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How to Stay Safe in Winter Road Emergencies

How to Stay Safe in Winter Road Emergencies

Even with our winter weather being slightly strange these past few years, snow and ice can still pose a threat to your safety on the road when you least expect it. If you find yourself in a sticky or snowy situation, here are some tips that will help you out.   Pack a winter safety kit     We recommend always having a safety kit in your car year-round including essentials like first aid, a flashlight, food, water, and traffic reflectors, at the very least. However, as seasons change, the risks of the road change too, and so do the items you should keep in your car in case of an emergency. For the winter, you may want to add your trusty ice scraper, extra antifreeze, a snow shovel and/or a bag of sand, a spare car charger for your phone, and extra warm clothes like extra socks, jackets, hats, or gloves. You might never need to use the extra items in your safety kit, but you never know when you might need them.  Remember what to do in a winter road emerge ... read more

Is the Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

Is the Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

A vehicle's braking system involves many parts. One of the most critical is the brake fluid which distributes pressure in the system. With continued usage, brake fluid can become contaminated or deteriorate, affecting brake performance. Many motor owners want to know if the condition of the brake fluid is vital to brake performance. Read on to find the answer. Importance of Brake Fluid It is not an understatement to say without brake fluid, you will be unable to stop your vehicle. The hydraulic brake fluid facilitates the transfer of braking pressure from the brake pedals to the rotors, calipers, and brake pads. The brake fluid also lubricates the moving parts of the braking system and removes moisture in the braking system, which also causes corrosion. Braking system parts undergo less wear and tear and function optimally due to the brake fluid. The brake fluid is hence essential to brake performance. Brake Fluid Contamination With continuous usage, the braking system absor ... read more

Are You Prepared for a Winter Road Emergency?

Are You Prepared for a Winter Road Emergency?

Our winters have been odd in the past few years, which has meant a rollercoaster of ice and snow and random bouts of warmer, thawing weather. That much back and forth leaves an opportunity for black ice and other dangerous weather conditions. Whether you get stranded in a blizzard or spin out on hidden ice, it’s important to know how to prepare for, stay safe in, and act in the event of a winter road emergency. This week, we’ll go over how best to stay prepared for the winter conditions ahead.    Get a winter tune-up     As the seasons change and the year goes by, it’s important to get regular tune-ups on your vehicle. When you’re getting your car checked for the winter, you’ll want to make sure that you check on your battery, brakes, heating and cooling systems, components like belts, hoses, spark plugs, and other wires and cables, and all your fluids; oil, antifreeze, wiper fluid, etc. Check that everything is in working order ... read more

The Importance of Tire Tread Depth

The Importance of Tire Tread Depth

At Honest Wrenches, we offer an extensive range of tire services and tire options. Every set of tires is unique from one another. Besides, size, weight, brand, and price, of course, tire treads are an important aspect of tires. Tire treads are designed to keep you safer on the road. The Importance of Tire Tread Your car tires have tire treads that determine how your vehicle touches and grips the road. The tire tread spans the entire surface of the tire until it reaches the sidewall. Depending on your vehicle's needs and the conditions it operates in, your tire tread depth and patterns may look different from the intended performance. Treads can help your vehicle corner tighter, accelerate at higher speeds, and brake reliably. In other words, having proper tire tread is key to safer driving. Below are the reasons why tire treads are so important: Allows for proper traction Smoother driving (acceleration, braking, turning) Improves fuel economy Tire treads w ... read more

Road Tripping for the Holidays?

Road Tripping for the Holidays?

The holiday season is practically here! If you’re getting ready to visit home, visit loved ones, or simply find your way to a delicious seasonal feast, here’s how to make sure your vehicle is ready to get you to your destination.   Start System       Have your battery/starting/charging system checked. Your battery provides electrical power to start the engine, stabilizes voltage for the charging system, and supplies additional current to the charging system. It’s always good to catch a weak battery before you get on the highway, rather than having it fail while you’re on your trip.   Emergency Kit       If our tips missed something in your vehicle, or something unforeseen happens and you find yourself in a sticky situation, having a kit with all the necessities will hold you over until help arrives. In this kit, you’ll at least want to pack some blankets, drinking water, snacks, first aid, and refl ... read more

