Cars are incredibly important to everybody's lives. Americans, on average, drive their vehicles over 10,000 miles every year. Unfortunately, despite their significance in our personal freedom and autonomy, most of us neglect our vehicle's tires and auto repairs. Vehicle neglect costs the economy more than $2 billion annually. In nearly one-fifth of inspected vehicles, at least one belt was reported as "unsatisfactory." Not only that, but 17% of the vehicles required at least one hose to be completely replaced. By periodically checking the belts and hoses of your vehicles, car breakdowns can be reduced dramatically.
One of the most commonly overlooked maintenance areas for vehicles is tires. Many overlook the importance of new car tires. It's recommended that tire alignment be checked every 6,000 miles or so -- it can also be done when you go to get your oil changed. Not only that, but a tire rotation should be conducted about every 7,500 miles. So ...[more]
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]
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]
If you commute to work in Puyallup, WA during rush hour, think about what you’re expecting from your brakes; every day, they bring a few thousand pounds of metal, rubber, plastic and glass (and fast-food wrappers) to a stop…a hundred times or more. Obviously, your safety is literally riding on your brakes, and like so many other things it’s too easy to take them for granted until there’s a problem. We do a lot of brake repair at Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech in Puyallup, WA, and we’d like to go over a few brake repair items to keep in mind this summer:
- The friction material on your brake pads is the first thing that wears out in the brake system. The pads include a little metal t ...[more]
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand” – Harry S Truman
With July 4 right around the corner, we’d like to reflect on President Truman’s words briefly. None of us should ever forget that we stand on the shoulders of giants; that the greatness of our country was built on the sacrifices of generations who died to preserve our way of life and the freedoms that, too often, we take for granted. That’s along with the hard work of millions of people here at home who have sweated and struggled to build a country that we can all be proud of.
When we put our minds to it, Americans can ...[more]
- Screeching, grinding noises -- Keep your ears attuned to any metallic grinding, squealing or screeching noises from your wheels. Noises like that mean that your brakes are worn down to their steel backing plate, which is now dragging against the brake ro ...[more]
- Lots of households keep a second car or light truck around, even though it doesn’t get driven much. Those low miles of service, though, don’t mean that there aren’t maintenance and auto repair needs ...[more]