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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

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

There are a lot of things you can do to improve your fuel economy. One of the first things you should do is make sure that your tires are properly inflated. On the inside of your driver's door is a sticker that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. Be careful - there might be a different pressure for the front and rear tires, and be sure to check them at least once a month.  Carrying extra weight in the vehicle hurts fuel economy. Leave unnecessary stuff home. Do we even need to mention driving fast and jackrabbit starts? Hard acceleration just suckes the gas, so gently accelerate and plan your stops so that you can ease into them. Also, remember that cruise control is your friend because steady speeds use less gas.  Be sure to check that your gas cap is screwed on tightly. If it is loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out and causing a reduced fuel economy. In order to make sure your gas cap is on tightly, twist the cap until it clicks three ti ... read more

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning

Let's talk about air conditioning service and repair issues. Most of us don't give our air conditioning a second thought if it is making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air.  The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough of the refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them. This causes them to wear out faster than they should, so it is important to service the air conditioner as recommended. Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and vecome corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keep the system operating at peak efficiency, so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool.  Even with regular serv ... read more

Ticking, Clicking Noise Coming From Your Engine? Diagnosing Collapsed Lifters!

Ticking, Clicking Noise Coming From Your Engine? Diagnosing Collapsed Lifters!

Check out Andy from 1A Auto as he diagnoses a top end clicking noise in a Chevy Avalanche! 

Dead Car Battery?

Dead Car Battery?

  Dead batteries seem to always happen at the most inconvenient time and places. Luckily for you, we have the tips and tricks you need to easily shift into neutral. The brake-shift interlock is a great hack to you use if you ever find yourself in this situation. Click the button below for more information!    

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