- 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]
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]
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]
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]
LISTEN UP – Your Car Has Something To Say
By: Samantha Hoover
Americans, as a society, are pretty attached to their vehicles. In fact, a study conducted by Nationwide Insurance in 2013 reports that one in four U.S. car owners have a special name for their car. You might even say that people like to think that their vehicle has its own personality and attitude.
I don’t think it would be much of a stretch to say that many car owners would love it if their car were even more like a person, if they could, let’s say, carry on a conversation with the drive. Like “Knight Rider’s” Kit, or “Transformers” Bumblebee or Optimus Prime, what if our cars could tell us what was going on around us or if there was trouble up ahead?