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Manager's Minute February 2023

Manager's Minute February 2023

We have made it to the heart of winter, ready or not! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Years. Mine was spent with friends and family. My wife and I were given an awesome opportunity to attend the Ohio State Football game with my brother and his wife in Atlanta on New Years Eve. I am just amazed that while in the big city of Atlanta we ran into some friends and neighbors. Once again I love living in our community. I would like to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day and have a safe and happy winter. Sincerely, Ted Heitbrink

Why Do They Call it a Dashboard?

Why Do They Call it a Dashboard?

Ever wonder where they came up with the term "dashboard" for that part of your vehicle that sits behind the steering wheel? That name began back before cars were even invented. People used to travel by horse and buggy, and streets were not as well built as they are today. On a muddy road (which was sometimes just a couple of ruts alongside a field), it wasn't unusual for those inside the buggy to have mud and stones "dashed" (knocked, thrown, or hurled) in their direction.  So those who built carriages began installing a board to protect them. That became known as the dashboard. The word carriage got shortened to car, and the dashboard is sometimes shortened to dash. Today, the dashboard sits behind and below the windshield that houses various controls and instruments. In addition tot the speedometer, tachometer, and gas gauge, there are warning lights you need to pay attention to on your dashboard and instrument panel. (You may have gauges for some of t ... read more

Battery

Battery

Batteries are a huge part of modern life. Just think about how many battery chargers you have. Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into the shop and end up needing a new battery, they are not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don't make it for 4 years. There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter, and shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them.  Also, running your battery way down is bad for it. Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the care turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions ... read more

Manager's Minute January 2023

Manager's Minute January 2023

Happy New Year from all of us at Chickasaw Garage!  I would like to say one more time THANK YOU so much for such an amazing year last year, and thank you for the continued support in 2023! I have been very busy following my sons around at their bowling matches. At the end of November my wife and I took a little trip and truly did have a great time getting away. We were amazed to fine we were only 7 hours away, we met people from 15 minutes away from our home. We had a conversation like we had known eachother for years. Every time this happens it just reminds me of how lucky we are to live in this area of small town USA. Sincerely,  Ted Heitbrink

Managers Minute December 2022

Managers Minute December 2022

Merry Christmas from all of us at Chickasaw Garage! It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and we are getting ready for Christmas. I know I have been busy watching my son Jackson bowl for UNOH and my other son Brayden bowl for the St. Henry High School bowling team. The shop has been busy as well. The mechanics have been attending some different training courses that have been presented by Napa out at Tri Star Career Compact. Renee and Allyson spent two days in Columbus at a Service Writers training, all to try and serve you our customer, better. We also want to make sure to send a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our main lady in the office, Renee. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!   On behalf of myself and the rest of the team at Chickasaw Garage, have a very Merry Christmas! Ted Heitbrink

Manager's Minute

Manager's Minute

This is hopefully the first of many Manager's Minutes! I am feeling so blessed to be living in this area. In September, I helped run the first annual Party With A Purpose where we were able to raise $71,000 to help local family's with their medical needs. None of this would be possible without all the generous people involved. From donations of auction items to all of the people who bought raffle tickets and bid on the auction items.  By the time you read this Chickasaw Garage will be wrapping up the October Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. Our team would like to say Thank You to all who have helped us with donating to the Mercer County Cancer Association.  With this being said let's keep the spirit of giving to the local charities this Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons! Thank you for the continued support and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sincerely, Ted Heitbrink

Windshield Wipers

Windshield Wipers

We're going to talk about windshield wiper blades today. Now that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is. If we need contacts or glasses, we take care of them. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when we drive.  We really ought to think about wipers as part of an important safety system. We should think about maintaining safety - not just responding when our wiper blades fail. How many time have you been caught off-guard by the first storm of the season with a streaky windshield that you can barely see out of? Or even with no washer fluid to clean off your windshield? Wiper blades live outside the vehicle, exposed to heat and sun in the summer and cold and ice in the winter. It's no wonder that they get dry, brittle and torn.  We recommend changing wiper blades twice a year - before they are so damaged that they don't work properly. If you replace them in one of your spring and fall oil changes, you sho ... read more

How Long Will My Brakes Last?

How Long Will My Brakes Last?

If you feel a slight shudder or vibration coming through your brake pedal when you stop, it could be a sign you need some brake work done. That gets you thinking, how long should my brakes last anyway? It depends on a lot of factors. But for discussion's sake, let's talk about the components that wear out most often, the pads and rotors.  One factor is how you drive. If you drive on highways a lot, you won't use your brakes as much as, say, someone who lives in the city and is in the middle of a lot of stop-and-go traffic. Do you drive a lot in the mountains? Do you tow a trailer or haul heavy loads? Those driving habits will all wear down your pads and rotors more quickly than someone who doesn't put that extra friction on their brake components. Do you love those jackrabbit starts and squealing stops? That will wear out your brakes more quickly than smoother driving habits. Do you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle? In that case, you may have regenerative br ... read more

Alignments

Alignments

It is no surprise that your vehicle drives better when all the wheels are pointed in the same direction, and a wheel alignment can help with that! If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.  Something that you won't notice right away (but you will if you keep driving when you are out of alignment) is that your tires are wearing unevenly and quickly. This is because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you must steer it back straight. The outside of the tire happens to wear out fast because you are constantly turning. The constant feeling of having to fight to keep your vehicle going straight down the road can be very tiring - especially on long trips! A few things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into potholes, smacking a curb or even something like a rock. It does not have to be something large to make a big shock, it could even be a regular bump or bang of daily driving that can add up t ... read more

Tires By the Numbers

Tires By the Numbers

You may have noticed your tires have a pretty long number on them. Yours might start with a letter, then a 3-digit number, followed bya few more numbers and letters. That string of letters and numbers is very important for your vehicle because it contains useful information on what tires will give you the performance to meet your vehicle's original design specifications.  These numbers can be found in most owners' manuals and usually on the driver's side doorframe. Generally, it's a good idea to stick with the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.  Lets look at an example. One customer's SUV has this number on their tires: P245/70R17 108T. The first letter, P, means it's intended for passenger vehicles. Some tires don't have any letter at the beginning, which means it's a metric tire. Some tires don't have any letter at the beginning, which means it's a metric tire. Some tires may also have LT at the beginning or end, which mea ... read more

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