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  • Benefits of Suspension Lift Kits

    Posted on 19, November, 2018

    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 here.

  • Cabin Air Filters

    Posted on 31, July, 2018

    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 what you want when you’re trying to cool off your hot car on a hot, sunny day!

    Since cabin air filters are still new on the scene, some people haven’t heard of them—they many not even know they have one! Often, when a customer complains of unpleasant odors in their vehicle, it turns out the cause is a dirty cabin air filter. Unlike many maintenance procedures we perform on our customer’s cars, timely cabin air replacement does nothing your car’s safety, reliability or longevity.  It’s sole purpose is to protect your health and comfort while you travel.

    An additional and important note for hybrid owners: your car has a special air filter that cleans the air and cools the hybrid battery pack. This filter should be inspected with the cabin air filter to ensure the battery pack doesn’t overheat.

    Much like the AC and furnace filters in your home, your cabin air filter should be replaced at specified time intervals independent of your vehicle mileage.  Here at Integrity Car Care & Tires, we recommend annual replacement of your cabin air filter as part of our comprehensive overall maintenance strategy.  Call Integrity Car Care & Tires today to schedule your appointment.

  • 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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