Northwest Tire Service, Inc. Blog

Preparing for Summer Holiday Travel

Summer_Auto_Repair_TiresBefore you hit the road this summer let us assist you in making yourself aware of a few important inspections and checks you can make to prepare yourself for those long, hot road trips. With a quick pre-trip vehicle check-up it is easy to determine how road-ready a vehicle is before experiencing problems on vacation or during travels. Conducting a vehicle inspection before leaving will help to avoid troublesome repairs and prevent potential safety hazards that result from a break down far from home. While some complications are not foreseeable, using the utmost caution and preparation will help to protect your vehicle and its occupants.

Always schedule a tune-up before major trips as even a minor appointment with a mechanic could reveal a potential issue you did not detect or notice ...

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Oil Changes for Mother’s Day

oil_change_mothers_dayWhen you were growing up, your Mother gave you the world! So, what better way to show her how much you care about her than the gift of vehicle maintenance. Skip the cheesy cards and give the Mother in your life a gift that is not only practical, but one she can enjoy for 3,000–5,000 miles. Transform that forgettable bouquet of flowers into a memorable oil change with sentimental value that truly shows how much you care about her safety and the longevity of her vehicle. This is a thoughtful gift any Mother will use and make her feel like a queen while doing an everyday task such as having an oil change.

Preventative maintenance is the most effective step any vehicle owner could utilize to both improve the performance of their vehicle and protect the longevity of its life. Being the ...

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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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