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Preparing Your Car for Winter

    It’s that time of year again. The leaves have fallen, the air’s getting chillier, and we’re all ready to get into the holiday spirit! We are excited to gather around the table with family and friends–some that we haven't seen for quite some time. For some, we’ll soon be hitting the road with hopes to see some family. All this sounds great, and it sure seems like you are ready, but is your car? With any road trip, it is extremely important to get your vehicle into your team here at Honest Wrenches to ensure that it is ready for the trip you are getting ready to take. Here’s how we can help you prepare for your holiday travels.   Tires   The only thing between you and the road is your tires. It’s crucial to ensure that your tread is wearing evenly, there’s plenty of the tread remaining, that no road hazards have damaged your tires, and they are filled to the proper pressure. And don’t forget the spare ... read more

Salt, Brine, Sand: How To Manage Winter Road Treatment

Salt, Brine, Sand: How To Manage Winter Road Treatment

The way our roads are treated in Iowa in the winter certainly helps keep the roads safe, but it can sure cause damage to our vehicles. Components such as our car’s suspension, underbody, and the overall body of the vehicle are vulnerable to sediment and debris on our roads. During the winter months, it is extremely important to keep your vehicle washed at least once per week, possibly even more if the roads you drive on are consistently treated with brine. When brine or salt mix with melted ice and snow and get left on your vehicle for a period of time, they become corrosive and that is when the rust really starts to take action.    Why wash your car when it’s going to get dirty again? It’s an understandable question for sure, it might seem pointless. But, the more we can keep our vehicles clean, the better we’re able to protect from rust. When you choose a carwash, make sure that you select one that does an underbody spray. That is extremely crucial ... read more

How often do you need to change my battery

 How often do you need to change my battery

  How often do you need to change my battery?   It’s a great question that we get asked quite often here in the shop. A lot of conditions really determine how long a car battery will last such as driving habits, distance driven, the environment that the battery is in and yes, the quality of the battery. The extreme temperature changes that we experience here in the Midwest certainly wreak havoc on our battery life expectancy. If you don’t do a lot of driving or the driving that you do consists of short trips, the battery really doesn't get an opportunity to get fully charged by the alternator. That will also decrease the life expectancy.    Generally, the life of a battery is anywhere from 3 - 5 years depending on the quality of the battery you purchase. Yes, it’s true with batteries as it is for many other things: you get what you pay for. More important than haggling over battery prices is what the actual difference is between types of ... read more

What Is a Tune-Up?

What Is a Tune-Up?

A tune-up is a way to keep your vehicle performing at its optimal level. By having regular tune-ups, you can even enhance the automobile's lifespan. But, much of the reason tune-ups were a necessity in the past was because of the number of components that required manual adjustments over time. Is it the same today? Let's take a moment to discuss. What's a Tune-Up? A tune-up is a two-part process. One aspect of it consists of an inspection, which includes a visual examination of the engine's fuel system. The mechanic will look at the fuel filter, fuel pump, and fuel injectors. The automotive technician will assess the condition of the spark plugs, PCV valve, and coolant levels, to name a few examples. The second part of the tune-up is the actual tune-up, where the mechanic performs various tasks to elevate the vehicle's performance. It may include replacing spark plugs, PCV valves, and filters. Is a Tune-Up Necessary? Although needing a tune-up isn't like it ... read more

What to Know About Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

What to Know About Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

  At Honest Wrenches, we strive to educate rather than just sell to our clients, so that we can make the best-informed decision to suit their needs and timeline of their vehicle. We find that transmission fluid service is a subject that our customers have questions on. So, do you need to service your transmission fluid? The short answer is yes.   The myth that if you service your transmission fluid, your transmission will go out, is absolutely false. The job of transmission fluid is to clean, cool, and lubricate the internal components of your transmission. This means that over time, the transmission fluid will lose its lubricity, as well as the ability to clean and cool the transmission so you’ll need to service it so that your system will work properly. This is especially true during the summer months when it’s so hot out, as your transmission fluid will further degrade at high temperatures.   When servicing, flushing, or changing your transmission flu ... read more

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