Auto Services

 

 

Transmission Flush
 
Like the oil in your vehicle, the transmission fluid in your transmission can become contaminated with dirt, dust and debris. As the transmission fluid ages, viscosity breaks down and contaminants build up, leaving your vehicle's transmission vulnerable to breakdowns. A complete Transmission flush replaces all the fluid in the transmission and gives long-term protection and reliability. 

After a transmission flush, you will notice the difference in smoother shifting, improved performance, reduced component failure, and increased vehicle longevity. Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) services are often neglected and even when performed, are often incomplete. This can lead to automatic transmission shifting problems and premature repairs or replacement.
 
The Problem

• 90% of automatic transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination.
• A typical transmission drain and refill service replaces only 40% of the old contaiminated ATF.
1. The remainder is trapped inside valve bodies, the torque converter and transmission cooler lines.
2. New ATF from a conventional drain and refill service can often loosen damaging sludge and varnish deposits leading to shift problems and even transmission failure.
3. Automatic transmission replacement can cost upwards of $2,000+

The Kwik Kar Solution 

Take care of you automatic transmission by routinely performing Kwik Kar's Transmission Flush. This service utilizes patented equipment and specially formulated chemicals to solve the problems often associated with conventional drain and refill services.

• Removes 95% of the used contaminated fluid. 
• A specially formulated Transmission Flush chemical safely removes harmful sludge and varnish deposits which are removed with the old fluid.
• Proprietary conditioning chemicals are added to the new ATF to:
            1. Help extend transmission fluid life.
            2. Smooth rough or hard shifting problems.
            3. Help revitalize seals and o-rings to help stop and prevent leaks.

Kwik Kar locations utilize the latest in transmission flush technology, approved by your vehicle's manufacturer.
 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

BATTERY MAINTENANCE

Kwik Kar offers customers the value-added benefit of a battery service. This is the most inclusive starting and charging system check and battery installation process in the industry and includes: 

• A full analysis of your battery’s condition, including its state of charge and ability to hold a charge.
• An inspection and analysis of the car’s starting and charging system, including the starter, the alternator and the voltage regulator. 
• A cleaning of the battery’s connection and cable ends, as well as an application of corrosion protection.
• Installation of a new battery if purchased from a Kwik Kar.

Kwik Kar stocks one of the most complete lines of automotive batteries available. 

In order to choose the best battery for your needs, you should consider the following: vehicle manufacturer’s specifications, driving habits, and any additional accessories, such as extra lighting, stereos, CBs, etc. 

Most customers agree more power is better. That is why they often choose to exceed the bare minimum power requirements of their vehicle’s manufacturer. 

Kwik Kar recommends battery maintenance every 12,000 miles or 12 months.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Battery Diagram

 

State Inspection 

 

State inspections are the state's way of seeing if your car is fit to be on the road. Individual states govern vehicle inspections on their own. Meaning, some states require periodic (annual or biennial) inspections, while some only require a safety inspection prior to registration or transfer of ownership.
 
All inspections include a comprehensive safety inspection; however some vehicles are required to have an emissions test in addition to the safety inspection. Diesel powered vehicles and motorcycles are exempt from the emissions standards, but are still required to have the annual safety inspection.
 
However, your vehicle may not need to have an inspection completed, even if a certain type of car inspection is listed for your state. Inspections requirements can be based on the vehicle's age, type, and mileage. And, inspections can also hinge on whether you're new to the state, or where you reside in the state.
 

See the list below to check your state's requirements

 
If inspections are listed for your state, contact your state's DMV to ask how often you'll need to have the inspection, what type of paperwork is involved, and where the inspections can be completed. Sometimes inspections are handled through the motor vehicle agency, while other times third-party organizations do them.

 
Here are some universal guidelines that all states require for an inspection.
 

Proof of Financial Responsibility

Proof of liability insurance coverage is required when having a vehicle inspected. Liability insurance is usually the minimum coverage offered by an insurance underwriter and certifies that the driver of the vehicle will be able to cover any damage they may cause to another driver or vehicle in the event of a collision. 

Exterior Lights

For a vehicle to pass a state inspection, all exterior lights on the vehicle must work, even if they are not used much. Parking lights and even lighting that illuminates the license plates are all required components of the inspection.

Brakes, Mirrors and Horn

Vehicles must be equipped with at least one exterior mirror as well as a rear-view mirror to pass the state inspection. The horn must be in working order, and, in some states, the brakes must pass a "skid test." A skid test is where the inspection attendant drives the vehicle at an accelerated speed and applies the brakes suddenly to see how well they respond. 

Inspection Fees

If your vehicle fails a state inspection for any infraction, the fee paid to the inspecting attendant is usually not refunded. However, once the required repairs have been made, inspectors will typically allow you to return to have a second inspection at no charge within 15 days of your inspection.  

Penalties

If the vehicle you are driving does not have a current inspection sticker on the windshield, police officers may stop you and give you a citation. While citations for expired inspection stickers are not considered moving violations and do not affect your driving record, fees for the citations can be in the hundreds of dollars per offense.

 


State Inspection Listing

 

 
Tire Rotation and Balance 
 
Tire rotation and balance are two very important steps in keeping your four wheels rolling properly. Tire rotation helps protect tires against uneven wear by moving the tires location on the vehicle. Balancing provides a smoother ride by minimizing tire bounce. This helps improve traction, steering control and extends the life of the tires.
 
