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What Is The Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

What Is The Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

Photo by Artem Podrez   What Is The Difference Between Shocks and Struts? Many people describe shocks and struts interchangeably, but they have some major differences, even while serving similar functions. Since they play an integral role in keeping your wheels connected to the road and driving smoothly, it is important to know some of the basics. It can also be helpful to know what could go wrong with these parts.   The Differences Between Shocks and Struts You may have heard these two parts discussed as if they were essentially the same, but they are designed differently. A strut is connected to a vehicle’s suspension system structurally and is a crucial part of the steering system. It also contains its own coil spring, which is part of the reason why a strut is more expensive.   A shock is a hydraulic piston, with liquid or gas inside, that dampens movement. Shocks do not support the weight of the vehicle like struts do and ... read more

Auto Technician Opening- $20 - $35 Per Hour

Auto Technician Opening- $20 - $35 Per Hour

Lou’s Car Care Center has an immediate opening for an automotive technician to join our production team.  We are a progressive, state-of-the-art, family-owned, independent auto repair shop that services every make and model.  Seeking a go-getter, fast leaner, who owns his/her own tools, and is a team player.  At Lou’s, your personal goals are just as important as your professional goals, and we want to help you achieve success in all areas of your life. We want you to thrive! We have been serving the Baldwinsville and surrounding communities since 1976.   Our customers trust our shop, so we always have plenty of good business year-round.  Even if you have never worked in an independent shop, we invite you to talk to us to find out more about our shop! Submit your resume with confidence that all contacts with us are completely confidential.     Why else to consider Lou’s Car Care? 5-day work week, No weekends Guarante ... read more

Why Being a AAA Approved Auto Shop Matters

Why Being a AAA Approved Auto Shop Matters

    What Does It Mean To Be a AAA Approved Auto Repair Shop? We are so grateful to have won the 2020 AAA Top Shop Award for Outstanding Performance in Total Customer Satisfaction. Lou’s Car Care has earned 14 Top Shop Awards over the last two decades and we are committed to providing our loyal customers with quality auto repair while delivering best-in-class customer service. As a AAA Approved Auto Repair Shop, we can assure you that we have met the strict guidelines set in place by AAA in order to provide you with top-notch automotive services.   Why Being a AAA Approved Auto Shop Matters It is important to find an auto repair shop that provides honest and reliable service. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) is a leader in the travel safety and security industry. AAA doesn’t certify just any shop- the repair facility must meet specific standards and requirements for AAA’s approval. Here is list of qualific ... read more

What Is Wrong With My Brakes?

What Is Wrong With My Brakes?

Photo: Getty Images   WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY BRAKES? We all want to take care of ourselves and our families when we hit the road. The functionality of your brakes is critical when it comes to vehicle safety, so it is important to know about the potential issues that you might face with your braking system. Some damage is the result of normal wear and tear over time, but it can also result from poor driving habits.  Here are a few things to watch out for while driving your car to be sure that your brakes are performing optimally and keeping everyone in the vehicle safe.   SCREECHING OR GRATING SOUNDS WHILE BRAKING Over the course of your vehicle’s lifetime, the brake pads will become worn down. The easiest way to identify this problem is a loud and often high-pitched screeching that occurs whenever you apply the brakes. The sound is a result of the metal-on-metal friction that the pads protect against when slowing down. It&rsquo ... read more

Why Are My Headlights Hazy?

Why Are My Headlights Hazy?

  Photo: Ron Lach   WHY ARE MY HEADLIGHTS HAZY? Most vehicle’s on the road today have polycarbonate plastic headlights. This strong plastic is made to handle tough road conditions without breaking. Overtime, exposure to UV light from the sun oxidizes the clear top coat on the headlight lens causing them to become hazy and turn yellow. Dirt, chemicals, and debris, like road salt, can also scratch and wear down the top coat, dulling the lens. Condensation can also form inside the headlight if there is a break or tear in the watertight seal around the lens or if the lens is cracked. However, unlike burned-out bulbs, cloudy headlights don’t always need to be replaced. Skilled auto detailers can restore hazy headlights to like-new condition.   HOW CAN I KEEP MY HEADLIGHTS FROM TURNING YELLOW? Regular car washes are recommended to clean off dirt and chemicals that can promote fogging on the headlight lens. Wash the headlights we ... read more

