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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Do you know what is in your trunk?

Do you know what is in your trunk?

“What do you keep in the back of your trunk?” Even though winter is over and spring is officially here, it’s still a good idea to keep some if not all of the following in the back of your trunk. ·        Spare tire (in good condition), along with a tire jack and tire iron, also, if your wheels require a special security key, make sure that's always in your car too. ·        Tire inflater and sealer, like the Fix-a-Flat, which can plug a leak (and help you avoid using the above tools) just enough to get you to the auto shop. ·        Jumper cables, because dead batteries happen to the best of us.   ·        Your car's manual, which sho ... read more

DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A SPARE TIRE?

DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A SPARE TIRE?

“Do you know if you have a spare tire?” Most people won’t know until they have a flat tire, there are over 100’s of models of cars from over a dozen manufacturers that don’t offer spare tires. Such as, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford, for various reasons ..such as fuel efficiency. If you find out your car does not come equipped with a spare and you decide that you want one, you can purchase a spare at a tire store or Ricks Auto Service can order you one to match your tires already on your car

What is a transmission service?

So let’s start with the easy stuff; what is a transmission service? A transmission service is simply the removal of the transmission fluid via a drain plug and then adding new transmission fluid. This process gives the transmission a sort of “cleanse” that helps reduce the strain on the components within the transmission and prolong its life. Why does your car need a transmission service? A transmission service is essential due to the fact that by removing the old transmission fluid, any buildup that has occurred in the transmission will be removed also. The old residue inside of your transmission can potentially contaminate your fluid over time and put unnecessary stress on the transmission, thus increasing your chances of having to replace the transmission all together. Recap: A simple transmission service not only will make your transmission run better, but will also prolong the life of the transmission. In other w ... read more

Security Light

Security Light

What it looks like: They put a boot on your car and your car is also covered in icicles. This has been the worst winter ever? What it means: If the symbol lights momentarily it may mean that the igition switch is locked and will need the proper transponder-equipped key to restart. If the symbol is visible when the vehicle is on, then it typically indicates a malfunction in the security system.  

Fog Lamp Indicator

Fog Lamp Indicator

What it looks like: A jellyfish leaping through a waterfall. (A little stretch of the imagination) What it means: Your fog lights are on.  

Airbag Indicator

Airbag Indicator

What does it look like: A man wearing a tie, shaking his fist at you as he falls down. Why did you push Him?  

Seat belt Reminder Light

Seat belt Reminder Light

What it looks like: A bald Chewbacco wearing a bandolier. What does it mean: Buckle your seatbelt, please.  

Fuel Indicator Symbol

Fuel Indicator Symbol

What does it look like: A snake-infested ATM. What Does it mean: Your are running low on fuel. Fun fact: The symbol on the fuel guage also has an arrow next to it:this indicates which side of the car has the gas cap. No more gas station three-point turns in rental cars ever.  

Did you know......

Did you know......

Did you know...? A poorly tuned engine can reduce fuel efficiency. Fixing your car can improve gas mileage by an average of 4% depending on repair results can vary. Give us a call we will see what could be affecting your vehicle and get your in out and on the road again

Michelin tires.

Michelin tires.

Looking at Michelin the company was started by two brothers, Andre & Edourad, in 1889. The wrong size of tires can mean everything from a slight discomfort to a serious safety issue. Depending on weather you may need a certain type of tire, driving in snow or hot summers, having all fourtires the same make a difference in drivability

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