Main Street Mechanic News http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com Sun, 24 Jan 2021 01:47:04 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Let's Talk Brakes! http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p dir="ltr"><span>One of the most neglected and vital parts of vehicle maintenance is checking on and taking care of your brake systems. Like other vehicle systems, the conditions of winter can be tough on your brakes, especially when you&rsquo;re frequently trying to stop on snow and ice.&nbsp;<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="1000" height="667" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Just like your ankle bone is connected to your foot bone, each component connected to your brake system must function successfully and safely in order for your brakes to work properly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Here is a brief, high level overview of how the brake system in your vehicle works. When your foot pushes on the brake pedal, a piston moves into the cylinder while simultaneously squeezing hydraulic fluid out of the end. Hydraulic brake fluid is forced around the entire braking system, a network of brake lines and hoses - all of which must be working efficiently without any holes or leaks. Pressure is then transmitted equally to all four brakes. This force creates friction between brake pads and disc brake rotors, which is what stops your vehicle.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Brake Maintenance</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Vehicle maintenance extends the longevity of your vehicle, prolonging the need for replacement and saving you from costly repairs down the road. When your vehicle is brought in for inspection, your brakes are reviewed for safety and road-worthiness. In addition to receiving regular maintenance and inspections, here are some tips to extend the longevity of your brakes.</span></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Monitor your brake fluid. It should be replaced every two years, or every 30,000to 40,000 miles.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Brake discs should be changed according to your driving style and environmental conditions. Next time you&rsquo;re in our shop, ask about the free BG Lifetime Warranty to extend the protection coverage of your braking system.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>If headed downhill, drive in lower gears. Apply the brakes intermittently with light pressure for above 5 seconds.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>In icy and snowy conditions, double the distance you&rsquo;d normally give between you and the driver ahead of you. Leave your vehicle in normal drive gear and use light, steady pressure on the brake to maintain the correct speed.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>In normal conditions, follow the 3 second rule of following the vehicle in front of you.&nbsp;</span></p> </li> </ul> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Brake Care</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The brake pads, shoes, drums and rotors all need inspected and service for regular wear and tear. Here are some signs that suggest it&rsquo;s time to take your car in to the mechanic:</span></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Squeaking or squealing sounds when braking</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Grinding when braking</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Vibration when braking</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Taking longer to stop</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Brake pad indicator light comes on</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your brake pads appear thin</span></p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you notice any of these signs, it&rsquo;s time to bring your vehicle in. These are major signs that it&rsquo;s time to replace your brake pads and repair or upgrade your brake system.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Main Street Mechanic Is Here To Help</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>There&rsquo;s more to maintaining brakes than just brake pads and shoes. Brakes are an entire SYSTEM. We are proud to provide 4 wheel brake inspections, brake fluid flushes, cleaning and adjustment of rear brakes, emergency brake inspections and adjustments, and more. Check our monthly specials for any current available coupons to save money on this vital component of vehicle care and maintenance. If you have any concerns or questions or need to schedule an appointment, call 801-756-2661.&nbsp;</span></p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-1a527461-7fff-fea1-ab46-1dead79bd3c4"><br /><br /><br /></span> <div class="ctc-tooltip"></div> <div class="ctc-tooltip"></div> 5 Signs Your Alignment is Off http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p dir="ltr"><span>Snowy, slippery roads can be your wheels&rsquo; worst enemy. If you find yourself driving on poorly maintained roads, hitting potholes, or veering off the road and running into a curb, your alignment can be significantly affected. Even the slightest misalignment can accelerate uneven tire wear as well as reduce your car&rsquo;s safety and effectiveness driving in snowy, icy, and slippery conditions. You should have your alignment checked at minimum every 6,000 miles. However, if you&rsquo;ve experienced any kind of accident - including slipping off the road and running into a curb - you should have your alignment checked immediately. A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability and should be taken seriously. Tires are expensive. Keeping your tires aligned isn&rsquo;t!&nbsp;<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="1000" height="667" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>A properly aligned vehicle will perform better and more efficiently. We are currently offering $15 off a 3D Laser Alignment. We utilize high-end equipment using laser precision to ensure your vehicle is properly aligned for optimal performance and tire longevity. If you aren&rsquo;t sure whether it&rsquo;s time to come in for an alignment or not, here are 5 common signs of a bad wheel alignment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your Vehicle Pulls To One Side</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you are going straight on a flat, even road, loosen your grip on the steering wheel and let the car guide itself. If it drifts or swerves at all to one particular side, this is a clear sign that alignment is off and it&rsquo;s time to bring it in for a check. If you&rsquo;re not sure, you can try the test a couple times to get a better feel for where the alignment&rsquo;s at. The more the car pulls to one side, the worse the alignment is.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Crooked Steering Wheels</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Make sure to pay close attention to how you&rsquo;re using your steering wheel. You may be correcting for a misaligned vehicle without even realizing it. If you find yourself having to turn your steering wheel off-center in order to keep the vehicle straight, this is a sign that your wheels need to be realigned. When you&rsquo;re driving down a flat, straight road, your steering wheel should be able to remain perfectly centered. If this isn&rsquo;t the case, it&rsquo;s time to bring your vehicle in to the mechanic.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Uneven Tire Wear</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>This is one of the most common telltale signs of a misalignment. If all of your tires don&rsquo;t have the same wear pattern on the tread, your alignment is likely off. A car mechanic or tire specialist can quickly examine your tread and determine if there are any signs of a misalignment. Poor alignment can shorten a tire&rsquo;s life by thousands of miles and compromise critical steering and suspension parts. If your tires tread is wearing down unevenly, don&rsquo;t put off a trip to the mechanic to get things inspected and properly aligned.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Steering Wheel Vibrations</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you notice your steering wheel vibrating while your vehicle is in motion, this is often caused by misaligned or unbalanced tires. This vibration is normally caused by tire/wheel imbalance, but can also be caused by your tires pulling in opposite directions of each other. Because a vibrating steering wheel could also indicate other more serious problems, it&rsquo;s important to bring your vehicle in right away as soon as you begin to notice this symptom.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Loose Steering or Squealing Tires</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If your steering wheel feels loose or tends to move back and forth on its own as you drive down the road, this can be a sign of a misalignment. The sound of your tires squealing when turning slow corners(think store parking lots) could also indicate an issue with the alignment. If you feel you are turning the wheel a lot with little tire movement, or if you noticed your tires squealing on a regular basis, you should have your alignment checked out. Even if these symptoms don&rsquo;t end up having to do with alignment issues, these are both signs that something else may be off with your vehicle. It&rsquo;s also better to pay for inspections and maintenance than to be caught surprised with expensive repairs down the road.</span></p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr"><span>Tire misalignment is definitely not a scenario you want to take lightly. It may seem like just a minor inconvenience at first, but driving long distances with alignment issues can quickly lead to expensive tire replacements and major car repairs. It also can reduce your vehicle&rsquo;s ability to have a quick response time and avoid potential collisions. If you notice any of these signs and/or if you&rsquo;ve recently been in an accident or run into a curb, call Main Street Mechanic in American Fork today! In addition to offering $15 off a 3D Laser Alignment, we are also currently offering a $9.99 Safety Inspection (a $49.95 value!) and a $69.99 Customer Appreciation Special. </span><span>Enjoy Tire Rotation; Lube, Oil &amp; Filter Change; 4 Wheel Brake Inspection; and a complete Safety Inspection for just $69.99 (a $159 value!!) We&rsquo;re here to help you. We have a free customer shuttle, a tow truck, early drop off, late pick up, contactless vehicle pick up and drop off, and often have same day appointments available. Don&rsquo;t delay, call Main Street Mechanic today!</span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> 12 Critical Components Of Your Vehicle To Inspect Before Winter http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p dir="ltr"><span>With November comes colder weather, black ice, snow, hail, and more. Read this article for driving tips to keep you and your family safe and your vehicle driving smoothly.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Avoid postponing car care, tune-ups, and inspections until it&rsquo;s too late. The worst place to find out your vehicle isn&rsquo;t winter ready is in the middle of a snowstorm. When your battery gives out, or your tires cause you to skid off the road, or your wipers stop working leaving you driving blind through a mountain of snow, you&rsquo;ll wish you had stopped by the mechanic sooner rather than later. Between now and December 15, you can take advantage of our $9.99 Winter Inspection coupon (normally $49). We&rsquo;ll inspect your brakes, battery, and alternator for just $9.99. We&rsquo;re also offering $15 off an oil change and $10 off a coolant flush, allowing you to save $$$ all while ensuring your vehicle is safe and ready for the cold winter ahead!<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="1000" height="668" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Below we&rsquo;ve listed out the 12 most important things to check as winter turns colder and the snowstorms head our way.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1.&nbsp;Check your lights</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The sun sets earlier in the winter and the daylight hours are much shorter. If your headlights are foggy or yellow, consider replacing them. Make sure to replace any dead bulbs.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2.&nbsp;Maintain your battery</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Batteries have a tough time operating in cold weather. Have a volt test performed on your battery to make sure it&rsquo;s still in working order. If you&rsquo;ve experienced any trouble with your battery lately, make sure to have it inspected and replaced if needed.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3.&nbsp;Flush and fill your coolant</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Coolant (aka antifreeze) keeps your engine from freezing in cold temperatures. Make sure your coolant is clean and filled properly and that there aren&rsquo;t any leaks in the coolant system.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4.&nbsp;Top off gasoline</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Always keep your gasoline above half full in the winter and keep an extra tank of gas in the trunk if possible. The last thing you want to do is run out of gas in the middle of a white out blizzard.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5.&nbsp;Top off your washer fluid</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Between snow and salt on the road, windshields can get dirty fast. Keep your windshield and vision clear as you drive by making sure you have plenty of washer fluid to last you throughout the winter.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>6.&nbsp;Invest in winter tires</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Winter tires are considered a must in any area where temperatures regularly drop before 45 degrees. Winter tires stay flexible in colder temperatures, have better traction, and drastically reduce the risk of sliding off the road, skidding, or getting stuck in the snow.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>7. Check tire pressure</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Make sure that your tires are filled to their ideal pressure levels. Tire pressure drops with air temperature, losing up to one pound per square inch with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Your car will handle less predictably with underinflated tires.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>8. Test your defroster</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Make sure your defroster is working properly. Foggy windows that can&rsquo;t be cleared can quickly cause discomfort, poor visibility, and safety issues.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>9. Check your heater</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your climate control system keeps you both comfortable and safe as you travel through freezing temperatures. Test your heater out to make sure it&rsquo;s working, heats up quickly, and isn&rsquo;t producing any odd sounds or smells that may signal an issue somewhere in the system.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>10.&nbsp;Pack a survival kit</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>While the goal is to avoid getting stuck in cold weather somewhere, it&rsquo;s always best to have a survival kit on hand for worst case scenarios. Include food, water, warm blankets, a first aid kit, a knife, a flashlight, jumper cables, a cellphone charger, a lighter, tissue paper, flares, and possibly hand warmers.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>11. Check your exhaust system</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Make sure to inspect for carbon monoxide leaks. These can be an especially dangerous hazard when driving with the windows up all winter.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>12. Get an alignment</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>A winter wheel alignment is just as important as winter tires. Snowbanks, curbs, and potholes are all hard to see and more likely to cause alignment issues throughout the winter. Driving with a poor alignment can reduce vehicle efficiency, decrease driving control on slippery roads, and wear down your vehicle over time.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>For just <strong>$9.99</strong>, you can have all of these components and more fully inspected by professional <strong>ASE Certified technicians</strong> at Main Street Mechanic in American Fork! We also offer free local rides to work or home and back again. With the most professional and courteous staff in town, we are here to ensure your vehicle drives safely and smoothly all winter long! Call ahead to make an appointment or drop by, walk-ins are always welcome. We have <strong>same day appointments</strong> available and can often get you in and out same day! Don&rsquo;t wait until it&rsquo;s too late. Call Main Street Mechanic today.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> What Does My Recirculating Air Button Do? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9" style="margin-bottom: 30px;"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" style="border: 0;" title="What does my Recirculating Air Button do?" src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> 5 Common Problems with Power Steering Systems http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p dir="ltr"><span>Power steering is a modern invention that many of us now take for granted! This hydraulic system uses power steering fluid to build pressure, making it easier for you to turn the wheel. Long gone are the days of cranking the wheel and feeling sore muscles just from trying to turn left.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="1000" height="771" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>As wonderful as power steering is, it can break down &ndash; just like any other system in your car. When you start experiencing problems with your power steering, it&rsquo;s time to take a trip to the mechanic. A good engine belt, power steering pump, clear passageways, and the proper amount of clean power steering fluid are all necessary for a power steering system to run efficiently.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>A malfunctioning power steering pump can often be recognized with a loud screeching noise that can be easily detected by the driver. Shaking or screeching when you make a turn may indicate a worn power steering belt. If your steering wheel becomes especially hard to turn, low power steering fluid levels may be the culprit. Leaks in your power steering system can also wreak havoc and lead to any of the above warning signs.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Power steering is definitely one vehicle issue that you don&rsquo;t want to attempt a DIY fix. Power steering is a complicated system within your vehicle. Our advanced diagnostics equipment can pinpoint exactly what is wrong with the system and what we need to do to fix it. Below is an overview of the 5 most common power steering issues and various ways we can help get it repaired.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Leaking Power Steering Fluid</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The integrity of your power steering system relies on its ability to build pressure. One way it accomplishes this is through the use of a special fluid that transfers the pressure to change the direction of your wheel. If the fluid is leaking and/or there is a leak somewhere in the system, turning sharp corners will become near impossible. You may also hear a grinding noise when you try to turn. If you run out of fluid entirely, you may burn out the power steering pump. This is just one of the many reasons why it&rsquo;s critical to take your car to the mechanic as soon as you start experiencing any troubles with your power steering, even if it&rsquo;s just hearing weird noises when you turn.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Worn Out Hose</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>All components of your vehicle will wear down over time. It&rsquo;s not uncommon for hoses throughout the vehicle &ndash; including those included in the power steering system &ndash; to become hardened and begin to peel or crack. Over time, these peels can become worn out into holes that leak power fluid. If you&rsquo;re noticing leaks</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Loose Hose Couplings</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Even if your hose is in tip-top shape, the couplings that connect tubes together tend to get loose over time. Sudden bumps, vibrations of driving, or even imbalance in the pressure system itself can weaken these important connections. Loose couplings can have a significant affect on your power steering, especially if those loose connections allow for your power steering fluid to leak out.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Slipped Driver Belt</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your power steering pump uses a drive belt when your car is changing direction. It is not uncommon for the drive belt to slip off the power steering pump, preventing your car from being able to move from left to right. The belt is what lets your power steering pump know which way to go and, without it, it doesn&rsquo;t know which direction it should be applying pressure to. If you&rsquo;re having problems turning or changing directions with your steering wheel, a slipped driver belt may be the culprit.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Worn Out Steering Pump</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Just like every other component in your vehicle, your power steering pump can wear down over time. It uses seals and internal parts that can break down, resulting in loss of fluid pressure. Squealing sounds and loss of steering ease are often signals that the steering pump needs to be repaired or replaced.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Just as with most issues related to vehicle systems, regular maintenance can help to prevent power steering failure and catch early signs of power steering issues before they turn into much bigger and more expensive problems. Routine inspections and consistent maintenance help keep your car healthy and performing at its best for the long haul.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you are experiencing any troubles with your power steering system, give Main Street Mechanic a call! Our friendly ASE-Certified Technicians can get you taken care of right away. We have same day appointments available and can often get you in and out in a day&rsquo;s time! We also offer a free customer shuttle to take you to home/work and back to the shop again once your car is ready. Even if you&rsquo;re not yet experiencing vehicle issues, remember to bring your car in for routine inspections and maintenance needs. We here at Main Street Mechanic are more than happy to help you solve any problems your vehicle is having and answer any questions you may have!</span></p> Stop and Check Your Brakes http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p dir="ltr"><span>Every component of your vehicle plays an important role in overall function and longevity, but the brakes are arguably one of the most crucial. Few things are scarier than the thought of hitting the brakes only to have them give out! Taking care of your brakes and having regular inspections not only gives you peace of mind for the safety of you and your family, it also helps you save money in costly repairs and brake replacements. This article will give you some of our top tips, as ASE Certified Mechanic Technicians, to get the most out of your brakes and keep them strong for the long haul.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="1000" height="667" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Extending The Longevity Of Your Brakes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Just like any other component of your vehicle, going easy on your brakes can significantly extend the life of your brake system. While you&rsquo;re driving, try lifting off the gas and coasting in advance to slow down, rather than waiting for the last minute to press on the brake pedal. The less pressure you put on your brakes, the better. When going downhill, avoid riding the brakes by only accelerating slightly at the top of the hill and let the momentum carry you down, rather than continually switching between the accelerator and brakes.Shifting into a lower gear also allows your car&rsquo;s engine to help hold you back so you don&rsquo;t have to hit the brakes as often on a long downhill. Also, practice keeping a safe distance behind other vehicles so you won&rsquo;t have to hit the brakes if the car in front of you stops suddenly. Give yourself plenty of room to coast behind other vehicles.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>You should also avoid hitting the accelerator and brakes at the same time. This may seem like a no brainer, but people who drive with two feet will often overlap the shift from brake to accelerator. It&rsquo;s best to drive with just one foot to avoid this problem. 2-foot drivers spend lots of money on new brakes!&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keeping your vehicle load as light as possible can also help to extend the longevity of your brakes. The heavier your car is, the more work the brakes have to do to stop your wheels from moving. Keeping your vehicle lightly loaded as much as possible will be easier on your brakes, tires, gas tank, and, of course, your wallet!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Regular Brake Maintenance</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your brake pads are often one of the first components of your brake system to wear down. Brake pads help your car to stop the wheels from moving using friction. Your brake pads should have more than &#8539;&rdquo; of padding to work properly. If you hear a metallic screeching noise when you brake, it&rsquo;s definitely time to take it in!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your braking system should be inspected once per year. If they are too worn to work safely, it&rsquo;s important to have them replaced right away. You should also check your brake fluid regularly. This is something you can do yourself if you&rsquo;re familiar with how to do it or you can include it as part of your regular vehicle inspection at Main Street Mechanic. If your brake fluid is too dark/dirty, it&rsquo;s no longer effective at transferring heat to all parts of the brake system and absorbing water (an essential process for working brakes) and should be flushed.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Brake fluid attracts water which reduces braking performance over time. This can lead to corrosion and rotting parts of your braking system. We recommend getting a brake fluid flush every 2 years or 25,000 miles. Check your vehicle&rsquo;s owner&rsquo;s manual for specific recommendations for your make and model.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>It&rsquo;s also important to listen to your vehicle for warning signs that your brakes are wearing down. Unusual noises, delayed or touchy brake response, vibrations or difficulty in pressing on the brakes may all be indicators that you have a dangerous problem in your brake system.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>When having your brakes replaced, make sure to invest in the best quality you can afford. They may cost a little extra, but your brakes are one of the most critical parts of your vehicle&rsquo;s safety and are definitely worth the added expense. Top of the line brakes will make a significant difference in the long run in terms of efficiency, safety, and durability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Have Your Brakes Inspected and Replaced By Professionals</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Practicing these tips and keeping an eye (and ear) out for any signs of wearing down can help extend the life of your brakes and keep you safe. However, there are many brake problems that only a practiced eye can catch. An annual safety inspection will enable us to catch any problems, including issues with your brakes. We also offer a more in-depth brake inspection specifically to examine any signs of problems, including unevenly worn brake pads. If you haven&rsquo;t had an inspection in over a year - or if you hear or see signs that your brakes are wearing out - call us today to <a href="">make an appointment at Main Street Mechanic</a>, your friendly neighborhood mechanic in American Fork.