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
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.
We often get the question if a vehicle needs an emissions test. The following seven counties require emission test: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha. A test is required for vehicles with auto or light truck plates. Vehicles between the years of 1996 and 2006 with a gross vehicle weight rating less than 8,501 pounds. Vehicles 2007 and newer with a gross vehicle weight rating up to 14,000 pounds. Odd year vehicles are tested in even years and even year vehicles are tested in the odd years. A test could be required for the following: when a vehicle is purchased, when an owner is added or removed from a vehicle title, new residents transferring vehicle to Wisconsin. Vehicles 3 years or older will require an emission test as well. The test themselves are free of charge and take about 10 minutes. There is no appointment necessary; first come first serve.
It's crazy to think that we are nearing the end of 2022! With that being said we are kicking off our holiday toy drive for the Ginger Bread House here in West Bend. Now thru December 15th, make a donation and we will give you a FREE tire rotation or FREE set of windshield wipers. Let's help make a difference this holiday season for others in our community! Both of our locations are accepting donations. 1200 N Main Street | 262-338-3670 115 W Decorah Road | 26
As the vehicle is sitting at an idle and starts to shake can be frightening. One of the most common issue that causes shaking at idle is loose engine mounts. Engine mounts are the connections between the engine and the vehicle. Other causes can be faulty fuel injectors, worn out spark plugs, or even a bad timing belt. The engine troubles may be corrected by a simple fuel system cleaning however some issues may require more of an extensive repair. Call us today to schedule an appointment for us to inspect your vehicle and get it running in tip top shape.