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Warm Weather Car Care Tips

After a long winter, the weather in Waukesha County is starting to warm up which means changes not only for your daily itinerary but for your vehicle as well. Here are a few tips on preparing your family vehicle for spring/summer: • Check the coolant levels. Make sure the engine coolant levels are at the… Read More »

WINTER DANGERS: Curb Damage

As we head towards March here in Waukesha County, the end of winter is finally in sight. Before we make it to spring however, we still have some wintry weather conditions to deal with, some of which can lead to problems for your vehicle. With icy roads abounding throughout the region for the next few… Read More »

Hidden Danger: Road Salt

SS Research was recently featured in a story about the damage road salt can cause on CBS58. After a winter storm, Waukesha County Public Works will typically salt our roads to help the snow and ice melt faster. Road salt lowers water’s freezing point which makes it possible for ice to melt even in subzero… Read More »

Potholes: Menace to Drivability

With winter now at its peak here in Walworth County, road conditions are currently at their most challenging. As temperatures oscillate between above freezing and below freezing the next little while, you’ll most likely begin seeing a menace potentially as dangerous as black ice or a blinding blizzard appear on our roads – potholes. Potholes… Read More »

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 »