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Why Your Best Tires Should Be on Your Rear Wheels

Why Your Best Tires Should Be on Your Rear Wheels

Within the automotive repair industry,  there has always been a debate regarding the rotation of tires. It might seem trivial, but tire placement is actually very important.  Tires wear unevenly, and as they are rotated they can cause a car to perform differently and can directly affect your safety.  The most persuasive evidence we have found indicates that your best tires should always be on the rear wheels of the car. This may seem counter-intuitive. Doesn’t it make sense that you need traction to steer well? Doesn’t a front wheel drive car need more traction in the front to move? The answer is obviously yes, but there is a problem that arises when the brakes are applied. If the rear tires have less tread than the front, they can break loose under heavy braking and cause the car to swing out of control. This effect is amplified when water, snow or ice is present and can create a dangerous situation in a flash. With even moderate braking, the rear tires wil ... read more

What Does A MAF Do?

What Does A MAF Do?

Adriver brought in an older Corolla that had lost power and was running roughly. After some testing, we informed her that the MAF sensor had failed and that she would need a new one. She looked at us like we were speaking Martian, and we realized that we were guilty of using technical talk with a non-mechanical person, a sin in our trade. But it brought up a good point. Few people understand the purpose of this basic sensor. Few people understand the purpose of this basic sensor Measuring Air Entering Your Engine The MAF is actually a Mass Air Flow sensor. It measures the mass of the air that is entering the engine so that the correct amount of fuel will be injected into the air stream. When it is working properly it helps achieve the best balance between air and fuel and this gives you the best gas mileage and a smooth running engine regardless of the air temperature outside. When it is not working properly, the engine can have too much fuel (rich) or too little (lean), both of whi ... read more

The Best Battery Is The Best Choice

The Best Battery Is The Best Choice

As the readers of this blog know, we are snobs when it comes to the parts that we install into a car. The difference in price between a high-quality part and it’s cheaper alternative is only a few dollars in most cases, and the savings are soon forgotten when the car won’t run properly. High quality equals high reliability in our world. Which brings us to batteries. We choose the top of the line Interstate brand battery for many reasons, but ultimately it comes down to reliability. Avoid Cheap Batteries A dead battery is the most avoidable hassle in the driving world, with the possible exception of running out of gasoline. A properly functioning battery will last for years. But there are other reasons that we choose this brand. Cheap batteries often leak acid which can cause corrosion at the terminals and then your car may not start. The corrosion, untreated, will spread onto the metal parts and damage the brackets. But most seriously, it sometimes gets into electrical co ... read more

What Are Ignition Coils And Why Do They Fail?

What Are Ignition Coils And Why Do They Fail?

Your driving along when your car begins to run roughly and your check engine light pops on. You head straight for your trusty mechanic who does some diagnostic testing. Your car has a bad ignition coil. What does that even mean? Your car runs off of the battery, a 12-volt powerhouse that serves as an energy well. The power from the battery is used for many things, but in this case, we are using its electricity to create a spark for the spark plugs. Coils Increase Voltage The coils increase the voltage from the battery by magnitudes, which allows a tiny spark to leap across the gap of a spark plug. The spark is tiny, but it is a miniature lightning bolt. It is hot and the sparks are generated hundreds or thousands of times per minute. All of that power comes directly through the coils. Given the hot, heavy workload, is it any wonder that they eventually fail? Is there anything that you can do to help the coils last longer? Changing Spark Plugs Can Increase Coil Life The repair is n ... read more

Protecting the Environment

Protecting the Environment

The Pacific Northwest is an amazing place to live, with gorgeous scenery and bountiful wildlife. Here in Washington State, the crown jewel is Puget Sound, an inland saltwater paradise that is the home to seabirds, salmon, whales and more. As corporate neighbors to the Sound, how do we protect the environment while still handling oils and harsh cleaning products? Closed Drain System Many years ago we installed a closed drainage system that prevents oily waste from leaving our premises. All floor drains were sealed and the concrete floor reshaped to keep all fluids inside our building. Oil never touches the earth. The fluids that escape immediate capture and end up on the floor, like oil from a badly dripping engine, are then washed from the floor where they are then run into our waste treatment system and finally captured in a recycling tank. Nothing goes down the drain. Nothing goes down the drain. Licensed & Safe Waste Disposal Our recycling is then sent to a state-approved an ... read more

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