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Archive for January 2012

The SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

Posted November 18, 2014 10:37 AM | in Fuel System

The team at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center in St. Charles and MO car owners are all talking fuel efficiency right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. St. Charles drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks. And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more St. Charles car owners can do? After all, some of us St.&hellip» read more

Exhaust Service at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center: Passing the Smell Test

Posted November 14, 2014 10:09 AM | in Exhaust

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most St. Charles drivers realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All MO folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That’s why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so essential. We can&hellip» read more

Blind Spot Safety For St. Charles Driving

Posted November 5, 2014 5:51 PM | in Safety

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse’s annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in St. Charles, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it’s not good marital advice, it’s good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other St. Louis motorists' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy&hellip» read more

Automotive Detective Work In St. Charles

Posted October 30, 2014 8:11 AM | in Diagnostics

There’s a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in St. Charles. Figuring out what’s wrong with your car has a lot of similarities to figuring out what’s wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out&hellip» read more


Posted October 24, 2014 7:38 AM | in Inspection

Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow regarding how often to inspect the various parts and systems on our&hellip» read more

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

Posted October 14, 2014 7:13 AM | in Maintenance

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free". Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to St. Charles Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't&hellip» read more

Coolant/Antifreeze Service At SafeWay Tire & Auto Center

Posted October 10, 2014 7:31 AM | in Cooling System

Anyone that drives a car in St. Charles knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good car care requires keeping your car cooling system in good condition. A vehicle’s&hellip» read more

SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Service For Your Exhaust System

Posted September 30, 2014 12:04 PM | in Exhaust

Your car’s exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your car. Maintaining it is good SafeWay Tire & Auto Center auto advice for St. Charles car owners, but it’s also good health advice and good environmental advice. The exhaust system includes your emissions system. Because this system&hellip» read more

The SafeWay Tire & Auto Center Guide To Caring For Your Transmission

Posted September 26, 2014 12:18 PM | in Transmission

Most cars and trucks have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of St. Peters motorists only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in St. Peters. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there’s an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work&hellip» read more

A New Battery In St. Charles

Posted September 19, 2014 8:22 AM | in Battery

Hello St. Charles drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in St. Charles, here’s some auto advice to help you. There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in&hellip» read more

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