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
When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what&hellip» read more
Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in St. Louis because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more St. Charles drivers driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s. Diesels are popular in St. Charles because they get better MPG than gas-powered engines.&hellip» read more
The drive train in your vehicle includes all the important components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive. Let’s start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle,&hellip» read more
Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don’t hear much any more about cars overheating. That’s because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn’t mean you can’t overheat your car engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the interstate in St. Charles waiting for your car engine to cool down. When you service your cooling system at SafeWay Tire &&hellip» read more