Most tires will exhibit some form of wear based not only on miles driven, but a number of factors including: wheel alignment, driving style and habits, and tire location on the vehicle. With worn down tires, your wheel balance can be thrown off.  Other factors that affect wheel balance include: rust, pot holes, or weights coming off.
 
An out-of-balance tire and wheel will typically create a vibration or shake that become progressively worse as the vehicle's speed increases. The vibration or shake usually starts around 40 to 50 mph and increases in intensity as the speed increases. The speed at which the vibration first becomes apparent will vary depending on the size and weight of the tires and wheels, the size and weight of the vehicle, the sensitivity of the steering and suspension, and the amount of imbalance.
 
By rotating and balancing the tires as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers, tires may wear more evenly; helping extend the life of the tires. Drop by a local Kwik Kar today and we will take care of your needs.

Tire Rotation and Balance service includes: 

• Check tire pressure and adjust tires according to recommended PSI
• Inspect tires to identify visible damage or abnormal wear patterns
• Rotate tires according to pattern recommended by manufacturer
• Installing lug nuts/bolts to the proper torque specifications
 
~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 
 
 
 

 

Alignment Service 

Does your car pull to the left or right, does the steering wheel vibrate, does your car drive straight even without a centered steering wheel? Many handling problems can be corrected by an alignment service. With all the system components aligned properly, road shock is more affectively absorbed for a smoother ride.  

Sometimes the alignment problem is so minor you can’t even feel it. Symptoms or not, misalignment can really do some damage to your tires by prematurely wearing them out. Proper alignment geometry will extend not only tire life, but also the life of your vehicle's steering and suspension systems.
 
Alignment problems even affect fuel economy. Gas mileage increases as the friction between the wheels and road decreases. A Kwik Kar alignment will combat this friction, by setting all four wheels perfectly parallel to each other. Along with properly inflated tires, alignments will minimize friction, saving you money at the pump.
 
Proper wheel alignment is important to safely handle driving conditions on the road and for your tires to wear evenly. At Kwik Kar, we perform free alignment checks to determine the severity of your alignment problems. Many locations also offer lifetime alignment adjustments to keep your car driving straight. 

We recommend you get your alignment checked at least once a year or any time you experience any of the symptoms above.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Tune-Up Service  

Are you getting fewer miles per gallon? Is your car running rough? Difficult to start? Have poor acceleration, hesitation, or loss of power? Does your car stall when the engine is hot or cold or when using the air conditioner?
 
A standard tune-up, or spark plug replacement, done at the suggested maintenance interval will make an engine easier to start, improve fuel economy, lower emissions and restore lost power.
 
The nature of an engine "tune-up" has changed considerably over the years, but the basics of how a gasoline engine works has not. Clean gas and air needs to be driven to the vehicle's cylinders where combustion initiated by a spark plug creates the power necessary to move a heavy vehicle. Clogged fuel injectors, dirty air and fuel filters, and corroded spark plugs can all decrease engine performance and contribute to decreased gas mileage and performance. That's why we examine your vehicle's air filter when your stop in, and why we recommend that you follow manufacturer's recommendations for replacing such key components as fuel filters, PCV valves, and spark plugs when they are no longer working at maximum efficiency.
 
At Kwik Kar, our educated technicians can perform a number of services during a tune-up. However, the amount of attention required varies depending on the car and the type of condition and/or miles on the vehicle. Below is a list of typical services that can be performed during a tune-up:
 
  • Replacement of the fuel filter
  • Replacement of all spark plugs and wires
  • Replacement of various ignition components, such as the distributor cap and rotor
  • Inspection and replacement of serpentine belts as needed
  • Replacement of the air filter
  • Battery service as needed, including cleaning any corrosion on terminals
  • Replacement of the PCV valve as needed
 
~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.
 
 
Tune-Up Service

Wiper Blade Replacement 

About 90% of our driving decisions are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. Almost everyone has experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 motorists from across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

We need to change our thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as an important safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm. You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in colder parts, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall. 

Winter blades are designed to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing conditions, if your car has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can just shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire windshield, which is a big cost for such a little part.

Kwik Kar recommends you replace worn blades right away. Your local service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. They cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included at the service center.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Kwik Kar will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. A good idea is to keep a bottle in the car if you’re on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t do as good job of cleaning your windows. 

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road. 

 

Wiper Blades

PCV Valve Replacement

The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly contaminate the oil and turn it to sludge. Sludge is one of the biggest enemies of your engine, clogging it up, eventually leading to expensive failures. Also, the pressure build up would cause seals and gaskets to blow out. Therefore, these gases need to be vented out.

Gasoline engines used to simply have a hose that let the poisonous fumes vent out into the air. In 1963, the federal government required gas engines to have a special one-way valve installed to help reduce dangerous emissions. Diesel engines are not required to have these valves.

The positive crankcase ventilation, or PCV, valve routes crankcase gases through a hose and back into the air intake system where they are re-burned in the engine. Fresh, clean air is brought into the crankcase through a breather tube. It's really a pretty simple system, but does an important job. The re-circulating air removes moisture and combustion waste from the crankcase, preventing sludge. This extends not only the life of your oil, but the engine as well. The PCV relieves pressure in the crankcase, preventing oil leaks.

