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FAQ: Auto Safety

Deciphering the Tire Code

Ever read the sidewall of a tire? Do I need a tire that is capable of running at speeds in excess of 149 mph? What do all those numbers and letters mean on the tire? Thought they just needed to be round and hold air? Speed ratings A speed rating is a letter, which indicates the maximum speed capability of a tire, and can be broken down into 5 categories: S through Z...

The Myth of the "Magic Machine"

The so-called, "Can't you just connect my car to a magic computer that will tell you exactly what is wrong with the vehicle and how to fix it?" This is a common Myth in the auto repair business. True, the diagnostic equipment has evolved by leaps and bounds, but is not in the Star Trek age...yet! Today's modern computer-controlled vehicles are truly into the digital...

What does "ASE Certified" mean?

We employ ASE Certified technicians.... Ever wonder what that statement really means? ASE stands for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. It is a very comprehensive means of testing technicians in the areas of automotive and truck repair, collision repairing and refinishing, engine machinists, and parts specialists. The testing is voluntary and...

Getting better service for your vehicle

After you have found a repair shop, there are ways to ease the repair & maintenance process for your vehicle. These tips are "Insider information" from a technician's viewpoint. Communication Being able to communicate your needs to the auto repair facility is one of the key steps in the repair process. You know your vehicle better than anyone, (unless your...

Shopping for a used car?

We have all had to do it at one time, (Some of us more often than others) and something that's common to all of us, is the frustrating process we endured. These guidelines might help the next time, and skip kicking the tires - it only hurts your toes! Don't shop for a car using your emotions ! If you have your heart set on that "Love at first sight" car, you will...

Dipstick, dipstick...who's got the dipstick? What do the marks mean?

Dipstick, dipstick...who's got the dipstick? Dipsticks are used to check the levels in various underhood components. Fluid levels transmissions generally are checked with the engine at normal operating temperature, and running, BUT, some vehicles such as Honda, are checked with the engine off...consult your owner's manual or ask your service technician. Manual...

Power window motors and regulators

Be kind to your power windows or your arms Power window motors and regulators are expensive. There is something the owner can do to make the windows work easier and the motor/regulators last longer. Buy can of spray Silicone and spray the rubber tracks the window runs up and down in at least once a month. DO NOT use lubricants such as WD40 on the rubber. They contain...

All fluids are created equal?

Not all fluids are created equal ALWAYS check the owner's manual to determine if your vehicle has specific fluids needed. ALWAYS use distilled water in the battery. City water contains minerals and dissolved solids that can reduce the life of the battery. Word of caution here - use gloves and eye protection when servicing a battery! The sulfuric acid in the battery...

All maintenance needs to be done by the professional?

No, Not all maintenance needs to be done by the professional There are many service items that you can do yourself to prolong the safety, reliability and dependability of your vehicle. These translate to a longer-lasting vehicle, saving you one of your most precious things - money! Many maintenance items are user serviceable More and more, it seems today's modern...

Find a Automotive Repair Shop Before You Need It

Find a Automotive Repair Shop Before You Need It Some tips finding a good shop. Ok, so my car needs work - where do I go? Find a Shop Before You Need It : One of the best ways to find a repair shop is through word-of-mouth recommendation. Ask your friends or neighbors, what shop they use and why? (Skip this if the friend or neighbor keeps getting their car towed back to the shop) The Bureau of Automotive Repair or...

Pony car: inspired by Ford Mustang

Pony car: inspired by Ford Mustang Pony car is a class of automobile launched and inspired by the Ford Mustang in 1964. It describes an affordable, compact, highly styled car with a sporty or performance-oriented image. Origins of the breed The pony car (and of course the Mustang itself) had its beginnings at Ford Motor Company in the late 1950s following the demise of the original, two-seat Ford...

How a backlight diffuser works

How a backlight diffuser works A backlight is the form of illumination used in an LCD display. Backlights differ from frontlights because they illuminate the LCD from the side or back, where frontlights are in front of the LCD. They are used in small displays to increase readability in low light conditions, and in computer and television displays to produce light in a manner similar to a CRT...

Personal luxury car

Personal luxury car Personal luxury car is a highly styled, luxurious automobile intended for the comfort and satisfaction of its owner/driver, sacrificing passenger space, cargo capacity, and other practical concerns for the sake of style. The personal luxury car has often been a lucrative market segment of the post-World War II automotive market. Definition Personal luxury cars are...

Rice burner/ rice car or Japanese made vehicles

Rice burner/ rice car or Japanese made vehicles Rice burner is a pejorative used initially to describe Asian-made - specifically Japanese-made - motorcycles and automobiles. Many variations have also been used, such as rice rocket for Japanese sport bikes. More contemporary use of the term rice burner, along with the prefix rice, has taken on an alternate pejorative meaning for an automobile that has been modified...

Imports/ Import racing scene or modified imported brand cars

Imports/ Import racing scene or modified imported brand cars Import scene or Import racing scene refers to the subculture that revolves around modifying imported brand cars (commonly referred to as imports), especially those of Japanese brands, for street racing in the United States. Thanks to movies like "The Fast and the Furious", it has become a mainstream phenomenon among youth of all races in the United States. Women who...