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Yearly Archives: 2019

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

Signs Your Car Battery Is Dying

A dead battery can strike at the worst times, especially when you get into your car in the morning to head to work and your car won’t start. On average, the typical car battery lasts between 3-4 years, depending on your vehicle and driving habits. However, accidentally leaving an electrical component on for an extended period of time, like the lights or radio, can cause your battery to die prematurely.    A car battery can die due to a number of different reasons, whether from the battery itself or the charging and starting system. If you ever suspect an issue with your car battery, you can always take your battery into your local auto repair shop for testing to see how much life it has left.    Signs of a dying battery include:  Failing power locks and/or windows Car starts up slow or takes multiple tries Problems with the radio Dim interior lights Battery warning light is on As soon as you notice any of the issues above, you should have your vehic ... read more

Common Brake Issues to Watch Out For

Our brakes are an important safety feature of our vehicles, helping us slow down and stop efficiently on the road. This is why it is so important to be aware of what a brake problem can look like and what to look out for. If a brake problem does happen, we recommend having your vehicle inspected as soon as possible to protect your safety. Brake issues can show in a number of different ways, including strange noises or a change in performance.    Here are some signs that your brakes may be failing:   Pedal feels “spongy”  Vibrating when you press on the brakes Lack of performance Squealing or screeching noise while braking Pedal goes to the floor If you’re experiencing any of the issues listed above, bring your vehicle into our shop as soon as you can. We will perform a full vehicle inspection to determine what the issue may be. You may need new brake pads, a brake rotor resurfacing, and more.    Some of the most common brake problems ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer!   Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windsh ... read more

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