Eventually, the PCV valve can get gummed up. Then it can not move enough air through the engine to keep it working efficiently. If the PCV valve is sticking enough, you could have oil leaks, excess oil consumption and a fouled intake system. If you experience hesitation or surging or an oil leak, it may be a sign of PCV value problems. Your owners' manual may give a recommendation for when the PCV valve should be replaced - usually between 20,000 and 50,000 miles. Unfortunately, some manufacturers don't list a recommendation in the manual, so it can be easy to overlook.

Many PCV system problems can be diagnosed with a visual inspection. Fortunately, PCV valve replacement is both quick and inexpensive. Proper oil changes will greatly extend the life of the PCV valve. Skipping a few recommended oil changes can allow varnish and gum to build up in the valve, reducing its efficiency. So now when your Watauga service technician tells you its time to replace your PCV valve, you will know what he's talking about. If you have had your car for a while and this is the first you've ever heard of a PCV value, ask your tech to check yours out.

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Radiator Service

The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common, it is easy to prevent.

The most recognizable part of the coolant system is the radiator. It is connected to the engine with hoses and is filled with coolant. The coolant draws heat off the engine and then goes into the radiator. Air passes through cooling fins to reduce the temperature of the coolant and then it's back to the engine again.

There are several ways for the cooling system to fail. Most common is with the coolant itself. Coolant is a mixture of water and antifreeze. The proper mixture keeps the coolant from either boiling away or freezing. Both of which can result in massive engine damage.

Another very important coolant issue that is often overlooked is the age of the coolant itself. Antifreeze has additives that protect the coolant system from corrosion. As these additives are depleted over time, they can't protect the radiator and other parts from rust, scaling and corrosion. Old coolant may still keep your engine cool, but it won't protect it from corrosion.

If you see a warning message to check the coolant or if the temperature gauge is in the hot zone your cooling system needs to be checked. It's OK to add water or antifreeze yourself. But you need to be cautious. Remember four things.

  • First, you never want to open the radiator pressure cap. You could be severely burned.
  • Second, try to get to your Kwik Kar service center immediately if your coolant is low. If that is not possible, follow the directions in your owners manual - it will direct you to only make additions to the coolant overflow bottle.
  • Third, remember that you need a proper mixture of water and antifreeze. If you make an emergency addition to your cooling system, follow-up with your Kwik Kar service center where we can make necessary corrections.
  • Fourth, not all cars use the same type of antifreeze. You need to check your owners manual to make sure you use the right kind. Mixing antifreeze types or using the wrong kind of antifreeze may void the manufacturers warranty on your cooling system. Again, another reason to rely on your Kwik Kar service center to do things right.

Remember, your Kwik Kar service center has the equipment to change your coolant quickly and inexpensively.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Brake Service

Good brakes can keep yourself out of a lot of trouble. 

That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every car’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Kwik Kar will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.

Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Kwik Kar right away. Here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked.

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.

Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your car. Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced.

If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid actives the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. You should change the brake fluid when your manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.

There are different grades of brake pads; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the manufacturer recommends.

So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot cheaper than paying the body shop after an accident.

Come in to Kwik Kar for a brake inspection before damage occurs. 

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 

Cabin Air Filter

A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, sparrows, exhaust gas and odors.

These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.

Now not all vehicles have cabin filters. They are fairly new on the scene. About forty percent of new vehicles come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.

Cabin air filters can make for a very nice driving environment. Your car can be a haven during allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. However, the filter eventually gets clogged. When this happens, your heating and air conditioning flow can become restricted. The filter can even get kind of smelly.

Check your owner's manual for recommended replacement intervals. Often, the owner's manual forgets about the cabin air filter, so ask your service technician for a recommendation. It's usually every year or 12,000 miles. Change it sooner if you drive in dusty conditions or if you start to notice an odor from your ventilation system.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Air Conditioning Service

Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked. It's real easy to take your car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool.

When most people hear the words "air conditioning problems", it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's expensive to repair.

What things can we do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?

A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Water and air can leak into the system. The system doesn't work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also, refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to cool the air. Periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system so it cools better and lasts longer.

You should also run the air conditioner regularly, even in a frosty winter, so that it lubricates itself and keeps the seals from drying out, which leads to leaks. Your owner's manual will have recommendations for how often to service your air conditioner. Of course, if it's not working right, now is the time to get it checked. Kwik Kar can inspect and test your air conditioning and offer evacuation and recharge services. This goes a long way to avoiding having to bring your air conditioner in for major repairs.

New environmental laws have stopped the manufacture of Freon, a refrigerant that was common in cars made before 1993. There is a very limited supply of Freon so the price is very steep. It may not be worth its weight in gold, but it probably is worth its weight in silver. If you have an older vehicle that uses Freon, you may want to consider having it retrofitted to use the new R134-A refrigerant. It will pay for itself in the long run. So, if your AC is just a lot of hot air, bring it in to Kwik Kar for an inspection.

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 

Fuel Injectors

The last new car sold with a carburetor in North America rolled out of the dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injection is a much more precise way of delivering fuel than carburetors. That translates into better fuel economy and power. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure.