&nbsp;</span></p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-64f89dbf-7fff-ee14-963d-48dc27e90d70"><br /><br /></span> Beat The Heat! August Tips To Prevent Engine Overheating http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p dir="ltr"><span>As we round the last corner of summer and face record-breaking temperatures - often exceeding 100 degrees - we want to remind everyone how to avoid engine overheating and what to do if your engine does start to overheat.&nbsp;<br /><br /><img width="376" height="502" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Just like a marathon runner who needs regular care and replenishment to avoid overheating, your car needs some help to avoid overheating in the summer. The cooling systems in our cars have come a long way in over 150 years of development, but ultimately no car is immune to engine overheating.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>One of the best ways to prevent engine overheating is to keep your car somewhere cool. Park in shaded spots as much as possible, whether it&rsquo;s under a tree or in a covered parking spot. Use a sunshade to keep the interior cool and protected from direct sunlight. Applying a dark tint to your car can also help to keep the temperature down and provide another layer of protection against the heat. It&rsquo;s also a good idea to leave the car windows open slightly to prevent hot air from getting trapped inside. If you have a sunroof, crack that open too.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The next important component is to keep up with regular maintenance, especially when it comes to maintaining coolant fluids. Make sure to keep the coolant level between min-max at all times. If your coolant fluid is low or dirty, your car will be much more susceptible to overheating.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Major components of your car&rsquo;s cooling system including the radiator, coolant, thermostat, and electric fan. Any leaks in the cooling system can quickly cause the car to overheat and cause damage to other major systems. When you take your car for regular services and maintenance, your mechanic will check the conditions of all of these major systems. Even if you aren&rsquo;t able to make it to a mechanic, make sure to check your car&rsquo;s coolant level with every new season. Only check your coolant level when your car is parked and has ample time to cool off. If your coolant levels are low, make sure to visit the mechanic to check for a leak.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>It&rsquo;s very important to note that coolant can be extremely hot and can burn you when you remove your radiator cap when the car is still very hot. Make sure to allow the car to cool off completely before checking coolant levels.<br /><br /><img width="587" height="391" src="" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>During the first 10 minutes of driving, make sure to set your A/C to the &ldquo;fresh air&rdquo; setting. After it&rsquo;s had a chance to cool down, you can switch to the recirculation setting. Using recirculation in the first 10 minutes just moves all that hot, trapped air around your vehicle. Start with some fresh air from outside and let it cool down before switching to the A/C recirculation setting.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Always make sure to keep your eye on the car temperature gauge. If it begins to move towards &ldquo;hot&rdquo;, pull over and turn off the engine. Let the car cool down adequately before starting it up again.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Two other options that may help reduce the risk of your engine overheating are to have your radiator flushed by a mechanic and to consider replacing your car battery. A car battery over 3 years old may require your car to work harder, increasing the likelihood of overheating. A radiator flush drains old coolant from the radiator and should be done every 40,000 miles.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If your car does start to overheat, pull over to the side of the road. Park (somewhere shaded and cool, if possible), turn your car off, crack the window, and let your car cool for a minimum of 10 minutes. Open the hood of your car to allow trapped heat to clear out more quickly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Once the car has cooled off, turn the ignition to its first position (don&rsquo;t start the engine). Check the temperature gauge to make sure it's in a normal range. Check engine fluids to make sure they are between the min and max levels. Now try to start the engine. If it makes strange sounds or does not start at all, make sure to call roadside assistance. Don&rsquo;t continue to push your engine when it is in any stage of overheating. This can be dangerous and very harmful to your car&rsquo;s systems.&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If your vehicle is showing signs of overheating, or you have any concerns about your cooling system, be sure to give us a call today and we&rsquo;ll be happy to test and assess the vehicle, provide the proper service and repairs and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. You can check out our</span><a href=""><span> specials page for our latest coupons and savings</span></a><span> as you get your car road trip and family vacation ready.</span></p> 15 Year Celebration Giveaway!!! http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com To celebrate our 15 year anniversary - as well as our official re-branding to Main Street Mechanic - we're giving away over $1000 worth of gift cards! We want to say THANK YOU to the community we serve, to the community that supports us, to the community that is the reason we get up every single day and do what we do. It is our honor to be a part of this community and to serve you!<br /><br />To enter to win, simply fill out our <a href="">3 question form</a>. That's it! Winners will be notified immediately upon being selected. Prizes include:<br /><br /><strong>- $500 gift card to Home Depot</strong><br /><strong>- 2x $100 spa gift cards to New Age Wellness</strong><br /><strong>- 2x Gandolfos gift cards for 10 free sandwiches</strong><br /><strong>- Detailing package from Veteran Detail ($300 value)</strong><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong><a href="">ENTER HERE</a></strong></span><br /><br />We can't wait to select and announce the winners! Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions or if there's anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out.<br /><br />For more information on our re-branding, you can view the full American Fork Steel Days article below:<br /><br />"When considering what to name their business back in 2005, Rod and Kimberly Martin chose World Class Auto Repair to show technical expertise and top-notch service. They have now enjoyed 15 years of serving &ndash; and living in &ndash; our community and are grateful for the support received from many happy customers. As their family and the American Fork community have grown, so has their vision of their business. They don&rsquo;t want to merely be great at fixing cars, they want to be great neighbors and community partners.<br /><span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>They are happy to announce a new name and branding: </span><span>Main Street Mechanic.</span><span> &ldquo;Our mission to provide the best auto care possible has not changed, but we want our community to see us as their friendly neighborhood mechanic.&rdquo; Those who have visited the shop have noticed a retro-type feel inside, and that will now extend to their name and logo. It features a classic 1950s pedal car, reminiscent of a simpler time when neighbors readily took care of neighbors.&nbsp;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>&ldquo;We want to be the people you look to for maintenance and repair.&rdquo; Rod says. &ldquo;The best shop is the one is the one who does the job right the first time. We diagnose things with the proper equipment so we can let people know what&rsquo;s going on. The main thing is, I don&rsquo;t want you to spend a dime unless it&rsquo;s going to be helpful. Whether it&rsquo;s fixing what is wrong with your car, or helping it last longer, we can help. There&rsquo;s a lot of mystery and misinformation about car repair out there, and we want people to have straight answers.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>They seek to look at each car as an individual. Not every driver treats his or her vehicle the same and so each person needs individualized care. They are committed to doing what is best for any given situation to help you get the most miles for your dollars.&nbsp;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>With the current situation, they are doing everything they can to make sure your visit is a safe one. They disinfect customer cars when they come in and before they are picked up. Their employees follow all guidelines for masks and social distancing, and allow for no-touch drop-off and pickup. Though they are not part of a larger chain, they provide special services to their customers, such as a shuttle van that gives rides to customers to work or home &ndash; and back again - while their car is being worked on. They also have a small fleet of loaner cars for those whose repairs will take longer.&nbsp;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re right here in American Fork in the middle of it,&rdquo; Rod says. &ldquo;We just want a chance to help.&rdquo; You can find your friendly, competent neighborhood mechanic at 337 West Main Street in American Fork. "</span></p> How Often Should You Change Your Brake Pads? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Someone trying to remove a rotor" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />When and how often should you change your brakes?&nbsp;</p> <p>The braking system on your car is one of the most, if not the most, important safety system in your car. Most braking systems in consumer vehicles consist of brake pads behind each wheel that clamp down on a round disc of metal called a rotor causing the car to slow or stop.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike most other mechanical systems in your car, your brakes will signal that it&rsquo;s time for them to be changed. Ignoring the screech/squeal that signifies their life is coming to an end can affect your wallet, and more importantly, your safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>Worn brakes make a distinct sound when they need to be replaced. A screeching or squealing sound will start when you press the brakes and won&rsquo;t go away until you release the brake pedal. Sometimes, if you wait too long or your car is a little older, the sound can turn into a grinding or a grumble.&nbsp;</p> <p>The sound you are hearing is metal on metal contact. Brake pads wear down as they&rsquo;re used, and once there is no pad left, the caliper (holds the brake pads) rubs against the rotor (part the brake pads clamp down on when the brake is pressed) causing the sound. The sound will usually get worse over time, and can eventually turn into a grinding or grumbling (rotor being worn or damaged). These are the telltale signs your car&rsquo;s brakes are ready to be changed.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are many factors that can affect how often your vehicle&rsquo;s brakes will need to be changed. The size and type of the vehicle, road conditions, how your drive, driving frequency, and quality of brake pads in use can all affect the life of your brake pads.&nbsp;</p> <p>The cost to have your brakes changed can vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle and with the quality of pads you choose for your car. Higher quality brake pads will generally last longer than less expensive, but cost more. If the rotors on your vehicle are worn or damaged they often also need to be replaced and can greatly increase the cost of having your brakes replaced.&nbsp;</p> The best way to save on costly brake repairs is to have brake issues addressed as soon as they start. Waiting can cause significant damage to the other components of your braking system causing costly repairs. Worn brakes also don&rsquo;t perform as well and aren&rsquo;t as safe to drive on. Luckily, all of this can be avoided with regular brake inspections and by paying attention to the sounds your car makes, or doesn&rsquo;t make, when you press the brakes. All About Oil Changes http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="all about oil changes" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />This month we&rsquo;re going to talk about all things engine oil and oil changes. Oil changes are often the most frequent routine maintenance your car undergoes, and if you&rsquo;ve are or have been confused about oil changes, we&rsquo;re going to set the record straight.&nbsp;</p> <p>The reason vehicles need frequent oil changes is to keep engines lubricated. Engine oil loses its effectiveness as it ages, and fresh oil reduces friction between the moving parts in your engine and keeps it running smoothly. Oil changes also help clean out any debris that has built up in the engine between oil changes.&nbsp;</p> <p>How often should you get your oil changed? The best answer for most people is: refer to your owner&rsquo;s manual. Your car&rsquo;s owner&rsquo;s manual has detailed maintenance information, and following the manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations should keep your vehicle running smoothly. Many cars also have an oil change indicator that will illuminate when it&rsquo;s time for your car to receive an oil change (usually based upon miles driven since last oil change). If you happen to find yourself in a unique situation, and you&rsquo;re unsure what oil change frequency would be ideal, consult one of the professionals here at World Class Auto Repair. We can help you find an oil change interval that is ideal for you.&nbsp;</p> <p>What type of oil should be used? Your owner&rsquo;s manual will specify which type and weight of oil your car needs. All cars can use synthetic motor oil, and some cars require it. Synthetic oil is more resistant to higher temperatures and breakdown as it ages. Because of these properties you can generally go longer and more miles between synthetic oil changes. That being said, it&rsquo;s still important not to exceed the oil change interval recommended by your manufacturer.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also important that you check your engine&rsquo;s oil level between oil changes, and we recommend checking it at least once a month. Even new cars can need their oil topped off between changes. When you check the oil level, also pay attention to the color of the oil. It should appear light brown and clean (like new oil). If it appears out of the ordinary, contact us to prevent possible engine damage.&nbsp;</p> That wraps up the basics of engine oil and oil changes. This month we&rsquo;re offering 50% off any oil change, making February the perfect time to bring your vehicle into World Class Auto Repair. How to Jump Start Your Car In Winter http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="two people working on engine in the snow" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />Jump starting is often the best way to start a car with a dead battery. It doesn&rsquo;t fix the problem with the battery, but it should allow you to drive your vehicle to World Class Auto Repair to be diagnosed and repaired. This sounds easy enough, but have you ever learned the proper and safe way to jump start your car? We&rsquo;re going to cover the essentials in this post.&nbsp;</p> <p>To be able to jump start your vehicle you&rsquo;ll need a pair of jumper cables, and we encourage you to always keep a pair of jumper cables in your vehicle in case of emergencies.&nbsp; Standard size jumper cables are 6 gauge, and you can pick up a pair at most stores that sell car parts. You&rsquo;ll also need a functioning vehicle to use for the jump-start.&nbsp;</p> <p>The most important part of any car maintenance is safety. Make sure that small children and pets are a safe distance away from the engine compartment. Read through the owner&rsquo;s manual for your vehicle to make sure extra steps aren&rsquo;t required. And always keep in the mind when you&rsquo;re jumping your car, the idea is to send an electrical current from one car to the other using the cables, so care must be taken once the clamps have been connected to the terminals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Park the vehicles next to each other with both vehicles off. Open the hood of each car and locate the battery terminals (they&rsquo;re usually covered in red or black, and/or have a + or &ndash; sign).</p> <p>Attach one red clamp of the jumper-cables to the positive terminal of the dead battery. The positive terminal is usually covered in red and/or marked with a + sign. Make sure you have a solid connection with the terminal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attach the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the working vehicle. Again, the positive terminal is usually covered in red and/or marked with a + sign. Make sure you have a solid connection with the terminal.</p> <p>Attach the black clamp onto the negative terminal of the working battery. The negative terminal is usually covered in black and/or marked with a &ndash; sign. Make sure you have a solid connection with the terminal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attach the last remaining black clamp to a clean nut or bolt on the engine block of the vehicle with the dead battery. The ideal placement would be an unpainted metal part of the car. This helps to ensure a safe jump.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start the working vehicle and let it run for a few minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start the dead vehicle. If it doesn&rsquo;t start right away, allow the running vehicle to charge the dead battery for a few more minutes and try again. If that still doesn&rsquo;t work, try slightly revving the engine. This can increase the amount of current flowing through the jumper-cables.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once the car is started, disconnect the black jumper cables first. Do not let the clamps touch each other or any other part of the car.&nbsp;</p> <p>Drive the car that has been jumped started. The battery in your car needs time to be recharged by the alternator, so at the very least take the car around the block a few times.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bring your car in to World Class Auto Repair. There are many reasons a car needs to be jump-started, and the issue will need to be resolved so you&rsquo;re not having to continue to rely on jumper cables to start your vehicle. We have the tools and expertise to diagnose the issue and get it fixed right the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any problems jump-starting your car, give us a call. We can help you figure out the best options for getting you back on the road again. </p> Dead Car Batteries In The Winter http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="car with skull smoke" width="80%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />It&rsquo;s happened to almost all of us. You head out on the first cold day of the year to work or take your kids to school. You&rsquo;re surprised by the cold and tell yourself you&rsquo;re not ready for winter. You climb into the car and turn the key. Instead of the engine roaring to life, you hear the dreaded clicking that signifies a dead battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why is it that your battery always seems to die during the winter? We&rsquo;ll tell you exactly why.&nbsp;</p> <p>The battery in your car slowly loses its ability to hold a charge over its 3-5 year life. The degradation process also tends to increase during extreme weather (summer, winter) so your battery has already experienced a lot of wear and tear by the time winter hits.&nbsp;</p> <p>The other problem is that the colder an engine is, the harder it is to start. Heat, defrost, and sluggish oil also contribute, requiring more cranking amps for your engine to turn over. Your battery just isn&rsquo;t in a position to supply them anymore.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now that we have an understanding of why your battery always seems to die during the first cold days of winter, let&rsquo;s identify a few other signs you can look for&nbsp; that indicate a dying battery. These might include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Engine cranks more slowly</li> <li>Lights dim or yellow</li> <li>Smell of sulfur or rotten eggs</li> <li>Needing to push the gas in order to start</li> <li>Electrical issues&nbsp;</li> <li>Bulging battery case</li> <li>Battery is more than three years old&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The silver lining in all of this is that batteries are relatively easy and inexpensive to replace. Our certified technicians can replace your battery, and while they do they will also run tests to make sure that other electrical systems, such as an alternator, aren&rsquo;t also contributing to the problem.&nbsp;</p> Don&rsquo;t forget that our free shuttle service is available to get you from home to work and back again. Our courteous and professional staff will have you back and up and running in no time. Preventative Maintenance for Safety and Longevity http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="pouring oil into an engine" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />As vehicle technology has advanced, the average age of vehicles on the road has risen. The average age of vehicles is more than 11.5 years! While this is very happy news that owners are able to get more use and miles out of their vehicles, the discussion on long term maintenance is becoming more and more important.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Car Care Council urges drivers of older vehicles to implement a preventative maintenance plan for their vehicle to minimize the chances of a roadside breakdown and to also help their vehicle run more efficiently and economically.&rdquo;</p> <p>The most common maintenance procedures for longevity and value include checking the oil, filters and fluids, belts and hoses, brakes, tires, and air conditioning. An annual safety check and wheel alignment are also strongly recommended. For a schedule on when fluid changes are recommended, check out our <a href="">blog post here</a>.</p> <p>You can also check out the <a href="">Car Care Guide</a> created by the Car Care Council to find out the best maintenance for your specific vehicle.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Car Care Guide boasts 80 pages of useful information for motorists and is available free, electronically or by printed copy, in English and Spanish. The guide covers major services, 12 component groups within the vehicle, service interval recommendations and much more. Additional topics include an expanded environmental awareness section, finding an automotive repair shop, alternative fuels, understanding the warranty, vehicle telematics, and careers in the auto care industry.&rdquo;</p> <p>For a fully customized maintenance plan, bring your car into our shop. One of our highly skilled, certified technicians will do a review of your specific vehicle. We will come up with a maintenance schedule and personalized tips to get the most out of your vehicle.</p> <p>Here at World Class Auto in American Fork, we also offer a free customer shuttle to take you to and from anywhere you need to go while your car is in the shop. Car maintenance and repair has never been easier!</p> <p>With our September monthly specials, you can get <a href="">$10 off a 3D Alignment</a>, <a href="">$20 off a Synthetic Oil Change</a>, and $<a href="">10 off every new tire</a> (PLUS lifetime flat repair and rotations!)</p> <p>Being aware of the ideal maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle can drastically increase the longevity as well as re-sale value. Our shop truck just reached 400,000 miles and is still going strong after years of regular maintenance and proper care! Buying new cars is expensive and often unnecessary. Get the most out of your vehicle for years to come when you use World Class Auto in American Fork.</p> Dealerships Vs Independent Repair Shops http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Dealerships vs Independent repair shops" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />When it comes time to service your vehicle, you want it to be fast, affordable, convenient, and high quality. You have the option to take it to either an independently owned shop or a dealership. With a dealership, you&rsquo;re looking at stiff rates and a by-the-book approach. A <a href="">recent survey</a> conducted by found that individuals are much more likely to be satisfied with repairs when going to an independent repair shop over a dealership. This includes all pertinent factors such as &ldquo;overall satisfaction, price, quality, courteousness of the staff, and work being completed when promised&rdquo;.</p> <p>When it comes to cost, dealerships have much higher expenses to stay running. These expenses are passed on to the customer. For example, a dealership technician may be able to quickly diagnose vehicle problems, but the savings in efficiency are not passed on to the customer. Some studies have found that, on average, dealerships are charging 15% more than independent repair shops. Here at World Class Auto, we&rsquo;ve invested thousands into high-end diagnostic tools that allow us to quickly pinpoint the cause of the problem &ndash; saving you, the customer, both time AND money.</p> <p>Dealerships are an industrial workshop. They must be able to move customers in and out quickly to keep up with the high volume of vehicles they see per day &ndash; most of which are warranty claims. Because of this, they often don&rsquo;t care as much about your experience as they do getting your car in and out quickly.</p> <p>By contrast, independent repair shops care deeply about your experience. We take the time to thoroughly educate our customers, follow-up with you after repairs are completed, and maintain an active relationship with our customers and the community. We are always willing to send our customers photos and videos of broken parts and repairs to keep them in the loop and well-informed.</p> <p>Furthermore, because dealerships are very focused on time and cost efficiency, they will often offer free shuttle rides within a 5 mile radius, but no more than that &ndash; and definitely no loaner cars for longer periods of repairs. Here at World Class Auto, we offer a free customer shuttle that will take you where you need to go and back to the shop &ndash; anytime, any place. We also have loaner cars available for use for longer repairs. Our aim and our passion is to make vehicle care as convenient as possible!</p> <p>In order to maintain their franchises, dealerships have to pay for training for all their technicians and provide special tools and equipment. While this is costly (an expense that is also passed down to the customer), it does mean that all technicians are well-trained and well-equipped to help you with your vehicle&rsquo;s maintenance and repair, provided it is a newer model (normally less than 5 years old).&nbsp;</p> <p>However, almost all technicians at independent repair shops got their start at a dealership. Not only do independent repair shop technicians have the same special training as dealership technicians, they also have many more years of experience under their belt. Here at World Class Auto, we only employ ASE Certified Master Technicians who must re-test every five years in order to maintain their certification. All of our technicians are required to take 40-plus hours of Continuing Education training annually. This helps immensely in mastering vehicle diagnostics, repair, and maintenance for our techs and helps you get the right fix, the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Independent repair shops are also often in more accessible locations than dealerships. Dealerships are connected to the sales lot, which requires huge amounts of land and real estate. They typically have to build in out-of-the-way industrial zones. In contrast, independent repair shops require much less space and therefore can be more easily accessible, the proverbial &ldquo;corner garage.