Your windshield is the leading safety restraint of your car- adding strength during an accident and preventing occupants from being ejected. If it needs repair, here’s what you need to know about getting it fixed and making sure it continues to protect you and your passengers.
Don’t opt for the lowest cost option. If a windshield is not installed correctly, it could pop out in an accident, which would allow the roof to cave in and crush the people inside the vehicle. In the event of an accident, the deployment of the airbag exerts a force on the windshield. If it isn’t glued in properly, the windshield could be blown out.
Be sure you utilize a certified automotive shop that is experienced and trained in windshield repair. Mistakes such as not wearing gloves can result in grease that prevents the [...]
Finding a trusted auto body shop is extremely important in maintaining the health of your vehicle and minimizing unnecessary automobile expenditures. Take these factors into consideration before choosing your go-to mechanic:
One of the best places to go for information you can trust is your circle of friends. Ask them what body shop they have used in the past and how satisfied they were. Referrals are a great way to identify quality shops.
Read online reviews. There are numerous online sites that allow customers to weigh in on their experience.
Contact your local consumer organization and find out if there have been any complaints made against a particular shop and how the complaints were resolved.
Shop qualifications. Visit the auto repair shop and:
Ready to add some extras to your vehicle? Learn what aftermarket options you have and what impact they will have on your car or truck’s performance and appearance.
A lift kit essentially lifts either the suspension or the body to give the vehicle a higher profile. Thanks to this elevated height, the wheel wells ride higher and taller tires can be installed. It also enables steeper off-road ascent and descent and high clearance. And last, but not least to many individuals, is that the kit changes the visual appearance of your vehicle.
There are two type of lifts- a body lift and a suspension lift.
1. A body lift kit is the more inexpensive option and consists of a 1, 2 or [...]
Wondering what type of check-ups your car should be having to maintain its top running health? For peak performance of your ride, you should be going well beyond an oil change. Take a look at the list below and learn how (and why) you should be showing your car the TLC it deserves.
1. Oil Changes
Regular oil changes are the simplest way to extend the life of your car and save major headaches and expenses related to breakdowns and repairs. Without a regular oil change, buildup will start to occur in the cooler parts of the engine and lead to carbon deposits coming from the old oil. This will likely lead to an expensive engine cleaning or worn-out piston rings.
On the flip side, adherence to routine oil changes
How to choose the best repair shop for a classic car?
Classic cars require specialized service and repairs. With the financial and emotional investment you likely have in your classic car, why trust it to just any body shop? Learn how to choose where to go to get your treasure the upkeep and pampering it deserves.
Why not just do the jobs myself?
Hiring a mechanic to service your classic car provides numerous benefits including:
Knowledge of necessary service. Mechanics experienced with a particular type of classic car will know exactly what service is needed when. These services requirements and timing vary significantly from modern cars.
Documentation of service. If you ever decide to resell your car, having a record of what services you have had performed will help increase the [...]
Driving on worn tires is a hazard to yourself and others on the road. Are you taking all the steps to make sure you aren’t at risk? Here are 5 signs your tires are worn.
The tread is worn. Checking your wear is easy to do using a tread depth gauge or with the tire wear indicators helpfully provided by some manufacturers. You can also use a penny from your pocket. Simply hold Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger and put his head into one of the grooves where the tread appears to be the lowest. If any part of Abe’s head is covered by the tread, you are still driving on safe tires. If not, your tire’s ability to grip the road is compromised and [...]
Driving circumstances and potential damage to your vehicle
While we don’t have to deal with snowy driving conditions in winter, South Florida drivers do have to confront rainy conditions year round. And when that rain becomes torrential and results in flooding, it means dangerous driving circumstances and potential damage to your vehicle.
The best course of action is to avoid driving during heavy rain and flash floods. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. If you find yourself in a heavy rain situation follow these simple rules below.
Avoid driving through standing water on roads or in parking lots. As little as 12 inches of moving water can cause a car to lose traction and be swept off the road while as little as 6 inches can result in an engine stalling. Also be aware that restarting an engine that [...]
Your diesel engine exhaust has a color-coded way to tell you something is wrong. Are you reading the smoke signals correctly?
Black smoke results when there is too much fuel and not enough air coming out of your exhaust. The smoke gets its coloring because it is full of elemental carbon particles that would normally be burned as fuel. This incomplete combustion means either there is too much fuel being added or not enough oxygen being supplied to burn the fuel.
One of the leading causes of black smoke is over-fueling caused by diesel fuel injector wear enlarging the nozzle hole or eroding the injector fuel. This allows excess fuel to flow into the combustion chamber.
It may also be caused by dirty air-filers that don’t allow sufficient air into the [...]
Our time is limited, so the last thing we want to do is drive all over town if we don’t have to. This is the reason why there has been a huge rise in the popularity of superstores offering everything from groceries to patio furniture. However, when it comes to your car, is it possible to get superior results for a multitude of automotive services under one roof? Absolutely! Griffin Auto Care is a one-stop auto repair shop for anything under, over, and inside your car.
One-Stop Auto Repair Shop Services
Our comprehensive service offerings include:
General maintenance. Keeping your car well-maintained with regular maintenance is the easiest way to ensure it stays in peak operating condition (and minimize its lifetime repair costs). We perform tune-ups, oil changes, and all other routine check-ups and services.
Did you know that your tire pressure changes when the temperature changes? Here’s what you need to know about the daily life of your tires and how to keep them safely rolling along.
Check Tire Pressure and Temperatures For Safety
Why is checking your air pressure important?
Maintaining the appropriate air pressure is the most important thing you can do for your tires. Driving on under-inflated tires leads to increased tread wear on the outside edges of the tire as well as a reduction in fuel economy with the softer tires increasing rolling resistance. Over-inflated tires, on the other hand, can lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear.
What about your TPMS light?
All cars manufactured in 2008 or later are required to have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The [...]