Monthly Archives: January 2014

Shocks and Struts For Gig Harbor Bumps and Bounces

If you're like most of us Gig Harbor motorists, you want your car to handle well. That's the job of your suspension system. There are different types of suspension systems, but they all work on the same basic principles. First, there are the springs, which bear the weight of the car. The most common springs are coil or leaf - although we see air springs and torsion bars more often. The springs do most of the work. Visit our Gig Harbor location for an inspection of your suspension.Mackert Automotive LLC3416-B 57th ST CT NWGig Harbor, Washington 98335253-851-3307 But if all you had were springs, your car, truck, SUV would be bouncing around like a bobble head. That's where the shocks come in. They control the rebound of the springs and smooth out the up and down motions. They also keep the tires on the road, and you in control. Some car, truck, SUVs use struts. Struts are a combination of shocks and springs, together ... read more

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Fuel System Cleaning At Mackert Automotive LLC

Is your car sometimes hard to start on an early Gig Harbor morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy. Most of our car, truck, and SUV's in Gig Harbor have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system. Some people are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that you can pour into your gas tank. You can do that - and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel ... read more

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Tire Maintenance In Gig Harbor

With the recent focus in Gig Harbor on improving gas mileage, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure. Gig Harbor car owners know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Under-inflated tires will wear out more quickly. Some Gig Harbor auto owners wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to over-inflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Mackert Automotive LLC to see about tire maintenance for your Gig Harbor, Washington vehicle. Every vehicle in the Gig Harbor area has a sticker on the driver's side door jamb that tells you the manufacturer's ... read more

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Emergency Items For Your Car

Washington state roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip. Your close-to-home kit for around Gig Harbor would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools. Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card. People who live in areas with frequent severe weather or earthquakes may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies. Fo ... read more

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Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance For Gig Harbor Drivers

Hello, Gig Harbor motorists. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine. Gig Harbor motorists don't need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. The cleaner the fuel, the better an engine will run. Over time, the small amounts of rust, dirt and contaminants in your fuel settle out inside the fuel tank. After about five years, this can amount to a quite a bit of sediment. This means that as your car ages, your fuel filter has to work harder to screen your fuel: more sediment in your tank means more potential for grit in your fuel. The harder your fuel filter works, the more often it needs to be replaced. Check with your car owner's manual or Mackert Au ... read more

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