A few auto makers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure - hundreds of times the pressure of port injection systems. Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy, so we can expect to see more of it in the future.

As you can see, the level of precision required of your fuel injectors is very high. They need to be operating properly in order for your car to run right.

High temperatures under your hood and variations in gas quality cause fuel injectors to become fouled with wax, dirt, and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure. The design of each engine requires a specific spray pattern from the fuel injector that might be altered when the injector is dirty. When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn't burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it is important to keep your fuel injectors clean.

Skilled service technicians at Kwik Kar can perform a fuel system service for you.  That is a fuel system service - not just fuel injector cleaning. That is because the fuel has a lot of ways to become dirty or contaminated between the gas tank and the fuel injector. A fuel system service starts with a fuel filter replacement. This filter cleans the gas as it leaves the tank. The various parts of the fuel intake system need to be cleaned from time to time to remove harmful gum, deposits and varnish. Finally, the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.

Your local Kwik Kar service center uses a process for cleaning your fuel system that includes state-of-the-art cleaning chemicals as well as some old fashioned scrubbing. Proper maintenance of your fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly repairs down the road.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Power Steering Service

For most of us, it is hard to remember life without power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels? It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine - a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump.

These hoses can develop leaks, so it is a good idea to inspect them at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owners' manual for the right type - or just ask your service technician at Kwik Kar

The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. It breaks down as the years go by and collects unwanted moisture, so it needs to be replaced from time to time. Many manufacturers specify power steering service intervals. Unfortunately, this important service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule for many of us. So, when in doubt, every 30,000 miles or two years is a good fallback. Your Kwik Kar service center will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with the good stuff.

Here are some warning signs of trouble with your power steering: It's harder to turn the wheel, there's erratic power assist, you hear loud whining coming from the pump (which may be difficult to hear over the loud whining coming from the backseat), you have to top-off the fluid frequently, or you hear squealing belts. Remember to never hold the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time. That will wear out your power steering pump real fast.

Other steering components can be bent or damaged from wear or hard knocks. Ball-joint, idler-arm, steering-gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod to name a few. Warning signs here are steering play, wandering, uneven tire wear, and off-center steering wheel. An annual alignment check at any local Kwik Kar will reveal bent or damaged steering components.

Most SUV's, pick-ups and rear-wheel-drive cars need regular front-wheel-bearing service.

The bearings should be cleaned and inspected. If they are excessively worn, they need to be replaced. The bearings are then repacked in clean grease. It's also recommend the wheel-seal be replaced when the bearings are serviced. Like everything else, check your owners' manual maintenance schedule. It's usually required around every two years or 30,000 miles. If you drive through water in your local community, the bearings will need service more often.

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 


 

Suspension Service

When you hear the word 'suspension', you may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your car’s suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your car up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride. It needs to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your car, it’s basically everything that connects your wheels to the car’s frame. These are heavy duty parts that do a lot of work. They need to be inspected for damage and excessive wear at least once a year. A good time for this is when you get your annual alignment service.

Here are some warning signs that your suspension may have problems:

 

  • the car pulls to one side;
  • it wanders;
  • the steering is erratic;
  • you see uneven tire wear;
  • you experience a poor ride or handling;
  • you see oil leaking from shocks

. . . You just don’t feel in control when you’re driving.

Some suspension parts just wear out with use. Shocks and struts eventually lose their ability to control your ride. Wheel bearings need to be repacked every couple of years. And some suspension pieces need to be lubricated when you get your oil changed. Your service advisor at Kwik Kar can oversee an inspection and tell you what problems you may have.

If you’re in an accident, your suspension can be damaged or knocked out of alignment. Even a minor accident, like hitting a curb or even a large rock can mess things up. With a minor accident it’s tempting to just get an alignment or wheel balance to correct the problem. But if there’s some damage, a simple alignment won’t actually fix the problem, and you’ll just have to align it again after the repairs are made. So if you have an accident, get your suspension system inspected right away. Suspension problems should be fixed immediately because they can lead to unsafe handling.

One big cause of suspension damage is potholes – those nasty magnets that seem to draw our tires right into them. Well, Here are some tips for avoiding damage from potholes: First, keep your tires at their full air pressure. That gives tires their maximum resiliency and will hopefully keep your wheels or other suspension parts from crunching on a big hole. Next, just pay attention. When you see a hole you can’t miss, slow down before you hit it. Driving at a slower speed will limit the damage, and may keep your drink from spilling. But don’t brake directly over the pothole. That will cause the car’s weight to shift forward and add to the potential damage.

Don't put off an inspection of your suspension, visit your local Kwik Kar today! 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Differential Service

What is a differential and what does it do? You may have been told your differential needs service, or seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.

As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow. Differentials have gears in them that transfer the power from the drive train to your wheels - which is why they're often referred to as gear boxes. The gears need to be very strong to do this work, and they need to be properly protected so that they'll last.

All vehicles have some form of differential. If you have a front-wheel drive car, your differential is often called a transaxle and is located in the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, the differential is in the back of the car. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you will have a differential in the front and the back - and in the middle as well. The center differential adjusts for differences in speed between the front and rear wheels.

