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Monthly Archives: September 2021

Electric Vehicles

Although electric vehicles may appear to be “service free”, they do indeed still need a little tender loving care. An EV doesn’t require services such as tune-ups, oil changes, cooling system flush, or transmission services. However, an EV is not maintenance-free. As per the manufacturer’s recommendations, there are periodic services and inspections are required. If the recommendations are not followed, it is possible that your warranty may be affected. What are these maintenance items you ask? The most self-evident would be tire rotations and wiper blades. Don’t forget the cabin air filter and inspecting for possible rodent issues. Most sound pretty simple. Yet, it is highly recommended that you have a trained technician perform the service. Doing so will keep your warranty and avoid any possibility of an unknown or unseen exposure to the high voltage wiring. Typical monthly service for an EV would be checking tire pressu ... read more

Shock Absorbers

The average driver believes that shock absorbers are only meant to keep your car from bouncing up and down too much. It used to be that a simple bounce test or drive over a speed bump was a great indicator that it was time to replace the shocks or struts. The facts are shocks and struts do not wear out overnight. Shocks and struts tend to wear gradually over time. Shocks and struts absolutely contribute to your car or truck’s ride, but they do so much more. They help your vehicle stay in control while driving and while stopping. Most people do not realize that uneven tire wear or noisy tires can be symptoms of worn or damaged shocks or struts. Weak shocks or struts can produce a cupped or scalloped tire tread that results in uneven tire wear patches. These patches will cause a roaring or tapping noise while you drive. Another issue that is overlooked due to weak shocks or struts is braking ability. Sounds weird, right? How do my tires affect my braking? They are two separate s ... read more

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