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Yearly Archives: 2020

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

Your vehicle's tires truly are essential to your safety on the road. A good set of tires will ensure that your car has proper traction with any service so that you can travel safely through any weather condition. While tires typically last anywhere from 60,000 to 75,000 miles, you may find yourself needing new tires quicker than expected if your tires have worn out prematurely.  What can cause tires to wear out prematurely? Out of alignment wheels Bad shocks or struts  Over or under-inflated tires Failing to have your tires regularly balanced and rotated Worn out suspension parts All of the above can cause your tires to wear down excessively and unevenly, which is why regular tire maintenance and vehicle inspections are important. Tires can be costly, and good vehicle maintenance will save you money on tires in the long run.  How do you know if your tires are too worn? Check out the image above - the tire on the left is in great condition, while the tire on th ... read more

Why is My Car A/C Blowing Hot Air?

 Why is My Car A/C Blowing Hot Air?

A properly working air conditioning system is necessary for keeping cool during the warm summer months. When you get into a hot car without A/C, you'll definitely be miserable. Now imagine getting into your vehicle on a hot day and blasting the A/C, only to find that it only blows hot air - not a pleasant experience!  So, why is your car A/C only blowing hot air? Let's look at some of the potential reasons why your air conditioning isn't blowing cold.  Low refrigerant levels -  this is the most common cause of warm A/C. If there is an insufficient amount of refrigerant is circulating through the system, then excess heat won't be properly extracted from the air. Typically, the only reason for low refrigerant levels is due to a leak.    Condenser issues - the condenser is the component that actually removes heat from the refrigerant coming from the compressor. This is what cools down the liquid before it turns into a gas and is put throug ... read more

July 4th Safety Tips

July 4th Safety Tips

Many of us Americans look forward to celebrating the 4th of July. It is the United State's recognized independence day and is a great time to get together with family and friends. Many of the cherished activities surrounding July 4th include BBQs, games, fun, and fireworks.  During the July 4th weekend, there is typically an increase in vehicles on the road and a larger amount of people out having a good time, which is why it is important to remember a couple of ways in which you can keep you and your family safe during the holiday weekend.  While celebrating July 4th this weekend, please keep in mind the following safety tips:  Be sure that your vehicle is in good condition if you're planning on traveling far. Here at Honest Wrenches, we can provide a vehicle inspection before your long trip to verify that your vehicle can handle the drive. If not, we help you take care of your vehicle's needs before you hit the road.    It is always ... 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

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