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Differential Service: Too Often Neglected by Drivers

February 11th, 2016
Differential Service – Why Is It Important? 
 
Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do? 
 
Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem. 
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Winter Weather is Not Your Car’s Friend

December 3rd, 2015
Auto Repair in Murfreesboro, TNThere’s not much about winter driving that is kind to your vehicle. Here are some ways to make winter’s bite a little less painful to your car: 
 
  • Check your vehicle for buildups of leaves, twigs and other debris. This is a pretty common problem on cars that aren’t driven regularly – as this stuff decomposes, it can lead to corrosion and leaks. Get a good look at the cowling and air plenum at the base of your windshield, as well as trunk seals, the gasket for your sunroof and other spots. Don’t let your car turn into a compost!
  • Have you checked your wipers lately? Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year; friction, the sun’s UV rays and the elements just take their toll on them. If you&rsqu ...[more]
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The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

 
Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper 
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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What To Do In Case Of Complete Brake Failure

November 3rd, 2015
Brake Repair in Gallatin, TNYou’re headed to work, everything’s going along fine and you’re thinking about the day ahead…then you step on the brake pedal, it goes all the way to the floor and nothing happens. Your vehicle doesn’t even slow down a little. What do you do? 
 
Total brake failure isn’t a scenario that happens very often, but it’s still possible. Something like a failed brake line could result in zero braking ability. Here are a couple of ways to handle it: 
 
  • Downshift right away. Putting the vehicle in a lower gear, whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, will allow the drivetrain and engine to slow the car down. Don’t worry about your transmission right now – you’ll have m ...[more]
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Everything You Didn't Know About Used Motor Oil

October 27th, 2015
Oil Changes in Nashville, TNSince the 1950s, trucking companies, railroads and other operators have been using laboratory analysis of used motor oil to monitor engine health. Today, it’s key to the maintenance plans of manufacturing plants, power stations, processing plants and much more. Any piece of equipment that uses oil and has a lubricating system can be a candidate for oil analysis. 
 

Why is Oil Condition So Important? 

 
Normal wear will generate tiny flakes of metal and other particles from contact. Lubricating oil, then, can be considered a diagnostic medium since it carries these particles; abnormal wear such as corrosion or abrasion will increase the number of particles suspended in the oil. Contaminants can be detected as well; for experts, detailed a ...[more]
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Winter is Coming

October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready? 
 
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of 
Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly. 
Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or ...[more]
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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

September 30th, 2015
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
 
Every 5,000 Miles
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 27th, 2015
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

June 24th, 2015

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chan ...[more]

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4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

May 14th, 2015

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the w ...[more]
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