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November 7th marked the 15th Annual Veteran’s Breakfast. The event drew quite the crowd Saturday morning. The opening ceremony consisted of a medley of service songs before the presentation of colors. The National Anthem was then performed by Patti Hayward, who did a wonderful job, before the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by the entire gymnasium. It was quite the sight. Following that was the POW ceremony and the serving of the food. The keynote speaker Major General Leon Scott Rice, MA. AG, of the Air Force then rose before the audience before he belted out a 10 minute long speech. The veteran’s awards were then presented, along with the West Springfield Veteran of the Year award. Which went to Lawrence Delgrego! The day wasn’t over yet with a slough of prizes to be given out to raffle winners.

We had a blast at the 15th Annual Veteran’s Breakfast and hope to be a part of the 16th Annual Veteran’s Breakfast! Thank you again to the West Springfield Veteran’s Council and all of our Veterans!

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Autumn Car Care Tips

  

With Fall/Winter weather fast approaching, now is the time to tackle the simple maintenance tasks that keep your Subaru in top running condition.

Timely maintenance does more than keep your Subaru running smoothly. It can help increase your car’s trade-in value, improve its mileage, and save you time and costly repairs down the road.

  • Belts. With the engine off, check your car’s belts for cracks and missing pieces. To check for proper tightness, press down on the belt with your thumb. If the belt gives more than half an inch, it needs tightening.
  • Hoses. When the car is cold, feel your car’s hoses for bulges, cracks, soft spots or brittleness. With the engine running, look for (but don’t touch) bulges or leaks. If you detect any, have the hose replaced. Note: Avoid replacing air conditioning hoses yourself. Their pressurized gases can cause serious injury.
  • Coolant. Check the level of coolant in your radiator by looking at the coolant overflow tank. Maintaining a 50/50 mix of antifreeze will keep your engine cool in hot weather and prevent damage when temperatures fall as low as 40 below zero. Note: Do not remove the radiator cap until the engine is turned off and has cooled down.
  • Oil. Depending on the driving conditions your Subaru is subjected to, change your oil and filter as recommended in your Owner’s Manual. Also, use the recommended oil grade.
  • Power Steering Fluid. To check, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, and insert it again. Pull it out again and check the level. If it is below the HOT range, add the recommended steering fluid up to the upper level mark. Note: If the fluid level is extremely low or fluid has been replaced, contact your Subaru dealer.
  • Brake Fluid. Check the fluid level on the outside of the tank using the lines on the reservoir as a guide. If the level is below MIN, add brake fluid from a sealed container to bring it up to MAX. You’ll notice a significant drop in fluid levels when there’s a leak. Note: Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air. Any absorbed moisture can cause a dangerous loss of braking performance. If your brake fluid tank requires frequent refilling, there may be a leak. Contact your Subaru dealer immediately.
  • Air Filter. Again, depending on the condition of the roads traveled by your Subaru, routinely check your air filter for accumulated debris.
  • Battery. Check your battery terminals regularly, removing any corrosion with a toothbrush and a mix of baking soda and water.
  • Tires. Check your tire pressure (with tires cold) once a month or more. Keep tires inflated to manufacturer’s recommendations, which can be found on the driver’s side door frame placard and in the owner’s manual.
  • Wipers, Washers, Horn And Lights. Finally, be sure to check the operation of your car’s wipers, windshield washers, horn and lights. Tip: Isopropyl alcohol makes wiper blade clean-up a snap!

  

We all know that tires wear. There are certain things you, as an owner, can do to help minimize this wear.

Keep your tires properly inflated. This is perhaps the single most important thing you can do. Information on correct tire inflation pressure is provided in your owner’s manual and on a placard on the driver’s door pillar. How often you check your tire inflation is up to you. As a rule of thumb, tires should be checked every time you fill your car with gas. Remember that tires should be checked when cold since tire pressure will increase as the tires warm up.

