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What Can Cause Your Wheels to Go Out of Alignment

What Can Cause Your Wheels to Go Out of Alignment

Have you ever driven your car and felt extreme instability? Your car is veering one way or another, and your car experiences the shakes. These signs are often related to wheel misalignment. While wear and tear can gradually shift your vehicle’s wheels out of alignment, it is usually disastrous accidents that cause your car’s wheels to knock out of alignment.   When you run over potholes, jam into a curb, or hit another car or object with heavy impact, you’re due for an alignment problem. Misaligned wheels may not seem obvious at first, but the symptoms worsen over time. Furthermore, the damage can spread to your suspension.   Experts and automakers recommend having your car’s alignment checked at least once a year just for safety measures. Wheel alignment involves the angles of your tires, also known as the toe and camber. We invite you to Westside Service for all your vehicle alignment needs/ Signs That Indicate Misaligned Wheels Drifting Left o ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt or Chain

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt or Chain

The timing belt of your vehicle plays a pivotal role in the mechanics of your automobile. It ensures that the engine cam and crankshaft rotate in sync. This results in perfection when the car's cylinders fire. You will find the timing belt near the front of the engine. Timing Belt and Timing Chain Some automobiles have timing chains instead of timing belts. This however, does not mean they are very different. Both the timing belt and chain perform the same function and have just a few differences. The obvious reason being that the timing belt is made of rubber and the timing chain is made of a metallic chain. Timing belts became a fun-favorite when they were introduced in the 60s. This was mainly because they were less noisy and lighter compared to the timing chain. Thanks to advances in technology and mechanical skills, most modern cars are now going back to using timing chains mainly because they tend to last longer before they need to be replaced. How to tell that your Tim ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Failing Catalytic Converter?

What Are the Signs of a Failing Catalytic Converter?

Your vehicle’s exhaust system has a major component called the catalytic converter. This big metallic piece is an integral part that is responsible for limiting emissions and transforming engine byproducts. These glasses are then let out the back of your car.  Catalytic converters typically last for the life of your vehicle. However, they can get clogged, broken, and even stolen. When your catalytic converter is no longer working, you may notice the following symptoms: Poor Engine Performance When your catalytic converter doesn’t do its job, it can hurt your engine performance. When the catalytic converter is clogged, it can cause weak or slow acceleration. Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell Your catalytic converter is supposed to transform hydrogen sulfide from combustion into sulfur dioxide, a safer gas. When the converter isn't working, it won’t be able to make the chemical changes. As a result, you may catch the stinky smell of rotten eggs.  Illuminate ... read more

Four Things You Should Have Your Mechanic Check Before Going for a Long Trip

Four Things You Should Have Your Mechanic Check Before Going for a Long Trip

A long road trip with family and friends is something that many people value the most. It means freedom from the boring stays at home or work routines. However, you do not want those beautiful moments to be ruined by malfunctioning parts of your car. Therefore, it is paramount that you have your vehicle checked before hitting the road. The following are the things that your mechanic should check before you embark on long trips: Fluid Levels. For the efficiency and safety of your car, the mechanic should check the level of your car's engine oil, brake and transmission fluid, coolant and windshield washer. It will ensure you avoid issues like overheating your engine due to an improper cooling system. Long road trips mean that you are far away from your regular mechanic, and finding one you can trust in a new place might be a hassle. Car Battery One of the scariest issues in a car is having a flat battery, especially in the wild where there is no mechanic to help you out. Therefor ... read more

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

Brake rotors are an essential component of your vehicle's braking system, and over time, they can become warped or damaged. While brake rotors can be repaired in some cases, it is often necessary to replace them. What are brake rotors? Brake rotors are the large metal discs that your vehicle's brake pads clamp down on to stop the wheels from turning. Over time, the constant friction from the brake pads can cause the rotors to warp or become damaged. What causes brake rotors to warp? There are several factors that can contribute to warped brake rotors, including: 1. Excessive heat: When brakes are used excessively or for too long, they can get extremely hot. This can cause the brake rotors to warp. 2. Incorrect installation: If brake rotors are not installed correctly, they can become warped. 3. Improper maintenance: Brake rotors need to be cleaned and inspected regularly to prevent warping. How can I tell if my brake rotors are warped? There are several signs that you ... read more

What Are Driveline Services?

