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July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th is a special day when it comes to celebrating our freedom here in the United States and gathering with loved ones for a good time. Many families will be coming together to BBQ, eat lavishly, and watch fireworks nearby. With the increase in vehicles on the road and the high amount of people out having a good time, it is important to remember a couple of ways in which we can stay safe during this holiday.  Here are some tips on how to remain safe while celebrating July 4th this year:  One important thing to remember is driving safety. With the increase of alcohol consumption on July 4th, be sure to have a safe ride to and from your destination. Never drink and drive, or allow an intoxicated person to drive you. Have a designated driver planned or get a ride from a rideshare app or taxi. If you can't find a way to drive without drinking, find a place nearby where you can safely walk to your destination.   July 4th is one of the most dangerous days in the Un ... read more

What are Some Reasons for Car Breakdowns in the Summer?

What are Some Reasons for Car Breakdowns in the Summer?

As the weather gets warmer, many of us will be using our cars to visit the beach, go on road trips, spend time with friends, and more. Our cars are being used much more - but are you remembering to take care of it, too? The heat combined with more driving can take a toll on our vehicles, so understand how to prepare our cars for summer and understand what are common causes of breakdowns can help you avoid car troubles over the next couple of months.  Because our cars are being driven more in the summer, there are many more reasons that our cars can breakdown on us during this time. Here are some common reasons why our cars tend to breakdown more frequently during the summer:  Check Engine Light - If your check engine light is on, it is important to have the issue inspected and diagnosed here at Honest Wrenches as soon as possible. Driving with the check engine light on can cause more harm than good, because it can make the problem worse and eventually more ... read more

How Long Do Fuel Filters Last?

How Long Do Fuel Filters Last?

Your vehicle's fuel filter has an important job - it ensures that the fuel going to your vehicle's engine is clean and also protects the fuel injectors. Since the fuel filter removes contaminants and debris from the fuel, it can become clogged over time. When the filter is clogged, the proper amount of fuel isn't able to enter the engine as required for smooth operation.  The fuel system is actually much more important than a lot of car owner's realize. Without a properly working fuel system, your vehicle simply won't run. It needs fuel to operate, and proper maintenance is required to keep this fuel system working at its best. The fuel filter is one of those components that should be inspected regularly and replaced when needed.  So, how often does a fuel filter last? When your fuel filter.needs to be replaced will depend upon the make and model of your vehicle, its age, and your own driving habits. A good rule of thumb is every 2 year or 30,000 miles ... read more

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

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