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Octane Ratings – Do They Matter?

When most drivers in Wisconsin fill up their gas tanks, they most likely go with whatever fuel is the cheapest and don’t bother worrying about the octane number listed on the pump. We all obviously want to avoid spending money if/when we don’t have to, but gas might be one item you don’t want to… Read More »

Consider the Spark Plug

Gas-powered cars are dependent upon their ignition system to run. Ignition systems ignite gasoline which in turn powers the motor and propels the vehicle forward. Key components of the ignition system include spark plugs and cables among other parts including, in some cases, distributors. Typically, the spark plug is the first component of an ignition… Read More »

Keep it Cool!

When most drivers hear the phrase “preventative maintenance,” they probably think of getting the oil changed, replacing filters, replenishing fluids, etc. What many car owners may not realize however is that one of the most important systems that auto technicians check when performing inspections is a vehicle’s cooling system. The cooling system is not the… Read More »

What To Know About Rotating Your Tires

It is a little known fact that tires can last up to 20% longer when they are regularly rotated. While length of use is important, it also improves fuel efficiency. The best recommendation is to rotate your tires every 6,000 miles and keep that as part of a routine maintenance schedule. What causes wear on… Read More »

Perfect Car Emergency Kit

Sometimes it’s hard to leave home and remember everything that we may need. Whether you are an avid road-tripper or just enjoy the random Sunday drive around Wisconsin, a stocked emergency road kit can be invaluable. Below is a list of must-haves to keep in your car, especially if you’ll be traveling off main roads… Read More »

Warning Signs of a Failing Belt

The belts in your vehicle provide power to key systems, like the cooling system, air conditioning, or power steering. But due to the demanding, high heat environment inside the engine, these rubber belts are subject to wear and tear. If they break while you are driving, you could be stuck without power to a critical… Read More »

How to Check your Tire Pressure

Having proper tire pressure is a key way to improve fuel efficiency, maximize the life of your tire, and save money! Checking your tire pressure at home is a very simple process with a big payoff. To test your tire pressure, you only need one instrument – a tire pressure gauge. A good gauge is… Read More »

Let’s Hit the Road! Planning Spring Road Trips

When you plan a trip over spring break, you look forward to making memories with your family or friends, not experiencing travel mishaps. That’s why it’s important to travel smart and think ahead while planning your trip. With a bit of planning, you can make memories to last a lifetime (that DON’T involve a breakdown… Read More »

Five Critical Fluids

Fluids keep your vehicle running! They prevent damage from heat and friction by lubricating the components in your vehicle. They also power hydraulic systems. But fluids need to be flushed and replaced periodically to continue performing this vital work. Keeping up with fluid flushes helps you avoid damage and expensive repairs in your vehicle. Below… Read More »

Brake Pads – How Important Are They?

Here’s a typical scenario: you are driving down the street and a squirrel darts out in front of you and you stomp on your brakes. Many things happen behind the scenes. One important factor: your brake pads did their job. The brake pads contacted and applied pressure and friction to the brake rotor. Imagine trying… Read More »