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Stick To The Roads This Winter!

Stick To The Roads This Winter!

The rainy season is in full force in Seattle, sprinkling our highways and byways with buckets of rain; on and off throughout the week. The more rain we get, the more dangerous it is to be on the road, and the greater the threat of hydroplaning becomes. Your first line of defense against the rainy conditions is your vehicle’s tires. Did you know that your tires’ tread depth can make a big difference on a wet road?  Tread Depth refers to the gap difference between the jagged layers of your tire’s surface; this gap helps your tire grip the terrain it was designed for. Tires are available in many tread shapes, all specifically created for unique climates, surfaces, and road conditions. We recommend checking the tread depth of your tires to see if they are ready for the rainy conditions. You can do this with a tread depth gauge or by following the “penny and quarter trick” they show you in  ... read more

Top Questions We Get About Auto Repair

Top Questions We Get About Auto Repair

Image by Sophie Janotta from Pixabay An important part of making the right choice is knowing which questions you want to ask! The same goes for any service or product we are considering. You might be looking for a doctor, a gardener, or an internet service provider; in all cases, it is essential to bring the correct queries to the interview! Having the right questions ready for your auto repair center can help you feel prepared for your visit! Auto repair can be intimidating for a lot of people! Many don’t know what’s in their car and what to ask, and some people are afraid they might get taken advantage of if they sound like they don’t know their stuff. We have had many questions come through our doors over the years; these are some of the top questions we get about auto repair and some that you might want to consider asking! Do You Work On My Make & Model? – This might seem like an obvious question, but it is a great place to start ... read more

Why Is A Pre-Purchase Inspection So Important?

Why Is A Pre-Purchase Inspection So Important?

Photo by Anders Nord on Unsplash October is here, and the leaves are falling! Pretty soon, it will be the holiday season, and we’ll all be rushing around preparing for visiting family. This year has rolled by so fast compared to the previous one.  As we look towards the fall and winter months, many families will be looking for second-hand cars as Christmas gifts for students coming of age. Safety is always a huge concern, but so is the viability of the vehicle itself. The car industry and its communities have been dealt a bad hand in recent years. Some people go even further and think that car purchases are synonymous with scams! It’s up to us car fans to break this stereotype by doing our due diligence when selling and purchasing cars.  A licensed mechanic performs a PPI (Pre-purchase inspection) to determine issues that an untrained person may not be able to diagnose correctly. A professional mechanic can find the real reason behind problems in a car and pin ... read more

5 Ways To Prepare Your Young Driver For Emergencies

5 Ways To Prepare Your Young Driver For Emergencies

Young drivers (and any driver at any age) can sometimes allow careless mistakes and panic to cloud their judgement when dealing with a car emergency. In this article, we’d like to share our take on how to prepare your son and/or daughter for the emergencies and issues that will (inevitably) happen! Before we start however, we’d like to talk about emotions for a second: Stay calm. We can’t tell you how many emergencies (in any area of life) are magnified in importance because of the driver’s anxiety and panic. We must teach our children to master their anxieties by remaining calm in a crisis. After you have assured your young driver that calmness is the friend of problem solving, let’s get into the tips: Give your young driver an emergency car kit (and teach him how to use it) In case of car breakdown, the emergency kit is your kid’s best friend. Here’s what it should contain: Jumper cables Flares or reflective triangl ... read more

Give Me A Brake! It's National Brake Month

Give Me A Brake! It's National Brake Month

Brakes are one of the most vital and yet overlooked vehicle systems. And we have a good reason for that! Brakes lose stopping power gradually, and most of the time, when we find that out, it’s already too late. However, you can prevent this problem if you look for these warning signs: Unusual Noise: If you hear screeching, grinding, or clicking noises when you press on the brake, you need to get it inspected. Pulling to a Side: Your vehicle pulls to one side while braking. Low Pedal Pressure: this occurs when your brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging. Hard Pedal Pressure: this is the near-opposite of low-pedal pressure. Your brake can’t depress to touch the floor unless you apply a great deal of force. Grabbing: the brakes seem to ‘grab’ at the slightest touch to the pedal Vibration: If your brake pedal vibrates and pulses under normal braking conditions, you ... read more

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