Do you know how to tell if your car’s tires have adequate tread wear? Watch this video for some helpful information.
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Posted on March 31, 2016 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on June 3, 2014 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on April 29, 2014 by James Florence
Shock replacement continues to be one of the most commonly neglected aspects of vehicle maintenance. Most people put off replacement until their shocks are completely worn down or leaking fluid, but the average lifespan of most shocks is only 50,000 miles, so they should be replaced proactively rather than remedially.
The fact that shock replacement is so frequently overlooked may be due to a lack of appreciation for the role they play in vehicle operation. The primary function of shocks is to control a vehicle’s suspension system. As shocks become worn, however, their ability to fulfill this role becomes diminished, resulting in more movement of the suspension and its related components. Continue reading “The Importance of Shock Replacement” »
Posted on February 4, 2014 by James Florence
Sometimes when an auto body shop fixes a damaged car, the color of the newly painted bumper may not appear to perfectly match the color of the body. Considering the complex nature of paint matching, there are a few possible explanations that may account for this:
- The character of paint often differs between metal and plastic surfaces due to dissimilar rates of evaporation during the drying process. Continue reading “Dealing with Auto Paint Matching Issues” »
Posted on November 12, 2013 by James Florence
Whether from force of habit or misinformation, many drivers still think it’s necessary to let their cars idle and warm up before driving in the morning. While this may have been important 30 years ago, modern technological advancements have made warming up a car before driving a thing of the past.
Prior to the 1980s, the fuel delivery systems in most cars were regulated by carburetors. With a carburetor, an engine needed to be warm in order to get the correct fuel mixture, which was why letting a car idle for several minute before driving was so important. By the end of the ’80s, however, a new kind of system was introduced: fuel injection. Continue reading “Warming up a Car: Myth or Fact?” »
Posted on October 22, 2013 by James Florence
Some car owners think body work can be completed in one day, but the reality is, it often takes several days (and sometimes weeks) to bring a vehicle back to its pre-accident condition. One of the most typical causes of body work delays is parts. If a mechanic has to wait for ordered parts to arrive, discovers the parts don’t fit properly or accidentally has the wrong parts shipped, it can tack another day or two onto the repair.
Another frequent instance of delay is with painting. The nature of paint makes it one of the most difficult and time-consuming areas of body work—even if it looks perfect upon application, it’s impossible to tell whether it’s successful until after it has dried, as both color and texture can change during this process. Continue reading “Body Work Isn’t Done in a Day” »
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on August 14, 2013 by Chris Bjorklund