&rdquo; We are proud to be your Main Street mechanic on American Fork with easy access off the American Fork Main Street exit close to all your favorites shops and restaurants.</p> <p>When it comes to warranties on repairs and services, dealerships and independent repair shops are about even. However, here at World Class Auto, we try to go above and beyond. We have a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty on most repairs (covered NATIONWIDE). This is better than any other warranty in the industry &ndash; including the warranty offered by dealerships! We want to get it done right the first time and make sure you&rsquo;re completely taken care of for years to come.</p> <p>One thing we can say for sure is that here at World Class Auto, we deeply care about meeting your needs and strive to provide the highest quality repairs and premium customer service. Between our customer shuttle, loaner cars, ASE certified technicians, industry-leading warranty, and high-end diagnostic equipment, you can feel confident that World Class Auto is both a mechanic you can trust and a shop that will make your life easier.</p> <p>Be sure to give us a call today and we&rsquo;ll be happy to test and assess your vehicle, provide the proper service and repairs and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.</p> What To Do When Your Car Starts To Overheat http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Woman looking at smoking engine" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />It&rsquo;s summer and it is getting HOT out there. Vehicle and engine overheating is common and when it happens, you need to do something about it RIGHT AWAY.</p> <p>As soon as your engine starts overheating, there are a couple steps you need to take immediately to minimize potential damage.</p> <p>Immediately turn off the A/C, turn on the defroster with your heat to HOT and fan on high. This can help prevent thousands of dollars of damage! Turning on the heater may feel uncomfortable in the heat of summer, but this will help pull as much heat out of your engine as it can. Roll down the windows to help you stay comfortable.</p> <p>Pull over to a safe location and turn off the engine. If you&rsquo;re stuck in traffic, put your car in neutral or park and raise the engine speed by pressing on the gas pedal. You want to raise the RPM&rsquo;s to about 2000-ish. By raising the engine speed, you&rsquo;re trying to get the engine circulating as much as coolant possible.</p> <p>Get off the road ASAP and call for help. Don&rsquo;t even think about touching the radiator cap while you&rsquo;re waiting for a tow truck. This can release a geyser of hot coolant that can do a lot of damage &ndash; and hurt a lot!</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have roadside assistance available to you &ndash; be patient! It can take at least 15 minutes for the engine to cool. Don&rsquo;t open the hood until at least 15 minutes have passed. Once the hood is cool to the touch, open the hood, locate the radiator cap, and add coolant. If the temperature gauge goes back to normal, you can begin to drive again. Proceed with caution and make sure to get your car to a mechanic asap.</p> <p>You can usually avoid engine overheating with regular maintenance by a certified mechanic. Make sure to have your car&rsquo;s coolant levels, oil levels, hoses, fans, and thermostat checked regularly. Here are some common reasons your car&rsquo;s cooling system may begin to fail:</p> <ul> <li>Improper coolant circulation. The engine may start to overheat if the water/antifreeze mixture isn&rsquo;t circulating correctly. Even if you don&rsquo;t have any leaks, coolant can evaporate over time. You can add about half a cup of water to a low antifreeze tank to cool your engine down enough to make it to an autoshop.</li> <li>Leaks: If your water/antifreeze levels are regularly low despite filling them up, there may be a leak in your cooling system. If this is happening to you, make an appointment with us ASAP. We&rsquo;ll track down the leak and get you an estimate for repair.</li> <li>A faulty hose. If one of the hoses that circulate coolant becomes blocked or detached, it can prevent the proper amount of coolant from circulating. This is another system error that we would be able to detect and fix in our shop ahead of time.</li> <li>Improper coolant concentration. You want to make sure you use the correct type of coolant in your vehicle. The wrong mixture of coolant and distilled water can cause your vehicle to overheat.</li> </ul> <p>Other causes of engine overheating can include a bad thermostat, a bad radiator, a bad radiator fan, a bad water pump, or loose/broken belts.</p> <p>An overheating vehicle is a sign that needs immediate attention. In most cases the original cause is a simple, low-cost repair. Unfortunately, most people ignore the initial problem and end up paying much more for extensive damage as a result.</p> <p>If your vehicle is showing signs of overheating, be sure to give us a call today and we&rsquo;ll be happy to test and assess the vehicle, provide the proper service and repairs and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.</p> Recirc Button ? What The Heck Is It And What Does It Do? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Car air conditioner dials" width="NaN" height="NaN" /><br /><br />Whenever you turn on the A/C or heater in your car, you have 2 options &ndash; &ldquo;fresh air&rdquo; or &ldquo;recirculation&rdquo; mode. Although almost every vehicle comes with these options, the majority of drivers are completely unaware of when to use which &ndash; or what the recirculation button even is!</p> <p>When hit, the recirculation button closes the air duct in the front of the car so that the air from outside does not enter the car. Instead, the air already in the vehicle is recirculated and cooled or heated, based on what settings you&rsquo;re using. Leaving it on will not make you drowsy from lack of fresh air/oxygen.</p> <p>Alternatively, using &ldquo;Fresh Air&rdquo; mode opens the duct and introduces air from outside into the vehicle.</p> <p>You should avoid using the recirculation button in the winter or in cold weather. It traps humidity inside the car, causing foggy windows and mugginess. Instead, use &ldquo;Fresh Air&rdquo; mode in the winter. All cold air will be forced through your heater core first so it&rsquo;ll be nice and warm by the time it reaches you. Your windows will also de-fog a lot quicker when using &ldquo;Fresh Air&rdquo; mode in the winter.</p> <p>The recirculation button is best used in summertime and in warmer weather. When you put your car in recirculation mode, it recirculates the cool air inside your car, continually running it through and cooling it off until it&rsquo;s as cool as the system can possibly be. If your A/C doesn&rsquo;t get your car very cool even with the Recirculation button pressed, make sure to bring it into the shop right away &ndash; there&rsquo;s likely a problem!</p> <p>Some newer models of vehicles come pre-equipped with sensors that monitor air moisture levels and switch automatically between Fresh Air and Recirculation. If you don&rsquo;t see a recirculation button in your car, don&rsquo;t stress &ndash; you&rsquo;re just fancier than the rest of us &#128521;</p> <p>One final tip: In summer, roll down your window a bit when you first turn your vehicle on. This will help to flush out all the stuffy air that builds up in your car when sitting in the sun or a hot garage. Even if you do this for just a minute, you&rsquo;ll noticeably speed up the process of cooling the air down to a comfortable temperature. In winter, hit your A/C button right after you start your vehicle to help clear the windows faster. The A/C naturally de-humidifies air. Your heater will still warm up the air as long as you set the temperature to something nice and toasty.</p> If you have any questions about your vehicle&rsquo;s heating and cooling systems, we would love to help provide the answers. Give us a call today or <a href="">schedule an appointment to come see us</a>. When Do My Car Fluids Need Changed? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Man checking oil" width="%100" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />A vehicle&rsquo;s engine and working parts are truly a wonder that we often take for granted. It takes several moving parts with varying temperatures, chemicals, and air flow to get your vehicle moving and to keep it in the best shape possible. Regularly replacing your vehicle&rsquo;s fluids at the proper intervals will greatly extend the longevity of your vehicle, prevent untimely break down, reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs, and keep your car running in the best shape possible.</p> <p>Here at World Class Auto, your Main Street mechanic in American Fork, we are proud to offer fast, affordable, and comprehensive vehicle fluid replacement services. With same day appointments, free customer shuttle, and top-of-the-line BG Fluids, we make keeping your vehicle in the best shape possible easier than ever.</p> <p>Here are the recommended fluid changing intervals for your vehicle. Make sure to stay on top of these and give us a call to schedule your appointment as soon as possible!</p> <p><strong>Motor/Engine Oil</strong></p> <p>Motor oil is definitely on the top of the priority list when it comes to checking vehicle fluids. Oil should be changed according to the Severe Service interval in your owner&rsquo;s manual, typically around the 5,000 mile mark depending on the type of oil you use (hint: Synthetic protects better and lasts longer)</p> <p><strong>Transmission Oil</strong></p> <p>How often transmission oil should be changed will vary by vehicle type, and what type of transmission oil is used in your vehicle. You can drain the transmission oil pan and change the filter, or go for a full flush by removing and replacing all the fluid in an automatic transmission. Most all automatic transmissions need regular maintenance. A good rule of thumb is every 3 years or 30,000 miles. Remember, it&rsquo;s cheaper to maintain than replace!</p> <p><strong>Coolant</strong></p> <p>Coolant is an often overlooked fluid when it comes to vehicles. As coolant ages, its pH can change and cause the engine to rot from the inside out. It is best to have the coolant flushed and changed every 3 years. However, manufacturers recommendations vary, so it is best to check with the recommended coolant replacement intervals with your specific manufacturer.</p> <p><strong>Brake Fluid</strong></p> <p>When left in the system too long, brake fluid can become incredibly corrosive. For this reason, it is recommended that you change the brake fluid every two years. If you&rsquo;re replacing brake parts for any reason, it is a good idea to get the brake fluid flushed while you&rsquo;re at it. We&rsquo;re happy to offer affordable and thorough brake fluid pH testing and flushes to help you get the greatest performance and longevity out of your vehicle.</p> <p><strong>Power Steering Fluid</strong></p> <p>If you have an electric steering system, you won&rsquo;t have to worry about this one. For everyone else, the rule of thumb is to replace your power steering fluid every three years or 30,000 miles.</p> <p>_</p> <p>With this information in hand, you can keep your engine happy and healthy for years to come. For any questions or appointments, give us a call or stop on by &ndash; our doors are open and we&rsquo;re here to help! If you&rsquo;re not sure if your fluids need replaced or not, bring your vehicle by and we can quickly do a thorough assessment of the health and needs of your vehicle. As your Main Street mechanic, we&rsquo;ll help you keep your engine in top condition for all the adventures ahead.</p> <p><strong>BONUS &ndash; BG LIFETIME PROTECTION!</strong> Here at World Class Auto in American Fork, we exclusively use BG Products for all fluid changes.</p> BG is the leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive fuel and oil conditioners, specialty chemicals, and greases. With their Lifetime Protection Plan, if you get your car serviced with their products at regular intervals, they will automatically cover the repairs of major systems up to over $6,000. When you service your vehicle at World Class Auto, your Main Street mechanic in American Fork, you will automatically be added to the BG Lifetime Protection plan &ndash; for free! Get started today. Describing the Noises Your Vehicle Makes to a Mechanic http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Man and woman looking under hood" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />Vehicles make a lot of strange noises &ndash; some of them good, some of them great, and some of them very, very bad.</p> <p>When you bring your car into World Class Auto in American Fork, your Main Street mechanic, our goal is to learn exactly what is wrong so that we can repair it as quickly and as efficiently as possible. We are proud to have invested in hundreds of thousands of dollars into top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment that allows us to pinpoint the cause of problems your vehicle may be experiencing.</p> <p>However, the better you are able to recognize and describe the sounds your vehicle are making to your mechanic, the better we will be able to get to the root of the problem.</p> <p>Unfortunately, bad noises don&rsquo;t normally go away on their own, and it usually gets more expensive the longer you let it go.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve come up with a comprehensive list that will help you better describe what&rsquo;s going on with your car to improve the success rate of the mechanic finding the problem.</p> <p>Another tip: Be sure to be able to tell them WHEN the noise happens and under what circumstances. it will save diagnostic time &ndash; and money!</p> <p>Here is a list of common noises cars can make:</p> <p><strong>BACKFIRE</strong> &ndash; Similar to a gunshot sound coming from the engine or tailpipe.</p> <p><strong>BANGING</strong> &ndash; Any brief, loud and sharp sounds almost like a gun firing. A backfire is a great example of a bang sound.</p> <p><strong>BUZZING</strong> &ndash; Any buzzing sound is a constant sound that can also be felt through the steering wheel or vibrations through the floor.</p> <p><strong>CHIRPING</strong> &ndash; Repetitive bird-like sounds.</p> <p><strong>CLANGING</strong> &ndash; Any metallic ringing that reverberates.</p> <p><strong>CLANKING</strong> &ndash; Another metallic sound that is more of a strike without the reverberation.</p> <p><strong>CLICKING</strong> &ndash; Light, high-frequency tapping.</p> <p><strong>CLUNKING</strong> &ndash; Any heavy thump or bump sound without reverberation that can often sound a little muted.</p> <p><strong>FLAPPING</strong> &ndash; Any repetitious noise that sounds like a flag in a strong wind.</p> <p><strong>GRINDING</strong> &ndash; If any sound your car makes could be painful, grinding is it. A harsh metal-on-metal scraping noise.</p> <p><strong>HESITATION</strong> &ndash; A brief loss of power upon acceleration.</p> <p><strong>HISSING</strong> &ndash; It sounds like air or steam escaping from somewhere.</p> <p><strong>HOWLING</strong> &ndash; A strong wind noise even if the windows are completely rolled up.<strong>M</strong></p> <p><strong>MOANING</strong> &ndash; If you&rsquo;re hearing a low-frequency sound that&rsquo;s consistent. May change tone depending on speed of the car.</p> <p><strong>PINGING</strong> &ndash; If your vehicle sounds like someone is dropping marbles in an empty can, that&rsquo;s pinging.</p> <p><strong>POPPING</strong> &ndash; Sharp, explosive sounds can be described as popping and usually aren&rsquo;t as loud as banging.</p> <p><strong>RATTLING</strong> &ndash; The same sound as marbles rolling around in an empty can can be described as rattling.</p> <p><strong>ROARING</strong> &ndash; the sound a jet makes when it accelerates to take off. Definitely not a light noise.</p> <p><strong>RUMBLING</strong> &ndash; Almost a roar, but sounds like it&rsquo;s far away.</p> <p><strong>SCRAPING</strong> &ndash; Usually a high-pitched jeet-jeet sort of noise that speeds up as the vehicle speeds up. Kind of like a chirp, but more metallic.</p> <p><strong>SCREECHING</strong> &ndash; A high pitched noise like the bad guy&rsquo;s tires in a cops-and-robbers chase.</p> <p><strong>SQUEALING</strong> &ndash; High-pitched and long lasting. Alvin the Chipmunk screaming?</p> <p><strong>TAPPING</strong> &ndash; A heavier noise than a click but similar, like tapping on a board with a hammer.</p> <p><strong>WHINING</strong> &ndash; No, not like your kids, but a drawn out higher-pitched noise that usually changes with engine speed.</p> <p><strong>WHISTLING</strong> &ndash; Shrill, loud, high-pitched noise.</p> <p>When it comes to describing the sound your vehicle is making, using terms a mechanic can understand are helpful.</p> <p>And if your vehicle is currently trying to talk to you with some of the noises we&rsquo;ve listed, let us know and we can help diagnose the problem and help you get your vehicle taken care of before it turns into something really expensive!</p> If you don&rsquo;t have all the information or answers, that&rsquo;s ok! We&rsquo;ll step in and take it from there. For all your automotive needs, World Class Auto &ndash; your Main street mechanic in American Fork &ndash; would be happy to get to the bottom of your car issue. We provide the <strong>highest quality service for all vehicles,</strong> both foreign and domestic. If you have a question about any service we offer, or if you would like to make an appointment, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to call us at <strong>(801) 756-2661</strong> or stop by the shop! Why Pay Mechanics for Diagnostics? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Laptop on engine" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />Have you ever been to the doctor? Most of us have. Have you ever had the experience where it took the doctor several tries to finally figure out the root cause of what was wrong with you? Frustrating and time-consuming, right? </p> <p>We&rsquo;ve all heard stories about people being treated for symptoms, only to find out the root cause was completely different than what they &ndash; or the doctors &ndash; initially thought. One thing to think about, is how do doctors go about finding out what&rsquo;s wrong with our bodies? They perform or order a variety of tests, right? And if those tests come back clear, they say &ldquo;well, we at least know what&rsquo;s NOT wrong with you.&rdquo; And guess what? You have to pay for all that testing &ndash; good, bad or no result.</p> <p>So why is an auto mechanic talking about doctors? Well, we obviously don&rsquo;t want to take for granted the important work that the medical profession does (after all, you only get one body), but we&rsquo;d like to point out a few similarities in what we do with our customer&rsquo;s cars.</p> <p>We sometimes get the question, &ldquo;You&rsquo;re going to charge me HOW MUCH to look at my car?&rdquo; or &ldquo;Why should I have to pay for diagnostics?&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s a commonly asked question across all industries &ndash; but especially in the auto industry. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s an interesting question and topic. Because we sell service, and because service isn&rsquo;t as tangible as a product, it can be difficult to understand the intrinsic value. But, by comparing what we do with what doctors do, we all can start to see the value. Finding the root cause of what ails you physically &ndash; the first time &ndash; is welcome and valuable because it saves time and money, usually resulting in less down time and sick days. The same holds true when our cars are acting up.</p> <p>For both auto mechanics and doctors, &nbsp;it takes a lot of time (we&rsquo;re talking YEARS), experience, certification, talent, and equipment to properly diagnose issues. Being able to quickly pinpoint the root of your &nbsp;issues (physical or automotive) is a valuable service that saves you a lot of money, time and headache. It takes a lot of work maintaining equipment and consistently keeping up-to-date on training to accurately diagnose the cause of problems. </p> <p>If the check engine light comes on, there are many hundreds of diagnostic trouble codes that may be triggered, most all of which require testing to determine why. Likewise, if a function in the vehicle interior stops working, there are hundreds of possible causes &ndash; all of which must be examined before the true cause can be identified and fixed. </p> <p>For example, imagine that you drop off your vehicle to find out why your power seat won&rsquo;t move. To diagnose the issue, our ASE-Certified technicians will have to carefully remove the side panel and test the wiring and electronic motor circuits. They will then run several more pinpoint tests to determine exactly what the issue is and how to fix it. This takes time and needs to be done properly in order to pinpoint a cause that is proven &ndash; not just a &ldquo;guess&rdquo;. We&rsquo;d really rather not replace expensive parts without being sure they are needed. (Not to get too much of a dig on the medical profession here, but we all get the privilege of paying for tests and pills and surgeries that sometimes don&rsquo;t wind up helping fix what&rsquo;s actually wrong. Mechanics on the other hand can&rsquo;t charge for something that doesn&rsquo;t fix the problem)</p> <p><strong>Why Not Get A &lsquo;Free&rsquo; Diagnostic Inspection?</strong></p> <p>There are auto shops that will offer free auto diagnostic services, but free guesses usually cost more. For example, imagine your check engine light comes because the air-fuel ratio is off.</p> <p>You take it in for a free inspection that reveals an &ldquo;oxygen sensor code&rdquo;. You replace all the oxygen sensors &ldquo;just to be safe&rdquo;. You spend a thousand dollars on oxygen sensors and the check engine light comes back on. You take it back in for another &ldquo;free&rdquo; inspection &ndash; now 4 figures and several hours of wasted time in the hole. </p> <p><strong>Why It&rsquo;s Worth It To Pay for Diagnostics</strong></p> <p>When you bring your car into World Class Auto, your main street mechanic in American Fork, our ASE-Certified auto repair technicians use professional diagnostic tools to positively identify the problem. For a modest fee, we&rsquo;ll pinpoint the EXACT cause of the problem in less time. Our motto is &ldquo;we test, not guess!&rdquo;, saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars and hours of time wasted &ldquo;guessing&rdquo; at the solution to your vehicle&rsquo;s problems.</p> <p>Ultimately, it is much less expensive to pay a qualified technician with the proper tools to get the diagnosis RIGHT than it is to replace components based on hunches of under qualified service agents or parts vendors that don&rsquo;t necessarily have your best interests in mind. </p> <p><strong>Why World Class Auto in American Fork Should Be Your GO TO For All Vehicle Needs</strong></p> <p>World Class Auto employs only ASE Certified Master Technicians who are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence on every mechanical and electrical component and system. </p> <p>We also have invested in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of CUTTING EDGE diagnostic tools. Combined with our up-to-date information systems, we have the ability to pinpoint both driveability and electric system failures in the most cost-effective manner possible. </p> <p>In addition to our cutting edge diagnostic equipment and certified technicians, we also offer:</p> <ul> <li>3 year / 36,000 mile warranty on parts and labor</li> <li>Free roadside assistance for 12 months/12,000 miles following every paid service</li> <li>Before and after hours drop off and pick up</li> <li>Free customer shuttle to and from home/work/school</li> <li>The only AAA Certified auto shop in North Utah County</li> </ul> <p>Whether you need repair, maintenance, diagnostics, or inspections, make sure to come into World Class Auto in American Fork. Vehicle repair and maintenance has never been so easy. We provide the <strong>highest quality service for all vehicles,</strong> both foreign and domestic. If you have a question about any service we offer, or if you would like to make an appointment, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to call us at <strong>(801) 756-2661</strong> or stop by the shop!</p> Why Won't My Car Start? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Getting in your car and turning the key or pushing the ignition only to find that your car won&rsquo;t start is one of the worst feelings there is. The complexities of modern day vehicles and the high variability amongst vehicles means there could be a million different reasons behind why your car won&rsquo;t start. However, there are a number of common reasons a car won&rsquo;t start that can quickly be determined and possibly even fixed using the tips in this article.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image" style="text-align: left;"><img class="wp-image-1033 img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Why won't my car start?" width="100%" height="NaN" /><figcaption>Auto Maintenance Services. Vector Illustrations.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Is it your battery? Or your starter?</strong></p> <p>Before digging too deep, check to see if your car battery is dead. The battery is rechargeable and responsible for helping start the engine. Once the engine is on, the alternator takes over keeps power going and recharges the battery. The car starter is another piece of the puzzle that draws bursts of power from the battery used to start the engine. If the starter is the reason your car isn&rsquo;t starting, you will be able to hear some noise to indicate this is the problem.</p> <p><strong>Do You&nbsp;Have&nbsp;Engine&nbsp;Cranking&nbsp;Problems?</strong></p> <p>If your engine is experiencing cranking problems, your starter&rsquo;s ability to turn properly is likely impeded. This could be due to a bad solenoid, blown fuses, a bad battery, or a damaged flywheel. A bad solenoid will need to be replaced to allow power to get to the motor and complete the circuit. You can check the fuses in your engine&rsquo;s fuse box for burn marks. If burn marks are sighted, you will need to replace those fuses. You can check your battery connections and clean off any residue, change out any frayed wires, or replace if needed. Getting a jumpstart may help to recharge the battery and fix any problems you may be experiencing.</p> <p><br /><strong>Is the Engine Cranking, But Won&rsquo;t Start?</strong></p> <p>If your engine is cranking but your car is still not starting, there are 4 different problems that could be at the root of the issue. A bad ignition coil can prevent a necessary spark from igniting the engine. Check the spark plug wires for any bad or burned out wires.</p> <p>A bad ignition switch can prevent the turning of your key or the pushing of your ignition from starting your car. This may simply be caused by bad wires or connections. However, if the problem is with the ignition switch itself, these can be expensive to replace.</p> <p>A faulty crankshaft position sensor may misread the crank speed and send faulty information to the on-board computer. If the sensor on your crankshaft is wrong, fuel will not be delivered to the right spark at the right time, preventing your car from starting. You can use an OBD-II device to determine if the sensor is faulty. You can use your own or bring your car into World Class Auto for a full inspection.</p> <p>Finally, it may be an issue with your on-board computer. It can occasionally misread information in a way that causes the car to crank but not start. You can use an OBD-II device and your user manual to determine if this is where the error lies</p> <p><strong>The Engine is Fueling and Sparking, But Not Starting</strong></p> <p>If your car won&rsquo;t start despite having fuel and properly sparking, there are four areas to examine that may be the culprit.</p> <p>First a clogged air filter can prevent air from starting the ignition. This issue is a simple fix by cleaning or replacing the air filter.</p> <p>A clogged fuel filter can also prevent fuel from actually getting all the way through the engine as needed. Make sure to clean or replace the fuel filter regularly.</p> <p>A clogged or broken fuel pump will prevent fuel from sparking the ignition. Make sure to clean the fuel pump suction strainer or replace the fuel pump if needed.