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Why Should I Wash My Car After a Snow Storm?

Why Should I Wash My Car After a Snow Storm?

Washing your vehicle after a snow storm is something we HIHGLY recommend here at Good’s Auto Service. This is in large part due to the salt/sand mixture that is applied to the roads to help melt ice. As the vehicle is driven over this mixture, salt gets stuck to the underside of the vehicle. This includes the frame, undercarriage, suspension system, brake system, exhaust system; you get the idea. Anything under the vehicle is liable to salt residue. If left untouched, this salt mixture will begin to have a chemical reaction with the surface it is clinging to, which accelerates the rusting process. In other words, one of the best ways to help prevent or slow rust is to clean the entire vehicle after a snow storm. Not only the exterior, but the underbody and brakes as well. Many automatic car washes now have an undercarriage cleaning option, but if you are doing it by hand, we recommend spraying underneath the vehicle as well. It may be several weeks in a row that this is required ... read more

The Importance of Cleaning Wheel Corrosion

The Importance of Cleaning Wheel Corrosion

Cleaning both the rim and hub assembly is an important process to do when the wheels are removed from your vehicle. Over a period of time; if left uncleaned; there will likely be a buildup of corrosion between the rim and hub. This corrosion can cause a false clamping force when the wheel is torqued, leading to the lug nuts coming loose. In severe cases, this “false torque” can lead to a wheel falling off the vehicle.  Here at Good’s Auto Service, each technician is equipped with special tools in order to clean off this dreaded corrosion. We perform this process as a courtesy service to our customers, as there is no charge for this procedure

Why Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

Why Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

If your vehicle is equipped with a timing belt, it very well may be one of the most important engine components to maintain. It is a rubber belt that controls the rotation of the crank and camshaft as well as the opening and closing of the engine valves. Simply put, it is what keeps the engine running. If this belt were to snap or break, there’s a very good chance that severe damage will occur inside the engine. Many times, this damage will be so severe that replacing the engine is the most cost-effective fix. This means if you wait to replace your timing belt until it breaks, it’s too late. Here at Good’s Auto Service, we recommend replacing the timing belt every 90,000 miles or every 7 years. This greatly decreases the chances of a belt breaking, therefore saving your wallet from a hefty engine repair or replacement

What is a Wheel Lock Key and Why is it Important?

What is a Wheel Lock Key and Why is it Important?

Here at Good’s Auto Service, we are attempting to educate our customers about wheel lock keys and the importance of knowing where the wheel lock key is located. So, what exactly is a wheel lock key? On some vehicles, the design of one lug nut for each tire has a unique groove in it. The wheel lock key has the matching design on it, making it the only socket that will remove these “wheel lock lug nuts”. The purpose of these wheel lock lug nuts is to prevent theft of the wheels. The main drawback of wheel locks is the fact they can only be taken off by the matching wheel lock key. Meaning you MUST know the location of your wheel lock key. If you run over a nail and the tire goes flat; and that wheel lock key is missing; getting the tire off will be next to impossible. Many people don’t even realize their vehicles are equipped with wheel locks. This is why we are using big orange envelopes to place the wheel lock keys in them any time a car with wheel locks comes t ... read more

Why Do My Brakes Make A Grinding Noise?

Why Do My Brakes Make A Grinding Noise?

If you begin to hear a grinding sound while the brake pedal is pressed driving down the road, schedule an appointment with us ASAP! The most likely cause of this noise is the brake pad friction material being worn down to the metal backing plate. Or in other words, the brake pad is basically useless. The grinding noise is the sound of the metal backing plate being pressed against the rotor. In most cases, the brake rotor will need replaced along with the brake pads due to gouges from metal being pressed on metal. The stopping ability of your vehicle is severely compromised when brakes become “metal to metal”, and should be addressed immediately