grimace. For many years, automotive designers have used these essential elements to give personality to their creations, in a context of fierce competition and technical solutions that tend towards a certain uniformity of the style of modern cars.

Fortunately, a new lighting technology was ready to land: the LEDs Lighting. Clearly less energy-consuming than light bulbs (halogen or discharge), the LEDs Lighting were all suitable for use as daylighting. Some manufacturers, Audi in mind, have gone to great lengths using LED garlands as a visual signature of their models, instantly recognizable day and night. So today, even humble citizens enjoy their “whiskers” bright. Premium brands must therefore find other ways to distinguish themselves.

They have already begun by extending the LEDs to all lighting functions. The current Mercedes S-Class will thus remain in history as the first car to be totally devoid of conventional light bulbs, since it uses LEDs as sole source of light, from ceiling lights to high beams. The more adventurous have even tried the solution of laser headlights, where conventional diodes are replaced by units emitting an ultra-bright laser beam. For cost reasons, however, the laser headlights remain anecdotal: only the Audi R8 and the BMW i8 can receive them. And these options are still expensive: almost 4,000 € for the Audi and 6,500 € for the BMW!

But the next revolution in automotive lighting will undoubtedly come from OLED technology. OLED diodes (for “organic light-emitting diode”) are already used for mobile phones and some flat screen televisions. By their appearance, they differ radically from conventional LED diodes: they consist of a superposition of seven layers, two of which serve as electrodes. Direct current is sent from the cathode to the anode through a light emitting layer. OLED diodes are ultrafine (a few micrometers thick), emit a coherent light all over their surface, and are even flexible!

Clearly, OLED technology opens up a whole new field of exploration for designers, who can imagine three-dimensional effects, or even cover all or part of the body of OLED diodes for a spectacular visual impression. The classic door handles could for example be replaced by tactile areas materialized by light guides on the surface of the bodywork. In short, everything is possible! The first applications of OLED lighting in large series should not be long, and Audi may well be the first to open hostilities. We bet that after the vogue of 2005 “whiskers” LED, ultra-complex lights OLED will be the big fashion of 2020!

10 Reasons Why You Should Swap Your Car Headlight to LED’s

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There is no doubt that LED headlights are on the rise. A research shows that motoring commentators expect that a lots of numbers vehicles will sport LED’s into near future. Manufacturers and car owner are also like this trendy yet cheap lighting option for their cars. To get a better motoring experience, one must switch to LED highlights and here is 10 reasons that will help you to understand why you should swap.

Easy Installing System:

LED headlights kits are very easy to install. It requires no mechanic or any experienced person to hire. You can absolutely do it by yourself. You will need minimal tools to install the lights. It takes highest 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete the task. So as you see, this lighting system won’t cost you anything to install and save your time too.. Our lighting kits come with full installation instructions to guide you in step by step installing. But if you think you need a little help or out of time because of busy schedule, then any motor mechanic can install these for you at a low rate.

Trouble Free Maintaining:

Unlike other bulbs like halogen, LED headlights are solid state and capable to last for many years. You don’t need to replace them from time to time. At 50% solid use, the lifetime of LED headlights is up to 22 years. If you switching to LED lights now, you definitely make a good investment in your car lighting. LED headlights are cheaper in long run if you compare the cost directly.

No Need To Replace Bulbs:

It is a great advantage that LED headlights need no replacement. If saves your money as well as effort and time to switching out the headlights in a regular basis. There is absolutely no need for ongoing maintenance and who doesn’t love to get a hassle free car experience.

Efficient Lighting:

LED headlights are created with significantly greater efficiency than other blubs. For an example, where halogen bulbs waste 80% of their energy, LED lights waste only 20% in the process. This is very efficient and you can enjoy the benefit from stronger lighting with a lesser load on your alternator.

Hardwearing:

A typical halogen headlight can give you 5000 hours only where LED headlights can be used for 22 years at 50% activation. These lights are significantly more hardwearing and long lasting than any other bulbs.

Cheap Operating System:

You only need to change LED headlights when you change your car. These headlights will give you more lifecycle than any other bulbs. So they are very cheaper to buy and maintain. You are getting more effective lighting and also save some money.

Quality:

LED headlights have the better quality than any other lights. Talking about our products, we always ensure good quality products. We never compromise with the quality therefore you get the best LED headlights.

Safety:

LED headlights will give you much more penetrating, illuminating white light which is very safe for night time driving. If you are driving in a foggy road condition, these light will be safest for you rather than the dim yellow light of halogen.

Better Lighting:

LED headlight’s quality is better than other available halogens bulbs. LED produces a clearer, brighter quality of light. There is another facility of this lights that it illuminate more and blinds less to the road users. If you want to get the optimal lighting quality from you headlight, LED’s is the best option for you.

Need Less Fuel:

LED headlights are much more energy efficient than the halogen lights or other headlights, therefore they need very less amount of energy for this. As a net result, it improves your fuel efficiency which also saves your money.

 

So, these are some highlights of the advantages of using LED headlight. Once you start using it, I am sure you will experience more advantage of these. Check out the lights of our site and chose the best LED headlights for your car.