</p> <p>A broken or clogged fuel injector will block fuel from getting into the system. If you can smell gasoline as you try starting your vehicle, your injector may have leaks and need to be replaced immediately. Otherwise, you may just be able to clean out the clog.</p> You may also have a broken or faulty mechanical distributor or a faulty spark plug. If you get stranded with a vehicle that won&rsquo;t start, go through this checklist to cover any simple fixes that will take care of the problem immediately. If the problem persists, give World Class Auto a call! We offer tow truck services and a free customer shuttle to and from our shop/work/home. We have 11 service bays to serve you and the highest end diagnostic equipment. We will be able to quickly and efficiently detect exactly where the problem is and get it fixed ASAP so you can get back to your day as usual. We&rsquo;re here to help! Give us a call or stop by today. Tips for Driving in the Snow http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Car in a blizzard" width="80%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />When your car goes into a skid and the panic sets in, people tend to forget everything they&rsquo;ve ever learned and their body defaults to its highest level of training.</p> <p>Here are a couple of things to keep in mind and to practice so that when the moment hits, you&rsquo;re prepared to avoid veering into a curb or hitting the car in front of you.</p> <h1>Prepare Beforehand</h1> <p>First and foremost, there are the obvious precautions you should take beforehand to avoid being caught in a bad situation. Make sure all of these boxes are checked before venturing outside in the winter, especially for longer road trips away from home. </p> <ul> <li>Check the weather before going out</li> <li>Make sure your gas tank is half full</li> <li>Have an emergency kit in your car with food, water, extra batteries, and blankets</li> <li>Keep your tires fully inflated</li> <li>Always wear your seatbelt</li> <li>Replace your tires if they have less than a 6/32 inch deep tread</li> </ul> <h1>Tips for Driving in Snowstorms</h1> <p>Obviously the best way to go is to have snow or winter tires with excellent tread and a car with all wheel drive. However, there are still plenty of ways to stay safe with any type of vehicle and tire type. </p> <p>For one, never mix radial tires with other types of tires. Avoid using cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, include rain, snow, and ice. When driving in a snow storm, drive much slower and accelerate and decelerate slowly. Go slowly enough and keep enough distance that you can avoid stopping is possible. </p> <p>Make sure to increase following distance from 3 &ndash; 4 seconds to 8 &ndash; 10 seconds. If you&rsquo;re approaching a hill, do not apply extra gas to get yourself going up. Instead, build up inertia slowly as you approach the hill and allow the inertia to carry you up. In snow, it is much more difficult to get forward momentum than it is to keep inertia going.</p> <p>Use threshold braking &ndash; keep your heel on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure. If you do find yourself going into a skid, do not slam on the brakes. Tap on the brakes slowly and steadily until you come out of it. </p> <h1>Final Tips</h1> <p>In the face of really bad weather, it&rsquo;s often best to just stay home. Work from home if you can. Put off errands for another day or two and give the snow plows a chance to clear the roads. Waiting is definitely better than ending up stranded in a snowstorm or with a dented car and misaligned tires from running into a curb or tree.</p> <p>If you do happen to veer off the road, make sure to come into World Class Auto to have your alignment checked. Show this post to get $15 off your alignment check and avoid running into much more expensive and complicated problems down the road. </p> <p>Drive safe out there everyone!<br />Your Friendly Main Street Mechanic in American Fork</p> Is It Time To Replace Your Tires? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>There are a lot of factors to take into consideration and a lot of questions to ask before buying new tires. We&rsquo;ll help you simplify the process with a simple checklist to help you find the right tires for your vehicle.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Tire tread" width="80%" height="NaN" /></p> <p><strong>When should I replace my tires?</strong></p> <p>The first thing you need to look at is your tire&rsquo;s tread depth and age. When the tread depth is at 4/32nds of an inch, it&rsquo;s time for a replacement. For those living in snowy conditions, it&rsquo;s recommended to replace your tire once it gets to about 6/32nds of an inch. Tires with less tread than this will have a significant reduction in traction and greater risk of sliding. </p> <p>Tires also wear down over time. Minimum industry guidelines recommend having your tires inspected at least every year once they are 6 years old and completely replaced after 10 years. If you&rsquo;re not sure how well your tires are holding up, you can bring your car into World Class Auto and take advantage of our <a href="">winter inspection special, just $9.99</a>.</p> <p><strong>What type of tire should I get?</strong></p> <p>There are 7 main types of tires to consider when replacing your vehicle&rsquo;s wheels.</p> <p><strong>All-Season Tires</strong>: A cost-effective option with long tread wear and adequate traction in both dry and wet conditions. These are great for older cars and in climates that don&rsquo;t often drop below freezing.</p> <p><strong>Performance All-Season Tires: </strong>These tires offer improved handling and braking. They are great for newer cars and colder climates.</p> <p><strong>Ultra Performance Tires:</strong> Experience great handling and steering in both wet and dry conditions. These are typically seen on upscale sedans and sports cars.</p> <p><strong>Summer Tires:</strong> These tires have softer rubber to provide maximum traction on dry and wet roads in warm weather.</p> <p><strong>All Terrain Tires:</strong> Excellent tires for those who mostly drive on paved roads but plan on doing some light-duty off-roading. These work great in most weather conditions.</p> <p><strong>Winter Tires:</strong> Winter tires have special traction designed specifically for snow and ice. They are made with rubber that can withstand freezing temperatures.</p> <p><strong>Performance Winter Tires: </strong>These enhanced winter tires offers even greater traction for high-speed handling and improved levels of snow and ice grip. These are recommended for those who live in areas that receive a substantial amount of snow and ice. </p> <p>When selecting the type of tire, it&rsquo;s important to take into consideration how your tires are used, the climate you live in, and your driving style. If you&rsquo;re not sure, <a href="">our specialists will be happy to assist you</a> with any questions you may have.</p> <p><strong>Tire FAQ&rsquo;s</strong></p> <p><strong>What kind of specifications should I be aware of?</strong></p> <p>Every vehicle manufacturer will provide minimum requirements/recommendations for the tire put on that vehicle. You can find these requirements in your vehicle manual or simply by doing a quick Google search. The main things to look at are the load index, which ensure that the tires can carry the weight of your vehicle, and the speed rating. You want to make sure that the speed rating of all 4 tires on your car match. </p> <p><strong>Can I have two different types of tires?</strong></p> <p>Sometimes you only want to replace 1 &ndash; 3 tires on your vehicle instead of all of them at once. It is ok to have two different types of tires, but you do want to make sure that the size and speed rating matches on all of them. The tread will also wear down at different rates, so it is often a good idea to replace all 4 at once if possible.</p> <p>On 4-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, replacing all 4 tires at once <strong>is a must </strong>&ndash; otherwise you&rsquo;ll be putting too much strain on the drive system, which is MUCH more expensive to repair than the cost of the tires!</p> <p><strong>What is an H rating on a tire?</strong></p> <p>Tires come with speed ratings that tell you how fast a speed these tires can handle. For example, an H rating has a maximum speed of 130mph. These are typically seen on sport sedans and are considered a high-performance tire. </p> <p>With so many different types of tires out there, it is always best to call World Class Auto to browse options and find the best fit for your vehicle and lifestyle.<strong> If you want to know all about the different types of tires in American Fork, UT, make sure you call </strong><strong>(801) 756-2661</strong><strong> so that we can help you in any way that we can.</strong></p> Should You Buy Your Car Used Or New? | 2018 Updates http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Buy new vs used?" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />The cost of purchasing a new vehicle has steadily risen over the past several years, leading to an increasingly larger gap between the price of new cars vs used cars. High demand and heavy competition has lead to new cars coming full of technology and fancy gadgets, in addition to being larger and faster. The average cost of a new car reigns in around $37,000, while the average cost of a car after 3 years of use hovers around $23,000 In 2018, the average new car payment was $536 per month, compared to about $463 per month in 2013. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So the question remains &ndash; is it better to buy new? Or used?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While new cars often come with a better warranty and more peace of mind, depreciation is a hidden cost most don&rsquo;t take into consideration. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">On average, a new car loses 20 -30% of its value the moment it rolls off the dealer&rsquo;s lot. Some cars can depreciate up to 50 percent in the first three years!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Say you bought a new car for $25,000.The second you take it home, it&rsquo;s already lost around $6,000 in value. That&rsquo;s $6,000 that just went down the drain! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Conversely, if you were to find the model that was released 3 years ago, you would be saving thousands of dollars, have a car that&rsquo;s still in great shape, and lose way less in depreciation than you would if you were to buy new. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By taking a used car &nbsp;into a mechanic (like World Class Auto &#128521; ) for a pre-purchase inspection, you can still enjoy the same peace of mind you would have if you were buying new. It&rsquo;s a great way to save money and ensure that you&rsquo;re making the right investment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A thorough check-up examines mechanical, safety, and appearance aspects, such as the vehicle&rsquo;s:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tires.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frame.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Suspension.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glass.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lights.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brakes.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Radiator.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hoses.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Belts.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fluids.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Battery.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Body condition.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Exterior surface.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The best inspections also include a road test and a computerized engine analysis. Some comprehensive examinations also evaluate the condition of the instrument controls, pedals, seats, and sound system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That&rsquo;s not to say that buying a new vehicle is always a bad idea, but depreciation and the increasing gap between buying used vs new are definitely important to take into consideration before making a decision. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can use Kelley Blue Book&rsquo;s &nbsp;</span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cost of Ownership</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> calculator designed to figure the average five-year costs of any vehicle, including depreciation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you do decide to buy used, come into World Class Auto for a pre-purchase inspection that will provide peace of mind and ensure you&rsquo;ll end up with the best car for you and your family. Call ahead for an appointment or stop on by &ndash; walkins are always welcome!</span></p> 9 Winter Car Care Tips You Need To Know http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="snowy road birds-eye view" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />Crisp fall air has quickly turned chilly here in Utah. Our mountain ranges already have a nice snow cap and it won&rsquo;t be much longer before snow makes its way down to the valley.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">As you adjust to the chill of another Utah winter, make sure to take these 9 winter care car tips into consideration. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don&rsquo;t postpone inspections and tune-ups until you&rsquo;re caught in the middle of a snowstorm with a dead battery, tires without tread, and wipers that don&rsquo;t work. Here at World Class Auto, we want you to drive safe out there, which is why we&rsquo;re offering several pre-winter specials right now. You can get a winter inspection and/or a battery/starting system inspection for just $9.99 each (normally $45), as well as a BOGO on all new wiper blades.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you haven&rsquo;t already taken care of the 9 steps below, we highly recommend you do them as soon as possible to be prepared well before another snowy winter hits.</span></p> <p><strong>Antifreeze</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &ndash; Clean, flush, and put new antifreeze in the cooling system at least every 2 years. </span></p> <p><strong>Wipers</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &ndash; Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. Wiper blades should be replaced every 6 months. Between now and November 15, you can come into World Class Auto to</span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"> get a BOGO</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on all wiper blades.</span></p> <p><strong>Inspection</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &ndash; Schedule an inspection and tune-up before winter sets it. You can come get a complete </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">winter inspection at World Class Auto for just $9.99</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (normally $45).</span></p> <p><strong>Tires </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ndash; Check the tread before driving on icy roads or on a snowy day. Consider buying special winter tires. Check tire pressure weekly during the colder months.</span></p> <p><strong>Emergency Kit </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ndash; Make sure to have a kit with an ice scraper, snow brush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, and snacks in the car at all times.</span></p> <p><strong>Gas</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &ndash; Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times to avoid running out of gas in a snowstorm or freezing gas lines.</span></p> <p><strong>Exhaust System</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &ndash; Check for carbon monoxide leaks &ndash; an especially dangerous hazard when driving with the windows up all winter. </span></p> <p><strong>Warming Up</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;&ndash; The best way to warm up your engine is to drive gently when you start. Take it easy for the first 5 &ndash; 10 minutes of driving before pushing your car too hard. </span></p> <p><strong>Battery</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &ndash; Cold weather makes it difficult for batteries to operate and increase the likelihood of experiencing a dead battery. Have a complete </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Battery/Starter System inspection (now just $9.99</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> at World Class Auto) conducted before bad weather hits to avoid any inconveniences or hazards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Checking and taking into consideration these nine key winter car care tips is a definite must if you&rsquo;re wanting to keep your vehicle running efficiently and your family safe. Winter driving can be unpredictable in Utah so it&rsquo;s better to prepare ahead of time than be caught in an unfortunate situation. Make sure to take advantage of our winter prep specials at World Class Auto for great savings that won&rsquo;t last long. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And remember, if you have any questions about your car during winter, we&rsquo;re here to help. Just give us a call or stop on by!</span></p> 9 Hacks for Car Cleaning and Organization http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It&rsquo;s hard to believe that summer is quickly turning into fall already. With winter coming, here are 9 car cleaning and organization hacks you can use to prevent your car from becoming a disorganized mess before spring returns.</span></p> <ol> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Use a shoe organizer to keep important items within reach</strong></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-935 size-medium img-responsive" src="" alt="Cups and baby supplies organizers" width="480" height="640" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can buy these all over from places like the dollar store or Amazon. With a shoe organizer, everything has a place instead of rolling around the floor in a jumbled mess. They also help prevent spills and items getting lodged under the seat.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Use an empty gum container to keep change organized</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="size-medium wp-image-937 aligncenter img-responsive" src="" alt="cup full of coins" width="564" height="564" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spare change is nice to have on hand for parking meters, drive thrus, and other miscellaneous events, but having it floating around all over your car isn&rsquo;t so nice. Repurpose an old gum container to hold all of your change in one place. It can fit in your cup holder or your glove box so it&rsquo;s always handy.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Use carabiner clips to hang your purse, umbrella, and other items</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-938 img-responsive" src="" alt="purse with umbrellas" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Use carabiner clips to hang your purse, umbrella, and other winter-related items, such as your ice scraper, scarf, and gloves. This helps clear up floor and seat space while keeping everything organized and easy to find. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Use cupcake liners in cup holders to keep them clean</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-936 img-responsive" src="" alt="cupholder with chapsticks" width="197" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cupcake liners are cheap and easy to find, plus they do a great job of keeping your cup holders clean. You can get white, colored, or tin foil ones. You can even have fun with it and find cupcake liners with fun designs to add some personality to your car. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="5"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Use dollar store bins for meals and trash</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-940 img-responsive" src="" alt="fast food in a basket" width="199" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As much as we all try to avoid eating in the car, it is just plain convenient most of the time. To prevent messes from going overwhere, get one of these bins from the dollar store to hold everything in one place. You can also use it to hold your trash until you make it to a trash bin. This is a great way to avoid wrappers and dried ketchup all over your car.</span></p> <ol start="6"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Keep baby wipes and hand sanitizer in the door compartment</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-939 img-responsive" src="" alt="car organization with napkins and hand sanitizers" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It&rsquo;s always a good idea to keep baby wipes (or sanitizer wipes) and hand sanitizer in your car for spills and meals. To prevent them from rolling all over the place, you can stick them in your door compartment for a perfect fit that keeps them nearby and ready to go. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="7"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mix 1/3 hydrogen peroxide with 2/3 water to clean your car carpets </strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-942 img-responsive" src="" alt="best carpet stain remover" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is one of those miracle cleaners that can help you get stains out of your carpet and help your car interior look like new again. Add a little bit of essential oil for a nice smell that will last for a while. Nothing feels better than stepping into a newly cleaned, nicely smelling car!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="8"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mix vinegar, lemon juice, club soda, and dish soap to remove seat stains</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-943 img-responsive" src="" alt="car upholstery" width="211" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seat stains are a pain to look at and deal with. Between hauling kids, pets, and outdoor equipment in the back seat, stains are almost inevitable. To remove these stains all naturally, mix vinegar, lemon juice, club soda, and dish soap and scrub the seats with a brush. Rinse with water and a clean brush and allow to air dry for seats that look and feel brand new. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="9"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Use a foam brush to clean out your vents</strong></li> </ol> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-941 img-responsive" src="" alt="car vent" width="200" height="300" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cleaning tight spots like air vents can be tricky. Get into those hard to reach spots with a foam brush. If you don&rsquo;t have any on hand, this is another item that can easily be found at the dollar store. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stop feeling embarrassed and stressed every time you step in your car or give someone a ride. Use these tips for organization and peace of mind every time you get in your vehicle. For total peace of mind, bring your car into World Class Auto in American Fork for all your repair and maintenance needs. Stop by for a full inspection to ensure everything is working properly before the snow hits. We&rsquo;re also offering <a href="">$20 off a synthetic oil change</a> between now and October 15. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ndash;Your Main Street Mechanic</span></p> Top 5 Reasons to Choose WCA in American Fork (In Under 2 Minutes) http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="World Class Auto Repair Sign" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><ol> <li> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Superior Customer Service</span></h2> </li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We offer a </span><strong>3 year / 36,000 mile warranty</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on parts and labor. We have </span><strong>11 service bays</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to take care of all your auto repair needs. We offer </span><strong>free roadside assistance</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for 12 months / 12,000 miles following every BG Fluid Service. We have a </span><strong>free customer shuttle</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to your work and home &ndash; and back again! We offer before and </span><strong>after hours</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> drop off and pick up. Our comfortable waiting room has a separate </span><strong>kids playroom</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with toys, games, and </span><strong>free WiFi.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="2"> <li> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ASE Certified Technicians</span></h2> </li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here at World Class Auto, we employ only </span><strong>ASE Certified Master Technicians</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence on every mechanical and electrical component and system. Technicians </span><strong>are re-tested every five years</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and MUST keep up to date on all technical knowledge and skills in order to keep their certification.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ASE Certified Master Technicians must </span><strong>keep current in eight areas</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">: Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Automatic Transmissions.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="3"> <li> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The only AAA Approved Auto Repair in North Utah County</span></h2> </li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">World Class Auto is an AAA Approved Auto Repair Shop, meaning </span><strong>we meet the highest standards</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of the American Automobile Association. In order to be certified, a shop must meet strict standards for </span><strong>cleanliness, proper tools, adequate technical training, and appropriate technician certifications</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. &nbsp;AAA performs a survey of a significant and randomly selected number of the shop&rsquo;s customers and obtains their opinions on &ldquo;How well the business meets their automotive service needs.&rdquo; The shop must score at least 90% on each question. </span><strong>We consistently score 98%.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="4"> <li> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;State-of-the-Art Technology</span></h2> </li> </ol> <p><strong>We use cutting edge diagnostic tools</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. When we say &ldquo;We Test, Not Guess&rdquo; &ndash; we mean it! Between our technology and up-to-date information systems, we can </span><strong>pinpoint</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> both drivability and electrical system failures in the most </span><strong>time- and cost-effective</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> manner possible. </span><strong>We can handle anything</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from your personal vehicle to 1 ton contractor fleet trucks.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="5"> <li> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BG Fluid Services</span></h2> </li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When you service your car at World Class Auto, you may qualify for the </span><strong>Lifetime BG Protection Plan</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which </span><strong>includes roadside assistance</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as well </span><strong>a warranty on the seven major service systems</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">: Fuel Injection Service, Engine, Transmission, Drive Train, Coolant/Antifreeze, Power Steering, and Brakes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We&rsquo;re here to exceed your expectations to make all vehicle repair and maintenance as cost-effective, time efficient, and convenient as possible. We provide the highest quality of service for all vehicles, both foreign and domestic. We offer monthly specials, which you can check out on our coupons page. We have over (167) Google Reviews with an average 4.5+ rating. If you live in American Fork and surrounding cities, there is absolutely no reason to take your car anywhere else.