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Archive for January 2012

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

Smart St. Charles Drivers Protect Against Overheating

Posted June 19, 2015 8:41 AM | in Cooling System

Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for St. Charles motorists to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses filled with coolant (also known as antifreeze) connect the radiator to the engine. The&hellip» read more

Viva la Differential At SafeWay Tire & Auto Center In St. Charles

Posted June 16, 2015 8:35 AM | in Drive Train

There are a lot of St. Charles people who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in MO these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most St. Charles folks don’t even have to think about it. And rear-wheel&hellip» read more

What's Up With Diesels in St. Charles?

Posted June 10, 2015 8:30 AM | in Diesel Maintenance

Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most car makers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars for purchase abroad. Diesel-fueled vehicles haven’t been as popular in the North American markets like MO. But that won’t be true for long. North Americans are seeing a lot more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road. And we’re&hellip» read more

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in St. Charles

Posted June 3, 2015 8:57 AM | in Transmission

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us St. Charles drivers remember to get our oil changed. But SafeWay Tire & Auto Center services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is an essential part of car care for St. Charles auto owners. A poorly maintained transmission will diminish fuel efficiency and lead to expensive repairs. The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels.&hellip» read more

Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center

Posted May 12, 2015 5:26 PM | in Engine Air Filter

All of us St. Charles auto owners know we have to get the oil changed in our cars periodically. That’s just part of good car care. But when St. Louis techs change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That’s why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your car. Don’t just chock this up&hellip» read more

When Do My Shocks Need to be Replaced?

Posted May 7, 2015 2:10 PM | in Shocks & Struts

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing St. Charles motorists with good handling and control. But like any system on your car, critical parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it’s a good idea for St. Charles motorists to remember a diagnostic examination of their suspension system in their schedule of a key preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The&hellip» read more

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle In St. Louis?

Posted May 1, 2015 4:16 PM | in Automotive News

There is a clear and vocal demand in St. Charles and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the MO market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on St. Louis area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. St. Charles car owners should learn what these advantages&hellip» read more

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center

Posted April 21, 2015 11:39 AM | in Inspection

There are a lot of things in life that St. Charles residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our St. Charles dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don’t stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead&hellip» read more

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