Differential fluid lubricates and cools the gears. Over time, the fluid can get dirty from bits of the gears grinding off. The additives that keep the fluid clean and protect the differential break down over time. So your vehicle manufacturer has scheduled intervals for you to have your differential fluid changed.

Differentials are hard working mechanisms, and, along with the gears in a manual transmission, need to be serviced regularly with high-quality, replacement fluid. Your Kwik Kar automotive service center can give you more information as to when your next differential service is recommended. You can also ask if they have a record of when the service was last completed.

As with most service intervals, if you are driving under more severe conditions, you will want to service your differential more frequently. "Severe service" conditions are defined in most owners' manuals, and include: frequent starts and stops, short trips, cold weather, hot weather and towing. All these conditions add to the stress of the vehicle and its parts. Also, off-roading can be especially hard on differentials, especially if you cross streams. Proper service will extend the life of your gears and keep them running more smoothly. If you have never had your differential checked, visit Kwik Kar for more information.

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 

Exhaust Service

Whenever we talk about exhaust service, most people normally think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental regulations.

Exhaust service has really become exhaust and emissions service. High-tech computer controlled emissions devices are now a big part of exhaust service. Because it is so sophisticated, your vehicle manufacturer recommends you have your emission system checked out by a qualified exhaust technician regularly to make sure everything is working right - usually every 6 months or 10,000 miles/16,000 kilometers.

If your Check Engine light comes on, especially if it's flashing, get your car looked at right away. Technicians at Kwik Kar handle emission problems everyday. You might have exhaust or emissions trouble if your car is difficult to start, runs rough, is noisy or smoking. If you experience these problems,


Let's review the exhaust system. We will start from the top and begin with the exhaust manifold. That is the part that attaches to the engine and collects the exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Exhaust gaskets help seal the connection with the manifold and various other joints along the way. If the manifold is cracked or loose, or a gasket is leaking, dangerous gases could escape into the passenger compartment, where you ride. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, so it is important that your exhaust system doesn't leak. The exhaust pipes connect the various components. They can rust or be damaged by a rock, so they need to be inspected periodically.

Next is the catalytic converter. This part looks like a muffler. It changes chemicals that are dangerous to your health and the environment into harmless carbon dioxide and water. It doesn't require any maintenance itself. But eventually they wear out. You will find this out when your car fails an emissions inspection.

Now the muffler. Its main job is to quiet engine noises. Mufflers work by either absorbing or baffling sound. And you can actually customize your car's sound with different mufflers - anything from whisper quiet to bad-boy rumbley. Rusted or road-damaged mufflers can leak and need to be replaced right away.

The exhaust system is attached to the car by a series of hangers and clamps. These fasteners hold the system in place. When hangers come loose or break, hot exhaust components can touch and melt wires, hoses and lines.

Finally, we end at the tailpipe. This is the final outlet for the exhaust. These can be plain-Jane or pretty flashy. Also, the oxygen sensors monitor the oxygen content of the exhaust so the engine control computer can adjust the fuel-to-air mix to keep the car running right.

Exhaust and emissions service covers plain old pipes and high-tech computers. It impacts everything from life and death safety due to exhaust leaks, to fine-tuning the sound of your ride.

Stop by your local Kwik Kar today and take care of your exhaust service needs. 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.


Proper Fluids in your Vehicle

We would like to give you an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, cars are becoming more sophisticated everyday - and fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.

The do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many car owners rely on the advice of their service consultant to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their car and the way they drive.

Let's start with engine oil. If you have been paying attention, you will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built to much tighter tolerances and have very complicated valve trains. The oil must be thin enough to lubricate complicated parts when the engine is cold. The weight of an oil is expressed in terms like 20-W-50 or 5-W-30. Manufacturers recommend the weight of oil for each vehicle they make. The recommendation is based on engine design. Your Watauga service center will know what weight your manufacturer recommends - and it's important to follow those recommendations. A service adviser at Kwik Kar can also offer suggestions for special formulations and can explain conventional and synthetic oils.

Antifreeze, or engine coolant, is another area that has become more complicated. For a long time, manufacturers only called for a couple of different types of coolant. Now there are several different formulations that are needed because of the different materials that manufacturers are using to build the cooling system. Using the wrong type of coolant can actually void your warranty, so you want to get that right.

Transmission fluid is beginning to be specialized as well. New transmission designs have particular requirements that mandate the use of specific formulations. Recently, new, somewhat confusing, standards for brake fluid have also been released.

Not too long ago, there was a good chance that all of the vehicles at your house would use many of the same fluids. However, as automotive technology advances, the array of basic automotive fluids you need will grow. And, some of the formulations will cost a little more. Fortunately, your Arlington service center will continue to update their training to keep pace with technology so that you'll get the right fluids your car needs. It's all part of the commitment your service center makes to your driving peace of mind.

 

Fuel Filter Replacement

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around the country use fuel filters.

Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in our auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your sedan is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.

That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your sedan ages. It'll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.

A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That's because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can't get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can't get enough power to get you out of harm's way.

For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.

This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don't want to cause them damage just because you didn't spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.

You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It's a little part, it's simple and it's cheap to take care of. But if it's neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars of repair bills.

