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Mishawaka Auto Repair

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Looking for a shop near me who does alignments? Look not further!!

Looking for a shop near me who does alignments? Look not further!!

"When should I get a wheel alignment?" If you are looking for a shop near me who can help, look no further. Have you noticed the potholes, which seem to grow even larger after the a thaw and freeze? Three common issues that potholes may cause for your car: Tire Damage: I popped two tires by hitting the pothole just right, ugggg. Or, which maybe worse is that it takes a chunk out of your tire, which is very dangerous at high speeds as the tire could pop then. Alignment: Over time continually hitting potholes, can mess up with the alignment of your car. Have you been pulling to the left or the right? Bearings: If you hear a grinding noise while turning, your bearings maybe damaged. A wheel bearing is crucial for the proper function of the hub, tire and wheel assemblies to work together. #alignment #bearings #Tires #shopnearme  

JOB OPENING: AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE ADVISOR/ASSISTANT MANAGER

JOB OPENING: AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE ADVISOR/ASSISTANT MANAGER

Automotive Service Advisor/Assistant Manager Full-time job                                                                                                         Automotive Service Advisor-No Evenings or Weekends $35,000-$60,000 Excellent pay for the right individual-Rick’s Auto Service Base Pay Plus Bonus(depending on experience) We are an Independent, Family-Owned Auto Repair Shop in Mishawaka, Indiana looking for an Enthusiastic and Great Service ... read more

"When should I change my Wiper Blades?"

"When should I change my Wiper Blades?"

  Depending on the following your Wiper Blades should be replaced every 6 months to a year. Remember some factors that may cause your Wiper Blades to deteriorate are as follows: Intense Sun as in Florida the ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration. Oil, when you use car wax and exhaust that can deteriorate the rubber in the wiper blades. Also, in everyday driving Sand, mud and dust carried in the wind can wreak havoc with your Wiper Blades also salt water and acid rain are two culprits.   When checking your Wiper Blades here are some things to look at:   Broken frame – detachment of frame arms at joints or connection points. Metal Corrosion – especially at joints and claws. Visible cracks, tears, and missing pieces in the rubber squeegee’s edge. Flex rubber squeegee back and forth to see if it is still flexible. Aged squeegees will have difficulty conforming to the shape of your windshield and create streaks. Check squeegee wiping edge for ... read more

Tuesday Travel TIps: Bad Weather Driving

Tuesday Travel TIps: Bad Weather Driving

Slow down. Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. Beware of black ice. It’s nearly impossible to see this crystal-clear glaze, but you can spot it when your headlights reflect off the road at night. It tends to form on bridges, which trap the cold; in the shadows of tall buildings, where the sun can't hit it; and at intersections, due to drains. That's why, in bad weather, you should slow down a couple of hundred feet before stop signs and lights. Avoid tailgating. On the highway, leave about 100 yards (about the length of a football field) between you and the car ahead of you to give you plenty of room to stop in case that person brakes suddenly. Don’t brake during a turn. To avoid a spin-out, gradually start turning the steering wheel and feathering the brakes lightly before the curve. Then coast through the turn w ... read more

Why are there lines on the street?

Why are there lines on the street?

 “Have you ever wondered ” why are there lines on the road?” The city does an anti-icing, pretreatment and de-icing.  So, when you see the lines know that there is possible snow or an ice storm coming up.t • Pre-treatment – A form of anti-icing where chemicals are applied to the road up to 48 hours before a winter storm to prevent a bond from forming between the pavement and the snow and ice when the storm starts. WHEN AND WHERE WILL VDOT(Virginia Department of Transportaion) USE ANTI-ICING? VDOT may use anti-icing when snow or an ice storm is predicted and when pavement temperatures are above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Anticipated temperature and type of precipitation at the start of a storm will determine its use. VDOT’s anti-icing program covers at least 200 miles of roads in each of its nine districts. VDOT also deploys anti-icing crews to major bridges, overpasses and areas prone to freezing to keep ice from forming. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF ... read more

HO HO HO Need to find a special gift for that special person who is hard to buy from?