Rotate your tires regularly. SUBARU recommends tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles. These are recommended intervals only. Your actual driving conditions may warrant more frequent rotation. Factors such as road surfaces, driving techniques/habits, vehicle loading, and weather, to name just a few, can all have an effect on tire wear.

Tire Replacement. The wheels and tires are important and integral parts of your vehicle’s design; they cannot be changed arbitrarily. The tires fitted as standard equipment are optimally matched to the characteristics of the vehicle and were selected to give the best possible combination of running performance, ride comfort, and service life. It is essential for every tire to have a size and construction as well as a speed symbol and load index matching those shown on the tire placard. Using tires of a non-specified size detracts from controllability, ride comfort, braking performance and speedometer and odometer accuracy. It also creates incorrect body-to-tire clearances and inappropriately changes the vehicle’s ground clearance. All four tires must be the same in terms of manufacturer, brand (tread pattern), construction, and size. You are advised to replace the tires with new ones that are identical to those fitted as standard equipment.

For safe vehicle operation, SUBARU recommends replacing all four tires at the same time. WARNING: All four tires must be the same in terms of manufacturer, brand (tread pattern), construction, degree of wear, speed symbol, load index and size. Mixing tires of different types, sizes or degrees of wear can result in damage to the vehicle’s power train. Use of different types or sizes of tires can also dangerously reduce controllability and braking performance and can lead to an accident. Use only radial tires. Do not use radial tires together with belted bias tires and/or bias-ply tires. Doing so can dangerously reduce controllability which can result in an accident.

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When should I get a tune-up?

  

Does Your Car Need a Tune-up?

A couple of years have passed since you had your Subaru tuned up. But is it really running smoothly? As you drive each day, observe any changes in its performance. There may be good reasons to get a tune-up sooner than you think.

If you are used to do-it-yourself maintenance, some of today’s computerized controls may not make possible problems as obvious to you as they were in the past. That’s why preventative diagnosis is so important to keep your Subaru running trouble-free for years.

If you detect a change in your car’s performance, however, call your Subaru technician right away!

  • Hard Starting. The most common car trouble, usually due to neglected maintenance. If the starter cranks the engine, the electrical system is probably okay. The problem could be as simple as a starting sensor (or the choke mechanism if applicable).
  • Knocking. A noise usually heard when the engine is “under load,” like during acceleration or climbing a hill. It can be caused by inferior fuel, but is often a sign your engine needs attention. Many cars now have knock sensors built in to correct minor problems, but they can’t compensate for larger malfunctions that could result in engine damage.
  • Rough Running. This can be caused by a problem in the fuel or ignition system, or by a troubled valve or piston. Tell your technician when it occurs: When idling? During acceleration? At all speeds?
  • Poor Gas Mileage. Keep track of your mileage. Changes may be due to underinflated tires, engine running too cold, transmission malfunction, dragging brakes or misaligned wheels.
  • Stalling. Causes can include incorrect idle speed, adjustments, malfunctioning sensor or switch, dirty fuel system parts, worn spark plugs or other engine deficiencies. Take note: Does the engine stall when hot? Cold? With air conditioning on?
  • Dieseling. Also known as “after-run.” The engine keeps chugging and coughing for a few seconds after you shut off the ignition. Causes can range from inferior gasoline and high idle speed to carbon in the combustion chamber.
  • Power Loss. A dirty fuel filter commonly causes power loss. Preventative maintenance can help.

Don’t Ignore Small Warning Signs! Take preventative measures before there are problems … call your Subaru technician when it’s tune-up time.

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The Fill-A-FIAT event is over but that is no excuse to throw away good coats! We are proud to announce that we will continue to be a drop off location for the Springfield Rescue Mission. Below you will find a slideshow of our favorite pictures from the event. We collected just under 100 coats not to mention the amount of phone calls we have received in regards to future donations. Thanks to you, one hundred people will be a little warmer this winter. Bertera Auto Group and The Springfield Rescue Mission thank you for your support and keep those coats coming!