Those auto service schedules in your owner's manual are there for a reason. If ever you don't understand a recommended service, just ask your service advisor at Kwik Kar. We'll be happy to explain.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Full Service Car Wash

Kwik Kar car wash locations offer several different packages of washes for you to choose from. The following is an all encompassing list of the many items that come with a full service wash:

  • Exterior Wash of Vehicle
  • Complete Interior Vacuuming
  • Dusting of Dash and Console
  • Cleaning of windows Inside and Out
  • Soft-Towel Dry
  • Spot Free Rinse
  • Door Jams Wiped
  • Under Chassis Cleaning
  • Clear Coat Sealant
  • Air Fragrance Treatment
  • Rust Inhibitor
  • Triple Foam Ploish
  • Wheel Cleaning
  • Tire Shine
  • Weather-X or Rain-X treatment
  • Conditioning of Interior Dash, Doors & Console
  • Exterior Shine Treatment

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Buff & Polish

Do you have unwanted surface scratches or swirls in your paint? The buff and polish service will buff out unwanted surface scratches or swirls to get your paint looking new. 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Buff and Polish

Complete Detail 
 
The best way to restore your car’s original look. Includes both interior and exterior details.
 
Complete Exterior Detail
Remove tar, insects, sap and other embedded contaminants. Hand wax vehicle to leave a swirl free glass smooth finish, clean windows, wipe door jams, clean and dress vinyl and rubber trim, dress tires and clean wheels. 
 
Complete Interior Detail
Vacuum and shampoo carpets, seats and all mats. Blow out all vents and crevices with compressed air, Clean and protect all interior vinyl, plastic and leather. Clean all interior windows and mirrors, clean door jams and seals, clean headliner.
Allow about 1 1/2 hours to Complete
 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Complete Detail

Express Wash

You can choose to get an express wash or exterior only. This wash is for the outside of the vehicle only, and does not include vacuuming, speciality soaps, and sealants the full-service washes include.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Express Wash

 

 

Hand Wash 

If your vehicle doesn't fit in the tunnel no need to worry...
 
Handwashing helps you get that factory fresh clean look with our professional hand wash services. Our skilled car cleaning technicians use just a sponge, brush, and their hands to give your vehicle the deep clean it needs to look its very best. Our complete professional hand wash services include a wash, dry, and tire shine without the use of any machines.  
 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Hand Wax

The hand wax process includes all the following:
  • Washing of the vehicle
  • Waxing of the clear coat
  • Removal by hand of wax material using a micro-fiber rag

It's recommended that you wax your vehicle every three months to maintain a factory like finish and to perserve the paint from damage

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Hand Wax

Headlight Restoration

Our headlight restoration service removes clouding, foggy, yellowing, and hazing from all plastic headlights and auto lamps, allowing for safer night time driving. Clear headlights gives your vehicle a well maintained appearance, and a better resale value. All these benefits are available at an unbelievably low cost. Much less then replacing your headlights, new OEM lights, and even the poorly constructed cheaply manufactured aftermarket or reproduction headlights. 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.
 
 
Headlight Restoration
Complete Interior Detail
 
Vacuum and shampoo carpets, seats and all mats. Blow out all vents and crevices with compressed air, Clean and protect all interior vinyl, plastic and leather. Clean all interior windows and mirrors, clean door jams and seals, clean headliner.
 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 
 
Interior Detail
 
 
MOTOR CLEAN
 
This service involves pre-treating the under side of the hood and engine with a degreaser to break down dirt and grease. We then use a soft bristle brush to work in the solution. Finally, the dirt and debris is washed off with a pressure hose and a light spray of Armor All is applied to bring out a new car shine.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 

 

Odor Eliminator Treatment

Everyone loves his or her car, especially while it still has that new-car smell. Once that wears off, all sorts of other odors develop. Tobacco smoke, spilled food, road kill, gasoline, smog, and mildew from the air conditioning system all contribute to a not pleasant and not so healthy automotive environment. A Rid Ordor Treatment is like a hand sanitizer for the vents and interior surfaces of your car.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Overspray Removal

The Process:

Most experts would agree that using the clay bar process is the most effective and safest way to remove any contaminants/overspray on your paints finish.

The process begins with an exterior wash of the vehicle. Then, using a clay bar and starting with one section of the vehicle, you gently maneuver the clay in a back & forth motion over the vehicle. As you maneuver the clay bar around the vehicle, the clay bar will pick up and remove any contaminants off your paints finish safely without damaging the paint and clear coat. This process is repeated over and over, one section at a time, until all contaminants are removed.

During this process, there are two things that are very important:

First - The vehicle must be kept wet at all times. This allows the clay bar to glide across the surfaces of your vehicle with ease.

Second - As you see the clay bar picking up the contaminants, you have to knead the clay so that you are using a smooth side of it.

Finally, after all the contaminants are off the vehicle, it is necessary to wash the exterior again. This will remove the excess film that the clay bar leaves behind. Then thoroughly dry the vehicle with a synthetic chamois.
 
Once the vehicle is completely dry and all the contaminants are removed, simply apply a thick coat of a high grade wax. It is recommended to use a Micro Fiber towel to remove the wax, as this will reduce the risk of scratching your vehicle.

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.
 
 
 

Rain Check

Many of our Kwik Kar car wash locations offer Rain Checks for your car wash. If it rains the day you get your car washed, come back and get it re-washed at no charge to you.

