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Why Do I Have To Rotate and Balance My Tires?

Why Do I Have To Rotate and Balance My Tires?

Why Do I Have To Rotate and Balance My Tires?   Tire rotations and balancing are often overlooked when it comes to auto maintenance services. While they may seem unimportant, these services are extremely beneficial to the health of your tires. Regularly balanced and rotated tires prevent uneven tire wear and ensure that your tires last longer overall.   WHAT IS A TIRE ROTATION? A tire rotation is when your tires are moved from one position to another. For example, a front tire is moved to the back and vice versa. This helps to ensure that the wear on all of the tires stays even over a period of time.    WHAT IS TIRE BALANCING? Tire balancing adjusts the tire mounting to ensure that all tires are equally balanced so one side of the tire doesn't have more pressure than the other. It is another way to make sure that your tires wear evenly.   These two services can increase the longevit ... read more

Top Tips To Make Your Used Car Last

Top Tips To Make Your Used Car Last

  Top Tips To Make Your Used Car Last Sudden and unexpected challenges plagued the new and used car markets over the last few years. Vehicle prices have increased while inventory has diminished. Many car owners are asking themselves, “Should I buy a new car now or wait?”. If buying another car now is not in the cards for you, check out these top tips to make your vehicle last a little longer.   FOLLOW YOUR FACTORY MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE Sticking to a 30k/60k/90k mile maintenance schedule is key for making your car last for years to come. Routine maintenance is a must as parts and components will wear down and require replacement over time. Lou’s Car Care provides a multi-point, Digital Vehicle Inspection at every visit to keep you informed of all your vehicle’s needs. Our Service Team will work with you to develop a maintenance plan with your budget in mind.   PROPER FLUID MAINTENANCE Your vehic ... read more

How Do I Save Money on Gas?

How Do I Save Money on Gas?

How Do I Save Money On Gas?Let’s improve your fuel economy. Gas prices have risen significantly in recent months, along with inflation. We are all familiar with that feeling of shock as we watch the numbers on the pump climb higher and higher. That leaves many of us wondering, “How can I avoid the gas station for as long as possible?” Luckily, there are simple ways to improve your fuel economy and prolong the life of gas in your vehicle. These tips fall under two main categories; maintenance and driving practices. Maintenance tips to improve fuel economy Preventing wear and tear on your vehicle can have a positive effect on its efficiency. If you want to avoid wasting gas and throwing money away at the pump, pay attention to the following factors. Tire maintenance The condition of your tires is a strong indicator of fuel efficiency. First, you want to be sure that your tires are the perfect fit f ... read more

Why Is My Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) Light On?

Why Is My Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) Light On?

  Why is my TPMS light on? There is always a level of concern that we feel whenever we are driving down the road and we hear that little “ding” and see that something has lit up on the dashboard. Is it a small, easily fixed problem coming up, or something much worse? One indicator that you might see light up is the TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system. If you have not seen it before, it looks like a horseshoe with an exclamation point in it. When the TPMS light comes on it means one of two things; either your tire pressure is too high, or it is too low in one or more of your tires. Let’s talk about what you should do when this happens.   Check the recommended tire pressure for your car Your car should have a recommended pressure for your front and wheel tires written on the doorjam of the driver’s door. If not, check your vehicle’s manual for the correct numbers. Sometimes, the front tire pressure is meant ... read more

What Is The Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

What Is The Difference Between Shocks and Struts?

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 are often used with the rear wh ... 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?

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’s time to bring your car in t ... read more

Why Are My Headlights Hazy?

Why Are My Headlights Hazy?

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 well with automotive soap to remove ... read more

Who Does AC Repair Near Me?

Who Does AC Repair Near Me?

  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 compression. R134A is the ... read more

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