Straight And True In Gig Harbor: Wheel Alignment

Most Gig Harbor folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by Gig Harbor car owners is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more costly than an alignment check in Gig Harbor. Bad alignment can also...

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Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Mackert Automotive LLC

Older vehicles simply have different maintenance requirements than newer ones.

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Cool Running In Gig Harbor

Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don’t hear much any more about cars overheating. That’s because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn’t mean you can’t overheat your car, truck, SUV engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the interstate in Gig Harbor waiting for your car, truck, SUV engine to cool down. When you service your cooling system at Mackert Automotive LLC, your service advisor will check the condition of the coolant. It can...

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Protecting Your car, truck, SUV From Theft In Gig Harbor, Washington

Every car in Gig Harbor, Washington is at risk for theft. So it’s up to us Gig Harbor motorists to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere. The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let’s review each of these. First, common sense: you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Washington where the keys were left in...

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Mackert Automotive LLC Auto Tips and Videos: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the auto pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Gig Harbor drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment. When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor will check your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the car maker’s settings. Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal...

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Mackert Automotive LLC Auto Tips and Car Care: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Repair or Replace? That’s a question Gig Harbor car owners ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be fixed. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for...

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