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Making the Most Out of Your Mileage

Making the Most Out of Your Mileage

With holidays, college football games, and school now in session, it seems like we are spending more and more time in our cars driving to and from obligations. With all that driving, comes a lot of gas, so we want to share with you our best tips to make the most of your gas mileage.   Tire Inflation         It’s a simple fix, but when it comes to an easy step to get the best gas mileage, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. When your tires are under inflated, heat and friction between the tires and the road increase, creating drag–which increases your fuel consumption. By properly inflating your tires, you can improve your gas mileage by at least 3.3 percent.        Alignment         When your alignment is off, it can cause your vehicle to dog-track (when your vehicle pulls to the side when you’re driving) which will cause you to have to fight the steering wheel to ... read more

How to Determine When to Change Your Engine Oil

How to Determine When to Change Your Engine Oil

As we talked about on Tuesday, knowing when to change your engine oil has become more complex as changes are constantly made to new vehicle models. While you may think that relying on your car to tell you when it’s time for an engine oil change is the way to go, your car’s sensors don’t have all of the senses and information that you do. When you check your oil, you can observe and take into account these things that your vehicle does not:   Is the oil filter still working or is it completely soiled?     Your car does not have a sensor that has the ability to check whether or not your oil is still being filtered. Once the filter is full, a bypass valve allows the oil to bypass the filter in order to keep engine oil flowing in the engine. If your filter is full, it might be a sign that it’s time to change.    Color, Smell & Viscosity     Unlike us, our cars don’t have the physical senses that we do, so t ... read more

How Do I Know to Replace My Car Battery?

How Do I Know to Replace My Car Battery?

  Often, car owners tend to forget about their battery until it’s four years into its life, and all of the sudden, it dies on them. We get it, there are so many things to remember maintenance-wise with your vehicle. But, even if you forget to keep track of the dates, paying attention to a few signs and doing a couple of easy tests can lower your chances of being stranded with a dead battery.       Some common symptoms to watch for when on the lookout for a dead battery are slow engine cranking and problems with starting the car (especially in cold weather), issues with the sound system, and dimming headlights. If you find yourself having to jump-start your car more often or experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to do a check-up on your battery.     An easy way to do this at home is to test your headlights. To do this, turn on the engine of your parked car and make sure the headlights are on. Rev the engine and watch your hea ... read more

When Do I Replace My Car Battery?

When Do I Replace My Car Battery?

  Your battery does a lot in the function of your car, especially as more and more features are added into our cars. The battery contains plates that interact with a mixture of chemicals that form an electrolytic solution, allowing electrons to flow between the plates. This reaction and the flow of electrons is essentially the electricity that powers your car. The battery provides the energy to start the engine, provides energy to the ignition system, powers electronics, and regulates voltage. With a dead battery or dying battery, it can’t provide power to start the car, the ignition, or your radio and GPS systems. So how do you know when it’s time to change it?       The rule of thumb is to change your battery about every four years under normal conditions. However, depending on where you live, your driving habits, the condition of your charging system, along with other factors, that lifespan may change.      For example, tr ... read more

Part 2 - Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?

Part 2 - Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?

  Last time, we discussed the types of warranties and the pitfalls of the extended warranty as a whole. Basically, warranty companies have a much higher chance of benefiting from your purchase of an extended warranty than you are because it’s not as likely that your warranty will cover something you actually need replaced in the time you have it. In the event that you are covered under warranty and the extended warranty company accepts fault, in many cases they will battle with the repair facility and tell them what quality of part they want to install on the car and then ask us to back it with our warranty and put it in writing for them. Depending on how far you are in your warranty will really determine what they decide on parts, but we often see  requests to install used parts. Naturally, a customer expects that they will be receiving a new replacement, just like they would with home insurance– if the roof goes bad, it’ll be replaced with a new roof&hell ... read more

When buying a new or used car, Should I purchase an extended warranty?

When buying a new or used car, Should I purchase an extended warranty?

We’re all familiar with questions about a car’s extended warranty, but is having an extended warranty even worth purchasing? We want to preface our answer by clarifying that not all extended warranty companies are terrible, but there are some companies that give their industry a certain reputation. However, it’s completely up to you to decide what you think and whether or not an extended warranty suits your needs, so we want to ensure you have all the information you need to make this decision. First, let's dive into some of the different types of extended warranties.   The basic extended warranty (sometimes called bronze) package will be an extremely basic warranty. It will only have coverage up to a certain amount of money per hour paid out, as well as it generally will only cover half of the bill up to a maximum amount. Usually, it covers internally lubricated parts of the engine and transmission.   The plus extended warranty (or silver) package wi ... read more

Fix It or Buy It?

Fix It or Buy It?

  Last week we asked, ‘is it worth fixing a car that needs a lot of work or should I get a different car?’ We’ve discovered that this question often results in a cycle among car owners–they believe their car needs too much work to put money into, go to trade in their car at a dealership, only to end up in the driver’s seat of the last owner’s problem.    What if we could create a plan for you to keep your car and help you prioritize the repairs and maintenance of your car based on your budget. Together, we can make a plan to get the vehicle back up to safe and reliable condition so you are maintaining your car again rather than being buried in repair bills.   Of course, there are situations when it just doesn't make sense to fix the car, and it's time to get a different car. If there is rust that is non-repairable to the vehicle or the integrity of the frame has been compromised, that's a sure sign that we probabl ... read more

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

With today's vehicles becoming more complex and sophisticated, falling behind on important maintenance in a vehicle can really cause some major problems with some unexpected repair bills.    When you bring a vehicle to Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair, we always follow our 300% rule. What is that rule you may ask? 100% of the cars that come into our service centers will get inspected 100% of the time. We will estimate those findings and present them to you 100% of the time.    We do this, not to sell you something, but to ensure you are always fully aware of the condition of your vehicle and the investment required to get it back up to safe and reliable condition. It's then up to you whether or not you want to do any of it at all.    So, now we have to figure out whether or not you should keep your vehicle or not once you get the inspection report. Some people might look at that inspection report and go ‘yup, I knew that was going to h ... read more

Do I Need To Service My Transmission Fluid?

Do I Need To Service My Transmission Fluid?

We hear this question quite often when we advise our clients on the needs of their vehicle. At Honest Wrenches, we strive to educate rather than sell to our clients, so that they can make the best informed decision to suit their needs and timeline of their vehicle. 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 fluid it is e ... read more

Back to School Tips for the Day to Day Driver

Back to School Tips for the Day to Day Driver

Back to School Tips for the Day to Day Driver   On Wednesday, we went over some tips for students whose car’s might sit unused for longer periods of time. Today, we’ve got tips for students who will be using your vehicle daily to get to and from school, sports, work, and other activities.    Service Get your vehicle serviced and make sure your fluids are in good condition. If you  are going to be driving it often, we really need to treat it like any other vehicle.  Making sure we maintain the performance of the vehicle and its fluids is just as important.   Tires You’ll also want to do a check in with your tires. What condition are they in? Are they cracking? Wearing unevenly? Older than 7 years? Properly inflated? These are all good things to look into, and answers we can provide. When you bring your car in for service here with us at Honest Wrenches, we can talk over these questions, and find so ... read more

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