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Monthly Archives: May 2019

My turbo isn't making boost

Nothing is worse than when your vehicle isn't running like it should. If you're anything like me I depend on my vehicle to be ready to go whenever I need to be somewhere and when it's not it's frustrating. If your turbo suddenly stopped making boost and it's having issues it needs to be looked at. It could be a simple fix or we may need to look into rebuilding or replacing the turbo on your car.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Turbo

Is summer here?

School will be out in a couple of weeks and that means summer fun right? Well it should, but worrying about your vehicle and wondering if it's ready for all the fun isn't much fun at all. A pre-trip inspection and an oil change is always a good idea before hitting the road. The last thing you want is for your good time to be hampered by a preventable breakdown. It's best to have these done a week or two prior to your trip. This is to ensure that if you do have an issue then it is fixable prior to your vacation and one less thing on your mind while you're packing.  We hope you have a fabulous summer and you're safe on the road. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Road Trip

Potholes and Alignments

We all know that summer in Oregon is also referred to as road construction season. With that the roads are uneven, chunks are missing, large metal plates or potholes can make driving hazardous. All of these can wreak havoc on your suspension components and your alignment.  We recommend that you have your alignment checked every 12 months as a minimum, but if you're driving in harsher environments than we would suggest that you have your alignment checked more frequently.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 or request an appointment online and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Alignment

What are leaf springs?

Leaf springs are a flat spring that is part of your suspension. Typically they are in the rear of pickups and are slightly curved where they are attached. Over time or when overloaded it can cause your leaf springs to sag and they will need to be replaced.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 or request an appointment online. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Leaf Springs

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you to all those who have gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We appreciate you. To all the families. Thank you.  Please drive safely when you're out and about this weekend. We're closed Monday for the holiday, we'll be back on Tuesday to take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Jason and Heather

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Memorial Day

Why does my car shaking?

Your vehicle may be due to a worn out u-joint. U-joints are the part that attaches your driveline to your rear differential and to your transmission. When these have excess movement they can cause shaking and if not repaired they can cause damage to your vehicle and components.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 or request an appointment online and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather 

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Shaking

What is a ball joint?

A ball joint is a pivot point in the suspension that connects the wheel to the car and allows the tire to move up and down and left and right. When you have excess movement or to much movement it will cause premature tire wear and bad driveability. If you have a ball joint that has excess movement then it needs to be replaced as it is a safety concern.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

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Suspension

Can you repair a shock?

When a shock begins to leak it is not repairable. You have to replace the assembly. It is a sealed high pressure cartridge and when the seals deteriorate they begin to leak and that will cause poor handling, stability and stopping ability. Your shocks and struts should be replaced every 75,000 to 100,000 miles. Possibly sooner it really depends on you and your car.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures, Heather

What is a tie rod?

A tie rod is part of your steering linkage. It connects your steering gear or rack and pinion to the knuckle which is attached to your tire. When this worn out or has movement in it, it can cause tire wear, unstable steering and driving conditions.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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Tie Rod

Why do I have tire wear?

You probably have tire wear due to your alignment being out of specifications. To correct this you should have an alignment performed on your vehicle. This won't undo the wear you have but it will prevent more wear from happening in the future. You should have your alignment checked every 12 months, or anytime you may have hit debris in the road or a large pothole.  Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Alignment
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