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Lift Kits, Shocks and SuspensionsLift Kits, Shocks and Suspensions

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.

Lift Kits

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 [...]

Auto Repair ServicesAuto Repair Services

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

  • Leads to [...]
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.

Classic car

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 [...]

Dangerous Ride

How to check worn tires on your vehicle

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.

  1. 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 [...]

Diesel Engine Exhaust Smoke Signals

Your diesel engine exhaust has a color-coded way to tell you something is wrong. Are you reading the smoke signals correctly?

Black Smoke

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 [...]

One stop auto repair shopOur 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.

Tire Pressure Change

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 [...]

West Palm Beach Exhaust Repair

Car Exhaust System

Do you suspect something is wrong with your exhaust system? Griffin Auto Care’s ASE certified mechanics in want you to know how to recognize the signs of exhaust system problems and why your car exhaust system plays an important role in noise reduction, controlling air pollution and fuel efficiency.

What an exhaust system does:

As one the components of your exhaust system, your muffler is designed to decrease the amount of noise emitted by the exhaust of an internal combustion engine.

Your exhaust system also carries away the gases created when fuel and air are burned the combustion chamber contained within your vehicle’s engine. These gases are harmful to both humans and the environment so the reduction in the amount released into the environment helps reduce air pollution.

Additionally, it [...]

Oil Change Downtown West Palm Beach

We’ve all heard the age-old advice about the importance of regular oil changes. But are they really necessary or is it just an outdated mantra? Read on to find out.

What is the role of motor oil?

A vehicle’s motor oil performs three critical functions: (1) it adds lubrication to the engine’s moving components; (2) it cools the engine by moving heat away from combustion chamber; and (3) it helps prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine.

What are the benefits of getting regular oil changes?

In a nutshell, 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.

Specific benefits include:

  • Better engine performance thanks to a clean and lubricated engine that [...]
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