So, you and your car have been sitting around the house for weeks now not doing much of anything. Just like you, if your car sits too long, it will get out of shape. The battery gets weak, the brakes get rusty, and the tires will tend to lose air pressure. If it goes on too long, you could be spending some of your stimulus money on avoidable repairs. How do you avoid having these things happen you ask? Simple, go for a 15 to 20 minute ride a couple of times a week. Just like you, when your car exercises, it feels better and stays in much better shape. The other thing to do, while you are out for a ride, is stop by your local repair shop and have them check the air in the tires. To keep you safe, give us a call when you pull up and we will fill your tires up for free while you stay in your car. It's that simple!
Isn’t it frustrating when you bring your car in for an oil change and the shop comes back and says that you need a list full of items for your car? I get it, not only can it be frustrating, but because you were not expecting to spend more than $40 today, it is downright infuriating. Maybe you should just tell the shop not to do their “free” inspection. However, when you look at it, it is valuable information to know what is going on with your car. Most of the time there is not anything that is pressing. It’s not often that the service advisor will tell you that you shouldn’t drive the car away due to some safety reason. The inspection results are just a good way to plan for the future. What kind of maintenance items are going to be needed? What type of upcoming repairs will have to be done before it becomes a safety issue? How much will it cost to repair everything and what is the breakdown of all the costs? These are the questions you shoul ... read more
The infamous “Check Engine” light. It’s the one light that motorists dread the most. It could be for a multitude of reasons why it illuminates— some are simple to diagnose, and others, not so much. Sometimes the problem that caused the light to turn on can indicate other problems in the near future and sometimes nothing further may happen if you let it go. Ultimately, you’ll have to fix the problem to pass vehicle emissions testing, because “Big Brother” is now watching! So, now what do you do? First, find out what caused the light to turn on in the first place. When you bring in your vehicle, a technician will run a diagnostic check and read the codes generated from the computer. Your repair technician should be able to let you know if the problem is going to trigger other issues and if it’ll benefit you to get it repaired immediately or if it’s something you can live with for a while so you can save money for the repair. Use caut ... read more
Nitrogen is Earth’s most abundant gas. In place of compressed air, can it benefit your tires to help them perform better, last longer, or increase fuel mileage? Air is comprised of approximately 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, and 1 percent of 13 other gases. It also contains, on average, 1-3 percent of water vapor. So is it worth eliminating the 22 percent of the other gases? My research revealed the nitrogen molecule has a more difficult time migrating through the rubber compound than air does. The other benefit is that nitrogen pressure does not fluctuate as much as regular compressed air with temperature changes. This is good because tire pressure can change as much as 1 psi for every 10 degrees in temperature variation with compressed air. The biggest benefit is that through the course of removing the other air molecules, it also removes most of the water vapor. This is key, as water vapor in your tire can cause more of a pressure swing than dry air and promote mor ... read more
A common question I occasionally get: “Can you do it for less?” The answer is almost always yes; however (and this is a big however), do you want to sacrifice part quality? Parts are parts, but all parts were not created equal. I’ve tested several that claim to be just as good as the more expensive brands. Sometimes to my dislike— although good for my customers— I will try them on my own cars first. My car was leaking oil, which in turn, leaked on the ignition wires and ruined them. I tried out a new “lower price, good quality” ignition wire set. When driving home, the engine started to misfire. I pulled over and checked it, but couldn’t see a problem. When I got home, I opened the hood and left the engine running this time. What I saw was a nice light show— electrical sparks coming from the wires, reaching out to find any metal ground they could. The next morning, I paid the extra money for a better brand and reworked the job ... read more
You Auto Know by Rick Koebernickof K Auto Repair & Tire Center In these tough economic times, everyone needs to think about where to spend money and where to cut back. It basically breaks down to what you need— and I stress need— to buy at the time. As far as your vehicle’s repair and maintenance, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions, as well as the repair facility, about what should be serviced right away versus what can wait. Some questions to think about: How much can I really afford for repairs? Will I be taking a road trip this year? How long do I plan on keeping the vehicle? When you answer these, make sure you are being honest with yourself. When your vehicle is in the shop to get checked over and you get the phone call to review the results, that’s when you should ask them questions. Keep in mind your answers while listening closely to their suggestions. When they say you need to have work done— brakes, for inst ... read more