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When Should I Get a Wheel Alignment?

When Should I Get a Wheel Alignment?

A proper wheel alignment ensures that your tires point in the right path when driving so that your car and its parts can wear evenly. Various factors can cause your wheels to lose their alignment over time. However, having it checked often is the best way to stay on top of your tires' condition. How Wheel Alignment Affects Your Vehicle No matter what kind of car, SUV, or truck you own, it has precise recommendations from its manufacturer. Regardless, driving with misaligned wheels can pose significant problems. Your tires can wear unevenly, making handling uneasy. Your car may be unsafe to drive as it cannot maintain a straight drive. Continuing to drive with poor alignment will only worsen, so we highly urge you to fix the misaligned wheels as soon as possible. When to Have Wheel Alignment Most industry experts recommend preparing your car for an alignment every other oil change. It is hard to say since wheel alignment needs can range widely depending on your vehicle type, roa ... read more

Servicing all the fluids

Servicing all the fluids on your vehicle is important. You change oil more frequently due to heat and carbon build up in the oil as well as the limitations of a filtration system. Because transmissions, differentials, transfer cases, and power steering pumps do not produce carbon from combustion they all generate extreme heat and microscopic fragments that cause wear. Servicing the fluids in the high RPM delicately meshed systems is affordable from a maintenance standpoint and can save you lots of money from a replacement standpoint. Not to mention all the combined resistance of poor viscosity and additional friction can worsen fuel economy and general performance could be lacking due to the increased wear. Transmission service varies greatly but a lot can be serviced for less than $200.00 others can be considerably more but far less than a $4000.00 plus cost of a transmission. Most of the others can be serviced for around $100.00 depending on fluid with a few exceptions. Don’t b ... read more

Mobile mechanic?!?!?!?!

Mobile mechanic?!?!?!?!

Mobile mechanics and mobile brake specialists? How about a mobile proctologist or oncologist? Let’s just fire off a couple mobile psychotherapist while we’re at it, cause if you are expecting the attention to detail, quality of work from a mobile anything then you probably need that therapist to talk some sense into you. I wouldn’t trust the safety of everyone on the road, especially put my family in a vehicle that a mobile no accountability auto repair is going to have. Roadside assistance, I understand that. Getting you off the side of the road to a reputable shop, ok. Trusting the random, uninsured, I can run this out of my Honda civic because I don’t want to work a real job, person to come to your house or place of business is mind blowing to me. My building houses some of the most advanced tools in the business to do work properly. Can they swap some brake pads, or a belt, probably, but I can assure they cannot do the job to the level it is done in our shop ... read more

Shocking information!

Shocking information!

Why should you replace your shocks? There are lots of reasons to replace them when needed. Shocks become soft and lose their ability to keep your vehicle balanced. When they lose their function, they keep your vehicle from braking effectively. They also cause your vehicle to lose acceleration, worn out shocks make your vehicle unsafe to drive and they make it uncomfortable. Shock manufacturers recommend having your shocks and struts inspected every 50,000 miles or 80,000 km. Visual inspection of shocks may not indicate the need for replacement. Sometimes they will visually show signs of needing replacement, like oil leaking out of the shock or obvious bushing wear but most of the time there is no obvious sign. Monroe Shocks and Struts, a manufacturer of shocks and struts, states that “Typical shocks and struts ‘stroke’ an average of 1,750 times per mile- that’s 21 million cycles per 12,000 miles/19,300 kilometers.” That compounded but rough road condition ... read more

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is on everyone’s mind right now and rightfully so. Instead of running out and purchasing a more “fuel efficient” or Electric car, lets talk about what we can do to keep you in the vehicle you have which is most likely built better then what you would replace it with, and stop you from buying an unnecessary new vehicle and putting yourself in debt. There are a lot of things that can change your fuel economy. Simple things like tire pressure can have a huge impact on fuel economy, as can a dirty air filter. Alignment can be another factor that can cost you a lot rolling down the road. If your vehicle is out of alignment, it will struggle and fight itself to go forward and burn an exorbitant amount of fuel struggling. Simple things like regular or more regular oil changes, transmission service, properly working brakes can all play a role in your fuel efficiency, a simple tune up can do wonders. Sometimes a fuel injection service and some air in the tires is ... read more

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