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Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair COVID-19 Policy for Your Safety

Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair COVID-19 Policy for Your Safety

Here at Honest Wrenches, we want you to know that we remain OPEN for business during these tough times. We know that there is much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and how to will continue to affect our every day lives. However, we can be certain that auto repair is an essential service and we will be able to continue to serve you while protecting the health of our staff and customers.  Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair has always been and will continue to take every step possible to ensure a safe, clean, & sterile environment for our employees and guests. We will be taking additional measures to ensure that we do not become a statistic.  Honest Wrenches has implemented the following procedures to ensure your health and prevent the spread of COVID-19: We will wipe down your door handle, steering wheel, gear shifter before we enter your vehicle. We will use gloves each time we enter your vehicle. We will wipe down, steering wheel, door handle, and shi ... read more

What is a Radiator Flush?

The radiator in your car is essential a heat exchanger, because it transfer heat from hot coolant that flows to it and into the air that is blown through the radiator fan. This process is extremely important because it helps in the system's job of protecting your vehicle's engine from overheating. The coolant helps lubricate parts and absorb heat, and the radiator helps to transfer that heat so that the coolant can continue circulating and doing its job.  Since the coolant also picks up dirt and grime during its circulation, the cooling system can become dirty and clogged up which is when a radiator flush is needed. A radiator flush consists of cleaning out all of the old coolant and anti-freeze in the system. Next, radiator cleaning solutions are pumped through to remove contaminants and dirt build-up that may be clogging the system. Finally, a new and fresh coolant mixture is added back into the system.  If you notice that your engine's temperature gauge is hi ... read more

The Importance of Tire Rotation and Balancing

Tire rotations and balancing is often an overlooked pair of services. While they may seem miniscule, these services are relatively inexpensive and are actually extremely beneficial to the health of your tires. When you get your tires regularly rotated and balanced, you protect your tires from uneven tire wear and ensure that your tires last longer overall.  What is a tire rotation? A tire rotation is when your tires are moved from one position to another. For instance, a front tire is moved to the back and vise versa. This helps to ensure that the wear on all of the tires stays even over a period of time.  What is tire balancing? Tire balancing adjusts your tire mounting to ensure that all tires are equally balanced so that one side of your tires doesn't have more pressure than the other. It is another way to make sure that your tires wear evenly.  What most people don't realize is that these two simple and quick services can actually increase the life of your ... read more

Snow Storm Driving Tips

Driving during a winter storm is a situation that most of us may try to avoid. However, if you are already on your way and a winter storm hits and you have no choice but to drive through it, the following winter storm driving safety tips can come in handy.  If you have some flexibility when it comes to when you need to drive through winter storm prone areas, be sure to look up weather conditions through major passes or highways along the way. This will help you better understand the conditions you will hit and inform you to make a better decision if driving through a snowstorm can be avoided.  If you find yourself driving through a winter storm, here are some safety tips to follow:  Keep a close eye on the road and be weary of black ice which can be difficult to detect.  Always drive slowly and carefully and eliminate all distractions if possible.  When you do drive over ice or snow and feel that your vehicle has lost traction, the important thing is to no ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Honest Wrenches!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Honest Wrenches! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Honest Wrenches before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first ai ... read more

How Can I Improve My Car's Gas Mileage?

Gas prices are always on the rise, and we understand that it can be frustrating when you own a vehicle that isn’t that great when it comes to gas mileage. You may have considered buying a new car with better gas mileage, but luckily there are ways that you can improve your current vehicle’s gas mileage.  Here are some ways on how to improve your car’s gas mileage:  Stay on top of your vehicle’s regular maintenance and service - this will make sure that all of your vehicle’s components are working at their best and will give you the best fuel efficiency from your car   Drive smarter and smoother - try not to hit the gas or brakes hard while driving. Give yourself plenty of time to speed up and slow down. This will give you the best gas mileage.    Try to avoid driving during traffic, if possible - stop and go traffic burns up our fuel faster than anything else. Avoiding heavily trafficked areas will give you the best fuel effi ... read more

How to Know When Your Wheel Bearings Are Bad

Having sturdy wheels is important to your vehicle's overall drivability and safety on the road. One important part that you may not be familiar with on your wheels are the wheel bearings. The wheel bearings are a part that allows your wheels to spin quickly with little friction. The wheel bearing rides on a metal axle shaft and fits tightly inside the wheel hub, which is the metal component in the center of the wheel. The hub holds the lug bolts that you use to bolt the tire onto the wheel. The wheel bearing is pressed into the hub from the back. Now that you know what wheel bearings are - how do you know if they are bad? Like all car parts, wheel bearings wear down over time and can cause issues with your vehicle's tires and how they drive. Here are some symptoms that can indicate your wheel bearings are bad:  A grinding noise coming from the wheels or tires that gets worse when accelerating Loose steering or trouble controlling vehicle Tires feel wobbly Car vee ... read more

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Every vehicle will have a factory recommendation when it comes to proper tire pressure. When it comes to the tires on your car, keeping the right tire pressure at all times is vital. Low tire pressure can put you at risk for a tire blowout and can cause excessive tire damage and decrease overall fuel efficiency.  If you want to give your tire pressure a check yourself, purchase a tire pressure gauge if you don't own one already. They are typically inexpensive and can be purchased online or at any auto parts store. To start, be sure to look up the factory recommended tire pressure for your vehicle, which can be found in the owner's manual of your car.  When you check your tire pressure, try to do so in the evening and wait a little bit after you've driven. You don't want your tires to be too hot, because you won't get an accurate reading. Find the little hose that sticks out of your tire rim - this is where the gauge will connect.  Remove the cap of ... read more

What is that Leak Underneath my Vehicle?

We understand that seeing a strange leak underneath you car can be concerning. The cause can sometimes be serious, and sometimes be more minor in scale. The only way to really know is by having a mechanic inspect your vehicle and find the source of the issue.  Before you bring your vehicle into the shop, take a look at the leak and make a mental note of the color and consistency of the liquid you see. This will help our mechanics better understand where the problem could be coming from. Here are some common leak colors and what they can indicate:  Clear - If you see clear liquid, you're in the clear. this is just condensation from your A/C system.  Orange - Antifreeze or regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator Pink - Power steering fluid or transmission fluid Dark Brown - Old motor oil or brake fluid Blue - Windshield wiper fluid Red - Transmission or power steering fluid Yellow - Radiator coolant leak Green - Antifreeze leak Light Brown ... read more

Tips on Driving Safely

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed. Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t prepared fo ... read more

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