Scotty’s Complete Car Care Center is your complete auto and brake repair shop in Grand Junction, Colorado. They are a family owned and operated business with ACE certified technicians. Their blog contains auto repair related articles.
Ignoring worn Struts can effect you and your vehicle in lots of ways!
Struts are one of the most ignored maintenance items on a vehicle. They are often overlooked and often thought to be a lifetime part for the vehicle.
Here many examples of warning that your struts are warn out:
Vehicle ride is shaky or bumpy
Steering is stiff or making noise
Nose of the vehicle dives when the brakes are applied
Cupped or uneven tire wear
Fluid leaking from strut body
Vehicle sways or leans one way
These warning signs can lead to complete strut failure and cause you to loose control of your vehicle completely. The useful life of your struts is approximately 50,000 miles. If your vehicle has passed that mileage it is a great idea to consider replacement. We can perform a free inspection of your steering and suspension here a Scottys. Just call for an appointment today!
Don’t forget Strut replacement always requires your vehicle gets an alignment after the parts are replaced.
The heart of your vehicle is without question the engine. It keeps your vehicle in motion and provides the power the we all need to travel from place to place. If your new to driving or have been at it your whole life it is very likely you have experienced a check engine light. In some cases it is very easy to ignore that your check engine light has come on. Some of us might not even take the time to do anything about our check engine light. I am here to tell you that’s not a good idea.
When your check engine light is illuminated it can be any number of issues with your vehicle. Some very minor while others can be harmful right away. Taking the time to have a professional read the trouble codes is important to your safety and to your vehicles health.
So next time you see that check engine light illuminate on your dash make sure you take action right away. It could save you or your engines life!
With summer months ahead we will be hitting some high temps outside! No one likes to be without air conditioning! Act early on Air Conditioning repair before you have to sweat through another hot summer! Vehicles a/c systems are one of the most complicated on a vehicle. With lots of components and tons of different ways to fail. Repairing your air conditioning system is not a simple 1 hour fix.
We currently have 5 ASE certified Air Conditioning technicians! Stay Cool!
Brakes! The ability to STOP in your vehicle is easily more important than the ability to accelerate.
If you have ever experienced loosing your brakes its easy to see why loosing the ability to stop your vehicle is so unsafe. As a shop that performs more than 500 brakes repair per year we know how important your Brakes are to everyone on the road. Without them you can harm yourself and fellow driver in a blink of an eye!
What can I do to prevent having an issue with my brakes you might ask your-self? The answer is simple! Give us a call and we can get you in for a regular FREE Brake inspection! Everyone has a different driving habit and braking habit so it is never to early for your vehicle to get a brake check. Today all vehicles have more complex braking systems than ever before. Their is very little room for error so doing a brake repair yourself if advised against. We are happy to provide you will a free quote on the repair whenever you are ready!
Your Vehicles battery has a an “average life” like the rest of your vehicles components however many factors can change the “life” of your battery. A battery has an average lifespan of four years under normal driving conditions. However “normal” just means the battery goes through full charge cycles and is exposed to extreme temperatures. If you vehicle is parked in a garage for example that will allow the life of the battery to typically be longer than average. I bet your thinking about cleaning your garage out now!
Take a minute to think about however old your battery in your vehicle is? Has it ever been replaced? When was the last time it was load tested? Do I know where my battery is in my car? Many new vehicles do not have the battery under the hood next to the engine. Many of them land in the truck or even under seats inside the vehicle. It is very important that you know where your battery is in your vehicle.
Here are a few tips for helping your batteries life:
Vehicle Alignments are very important! Save Money on Gas, Tires, and Suspension components! Keep you and your family safe on the road
Have you ever jumped in your vehicle and noticed that it seems to pull to one direction? Or have you ever noticed it seems to have play in steering wheel? Both are big signs that your vehicle is in need of a alignment. When your vehicle has a proper tire alignment all four wheels will point in the same direction. Over time many steering and suspension components can cause your vehicle to fall out of alignment with normal driving.
Suspension and steering components wear over time and can evently lead to loosing control of the steering system and cause a wreck. Putting off the replacement of warn or loose steering or suspension components will mean a alignment is a waste of time and money.
Tire Wear can be caused by a bad alignment or warn steering/suspension parts. if you see uneven tire wear it is important to visit us for an alignment as soon as posible. Tires are much more exspensive than an alignment!