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How Seriously Do You Take Your Brakes?

Here’s an honest question. Among all of your driving, each time you hop in your rig, do you think “Whew! Glad my car is safe and I’m in good hands!” … or do you tend to get into the car crossing your fingers and toes and hoping for the best?

It’s no surprise that your brake system is THE most important function of any vehicle. Without feeling confident that you can stop at a moment’s notice, even a simple drive to the corner store would feel not just an unnecessary risk, but rather an impossibility.

There is good news and bad news when it comes to your brakes. THE BAD: Reliable brakes are not a certainty, and it’s not something that you should take for granted. THE GOOD: If maintained regularly, you will have peace of mind that your car’s most important function is working seamlessly.

Make An Investment In Your Brakes

There’s nothing written in stone as to when you should get your brakes changed; it depends on usage, driving habits, and your vehicle’s make and model . A great way to monitor the actual condition of your brakes is to get a thorough brake system inspection, which will assess and address your brakes system’s condition and longevity.

Invest in your vehicle to make sure it’s safe and functioning with Silverdale Autoworks today. We offer brake job servicing that will provide longevity for your vehicle, and the peace of mind that you and your passengers are safely on the road.

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The tires are the only thing between the vehicle and the road. When they are properly inflated and in good condition, the handling, stability and safety of the vehicle will be maximized. Conversely, when the tires are under inflated, worn out or damaged, all of the safety systems on the vehicle cannot overcome the loss of control that comes with a blow-out or hydroplaning situation. Air pressure in a tire is like oil in an engine; when it is low, the resulting internal damage is unseen until it is too late. Tires naturally lose 1-2 psi per month, so ongoing neglect will eventually result in a tire that cannot support the weight of the vehicle and the occupants. When this happens, the resulting blow-out can result in the loss of control and an accident.

It’s recommended to do a Tire Rotation on your vehicle every 5-7,000 miles. Today’s front-wheel-drive vehicles cause the steer tires to wear at a much faster rate than the tires on the rear axle. By periodically rotating the front tires to the back and the back tires to the front, motorists can achieve even treadwear on all four tires and increase the mileage and performance. Failing to rotate the tires often results in the front tires wearing out faster while the rear tires develop irregular treadwear patterns that cause vibrations. The same can be said for alignments. When the vehicle is not properly aligned, the tires will wear out faster which leads to increased operating costs.

Finally, drivers should perform a visual inspection of their tires on a regular basis, especially after hitting a pothole, curb or any type of road debris. Bulges, cuts and other visible damage weaken the internal components of the tire, which can lead to a blow-out. Regular visual inspections will often identify any potential problems before they result in an accident. It’s also a good idea to have the tires inspected by a professional before any long road trips to ensure there are no obvious out-of-service conditions that must be addressed.

Written by: Kevin Rohlwing, Senior VP of Training, Tire Industry Association

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Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) are used by many vehicle manufacturers on late model engines since 2006: Audi, BMW, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, MINI Cooper, Nissan, Porsche, VW and others. GDI system sprays fuel directly into the combustion chamber and not through the intake system as previous fuel injection systems have done.

Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) are used by many vehicle manufacturers on late model engines since 2006: Audi, BMW, GM, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, MINI Cooper, Nissan, Porsche, VW and others. GDI system sprays fuel directly into the combustion chamber and not through the intake system as previous fuel injection systems have done. Manufacturers use GDI systems to increase fuel economy and power by as much as 15 to 25 percent, but there is a downside to GDI systems and that is that carbon deposits build-up and accumulate on the back sides of the intake valves. Since the GDI systems spray fuel directly into the combustion chamber and not through the intake manifold, the detergents and additives added to fuel to limit carbon deposit build-up completely bypasses the intake valves and carbon deposits begin to accumulate on the intake valves. These deposits create turbulence and restrict airflow to the cylinders causing drivability concerns such as hesitation, stumbling, a Check Engine Light, misfiring, even hard starting or no start conditions. As time goes by, the more carbon deposits buildup on the valves, the worse the drivability problems become.

Some Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine can have performance loss, efficiency drops and increased emissions in as early as 3,000 miles/5,000 km.

BEFORE AFTER Methods to Elimate Carbon build up

Silverdale Autoworks recommends and performs 2 methods to eliminate Carbon build up to restore the drivability back to like new condition.