What Are Driveline Services?

If you asked Michigan drivers, "what is a driveline", they'll probably tell you they don't know what it is. It's understandable that the average person might've never heard of this term before. Fortunately, we're here to break down everything you need to know about the vehicle's driveline.   The driveline is the part of your car that carries the engine power to your move wheels. It comprises the axles, driveshaft, wheels, joints, and differentials. However, the parts can vary slightly depending on whether the vehicle is a front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive. It handles the full power of your vehicle, and without it, you can't go anywhere!   When it comes to services, drivers may typically need front and rear differential flushes and transfer case flushes. Over extended periods of time, the fluids that flow throughout these components can deteriorate. They may become cont ... read more

What Are the Benefits of Changing Your Oil On Time?

What Are the Benefits of Changing Your Oil On Time?

Why is changing your motor oil so important? And does it matter when and how often you do it? Yes, read on to find out!  All car owners have the ultimate responsibility to change their oil on time to keep their car and its engine running properly. Although it is a frequent maintenance service, an oil change service opens the opportunity to have other important vehicle systems checked. Some of these parts may include your belts, hoses, filters, tire pressure, fluid levels, and more. So whether you're driving a brand new vehicle or a vintage one, you can never doubt the power of regular oil changes. 5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes Keeps Your Engine Clean - Changing your motor oil and replacing your filters per your manufacturer's recommendations will eliminate any contaminants from your engine before they can harm its components. Extend Engine Life - Oil lubricates and protects your engine from wear and tear. So if you continue to run with dirty oil, it can cause exces ... read more

When Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle Battery?

When Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle Battery?

Vehicle batteries may seem like they last a lifetime, but just like any other batteries, they grow weaker and lose their charge quicker over time. Most mechanics suggest that you should replace your car battery every few years (5 years max.) so that you can continue to obtain reliability and peak performance out of it. Besides time, you can also look at the signs that may warrant a need for a new battery.  Signs That You Need A Car Battery Replacement If you're not experienced with automobiles, you probably can't pinpoint exactly when your battery may need to be replaced. Weak batteries rarely show signs of issues early on. However, your battery will need to be replaced if it demonstrates the following symptoms: Car Takes Longer to Start This is almost always a telling sign that the battery needs to be replaced soon. Sometimes, extremely cold weather (or hot) can make it more difficult to start your car. However, if the battery is nearly drained, you will have to face ... read more

The Month of Giving

The Month of Giving

      Have you heard about the wonderful non-profit Hand2Hand? In 2008 founder Cheri Honderd recognized a community injustice: elementary school children were at risk of going hungry over the weekends. She started Hand2Hand who delivers nutritious food to students over the weekends and on extended school breaks by mobilizing churches, schools and businesses to join together, providing hope and an opportunity to thrive. Currently, Hand2Hand serves over 8,000 children that attend over 200 school in midwestern Michigan. According to Feeding America, there are over 345,000 children in Michigan that are struggling with hunger, so this is just the tip of the iceberg and we want to help…and you can too! During December, the month of giving, we are collecting items on Hand2Hand’s wishlist. Anyone who donates a food item on the wishlist will get a free tire rotation added to thei ... read more

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

    To our loyal customers, we wanted to update you about our efforts during this uneasy time. We are open for business and operating normal business hours during the concern of the Coronavirus. We have been monitoring the Coronavirus updates from WHO and the CDC and are doing our best to adhere to their suggestions at slowing the spreading of this virus. We are doing all in our power to keep our facility open so that we can keep your car on the road. The health and well-being of our customers, employees and surrounding communities are our utmost concern. If you have vehicle concerns or need maintenance and are concerned about the virus we have: A drop off box and after hours secure key pick up box available for your needs. We have call to pay options so you can pay from the comfort of your own home. If you have any concerns about leaving your home, we would be happy to pick up your vehicle from your house, and return it to you when the maintenance or repairs are com ... read more

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