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Why do I need to service my differentials

Your front and rear differentials are an important part of your drivetrain and they are in constant motion even when not engaged. It's important to service them on a regular interval to keep them in good condition. Like anything on your vehicle it's better to maintain it rather than to repair it. Not all vehicles have differentials and those that do not all have both front and rear. 4 wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles have both. Rear wheel drive only have a rear differential and front wheel drive don't have one at all. The service interval really depends on how you drive and what you do with your vehicle. Much of this depends on the manufacturer recommendations. If you have a "normal" car then the interval is typically 45,000 to 50,0000 miles. If you drive a sports car then it will depend sometimes it's 20,000 and other times it's 30,000 miles. If you drive a pickup then it all depends on the type of gears, the type of fluid and whether o ... read more



Why do I need an alignment?

We recommend that you get an alignment once every 12 months or after suspension work is performed. After a year of driving there is a lot that your vehicle goes through. Everything from large speed bumps, pot holes, curbs all so many thing in between that can cause your alignment to get out of specification. Having an alignment performed after new tires, suspension work and/or once every 12 months will make sure your tires are wearing correctly to make your investment last as long as possible. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather



When driving I heard a humming noise

When driving a you start to hear a noise that isn't what you would normally hear then it's a good idea to have it checked out for your safety as well as those around you. A humming noise could be a wheel bearing that the bearing has begun to fail. This can happen due to age, mileage or excessive weight. The bearing will fail internally and after a period of time it can become a safety hazard.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather


Wheel Bearings

What do I put in my radiator?

It seems that every car manufacturer has a different type of coolant they want in your engine. There is no one size fits all and many are very specific. If you put the wrong type of coolant in your engine it could potentially damage it. You should always add the type of coolant plus distilled water to your radiator. Tap water and well water contain elements that are hard on your engine.  Now if you're in a situation that it's an emergency then you can add a different coolant and just the water you have on hand. The engine and radiator can be cleaned and the correct fluids can be replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

Why is my car overheating again

Your car could be overheating due to a leak in the cooling system. If there is not enough coolant sometimes called antifreeze in your system then it will cause your engine to overheat. When this happens it can cause damage to your engine.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather



My wipers stopped working

Now is not the season in Oregon for your wipers to not function. No season is the right season, but when it's raining I would consider that the worst time. Some vehicles have a wipers motor that over time the internal components wear out and can cause the wiper motor to stop working. When this happens it's time to replace the motor. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather



Do I need studded tires?

This all depends on you and your driving. Do you go over the pass frequently? Are you driving in snow and ice on a regular basis? Do you live on a hill that gets icy? It doesn't even matter what you drive, it all depends on where you drive and the conditions. Besides a studded tire there are also stud less snow tires that have plenty of grip and work excellent. When you're ready for a new set of tires we're here to help. Whether it's summer, fall, winter or spring we can take care you.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather



Why is my car overheating when sitting

There are many reasons for your vehicle to overheat. If it's overheating while idling then it could be due to your fans not turning on. This requires an electrical system test to see why. It could be something as simple as a fuse that is burned out to a module has failed. Give us a call at 541-791-2886 and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

My brake are squealing

When your brakes are squealing it could be due to your brakes being low on material. When your brakes get to a predetermined amount typically 3-4mm then a squealer will let you know that your brakes are getting close to needing to be replaced. We do free brake inspections, anytime.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather



My transmission is shifting weird

It's story time - just humor me for a moment. I will start by saying this was prior to me working at the shop, at the time the boys were little and I was working from home. I should have known better, but I didn't. Jason and I took the boys to Seattle with his parents to watch a baseball game, on the way home we stopped for dinner as the boys were hungry. As we were getting ready to pull onto the on ramp suddenly we stopped moving. Nothing, nada, we weren't going anywhere. Jason with all his knowledge was able to get us off of the road and back down into a parking lot. Jason of course instantly knew what had happened. My transmission had gone out. From there he called the tow truck and we waited.  We finally got home around 3 am and when he looked at my vehicle the next day, he found the transmission had imploded on it's self and it had to be rebuilt. Now had I known the signs and symptoms I could have prevented all of the anguish and headache and m ... read more


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