Think for a moment about the changes that technology has brought to electronics and consumer goods in the last 15 years, and how things like tablet computers and smartphones, which we now take for granted, weren’t even on the horizon then. Automotive technology has seen the same sort of sweeping changes sincethen as well, with systems and designs that keep getting more and more sophisticated with every passing year. The days of the shade-tree mechanic turning wrenches, replacing parts and working through problems by instinct and gut feeling are a thing of the past; it’s now a necessity that automotive technicians continue learning and updating their skills through the whole course of their careers. Engine control computers, automotive stability systems, traction control systems, onboard wirel ...[more]
We’re well into the 21st century, and technology keeps moving ahead in huge strides. Things like flat-screen TV’s, smartphones and tablet computers, all prohibitively expensive just a few years ago, are now things that many of us take for granted. The same applies when it comes to automotive technology as well; the days of a mechanic replacing parts and going about diagnosis and repair by gut feeling are over. Finding a competent, qualified repair shop can seem like a pretty daunting challenge…but that’s what you can expect when you come to American Tire Company in Nashville. And that means so much more than just tires – our technicians are trained and experienced in engine repair, diagnostics, A/C service and much, much more.
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At American Tire Company, we are about so much more than just tires. We’ve been doing auto repair in the Murfreesboro area since the mid-1950s, and in those decades we’ve seen a lot change in terms of automotive technology. Cars are now safer, more comfortable, more efficient and powerful than they’ve ever been before…and also more sophisticated in terms of design and auto repair. Onboard diagnostics, engine control units, vehicle stability controls, traction controls, high-tech accessories and systems and onboard wireless networks now demand more from an auto repair technician’s skills than ever. At American Tire Company, our technicians are ready for any challenge that comes their way.
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When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.
The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tire and Automotive service department can diag ...[more]
Another winter storm coming? Before you rush to the store for the last gallon of milk and loaf of bread, you’ll want to be sure your car is ready to battle the elements. Follow these tips before venturing out into the winter wonderland.
- Check your Cooling System. Have your mechanic check your hoses, belts and anti-freeze. A weakened hose or belt can break and leave you stranded, or a weak solution of anti-freeze can ice up and damage your cooling system. Hoses shouldn’t have cracks or become softened. In extreme temperature drops, keep an eye on your hoses and belts, as low temperatures can cause additional breakage or weak spots.
- Check Your Battery. Make sure your car's battery connection is clean, tight and corr ...[more]