During this time of year we need heat, right? When our heat is not working correctly, it can be stressful in the cold. There are a few reasons why your heat is not working. These are a few common reasons why your heat may not be working: Low Coolant Level: Check the coolant reservoir and radiator to ensure they are filled to the recommended levels. Thermostat Issue: If the thermostat is either stuck open or closed, it can cause the engine from reaching the proper operating temperature, affecting the heating system. Airlock in the Cooling System: Air bubbles trapped in the cooling system can restrict the flow of coolant and affect the heating system. Bleeding the cooling system may be necessary to remove air pockets. Faulty Heater Core: The heater core is responsible for providing heat to the interior of the car. If this is clogged or leaking, you may experience heating problems. Signs of a faulty heater core can be a sweet smell inside the vehicle o ... read more
With the upcoming snowy season in Wisconsin, the unpredictable weather makes it important to keep our tires in tip top shape. As the snowfall approaches, we'd like to remind you to check the condition of your tires. Most tires come equipped with tread depth indicators, which may not be visible when the tires are new. These indicators, represented by bars running perpendicular to the tread, become apparent as the tread wears down. If you observe these indicators, it signals that your tread depths are too low and the tires should be replaced. Surprisingly, a simple method to check tread depth involves using a penny. Insert the penny into the tread with Lincoln's head facing down. If the top of his head is visible, it indicates low tread depth, indicating the need for new tires soon. Cracks in the sidewall present a safety concern and may also indicate the need for new tires. Any cuts or gouges in the sidewall can lead to air leaks or potential blowouts. If you have any ... read more
A squeaking sound coming from any vehicle can be quite alarming. The squeaking can be caused by several things such as the vehicle's belts, power steering, suspension, wheel bearings or even the brakes. Brake Issues: When brake components are nearing the end of their lifespan or are misaligned can produce a squeaking noise. When turning the brake pads or rotors be interacting differently with the wheels which may cause a squeaking noise. Tire Issues: Uneven wear, low tire pressure, or tires that are old can cause a squeak when the tires interact with the roads during turns. Suspension Components: Worn or out improperly lubricated suspension components like control arms, ball joints or bushing can create a squeaking sound when they move when the vehicle is turning. When the vehicle is turning the car's weight shifts and causes stress and friction on the suspension components.  ... read more
During the heart of summer it can be normal for our vehicles to have minimal water puddles underneath them. When we see a puddle our first thing is to think "oh no"! During the hot summer months and running our vehicle's air conditioning system, it is very normal to have a small puddle of water under the back area of the vehicle. The water that is leaking from the vehicle is condensation from the air conditioning system or sometimes the exhaust system. Give us a call at either three of our convenient locations and we will be happy to assist you if you feel your vehicle may be leaking something other than water.
Run flat tires are tires that you can continue driving on after a puncture to get to an auto repair shop or a level area to change the tire. However, you may not drive on them for a long period of time. The manufacturer of the tires will have specifications on how fast and long to drive on the tire. There are two types of run flats, self-supporting and support ring system. The self-supporting system tire has a reinforced sidewall that will continue to support the vehicle when air is lost. The support ring run flats employ a ring of hard rubber that can support the vehicle's weight when air is lost. With running run flats, it may be hard to tell when you are driving on an under inflated tire. However, most vehicles do have a tire pressure monitoring system that would inform you when the tires air pressure is lower than the manufactures specifications. Call us today for a quote on tires. Our auto repair shops can get most makes and models of tires.