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you have a question about any service we offer or if you are ready to make your next car repair and maintenance appointment, give us a call TODAY! 801-756-2661</span></p> Beat The Heat: 6 Tips To Prevent Engine Overheating http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We are in the midst of a bright, hot summer, which means family vacations, trips to the swimming pool, and frequent engine problems. The big red &ldquo;H&rdquo; that signals an engine overheating will unfortunately be an unfriendly sight to many this summer, so make sure you use these tips to do everything you can to prevent engine overheating and know what to do in case it does occur. First, we will discuss how to keep YOU from overheating, then your car.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-912 aligncenter img-responsive" src="" alt="Beat the Heat 6 Tips to Avoid Engine Overheating" width="100%" height="NaN" /></p> <h2>INSIDE your car</h2> <h3>1. Park in the shade</h3> <p>Temperatures can rise to well over 100 F in your car when parked in the sun. Avoid unbearably hot seats and interior by parking your car in the shade.</p> <h3>2. Tint your windows and use a sunshade</h3> <p>If you can&rsquo;t find a parking shot in the shade, come prepared with tinted windows and a sunshade to keep your cars interior cooler during the summer months.</p> <h3>3. Use the &ldquo;Fresh Air&rdquo; setting on your A/C initially</h3> <p>When you&rsquo;re using the recirculation setting, you are just moving that hot, trapped air around your vehicle. Turn the &ldquo;Fresh Air&rdquo; setting on for a few minutes when you first start driving to get the hot, stuffy air out of your car, then switch over to the &ldquo;Recirculate&rdquo; or &ldquo;Max A/C&rdquo; setting for best A/C cooling.</p> <h2>Under the hood &ndash; your engine!</h2> <p>.</p> <h3>1. Have your cooling system flushed by a mechanic</h3> <p>Even when coolant fluid is kept at the right levels, it will eventually cause build-up and become corrosive and needing to be replaced. It is recommended that you get a coolant flush every 30,000 miles for optimum cooling system efficiency.</p> <h3>2. Check and replace your drive belt regularly</h3> <p>Your vehicle&rsquo;s drive belt essentially drives everything. If there are any technical issues with your drive belt, there will be no coolant circulation and your engine will overheat almost immediately. You should have your drive belt checked and/or replaced about every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.</p> <h3>3. Make sure you&rsquo;re all up to date on oil changes</h3> <p>Oil does more than lubricate engine parts. It too helps to remove heat from the engine. If your car is low on oil or has dirty oil, it is going to have a tough time helping remove heat from the engine as well.</p> <h3>4. Get any leaks checked out right away!</h3> <p>If your cooling system starts leaking, engine overheating is imminent &ndash; have the system inspected and pressure-tested right away to prevent expensive damage. Pro Tip &ndash; if you notice clear water dripping from your car just behind the front passenger tire when you park after running the A/C, don&rsquo;t worry, that&rsquo;s just the condensation draining away from the A/C cooling process &ndash; nothing to worry about.</p> <p>If your car does start to overheat (meaning the temperature gauge climbe over &frac34; of the way to &ldquo;H&rdquo; or you see steam, pull over right away. Turning off the A/C and setting your vehicle&rsquo;s heater on full HOT and HIGH speed on the blower fan will be uncomfortable, but may just help cool off the engine enough to prevent any damage.</p> <p>An overheating vehicle is a sign that needs immediate attention. In most cases the original cause is a simple, low-cost repair. Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore the initial problem and end up paying much more for extensive damage as a result. We would much rather maintain your vehicle and fix small things over time, than have to perform expensive, unexpected repairs. We&rsquo;re pretty sure your wallet would, too.</p> <p>If your vehicle is showing signs of overheating, or you have any concerns about your cooling system, be sure to give us a call today and we&rsquo;ll be happy to test and assess the vehicle, provide the proper service and repairs and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. You can check out our<a href=""> specials page for our latest coupons and savings</a> as you get your car road trip and family vacation ready.</p> Summer Car Kit Checklist http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Summer Car Kit Essentials Checklist" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />Summer is upon us! Before you get too caught up in the whirlwind of camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, and all other summer activities we&rsquo;ve all been eagerly participating, take a few moments to get your Summer Car Kit together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flat tires and car troubles are common in the summer as you hit the back roads and take long road trips in the hot summer sun. You don&rsquo;t want to be caught unprepared &ndash; especially with a group of rowdy, grumpy kids in the back. Plus, with this car kit in stow, you&rsquo;ll be fully prepared for every spur of the moment mountain trip and/or plan change. </span></p> <h1><span style="font-weight: 400;">Summer Car Kit Checklist</span></h1> <h6><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-897" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="662" height="1000" /> Photo Credit: </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></h6> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hand sanitizer</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wet Wipes</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trash bags</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Toilet Paper</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunscreen</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bug Spray</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cash</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Matches/Lighter</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flashlight (extra batteries)</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">First Aid Kit</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blanket</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trail Mix/Granola Bars</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Water Bottles</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ibuprofen</span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Survival Items:</strong></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jumper Cables</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Car Jack</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spare Tire</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reflective Hazard Triangle </span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spare Key</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Insurance Info/Roadside Assistance Info</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Integration with Apps </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stay clean and healthy with hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toilet paper, and trash bags always on hand. Sunscreen and bug spray are a must &ndash; especially on trips up the mountains or to one of the many beautiful lakes we have here. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cash is always handy to keep around for carnivals, fee stations, or other vendor stands that may not take card. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I like to keep a matches/lighter on hand always for spontaneous campfires (keeping some firewood and tinder on hand as well isn&rsquo;t a bad idea either). If you&rsquo;re a s&rsquo;more lover, you can also find compact s&rsquo;more kits at the store to bring along &#128578;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keeping a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, water, and ibuprofen on hand just in case is essential. Even outside of emergency situations, you never know when you may accidentally underpack snacks/water for a day out or forget the flashlight at home. It&rsquo;s nice to keep spares in your car just in case. Blankets are great for cool summer nights and picnics &ndash; and of course for emergency situations when you may be stranded somewhere chilly. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of course, you should always keep a spare tire, jack, reflective hazard triangle, and jumper cables on hand. If you have a spare key and/or your car integrates with apps that can lock/unlock your car, make sure to get that all set up and ready to go NOW. Lost keys or issues with your car&rsquo;s electrical circuit are a quick way to ruin a fun trip. Make sure you also have your insurance and roadside assistance information organized and ready to go in case of emergency. The last thing you want to do is have to frantically dig through your overflowing glove box when an emergency strikes. You can keep a calm head knowing everything is organized and ready to go.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As much as we hope you will enjoy a carefree summer without car troubles, this Summer Car Kit will keep you organized and ready to go in any situation &ndash; without the stress. Make sure to bring your car into World Class Auto in American Fork before your next car trip. Get </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">50% off an oil change</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">$15 off a coolant flush</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to keep your vehicle well-maintained and ready for any adventure you throw at it.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Enjoy your summer!</span></h3> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Your Main Street Auto Mechanic</span></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">***Voted Best of Utah Valley 2018***</span></p> The BG Lifetime Protection Plan ? Offered FREE at World Class Auto http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You may have seen our recent posts about the BG Lifetime Protection Plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So what is it? And what&rsquo;s the big deal?</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-884 aligncenter img-responsive" src="" alt="Get on the BG lifetime protection plan" width="100%" height="NaN" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BG Products is the leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive fuel and oil conditioners, specialty chemicals, and greases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With their Lifetime Protection Plan, if you get your car serviced with their products at regular intervals, they will automatically cover the repairs of major systems up to over $6,000.. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To break it down even further, the BG LifeTime Protection Plan covers seven major systems: fuel, engine, transmission, drive line, cooling, power steering, and brakes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you get your vehicle serviced with BG products at the recommended intervals (shown below) your car will automatically be covered for major system repairs up to over $6,000. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That means, for example, if you get a BG Power Steering Service, repair of the lubricated parts in your power steering system will automatically be covered for up to $4,000!* How&rsquo;s that for peace of mind with your investment?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At World Class Auto Repair, we are proud to carry and use BG products. They are truly superior quality products that will enable your car to achieve and maintain the best performance and the greatest longevity. By getting your car maintenance services at World Class Auto at regular intervals, you will automatically be put on the BG Lifetime Protection Plan &ndash;</span><strong> there is absolutely no extra cost to you!!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To maintain the lifetime protection, all you have to do is stick to the service schedule listed below:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lifetime BG Protection Plan&reg; covers seven major systems: fuel, engine, transmission, drive line, cooling, power steering and brakes.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. and Canadian Lifetime BG Protection Plan&reg; coverage:</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To qualify for full coverage (Plan 1), your first BG Automotive Maintenance Service must be performed before your vehicle reaches 50,000 miles (80,000 km). But don&rsquo;t worry, if you&rsquo;re a late joiner, you can still enjoy some of the benefits with Plan 2. To qualify for 50 percent coverage (Plan 2), your first BG Automotive Maintenance Service must be performed within 50,001 &ndash; 100,000 miles (80,001 &ndash; 160,000 km).</span></p> <p><strong>BG Engine Oil Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Engine Oil Service covers gasoline engines.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">: Within 10,000 miles/16,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Premier Oil Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Premier Oil Service covers gasoline engines </span><strong>and</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> fuel systems.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">: Within 10,000 miles/16,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Engine Oil Plus Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Engine Oil Plus Service covers gasoline engines.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 10,000 miles/16,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $6,000 US; Plan 2: $3,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Performance Oil Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Performance Oil Service covers gasoline engines </span><strong>and</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> fuel systems.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 10,000 miles/16,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $6,000 US; Plan 2: $3,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Fuel/Air Induction Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Fuel/Air Induction Service covers gasoline fuel systems.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 15,000 miles/25,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Transmission Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Transmission Service covers automatic transmissions.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 30,000 miles/50,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum Reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $2,000 US; Plan 2: $1,000 US</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum Reimbursement with BG transmission fluid: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Transmission Service for CVT</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Transmission Service covers continuously variable transmissions (MY 2014 and newer).</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 30,000 miles/50,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum Reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Cooling System Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Cooling System Service covers cooling systems.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 30,000 miles/50,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Power Steering Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Power Steering Service covers power steering systems.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 30,000 miles/50,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Drive Line Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Drive Line Service covers front or rear differentials, manual transmissions, transaxles or transfer cases.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 30,000 miles/50,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><strong>BG Brake Service</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The BG Brake Service covers brake systems.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Service interval:</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Within 30,000 miles/50,000 km of the previous service</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maximum reimbursement: </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plan 1: $4,000 US; Plan 2: $2,000 US</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you need to file a claim, </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">contact a BG Products authorized claims administrator</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">*Lifetime BG Protection Plan&reg; covers only components serviced by BG products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For more information, visit the </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">BG Website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your car is under 100,000 miles, we can get you on The Lifetime BG Protection Plan&reg; &ndash; it&rsquo;s free! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you want your new car to last longer and be covered for major system repairs, bring your car into World Class Auto for all your mechanical fluid and car maintenance needs. Call today to schedule your appointment!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">801.756.2661 | 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT</span></p> <p><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a></p> World Class Auto Repair is the only AAA Approved Auto Shop in North Utah County. http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="World class auto repair in american fork" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br />You may see our </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">posts on Facebook</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> highlighting that we&rsquo;re the only AAA Approved Auto Shop in North Utah County. So what&rsquo;s the big deal?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Receiving AAA certification is actually a long, intensive process. We have to meet strict standards for cleanliness, equipment, technical training, and technician certifications. It took over a year of audits, paperwork submissions, and surprise visits from AAA standard specialists before our AAA Certification was fully processed and approved. </span></p> <div><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When you bring your vehicle into World Class Auto, you are truly receiving world class service held to the highest standard as an AAA approved shop. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">AAA Members enjoy free towing, free emergency fuel and free delivery, locksmith reimbursement, battery service, member only discounts, rental car rewards, identity theft monitoring, windshield repair and replacement, travel accident insurance, and so much more. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can get started with AAA by signing up at </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Plans start for less than $5 a month and provide long lasting peace of mind and significant savings. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of our customers &ndash; AAA members or not &ndash; have our guarantee that we will exceed performance standards while providing reliable, courteous service. When you come into World Class Auto Repair in American Fork, your vehicle is in good hands. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We are currently offering several </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">spring specials</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, including $15 off oil changes and $10 off a new air filter. You can also </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">sign up to receive our email newsletter</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> which includes even more savings and discounts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Give us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world-class service from the best auto mechanic in all of Utah County!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Your Main Street Auto Mechanic</span></p> The 5 Most Expensive Cars You Can Buy on eBay RIGHT NOW http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are cars, there are luxury cars, and then there are these bad boys &ndash; all available on eBay to the highest bidder. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="5"> <li><strong><a href=";vxp=mtr">1935 Mercedes-Benz 500-Series Special </a>&ndash; </strong><strong>$1,995,900.00</strong></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For the budget-conscious bidder, we have the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500-Series. The car comes with the original 500K 5.0L Inline 8 from 1935 and upgraded tan interior. If passing the $2 million mark is over your auto budget, this may be the perfect choice for you. You can even sign up for low monthly payments through PayPal. For just $1,667 a month for the next 100 years, this little beauty could be yours.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-861 img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="100%" height="NaN" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong><a href=";vxp=mtr">2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport</a> &ndash; </strong><strong>$2,079,900.00</strong></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Want to take it up a notch &ndash; just not to the $2.1 million notch? Then today&rsquo;s your lucky day because this beautiful 2012 Bugatti Veyron is available to &ldquo;Buy It Now&rdquo; for only $2,079,000. However, buyer beware &ndash; this price does not include shipping or delivery, so make sure to add in the trip down to Fort Lauderdale, FL for pickup when calculating the total expense of making this Bugatti yours. With an 8.0L quad-turbo W16 engine, you&rsquo;ll make it back home in no time at all.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-858 img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="500" height="333" /></p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong><a href=";vxp=mtr">2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package</a> &ndash; $2,100,000.00</strong></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Things are getting serious as we move our way up to this 2015 Porsche Spyder coming in at exactly $2.1 million. While that may seem like a bargain, don&rsquo;t forget to add in Florida sales tax (6%), which brings the price up to $2,226,000. Not too shabby, eh? The description specifically says &ldquo;If you are in the market for a Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package, please call or email us today.&rdquo; So there you have it folks. If you&rsquo;re in the market for a Porsche 918 Spyder and that extra $2,226,000 you have lying around burning a hole in your pocket, you better act fast. This one isn&rsquo;t going to last long.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-860 img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="500" height="334" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong><a href=";vxp=mtr"> 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4</a>&nbsp; &ndash;</strong><strong>&nbsp;$2,850,000.00</strong></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coming in at the second most expensive car on eBay is another oldie but goodie &ndash; a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4. &nbsp;The fuel type, vehicle identification number, history report, and warranty on this car all other either unknown or non-existent, so this is definitely a legitimate listing. Act fast! At just $2.85 million dollars, this red classic will have you winning hearts and make you the go-to choice as a parade participant in no time. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-859 img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="500" height="379" /></p> <ol> <li><a href=";vxp=mtr"><strong> 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP-770 </strong></a>&nbsp; &ndash;<strong>&nbsp;$3,475,888.00</strong></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, the winner of &ldquo;Most expensive car on eBay&rdquo; is this breathtaking 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP-770. &ldquo;Breathtaking&rdquo; because, with the ability to hit 186 mph in 23 seconds, it will literally take your breath away. Buy now at just $3,475,888.000, or &ndash; if that extra $888 is just too much for you &ndash; select eBay&rsquo;s convenient low monthly payments option at checkout. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-857 img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you own luxury cars, adventure cars, family cars, or commuter cars, bring them in to World Class Auto Repair in American Fork &ndash; your main street auto mechanic. Between being voted &ldquo;Best of Utah County&rdquo; in 2017, our 11 service bays, our free customer shuttle and loaner cars, our kid-friendly wifi-powered waiting area, and our years of dedicated service, there&rsquo;s no better treatment for your vehicle than a visit to World Class Auto Repair. We&rsquo;re currently </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">offering $9.99 Car Inspections between now and April 15 (normally $47). We&rsquo;ll inspect your brakes, battery, &amp; alternator PLUS a 50-point Car-Safe Inspection! Make sure to stop on by before April 15 to get your car inspected and everything up to date and ready for summer! You can use all those extra savings to start a fund for your next luxury eBay car purchase.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Give us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world-class service. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Your Main Street Mechanic</span></p> How to Take Care of Your Car Like A Grown Up in 2018 http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <h2>1. Clean the inside and outside of your car at least every 30 days</h2> <div><iframe class="giphy-embed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="480" height="217" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a href="">via GIPHY</a></p> <p>Not only do you spend a lot of time in your car (often every single day), everyone can see your car and use it to gauge how clean or dirty you are. Dirt and grime can build over time and permanently damage the interior and exterior if not cleaned properly.</p> <h2>2. Change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles</h2> <div><iframe class="giphy-embed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="480" height="433" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a href="">via GIPHY</a></p> <p>Nearly all experts agree that oil needs to be changed out regularly to extend the longevity of your car and prevent damage. Check your oil every month and replace with fresh oil every 5k &ndash; 7.5k miles. If you don&rsquo;t, dirt will build up and eventually destroy your engine, ultimately costing you thousands of dollars and a lot of unnecessary frustration. We are currently offering 50% off all oil changes at World Class Auto Repair in American Fork until March 15, 2018.</p> <h2>3. Check your tire pressure every 30 days and rotate your tires every 7,500 miles</h2> <div><iframe class="giphy-embed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="480" height="217" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a href="">via GIPHY</a></p> <p>Low or high tire pressure can cause weak braking, reduced gas mileage, instability, exaggerated wear and tear on joints, and a tire blow out. Check your tire pressure regularly with a gauge and check your car manual/tire manufacturer to know the exact recommended pressure for your specific make and model. Make sure to also rotate your tires every 7,500 miles. Replacing your tires can cost anywhere from $350 &ndash; $1200, so it&rsquo;s worth it to check on them and rotate them regularly.