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Using the Right Engine Oil for Your Car

Using the Right Engine Oil for Your Car

Modern cars are very understandably a whole lot more complex than what we grew up with through advancements in technology and environmental awareness. Fuel efficiencies have become the more important bi-product of engine design, along with the ever-growing mandates for cleaner emissions. There are many different motors on today's roads, cloaked underneath sleek bodies, carrying platforms of variable sizes and purposes and the people they transport from place to place. To keep these motors running, many oil types exist as well, and most 21st century cars have been developed with specific-to-the motor lubricants. This means that it is crucial to understand which engine oil is applicable on your vehicle, and if you are having a hard time figuring out what you should put in yours, we're more than willing to guide you! Expanding on the "different motor oil types", it is very important to know (especially when you're c ... read more

The Long Lasting Effects of Old Man Winter on Metal

The Long Lasting Effects of Old Man Winter on Metal

What Is Rust? In short, it's a combination of iron and oxygen known as iron oxide. A chemical reaction forms this unbalance which takes place as iron (or alloys containing iron, like steel) is exposed to water and air. H2O and CO2 from the air (moisture and carbon dioxide) creates a weak form of acid which dissolves the iron. Independent hydrogen and oxygen atoms meet and bond with the iron atoms and create this previously mentioned iron oxide. Road salts and other products for melting ice (calcium / magnesium chlorides) speed up this chemical reaction.  While surface rust in itself is not the most aesthetically pleasing, there is a deeper concern. Despite iron’s impressive strength, iron oxide (rust) is exceedingly brittle. Think about the ease of crumbling rust between your fingers. Consider this condition in the chassis / frame of your vehicle. Rust and rot in automobile underbodies is becoming a far larger issue in our community, and it affects the safety of our fa ... read more

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Maintenance

TPMS Forecasting: A guide to your car's tire pressure system

TPMS Forecasting: A guide to your car's tire pressure system

TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This warning notification system was introduced by our Federal Government following a series of fatal accidents that occurred in the late 90s and early 00s which spiraled into multiple legal proceedings and subsequently the development and mandate of tire pressure monitoring systems to be required in all vehicles. As of Model Year 2008, all new vehicles in the U.S. have been equipped with an onboard tire pressure monitoring system per federal law. Some manufacturers jumped on this bandwagon as early as 2002 in the hopes of getting ahead of the trend and perhaps having a selling point advantage. There are two types of TPMS systems. An indirect system is a system that uses the ABS wheel speed sensors to receive the current tire pressures, using velocity for calculations. Early Audi and Volkswagen cars and many Japanese and Domestic cars use the indirect systems. A direct system uses individual sensors to monitor ... read more

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Brakes

The Truth in Brakes

The Truth in Brakes

Many people these days price shop. We are blessed that most of our clientele are trusting of our expertise and integrity and don't generally go down this path (because we all know of the headaches that come along with trying to match prices for parts that aren't tit-for-tat). With this being said, we feel it is important to touch on the subject of brakes due to recent observations that a significant number of changes have occurred over the past few years; some of which have come back to haunt our team. What I am referring to is a noticeable reduction in the quality of parts throughout the automotive industry, and today focusing particularly on brake parts. Addressing safety is our #1 priority. It takes precedence over all other things, and brakes are the most important parts / equipment that we replace. Without naming brands, there are a variety of aftermarket equipment manufacturers that have outsourced their plants and entru ... read more

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Brakes
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