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Monthly Archives: February 2018

BATTERIES AND CORROSION

BATTERIES AND CORROSION

Corrosion on battery terminals can be the cause of grave problems in your car engine. It definitely is a game changer when you go out to start your car, and it doesn’t turn over.  The best thing to do (ok mom I know!!) is keep your car maintained, even if you did regular oil changes, we at Ricks Auto Service would be able to catch that problem.      I know you can google/utube/etc to find out how to clean the cables and the battery itself, but I hesitate. On some models, Honda for example, when you take the cable off the battery to clean it, you erase the memory and some of it’s codes are critical in letting you know what is wrong with your car. So, I guess my recommendation is to take your car to a reliable mechanic and have them clean the cables, and see if in fact that is your biggest problem. #Battery #corrosion #shopnearme

"WHICH ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT LIGHTS ON YOUR CAR?"

"WHICH ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT LIGHTS ON YOUR CAR?"

  The answer to that question is ALL of your LIGHTS are important. Did you know that you could get a ticket for not having all your lights working properly? Well, you can, which could raise your car insurance rates. When you come to Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka IN, and are schedule for an oil change we take a look at every light…brake, fog lamps, High and Low headlights, turn signals or indicator lights, parking lights I might of missed one. Each of these lights are important and missing any or one could cause an accident. #Lights #Maintenance #shopnearme #RicksAutoService

What are "Fenderberg"?

What are "Fenderberg"?

           Have you notice the ice buildup in your tire well? Well it has a name “fenderbergs”!!  I’ve often wondered if they would do any damage, well they do. If left overnight they literally become like small icebergs making turning your wheel hard. Your turning ability because of the fenderberg can be dangerous. This can cause damage if left to grow and turn to hard ice, to the suspension and the tire.      I try to kick them off when I stop anywhere, but if left overnight you almost need a hammer or a sledgehammer to remove them. It really only takes less than a minute to take care of the problem. #tirewell #alignment #suspension

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE SNOW. ALWAYS BE PREPARED.

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE SNOW. ALWAYS BE PREPARED.

Remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly. The best method for regaining traction and to avoid skids is to apply gas slowly. Don’t be in a hurry, that’s when you get in trouble, it always take longer to slow down. Always drive slow. Not matter what, everyone is going slower it is a huge difference driving on dry pavement versus ice. When on dry pavement leave a distance of 3 to 4 seconds when on ice increase to 8 to 10 seconds behind next car. How well do you know your brakes? By keeping the heel of your foot on the floor use the ball of the foot, brake until you feel one or more wheels lock, ease up, when the wheels are rolling reapply pressure. We call this the Hoosier stop, at many of the stop signs it is straight ice, so if you can slow and roll thru safely (you could still get a ticket but if you talk respectfully with the officer you might be ok—haven’t had this experience) also I’ve seen lots of officers doing the exact same thing? When goi ... read more