</p> <h2>4. Get your brake pads replaced every 25,000 miles</h2> <div><iframe class="giphy-embed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="480" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a href="">via GIPHY</a></p> <p>Neglecting to check on your brake pads regularly can lead to brake rotors falling or brake pads wearing out. Brakes can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to replace and, in the worst case scenario, can lead to panic and emergency when not working properly. Make having your brake pads looked at and taken care of by a professional part of your regular routine. Make sure brake pads are replaced every 25k miles to avoid any issues.</p> <h2>5. Change your air filter every 30,000 miles or annually</h2> <div><iframe class="giphy-embed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="480" height="269" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a href="">via GIPHY</a></p> <p>Air filters are like the lungs of your car. You need to keep them clean and healthy so you car can accelerate properly, maintain efficiency, and get the best gas mileage possible. It takes 15 minutes to replace your air filter. Leaving a dirty air filter in can cause your engine to fail and damage your combustion chamber.</p> <h2>6. Keep your engine&rsquo;s temperature balanced with antifreeze every 15,000 miles</h2> <div><iframe class="giphy-embed" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" width="480" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <p><a href="">via GIPHY</a></p> <p>Antifreeze keeps your engine from overheating or freezing in various temperatures. With old or low antifreeze, your engine may overheat, causing it to bust seals and gaskets. These will lead to leaks and a very expensive repair. In contrast, it is $10 for a bottle of antifreeze/coolant. Make sure to check levels every 15k miles and fill up/replace as necessary.</p> <h2>7. Check your spark plugs every 30,000 miles and replace them every 60,000 miles</h2> <p>Spark plugs are essential for your car to function properly and for your engine to maintain excellent health. Old spark plugs can destroy gas mileage, ruin acceleration, and eventually cause irreparable damage to your engine. Make sure to get your spark plugs checked by a shop every 30,000 miles and replace them if they&rsquo;ve gone bad.</p> <h2>8. Always ask an expert about car trouble when you&rsquo;re not sure yourself</h2> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-35 alignleft img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="100%" height="NaN" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cars are complex. Every make and model is a little different. You can cause serious damage to your car when trying to DIY a repair or replacement that you&rsquo;re not sure about. When in doubt, always take your car into a mechanic to figure out what&rsquo;s going on. Save yourself all the trouble and frustration of trying to DIY something as expensive and complex as your car.</p> <p>Here at World Class Auto Repair, we are <a href="">currently offering a bundle package that includes Tire Rotation, BG Fuel Service, and Air Filter Replacement for $169.99</a> (normally $260) until March 15, 2018. Bring your car in to extend the longevity and keep it in the best shape possible.</p> <p>Give us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world-class service from the best auto mechanic in all of Utah County!</p> Top 10 Car Care Tips http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><ol style="list-style-type: undefined;"> <li>Check the oil at least once a month and change the oil according to the manufacturer Severe Service schedule(3-5000 miles normally). This will help your engine last longer more than anything else. Nothing will ruin your engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or oil changes.</li> <li>Flush your cooling system and change the coolant at least once every 30K miles. A 50-50 combination of coolant and distilled water will keep your cooling system healthy, helping to prevent corrosion and build-up of deposits.</li> <li>Make sure to change the transmission and differential oils. These do not need to be checked and replaced as frequently, but they still need to be changed according to service intervals. Use the transmission fluid/gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity for your specific vehicle.</li> <li>Wash the outside of your vehicle often. Allowing dirt, dust, and sap to remain on your vehicle can corrode the paint. Plus, almost everything you run over in your car can get stuck to the underside and cause issues. Hose off road grime on a regular basis, even more especially in winter with the major road salt we use in Utah!</li> <li>Make sure to regularly grease every part that moves. Failure to do so will cause your car to breakdown and fall apart years before its expiration date. Grease will keep all moving parts healthy and functional for a significantly extended period of time.</li> <li>Apply wax at least once every six months. Wax keeps paint protected plus keeps your car looking great.</li> <li>Driveline components (such as u-joints) should be lubricated on a regular basis in order to stay healthy. If you don&rsquo;t know how to do this, make sure to bring your car into World Class Auto where it can be done safely by professionals.</li> <li>Park your car in the shade, use window deflectors, and apply a UV protectant to prevent sun damage and the plastic from drying out.</li> <li>Inspect and clean the wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease at the proper service intervals based on your specific vehicle. Wheel bearings and grease are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of replacing your spindle and hub.</li> <li>Replace brake fluid and bleed systems at least once a year. Brake fluid is also relatively cheap compared to the cost of replacing calipers, hoses, and sensors.</li> </ol>Here at World Class Auto Repair, we are offering a full maintenance and inspection package (normally $159) for just $69.99 until January 15, 2018. This includes tire rotation; lube, oil, and filter change; 4 wheel brake inspection; and a safety inspection. Bring your car in to extend the longevity and keep it in tip-top shape.<br /><br />Give us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world-class service from the best auto mechanic in all of Utah County! 5 Free Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="5 Free Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage" width="80%" height="NaN" align="" /><br /><br /></div> <ol> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>Remove excess weight</strong></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is your trunk still full of chairs, umbrellas, and other toys from a summer of fun? As sad as we all may feel that summer is over, it&rsquo;s time to lighten your car&rsquo;s load and put the toys back in storage for the winter. Extra weight from all those items makes your car&rsquo;s engine work harder and use more gas. Removing these items will improve your gas mileage and multiply your gas savings over the winter.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="2"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>Avoid idling</strong></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Any time your car is idling, it is literally earning zero miles per gallon &ndash; it is simply burning gas unnecessarily. Turn your engine off if you&rsquo;re waiting for longer than 10 seconds. If you&rsquo;re waiting for someone in the parking lot or picking up your kids at school, turn off the engine and save your gas for when you really need it. You should also warm up your engine by driving your car instead of idling.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>Check your tires</strong></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage by an average of 3.3%. Underinflated tires waste an approximated 200,000 gallons of gas per day in the U.S. Use your car&rsquo;s recommended tire pressure (typically found in the user&rsquo;s manual) and immediately inflate any low pressure tires to avoid ruining your gas mileage.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>Get that &ldquo;Service Engine&rdquo; light diagnosed and fixed</strong></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Malfunctioning sensors on your car can do seriously damage to fuel economy. Your car&rsquo;s computer doesn&rsquo;t know how to run efficiently with bad information, and goes into a default (guessing) mode to keep things running. Leaving these issues unresolved can drastically reduce your gas mileage, costing you more money in fuel and potentially damaging other components. Make sure to get your car inspected regularly to avoid having this happen to you. Fixing a serious issue (such as a faulty oxygen sensor) can sometimes improve gas mileage by as much as 40%.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="5"> <li><strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>Replace your air filter</strong></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your air filter is more than a year or 20,000 miles old, it is likely dirty enough to measurably decrease fuel economy. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your vehicle&rsquo;s performance and enhance gas mileage (think trying to breathe through a straw while climbing stairs &ndash; that&rsquo;s what your engine is doing with a clogged filter) . If you&rsquo;re not sure of the health of your air filter, bring it by to get it inspected!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You&rsquo;d be surprised how much of an impact these 5 tips can have on improving your gas mileage and saving you some serious cash at the pump. Keeping your vehicle properly tuned is critical for both your safety and for maximizing your gas mileage. If you&rsquo;re not sure what state your vehicle is in, we here at World Class Auto Repair in American Fork are offering $9.99 Stop &amp; Go Inspections between now and December 15 (normally $47). We&rsquo;ll inspect your brakes, battery, &amp; alternator PLUS a 50-point Car-Safe Inspection! Make sure to stop on by before December 15 to get your car inspected and everything up to date and ready for this winter weather!</span></p> <p>Give us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world-class service without the hassle.</p> 15 Must-Haves For Your Car Emergency Kit http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="15 Must-Haves for your car emergency kit" width="60%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />A</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">s much as we hate to admit it, cars sometimes break down. The weather doesn&rsquo;t always help either. &nbsp;Assembling a basic car emergency kit can help ensure your safety in the event of a car break down. To avoid getting caught unprepared, here are fifteen must-haves to have in your car emergency kit!</span></p> <p><strong>Mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps, emergency contacts, and a car charger </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While you&rsquo;re on the road, make sure your phone is charged! Be sure to keep a charger in your car at all times. In addition to providing a critical communication line, a phone can be used to identify drivers and passengers should you be injured and notify your families. </span></p> <p><strong>Jumper cables. </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It&rsquo;s happened to everyone. You&rsquo;re at your home, at work, or out running errands and your car won&rsquo;t start. Jumper cables can (most of the time) help you to start your vehicle and get back on the road. </span></p> <p><strong>Windshield Washer Fluid</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You might ask, &ldquo;why do I need that? It&rsquo;s already in my car!&rdquo; Yes, hopefully it is! But, given the extended oil change intervals on newer cars, and how much of it we go through getting the yuck off our windshields in the winter, it&rsquo;s a good idea to have some in reserve. A clean windshield is really important to safe driving, so make sure you always have the tools to keep it clean. </span></p> <p><strong>Blankets</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blankets are really great to have if your heater isn&rsquo;t working very well or if your car breaks down and it&rsquo;s cold outside. If you&rsquo;re transporting heavy things, blankets can also be helpful to protect your seats. They&rsquo;re multipurpose tools with more versatility than you may realize!</span></p> <p><strong>Extra Warm Clothes</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep extra warm clothes like gloves, scarves, and hats in your car in case you break down during the winter. Utah winters get cold, so don&rsquo;t find yourself unprepared! </span></p> <p><strong>Warning Devices</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If your car ever breaks down at night, and you get stranded on the side of the road, warning devices like flares or triangles can be lifesavers. They are easy to see so that you can get help quickly. </span></p> <p><strong>Flashlight with Extra Batteries</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Again, if you ever break down at night, a flashlight is a great thing to have. You&rsquo;ll be able to check out your car to try and find the issue, and be able to actually see! Make sure to keep extra batteries in the car, too. Try not to rely only on your phone&rsquo;s light, you&rsquo;re going to need the juice to keep your phone on if you&rsquo;re stranded somewhere!</span></p> <p><strong>Bag of Abrasive Material or Traction Mats</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Abrasive Materials (sand, salt, kitty litter, etc.) or traction mats can help your vehicle get out of snow, mud, or other uneven surfaces. This is great to have during a Utah winter!</span></p> <p><strong>Basic Toolkits</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Basic toolkits that have tools such as a screwdriver, pliers, and adjustable wrench, duct tape and zip-ties can be great if you need to change a tire or need to make minor or temporary fixes before you can get your car to a mechanic. </span></p> <p><strong>Snow Shovel</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You probably already have a snow shovel at your house, but make sure you have a foldable one in your car, too. If you&rsquo;re at work or school all day as it snows, you might need to dig yourself out. </span></p> <p><strong>Ice Scraper with Brush</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We&rsquo;re in Utah! It gets cold outside! Make sure that you keep an ice scraper with a brush inside your car so that you can keep your windshield ice and snow free. </span></p> <p><strong>First Aid Kit</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A first aid kit is one of the most important things you can have in your car at all times. You never know when you&rsquo;re going to need it, so don&rsquo;t find yourself without one. </span></p> <p><strong>Cloth or Roll of Paper Towels</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Having a cloth rag or roll of paper towels around is great if you need to check fluid levels in your car (it can get messy!) or if you need to clean up a spill. </span></p> <p><strong>Drinking Water</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This might seem like a no-brainer, but having clean drinking water is really important &mdash;&nbsp;especially if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. You might not know how far you are from a gas station or convenience store, so having water is vital. Pro tip: 2-liter soda bottles are practically bulletproof when it comes to storing water. Clean them out thoroughly, fill to about &#8542; full and throw them in the trunk. They can freeze and thaw countless times and still stay water-tight!</span></p> <p><strong>Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with having clean drinking water, stow some non-perishable snacks in your car, too. If you find yourself stranded, you&rsquo;ll know that you have food. Even if you don&rsquo;t break down, you might find yourself needing a snack while driving. Don&rsquo;t forget about your pet either! If you have a pet that travels with you often, make sure to have a little food packed for them as well. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While having these items in your emergency car kit are great for when your car breaks down, it&rsquo;s even better to avoid breakdowns all together! We&rsquo;re currently offering a &ldquo;Get Ready for Winter&rdquo; car inspection for only $10. Make sure to stop on by and get your car checked, fixed, and up to date to avoid any winter breakdowns. Give </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world-class service without the hassle.</span></p> How Often Should You Check the Health of Your Car? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You rely on your car to keep you and your loved ones safe as you travel day to day. Carelessness towards (or not even knowing) the health of your car can cause a snowball effect that leads to a multitude of expensive problems down the road- and NO ONE wants to be that broke down minivan stranded on the side of I-15 in the middle of a snowstorm with 3 grumpy kids in the backseat, or the shiny sports car that&rsquo;s lost most of its value due to poor maintenance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here&rsquo;s how often you should be prioritizing health checks of your car and make sure everything is in order. Following this schedule will allow you to catch any potential problems early on before they become major headache-inducing issues down the road. It&rsquo;s best if these regular inspections are done by professionals who can examine everything with a critical, trained eye.</span></p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-776 img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="400" height="1024" /></p> <p><strong>Every Month</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once a month, make sure to check your oil levels. Add oil, coolant, and antifreeze. If any levels are low, top them off or swing by and we&rsquo;ll be happy to do it &ndash; most times at no charge. While you&rsquo;re at it, make sure to check for any potential leaks by backing up from your normal parking spot and scanning for drips. Do a quick scan of your hoses and note any that appear to be bulging at the ends, soft or make a brittle &lsquo;crunch&rdquo; sound when you squeeze them. &nbsp;Examine your belts. They may need to be replaced if they look work, frayed, or glazed. Check your tire pressure and add air if too low (check your car&rsquo;s recommended pressure on the sticker printed on the door, 32-35psi is normal for most cars). Also inspect your tires for damage, bulges, poor tread, or uneven wear. This may be a sign that it&rsquo;s time to replace them. Finally, do a quick examination of your air filter by holding it up to the light and see if you can see light through it. If you can&rsquo;t, replace it!</span></p> <p><strong>Every 3 Months</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Typically your oil and oil filter needs to be changed every 3,000 miles (usually ~ 3 months) or as recommended by your vehicle&rsquo;s manufacturer. Check your windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid, adding extra if levels are low (if they are </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">really low,</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">get that checked out right away!). Examine your battery terminals and cables, cleaning them if any corrosion is spotted. Lastly, do a quick check of all your lights to ensure that all lights (including turn signals) are working properly. Have a friend or family member step on the brake pedal with the headlights on to make sure your brake lights work &ndash; we can&rsquo;t believe the number of cars we see running around with only 1 brake light working!</span></p> <p><strong>Every 6 Months</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These bi-annual checks are really critical to preventing any long-term damage. Look at your wiper blades and replace if they appear in any way worn, brittle, or smeary. Test your horn and make sure it works properly. Inspect your brakes for any unusual wear and tear. Check your spare tire to ensure it&rsquo;s still fully inflated. Take a look at your exhaust system, keeping a close eye out for rust, damage, or loose parts. Finally, inspect your shocks for oil seepage or wear.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following this schedule on a routine basis will enable your car to stay in the best shape possible. Doing monthly, quarterly, and bi-annual &ldquo;check-ups&rdquo; may help to prevent major issues from sneaking up on you and the least opportune moment while simultaneously keeping the resale value of your car at its highest. As always, we can help perform these critical maintenance checks for you at your convenience at our shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At World Class Auto Repair in American Fork, we are ready and willing &ndash; at a moment&rsquo;s notice &ndash; to take care of your car&rsquo;s maintenance for you. We&rsquo;re not just here for when something goes wrong, we&rsquo;re here to PREVENT malfunctions and car issues. We inspect your vehicle with a critical, trained eye and make prioritized recommendations accordingly. We&rsquo;re the only AAA Approved auto mechanic in North Utah County. We offer a free shuttle, loaner cars, a clean waiting room with a play area for the kiddos, a 3 year warranty on most repairs, and so much more. With over 119 positive reviews, we take great pride in our high customer satisfaction rate. For maintenance help, give us a call today at 801-756-2661 or stop on by at 337 W. Main St, American Fork, UT for world class auto service without the hassle. </span></p> Spring Vehicle Maintenance that Makes a Difference http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>With the warmer weather coming our way this time of the year, more people are itching to hit the road.</p> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re looking for an adventure or somewhere with a little more sunshine, it&rsquo;s always a good idea to make sure your vehicle is as ready as you are.</p> <p>With the cold temperatures and icy, snowy, winter conditions that come every year, chances are your vehicle has some additional wear and tear that needs addressing before any long road trips. Spring is the perfect time to take care of your vehicle to prevent any minor problems and issues now from becoming more serious concerns later in the summer.</p> <h2>Spring Vehicle Maintenance: Find Out What May Need Your Attention</h2> <p>Here are some key areas your vehicle may need some attention particularly during the spring:</p> <p><strong>Oil and Oil Filter</strong> &ndash; Maintaining your oil and oil filter is one of the best ways to keep your vehicle running without issues. If you&rsquo;ve been neglecting your engine oil all winter, it&rsquo;s time you get your vehicle in for an oil change. Without regular oil changes, your vehicle&rsquo;s engine performance will suffer, you will see higher fuel consumption and, if left long enough, your vehicle can suffer severe engine damage.</p> <p><strong>Fluids</strong> &ndash; Spring is a great time to check your power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, and coolant. Now is the perfect time to check that they are all at the recommended levels. It&rsquo;s important to remember your power steering fluid; brake fluid and coolant are part of a closed system, so low levels might mean there is a leak somewhere.</p> <p><strong>Wiper Blades</strong> &ndash; After a long, cold winter, it&rsquo;s easy for wiper blades to get cracked and torn. Be sure you&rsquo;re driving safe in all the rainy spring weather by checking and replacing your wiper blades if necessary.</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> &ndash; A vehicle&rsquo;s battery goes through a lot during the colder temperatures. Spring is an ideal time to check your battery&rsquo;s reserve capacity, connections, and to see if there are any signs of corrosion.</p> <p><strong>Lights</strong> &ndash; How often do you see someone driving with a brake light out? Most of the time it takes someone else pointing out the problem before we notice a light is out. Check all your lights this spring to help yourself and other motorists around you.</p> <p><strong>Belts and Hoses</strong> &ndash; Like the windshield wipers and your battery, your vehicle&rsquo;s belts and hoses go through a lot during the freezing temperatures. Hoses and belts can harden and crack during the winter. Be sure to check all hoses and belts for hardening, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage. It&rsquo;s better to replace a belt this spring than on your road trip this summer.</p> <p><strong>Filters</strong> &ndash; Be sure your engine air filter, in-cabin dust&amp;pollen filter and fuel filter are all free of damage and clear of debris, and replace any filters if necessary.</p> <p><strong>Tires</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s important you check all aspects of your tires including the tread and air pressure(normally 35psi for most cars). Look for irregular wear, uneven wear, bruises, cracking or cuts on the sidewalls and replace as needed.</p> <p>By making your vehicle a priority this spring, you can ensure you&rsquo;re driving more safely this summer.</p> <p>And don&rsquo;t forget our Spring Maintenance Inspection Special, we&rsquo;ll check everything on this list and more, and help in any way you need to give you peace of mind this summer. Just call us today to schedule an appointment.</p> <p>Our Spring Maintenance Inspection Special is just $14.99 through May 31, 2017.</p> Keep Your Old Beater or Buy a New Car http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>It may clunk and clank, but your ratty old car may be the best bargain out there. Here are the facts on keeping that bucket-of-bolts running and knowing when it&rsquo;s really time to step up to a new car.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s divide the car-buying world into two camps: those who keep a car until the wheels fall off, and those who think a new car will change their lives.</p> <p>To the first, a round of applause. There&rsquo;s nothing short of taking the bus that&rsquo;s less expensive than keeping a car until it disintegrates into a pile of rust. Any car can be maintained to 250,000 miles without endangering your life, and even a new engine is cheaper than all but the cheapest used cars.</p> <p>To the second, another round of applause, because the 17 million or so new cars they buy every year immediately become used cars; and are soon available at a substantial discount to those in Camp 1. And a moment of silence if you will, because a new car will change their lives in ways they never foresaw on the dealers&rsquo; lot.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a drive-until-the-wheels-fall-off wannabe, read on. We&rsquo;ll look at ways to keep your car on the road longer and realistically weigh the costs of trading.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d Love to Keep My Old Car, BUT&hellip;.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;It no longer fits my life.&rdquo;</strong> You may have taken up gardening in a big way but still own a Mustang. You may feel nervous about taking your 2001 Ford on a trip to California. Your little Kia Soul may be a tight squeeze when family comes to town. The answer to all: Rent. Why buy a gas-guzzling pickup because you visit Home Depot twice a year or spring for a $50,000 SUV because you take the family skiing for a week in February? Even at $150 a weekend, renting is far cheaper than a car payment. Plus you get to drive the very latest without worrying about licensing, insurance, depreciation or maintenance. Or try trading cars with a friend, return it full of gas (with the oil changed too if it was a longer trip) and washed. You want to be able to ask again next year, and doing a little extra than expected goes a long way.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;These repair costs are really adding up.&rdquo;</strong> Let&rsquo;s do the math. Does the cost of repairs exceed the cost of a new car? A typical new car is $35,000, about $550 a month for five years after 15% down. A transmission rebuild might run $3,500, which is a huge outlay in one chunk, but only about half of the $6,600 a year you&rsquo;d spend on new-car payments alone. If you can&rsquo;t afford repairs twice a year, it&rsquo;s unlikely you can afford a new car payment every month. In any case, anybody with a car older than three years should be tucking aside $100 per month or so for repairs and maintenance. With any luck, you&rsquo;ll never use most of it and you&rsquo;ll have a tidy sum to blow on your next car. And remind yourself that every month that goes by without a car payment gives you the financial flexibility to cope with life&rsquo;s other uncertainties.