Monthly Archives: April 2022

What is the Difference Between Tire Alignment & Tire Balancing?

What is the Difference Between Tire Alignment & Tire Balancing?

Many people confuse tire alignment with tire balancing and vice versa. While both services provide a smoother and seamless ride, these two services are not the same. Here's what you need to know about their differences. What is a Tire Alignment? Tire alignments (wheel alignments) are adjustments made to a vehicle's suspension system. This is where the vehicle connects to its wheels. This is not a change to the tires themselves. Our mechanics adjust the wheel angles to make sure the tires are making proper contact with the road.  What are the Signs of Misalignment? Uneven Tread Wear Vehicle Pulling to the Left or Right Steering Wheel is Off-Center When Driving Straight Steering Wheel Vibration Squealing Tires What is Tire Balancing? A tire balancing service ensures the tire has an even weight distribution. And is usually performed along with a tire alignment service. Weight imbalances of just an ounce can feel lik ... read more

What Is a Radiator Flush?

What Is a Radiator Flush?

The Cooling System in your vehicle protects your engine from overheating. The radiator helps to transfer heat away from the engine. And allows the coolant to continue circulating throughout the rest of the system. The coolant helps to lubricate parts and absorb heat. As the coolant circulates through the system, it also picks up dirt and grime. A radiator flush will help rid your car of those contaminants. Our mechanics remove the old coolant and anti-freeze from the system, first. Then, cleaning solutions added to the system remove dirt and impurities. Finally, we add a new and fresh coolant mixture back into the system. If your engine's temperature gauge is higher than normal you may be due for a radiator flush. A broken radiator can leave you stranded. Preventative maintenance will protect your vehicle from having major issues on the road. Lou's ... read more

Why Won’t My Rear Defroster Work?

Why Won’t My Rear Defroster Work?

The defrosters in your car are a safety feature that helps to clear condensation and frost from your front and rear windshields. While both defrosters work to evaporate moisture from the windows, they do so in different ways. Your front defroster works by directing hot air up through vents in the dashboard to defog the windshield from the inside. In some cars, the defrost controls will also activate the air conditioning and compressor. In warmer weather, cooling the air with A/C first can remove more moisture from the air to defog the windows better.     The rear defroster, in most cars, is electric. This system consists of rows of very thin heating elements on the inside of your rear window or hatch. These heating strips are connected to your vehicle’s electrical system and are controlled by a dashboard switch. The control switch typically runs on a timer that will automatically turn off the power after several minutes.     Causes of Rear Defroste ... read more

Why Won't My Car Start?

Why Won't My Car Start?

Why Won't My Car Start? You never realize just how important your vehicle is until it doesn't start. You use it constantly to drive to work, pick up the kids from soccer practice, get groceries, and so much more. So when your vehicle suddenly stops working- you PANIC! "Why Won't My Car Turn On?", you shout! There are a lot of reasons why your car won't turn over, but some are more common than others. Here are the top 3 reasons why your car may not start.   Dead Battery A Dead Battery is the most common reason why a vehicle won't start. The battery is responsible for providing electrical power to your entire vehicle and its electrical components such as the lights, radio, and so on. The alternator charges your battery while your car is running. If your battery is not adequately charged, you will not be able to start your car. Some common symptoms to look out ... read more

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

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