Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

October 11th, 2016
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

October 11th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Car questions? Ask them!

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, o ...[more]
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Spring Auto Repair Service - Tire Central and Service

October 11th, 2016

Spring is here! That time of year again when trees start to get greener, flowers start blooming, the weather gets warmer, and people start to get out more. Know that spring is here and summer just around the corner; people are finding more reasons to leave the house. With all the outdoor activities and summer vacation spots around, more people are finding themselves commuting more often.

After the cold harsh winter, is your vehicle ready for the extra commutes and extra summer drives? If your not sure then it would be wise to get your spring auto repair services done. With the salty roads and cold temperatures a lot can happen to your car that you wouldn't expect. For instance, your exhaust and suspension is the most prone to corrosion and rust. Being that the exhaust is under the car it is the most difficult part to clean salt off during car washes. Also since it's under the car, it's the most exposed part that gets hit by salty slush. That's why it is ...[more]

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Auto Repair - A Lesson in Investing into the Life of Your Vehicle - Tire Central and Service

October 11th, 2016

by: Mat Johnson

 

 

As a vehicle owner, you know that maintenance and repairs are worthwhile investments. Some vehicle repairs can be unexpected but easy enough to fix, a flat tire, a dead battery, or a blown fuse. However, some repairs require more time and more money to fix, a transmission problem, wear and tear to the vehicle over time, or a failed air-conditioner. Regular maintenance is key to prevent most repairs, but you never know what is ‘just down the road’ for your car or truck. Knowing how to make small repairs, and knowing when to take your car in for inspections, maintenance, and repairs is key to extending the life of your vehicle and getting the most out of your investment.

Outside of routine and seasonal maintenance, oil changes, tire checks, air-conditioning ...[more]

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Cooling System Maintenance and Repair - Tire Central and Service

October 11th, 2016

by: Mat Johnson

 

 

With the summer here and temperatures rising, keeping your vehicle’s engine cool is very important to its performance and life. That's why it is important to have your vehicle’s cooling system maintained and working as it should. The cooling system in your car is what keeps your engine at the proper operating temperature. Keeping your vehicle’s engine at proper operating temperature keeps it running properly, giving you the best performance out of your vehicle.

The cooling system in cars usually consists of: engine water jacket, thermostat, water pump, radiator / radiator cap, cooling fan (depending on the vehicle electric or belt-driven), hoses, heater core, and expansion tank.

The cooling process works like this: the coolant in your car or the antifreeze circulate ...[more]

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Do You Have Good Brakes?

October 11th, 2016

 

 
 
There are some things on your vehicle that you should have confidence in and never worry about. Is everyone buckled up? Do I have a full tank of gas? Your vehicle should make you feel safe and secure, and keep you and your loved ones safe throughout your travel. It goes then, without much, saying that you also need to be confident in your brakes. This function is the one thing keeping you out of harm’s way in the event of an accident or road hazard. Think about it, you do not want to find out in the middle of a busy highway when everyone has slammed on their brakes that yours have not been properly maintained or are failing. Knowing that your brakes are in great condition will keep you safe, and prevent a leading cause for many accidents on t ...[more]
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What Does Your Check Engine Light Mean? - Tire Central and Service

October 11th, 2016

 

Check Engine Light

 

When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tire and ...[more]

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? - Tire Central and Service

October 11th, 2016

 

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel

 

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. The truth is … long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving, but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Here is a simple check list for preparing your car for Holiday travel.

Two to four weeks before you go

  • Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at least one month, before you travel. That ...[more]
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