Keeping Your Vehicle In Top Shape

Car maintenance is being forgotten in our busy lives.  Why do we spend all our hard earned money and not take care of what we buy?!  Some may not know when to do regular maintenance on their vehicles.

Oil changes should be done according to your vehicle owners guide recommendations.  Make sure that the oil used is the correct oil for your vehicle.  The correct weight and type of oil (conventional, blend, synthetic) is a very important part of helping your engine live longer.

Every 3,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, oil, engine air filter, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, tire condition and washer fluid level.

Every 6,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, chassis lubrication, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, tire condition, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades.

Every 9,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, tire condition and windshield washer fluid.

Every 12,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, brakes, cabin air filter, chassis lubrication, coolant, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, steering, suspension, tire inflation, tire condition, wheel alignment, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades.

All vehicles over 100,000 miles should have flushes done including coolant, transmission, power steering and brake fluid.  Fluids break down over time and your vehicle deserves some fresh fluids.

Not all vehicles are the same so check your owners manual or your local mechanic for specific guidelines for your vehicle.  Putting a little money into your vehicle now, may save you from putting a lot of money into it later.

Bad Weather; Who To Trust, Apps or Your Gut

Winter is upon us and we try to utilize everything around us to be warm and safe.  There are times when we think we are being proactive, but turns out otherwise.  With technology so readily available we turn to it first, but what if the technology steers us wrong?

Remember that our senses can give us just as much information.  If it snowing and blowing, that is when your gut should be telling you to pull over.  This winter season utilize the technology, but trust your gut and be safe, rather than sorry.

Time Has Flown By

Friday, February 2nd is Duane Overweg’s 80th birthday.  Duane was an essential part of Overweg Repair, LLC for many years.  In May of 1985 Duane and Dan started Overweg Repair & Radiator out of a three stall garage just outside of Duane’s home.  They worked side by side until Duane retired in January of 2009.  Duane still comes in just about every day for coffee, to read the newspaper and visit with everyone.  We enjoy his company and stories.  We appreciate everything he has done and is still doing for us.  He has been a great supporter of our company.  Join us on Friday morning (Feb. 2), 8 am – 10 am for coffee and donuts as we celebrate with Duane.

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.