AC Repair in Baldwinsville, NY

AC Repair in Baldwinsville, NY

photo credit: Kaboompics   With the extreme high and low temperatures in New York, having functioning heating and air conditioning in your vehicle is a must. As we head into the summer months in Baldwinsville, NY, it is essential to make sure that your car’s air condition (AC) system is ready to cool you down as temperatures rise. But have you ever wondered how your vehicle’s AC system worked?   HOW DOES A VEHICLE’S AC WORK? There are several types of automotive AC systems but the two most common types used are the orifice tube and expansion valve systems. The five primary components to a vehicle’s AC system are the compressor, condenser, accumulator (or receiver-drier), orifice tube (or expansion valve), and evaporator. Here is the basic operation of an AC system: Refrigerant: The AC system is filled with a refrigerant gas known as Freon or R134A. Refrigerant has the ability to change from gas to liquid during ... read more

How Often Should I Wash My Car?

How Often Should I Wash My Car?

Photo by Pixabay   How Often Should I Wash My Car? Washing your car not only helps to preserve the paint and finish but it also aides in keeping rust and corrosion underneath your vehicle at bay. Car washes are as essential to maintaining your vehicle just as a regular oil change is. But how often you should wash your car depends on a number of factors. Answer the following questions to determine the right number of washes for you: What is your weather like? Without a doubt, cold climates will require you to wash your vehicle more frequently. Irregular dirt like salt buildup and other chemical stains in the winter can cause damage to your vehicle’s paint and corrode the metal components of the undercarriage. Dirt, salt and residue can retain moisture leading to rust around car parts and metal components if you don’t wash your car often. Rust and corrosion are very common factors in major auto repairs (even on newer vehicles) that coul ... read more

Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle Diagnostics

Photo by Mídia from Pexels   VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS Over time, your vehicle will start to experience wear and tear from driving and display signs and symptoms that need attention. Take note if you hear, see, or feel something that is out of the ordinary such as:​ Are there any dashboard warning lights on? Is the check engine light on? If it is, is the light flashing or steady? Is your car is making a squeaking, thumping, whirring, clanging, dragging, or grinding noise ? Is your vehicle driving rough? Do you feel vibration, pulsation or shaking when driving or braking? Do you experience abnormalities at specific speeds- low speeds, highway sp ... read more

What Happens If You Don't Drive Your Car For Long Periods Of Time?

What Happens If You Don't Drive Your Car For Long Periods Of Time?

​ Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T DRIVE YOUR CAR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME? The last year or so has had the world adjusting to a “new normal”. Many people are now working from home or not driving as much as they once were. We are often asked, “Will not driving my car have a negative impact on the engine, engine oil, battery, brakes and tires?” “What can I do to keep my car running smoothly during this transitional time?” Here are some tips to keep your car in top shape, even if you don’t drive it often.   DO I HAVE TO DRIVE MY CAR EVERYDAY?   It is not necessary to drive your car every day. Driving a few times a week can help keep things moving along and prevent running into issues in the near future.   WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CAR SITS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?   Vehicles that aren’t driven regularly will drain the battery. There are multiple systems that still draw power as a vehicl ... read more

What You Should Look For In A Reliable Auto Repair Shop

What You Should Look For In A Reliable Auto Repair Shop

Photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels   WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A RELIABLE AUTO REPAIR SHOP?  There are many things to consider when looking for a reliable auto repair shop. Not all auto repair facilities are equipped with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment, provide honest communication or offer warranties on their parts and services. Here are some factors to keep in mind when selecting a reliable auto repair shop.   WARRANTY- BACKED SERVICES A professional auto repair center will offer reasonable warranties on their parts and services. These warranties show that the company stands behind their work and offers peace of mind to their customers if a part fails or becomes compromised during the warranty period. We recommend that you ask about any warranties available before approving work on your vehicle and learn what steps to take if you have to replace a part under warranty. Certain conditions may apply for a warranty to ... read more

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