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Archive for December 2010

Hitting The Brakes In St. Charles

Posted August 27, 2015 8:36 AM | in Brakes

Safety should always be a vital element of your car care. So even if you don’t care about how your car looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other St. Charles car owners — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes. Brakes need a regular inspection. There are important parts that wear out or wear down, and it’s best to replace them before you have problems.

Of course, if you are&hellip» read more

Bouncy Bouncy – Are My Shocks Bad?

Posted August 21, 2015 11:21 AM | in Shocks & Struts

When St. Charles car owners think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don’t generally think about our shocks or struts, but these vital auto parts keep our tires on the road. St. Charles car owners don’t think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as our brake pads or&hellip» read more

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for St. Charles Drivers

Posted August 14, 2015 3:22 PM | in Timing Belt

Knowing how their engine works can help St. Charles drivers make informed decisions about car care and prevent costly repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts. An engine’s power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve&hellip» read more

Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything With a Trip Inspection at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center

Posted August 12, 2015 8:13 AM | in Inspection

Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation for us St. Charles auto owners then ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting an automotive analysis at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center in St. Charles. After all, you wouldn’t travel without clean socks,&hellip» read more

Your Vehicle is NOT Maintenance Free, St. Charles Car Owners

Posted August 4, 2015 11:33 AM | in Maintenance

A generation ago, St. Charles auto owners seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle’s preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Having your car in to your St. Charles shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed. For example, almost everyone in St. Charles used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had&hellip» read more

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service At SafeWay Tire & Auto Center In St. Charles

Posted July 22, 2015 5:37 PM | in Air Conditioning

Most MO drivers know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills. Why is it vital for St. Louis auto owners to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant.&hellip» read more

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center

Posted July 15, 2015 2:49 PM | in Steering

Service to a vehicle’s power steering system is an essential part of preventive maintenance for quick St. Charles auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your car’s wheels would have to come from you. The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power.&hellip» read more

The SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Guide To Servicing Your Differential

Posted July 15, 2015 7:29 AM | in Differential Service

Differential? What’s that? And what’s it for? I’ve been told by my service specialist that I need to get it serviced, but is that on the level? Do these questions sound familiar? They’re not uncommon for St. Charles motorists. A lot of us in St. Charles don’t know what a differential is or what it’s for. Every vehicle has a differential, and, yes, it does need to be serviced. In fact, it’s more critical to the operation of your car than the air conditioner&hellip» read more

Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center

Posted July 1, 2015 12:29 PM | in Keys to a long lasting vehicle

The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing MO residents to review their finances. More and more St. Charles drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America today have over 75,000 miles on them. And the average age of vehicles is now over eleven years. That translates to some car care issues that many St. Charles men and women&hellip» read more

Straight And True In St. Charles: Wheel Alignment

Posted June 26, 2015 4:02 PM | in Alignment

Most St. Louis folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by St. Charles auto owners is a periodic alignment inspection. Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and&hellip» read more

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