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m nervous about driving an older car.&rdquo;</strong> Maybe little things are beginning to go: a new thermostat one month, a starter 2 months later. You might simply spend $50 on an AAA membership and carry your smartphone, reminding yourself that even new cars aren&rsquo;t immune to mechanical failure. The upside of frequent breakdowns is that you&rsquo;ll get to know mechanics quite well. Find one you like. Flatter him. Pay your bills on time. And the next time he fixes your car, ask him to take a few minutes to see what else will need repair soon.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;The repair costs more than the car is worth.&rdquo;</strong> A $4000 engine rebuild that keeps your 2002 Toyota on the road still makes good financial sense. It&rsquo;s at this point, however, that all but the most tightwad drivers begin to think about trading up. This brings us to our next question.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Am I ready for a new car?&rdquo;</strong> Your first step is to do nothing except transfer a payment to your savings in the amount you&rsquo;re thinking you can afford every month. Put aside a car payment every month for three months (long enough for at least one of life&rsquo;s little emergencies to crop up).<br /> Meanwhile, do these 4 things:</p> <p>Use a loan calculator online to find out what kind of rates your bank charges on loans to people with your credit score.</p> <p>Call your insurance company to get the rates for full-coverage insurance on the model you&rsquo;re thinking about.<br /> Look up your state DMV to see what registration and licensing fees cost.</p> <p>Talk to your mechanic. Ask them which models are generally more reliable and cost less to fix than others.<br /> At the end of the three months, ask yourself the following:</p> <p>How much did it hurt? If you skimped at all on other bills or lowered the amount of the payment, even once, you are not ready.</p> <p>What would I have left over to pay for insurance and licensing fees each year?<br /> Would I pay this much every month for the car that&rsquo;s in my driveway already? This brings up an important point:</p> <p>Sooner or later, every new car becomes an old car, and you&rsquo;ll feel about the next car just the way you do about your old beater.</p> <p>Would you rather have the cash? A typical car payment of $550, adds up to more than $1600 in just three short months. Perhaps you&rsquo;d prefer to get a tan in Mexico and limp along with Old Bessie another year. Could you continue to save for another year and simply pay cash? Eight grand would buy any of hundreds of reliable used models. Save for two years and you&rsquo;re in new-car country, if your old car will trade in for a few thousand.</p> <p>If the craving for a spiffier car hasn&rsquo;t passed in three months, at least you begin the shopping process with a few months worth of car payments and a more realistic idea of the hit your wallet will take.</p> Is Your Battery About to Become the Ghost of Batteries Past? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>It seems like every vehicle&rsquo;s battery decides to die at the absolute worst possible time and it&rsquo;s often in the dead of winter with snow coming down late at night while the kids are in the car.</p> <p>And without a functioning battery, your vehicle isn&rsquo;t going anywhere.</p> <p>But the truth is your battery may be giving off warning signs well before it dies. And if you want to avoid dealing with a dead battery, pay attention and have it replaced at the first sign that it&rsquo;s about to become a statistic.</p> <h2>Here are 3 warning signs your battery is about to die:</h2> <p><strong>Slow engine cranking.</strong></p> <p>If your engine cranks when you turn the key but sounds like it&rsquo;s in slow-motion before it finally fires up, you&rsquo;re probably going to need to change the battery. While the problem may be your starter or something else, the battery is the most likely culprit.</p> <p>If this happens and the car doesn&rsquo;t want to start, it may need a jump-start to give it the extra oomph to get going. Once it&rsquo;s started, you should drive the car around for 20 minutes or so to help recharge the battery via the alternator. Get your battery tested ASAP to see if it&rsquo;s time for replacement.</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;ve already had to jump the battery a lot</strong></p> <p>If you have to jump your vehicle&rsquo;s battery more than 3 times in a week &ndash; no matter the cause; the starter, fuel pump or alternator is bad; or you leave your lights on &ndash; you&rsquo;ll likely need to replace the battery.</p> <p>Even a fairly new battery can end up performing like it&rsquo;s dying if it has to be jumped too frequently. Using jumper cables or a jump box takes its toll on the battery no matter how new it is.</p> <p><strong>Your battery dies after leaving the lights or radio on for only a short while.</strong></p> <p>If you find yourself sitting in the car with the engine off for less than 30 minutes or so (waiting for kids at the school, chatting with a friend, etc), and your car has a hard time starting afterward, your battery is most likely fading fast. A battery in good serviceable condition should handle a small load such as lights, the radio etc without draining enough to notice.</p> <h2>How Long Should Your Battery Last?</h2> <p>Batteries typically last anywhere from 2 to 4 years even if a manufacturer says it will last 5, 6 or more.</p> <p>Batteries don&rsquo;t do well in extremely cold weather and that&rsquo;s why they often lead to more problems in the winter.</p> <p>If your battery needs to be tested or replaced, give us a call today at 801-756-2661 and we&rsquo;ll give you the peace of mind knowing you won&rsquo;t get stranded this winter with a dead battery.</p> 9 Tips to Make Night Driving Easier http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <h3>Don&rsquo;t Be Scared of Driving in the Dark</h3> <p>As the days get shorter, drivers are going to be running errands and commuting more in the dark.</p> <p>For sure there is a lot about night driving that makes it more difficult than driving during the day, BUT you can make driving at night a little easier with a couple key tips.</p> <p><strong>#1 &ndash; Check Your Aim</strong></p> <p>While most drivers assume their headlights are pointed in the right direction, we find vehicle after vehicle with headlights that aren&rsquo;t aimed correctly. If you&rsquo;re going to change the aim of your headlights yourself, be sure to follow your owner&rsquo;s manual. Otherwise, stop by and let us take care of pointing your headlights for you to give you maximum visibility at night.</p> <p><strong>#2 &ndash; Dim Your Instrument Panel and Dash Lights</strong></p> <p>Driving around with your dash lights on at the maximum brightness could compromise your forward vision. If it&rsquo;s particularly difficult for you to drive at night, turn your dash lights down significantly and you&rsquo;ll be able to see what&rsquo;s outside better.</p> <p><strong>#3 &ndash; Don&rsquo;t Stare</strong></p> <p>Any bright lights can disrupt your concentration while you drive at night. And it&rsquo;s easy to get distracted and stare at oncoming lights without even realizing you&rsquo;re doing it. Be mindful of oncoming traffic and avoid staring at the headlights coming your way. Simply turn your gaze away and you&rsquo;ll find it easier to stay focused on the road.</p> <p><strong>#4 &ndash; Wipe Down Your Windshield</strong></p> <p>While your windshield may appear clean during the day, night driving can reveal streaks and residue that can easily reduce your vision when it&rsquo;s dark. An easy way to quickly clear away some of the streaks is with a newspaper. Wiping your windshield with a newspaper can remove residue both on the inside and outside of your windshield.</p> <p><strong>#5 &ndash; Be Sure to Adjust &amp; Clean Your Mirrors</strong></p> <p>To make it easier to avoid lights from outside your vehicle, you can adjust your mirrors to a point that you can simply move your head to avoid the path of lights reflecting off your mirrors. It&rsquo;s also important to keep those mirrors as clean as possible. A dirty mirror can diffuse and shape lights in a way that causes more distractions than a clean mirror.</p> <p><strong>#6 &ndash; Keep Your Distance</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s always important to keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you, but it&rsquo;s especially important at night and during bad weather. While it&rsquo;s important to follow the 3-second-rule for following vehicles during the day, make that 6 seconds at night and 9 seconds during bad weather to avoid potential problems.</p> <p><strong>#7 &ndash; Take a Break</strong></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re going to be driving for an extended period of time during the night, be sure to plan breaks into your travel time. Stopping to stretch your legs and even having a light snack can help you stay focused while helping to prevent drowsiness.</p> <p><strong>#8 &ndash; Check Your Signals</strong></p> <p>To make sure other drivers can see your vehicle, be sure you keep your signals and lights &ndash; including brake lights &ndash; maintained and fully functioning. If you need a light changed, stop by World Class Auto and we can get you in and back out and safely down the road!</p> <p><strong>#9 &ndash; Maintain Your Vehicle</strong></p> <p>Maintaining your vehicle&rsquo;s brakes, lights, tires, electrical system, and heating system are all vital to ensuring a safe drive. We can help ensure your vehicle is ready to drive safely this fall. If you have any questions or need help, go ahead and schedule an appointment today!</p> 5 Fluids You Need to Check to get the Most Miles from Your Vehicle http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Your vehicle&rsquo;s fluid levels might not be the first thing on your mind, but keeping tabs on key fluids is one way to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.</p> <p>Even if you&rsquo;re not car savvy, checking fluid levels is one of the easiest ways to keep your car running happy.</p> <p>If you can lift the vehicle&rsquo;s hood, you can check the levels of these 5 key fluids.</p> <p>Of course, you&rsquo;ll need to know where to look and what to look for. It&rsquo;s also important to understand how often you should be checking your fluid levels. While every vehicle is a little different, using these guidelines can make a big difference in the health of your vehicle.</p> <p><strong>Engine Oil</strong></p> <p>Think about your vehicle&rsquo;s fluid levels and your engine oil is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Checking your engine oil is as easy as opening the hood, finding the oil dipstick, pulling it out, wiping it off and sticking it back in again before pulling it out one more time to see the level indicated on the dipstick.</p> <p>If your oil level isn&rsquo;t where it needs to be, you need to add more. If your vehicle is burning through oil regularly, let us check it out and we can help fix any problems that could lead to more costly repairs down the road.</p> <p><strong>How Often Does Your Oil Need to Be Checked?</strong></p> <p>Some experts recommend you check your oil every time you fill up with gas, but checking once a month is most likely enough for newer vehicles.</p> <p><strong>Transmission Fluid</strong></p> <p>Transmission fluid is responsible for keeping your vehicle&rsquo;s gears moving. Checking your transmission fluid is a lot like checking your engine oil, but the vehicle should be running when you check your transmission oil. If you check your transmission fluid and it is low, be sure to let us check out what&rsquo;s happening. Your transmission fluid is part of a closed system and should be red in color. If you check it and it&rsquo;s brown or smells burnt, it&rsquo;s time to replace the fluid.</p> <p><strong>How Often Does Your Transmission Fluid Need to Be Checked?</strong></p> <p>Transmission fluid should be checked at each oil change interval and replaced typically every 30,000 miles.</p> <p><strong>Coolant</strong></p> <p>Your coolant or antifreeze keeps your vehicle&rsquo;s engine from running too hot regardless of time of year. It also keeps the engine from freezing in the winter. Like transmission fluid, your vehicle&rsquo;s coolant levels should not get low, though for different reasons than the transmission fluid. If your coolant levels are low, your vehicle is most likely going to overheat. You can check your coolant level by checking the overflow reservior (an opaque white container under the hood) and seeing if the fluid level is at or above the minimum line. If your coolant level is low, be sure to add the same type of coolant already in the vehicle.</p> <p><strong>How Often Should You Check Your Coolant Level?</strong></p> <p>Check your coolant levels at least every 6 months, once before winter and once again before summer. Your coolant should be replaced every 2 to 3 years.</p> <p><strong>Brake Fluid</strong></p> <p>Your vehicle&rsquo;s brake fluid is also part of a closed system and should never run low. It&rsquo;s worth checking to make sure your brake fluid level is where it should be and that the brake fluid is clean. If your brakes ever feel a little off, check the brake fluid first. The vehicle has a brake fluid reservoir on the driver side of the vehicle. Your brake fluid can be checked by looking through the container and should be a golden color. If the fluid appears brown, it is time to have the fluid replaced.</p> <p><strong>How Often Should You Check Your Brake Fluid?</strong></p> <p>Check your brake fluid every time you have your oil changed and look to replace the fluid every 2 years.</p> <p><strong>Power Steering Fluid</strong></p> <p>Power steering fluid keeps your steering running smoothly. If you feel a creaking or weird noises as you steer, your power steering fluid may be running low. You can check the level by opening the hood and checking the reservoir visually. If you do notice the power steering fluid is low, it&rsquo;s worth having your vehicle looked at.</p> <p><strong>How Often Should You Check Your Power Steering Fluid?</strong></p> <p>Check your power steering fluid monthly and it may never need replacing. If your power steering fluid is low, it may just need to be topped off, but if it does, that&rsquo;s a good indicator you&rsquo;ve got a leak somewhere in the system.</p> <p>Checking these key fluids is a step in the right direction if you&rsquo;re looking to keep your vehicle running as efficiently and smoothly as possible for as long as possible.</p> <p>And remember, if you have any questions about your fluid levels, we&rsquo;re here to help. Just give us a call or stop by our shop and we would be happy to help.</p> Check Out these Pics of a Shredded Tire - WITH GOOD TREAD! http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>We get questions like this occasionally, &ldquo;My tire tread looked good, but my tire still blew out, why did that happen?&rdquo;</p> <p>In the images below, both tires have great tread and no signs of sidewall cracking, yet on a trip from Logan to American Fork, one of the tires blew. And it WASN&rsquo;T from a nail!</p> <div id="gallery-1" class="gallery galleryid-683 gallery-columns-4 gallery-size-thumbnail"><dl class="gallery-item"><dt class="gallery-icon landscape"></dt></dl><dl class="gallery-item"><dt class="gallery-icon landscape"><img class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" src="" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></dt></dl><dl class="gallery-item"><dt class="gallery-icon landscape"><img class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" src="" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></dt></dl><dl class="gallery-item"><dt class="gallery-icon landscape"><img class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" src="" alt="Check Out these Pics of a Shredded Tire &ndash; WITH GOOD TREAD" width="150" height="150" /></dt></dl></div> <p>So what&rsquo;s the deal? Why are tires blowing out when they appear to be in great condition based on the tread?</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-684" style="float: left; margin: 10px 20px 10px 0;" src="" alt="IMG_7428" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>It&rsquo;s a matter of aging tires. The tread on the blown tire separated because the rubber broke down due to age even though the tread was in great condition. If we look at the tires closely, we can see a number showing 0905 meaning the tires were made in the 9th week of 2005. All tires made since 2000 have this type of code. Yours may be on the inside of your tire, but they all have them so take a minute and see how old yours are.</p> <p>&ldquo;OK, so how old can my tires be before I need to worry about replacing them?&rdquo;</p> <p>Well, even under perfect conditions (stored in a garage and rotated with the air pressure properly maintained) tires have an &ldquo;expiration date&rdquo; according to industry standards. As far as we&rsquo;re concerned in Utah, based on our hot summers, cold winters, and salt on the roads, our tires generally remain safe to drive on for about 6 years or so. This is regardless of how much tread is left on the tire. We know it stinks to have to think about replacing tires that &ldquo;still look good&rdquo;, but it&rsquo;s even less fun to have a tire violently shred at freeway speeds like our customer experienced last weekend!</p> <p>Maintaining the air pressure is another way to help extend the life of your tires, whether they&rsquo;re regularly driven on or not. We are more than happy to check your tire pressures quickly and for free Monday-Friday 7:30am-6:00pm.</p> <p>And if, after looking and looking to find your tire date code you still can&rsquo;t see it? Swing by and we&rsquo;ll check it out right away!</p> Common Causes of Overheating and What to Do About It http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="overheated engine" width="100%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />It&rsquo;s the beginning of summer and you&rsquo;re stuck in traffic when all of a sudden your temperature gauge is on the BIG RED &ldquo;H&rdquo;. Guess what? Your vehicle is overheating* and you need to do something about it RIGHT NOW.</p> <p>Before we get into the causes of vehicle overheating, let&rsquo;s help minimize the potential damage to your car NOW until you can get it into a shop:</p> <p>1- Turn off the AC immediately</p> <p>2- Turn on your defroster and your heat to HOT, fan on High.</p> <p>3- No, seriously. We know it&rsquo;s Summer and you&rsquo;re going to be uncomfortable until you can get your car off the road, but we&rsquo;re talking thousands of dollars in damage if your car continues to overheat! Roll down the windows too, it&rsquo;s gonna be hotter inside your car than outside here in a minute. The heater will pull as much heat out of your engine that it can, which just might be enough to avoid ruining it.</p> <p>4- If you&rsquo;re stopped in traffic, put your car in Neutral or Park and raise the engine speed. You&rsquo;re trying to get the coolant circulating as much as possible. Raise the engine speed by pressing the gas pedal just enough to get the RPM gauge to the 2-ish mark(2000 RPMs). It doesn&rsquo;t have to be exact, but you don&rsquo;t want to rev your engine a lot past that or you&rsquo;ll risk even worse problems.</p> <p>5- If you&rsquo;re moving, albeit slowly, put the car into the lowest gear that will maintain between 2 and 3 on the RPM gauge as you are headed to a good spot to pull over. If you start going too fast for that gear shift into the next higher one to maintain the 2-3000 RPM range.</p> <p>6- Get off the road ASAP and use your AAA card (you do have one, right? <a href="">You can learn more about getting one here.</a>) to call for a tow.</p> <p>Doing these things should help get that temperature gauge headed back down from the &ldquo;H&rdquo; Mark, at least temporarily. If nothing happens to lower the temperature in about 2 minutes, SHUT THE CAR OFF right away. It&rsquo;s up to you to decide if it&rsquo;s safe enough to be sitting where your car stops, but we&rsquo;ve seen lots and lots of ruined engines because people decided to drive &ldquo;just a little farther&rdquo; with an overheating vehicle.</p> <p>Still with us? Now we&rsquo;re going to tell you the likely reasons WHY your car just overheated and what to do to prevent it from happening in the first place.</p> <p>If your vehicle is overheating, your engine is screaming for attention and your cooling system needs help. A vehicle can overheat at any point where the cooling system no longer is effectively absorbing, transporting and dissipating the heat created from your engine burning fuel.</p> <p>Here are some of the most common reasons a vehicle&rsquo;s cooling system begins to fail:<br /> <strong><br /> 1. Leaks in the Cooling System</strong></p> <p>Leaks are the #1 reason a vehicle begins to overheat. Leaks in hoses, the radiator, water pump, thermostat housing, heater core, head gasket, freeze plugs and a few other things can all lead to problems with the vehicle&rsquo;s cooling system.<br /> If you suspect a leak, or have had to add coolant to the reservoir don&rsquo;t wait to get it checked. A small leak can quickly turn in to an expensive repair and a serious headache.</p> <p><strong>2. Coolant Concentration</strong></p> <p>You always want to use the correct type of coolant in your vehicle. The wrong coolant or the wrong mixture of coolant and distilled water can cause your vehicle to overheat. If you&rsquo;re worried about your coolant concentration and haven&rsquo;t kept up on regularly-scheduled vehicle maintenance, a complete cooling system flush is in order. Coolant actually becomes corrosive over time, accelerating the wear on the cooling system!</p> <p><strong>3. Bad Thermostat</strong></p> <p>Your thermostat is a key valve in the cooling system that ensures the coolant is able to pass through to the radiator when necessary. When the thermostat gets stuck in the closed position, coolant can no longer pass through and becomes overheated in the engine. At any sign of your vehicle overheating, it&rsquo;s a good idea to get the vehicle checked immediately so any possible simple repairs don&rsquo;t become big problems.</p> <p><strong>4. Bad Radiator</strong></p> <p>Leaks and clogging can lead to your radiator failing and any disruption in the radiator&rsquo;s function can lead to overheating since it can&rsquo;t pull the heat away from the rest of the cooling system.</p> <p><strong>5. Worn Out or Burst Hoses</strong></p> <p>Hoses with cracks or even holes will leave you with a leaky engine and will disrupt the coolant&rsquo;s flow. Your water pump can&rsquo;t circulate coolant that&rsquo;s not there due to it having leaked out from one of the hoses!</p> <p><strong>6. Bad Radiator Fan</strong></p> <p>Your radiator fan pulls air across the radiator to help reduce the coolant&rsquo;s temperature but a worn fan clutch or broken fan motor can&rsquo;t help to reduce the temperature and will lead to overheating.</p> <p><strong>7. Loose or Broken Belts</strong></p> <p>If a belt is loose or broken, specifically the water pump belt, it cannot help maintain the correct volume of coolant flow and can lead to overheating.</p> <p><strong>8. Bad Water Pump</strong></p> <p>Your water pump is the heart of your cooling system and if it&rsquo;s not operating correctly, you vehicle lacks enough pressure to propel engine coolant throughout the cooling system. Any problems with the pump from erosion, leaks or anything else can cause your vehicle to overheat.</p> <p>An overheating vehicle is a sign that needs immediate attention. In most cases the original cause is a simple, low-cost repair. Unfortunately, most people ignore the initial problem and end up paying much more for extensive damage as a result.</p> <p>If your vehicle is showing signs of overheating, be sure to give us a call today and we&rsquo;ll be happy to test and assess the vehicle, provide the proper service and repairs and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.</p> <p>*Yes, your car IS overheating, even though you don&rsquo;t see clouds of steam and vapor pouring out from under the hood. That might happen if a coolant hose bursts, but it&rsquo;s far more common for an engine to overheat without any outward signs.</p> Describing the Noises Your Vehicle Makes http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Squeak, Squeal, Bump or Bang, at some point your vehicle is going to make strange sounds.</p> <p>And those sounds are a good indication your vehicle needs some help. Unfortunately, noises don&rsquo;t normally go away on their own, and it usually gets more expensive the longer you let it go.</p> <p>But we&rsquo;ve all been there, the embarrassing situation where we have to try and describe the noise our car is making to the guys at the shop, and they are just looking at you like you&rsquo;re crazy? Well, we&rsquo;ve come up with a comprehensive list that will help you better describe what&rsquo;s going on with your car to improve the success rate of the mechanic finding the problem.</p> <p>Another tip: Be sure to be able to tell them WHEN the noise happens and under what circumstances. it will save diagnostic time &ndash; and money!</p> <p>Here is a list of common noises cars can make:</p> <p><strong>BANGING</strong> &ndash; Any brief, loud and sharp sounds almost like a gun firing. A backfire is a great example of a bang sound.</p> <p><strong>BUZZING</strong> &ndash; Any buzzing sound is a constant sound that can also be felt through the steering wheel or vibrations through the floor.</p> <p><strong>CHIRPING</strong> &ndash; Repetitive bird-like sounds.</p> <p><strong>CLANGING</strong> &ndash; Any metallic ringing that reverberates.</p> <p><strong>CLANKING</strong> &ndash; Another metallic sound that is more of a strike without the reverberation.</p> <p><strong>CLICKING</strong> &ndash; Light, high-frequency tapping.</p> <p><strong>CLUNKING</strong> &ndash; Any heavy thump or bump sound without reverberation that can often sound a little muted.</p> <p><strong>FLAPPING</strong> &ndash; Any repetitious noise that sounds like a flag in a strong wind.</p> <p><strong>GRINDING</strong> &ndash; If any sound your car makes could be painful, grinding is it. A harsh metal-on-metal scraping noise.</p> <p><strong>HISSING</strong> &ndash; It sounds like air or steam escaping from somewhere.</p> <p><strong>HOWLING</strong> &ndash; A strong wind noise even if the windows are completely rolled up.</p> <p><strong>MOANING</strong> &ndash; If you&rsquo;re hearing a low-frequency sound that&rsquo;s consistent. May change tone depending on speed of the car.</p> <p><strong>PINGING</strong> &ndash; If your vehicle sounds like someone is dropping marbles in an empty can, that&rsquo;s pinging.</p> <p><strong>POPPING</strong> &ndash; Sharp, explosive sounds can be described as popping and usually aren&rsquo;t as loud as banging.</p> <p><strong>RATTLING</strong> &ndash; The same sound as marbles rolling around in an empty can can be described as rattling.</p> <p><strong>ROARING</strong> &ndash; the sound a jet makes when it accelerates to take off. Definitely not a light noise.</p> <p><strong>RUMBLING</strong> &ndash; Almost a roar, but sounds like it&rsquo;s far away.</p> <p><strong>SCRAPING</strong> &ndash; Usually a high-pitched jeet-jeet sort of noise that speeds up as the vehicle speeds up. Kind of like a chirp, but more metallic.</p> <p><strong>SCREECHING</strong> &ndash; A high pitched noise like the bad guy&rsquo;s tires in a cops-and-robbers chase.</p> <p><strong>SQUEALING</strong> &ndash; High-pitched and long lasting. Alvin the Chipmunk screaming?</p> <p><strong>TAPPING</strong> &ndash; A heavier noise than a click but similar, like tapping on a board with a hammer.</p> <p><strong>WHINING</strong> &ndash; No, not like your kids, but a drawn out higher-pitched noise that usually changes with engine speed.</p> <p><strong>WHISTLING</strong> &ndash; Shrill, loud, high-pitched noise.</p> <p>When it comes to describing the sound your vehicle is making, using terms a mechanic can understand are helpful.</p> <p>And if your vehicle is currently trying to talk to you with some of the noises we&rsquo;ve listed, let us know and we can help diagnose the problem and help you get your vehicle taken care of before it turns into something really expensive!