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Getting the Right Tires And Wheels In Gig Harbor

Getting the Right Tires And Wheels In Gig Harbor

A lot of people get custom wheels in Gig Harbor. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that. Consulting your Mackert Automotive LLC tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your Gig Harbor driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub. If you don't want to make any modifications to your car, truck, SUV, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some Gig Harbor people like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift. Also, most Gig Harbor drivers don't realize that y ... read more

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Maintaining Your Diesel in Gig Harbor

Maintaining Your Diesel in Gig Harbor

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven't been as common in Gig Harbor because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Gig Harbor car owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV's. Diesels are popular in Gig Harbor because they get better MPG than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you're not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past. Diesels don't produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in Washington as for other vehicles. Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be pr ... read more

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Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Mackert Automotive LLC

Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Mackert Automotive LLC

All of us Gig Harbor auto owners know we have to get the oil changed in our car, truck, SUVs periodically. That's just part of good car care. But when Gig Harbor technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your car, truck, SUV. Don't just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. Gig Harbor auto owners really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner's manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in Washington with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the Gig Harbor area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended. Changing an air filter isn't guesswork. If a filter's dirty, it needs to be replaced. Air filters aren't very ... read more

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Wheel Bearings

Why are wheel bearings vital for Gig Harbor drivers? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Mackert Automotive LLC post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very essential job while you drive around Gig Harbor, Washington. Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two essential jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds, each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds. That's a lot of heavy lifting over many, many thousands of miles. Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Gig Harbor drivers. The bearings are packed with heavy gre ... read more

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Tire Tread Depth for Gig Harbor, Washington Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out. The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider two-thirty-seconds of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider one-thirty-second to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Mackert Automotive LLC; (just call 253-851-3307) to find out what your requirements are in the Gig Harbor, Washington area. Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there's just 2/32" of tread left. But does that older standard give Gig Harbor motorists enough safety? Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32". And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies ... read more

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Check Engine Light Diagnosis At Mackert Automotive LLC

Check Engine Light Diagnosis At Mackert Automotive LLC

Hello Gig Harbor motorists. Have you ever had your check engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Gig Harbor car owners? First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious car, truck, SUV engine trouble. That's why Gig Harbor auto owners often don't know how to respond to it. The check engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Mackert Automotive LLC in Gig Harbor ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get your car serviced. If your check engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow t ... read more

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The Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear Gig Harbor drivers say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's cars and trucks are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Gig Harbor motorists don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become. Fluids like, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Did you know that a modern engine would not run for more than a few months using motor oil formulas from 30 years ago? Today's automotive fluids contain a much higher percentage of additives to protect your vehicle's components from premature wear and corrosion. Time and miles march on for all of our cars. Please don't think we're using scare tactics to get you to take care of your maintenance - but here are some personal stories from AutoNetTV staff members ... read more

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Below 45 Degrees in Gig Harbor: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Gig Harbor drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for "all-season" radials. Washington drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever. Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the Gig Harbor area are much better designed for the wide range of dangerous conditions that come with Washington winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at Gig Harbor temperatures below 45°F, which reduces their traction. That's a key concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet Gig Harbor conditions. But it also means that Gig Harbor drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry. The tread design on winter tires has been imp ... read more

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Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Mackert Automotive LLC

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Mackert Automotive LLC

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value. Buying tires at Mackert Automotive LLC in Gig Harbor is a lot like buying shoes, except that Gig Harbor car owners' vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires-all the time, in fact-so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes: they have ... read more

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Automobile Fluids For Your car, truck, SUV

If you've walked through the automotive fluids of an auto parts store in Gig Harbor, you'll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what's right for your vehicle? As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Gig Harbor area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable. First let's talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil. Some vehicles around Gig Harbor come from the factory filled with synthetic oil ... read more

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