HO HO HO Need to find a special gift for that special person who is hard to buy from?

Are you looking for a Last Minute Christmas Gift? Do you have that one person who always is the hardest to buy for (or you want to do something special for yourself)? Look no further, buy them our Lifetime Oil Change, It’s Your lifetime not the lifetime of the vehicle, no matter how often you change vehicles. There is a $5.00 disposal cost fee. If you upgrade to full synthetic you just pay the difference. So it really is a win/win you are able to keep up on your maintenance (by our reminders). We also do: Oil and Filter changes using only top-tier, OEM quality products on your vehicle at our recommended service intervals, up to 5 oil changes per year. Multi-point vehicle inspection. 5% Discount on Labor for all future services on that vehicle. Maintenance service reminders Free service loaner vehicles Don’t forget our 36,000 mile 3 year labor and parts warranty. Our goal is to keep all the vehicles we see running for as long as their owners would like.  If ... read more

WHY DO I NEED TO FLUSH MY BRAKES?

WHY DO I NEED TO FLUSH MY BRAKES?

We’ve been asked “Is Brake Flushing really necessary?” Braking systems don’t last forever. Parts, like the rubber in the master cylinder valves, calipers and wheel cylinders deteriorate. Those pieces flake off and end up in your brake fluid. Because of every day wear and tear the fluid  gets old and worn out. And, moisture in the system leads to rust, which leads to more nasty bits in your brake fluid. All this adds up to a brake system that has compromised effectiveness and decreased stopping power. A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes flushed about every 30,000 miles or so. If when driving you notice your vehicle has decreased it’s stopping power, have it inspected way sooner than later, just to be on the safe side. The picture above is where the technician bleeds the brake line to get all the air out of the system. #Brakeflush #BrakeSystem #Maintenance

7- Tips for stress free travel.

7- Tips for stress free travel.

1. Have a spa day. Whether it’s before you go- or after you get to your destination (I prefer after) especially if I know it will be especially stressful.  Don’t forget to still exercise, yoga, or walking to optimize your time  2.  Book travel at smart times. Consider booking your flight, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays) train or driving times during non-peak times. 3.  Speaking of transportation … rather than relying on public transportation, why not get a good friend or family member to drive you to the airport instead?  It might relax you, knowing that you’re in good hands and that you can talk up a storm with a friend- taking your mind off that leg of the trip.    4.  Don’t overbook your itinerary.  You run ... read more

Power Steering Flush

Power Steering Flush

     "Why do I need to do flushes on my car?" "Do I need to change Power Steering Fluid?"  Over miles and time, small amounts of wear products will build up in your #Power Steering Fluid. These wear products are bits of plastic, rubber and metal from inside the system that naturally wear off over time. As these particles are pushed around in the power steering fluid, they can accelerate wear to many of the seals on components in the system. Since there is no filter in your power steering system, the only way to remove these small particles is to remove the power steering fluid and add new, clean fluid. This is called flushing the Power Steering System.      When doing the flush, we also inspect the seals and hoses for leaks, as the system ages it’s possible to begin slow leak, or seals wear down, dry or crack.             The power steering system in your veh ... read more

Be proactive in your car care...Maintenance...Maintenance...Maintenance

Be proactive in your car care...Maintenance...Maintenance...Maintenance

Be proactive when you see leaking fluids coming from your vehicle. When you see something:Types of leaks can be: engine oil, engine coolant,transmission fluid, brake fluid washer fluid,Gasoline and more.Some leaks occur while driving, some whilesitting and sometimes during both.Some leaks are common and some are rare.You can often identify your leak by the color,consistency, smell and location.Most common leak? Engine oil.When engine oil is new, it has a yellow golden color,while older oil can be dark brown to black. If you noticethis type of fluid leak, check your oil immediately toprevent major engine damage.