Drive Defensively in Iowa

October 8, 2023

Car care is part of auto safety in Marion. But the most important thing we can do to improve safety on Iowa roads is to drive safely.Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. Have in mind that you won't let anyone take your safety away from you. You'll be aware of your surroundings, roa... More

Keeping Your Cool (Coolant System)

October 1, 2023

No matter what the weather is like outside, your internal combustion engine expects to keep its cool all the time, even when it's really cold. That's because engines create the power that moves you to your destination by a series of tiny explosions of a fuel and air mixture. In turn, that genera... More

When "Oh, no!" Turns Into, "All right!"

September 24, 2023

Things we don't expect happen to our vehicles. And let's face, no one really wants to spend money on an unexpected repair. But if you are putting off going to your vehicle repair facility because you're dreading bad news, you might just be putting off some good news. There was one minivan driver ... More

E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Blair's Ferry Automotive

September 17, 2023

Today at Blair's Ferry Automotive we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being offered in the Marion area. Some newer vehicle models are spec... More

Blair's Ferry Automotive Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

September 10, 2023

Marion residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the h... More

The Edible Engine

September 3, 2023

You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents. After all, mice, rats and squirrelseven rabbitshave been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical systems to go haywire. They can disable a vehicle completely and be very expensive to fix.... More

Steering You Right (Power Steering Signs of Problems)

August 27, 2023

Nearly every modern vehicle on the road today has power steering, a wonderful invention that makes steering take far less effort than it did in the "good old days." Today, we take our steering for granted: until something goes wrong, that is. Most power steering these days is rack-and-pinion, th... More

Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in Marion

August 20, 2023

Night driving in Marion is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. And at night, we just can't ... More

Under Pressure in Marion: TPMS

August 13, 2023

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in Marion, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 20... More

Easy Miles ? Do Marion Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

August 6, 2023

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called severe service maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a cons... More