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Monthly Archives: August 2016

BASIC CAR CARE Part 2

BASIC CAR CARE Part 2

This is considered the ABC's of basic Car Care: A - Always follow a PREVENTATIVE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE plan B - Be sure to HAVE YOUR CAR INSPECTED when you suspect there is a problem C - CORRECT THE PROBLEM to help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down away from home  

Basic car care - part 1 TIRES

Basic car care - part 1 TIRES

   
The cars & trucks we drive today are more complex and complicated then
earlier vehicles. Today we have more computer electronics, silicon chips
and higher quality engines.  All that said, the basic car care still applies
to all the vehicles we drive and will extend the life and durability of all your
vehicles.
   This isn’t as intimidating as one would think, do a visual check of exterior.
Tires, check at least every week, especially in our extreme temperatures.
What to look for? Your drivers door should have a sticker that shows the
PSI(pounds per square inch) If you don’t have a tire gauge, get one at a auto supply
store, or Wal-Mart or Meijers most certainly have them. Check with us about
how inflated you
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DANGER FLOOD AREA. "HOW DO I DRIVE IN FLOOD AREA?"

DANGER FLOOD AREA. "HOW DO I DRIVE IN FLOOD AREA?"

With all the rain we've had there are certain things we should be doing when we have to go thru the flooded area. If you can't avoid a "flooded" area and have to drive through it Sometimes the flood water comes to you rather than the other way around or you have no alternative route available and you have to drive through it. When that happens, here are some precautions to take. When approaching a depth of standing water on a road, always slow down before entering it. Even a very shallow depth of water can cause aquaplaning if entered at speed. The tires effectively lose contact with the road, resulting in a loss of steering control.   If there are other vehicles around, watch what happens to them as they drive through the water. Doing so will help you judge its depth and how it affects the vehicle as well as warn of any hidden hazards beneath the surface.   Proceed into the water very slowly and maintain a steady pace so as not to ... read more

Ford, GM, Honda,Toyota what make model do you have?

Ford, GM, Honda,Toyota what make model do you have?

We work on all makes of cars, Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota Chevy to name a few. Working on these and any other makes or models is what we do best. Call and come in today, need a loaner, ours are free

Why do my "brakes squeak"?

Why do my "brakes squeak"?

Picture is of worn pads-you can see where the "squeak comes from" "Why do my brakes make noise?" Brakes are not to be played with, there is an entire braking system in your car that needs regular servicing. Just replacing brake pads is not enough, the whole system needs to be maintained & serviced regularly. This squeaky or squealing noise can be an indicator that it is time to have your brakes inspected and possibly replaced. Brake noise can occur for other reasons than worn out pads, however. Moisture can cause brake rotors, which are unfinished metal, to rust as quickly as overnight. Brakes are not a component of your vehicle that should be ignored. Your braking system in your car needs to be regularly maintained & serviced regularly. We inspect your brakes when you come in for an oil change, but if you want a real complete ch ... read more