Duration of Rain Checks vary from location to location; usually the range is 24 hours, but some locations offer up to a 7 day guarantee.

Check with your local Kwik Kar car wash to find out more.

UPHOLSTERY SERVICES

Upholstery Detail Service includes:
  • Vacuum carpets, including floor mats
  • Spray carpets and mats with industrial strength, non-toxic cleaner
  • Scrub and hot water extraction of dirt and grime
  • Apply spot treatment where aggressive cleaning is necessary

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 

Upholstery Cleaning

Full Service Oil Change 
 
A must for your vehicle's regular maintenance. It's not just an oil change. It's a preventative maintenance program designed to maintain the safety and extend the life of your vehicle.

Kwik Kar's 20 Point Oil Change service includes: 

• Oil change with up to 5 quarts of oil 
• Replace oil filter 
• Lubricate chassis (when applicable) 
• Check air filter 
• Check and fill differential (when applicable) 
• Check and fill power steering fluid 
• Check and fill anti-freeze/radiator fluid 
• Check and fill transmission fluid 
• Check and fill transfer case (when applicable) 
• Visual battery check 
• Check breather element (when applicable) 
• Check all belts 
• Check wiper blades 
• Check and fill windshield washer fluid 
• Check A/C or cabin air filter 
• Check tire pressure 
• Check brake fluid level 
• Check throttle body and air induction system 
• Vacuum front interior 
• Free fluid top-offs between 3,000 mile oil change intervals 
 
Kwik Kar recommends a full service oil and lube every 3,000 miles or 3 months
 
~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Air Filter

Have you noticed a loss in fuel mileage? Have you experienced reduced engine performance and maybe even poor acceleration? A likely cause is due to a dirty air filter. If dirt enters the engine it affects the bearings, piston rings, cylinders and even oil leaks. These can cause major problems with your car, which can be avoided with keeping a clean air filter in your car. Kwik Kar locations carry air filters that will eliminate hazardous dust, dirt and other debris from entering your engine.
 
So how does an air filter protect your car? Well, air is drawn into the engine as a critical part of the combustion process. The engine air filter captures airborne contaminants such as dirt, dust and even bugs before they can enter the engine.
Depending on the location of where you drive your vehicle on a regular basis will determine how often you should get your air filter replaced. If you drive in the country or in a location where there is construction taking place the odds of needing an air filter increase substantially.

All Kwik Kar locations go through a 20 point inspection during every oil change service. As part of this inspection, they visually inspect the air filter and recommend replacement if necessary. Usually, air filters should be replaced every 12,000 miles or 12 months.
 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Air Filters

Engine Diagnostic 

 

Cars can have many problems and most of these problems involve the engine in your car. If your car is not running right, won't start or the check engine light is on, you will need a diagnostic test to determine what went wrong. An Engine Diagnostic test is a procedure that first communicates with your car's computer by hooking up a code reader to your vehicles On-Board Diagnostics connector to find out what the computer thinks is wrong. Your vehicle has a complex network of sensors that give readings to the computer and if anything is out of sorts, a code will be returned telling the mechanic where to look.

A mechanic will then verify component failure to make sure the computer is not simply confused. After determining the cause of your problem, a Kwik Kar mechanic will then recommend the necessary repairs. Most Kwik Kar locations can fix just about any problem your car has.
 
Don't panic if you do see a check engine light, often times it can be a simple fix.  About 85% of vehicles on the road have either a check engine light on or some other safety issue such as a broken license-plate light, loose gas cap, a worn spark plug, poor emissions, low transmission fluid or cracked hoses and belts, according to the Car Care Council, a nonprofit consumer-education organization.

If your light does come on, stop by your local Kwik Kar to get a diagnostics test so we can get you back on the road.
 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

 

 

Timing Belt & Chain
In your motor, timing is everything. That's why your timing chain and/or timing belt are so vital to the operation of your entire vehicle. You see, without a properly installed and adjusted timing chain or timing belt, the valves on your engine don't open and close at the appropriate times.
 
Many of today's engines use timing belts while some engines use a timing chain and sprocket arrangement. A timing belt is a precision component with teeth that mesh exactly with its mating sprockets. Especially critical is uniformity of the teeth and their spacing. The belt's teeth are precision molded from a special rubber compound for good mesh and long life. The belt's inherent tensile (stretch-resistant) qualities come from high strength cords that run parallel with the direction of belt travel. 

What It Does

Timing belts maintain crankshaft-to-camshaft synchronization, keeping valve operation matched to piston position. On some engines, the belt also drives other components. These include the oil pump, water pump, and balance shafts.

When To Replace

Check your car's owner's manual for information on timing belt maintenance. Manufacturers generally recommend a certain mileage for belt replacement. This is usually every 90,000 to 100,000 miles. If the timing belt is not replaced at the suggested interval, the belt could break, leaving you stranded and possibly causing major engine damage. Check with a local Kwik Kar technician if you have questions about your car's needs for timing belt maintenance. 

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Light Blub Replacment

You're driving down the road and your teeth cringe as you look in the rearview mirror to find those flashing red and blue lights behind you. As you anxiously await the impending ticket, you start to wonder what could you have possibly done wrong. A few moments later you drive off with a ticket because one of your headlights is out. Situations like this can be easily avoided with the replacement of your car's light blubs.
 
