Welcome to Our Family

Dan and I would like to welcome you to our family with the start of this blog.  We are always striving to give our consumers important information and sometimes fun information.  We have our website and Facebook, but we are now adding the blog.  I am not an official blogger at all, but I will do my best to keep you informed and entertained.  We have been in business for 31 years now and have many interesting stories and tidbits to share with you like, Dan running up a down escalator.  I will share the whole story with you later.  At one point I was visiting with a customer and they said, “you and Dan must have so many interesting stories with people who you have met over the years”.  It was then that it dawned on me that we did and I had not written down any of them.  Time is going by so quickly and my hope is to get those stories with all the interesting people we have met written down.  I plan on sharing some of those with all of you.  If you have been a customer of ours and have a fun story to share, please e-mail it to me.  I also will try to share stories of things that you as a consumer need to know.  We hope you will join us on this journey by following our blog.

Helping Each Other is Important and Meaningful

Earlier this year I met two young ladies that were having tire issues.  They had traveled from Chicago to Washington state and were heading home when they stopped at our shop.  They had purchased new tires in Washington because they were having blow outs on the trip and where told that their tires were old.  By the time they reached us they had two more flats on their new tires.  We replaced the tire, fixed the other one and filled them with the amount of  air pressure on the white sticker in their door.  They asked what the sticker was for and we explained that it shows important information about their vehicle including what air pressure to put your tires at.  They were so happy that we shared that with them because no one had ever told them this before.  They asked if we could check the other two tires, so we inspected them and checked the air pressure.  We found that the air pressure in the other two tires were at 103 and 110.  This is dangerously too high for passenger tires.  We released the air needed to be at the recommended psi and gave them a tire gauge, so they can start checking their tires air pressure.  They were so thankful for the information and we had peace of mind that they were safe.  Ask questions even if you think it is a silly question, it could be life saving.

Our Oil Change, Tire Tech Retires

Bob Reinesch worked for us for six years.  He took care of everyone’s vehicle with great care.   We are thankful for all the years he worked for us.  He will be missed, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.

When Should I Replace My Tires?

According to many state laws tires are legally worn out when they reach 2/32nds” of a remaining tread depth.  We do not recommend for our area that you wait that long.  Safety is the number one reason to change them at 4/32nd’s”.

You can use a penny to check your tread depths.  If Lincoln’s head is covered you know you have more than 2/32nd’s”.  If his head shows you need to get new tires.  You could also stop by your local tire shop and they will gladly check your tread depths with a more accurate gauge.

Tread depth is only one aspect of knowing when your tires need replacing.  Weather checking, dry rot, uneven wear are other factors to consider when deciding on replacing your tires.

Don’t wait until your tires are legally worn out to purchase new tires.  With winter approaching it is even more  important to have your tires checked.  Stop in at your local tire dealer to get your tires checked before the snow starts to fall.

Help Us to Support Our Community

We appreciate everything Kimball has done for us and our business over the years.  Our goal is to help our community survive and thrive, but we can’t do it ourselves.

In May we started asking for $1 from our customers to be donated to the Kimball Area Foundation.  We started out slow, but many people have contributed.  We have decided to continue this donation drive throughout the summer.  The money will go to help our community with beautification, housing, non profits and more.  We hope that others will stop in and help our community.  Your small donation can become a part of a greater thing.

Thank you everyone who has already donated, your gift is greatly appreciated.

Do You Know What Your Fluids Are?!

Vehicles are always changing and will continue to change over the years.  With those changes, the types of fluids your vehicle uses changes also.  Your owners manual is a good tool to help you find what type of fluids your vehicle uses or you can ask the technician that works on your vehicle.

All fluids have certain colors that help you to know which fluid it is, but you can’t rely on just the color to get the right type of fluid.  Putting the wrong type of fluid in your vehicle can cause major issues for you in the future because the vehicles are made to run with specific fluids in them.

If you have fluid leaking, take it to your local service center to be inspected, so you can get the problem solved and the correct fluid put back in your vehicle.



Do You Need a Headlight Replaced?!

We sometimes get busy and don’t notice the little things wrong with our vehicle.  Take some time to check out your headlights for signs of needing replacement.  The four most common signs that your headlights are failing or becoming less effective are:  flickering light, color change, going on & off and the age of your vehicle.  Visibility is a critical part of driving, so it is important to have properly functioning headlights.

During this snowy season, don’t forget to wipe off your headlights and help boost your visibility.

Give Your Car Some Love, Saving Gas is Easy.

There are some little things you can do with your vehicle that will save you some gas and make your vehicle run better.  Doing engine performance maintenance will keep your vehicle running properly and improve your mileage by 4%.  Fixing a serious issue can improve your mileage by 40%.  Some smaller things, but just as significant are:  proper tire inflation (3.3% improvement), proper type of motor oil (1-2% improvement), new air filter and replacing a damaged, loose or missing gas cap.

(car care council )