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As Memorial Day is approaching, we want to take this opportunity to recognize those who have fought for our country. Their sacrifice keeps us safe and here at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center we would like to share our appreciation this Memorial Day. Regardless, of where you find yourself on this day, we hope that you take some time to pause and think of those who have lost their lives fighting for this country. To any customers or community members who have served our nation so bravely, our team here at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center we thank you!

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It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

The differentials on your Ford, Chevrolet, or Dodge diesel pickup are some of the hardest working components on your truck. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, our technicians are experts in maintaining, repairing, and replacing differentials, keeping your truck reliably on the road.

Increasingly, technology in automobiles is becoming more sophisticated, and more and more systems have become reliant on electronic control modules to operate. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we have the trained technicians and the equipment necessary to deal with issues that arise as a result of these components.

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Balanced wheels are essential for a multitude of reasons, particularly on commercial trucks. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we have the precision equipment necessary to provide you with the best balance possible, keeping your truck smoothly and reliably on the road.

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Judging by the number of near-rear-endings we witness on our morning commutes, the typical attitude toward brake maintenance appears to be, “Brakes: Don’t let them stop you!” This puzzles us because monitoring your braking system’s health is one of the most straightforward aspects of car ownership. You do have to know what to look for, though, or rather, what to listen and feel for. So let us, uh, break it down for you. Here are the top three signs that your brakes need fixing.

Manual transmissions have been around for a long time and if you have ever driven a manual you know how exciting they can be. Manual transmissions have also been referred to as standard transmissions, stick shifts, manual gearbox, or a simple gearbox. No matter what you call it, manual transmissions are fun to drive, better on fuel, reliable, and somewhat safer. So what do you know about manual transmissions; where did they come from, and how do they work? South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD knows, and now you will too.

At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we understand that maintenance is the difference between a truck that makes it to the million-mile mark and a truck that doesn’t come close. Here are some tips to keep your truck in shape for many miles to come.

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