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Benefits of Suspension Lift Kits

Suspension Lifts are accessories that simultaneously amplify a truck’s performance and increase ground clearance. Lifted suspension is the in trend for truck enthusiasts that not only want a truck to look good to the eye but also want to improve both on-road and off-road performance. Suspension Lift kits are high performance accessories designed uniquely to improve ground clearance of your truck, securing you a smoother drive on the bumpy highway and at the same time, an incident-free drive on off-road terrains, conquering difficult conditions and obstacles that you may experience. Suspension Lifts are useful for improving wheel clearance for the more beefy and wide-inched wheels. They also provide tremendous and improved handling and control with superior attractiveness and comfort on your adventures. Call us here at Integrity Car Care & Tires today to schedule an appointment for a suspension lift kit quote. Better yet, request an appointment on line ... read more

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Tire & Major Repair Financing

Need tires but it's not in the budget? We can help. We offer deferred interest financing for tires and any other budget busting repairs your vehicle needs. The safe and reliable operation of your car is too important. Let us help you keep your family safe and secure without wreaking havoc on your budget. Schedule an appointment today

Synthetic Oil - It's just better

At Integrity Car Care & Tires, we work hard to educate our customers on the benefits of synthetic motor oil. We know the benefits of synthetic oil far outweigh the modest increase in cost. That is why the owners, managers and technicians at Integrity Car Care & Tires all run synthetic oil in our personal vehicles. Don't just take our word for it though. After extensive independent testing, AAA has come to the same conclusion. In the article linked below, AAA has "found that synthetic oil outperformed conventional oil by an average of nearly 50 percent in its independent evaluation, offering vehicles significantly better engine protection for only $5 more per month." "While only a limited number of vehicles specifically require synthetic oil, all vehicles can benefit from using synthetic oil."  https://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/06/aaa-spills-truth-oil-chang ... read more

Money Tips for Stress Free Auto Repair

Auto loan payments, insurance, and fuel come up every month and are pretty easy to plan for. Plus, you can typically anticipate so many oil changes in a year and the odd engine or cabin air filter here or there. These costs are standard with vehicle ownership and part of the price we pay for safe and reliable transportation. The real rub is when costly repair work like needing new tires, a timing belt, a leaky radiator or an engine management system failure happen suddenly or “crawl up” on us and need attention at a bad time. We never want to compromise on safety items, but occasionally can find ourselves in a “pay a little now or pay a lot later” situation where we have to consider putting off important maintenance and repairs for budget reasons. Fortunately, at Integrity Car Care & Tires we have an easy to budget solution to these unplanned repair costs with our convenient NAPA EasyPay Credit Card. You may be saying, “The last thing I want is anoth ... read more

Coolant System Maintenance

Here at Integrity Car Care & Tires, we're often asked questions about the cooling system – the system that cools your engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let's examine the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system. The coolant is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. If you don't have enough coolant it can't keep your engine cool. You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of vehicles require different coolant formulations to protect against corrosion. Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can start to eat away at the cooling system parts. The level of freeze protection deteriorates over time also. At Integrity Car Care & Tires, we recommend a complete coolant system flus ... read more

Cabin Air Filters

Cabin Air Filters

Cabin air filters are a common topic these days because not all vehicles have them. To clear up any confusion, let's discuss the difference between the engine air filter and the relatively new cabin air filter. The cabin air filter cleans the air going into the passenger compartment and the engine air filter cleans the air going into the engine. Every vehicle is equipped with an engine air filter but not necessarily with a cabin air filter. There are many pollutants, spores and dust particles in the air today. The cabin air filter traps most of these before they reach the passenger cabin. When you consider that a cabin air filter can stop a particle as small as three microns in size and a grain of sand is almost 200 microns, it's easy to see that having it filter the air entering your passenger compartment can make your travel experience much more pleasant.  A clogged and dirty cabin air filter also restricts air flow through your car’s vents – not ... read more

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Fuel System Operation and Maintenance

I'd like to give you a quick overview of the fuel system. It starts with the fuel tank. The fuel pump is located inside the tank and pumps fuel out to the engine. Somewhere along the way is a fuel filter whose job is to filter out dirt before it hits the engine. Then there's the fuel intake system and the fuel injectors that deliver the fuel to be burned in the engine. Our focus is to discuss how to make the various components of your fuel system work well and last as long as possible. Now the best thing you can do for your fuel pump is to use good quality fuel. Top tier gas typically has fewer contaminants and more detergents to keep things clean. Using good gas, or adding a fuel system cleaner to your tank, can prolong the life of your fuel pump. Because the fuel pump lives inside your tank, it's pretty expensive to replace, so helping it last as long as possible is a worthwhile goal. The fuel filter catches dirt and contaminants. When it's clogged, your engine ... read more

The Integrity Team

The Integrity Team

Updated team photo. (clockwise from top left): Mike with ball cap - all things automotive repair & maintenance, Ethan - all things automotive repair & maintenance, Joanie - all things customer service, Abraham the intern, Debora - all things bookkeeping & accounting, Fred - manager, master technician and expert cat herder

Better Left to the Pros

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 seriou ... read more

Tire Pressure in Winter

Tire Pressure in Winter

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 ... read more

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