Consumer Tip #9: I always recommend that my customers check their tire condition every gas fill-up by turning the wheels away from the pump and look at the tire tread. If it is not evenly worn across the entire tread, call your ASE Blue Seal shop or dealership for an alignment check. If you are not sure, drop by the shop so they can do a quick, visual evaluation of the tread. This inspection can be performed in the parking lot.
Remember: Misaligned tires wastes gasoline. Wasted gasoline is money out of your pocket.
Consumer Tip #2: Your engine is a fine-tuned machine. There are dozens and dozens of sensors and actuators that keep it running at peak efficiency. When one of these components sees that something isn‘t running right, it will illuminate the service engine soon/check engine light on your dash.
If the vehicle is running poorly, stop immediately in the safest place. Call your shop, call a tow truck.
But, if the vehicle is running ok without a noticeable problem, call your ASE Blue Seal shop as soon as possible for an appointment to have it properly analyzed.
Consumer Tip #12: And don‘t let your next door neighbor work on your vehicle in the driveway -- especially diagnosing and replacing brake parts. The basic brake components of 30-40 years ago do not compare to today‘s braking system. There are certain specifications that must be measured before brake parts are replaced. Another thing, if your friend needs to replace a hydraulic component, the brake fluid system must be bled of air bubbles (which occur when the liquid-filled system is opened up to replace parts). There are special tools, computers needed to properly expel the air molecules out of the system. Times have changed
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Consumer Tip #3: The vehicle's air conditioning cools the passenger cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle's coolant system helps to maintain your vehicle‘s engine temperature. It‘s that simple. When it is hot outside, you turn on your car‘s air conditioning to cool off. Your air conditioning is comprised of many components. Generally, there is no maintenance needed. When your car gets older, sometimes it may not keep you as cool, as when new. Your ASE-certified technician can quickly check the temperature of the air coming out of the dashboard vents by using an infrared gun. Again, ask if there is a charge for this service – like my shop, most ASE Blue Seal shops do not charge. They will know if the temperature is within a reasonable range to keep you cool. The fix may be as simple as adjusting the dash controls.