How to Change a Tire

At some point in the life of every driver, you are going to get a flat tire on the car you are driving. It is inevitable. It can be a little daunting, especially if you have never done it before.

So, take a few minutes to review the steps on how to change a tire… even if you are sure you will never need to do that in your lifetime. There is no better time to learn than the present.

Of course, if you are close by and you have a flat tire, pull into Golden Automotive and we will be happy to take care of the task for you.

Checking Brake Fluid

As winter settles down over the Kirksville Missouri Area, one item that you will certainly want to check in your car or truck is the brake fluid level as well as its condition.

Brake fluid is what allows your car to take the pressure you exert on your brakes and transmit that force to the brake pads in the wheels. If your fluid is too low, air can get in the brake lines and cause you a lot of issues when you go to stop!

Watch this video produced by Advanced Auto Parts, to see the simple steps you should take when checking your brake fluid. If you are concerned that you need some assistance with your brakes, please call us here at Golden Automotive and we will be happy to assist you with replacing the brake fluid in your car or truck, changing out the fluids, or repairing your brakes. Call us at 660.665.6879 for fast service.

Remember, being able to stop your auto is very important. This is especially true during the winter months when roads are icy or snow covered.

Car and Driver: Best Choices for 2016

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt image by Car and Driver

In the market for a new car, truck, SUV, or almost any other category of auto you can imagine? The popular publication “Car and Driver” has recently released its list for almost every auto category imaginable.

Here is the link:

There is plenty of valuable information in the article, including MSRP, Lease Prices, and a host of other useful information to know before you decide to buy. Remember, always do your research before committing to a New (or used) car purchase.

Why is the Check Engine Light On?


One of the most annoying icons in the entire universe is the “Check Engine Light”! It strikes fear into our minds as we realize this little light could mean big trouble! But before you panic, there may be an easy explanation for the light and it may not mean that hundreds of dollars for repair bills are in your immediate future!

The check engine light in our automobiles are similar to a fever in our bodies. It tells us that something is not normal and it should be taken seriously. However, it is not necessarily a sign for you to panic. Here are the top reasons why the Check Engine light comes on. Some of these are simple, while others take professional attention to be solved correctly.

  1. Has the fuel cap been installed properly after you refuel your auto? Check this one yourself!
  2. Spark Plugs or spark plug wires are going bad. Spark plugs and wires should be checked and changed by a professional regularly.
  3. In many late models, an Oxygen Sensor may be going out and need to be replaced. This is a very common problem in many cars and trucks.
  4. If you have a newer car, there may be an issue with the computer or some electronic component in your auto.
  5. Catalytic Converter issues can cause the light to come on as well. The converter is what enables your auto’s exhaust to be changed from dangerous fumes to safer gases which are not as harmful to the atmosphere.

Should your check engine light come on, please call us here at Golden Automotive for a quick evaluation. Our skilled technicians have all of the necessary equipment to diagnose the issue so that we can help solve the issue for you. Call us 660-665-6879 to set up an appointment today.