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  • Better Left to the Pros

    Posted on 22, January, 2018

    Having a car’s like having a house. Chances are your home’s going to need some work from time to time. Maybe the wood panels in the den just need a fresh coat of paint. Or maybe the electrical wiring’s worn down and needs replacing – that’s not something you’ll want to do yourself. Your car’s no different. Whether it’s an old Chevy or a year-old Honda – some maintenance items require a professional, who can do the work safely and efficiently.

    Here’s a quick rundown of auto repairs best left to the pros:

    ·         Check Engine – The light goes off and you think: low engine oil. But it’s not always that clear. Some check-engine codes are vague and require a much deeper dive to figure out what the problem is. What you thought was a notification that your gas cap is loose, might be something much more serious – like a bad catalytic converter. Skip the guessing game and let our pros use their know-how to figure out the problem.

    ·         AC Fill-up – Some people swear by the cooling agent Freon, to cure any problems with their climate control system. But what they don’t know is that if you need Freon, that means something is probably leaking, and filling your system with coolant will only act as a Band-Aid. If you don’t have enough compressor lube, Freon can overheat your compressor and burn it up. When dealing with any kind of AC problem, just give us a call.

    ·         Suspension – This is the system of tires, springs, and shock absorbers that connect your car to its wheels. It’s a complex system of parts, but basically, it’s what keeps your car between the lines. Mess with any of your suspension components and you’re asking for a safety hazard. For your safety and the health of your tires, we recommend leaving any suspension repairs and upgrades to our trusted auto care pros. 
    Just like switching out a light bulb in your chandelier, there’s no doubt you can change that headlight, too. But when it comes to these three complex auto repairs, leave the challenge to the pros at Integrity Car Care & Tires - not just for your safety but also for some peace of mind!

  • Tire Pressure in Winter

    Posted on 20, December, 2017

    You may notice when the weather turns colder, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light on your dashboard lights up more frequently.  It is important that you check your tire pressure regularly during the winter to help keep the TPMS light off and your vehicle safe.  It is common at this time of year for your TPMS light to come on.  You will often see this on the coldest mornings.  If it warms up later in the day, the light may turn off but it’s likely that tires will still be a few PSI under inflated. This is why it’s important to check tire pressure regularly.  According to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, for every 10 degree drop in the temperature, tire pressure decreases one to two pounds per square inch (PSI).  Checking the tire pressure is important for vehicle safety, tire life and gas mileage.  Incorrect tire pressure can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every one PSI drop in pressure of all four tires and improve fuel efficiency by up to 3.3 percent when the correct tire pressure is maintained.  Here at “Integrity Car Care & Tires”, we recommend checking tire pressure at least monthly. It is important to note that newer cars with tire pressure monitoring systems may not alert you until the tire is significantly under-inflated, so you may want to check it more frequently.  It is important to check tire pressure whenever there is a significant weather change and more often during the winter months.

  • Merry Christmas from Integrity Car Care & Tires!

    Posted on 07, December, 2017

    In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

  • Oil Change Intervals and Common Sense

    Posted on 21, November, 2017
     
    There is a lot of disinformation out there regarding "oil change" intervals. Manufacturers are recommending ever increasing intervals between oil changes. In fact, most manufacturers have programmed the powertrain control module (the computer that serves as your engine's brain) to make the determination for when you should have your oil and filter changed. At Integrity Car Care & Tires we believe that waiting for the "oil change reminder" light to come on in your late model car is false economy. Not too long ago, we had to replace a customers' engine that had just over 60K miles on it. He had records showing he had always changed the oil according to the manufacturers 10K mile recommended interval. Another shop owner recently shared with me that he had to replace a customers' engine at 87K miles. Again, the customer had always complied with the manufacturers 8K mile recommendation. In our professional experience, we recommend you change conventional oil every 3000 miles and synthetic oil every 6000 miles. I recently changed the oil on my personal 2013 Ford F150. I run synthetic oil in it and overshot my oil change mileage by about 500 miles. When I went to reset the oil change reminder light, I was shocked to find the oil that already had 6500 miles on it still had 48% useful life remaining! I would have had over 12000 miles on that oil if I followed the advice of my engine's computer!
     
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