Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, so all month long we will be running our Spring Service Special. On top of a complete vehicle inspection, with an easy to read, color coded inspection report, we will additionally test your air conditioning performance, visually inspect your brakes with the wheels removed (and rotate them, if necessary!), perform a charging system and battery test, and finally, inspect and test your coolant for leaks and proper pH and corrosion inhibitors.
Brakes and Tires
Remove tires and inspect brakes, rotate if necessary
Load test battery and alternator, test draw amperage and voltage of starter
Measure static and operating pressures of refrigerant, vent temperatures, and function test of HVAC controls
Pressure test cooling system for leaks, measure pH and nitrite levels, freeze point, and thermostat operation
May/June NAPA Promotion
Throughout the months of May and June, we’ll be providing this great offer from NAPA. When you purchase a set of brake pads and rotors for ONE axle, receive a $25 Rebate VISA® Gift Card in the mail. If you purchase new brake pads and rotors for BOTH axles, you receive a $50 Rebate VISA® Gift Card in the mail. For every gift card that is redeemed, NAPA will donate $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Happy Mother's Day!
May 8 is Mother’s Day! Celebrated in 46 different countries, Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Show your mother how special she is by bringing her a bouquet, taking her to dinner, or even offering to help with her car maintenance.
Memorial Day. May 30
A day of remembrance for those who fought and those who continue to fight for our freedom. Memorial day is when we reflect on the battles won and lives lost in order to persevere our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. We salute those still fighting in the middle east and around the world who continue to keep us safe here at home.
Maintenance Minder Spotlight
Sway Bar Bushings & End Links
The sway bar, or stabilizer bar, is part of your front suspension, and is often present on the rear suspension as well. The best way to describe a sway bar, is to imagine a coil spring. Then imagine uncoiling the spring until it turns into a solid bar. Now, bend it so it routes around other suspension components on the car and fasten each end to the lower control arms and attach the center of the bar to the frame and you have a sway bar. It assists with vehicle stability, particularly while cornering, by connecting the left and right side suspension systems together, allowing forces to transmit between them so forces are equalized. Once a bump is hit with the left tire, the impact transfers through the left suspension and into the right by way of the stabilizer bar and its ability to twist.
Pictured above are sway bar end links. They are comprised of a long bolt that runs through the suspension and through the stabilizer bar that contains bushings and cups to ensure the components can flex and not have metal on metal contact. If metal suspension components are touching without a bushing, it can cause severe noise when hitting bumps. If the bushings break down from weather, ozone, and wear, the stabilizer bar isn’t going to do a good job reducing wheel hop through corners. A common failure of the stabilizer link is the bolt – water can slowly erode the bolt into rust and cause it to break.
In order for a sway bar to function properly, it has to be mounted securely in a fixed position. Otherwise it will just flop around between the two end links and won’t do anyone much good. Mounting it to the frame in two places gives the bar it’s X-axis it can twist on. Over time, the mounting bushings can wear out, causing excessive movement of the sway bar, or causing a loud clunking noise when going over bumps. Bushings can wear out even faster if exposed to oil, like an oil pan or valve cover gasket leaking onto the sway bar bushings. The easiest thing to do is just replace the bushings and restore your vehicle’s stability to like new.
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About the Author
Brandon is a Colorado transplant from Pennsylvania and has been in the automotive industry since 2005. He graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College through the GM Automotive Excellence Service Program (ASEP) and specialized in the Duramax Diesel engine. Brandon is not only a service advisor for the company, but also manages the website, Facebook page and writes the monthly newsletter.