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Do You Hear That? 3 Common Sounds Your Car Makes and What To Do About Them

October 24th, 2016

A moving car makes many noises, most of which are reassuring; the engine rumbling, the tires humming, the turn signal clicking. However, every car owner has heard a weird sound coming from their car at least once while driving. These sounds vary; they could be nothing to worry about or hint to you that you may need a visit to a friendly auto mechanic to service your vehicle.

Here we have compiled a list of three common sounds you may hear in your car, and what to do about them.

Sound #1

  • The sound? A constant thump-thump-thump.
  • Where is it coming from? Your tires. Could be just one, or all four.
  • When you hear it? When you first start your car, when you are stopping, and when you are going low speeds.
  • What is it? Chance ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires, Auto Repair

3 Warning Signs You Are in Need of Auto Repair

October 12th, 2016

Buying a new car is one hefty investment, so it is important to regularly service your vehicle with the right auto repairs to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. If you own a car and don't know how to recognize the signs that you need to take it into a tire and auto repair company, here are a few clues to look out for.

1. Screeching and squealing sounds

One foolproof way to tell that your car is in need of repair is unusual sounds. Simply put, your car should never make any screeching or squealing noises because this means something is seriously wrong under the hood. A screeching sound can be a warning sign that your brake pad has worn too thin, and a squealing sound when your car first starts up can be an indicator that one of your engine belts needs replacing. As a rule of thumb, brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, so keep in mind the last time you had them replaced when you are hearing these sounds.

2. Your car is ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair

5 Things Your Auto Mechanic Wants You to Know

September 21st, 2016

Your friendly auto mechanic has been able to save the day from catastrophe more times than you can count. However, these auto technicians want to ask you something in return -- listen to their wisdom. Here are five things they'd like their customers to know.

Timely diagnotic services for timely repairs at Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech1. Give Them As Many Details As Possible


While your mechanic is happy to provide you with any auto repair services you may require, simply saying "my car died" is not helpful. It is important to give them as many details as possible when explaining what happened to your car, including what speed you were driving when it broke down, if there were any unusual sounds or vibrations, if you noti ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair

Basic Car Maintenance: 101

August 10th, 2016

The ins and outs of car maintenance can get pretty confusing, so here's a quick guide to everything you need to know about basic car maintenance!

Headlights


To make sure you can see properly during a rain storm, through a snowstorm, in fog, or during the night, it's crucial to invest in quality headlights. Here are some tips that to help you service your vehicle's headlights.


Check your lenses. If they are foggy or yellow, clean them right away! Unclear lenses will hinder your visibility when the headlights are in use.

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  Posted in: Auto Repair

Test Your Car Maintenance Knowledge With Our Car Care Quiz!

July 18th, 2016

Owning a car can be confusing, and with the amount of car owners on the road, it is no secret that there are a lot of car maintenance myths floating around. Test your knowledge of car care with our car maintenance quiz.

 


Q: How long can brakes last?

A: It depends on the make and model of your car, but brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles. This is also determined with your driving habits in mind, as those who stop-and-go drive more frequently will have to change their brakes more than those who drive mostly on the highway without traffic.

Q: Is changing the oil and filter necessary?

A: Yes. Changing these features will help the engine last longer. Changing the oil regularly -- experts recommend doing so once every 3,000 miles -- will help your engine run smoother and will decrease the chances you ...[more]
  Posted in: Company News, Tires, Auto Repair

Basic Car Maintenance Mistakes And How to Prevent Them

June 10th, 2016

In order to stay in the same condition you bought it in, a car needs to have proper preventative maintenance. But for those who aren't that car savvy, auto repairs can be confusing. Neglecting vehicles costs the economy over $2 billion every year and these are costs that can be quite expensive. So luckily for you, we've outlined some basic car maintenance mistakes and how to service your vehicle when needed.

Skipping oil changes

Each vehicle requires proper engine lubrication in order to function properly. Old and dirty oil sits in the engine and breaks down into a sludge-like material that can deposit all over your engine. And when the engine isn't clean, it will not work properly and can seize up and die. Getting regular oil changes will help ensure a long engine life and will help your vehicle ride smoothily.

Ignoring the check engine light

We have all been there, where we see a mysterious light pop up on our dashboar ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair

End of Summer Auto Repair Checklist

September 9th, 2015

Auto Repair in Puyallup, WA

Well…it’s the end of summer, the kids will be headed back to school soon, the days will start getting shorter and it’ll be time to start thinking about cold weather before you know it. At Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech in Puyallup, WA, we’d like to go over some tips for your vehicle that can make the transition out of summer go a little easier, and maybe even help you avoid expensive auto repair:

  • Check your wipers – in the Puyallup, WA rainy season and colder months, proper visibility is essential. Even the best wipers can degrade considerably over the course of one year, from cracking, chunking and dry rot, and stiff or beat-up wipers can’t do a good job of clearing ...[more]
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Tips for Summer Auto Repair

August 3rd, 2015
auto repair in Puyallup, WASummer’s on its way, and it’s time to think about maintenance and auto repair in Puyallup, WA. Let’s quickly run down a few tips that can get your car up to speed for summer: 
  • Cooling System Maintenance - Antifreeze isn’t just for cold months -- it’s also a coolant that helps disperse the excessive heat that your engine generates. Over time, antifreeze/coolant breaks down and loses its effectiveness, as well as picking up corrosion and contaminants that can clog the radiator, water pump, heater core and internal cooling jackets. At Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech, we’re experienced with this kind of auto repair in Puyallup, WA; we can do a cooling system flush to get rid of corrosion, we’ll test the thermostat a ...[more]
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Why are Oil Changes so Important?

April 2nd, 2015
Oil Change in Puyallup, WAWhen shopping for oil changes in Puyallup, WA, your main concern is getting quality auto repair and service at a reasonable price. Right? Luckily, Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech is eager to help customers of all makes, models and budgets.Getting regular oil changes is one of the smartest and least expensive maintenance services you can have done on your car. 
 
When dirty oil is drained from your engine and replaced, it does more than just take dirt and contaminants with it. It also prevents sludge and carbon from building up on bearings, the oil pump’s pickup screen and other crucial parts. If sludge accumulates on those assemblies, it can accelerate wear and shorten your engine life. 
 
For co ...[more]
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Shocks and Struts

March 9th, 2015
Often Forgotten: Shocks and Struts
By Amanda Bowman
 
Have you ever been driving down a particularly bumpy road with so many jumps and potholes that you wondered how you’re not flying off the street, doing some crazy acrobatic flips? You’re a regular motorist, after all, not a daredevil!
 
Do you know what pieces of equipment you have to thank for not turning into Evel Knievel every time you hit a rough patch in the road? Those would be your shocks and struts.
 
But what do shock and struts do, exactly?
 
“Shocks and struts dampen the normal harshness of general road conditions when you’re driving,” said Mitch Schneider, owner of Schneider Auto Repair in Simi Valley, California. “They absorb the shock of either hitting a pothole or bu ...[more]
  Posted in: Company News
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