Brands

Every day we are faced with deciding which brand of products to use.  It can be a confusing decision.  How will we base our decision on which product to use?  Should we believe advertisements, television, radio, local sales person, family or friends?

When in the world of motor oil, the best way to decide what to use, is by not basing your decision solely on the brand.  Your vehicle has an oil designed to help it last longer.  The type and weight of the oil is the more important aspect of your decision.   Most brands have certain specifications they need to follow in order for the oil to be labeled a specific type and weight.  Do some oils have better ways of processing their products?  This is a question that there is much debate on and will continue to be debated.

Look in your owners manual or ask your local mechanic to look up the specific weight and type of oil recommended for your vehicle.  It is more important to put in the correct weight of oil (0W20, 5W30, 10W30, 5W20…) and the type of oil (conventional, synthetic blend, full synthetic) that is recommended for your vehicle.

New Business

20170714_171956_resizedWe are proud to announce the opening of another business venture.  We now have a certified technician in power sports to service all of your Motorcycles, UTV’s, ATV’s, Mowers and Watercraft.   We also do warranty work for Honda, Kawasaki, Briggs & Stratton motors.   With Sturgis just around the corner, call us for an appointment to get your motorcycle ready for the journey.

 

Tire Balancing Isn’t Exciting, but Very Important

What is wheel balancing? 

Balancing is the act of adding mass, or weight, in precise locations to make the wheels with tires spin without any noticeable variations that would cause poor vehicle performance.

Why is it Important?

The vehicles these days are lighter and have less forgiving suspensions.  Properly balanced tires help ensure good ride quality.

What Happens If they are not Balanced Properly?

The wheel/tire will create a vibration as it rolls down the road.  This over an extended period of time can cause driver discomfort, premature wear on the tires and possibly suspension problems.

How You Can Tell If The Tires Are Out of Balance?

If you feel a vibration through the steering wheel when driving down the road at highway speeds.

What to do as a Consumer?

Find a local tire service facility that has a two-plane wheel balancer and is certified in balancing tires.  As preventative maintenance, get the balance checked on your tires yearly.

 

 

Helpful or Misleading?

We are all plugged in to the internet and all it has to offer, but does it help or can it be misleading, miseducating people.

I love that everything is right at our fingertips, but there are times where I dislike it also.

In the auto repair world we use the internet a lot, to help us with our job, but to the consumer it can make auto repair seem so easy to do.  This is a misleading thought.  Technicians need to be proficient in technical skills as well as manual labor.  It is becoming more and more about electrical and diagnostics.

Many customers ask us to  pull the codes on their vehicle because they think that will tell them what is wrong with it.  This is not necessarily true.  The codes are a guide to the thousands of things that could be wrong.  There are many other tests needed to be preformed to properly diagnose the problem.

Be careful with the parts stores that will do free code reading, you may end out putting on many parts before the issue is resolved.  Find a trustworthy repair facility with educated, skilled technicians, it will save you money in the long run.

Common Courtesy in Business and Life

One thing we have always tried to succeed at is common courtesy towards others.  We we truly believe that you should treat others with respect and common courtesy because you don’t know what is happening in their lives and it is just nice to be nice.

I was traveling a week ago and I was waiting for a ride, when I noticed the two people in the picture.  They were having a cigarette and talking just outside the door, when I noticed the sign on the left side (No Smoking Near Entrance).  It got me thinking that every day we are all in such a hurry that we forget to look around us and notice the things that are near us.

It then made me think of the great people I met when my flight got delayed and then canceled.  The weather was bad and two flights of people were at our gate.  We all could have gotten mad and upset at the workers, but we didn’t.  Everyone, which was approximately 100 people, stood in line or waited in the seating area to get help in rescheduling.  We all talked to each other and got to know the other persons situation, but we also had enough time to get to know each other personally too.  There was a lady trying to get back home over seas, two ladies going to a vendor show as vendors, a young man trying to get home and some business people trying to get to meetings.  We even ended up laughing and enjoying ourselves during a less than enjoyable situation.  It made me realize that we are not all that different.  I missed my training the next day, but I am glad I got to spend some time meeting some great people.  I am also thankful for the crew that made sure we had food and drinks, but also rescheduled us as fast as they could with a smile.

I wake up now reminding myself that we all have our daily issues, but we shouldn’t let those issues interfere with us missing out on the things and people around us.

The Air We Breathe

Our lives are busy and we get so busy that we forget the simple things that can make our life better.  Did you know your vehicle has a cabin air filter?  Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know because most consumers don’t know.  The cabin air filter helps remove contaminants out of the air you breathe inside your vehicle.  After looking at the picture, which filter would you prefer in your vehicle?

We all get oil changes, but if no one asks you  about this filter, then you probably wouldn’t think about replacing it.  Next time you go in for your oil change, ask them to check the cabin air filter and change it if needed.  You will be amazed at how it can give your vehicle a breathe of fresh air.

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.