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OIL CHANGES; WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Purchase a new vehicle lately? The times are changing once again. Oil changes are becoming a less frequent task with newer cars. Did your dealer suggest every 10,000 miles or just once a year? Think again. Although your car could possibly last that long without an oil change, why take the chance? For these newer cars with such infrequent oil change recommendations, we still suggest getting your oil changed every 5,000-7,500 miles. Why? Think of oil in your vehicle like your body and water. Our bodies are 60% water. There's always H2O streaming through us. Yes, we can go a few days without it, but it is still important to replenish ourselves and stay hydrated since we lose that water in different ways. However, the longer we go without water, the more our body starts to shut down and not cooperate. The same goes with our vehicles. Oil is constantly pumping throughout the vehicle and its engine. Our job, as the user, is to maintain the oil so that it's always clean and at the level it ne ... read more

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WHY EMISSION TESTING?

Here in Wisconsin there are 7 counties that are required to have their vehicles ran thru emissions including  Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha. This test is a way the state is able to monitor that the vehicle is running up to their standards and not putting pollutants into the air. The Wisconsin Vehicle Inspection Program also identifies vehicles that have tampered emissions control equipment. The owners of those vehicles are required to have tampered items replaced, repaired, or returned to properly working. When Does My Vehicle Need Testing? A vehicle will need to be tested every 2 years by a certified testing site. Vehicles manufactured in an odd year will get tested in years that are even and vice versa. For example, a vehicle manufactured in 1999 would be tested in 2018, 2020, 2022, etc. On the other hand, a vehicle manufactured in 2002 would be tested in 2019, 2021, 2023, etc. The test needs to be performed before the motorist is able t ... read more

TIRE ROTATE & BALANCING

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ROTATE AND BALANCE YOUR CAR'S TIRES? Rotating and balancing your tires are two services that can increase the safety and efficiency of your tires. In fact, the most efficient method of increasing the life of your tires is by rotating and balancing them! Tires, as you know if you've ever had to replace them, can be a huge cost when it comes time to get new ones! Ever curious what we do when we rotate and balance them and why? Well now's the time to learn! What's a tire rotation? When your tires are rotated the wheels are removed from their current position and moved from a diagonal position from where they are. Therefore, the tires on the vehicle are criss-crossed. For example, your front driver's side tire is moved to the rear passenger side of the vehicle and the tire from your rear passenger side of the vehicle is brought to the front driver's side. This is done with the other side as well. By rotating your tires, you are ensuring that the tread on the tires ar ... read more

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Tires

WHAT IS BRAKES FOR BREASTS?

Brakes for Breasts is an organization that works with Independent Auto Repair shops throughout the nation during the month of October. During the month of October, participating Repair Shops provide customers with free brake pads and the customer simply pays for labor and any other parts that may be needed. 10% of the brake service is then donated from participating shops to the Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. 138 independent Auto Repair shops across 34 states in 2018 raised $141,061.80! Brakes for Breasts has raised a total of $747,711.70 since 2011! Dr. Vincent Tuohy, and his team, at the Cleveland Clinic have successfully tested a Breast Cancer Prevention Vaccine in his lab and are working to take it to human trials. Please help us support Dr. Tuohy's research and help create a world where your daughters and granddaughters will never have to worry about the tragedy of facing breast cancer. Right now his vaccine is specific to triple negative breast cancer, the most lethal form of breast ... read more

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WHY IS MY AIR CONDITIONING NOT WORKING PROPERLY?

If your car's air conditioning is on the fritz, it can be hard to decide which shop to take it into. A simple Google search will show you more auto repair shops than you can shake a stick at. How do you really know who you can trust? A good air conditioning repair can be hard to find, that's because most air conditioning repair is hard to diagnose. Unlike other parts of your vehicle there are no “check air conditioning” light or some computer module that can tell you exactly how it is performing. So that leaves two options, the guess and check method or using sophisticated and expensive machines, such as an automated recovery and refill unit with a leak detection system. The good news is Bob's Main Street Auto uses such machines. The alternative is what many other shops do, and that is to make the best guess as to where the problem might be, fix or replace the component and see if they got it right. If they guessed right the first time, your bill might be low. If it took a ... read more

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Air Conditioning