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Straight Ahead (Wheel Alignment)

If every road was straight and smooth, we wouldn't have to worry much about wheel alignment. But they're not, so we do.  Hitting potholes or driving on rough pavement can knock your vehicle out of alignment and you'll notice it in one of several ways. Your steering wheel may not be centered when you're driving straight ahead, or your vehicle may pull to one side.  You may find your tires wearing on one side or they may squeal.  All are signs that could point to you needing an...

A Hot Mess (AC System-Compresser)

Air conditioning used to be a real luxury in a vehicle, but now it's standard in most.  Your vehicle's air conditioning system is built to last a pretty long time, but like anything mechanical, sometimes it fails.  It helps to know a little about how the A/C works. There's a compressor that pressurizes the refrigerant (you probably recognize the term Freon).  That makes it hotter, so it then goes through a condenser that cools it off.  Then another component takes out impurities...

Picking the Right Tires in --

  Shopping for tires can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes. First off, there are summer tires . Those who buy summer tires are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't...

Exhaust Service at Precision Tune Auto Care: Passing the Smell Test

  The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly . That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Precision Tune Auto Care. The exhaust manifold is the...

Visibility Disaster! (Windshield Washer Pump Replacement)

Let's say you live in a cold climate where the snowy, icy weather challenges you to clear the salt and debris tossed up on your windshield.  You push your windshield washer switch expecting a good stream of fluid so the blades can wipe the glass clean. Yet nothing comes out.  Nada, zip.  What's going on? You know you filled up the windshield washer reservoir within the last week or so.  Well, there could be a few things causing your windshield washing system to fail. ...

Staying In Charge (Alternator Repair)

Seems like these days, we're hearing about more and more electric or hybrid vehicles. Keep in mind that conventional gasoline internal combustion vehicles have important electrical components, too, and it's important to make sure they're operating at their peak. In a vehicle with a gasoline engine, the part that keeps the battery charged is the alternator.  It converts the mechanical energy created by the engine into electrical power.  To do that, a shaft in the alternator has a pulley...

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for -- Drivers

  Knowing how their engine works can help drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts . An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel and air. The...

Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Precision Tune Auto Care in --

With gas prices being what they are, many of us are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. Residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel. But there are things all drivers can do to save fuel : We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Precision Tune Auto Care. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up. Let's start...

Your Vehicle's Hissy Fit (AC System)

When you hear hissing sounds coming from your vehicle, you might start thinking the worst. One type of hissing coming from around your air conditioner may be a normal sound, or it could be a sign of serious trouble. First - the normal sound.  When you turn off your vehicle, the refrigerant goes from its high-pressure side to the low-pressure side. Some of those noises are normal.  But when it hisses all the time, that's another story. One cause could be that the refrigerant is leaking. ...

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in --

  There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files...

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