  • A professional GDI specific fuel injection/ air induction cleaning system such as the BG GDI Fuel/Air Induction Service. This is a fairly non-intrusive process that cleans fuel injectors, throttle body, plenum and air intake, intake valves and ports, removes combustion chamber deposits & corrects the balance of fuel and air in the system If used regularly (every 6-10,000 miles) it will keep your engine running properly for years to come. This service can be performed within a day.
  • In heavy build-up conditions the only way to decarbonize the intake valves is walnut shell media blasting. This is an intrusive process that requires the intake manifold to be removed to allow media blasting to be performed. This completely removes all carbon build-up from the intake valves. After media blasting and reassembly of the intake manifold, you would then perform the BG GDI Fuel/Air Induction Service to finish the overall cleaning of the GDI system. This service can be performed in a day and other makes it may require 2 days to complete. We also take before and after pictures for you to see the difference.

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Synthetic and Conventional Oil? It’s important to know the facts before your vehicle is due for it’s next oil change. There are pros and cons to each option, so the more you know, the better off you’ll be!

It’s important to know that your owner’s manual has a ton of great information inside – so get familiar! Some vehicles are required to use Synthetic Motor Oil, while others use conventional without any problems.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is engineered specifically to provide the highest level of lubrication in high and low temperatures, which results in better overall engine protection. Synthetic oil has superior cleansing properties which help to keep your engine cleaner.

While it is the most expensive type of motor oil, it is considered by many to be the best type of oil that you can put in your car. However, not every car requires synthetic oil.

If your driving conditions are not ideal, synthetic oil might be the best option for you. In bases of stop and go traffic, short trips, or very cold or hot temperatures, stepping up to synthetic might be the best case scenario.

Conventional Oil

Conventional oil is formulated with additive packages to ensure that it has the proper heat tolerance, breakdown resistance, and viscosity (thickness and fluidity) that engines require. For many vehicles, conventional oil is sufficient to get the proverbial job done. Depending on your application, stepping up to a more robust motor oil may be the right solution.

If you’re completely unsure about what motor oil your vehicle requires, reach out to our specialists at Silverdale Autoworks. We have the resources available to determine which oil is best for the longevity of your vehicle. We’re just a phone call away!  Also read here why it’s important to service your engine oil regularly.

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For the last 23 years we have been extremely fortunate to be able to serve our community.

We are humbled to receive such overwhelming support, and couldn’t have come this far without each and every one of you.

Thank you for your continued support over the years and for allowing us to do what we love!

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One of the simplest services you can get for your vehicle is also one of the most important. Silverdale Autoworks provides your vehicle with expert oil change solutions that protect the quality of your car — and keep you safely on the road.

Service for Your Vehicle’s Lifeblood

A regular oil change is one of the best things that you can do to keep your vehicle functioning smoothly, efficiently, and reliably. Your car counts on a high-quality oil change to:

  • Lubricate the parts of your engine
  • Remove impurities from your engine
  • Keep your engine cool by reducing friction

We’re proud to serve Kitsap County and beyond with a superior oil change service. With our ASE-certified technicians on the job, your vehicle will have the professional solution it needs to keep you on the move.

Maintain Your Investment with Regular Oil Changes

We know how important clean, fresh oil is to your vehicle – and that’s why our service is second-to-none. Customers count on Silverdale Autoworks for a solution that includes:

  • High-quality oil replacement that maximizes the performance of your vehicle
  • A quick check-up to make sure that your vehicle is in optimal condition

To know how often your vehicle should get an oil change, take a look at your owners’ manual. Every car is different – and if you need a professional opinion on timing, our team is here to help.

With top-caliber oil, a carefully established service protocol, and the best technicians in the region, Silverdale Autoworks is proud to be your source for expert oil repair!

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We have seen and repaired many late-model Mercedes-Benz cars equipped with 3.0L and 3.5L V6 engines (M272 or M273) that have experienced a check engine light or performance problems that include poor idle, loss of power and stored fault codes P2004, P2005 or P2006.

These symptoms and fault codes indicate that the plastic factory lever that operates the intake flaps inside the intake manifold is broken.  Until now, the only repair was to replace the entire intake manifold assembly (Mercedes-Benz calls it a resonance manifold) costing well over $1000 dollars. Silverdale Autoworks can replace the intake manifold lever without the customer having to replace the entire intake manifold from Mercedes-Benz. This dramatically reduces the cost saving our customers hundreds of dollars. The new lever is made from 6061 billet aluminum is redesigned to work better than the original plastic lever and will never break again.