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Consumer Reports asked their subscribers to rate their everyday vehicles’ performance in snowy weather. The results from the survey revealed that some AWD and 4WD systems have an advantage over others. The list below is based on 47,982 subscriber ratings Consumer Reports collected from drivers who didn’t change to winter tires on at least six snowy days during the winter of 2014 – 2015 and drive a car manufactured between 2012 and 2015.

Snow traction (best listed first) Rank Make & model

1. Subaru Outback
2. Subaru XV CrosstrekA9R7D5A
3. Subaru Forester
4. Audi Q5
5. Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
6. Jeep Wrangler
7. Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
9. Toyota 4Runner
10. Ford Expedition
11. Volvo XC60
12. Ford Edge
13. Volkswagen Touareg
14. Buick Enclave
15. Lexus RX2016_CTK_photos_ext_20
16. Toyota Sequoia
17. Volvo XC70
18. Acura MDX
19. Lincoln MKX
20. Jeep Cherokee
21. Dodge Durango
22. Mercedes-Benz M-Class
23. Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia
24. BMW X3
25. BMW X5
26. Ford Explorer2016_obk_photos_ext_20
27. BMW X128. Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
29. Honda Pilot
30. Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain
31. Toyota Highlander
32. Toyota Venza
33. Ford Escape
34. Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
35. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
36. Toyota RAV4
37. Buick Encore
38. Honda Crosstour2016_for_photos_ext_23
39. Hyundai Santa Fe
40. Volkswagen Tiguan
41. Honda CR-V
42. Ford Flex
43. Nissan Murano
44. Mazda CX-5
45. Mazda CX-9
46. Cadillac SRX
47. Acura RDX
48. Infiniti JX, QX60
49. Nissan Pathfinder
50. Kia Sorento
51. Hyundai Tucson
52. Nissan Rogue
53. Nissan Juke
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Source(s): Consumer Reports

The Breast Cancer Walk sponsored by Chevrolet over the weekend was a great success! The event raised $41,756.43! All of which will be donated to the American Cancer Society to help fund research, raise awareness about the disease, and to celebrate breast cancer survivors. Check out some of our favorite images from the event! Team Bertera had a blast and can’t wait to do it again!


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5 places to eat Chrysler

 

If you are looking for a place to eat lunch in West Springfield, then look no further we’ve got you covered. Below you will find five of Bertera’s favorite places to eat in West Springfield! The following list is in no specific order.

1. Pintu’s Indian Palace25 Park Ave – (413) 788-4929
Pintu’s has a great selection of Indian Cuisine for dinner but the best part about Pintu’s is their Lunch Buffet. You have your choice of rice, curry, and a wide selection of condiments. The Lunch Buffet is only open from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM so plan accordingly. If you’re interested in dinner at Pintu’s be aware the house gets full quickly.

2. Bueno Y Sano935 RiverdaleStreet – (413) 737-1259
Bueno Y Sano has one of the best if not the best menu for Mexican cuisine in the area. From burritos to quesadillas Bueno Y Sano has it on the menu. To save time you can call ahead and pick up your order without sitting in a line.

3. Bella Napoli Pizzeria185 Elm Street – 734-7400
If you’re looking for quality pizza at a quality price then look no further, Bella Napoli has the best pizza in the area. Their boneless wings are also some of the best we’ve tried in the area. To top it off their delivery service is has never been late to our offices.

4. Five Guys1268 Riverdale Street – (413) 306-5353
You have probably been to a Five Guys by now, but if you have not take our word for it. Five Guys is known around the country for their burgers and fresh fries. If you are in a rush you can always call ahead or order online and pickup your meal. Be aware that all their fried foods are fried in peanut oil.

5. Nippon Grill & Seafood Buffet935 Riverdale Street – (413) 858-8168
It is lunch time and you have no idea what you want to eat. Grab some coworkers and head to Nippon Grill & Seafood Buffet! The selection at Nippon is so vast we guarantee you will have more than one serving. Whether you tackle the fruit bar, the dessert counter, or head straight to the buffet you will enjoy your time and the food.