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Omaha Auto Service News

If I Hit a Pothole, Does My Car Need an Alignment?

pothole

Well, maybe…

You’ll notice right away if your car’s suspension has been compromised — bent struts or crooked wheels or broken tie rods, stabilizer links, control arms or ball joints call for immediate attention to prevent further damage.

But don’t ignore some of the more subtle signs that something is amiss, such as a crooked steering wheel or vibration when the car is driving down the road. If it pulls to the left or right or even if there is passive pulling and your car naturally “drifts” without a hand on the steering wheel, these are all signs that your vehicle may be out of alignment.

Uneven tire wear or noticeable differences in wear patterns between the two front tires or the back two tires can also indicate a problem. If the alignment is off, your tires will wear out faster. A four wheel alignment will not only prolong the life of your tires and prevent their warranty from being voided due to improper maintenance, but it will also reduce wear on the steering column and improve your gas mileage and how your car handles.

Take advantage of this month’s alignment specials and let our Undercar Specialists at House of Mufflers & Brakes get things straightened out for you!  Providing Total Car Care in the Omaha metro area for over 46 years.

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Car Care Tips from the Pros Prepare You for Winter Driving

It’s foolhardy to head out in a poorly maintained vehicle in the dead of winter, of course, but even vehicle owners in temperate zones need a car care check as the days grow shorter, note the pros with the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), an independent group that tests and certifies the competence of auto technicians.

“Regular, routine maintenance can help improve your gasoline mileage, reduce pollution, and catch minor problems before they become big headaches,” says Tony Molla, vice president of communications at ASE.

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SHOCKTOBER Is Here!

It’s SHOCKTOBER! What that means to you is that when you buy FOUR struts or shocks you get them for the price of THREE! That’s one free. When you mail in your receipt to Monroe, they will send you a VISA prepaid card with a value equal to the lowest price unit that you purchased. If you still have the original shocks/struts and you have over 50,000 miles on your vehicle, now’s a great time to consider what new ride control can do for you and your vehicle. Continue reading

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Why did your “check engine” light just come on?

The light just popped up on your dash: the dreaded one, the one that looks like an engine. But your car seems to be running fine. So why did it come on? Well, it could be a lot of things – but the most common reason is your oxygen sensor.

Your what?

You may ask, “What does that do anyway?” Well, it senses what kind of fuel/air mixture is flowing through your exhaust system and sends a signal back to your car’s computer so that it can adjust the mix. Too much fuel going through your exhaust uncorrected will result in the ruination of your VERY expensive catalytic converter. Plus, your car will be sucking more gas than it needs – and that costs you at the pump. Continue reading

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What Your Oil Indicator Isn’t Telling You

Most new cars have an indicator on the dash that tells you when you should have your oil changed.  Many people think that there’s some sensor inside the engine that is measuring and testing the oil to tell you when its dirty or losing its ability to lubricate. But that is certainly not the case.

Those indicators are basically countdown clocks. They figure that oil is good for ‘X’ amount of engine revolutions and then they count that down to zero. They don’t know how much oil is in the crankcase and they certainly don’t know the condition of the oil. Continue reading

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Are You Taking Care of Your Vehicle for the Future?

Proper maintenance on your vehicle means much more than just changing your oil.  Every vehicle has a maintenance schedule.  You can find it in your owner’s manual.  We also can tell you what your vehicle manufacturer recommends for your specific car.

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Simple Tips That Can Extend Your Car’s Life

Hello, and welcome back to part 2 of our series about how to keep your car running longer. Let’s keep things going with some more useful tips you can use to extend the life of your vehicle.

On your dash, there are a lot of different gauges and lights, but some are more important than others. There are three things on your dash that you always need to pay attention to: the engine temperature gauge, the oil pressure light, and the brake light. Continue reading

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Here’s How to Keep Your Car Running Longer

The best ways to keep your car running longer:

Drive Gently

That means accelerating slowlyAnticipate your braking so you can do so gradually.  Don’t rev your engine in the driveway when it’s cold, before the oil has a chance to warm up and freely circulate throughout your engine.

Make Fewer Short Trips

The most wear to your engine is done right after start-up.  On a short trip, your engine never has a chance to get up to operating temperature.  That means that water in your engine and exhaust never has a chance to heat up and vaporize.  That water, combined with metal and oxygen, makes rust.  And, according to Neil Young, rust never sleeps. (look it up)

Stay tuned next month for more tips on how to keep your car running longer.

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Save a Lot of Unnecessary “Hot Air”; Get Your Tires Inflated Properly

It’s very easy to forget to check the air pressure of your tires – but if you keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s specs, then chances are your vehicle’s ride and handling are at optimum levels and you’re enjoying excellent fuel efficiency. Continue reading

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No Tricks, but a Few Treats, from Your Pals at House of Mufflers and Brakes!

We have plenty of treats for all of our fantastic customers this holiday season, but we don’t recommend eating them. We’re talking about some very special Halloween deals to help you get your car ready for the winter. Continue reading

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