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Precision Tune Auto Care wants to help you stay informed on everything automotive, from the latest safety tests to exciting new vehicle reviews. Whether you want tips on keeping your vehicle in top shape or a sneak peek into Jay Leno’s amazing car collection, you can find everything you’re looking for in our resources overview.

Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Precision Tune Auto Care

A lot of us -- drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We're picky about color and body style. We'll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for -- motorists to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels. Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom wheels can add personality, style or sass to a vehicle. Many of these customizations involve getting a bigger wheel. Fifteen or 16-inch wheels used to be the factory standard, but today,...

The Right Oil for the Season (Engine Oil Viscosity)

As the temperatures plunge, certain types of engine oil may not flow as easily as they did when it was warmer.  Makes sense, doesn't it? Just like molasses gets thicker as the temperature goes down, engine oil does the same thing. So, maybe you're wondering if you have to change your oil as the seasons change so it's just the right thickness to lubricate your engine parts.  How well engine oil flows is called its viscosity. There are different types of oil—some that have just...

Keeping Your Car Young

As consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.  We couldn't...

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment. Driving for an extended time when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which...

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Precision Tune Auto Care we've had a lot of customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years . The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of folks are putting off buying a new car. ...

A Not-So-Straight Story (Vehicle Pulls to One Side)

A vehicle should travel straight down a straight road with the steering wheel centered.  But time and travel can take their toll and soon you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or right.  Those are not good signs and should be taken care of fairly quickly. One thing that you should note is when this is happening: if it is all the time, only when you brake, only when you accelerate. If you describe these symptoms to the service adviser or technician, it may help them pinpoint...

A "Mounting" Problem (Motor Mounts)

You know how heavy your engine and transmission are, so you can imagine how tough the parts that hold them onto your vehicle's sub-frame must be.  Not only must they support the weight, they also have to isolate vibrations and noise from the passenger cabin.  Pretty tall order, wouldn't you say? The parts that face that task daily are called the motor mounts, or engine mounts.  They are usually made of rubber with steel brackets.  Others contain a liquid for vibration and...

Automotive Tips: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving. They eventually wear down. When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when drivers should replace their brake pads at Precision Tune Auto Care. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing...

Tracking True: Wheel Alignment

The biggest issue for drivers is always safety.  When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an  accident . When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Precision Tune Auto Care. When undergoing an alignment service at Precision Tune Auto Care, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted...

Keep Your Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

This is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean. That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends...

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