When your experienced SafeWay Tire & Auto Center service advisor technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service advisor’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not expensive, and it makes a big difference to your car. An air filter does what its name&hellip» read more
Your vehicle’s suspension system has two critical jobs: to prevent the passengers from getting tossed around inside the vehicle every time it hits a bump in the road and to keep the tires firmly planted on the road around every corner and over every bump. To see your suspension system, you’ll have to look under your vehicle. Anything that connects the wheels to the vehicle’s frame is part of the suspension system. They’re heavy-duty parts that work hard while you’re driving and take a lot&hellip» read more
When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most St. Charles drivers know how essential it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order. The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they&hellip» read more
There are a lot of new features, both optional and standard, on St. Charles motorists' vehicles these days. One you may not have heard of is called a cabin air filter. Simply put, its job is to keep the air in the passenger compartment of your car nice and clean. A cabin air filter is similar to the filter you use on your furnace at home in St. Charles. Cabin air filters can catch particles down to three microns.&hellip» read more
Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, us St. Charles motorists generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle’s wheels in balance.
When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling&hellip» read more
Okay. You went to your local St. Charles car wash and while your car was under the dryer, the check engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the car! You head for the nearest St. Charles service station, but on the way, the check engine light stops flashing, and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem. You&hellip» read more
Custom wheels are one way that St. Charles folks express themselves and personalize their car. But they aren’t as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several critical factors need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the car, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits, and, of&hellip» read more
A lot of people get custom wheels in St. Charles. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you’re not careful. Sometimes, once they’re mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don’t want that.
Consulting your SafeWay Tire & Auto Center tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he’ll ask you a&hellip» read more
When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the vehicle manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for St. Charles auto owners. Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its&hellip» read more
Hello St. Charles motorists. Have you ever had your check engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for St. Charles auto owners? First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That’s why it is called a warning light. But&hellip» read more