Monthly Archives: July 2015

It Is Time To Check Your Intervals

It Is Time To Check Your Intervals

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow regarding how often to inspect the various parts and systems on our car, truck, SUVs. Vehicular components are required to meet certain standards. The government mandates some of these standards. Others are set by the auto industry. Recommended car maintenance schedules are designed to help Gig Harbor car owners maintain these standards. Disregarding routine maintenance or procrastinating preventive maintenance will result in lowered performance and reduced safety for a vehicle. Maintenance schedules are designed to ensure three areas of essential automotive performance for Gig Harbor auto owners: protection of the vehicle itself, fuel effic ... read more

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Budget For Maintenance in Gig Harbor

Budget For Maintenance in Gig Harbor

Sometimes busy Gig Harbor residents dream about going back to the "simpler" days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Gig Harbor in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Gig Harbor car owners spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before. Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple - you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Gig Harbor motorists would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience; and it's likely that yesterday's Gig Harbor auto owners didn't care much for it, either. So on today's ... read more

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Hitting The Brakes In Gig Harbor

Hitting The Brakes In Gig Harbor

Safety should always be a key element of your car care. So even if you don't care about how your car looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself - and other Gig Harbor auto owners - on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes. Brakes need a regular inspection. There are essential parts that wear out or wear down, and it's best to replace them before you have issues. Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that's a good sign that you need your brakes checked. Gig Harbor motorists can also tell something is wrong with their brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate troubles. If vibrations accompany brakin ... read more

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