Schedule an Request and Appointment Online Here or give us a call at 360-692-5201 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Of course, Silverdale Autoworks can perform any other service you may need for your Mercedes Benz vehicles.

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Silverdale Autoworks can now perform the Door handle repair for Mercedes Benz C Class permanently.

Is the inside door lever for your 2008-2015 Mercedes Benz C Class (204 & W204) not working and won’t open the door? It’s normally because the plastic lever is broken inside the door panel. Unfortunately, you can’t buy just the inside lever piece. You must order a new, complete door panel from Mercedes Benz. This means it can be pretty  expensive and could take several days or weeks to get depending on color and trim options.

Silverdale Autoworks can now perform the Door handle repair for Mercedes Benz C Class permanently. Repairing is a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire door panel and have it back to you within 1 day. This save you money, time and avoids having a possible color and texture mismatch when replacing the entire door panel.

Give us a call today @ 360-692-5201 to schedule an appointment or Schedule Online

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No piece of car buying advice is more often ignored than this: Have a mechanic inspect a used car before you buy it. Why do buyers plunk down thousands of dollars on a car with little more than an around-the-block test-drive and a glance under the hood? Three reasons deter car buyers from taking this vital step:

  • Most consumers don’t know that good used car inspections are readily available.
  • Many car buyers don’t want to pay the extra money for an inspection.
  • Some people anticipate a hassle prying the car away from a dealer or private party.

With a little planning, the inspection process can be as fast (and as revealing) as a hidden-camera exposé. If the inspection report is clean, you can buy with confidence. If it unearths ugly problems, you can back away or negotiate a lower price in line with the cost of repairs.

Read more at edmunds.com

Silverdale Autoworks knowledgeable Service Advisors at are always available to answer any questions you may have regarding your prospective new vehicle, and can help schedule an appointment to get it inspected by one of our knowledgeable ASE Technicians.

Call or schedule an appointment online today!

360-692-5201 

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Your car may give you clues to signal when you need a wheel alignment, or the adjustment of the angles of your car’s wheels to match car manufacturer specifications. By paying attention to how your vehicle drives and the way it feels, you can take care of this standard maintenance right away. Ignoring these hints could result in excessive wear and tear of your tires or your car’s suspension, which is the system that enables steering and determines the amount of friction between tires and road. Poor wheel alignment causes suspension issues, and vice versa. Maintaining wheel alignment will help enhance your safety and save money.

Reasons for Adjustments 

Everyday driving may harm your suspension over time. In Washington, you may not contend with snow, but suspension problems can still occur in many ways.

Bumping a curb- Even at slow speeds can cause suspension issues

A minor Accident

As the rubber in your tire ages and undergoes normal wear and tear, it starts to crack and loosen over time and throw off the alignment.

Assessing Your Vehicle 

While driving, take note of how the steering wheel feels in your hands as you maneuver the car to determine if you need a wheel alignment. If your vehicle drifts to one side repeatedly, this can be an indication of worn suspension parts. Another sign could be excessive vibrations in your steering wheel.

Check the tread of your tires to note the wear. If you see uneven wear, usually existing on the outside of some of your tires, this can indicate a problem with wheel alignment.

What You Can Do 

If you find that you do have some problems with your tires or suspension, you might be able to resolve the problem yourself without paying for the service.

Check the pressure of all four tires. To check the pressure, you will need a gauge and your owner’s manual. With cold tires, first consult the manual to learn the recommended pressure. Then, fit the gauge onto the stem of each tire and note the reading. If you find them to be under inflated, inflate them to the recommended level using compressed air, typically available at service stations. Be careful not to add too much air because over inflated tires can experience increased wear.

Car parts and maintenance can be expensive. For this reason, it will benefit you to keep ahead of these expenses by taking care of problems before they grow. You may hear terms such as:

– Feathering: When tire treads wear more smoothly on one side and remains sharper on the other side.

– Camber wear: When the inside or outside rib or groove of the tread has more wear than other ribs.

– Heel/toe wear: Pattern that occurs circumferentially with one side of the tread blocks wearing more quickly than the other side.

Contact us today to ask specific questions about the recommended work so you can keep track of your vehicle’s maintenance.

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