Category: Automotive Industry

Honored to Receive ASA Award

October 19th, 2020 by

I am honored to receive the ASA Communicator of The Year Award for a number of reasons. Here are my top three reasons for gratitude. I value all that ASA has done and continues to do to better the industry. Their resources are valuable to industry professionals. I’m blessed to have an amazing and caring

Why we’re taking the fear out of auto repair.

July 16th, 2019 by

Many are overwhelmed at just the thought of a major auto repair. “Who can I trust?” is top of mind when searching for a reputable auto repair shop. We all have heard horror stories in the auto repair industry and today the internet has made it easy to search for anything, or has it? When

Auto Repair Assumptions

June 10th, 2019 by

The definition of assume is to think that something is true or probably true without knowing that it is true. Here’s how auto repair assumptions and perception can ruin an everyday experience. With the advancements in automotive technology, many don’t understand how their vehicle works or what maintenance is needed and when. This can make

Jump Start

October 2nd, 2016 by

JUMP START If your car battery is dead and someone is willing to give you a jump start, attach the red positive cable clamp to the positive (+) battery terminal of the dead battery. Then, secure the red positive cable clamp on the other side of the jumper cables to the functioning vehicles’ positive (+)

Texting While Driving

September 25th, 2016 by

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING Texting and talking on cell phones distracts drivers from anticipating potential problems ahead. It is important to take a look down the road in order to chart safe paths around potentially troublesome events. Once such a problem is spotted, it is often just a matter of taking corrective measures to avoid crashes

Uneven Braking

September 18th, 2016 by

UNEVEN BRAKING Back when most automobiles were outfitted with drum brakes, uneven braking (often referred to as “brake pull”) was quite common. But even though self-adjusting disc brakes have become more the rule than the exception, uneven braking can still be a problem. Although self-adjusting disc brakes are supposed to automatically compensate for pad wear,

Wheel Alignment

September 11th, 2016 by

WHEEL ALIGNMENT Steps in a wheel alignment A wheel alignment may begin by adjusting the “toe,” which is the tilt of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from above. Tires that “toe-in” point toward one another while tires that “toe-out” point away from each other. Proper toe adjustment minimizes wear. Then,

Piston Ring Maintenance

September 4th, 2016 by

PISTON RING MAINTENANCE Piston rings maintain combustion pressure in the cylinder and prevent oil from seeping into the combustion chamber. Ring failure results in white exhaust smoke excessive oil consumption compromised performance To verify the need for piston ring maintenance, the technician uses a compression tester to check for low compression readings. The technician may

Automatic Braking Systems

August 28th, 2016 by

AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEMS Automatic Braking Systems – We are entering a new era in vehicle safety. Car manufacturers are focusing, on preventing crashes, not just protecting occupants from car crashes that have already occurred. While the federal government has yet to mandate that automatic braking systems be installed in all new vehicles, several auto manufacturers

Car Window Fails

August 21st, 2016 by

CAR WINDOW FAILS When a car window fails to open or close, it can be more than an annoyance. A non-functioning power window compromises personal security. It may also allow precipitation to get inside the passenger compartment. When all the windows are in shut-down mode, a faulty fuse may be the culprit. Otherwise, if the problem