2012 Fall Newsletter

2012 Fall Newsletter

Tomatoes a plenty! It is a great year for our tomatoes but unfortunately not so good for Diana’s favorite (lemon cucumbers). We sure have had a dry and warm late spring and summer and are enjoying the rewards of watering almost every other day. When the rains do come, be prepared for slick roads. All of our oil changes now include a 57 point safety inspection and we can advise you about possible problems that might be hard to detect from day to day driving.

With the Fall approaching, I can already see the work starting to pile up; leaves that is. We have a lot of big trees on our lot and plenty of fuel for my composter (more work). Leaves and debris on the streets can be a hazard for drivers as well. Not only the slickness but also things that kick up into the under carriages of our cars. Be on the alert and call us if you smell anything unusual or feel something different in the way your car is performing. Fall is a beautiful time of the year and one of my favorite seasons. With the cooler fresher air, no more pollens to contend with and of course our boys of the grid iron are back to entertain us. Cheers to our Ducks and Beavers on both having a great start.

This last year has brought a lot of change for many of us; some sad and some happy. We send out our deepest condolences to those we lost over the last year as well as to their families who will truly miss them. On the brighter side, I know of no less of at least 12 customers and friends who have found a special person in their lives or are adding to their blissful families. I never paid that much attention to the movie “The Lion King” and it’s meaning until it has hit me with all that I’ve seen just this past year.

We will be closed early Friday October 12th at 12:00 pm and not back until October 15th at 12:00 pm. We will be heading south for training. I’m very proud of my staff for their diligence in striving to continue their experience and knowledge and staying ahead of all the new things coming around the corner in technology. I truly believe I have the best trained crew with the latest diagnostic tools in the area, if not the State.

Thank you all for letting me do what I love to do and having you
drop by even just to catch up or talk about what’s been happening
in your lives.
Thank you again for your patronage
Ed Meza 541.685.0830 or ed@swedishwest.com

Tech Tips from Scott White

Like many of the folks around here I am realizing that the days are getting shorter and the
nights cooler. Time to get ready for those non- summer months. Wiper blades and washers solvent, antifreeze and some tread on the tires so we can meet Jack Frost head-on but not collide with him. I never felt comfortable saying anything about the “Quick-Lube” places until the recent local commercials comparing themselves to “repair” shops. Not much to compare. Quicklube places are really not interested in the condition of your car or if the brakes are needing
work or if the suspension or steering have issues and really don’t know or care about something failing due to age or mileage as a timing belts. Often they don’t get the service light reset due to not having the tool or knowledge of how to reset it. There, now that I have said that I feel better. Every one take care and enjoy the fast-approaching Fall season.
Cheers, Scott

When Brakes Talk, You Should Listen

According to brake experts, your brakes often reveal possible serious situations when they make noise, pull, judder–another term for vibrate–or feel soft. Addressing these symptoms promptly enhances your safety and may save time and money in the long run.

Brake squealing noises soon after a brake job may indicate there is a problem. You should return to the shop where the work was done as soon as possible, to have the brakes checked out by a technician. Installing premium brake pads, calipers and rotors may cost a bit more up front, but often provides noise- and vibration-free operation and longer pad life.

In some instances, however, brake squealing simply indicates the pads are worn down and those squeaking wear indicators are doing their job. The abrasive nature of many traditional brake pads against the rotor may also cause squealing or groaning. Low quality rotors could be the noise culprit, as well. Neither of these situations is ideal, but the resulting noise is more annoying than anything else.

When your brakes are applied and the vehicle pulls to one side, low tire pressure may be at fault. But, it can also mean a brake caliper is sticking, leaking or not sliding properly due to corrosion. This can lead to uneven brake pad and rotor wear, reducing the life of the pads and causing steering wheel judder or vibration. The rotor may be able to be machined smooth, but this is not a long-term fix. A corroded caliper or rotor may need to be replaced. A trained technician can assess the situation and fix it right the first time.

When air or water gets into the brake system, you may experience a soft-pedal feel. Improper bleeding and general corrosion are typically the culprits. Air in the system forces you to push harder on the brake pedal than normal to stop. Water can adversely affect caliper performance by causing brake fluid to boil prematurely. This can result in a significant loss of stopping power. It is best to have the brake fluid changed as recommended.

Getting Winter Ready

The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold weather. Winterizing your vehicle should be a top priority, according to the Car Care Council, saving you from the inconvenience of being out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.

The Car Care Council recommends the following steps for winterizing
your vehicle:
• Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
• Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
• Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
• Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
• Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to a “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
• If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
• Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
• Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
• Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and that headlights are properly aimed.
• Motorists should also keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles and matches, bottled water, dry food and medication.

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