Your car has many exterior lights including: headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, backup lights and marker lights. All which are crucial parts of your vehicle’s safety equipment. These are the main ways that you see the road and are seen by other drivers.
 
Many of the light bulbs in today’s automobiles are difficult to access and change. Some of the housings require special tools to remove. Kwik Kar not only carries a full line of replacement bulbs to fit virtually every make and model, we also have all the tools needed to get the job done quickly and get you on your way.
 
Be safe and avoid those flashing lights by keeping all your bulbs burning bright. Stop into a local Kwik Kar near you and get your blubs replaced.

Light Bulb
Mechanical Repair

Mechanical repairs are required when a mechanism on your vehicle is not working properly or when a part may be worn out enough where a replacement is required to maintain performance of your vehicle. Mechanical repairs can be very serious and even make it dangerous to operate a vehicle if it needs to be repaired. Mechanical issues left unattended are often likely to cause more problems in the vehicle.

Repairs on your vehicle may be required for many reasons: car won't start, overheating, engine failure, the battery is dead, brake failing or repeated stalling. Repairs should never be left unattended, if something is wrong, it’s important to get your vehicle looked at as soon as possible, not just for your safety, but for the safety of others on the road.

Many Kwik Kar locations employ full-time ASE certified mechanics to fix any problems you may have. A good practice to prevent many mechanical issues is to keep up with your vehicle's scheduled preventative maintenance program. If you don't know at what mileage intervals you should have services done, please consult your local Kwik Kar technician or your vehicle's owner's manual.
 
~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.
 
 
ASE Certified Technician

 

 

 

 

NITROGEN TIRE INFLATION

 

 AMERICA HAS AN "UNDER INFLATION" PROBLEM... Under-Inflated tires can be found on nearly eight out of every ten vehicles on the road today. Under inflated tires use more fuel, wear out quicker, lead to premature tire failures, and are a detriment to the environment. For many years consumers were advised to regularly check their tire pressure, yet most motorists will admit that they rarely do.

THERE IS A BETTER WAY...High-Purity nitrogen tire inflation has been used for many years by industry professionals. They use nitrogen in tires primarily for increased safety, better pressure retention and increased pressure stability. While High-Purity nitrogen tire inflation does not relieve the motorist from checking their tire pressure regularly, nitrogen in tires will on average maintain a safe level of tire pressure for a much longer period of time. In addition, nitrogen in tires will reduce tire aging, wheel oxidation and reduce pressure swings caused by moisture found in regular compressed air.

 

INCREASED FUEL EFFICIENCY

REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GASES

IMPROVED VEHICLE HANDLING

MAXIMUM VEHICLE SAFETY

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

Serpentine Belt   

Can you imagine your car without air conditioning, alternator, cooling fan, power steering pump, water pump, and other accessories? That's exactly what you'll have if your serpentine belt snaps. So it's important to have it inspected regularly, and replaced according to your manufacturer's recommended schedule.

As part of the complete maintenance check you receive with every full-service oil change, we visually inspect your car's serpentine belt. The "eye test" is if it has more than four cracks per inch in the ribbed section of the belt, and/or cracks that penetrate more than halfway through the thickness of the belt, it should be replaced.

Still, the serpentine belt's appearance doesn't always reveal whether it's on the verge of failure. Be sure to have it replaced on schedule; no matter how it looks. Check your car's owner’s manual for vehicle specific information.
 
~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.
 
 
 

 

Shocks and Struts 

Shocks and struts are crucial components that help control your vehicle’s steering, stopping and stability. If you experience noise over bumps, pulling, drifting, or feel like something just isn’t right, then let our ASE certified technicians perform a complete suspension system check. Once completed, we’ll tell you exactly which suspension repairs need to be made in order to get you back on the road safely.
 
Shocks are designed to provide measured resistance every time the wheels on your vehicle bounce up and down or when your vehicle's chassis leans as you make a turn. This helps smooth out your driving experience.
 
Struts control spring and suspension movement to keep tires in contact with the road. Struts cost more, but typically have a longer life than conventional shock absorbers.
 
Many things affect vehicles in motion, including weight distribution, speed, road conditions and wind. To effectively navigate through all these factors, your vehicle’s suspension system—including the shocks, struts and springs—must be in good condition. Worn suspension components may reduce the stability of the vehicle and reduce driver control. They may also accelerate wear on other suspension components.
 
Many manufacturers recommend that you have your shocks and struts checked about once a year or every 50,000 miles for your safety and comfort
 
When shocks or struts are not working properly, you may notice several warning signs:
  • Your vehicle is frequently bouncing
  • Your tires are losing their grip on the road
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • Audible vibration or noise
  • Visible fluid leaks from your shock absorbers
  • Dents, holes or visible damage to any of your shock and strut components
  • Nose dives on hard braking 
Properly functioning shocks and struts will: 
  • Keep your tires on the road
  • Give the vehicle a comfortable ride
  • Help maintain alignment
  • Stabilize the vehicle
  • Prolong the life of other parts of the suspension

 

~Because each store is individually owned and operated, services may differ from store to store.

 

Shocks and Struts