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Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in GIG HARBOR

Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in GIG HARBOR

Many GIG HARBOR drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a GIG HARBOR road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start, stop and turn.If you've ever ridden in a vehicle with bad shocks, you know how it wallows on corners. The front end dives when you hit the brakes and the rear end squats when you accelerate. It's not only uncomfortable, it is difficult to handle.You may have heard vehicles described as having “flat cornering." That means that when you take a corner, the body doesn't roll very much. When shocks start to get worn, your vehicle will roll more on corners. The weight of your vehicle ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Bouncy Bouncy ? Are My Shocks Bad?

Bouncy Bouncy ? Are My Shocks Bad?

When GIG HARBOR drivers think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don't generally think about our shocks or struts, but these auto parts keep our tires on the road.GIG HARBOR drivers don't think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don't need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) on them, their performance will have noticeable degraded. If you want to restore the handling and ride designed for your vehicle, try replacing your shocks and struts.Of course, if you drive off-road around GIG HARBOR, carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or put in a lot of mileage on poor driving surfaces, your shocks or struts will wear out more quickly. You'll need to replace them more often or upgrade to better shocks.Your suspension system uses springs and shocks to absorb the “shocks&rdquo ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Straight and True in GIG HARBOR: Wheel Alignment

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 drivers in GIG HARBOR 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 expensive than an alignment check in GIG HARBOR. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in GIG HARBOR. Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents and can seriously damage your vehicle. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident since the vehicle may not steer properly. One or more wheels on your vehicle can be knocked ... read more

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Alignment

Automotive Tips from Mackert Automotive LLC: Serpentine Belt Overview

The technicians at Mackert Automotive LLC know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in GIG HARBOR have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Mackert Automotive LLC in GIG HARBOR can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.Give us a call.Mackert Automotive LLC3416 57 STREET CT NWGIG HARBOR, WA 983352538513307ht ... read more

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Serpentine Belt

Service Center Standard and Procedures

Service Center Standard and Procedures

All WA pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why GIG HARBOR automotive service centers including Mackert Automotive LLC have procedural standards for each service they perform. Mackert Automotive LLC technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, WA service centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and GIG HARBOR customers leave happy with how their vehicle performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The WA automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual WA service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service. An example is h ... read more

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