Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

March 17th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Car questions? Ask them!

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, o ...[more]
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Brake Problems: 5 Warning Signs

February 23rd, 2016

Brake inspections are an easy way to keep you safe on the road. Routine inspections of your tires and brakes give you peace of mind while commuting on our busy roads. A great time for these inspections is when you get your tires rotated, for most drivers this is every 6 months. Any Dekalb Tire location will rotate your tires and check your brakes at no charge. In between ...[more]

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Differential Service: Too Often Neglected by Drivers

February 11th, 2016
Differential Service – Why Is It Important? 
 
Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do? 
 
Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem. 
 
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Does Your Car Need Suspension Repair?

November 18th, 2015

The suspension system does much more than just provide you with a smooth ride. While ride comfort is a big part of its job it also helps keep all four wheels on the ground ensuring effective braking, and it keeps the vehicle from rolling over during cornering. The suspension plays an integral part in keeping your vehicle safe to drive, but only if it is in proper working order. Here are 4 signs it's time for suspension repair.

One Tire Seems Lower

If you notice that one corner of your car is sitting lower than the res ...[more]

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Top Signs of Transmission Trouble

August 11th, 2015

As the component of your vehicle that transmits power from the engine to the live axle, your transmission is essential to the operation of your car. Without it, your engine could not propel your car forward or backward. To detect transmission trouble when it first arises, keep an eye out for the following signs that your transmission could be losing its efficacy and require automotive repair service.

Fluid Leaks

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5 Signs Your A/C Needs Service

July 7th, 2015

The summer heat can be very difficult to manage in the Atlanta area, especially if your vehicle isn’t prepared for it. Nothing is more uncomfortable or inconvenient than a broken down air conditioner in the middle of the summer. Fortunately, you can use these tips to catch any problems and keep the cold air blowing all summer long. 

Air Conditioner Not Starting

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6 Vehicle Warning Smells You Can Recognize Infographic

May 1st, 2015

Remember that new car smell? Unfortunately, that smell eventually fades, but throughout the life of your vehicle there will be lots of different smells coming from your vehicle. Some of them are perfectly normal, but other odors are an indication that something is wrong. "Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car," says Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. The Council has identified 6 vehicle-warning signs your nose can recognize.

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National Car Care Month - Maintenance Procedures

April 14th, 2015

Properly maintaining your vehicle goes a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle. "Neglected vehicle care almost always means high costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," says Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. That's why they have designated April National Car Care Month. April is a great time to focus on your vehicle's maintenance needs to make sure your car is ready for summer travel! This month, take some time to check these basic maintenance procedures.

National Car Care Month

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Top 4 Most Neglected Auto Maintenance Procedures

April 11th, 2015

Many people don't know that neglecting car maintenance in order to save time and money will inevitably backfire. To prevent expensive repair bills down the line, remember to have the following basic car and tire maintenance services routinely performed at your local automotive repair facility.

Vehicle Battery Care

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