Northwest Tire Service, Inc. Blog

April: National Car Care Month

fluid-imageApril is National Car Care Month and there is no better time to break free from the chains of winter to start your journey to a dependable, road ready vehicle. Routine maintenance can seem overwhelming and with a never ending cycle of checks and replacements, sometimes it is hard to remember where one project ends and the next one begins. Knowledge is power and whether you are a mechanic or soccer mom every vehicle owner should have at least passing knowledge about their vehicle.
Allowing your vehicle to fall into disrepair during the winter months is nearly inevitable. Spending time working on a vehicle during an icy day is less likely than waking a hibernating bear and nearly as pleasant. Thus, when April is sprung upon us there is no better reason to go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather than auto repair and routin ...

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Spring is the Season for Change

fluid-imageAs the weather changes and the world is energized to get out and do something, you can start with a simple change: changing the fluids in your vehicle. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s not expensive, and it is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your car or truck.

A quick run down of the fluids in your vehicle are Oil, Coolant, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Power Steering, and Washer Fluid. To maintain your vehicle’s proper functions, you want to make sure you are changing the oil, and flushing out or replacing the coolant and transmission fluid. Washer fluid should be checked and topped off whenever it is low (most vehicles have a light that will indicate when the reservoir needs to be filled). Brake Fluid and Power Steering Fluid should rarely, if ever, need to be changed. ...

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Auto Repair on a Tight Budget

auto-repair-springdale-arIn this economy we do everything we can to cut corners: stop eating out, watch movies at home and even skipping routine maintenance and auto repair on your vehicle. The truth is avoiding simple upkeep such as regular oil changes, tire rotation or belt replacement could cost thousands in costly repairs. The average cost for one year of oil changes is $120 per year, while the cost of an engine replacement is $4000.

Poorly maintained cars are also more likely to be involved in an accident, as underperforming vehicles cannot provide all the proper safety features and are often struggling to operate at all. Pinching pennies now will result in numerous costly auto repairs in the future. Yearly check-ups are mandatory for brakes, tires and engines of all vehicles on the road.

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How Do Potholes Damage Your Vehicle?

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It’s peak pothole season out there and no one is immune to their sneaky destruction. We've all hit them at some point, and every time it happens, you see it only a second before it gets you, often too late to miss it. These little road hazards lay in wait, with their dips, bumps, and sharp toothy edges, just waiting to ruin your day. They can cause a sudden jolt all the way up to a blown tire. And, I hate to report, they aren’t disappearing any time soon. Potholes are every tire’s sworn enemies. Many of us are passionate about potholes, as we have personally sacrificed many hubcaps to them over the years.
The way that potholes work is that roads will freeze and thaw causing erosion of the dirt beneath the pavement. This weakens the asphalt in the process. Add frequent traffic to the mix, and the road begins to crumble. Event ...

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Do You Have Good Brakes?

brake-imageThere are some things on your vehicle that you should have confidence in and never worry about. Is everyone buckled up? Do I have a full tank of gas? Your vehicle should make you feel safe and secure, and keep you and your loved ones safe throughout your travel. It goes then, without much, saying that you also need to be confident in your brakes. This function is the one thing keeping you out of harm’s way in the event of an accident or road hazard. Think about it, you do not want to find out in the middle of a busy highway when everyone has slammed on their brakes that yours have not been properly maintained or are failing. Knowing that your brakes are in great condition will keep you safe, and prevent a leading cause for many accidents on the road.

There are several checks that you can do on your brakes, b ...

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