The Importance of New Car Tires and Auto Repair

June 21st, 2016

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]

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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]

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Preventive Maintenance Questions and Answers

March 29th, 2016
auto repair puyallup waAt Sea Tac Tire and Auto Tech, we’re pretty big on the idea of preventive maintenance. Just like with your own health, it’s important to get out in front of problems before they can get away from you and end up costing a lot more money. Here are some preventive maintenance questions that we hear from time to time: 
 
Q: What are some typical preventive maintenance items? 
 
A: Services like oil changes, tire rotations, fluid inspections for the radiator, transmission, power steering, etc., battery maintenance, air filter and windshield wipers all fall under the heading of preventive maintenance. 
 
Q: How often do oil ch ...[more]
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How Do Anti-Lock Braking Systems Work?

March 10th, 2016
brake repair in Puyallup, WABrake service is a big part of the comprehensive auto repair that we offer at Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech, and from time to time we get questions about ABS systems and their role in braking: 
 
Q: What is ABS? 
 
A: Antilock braking systems (ABS), first introduced on the 1971 Chrysler Imperial, use speed sensors at each wheel that send information on the wheels’ rotational speeds back to a processor. If one wheel starts to slow down as if it may skid, the processor meters brake pressure accordingly through a system of pumps and valves to prevent any wheels from locking up. 
 
Q: Does A ...[more]
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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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Stay Safe This Summer with Brake Maintenance

July 21st, 2015

Tries & Auto Repair in Puyallup, WA

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]
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Happy Independence Day

July 4th, 2015

Tires & Auto Repair in Puyallup, WA

“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]

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Don't Break the Bank with Brake Repair

May 6th, 2015
Brake Repair in Puyallup WAYou might think that brake problems are pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people have no clue there’s something wrong with their brakes! In Puyallup, WA, at Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech, we get plenty of cars in our shop that have brake problems that have gone way too long and are now pretty expensive to fix. Here are some signs that you’re headed for brake failure: 
 
  • 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]
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Years or Mileage: What's The True Age of Your Car?

January 28th, 2015
auto repair Puyallup GoodyearHere are two interesting facts that have presented themselves in the last few years. 
 
One is that there are now more vehicles than drivers in the United States, a situation that would have been unimaginable 50 or 60 years ago. The other is that the average age of a vehicle on the road today is 11.4 years, meaning that build quality and engineering of cars has improved for a longer service life. 
That does pose a couple of problems, though. 
  • 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]
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