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What's the Difference Between Wheel Alignment & Wheel Balancing?

What's the Difference Between Wheel Alignment & Wheel Balancing?

Most of the time, automotive terminology gets jumbled up for the average person. For instance, people sometimes confuse tire alignment and tire balance considering both services provide a smoother and seamless drive. While your auto repair technician may also examine the balance of your wheels during a wheel alignment service, the two services are completely different. Here's what you need to know about their differences and similarities.   Wheel Alignment A wheel alignment is a service that involves adjusting your vehicle wheels' angles to make sure they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to one another.   Wheel Balancing Wheel balancing, on the other hand, ensures that all your tires spin without creating vibrations. The vibrations can be caused by as much as an oz. of imbalance. A certified technician will use a balancing device to measure the amount of variation on the tires. Then they will use lead balancing weights to compensate for weight differ ... read more

Back-To-School Car Essentials

Back-To-School Car Essentials

Whether you're a mother, father, or student who will be driving yourself or others to school, you should know that the beginning of the back-to-school season is always chaotic. Operating a vehicle in the madness of it all can be stressful, so it is imperative to prepare yourself as much as possible for the traffic. From adjusting to a new schedule and withdrawing from our summer routines, car problems should be the least of your concerns. We've made a list of things to pack in your vehicle to (hopefully) make things a little easier throughout the semester:    Jumper Cables - These colorful cables are a necessity for all drivers of every age. Jumper cables will undoubtedly be beneficial if you find yourself with a dead battery at school or any other place away from home. Emergency Contact Numbers - It is vital to have designated phone numbers such as towing services, auto repair shops, etc., to call in case of an emergency, breakdown, or accident. You can save the n ... read more

Don't Wait to Schedule An Oil Change

Don't Wait to Schedule An Oil Change

Staying on top of your vehicle maintenance should always be a top priority for drivers in Des Moines. Even though life may get too busy, try not to miss an important service appointment. The majority of all vehicles need their oil changed around every 5,000 miles. However, it also depends on the type of oil. Clean oil is necessary to lubricate the engine to ensure you with a safe drive. If you don't recall the last time you were in the auto shop for an oil change, it may have you questioning what can happen if you skip one.   What Happens If I Skip An Oil Change? Engine Damage If you elongate the period between oil changes, the oil deficiency will cause the engine to shut down completely. A significant engine shut down may require a replacement, leading to thousands of dollars in service and repairs.   Knocking Engine If the motor oil hasn't been swapped out in a while, the oil may become thick and sludgy. Engine oil should be fluid and free of contaminants to ... read more

READ BEFORE YOU BUY: A Used Car

READ BEFORE YOU BUY: A Used Car

  When purchasing a used car, it is important to keep in mind that not every car is equal. Aside from the obvious, even the same make and model of a vehicle can have drastic differences in technology, reliability, and safety ratings between different years of production. Even some typically reliable makes and models have specific years that auto technicians would advise against because they have a history of expensive breakdowns.   So what can you do to protect yourself from accidentally buying an unreliable vehicle? Do prior research! There are many websites dedicated to educating potential buyers on specific cars. The year, model, and features of any particular vehicle can drastically affect the long-term price. Talk to reputable sources. You can hop online and find forums for the most significant cars. Yes - that can simply mean joining a Facebook or Reddit group. You can talk to many other used car owners, and they can offer advice and tips. Our cert ... read more

4 Bad Fuel Filter Symptoms to Watch Out For

4 Bad Fuel Filter Symptoms to Watch Out For

You might not give it much thought, but the fuel filter is a critically important component in your vehicle. It is continually working to keep certain pollutants away from your engine. If it fails to perform this function, then your car's performance will begin to suffer. This could equal hefty repair bills if you do not quickly take care of the situation. What is the Function of a Fuel Filter? You might wonder what a fuel filter does in the first place. If you haven't noticed lately, you encounter a lot of dirt as you are driving. The filter is your first line of defense against that dirt making its way into your engine. The fuel injectors in your car can easily become clogged if you are not careful. This is what a fuel filter works to avoid. It will ensure that there is no harmful buildup of pollutants to worry about. Four Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Filter Since it is not something that you typically look at every day, it is helpful to know what to look for that would indicat ... read more

What Are The Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt?

What Are The Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt?

You get into your vehicle after a long day, put the key into the ignition, and then nothing. Your vehicle didn't start! While there could be several different causes, an aging timing belt could be the issue. The timing belt lets the crankshaft and camshaft work together to allow your vehicle's engine valves and engine pistons to work in sync. If your timing belt has aged too much, it can even cause engine failure in your vehicle. Because a timing belt is such a critical component to your engine, you may be wondering how to tell if your timing belt is aging. Here are 5 warning signs of an aging timing belt: Engine Not Starting Unfortunately, one of the signs that you timing belt has aged is if your engine does not start. If your timing belt is in bad enough shape, it will not allow the engine to fire. Ticking Noise Another common sign of an aging timing belt is a ticking noise from underneath the hood. When the timing belt begins to fail, the engine system falls out of sy ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Brakes are essential parts of your car. They should always be in optimal working condition so that you are safe when on the road. Your brakes wear out with time or are damaged by poor driving habits. They need servicing as soon as you notice the following signs. Screeching Sound If you hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you apply brakes, it means that you are getting low on the brake pads and you need to replace them soon. There is a metal built into the braking system that warns you of thin pads. At times, after replacing the brake pads, there is loud screeching (usually not high-pitched). In that case, it means that the rotors have become glazed, a condition caused by excessive heating and burning from poor braking behavior. They need to be checked. Slow Response to Braking If you ever tried to stop but find that brakes take too long to respond or are not responsive as they should, it could be an indication of leakage in the braking syste ... read more

Are Regular Tire Rotations Important?

Are Regular Tire Rotations Important?

Rotating your tires is just something you do every once in a while, perhaps every other oil change. But did you know how important it really is? It's a huge benefit to keep the tires in good condition and your vehicle driving well. Tire rotation is taking the tires and switching them around to different wheels. For most vehicles, it should be done every 5,000 miles. It gives you an opportunity to take a look at the tires for damage, check the air pressure, and look at the tread depth. When you rotate your tires on a regular basis, you are ensuring that you can get the longest lifespan out of them possible. A tire on the front right is going to wear differently than a tire on the back left. When you rotate them around, you allow them to wear more evenly, and last longer. You want your tire tread to last because when you have good tread, and uniform wearing, you will be able to keep the traction on the tires and handle in a consistent manner on all four tires. That will give you t ... read more

5 Best Items For Vehicle Emergency Kit

5 Best Items For Vehicle Emergency Kit

A car emergency kit is essential regardless of where you live. Make sure you keep these five items stocked in your emergency car kit. What is an Emergency Car Kit? An emergency car kit are items you keep in your car in case you become stuck on the side of the road, you get a flat tire, are involved in an accident, or another type of emergency arises. What Five Items Should be Included in Your Emergency Car Kit? Your emergency car kit should include: First-aid kit Blankets Flashlights Reflective Triangles and gear Fire extinguisher First-aid kit - your first-aid kit should include the basic essentials to address minor injuries, such as band-aids, eyewash, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, gauze, adhesive tape, and similar items. Blankets - even if you live in an area where most of the days are sunny, being stuck on the side of the road at night is no picnic, and you shouldn't leave your car running until help arrives because y ... read more

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