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Yearly Archives: 2020

Tire Pressure in Falling Temperatures

Tire Pressure in Falling Temperatures

Fall is here and falling temperatures are on the way.   As Fall progresses towards winter, the temperatures will be dropping. As this happens, the pressure in your tires will fall as well.  For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tires will lose 1-2 psi (pound per square inch).  This means if the temperature falls from 70 degrees to 20 degrees, your tires will lose 5 to 10psi. If your tires lose 10psi, your car's tire pressure monitor light will come on (if equipped) and your tires may look visibly low.  If you are filling your tires up, take note of all the starting pressures.  If one tire is much lower than the others, you may have a leak.  If they are all about the same, fill them back to operating psi. I know, your next question is, "What is the operating psi of my tires?"  To find the operating psi of your tires, open the driver door and look for a placard in the door panel.  It will have ... read more

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Repairing a Check Engine Light Problem

Repairing a Check Engine Light Problem

When your check engine light comes on, it is important to figure out why and get it repaired as soon as possible.  By not getting it repaired, you run the risk of having multiple problems crop up without knowing about them. Your computer continually runs a self diagnostic check, making sure that the car is running properly.  When it sees a problem, the check engine light is signaled to go on.  If it is not repaired, the light will remain on and in some instances, the self diagnostics will not be able to go through the other checks beyond that point.  If this goes on for several months, when you do bring it in for repairs, your technician may not be able to see ay other issues that may have come up after the initial problem occurred.  This can cause some unfortunate circumstances for both you and the technician.  The following is the scenario that usually happens. The technician will access your computer, find the circuit that is showing the failure ... read more

Don't Let Your Car Get Out of Shape

Don't Let Your Car Get Out of Shape

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!   Here is a link to another article from the Car Care Council also addressing this issue ... read more

"Free" Vehicle Inspections

"Free" Vehicle Inspections

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

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