Monthly Archives: January 2016

HOW TO AVOID BUYING A USED CAR LEMON. EASY STEPS YOU CAN DO.

In this episode we cover 4 easy steps that you can take before you decide to buy an inexpensive car or truck on the internet. There are many supposed deals that may exist and these tips are quick basic steps that you can perform to give you an idea if you are truly getting a deal. Always remember that ideally you should have the vehicle thoroughly inspected by a certified mechanic of to which will include a more detailed & comprehensive evaluation. 1. Road Test The road test portion is an obvious step to ensuring that your not getting ready to purchase a bank account buster. Keep in mind the three areas of steering , stopping and stability. During the test drive you are paying particular attention to any noises in the suspension and steering as well as the overall feel of the ride. Make sure to drive on somewhat rougher rides and always take a nice drive on the freeway to get a complete feel of the vehicle. 2. Tire Condition The tire condit ... read more

RATS HIDING IN CAR ENGINES DURING COLD WEATHER

It’s cold out there! Everything wants to escape the cold weather and stay warm and that includes pack rats. We have already seen several vehicles that have sustained damage from these critters sharpening their teeth on wires, plastic and rubber hoses. One customer sustained over $700 in damages, while another at approximately $300. How much wire is in your vehicle? According to the Collision Repair and Refinishing: A Foundation Course for Technicians Manual, the average vehicle contains over 30 miles of wiring. How to prevent this damage? Here are some tips to keep your vehicle safe! Tips To Prevent Pack Rats From Attacking Your VehicleBe Alert. If you park outside keep your eyes open for rat droppings and pieces of cactus that show up near or under your vehicle. Lift and check under the hood often. Be extra careful when heavy rain or cold weather may cause rats in the area to look for better quarters. • Check for pack rat nests. Lo ... read more

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ALIGNMENT TIRE TIPS

With a hard tire pull to the right, and worn edges of tires this Hyundai will require some front end work to resolve. Welcome back to this edition of Inside the Garage. During the inspection we notated very worn outer tie rod ends and aged struts and shocks. The Tie rod ends can certainly cause excessive tire wear, while the worn struts will compromise the ride and feel, but not immediately cause an issue with tire wear. (We have scheduled a future visit to replace). Here is insight to the Hunter Quick Elite Alignment Machine that we utilize:
http://www.hunter.com/alignment-systems/hawkeye-elite Thanks for stopping by

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