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How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Change a Flat Tire

Knowing how to change a flat tire is a fundamental skill that all drivers should learn. These days, we rely on the internet to teach us to do so many things. However, there's always the off chance that your phone's battery is dead or the flat occurs in an area with no cell service. Before learning to change a flat tire, you need the proper tools to do so. Some of these tools may already be present in your vehicle, but you may need to purchase additional tools to store in your trunk.  What Tools Do I Need? You will need the following items: Jack Lug Wrench Fully inflated spare tire Vehicle Owner's manual To be extra cautious, you should check if your vehicle has these tools stored in your car, especially before embarking on a trip. If you do not own any of the items above, please purchase them as soon as you can. You should also make sure that the spare tire is properly inflated. To make the changing process more manageable, you may consider buying and adding the ... read more

The Different Types of Brake Fluid

The Different Types of Brake Fluid

Your brakes are vital to your vehicle and require consistent maintenance. For instance, you need to make sure there's always a sufficient amount of brake fluid in your car. Without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle. Your brake fluid is critical to your vehicle's braking system because it is needed to perform its duty in all the right conditions. You may not know this, but there are many types of brake fluid. Here are the five different types of brake fluid and their properties: DOT 3: This type of fluid is a glycol-based brake solution. It is amber in color, and it has the lowest boiling point. DOT 4: Most international vehicles use this type of brake fluid. It is also glycol-based but has a higher boiling point than DOT 3. It has more additives than DOT 3, which makes it slightly more expensive. DOT 5: DOT 5 is different in formulation than DOT 3 & 4 since it is silicone-based brake fluid. It usually is purple, and its price point is similar to ... read more

What do you mean you charge for testing??? Just to plug in the computer!

What do you mean you charge for testing??? Just to plug in the computer!

Let’s say you wake up in the morning with a terrible headache.  Your first thought, I need a doctor. You call in and state “ I’ve got a terrible headache, how much will it cost for you to fix me?”  In reality, you probably wouldn’t say that.  You understand there could be many reasons for your symptoms and that you will need to see the doctor for an examination, answer some questions, and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This identical scenario plays out every day at auto repair facilities across the country.  When the cause of your concern isn’t obvious, like a flat tire or missing belt, your vehicle will need to go through a diagnostic process.  The average vehicle has over 30,000 parts, including several networked computers, modules, sensors, switches and miles of wiring.  Finding exactly what is wrong can be very complicated and take some time. Testin ... read more

How Do I Jump Start My Car?

How Do I Jump Start My Car?

Every driver experiences that heart-stopping moment of a dead battery. It usually happens at the most unexpected times, which is why everybody should learn how to jump-start their vehicle. Even though it might look intimidating at first, jump-starting a car is a procedure that is much simpler than it appears. Let's start with the items you will need.   Before you can recharge and get going, you will need a power source (such as another powered vehicle) and jumper cables. Jumper cables are long-coated cables with toothy clips. The clips are identifiable by color, generally red and black, to symbolize positive and negative polarity. The red clip is positive, whereas the black clip is negative.    We highly advise that you constantly keep a set of dependable jumper cables in your vehicle at all times. As we have said, you never know what can happen! A set of jumper cables can be purchased at any auto parts store or a big box store for less than $30 and will last you ... read more

When Is The Best Time To Fill My Gas Tank?

When Is The Best Time To Fill My Gas Tank?

When your vehicle runs out of gas, the reasonable thing to do is to drive to the petrol station for a refill. It's the need that necessitates tank refills. Many people will be surprised to learn that they can also be strategic with their gas refilling routines and save money and time. Below we provide some practical tips for the best time to fill up your gas. Read on.   Fill the Tank in the Morning or Late Night   It's an excellent idea to visit the gas station early in the morning and late in the night when it's cold outside. The weather is cool, and the tank has reached its reserves. Fuel expands with an increase in temperatures, and the hot conditions reduce its energy-generation power because the fuel burns at a higher rate.   Fill the Tank All the Way   Many drivers will start raising eyebrows when the fuel-pump price shoots past $50, $60, and $70. It might dent your finances a little bit but filling the tan ... read more

Why does my vehicle shake or vibrate at higher speeds?

Why does my vehicle shake or vibrate at higher speeds?

Vibration is generally brought on by bent, worn or out of balance parts. The most common culprits: out of balance or under-inflated tires bent or damaged wheels (Rims) worn suspension parts causing the vehicle to be out of alignment If the vibration started after hitting a pothole or curb, you may have lost a few wheel weights or even bent your rim. Most vibrations are felt through the seat, the steering wheel or even in the brake pedal. Click the link to set an appointment for one of our mechanics to find out the exact cause of your problem. http://www.inmotionautocare.com/appointments

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Let the Fresh Air in!

Let the Fresh Air in!

Air quality affects drivers wherever you are. Many decades ago, people began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle? Cabin air filters are now coming standard on most new vehicles since the 2000 model year. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment. They can filter particles down to three microns, so that’s good enough to clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. If you suffer from allergies, this is very good news. You can look in your owner’s manual to see if you have a cabin air filter. If you do, there’ll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live where there’s a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often. You can also ask your InMOTION Auto Care service advisor. How hard it is to change a cabin air filter depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing ... read more

Power Steering System Maintenance

Power Steering System Maintenance

Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles. Let’s break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle. Most people under 40 have never driven a car or truck without power steering. Most vehicles today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles have an electric pump. Some vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering. The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. You can postpone that day by having a power steering fluid service from time to time. Out mechanics will add BG Quick Clean to safely and effectively remove accumulated residues from the entire power steering/rack and pinion system, then remove the old fluid and replace it with fresh, clean fluid. This process r ... read more

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Maintenance

Go Straight With A Wheel Alignment At InMOTION Auto Care

Go Straight With A Wheel Alignment At InMOTION Auto Care

Ever been in your local grocery store and had one of those shopping carts? You know, the one with a messed up wheel that wobbles like crazy. Your cart shakes and pulls to one side; if you're not careful, it's clean up on aisle three. Wheel alignment on your vehicle is a lot like that. One or more of your wheels can get out of alignment; you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, which may also be off-center. Your vehicle might pull to one side and your tires start to wear unevenly; you could chew through a tire in a few months. Sometimes wheels get knocked out of alignment by something big like hitting a curb on a bumpy road or slamming into a pothole. But everyday driving takes a toll and vehicles lose alignment over time. That's why recommend an alignment at regular intervals. At InMOTION Auto Care, we offer a full menu of quality auto repair and maintenance services, including ... read more

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Suspension and Lincoln Roads

Suspension and Lincoln Roads

When some folks hear the word suspension, they may think back to those rowdy days of high school. Well, your vehicle's suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your vehicle up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride around Lincoln. Its job is to keep your wheels firmly planted on the road going over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your vehicle, it's basically everything that connects your wheels to the vehicle's frame. These are heavy duty parts that do a lot of work. They need to be inspected for damage and excessive wear at every oil change service. An annual four wheel alignment is also recommended component and tire wear as well as for optimal steering and handling performance. Here are some warning signs of suspension problems: the car pulls to one side it wanders the steering is erratic you see uneven tire wear you experience a poor ride or handling you see oil leaking from s ... read more

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