US DOT NHTSA Safety Recalls

3/3/2015 Safety Recalls

The one that really got my attention, no power steering!  What a surprise that would be.  
I really like the summary, it is a nice way to say,,  “The vehicle can become a handful when you can’t steer it!”

This safety recall affects nearly a quarter million Hyundai vehicles…..

 Below is NHTSA’s summary of the problem: [Read more…]

Tire Pressure Monitor, more than you realize

Charles’s Law….Expansion of Gases

TPMS Sensor

Attached to your tire valve stem is the pressure sensor, which contains the following and possibly more; a pressure sensor, analog-digital converter, micro controller, frequency transmitter, low frequency receiver, battery, voltage regulator for battery management, temperature sensor and a few other goodies depending on the vehicle manufacturer.

Under equal pressure all gases expand at the same rate. A gas expands by the same proportion as the temperature rises, provided external pressure remains the same.
How does this relate to tire pressure warning lights? Simply put, as a tire warms up, the air pressure in the tire increases. As the tire cools, the air pressure in the tire decreases. See below for examples.

This little tid-bit of information explains why, on cold mornings, your tire pressure warning light may turn on. Yes, it is that simple; as the temperature of a tire changes so does tire pressure. [Read more…]

Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety Recall


Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.

CONSEQUENCE: A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P54. NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to [Read more…]

Hyundai & Kia 1 Million car recall

Hyundai & Kia 1 Million car recall

Brake lights are a early warning system the the vehicle's behind you. Don't wait! Contact your closest dealer for repairs

The brake lights are an early warning system to the vehicles behind you. Don’t wait for contact in your rear.  Contact your closest dealer for repairs first!


Here’s the list of affected Hyundai vehicles

*2006-2009 Accent
*2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Santa Fe
*2006-2007 & 2009-2011 Tucson & Elantra Touring
*2007-2010 Elantra
*2008-2011 Veracruz
*2009-2010 Genesis
*2010-2011 Genesis Coupe
*2007-2008 Entourage
*2006-2008 Tiburon

Here’s is the list of affected Kia vehicles [Read more…]

Why Flush Brake Fluid?

Why Flush Brake Fluid?

25ml of brake fluid getting ready to meet 5ml of water. Click on image for a better veiw

25ml of brake fluid getting ready to meet 5ml of water.
Click on image for a better view

Brake fluid is a special oil. It is designed to withstand cold temperatures without thickening as well as very high temperatures without boiling.  It is a recommended service for many vehicles and should be flushed about every 30,000 miles.

Brake fluid is an odd duck, it’s like an oil, but it likes water.  Yes, brake fluid likes water.  That is one of several reasons your vehicle’s brake fluid should be flushed. [Read more…]

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Beats out Michelin

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Beats out Michelin

James and His truck

James is like his Mom. He is not picky as long as it’s perfect. Can you imagine living with these two? Thankfully I’m not that way.;))

It started with my son’s Chevy Silverado needing a set of tires.  It’s not like he’s one of those picky engineer type people.  His list was simple. I need a tire that…

*Resists damage that can be caused by construction site debris
*Smooth and quiet at highway speed while I’m driving north
*Provides good off road traction for my trips north
*I want good tread life
*Don’t forget, I am on a budget [Read more…]

When the Devil comes a Knockin’

Devel Horns-1When the Devil comes a Knockin’

It started with a phone call. “I have a bad water pump on my ‘04 Acura MDX.  Can you email me an estimate?”  Acura’s MDX is their top tier crossover vehicle.  With the confidence of all-wheel drive, a strong 3.5 liter V-6 and well appointed accessories, the MDX is a great ride. An estimate was emailed to the owner, Chris, for a replacement water pump along with the recommendation to replace the timing belt as well.  In this vehicle, like many others, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.  [Read more…]

Michelin Tire Security Breach

Michelin Security ProblemsData System Compromised at Michelin Tire

Michelin Tire’s data system has been compromised, meaning somebody got a hold of a good amount of customer information.   Knowing this, you should use care in opening any e-mails or providing personal information.  Below is a copy [Read more…]

Tame the Wolf, Tire Pressure Monitors

Pressure sensor

Tire Pressure Monitors Don’t Cry Wolf


Don’t you just love it when the the tire pressure warning light comes on?  I hear customers say,  ” When colder weather hits it seems “that light” is on most every morning”.

The tire pressure warning light is a blessing that is “cursed at!”  I often hear from the customer, “I just ignore that light”

There is a simple fix that even the manufacture’s are now doing.  In cold weather rise the tire pressure.  I’m glad they’re doing this, because we’ve been for sometime.

So why does cold weather cause the tire pressure warning light to come on? [Read more…]

General Tire Rebate $50

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March 15 – April 10, 2013

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