</p> How Often Should You Change Your Oil http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Picture this Scenario: 2009 Honda Pilot. Mom&rsquo;s do-everything vehicle.</p> <p>Comes to the shop with about 120,000 miles on it, not bad at all for a Honda. But, there&rsquo;s a ticking noise under the hood. Inspection and testing uncover a worn out engine, <strong>costing many thousands of dollars to replace.</strong> The cause?</p> <p>Changing the oil regularly.</p> <p>I can hear you now. Wait, what?!? She had the oil changed regularly and the engine wore out? How does THAT happen? The answer may surprise you, but it has to do with the words Regularly and Normal. Let&rsquo;s dive in here for a minute. I promise not to get too technical and boring.</p> <p>Without question oil and engine technology has made significant strides in the last few years, thus leaving a lot of people wondering how often they <strong>really need</strong> to get their oil changed.</p> <p>Recommending you change the engine oil in your car every 3,000 miles is clearly outdated, but some automakers are recommending intervals of 10,000 and even 15,000 miles between Normal services, unfortunately leading drivers down a dangerous and potentially expensive road as our unfortunate Pilot owner found out.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the deal. Yes, there are <strong>some</strong> engines that can get by with those intervals between oil changes, but they are not in the cars that most of us drive every day. Also, let&rsquo;s look at the criteria for <strong>&ldquo;normal&rdquo;</strong> driving conditions right out of most owner&rsquo;s manuals.</p> <ul> <li>Driven only in ambient temperatures of 50-80 degrees F, never below freezing or over 90</li> <li>Always driven 10 miles or more on each trip, and no stop-and-go</li> <li>Never hauling or towing anything</li> <li>Never driven in dusty conditions</li> <li>Never driven in mountainous areas</li> <li>Non 4-wheel drive</li> </ul> <p>So, is it OK to go ahead and label &ldquo;Normal&rdquo; driving conditions under a blanket term we can all relate to?</p> <p>How about <strong>&ldquo;San Diego&rdquo;?</strong> OK, I&rsquo;m just kidding, but only a little.</p> <p>What if, instead, we call those conditions <strong>&ldquo;Ideal&rdquo;</strong>? Fair enough, right?</p> <p>Look, nobody wants to feel like they are abusing their vehicle, so it&rsquo;s hard to admit your car needs what the manufacturer calls the <strong>&ldquo;Severe&rdquo;</strong> maintenance schedule.</p> <p>Well, like above, why don&rsquo;t we call it by a better term? Maybe <strong>&ldquo;Average&rdquo;</strong>? I&rsquo;d prefer to call it <strong>&ldquo;Maintenance for super-awesome Utah people like us that want to take care of our cars but not throw money away while doing it&rdquo;</strong>, but that&rsquo;s just entirely too wordy.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s the best bet for your vehicle in Utah&rsquo;s <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">severe</span> <strong>Average</strong> driving conditions?</p> <p>Our years of experience as an auto shop right here in American Fork, combined with industry standards for today&rsquo;s conventional and synthetic oils says that &mdash; for most cars &mdash; its around the 5,000 mile mark. A bit less with regular (conventional) oil, say 4,000 miles, a little more with synthetic, somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 miles. There&rsquo;s a lot of variables, but we can help you create a healthy oil change schedule to keep your vehicle&rsquo;s engine protected based on YOUR car and YOUR driving needs. Just ask!</p> <p>Back to our Pilot owner. We don&rsquo;t want to make her feel bad, but we would have LOVED to have been able to educate her on what the real-life oil change schedule should be <strong>before</strong> the engine wore out. Even changing the oil just 2,000 miles sooner with a quality synthetic oil each time would most likely have saved thousands of dollars, and cost only a few hundred over the 7 years the vehicle has been on the road.</p> <p>&ldquo;Wait, what about the car manufacturers? Why are they telling me to drive 7,500, 10,000 or even 15,000 miles between changes?&rdquo; Well, I promised to not get too wordy, so well save all of that (and there&rsquo;s a LOT) for another post.</p> <p>The point is, have someone you trust, someone that wants your car to run for years and years trouble-free, thus netting the most miles for the dollars you spend on maintaining it. Hint: That&rsquo;s us. We&rsquo;d like a chance to prove it.</p> How AAA Provides Peace of Mind While You're on the Road http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Being an AAA (American Automobile Association) approved auto repair shop isn&rsquo;t an honor we take lightly and membership offers more than most of our customers realize.</p> <p>By using your membership for just a single tow, you actually pay for the entire year&rsquo;s membership. And with when you use your AAA membership to have your vehicle towed to our shop, there&rsquo;s no additional mileage charge.</p> <p>But membership offers so many more benefits that we can&rsquo;t help but recommend it to our customers.</p> <p>With different levels of membership, AAA offers free towing, free emergency fuel and free delivery, locksmith reimbursement for your vehicle and your home, battery service, member-only discounts, rental car rewards membership, identity theft monitoring, windshield repair and replacement, travel accident insurance and more.</p> <p>There are also more than 150 member-only discounts available near American Fork you can use when you become a member.</p> <p>Getting started with AAA is as easy as signing up at Plans start for less than $5 a month and provide significant peace of mind for any driver.</p> <p>And when you bring your vehicle in to World Class Auto, you truly get world-class service because we&rsquo;re held to the highest standards as an AAA approved shop.</p> <p>To receive AAA certification, we must meet strict standards for cleanliness, equipment, technical training and technician certifications. But the standards don&rsquo;t stop at what we&rsquo;ve done with the shop, they also mean we have a highly favorable opinion rating from our customers.</p> <p>For more information about what AAA membership means to you, stop by anytime or give us a call at 801-756-2661.</p> Taking Care of Your Battery http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Taking care of your vehicle&rsquo;s battery may seem so simple, but too many people end up stranded because of dead batteries every winter.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing fun about waiting in the cold to get help because your battery is having problems.</p> <p>Of course, World Class Auto can help ensure your battery is working correctly this winter or replace it if needed. There are also a few low-maintenance steps you can do yourself to make sure everything is in order when it comes to your vehicle&rsquo;s battery.</p> <p>To get started, check your voltage with a battery tester or voltmeter. Your battery should reach 12.5 to 12.6 volts if it&rsquo;s fully charged. If it&rsquo;s not all the way charged but still able to turn the engine over, you may see a reading closer to 12.0 volts.</p> <p>Check for corrosion around the battery terminals looking for a white powder. If you notice they need cleaning, take the time to clean the terminals. Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to neutralize the acid and then use a wire brush to clean off the acid and dirt.</p> <p>If you notice any other problems with your terminals, wiring, clamps or anything else related to your battery, don&rsquo;t hesitate to bring in your vehicle.</p> <p>We can check everything you need checked to give you the peace of mind that your battery will be fully operational this winter. <a href="">Schedule an appointment today. </a></p> <p>For emergencies, we also recommend you carry a mini jump-starter in your vehicle. We offer several different sizes for sale in our shop. You can fully charge your battery with these powerful little jump starters. <a href="">You can also learn more about the jump starters here.</a></p> Fall Driving, take Precaution http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Fall driving may not seem all that intimidating, but it&rsquo;s the unpredictable nature of the season that can lead to danger.</p> <p>Utah weather can be bright and beautiful in the morning only to turn to wet, cold and miserable on your drive home. It&rsquo;s always important to be prepared no matter what but that preparation is especially important in the fall.</p> <p>What to keep in mind when driving in the fall:</p> <p><strong>Additional Moisture </strong></p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s rain or even snow in Utah, extra moisture on the road can collect and pool on many roads. In the fall the water can sit on dust or oil that hasn&rsquo;t been washed away to increase the danger of sliding on a wet road.</p> <p>If conditions are wet, take it a little slower to ensure you can act better if you do begin to slide.</p> <p><strong>Foliage </strong></p> <p>Fall&rsquo;s signature leaves around northern Utah are beautiful but leaves on the roads also increase the chances you&rsquo;ll slide while they can also hide traffic lines and other markings that direct you and others on the road. Leaves can also hide potholes and other hazards.</p> <p><strong>Fog</strong></p> <p>Fog is much more common when it&rsquo;s cold in the morning, which can reduce visibility significantly at times. Fog can really be a problem in hilly areas and near water, but the mountain roads can also be tough to navigate when there is fog.</p> <p>In the fog, avoid using your high beams, it only makes visibility worse as the high beams bounce off the fog to create glare. Like any difficult driving weather, remember to slow down when it&rsquo;s foggy and keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.</p> <p><strong>Frost</strong></p> <p>Temperatures dropping quickly at night can mean frost on the road in the morning. Be aware of frost around bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on the road in particular.</p> <p><strong>Sun glare</strong></p> <p>Glare from the sun can make it extremely difficult to see especially when driving west in the afternoon. Even if you can&rsquo;t see for just seconds, you open yourself to making it hard to see pedestrians, what vehicles in front are doing, traffic lights and just about anything else.</p> <p><strong>Deer</strong></p> <p>Deer are more active on our roads in the fall because they&rsquo;re mating and migrating. In Utah, deer can be unpredictable in the light and can come out of nowhere during the night. Most of northern Utah is deer heavy so be sure to watch for deer as much as possible.</p> <h2>Keep Your Vehicle Ready for Any Condition</h2> <p>Because fall driving can be so unpredictable, be sure you&rsquo;re taking the time to get your vehicle ready for driving this fall and winter.</p> <ul> <li>Be sure your tires have tread and are properly inflated.</li> <li>Have your brakes checked</li> <li>Check your lights including brake lights</li> <li>Be sure your windshield wipers work properly</li> <li>Have your coolant levels checked</li> </ul> <p>For driving in the fall and winter, be sure your vehicle is operating correctly. <strong>If you have any questions, we&rsquo;re always here to help.</strong> Whether you need a brake inspection or anything else, be sure to contact us and we&rsquo;ll do our best to make sure you&rsquo;re able to drive safely this fall and as fall transitions to winter.</p> Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe and on the Road http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Severe winter weather in Utah can hit just about any time after Halloween.</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;re not ready for snow and ice when it hits, driving can be difficult, dangerous and scary. But with the right precautions and a good understanding of how your vehicle works when the road is wet and icy, you can get through the winter safely.</p> <p>Keep the following tips in mind when the winter weather hits us this year and you&rsquo;ll be better prepared to drive safely and help keep your vehicle running even when the weather is severe:</p> <ul> <li>Avoid driving while you&rsquo;re feeling tired. Staying alert and attentive is important anytime you&rsquo;re driving especially during the winter when there are more obstacles to be aware of.</li> <li>Be sure your vehicle&rsquo;s tires are properly inflated.</li> <li>Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid your gas line from freezing up.</li> <li>Avoid using your cruise control when driving in slippery conditions.</li> <li>If you do begin to slide, look and steer where you want to go.</li> <li>Be careful to accelerate and decelerate slowly. It will take longer to slow down on slippery roads and slowly accelerating will help you regain traction and avoid skidding.</li> <li>Drive slower because everything takes longer to do on snow-covered roads.</li> <li>Increase your following distance to eight to ten seconds to give yourself more time to stop if necessary.</li> </ul> <p>At times, the safest thing you can do is to pull over. In that case, it&rsquo;s important your vehicle is properly equipped. Here are a number of items to keep in your vehicle during the winter:</p> <ul> <li>Be sure your car has enough antifreeze to help make sure your vehicle runs properly.</li> <li>Be sure your car has enough windshield wiper fluid so you can see clearly on the road.</li> <li>Keep a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, additional warm clothing and a blanket in your vehicle.</li> <li>Be sure your cell phone is charge sufficiently for your drive in case you need to make a call in an emergency.</li> </ul> <p>Staying home during bad weather may be your best option. Sometimes staying off the road is the best option to avoid driving in harsh conditions if you don&rsquo;t feel comfortable.</p> <p>Our final tip is to have your vehicle inspected to ensure it&rsquo;s ready for winter driving. World Class Auto can help make sure your vehicle is prepared for Utah&rsquo;s difficult winter driving conditions so you stay safe on the road and your vehicle doesn&rsquo;t break down.</p> Extending the Life of Your Transmission http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Your vehicle&rsquo;s transmission is the second most expensive component.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s critical to make sure you&rsquo;re taking the right steps to keeping your transmission going for as long as possible.</p> <p>By following these steps, you&rsquo;ll be able to extend the life of your transmission:</p> <p>1 &ndash; Change your transmission fluid every 15,000 miles or at least once each year.</p> <p>2 &ndash; When it&rsquo;s cold outside, allow your vehicle to warm up before putting it into gear.</p> <p>3 &ndash; Be sure to come to a complete stop when changing from reverse to drive or drive to reverse.</p> <p>4 &ndash; Avoid rocking back and forth when you are stuck in mud or snow if at all possible.</p> <p>5 &ndash; Avoid driving when your transmission fluid is low or leaking.</p> <p>6 &ndash; Avoid downshifting to slow down.</p> <p>7 &ndash; Do not perform high speed starts or spinning your tires to get going.</p> <p>8 &ndash; Make a habit of using your parking brake when parking on a hill. The parking brake reduces stress on the parking pawl and helps to prevent leakage.</p> <p>9 &ndash; Be careful to avoid bumping curbs when parking. Even slight bumps can cause brief and unnecessary loads on the front wheel drive shaft of the transmissions trans-axle.</p> <p>10 &ndash; Get your transmission serviced at least once a year. Be sure to ask about transmission service if you are not asked about it when you get regular maintenance.</p> <p>11- Be sure to get any transmission concerns addressed as soon as possible. Early diagnostics and regular maintenance could save you thousands in repairs down the road.</p> <p>Keeping your transmission in as good of shape as possible will be a critical key to keeping your car in as good of shape as possible. If you&rsquo;re going to neglect the transmission, you can count on costly repairs down the road.</p> <p>Avoid the unwanted repairs and keep your transmission is as good of shape as possible by following the tips we&rsquo;ve listed above.</p> Back to School Vehicle Tips http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>As summer vacation begins to wind down and school begins creeping back into your mind for your children, it&rsquo;s time to think about the vehicles you and your teenagers will be driving this school year.</p> <p>With all that extra driving and the rush to be on time there are expenses related to repairs and additional fuel costs that could add up if your vehicle isn&rsquo;t prepared for the school year.</p> <p>To help you better prepare for this school year of driving, we wanted to share a few tips you can use to get your vehicle (or the vehicle your kids are using) up to snuff for the school year.</p> <p>Here are a few tips that can help you this school year:</p> <h2>6 Maintenance Checks Every Vehicle Needs this Time of the Year</h2> <p><strong>1. Check Your Tires</strong> &ndash; When it comes to the school year, it&rsquo;s essential you are on time to class. Whether it&rsquo;s you or your kids driving, a blown tire can cost time you just don&rsquo;t have. Get your tires&rsquo; treads, inflation and alignment checked to better prepare for the rush that hits during the school year.</p> <p><strong>2. Have Hoses and Belts Checked</strong> &ndash; With stop and go driving, it&rsquo;s always important to keep your engine cool. A cracked hose or snapped belt will cause the radiator to overheat and may leave you stranded when it&rsquo;s critical to be on time.</p> <p><strong>3. Check the Wipers and Lights</strong> &ndash; With the summer, it&rsquo;s easier to drive with a headlight out or windshield wipers that don&rsquo;t cut it because most of the driving is in the daylight and the weather is better. Check both to ensure safer driving as the weather changes and as the days get shorter.</p> <p><strong>4. Get your Brakes Checked</strong> &ndash; Whenever you&rsquo;re considering vehicle maintenance, it&rsquo;s always vital you get your brakes checked especially if there has been any squeaking or noise as a result of stopping.</p> <p><strong>5. Check the Fluid Levels</strong> &ndash; From coolant to wiper fluid and everything in between, be sure your vehicle&rsquo;s fluid levels are where they need to be.</p> <p><strong>6. Don&rsquo;t Forget the Battery</strong> &ndash; The summer&rsquo;s heat can speed the chemical reaction inside a battery and cause the battery to be overcharged, which can shorten its life. And the heat can also evaporate internal battery fluid. The best way to avoid a dead battery when you&rsquo;re in a rush during those busy school mornings is to keep it clean and have it looked at right away if you&rsquo;re having any problems.</p> <p>With the school year also comes the need to save a little money so we&rsquo;ve included a couple simple tips to help improve your fuel efficiency.</p> <h2>3 Simple Tips for Maximizing Fuel Efficiency</h2> <p><strong>1. Use the Right Oil</strong> &ndash; Whether you&rsquo;re the one changing the oil or having it done for you, be sure your vehicle is getting the recommend grade of oil. Using the wrong grade has potential to lower gas mileage by a percent or two while selecting oil with additional additives to reduce friction can increase the vehicle&rsquo;s fuel efficiency.</p> <p><strong>2. Let you vehicle breathe</strong> &ndash; A clogged air filter has the potential to reduce fuel efficiency by 14 percent in older vehicles. Get that air filter checked and replaced if needed.</p> <p><strong>3. Don&rsquo;t go cheap on parts</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s tempting to get the cheapest parts for a vehicle at times, but it can lead to more expenses in the long run. For example, clean spark plugs can ensure your vehicle is firing consistently to keep your gas mileage at its best. Choose the parts designated specifically for your vehicle and approved by the manufacturer even if the initial cost is a little higher than alternative options.</p> <p>If you need help getting your vehicles ready for the school year, we would be more than happy to provide the maintenance and care your vehicles need.</p> <p><a href="" title="Contact Us">Contact us today to set up an appointment. </a></p> Car Air Conditioner Tips http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>When it&rsquo;s as hot as it is in Utah in June, July and August, it&rsquo;s close to impossible to drive around with the A/C not working, right!</p> <p>We wanted to share a couple tips here that can help you to stay cool with an air conditioner that works properly.</p> <p>Before we jump into the tips, it&rsquo;s important to remember we&rsquo;re always here to help whether it&rsquo;s just to answer a few questions or to help you find and fix any problem on your vehicle.</p> <p>OK, let&rsquo;s dive in. These tips will help you get the most from your car&rsquo;s A/C system.</p> <p><strong>Ensure your Cabin Air Filter is Clean and Unrestricted</strong> &ndash; If your cabin air filter, found on just about every vehicle these days, is not clean, airflow will be limited and force the vehicle to take longer to cool. A restricted cabin air filter will prevent sufficient cool air reaching the inside of the vehicle even with a fully functioning air conditioning system fully capable of generating cold air.</p> <p><strong>Get Your System Check for Wear and Tear</strong> &ndash; Normal wear and tear such as to the drive belt or tensioner that run your A/C compressor, and small leaks that can develop over time are easier to remedy before there&rsquo;s a problem. A simple visual inspection can alert you to wear issues.</p> <p><strong>Complete Evacuation and Recharge Your System</strong> &ndash; Even if your air conditioning system appears to be functioning correctly, having the system evacuated and recharged can help remove particles and moisture that may be trapped.</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t Wait if You&rsquo;re A/C Fails</strong> &ndash; It&rsquo;s important to have your air conditioner looked at as soon as possible if it isn&rsquo;t working. The longer you delay getting the system looked at, the more potential there will be for increasing the repair costs. If your air conditioning system sits idle for an extended period of time, you are leaving it susceptible to increased moisture and greater risk for more internal damage.</p> <h2>What Else Should You Know About Your Vehicle&rsquo;s Air Conditioner?</h2> <p><strong>Reduced Horsepower</strong> &ndash; Using the air conditioner on any vehicle will reduce the engine&rsquo;s horsepower, so don&rsquo;t be surprised if your car has to work a bit harder to make it up the same hills it did in the Winter.</p> <p><strong>But A/C is efficient</strong> &ndash; At least compared to driving with the windows down. Contrary to what you may think, the aerodynamic drag and wind buffeting you&rsquo;d experience at 55 mph with the windows down nets you worse fuel economy than running the A/C with the windows up.</p> <p><strong>Additional Stress to the Cooling System</strong> &ndash; To prevent a vehicle from overheating, it&rsquo;s important the entire cooling system is functioning correctly. However, the air conditioner can place stress on that system if it&rsquo;s not operating efficiently. If your car does start to run hot this summer, turn off your A/C immediately to help prevent costly damage to your engine.</p> <p>If at any time you have questions about your vehicle&rsquo;s air conditioning, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us. We&rsquo;re also happy to test your system so you know exactly what&rsquo;s going on without guessing.</p> <p>Our <strong><em>test, not guess</em></strong> approach helps us save our customers thousands of dollars.</p> <p><a href="" title="Contact Us">Click here if you need to schedule an appointment.</a></p> Signs Your Cooling System Needs Attention http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>While the cool weather and moisture this spring may not have you thinking about your car&rsquo;s cooling system, we are.</p> <p>We know the heat is coming and we know don&rsquo;t want to get stuck on the road with the temperatures climbing. Knowing the symptoms of a bad cooling system now can save you from suffering this summer.</p> <p>And you might not realize that a cooling system failure is the number one reason a car breaks down. Neglecting your cooling system even for a few days can leave you facing more serious repairs.</p> <p>Without regular maintenance, it&rsquo;s not a question of if your cooling system will fail, but when.</p> <p>To start, the most noticeable signs your cooling system needs help include:</p> <ul> <li>Overheating</li> <li>Leaks</li> <li>Antifreeze Smell</li> <li>Rapidly Runs Low on Coolant</li> </ul> <p>Without a cooling system that&rsquo;s operating efficiently, the engine&rsquo;s components are going to begin to fail. The key parts of your cooling system remove the heat from the combustion process in the engine and transmission to the outside air.</p> <p>From your water pump that circulates coolant to the thermostat that regulates the coolant&rsquo;s temperature, your entire cooling system needs regular attention.</p> <p>Whether your vehicle needs a coolant flush and fill to remove dirt and sediment, repairs on the radiator, hoses or belts, we can give your car the proper car and attention its cooling system needs.</p> <p>Other signs to be aware of are your vehicle&rsquo;s temperature gauge, coolant leaks, steam or hissing sounds under the hood or any smell that might indicate the engine is running too hot.</p> <p>If you suspect any of these problems, be sure to get immediate attention before what could be just a minor issue turns into a major repair.</p> <p>Our staff is fully qualified to test for cooling system problems to ensure your vehicle&rsquo;s cooling system is operating correctly this summer.</p> Springtime Auto Repair Tips http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="car driving by a green pasture" width="NaN" height="NaN" /><br /><br />With spring, comes spring-cleaning and while most people get focused on home care, it&rsquo;s also a prime time to focus on caring for your automobile.</p> <p>Getting your car it&rsquo;s first wash during a warm spring afternoon to eliminate the grit and grime of rain and snow and any additional care can ensure your summer driving plans work out just right.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a list of tips you can utilize to get your car ready for summer driving:</p> <p><strong>Understand and follow recommended service schedules.</strong> At World Class Auto, we can help you know what&rsquo;s recommended for your vehicle.</p> <p><strong>Fix anything related to a hard start, rough idling, stalling, etc. before the weather heats up.</strong> If you have even the slightest questions, we&rsquo;ll get it tested for you so you understand what&rsquo;s going on and how it can be fixed.</p> <p><strong>Have your cooling system checked.</strong> It might be time for a cooling system flush and refill too.</p> <p><strong>Have the condition and tightness of belts, clamps and hoses checked.</strong></p> <p>If your air conditioner is functioning correctly have it looked at to avoid more costly repairs.</p> <p><strong>Have filters checked and replaced if necessary.</strong></p> <p><strong>Inspect your lights and all bulbs.</strong></p> <p><strong>Replace worn wiper blades and stock up on washer fluid</strong> to keep dust and insects from blocking your view.</p> <p>With our spring maintenance inspection, we&rsquo;ll make sure your vehicle won&rsquo;t slow down your plans this summer. <a href="" title="Contact Us">Schedule your appointment today. </a></p> 7 Ways to Save Money on Gas http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Saving money on fuel is actually easier than most people realize. And it&rsquo;s possible to save some serious money by just following these tips we&rsquo;ve outlined below.</p> <p>But before you get to the tips, don&rsquo;t forget to get your <strong>fuel injector cleaned professionally</strong>. A professional fuel injector cleaning can help your vehicle get the best gas mileage while also protecting the engine from sustaining damage.</p> <p>By getting a professional cleaning, you can eliminate sediment off the injectors as well as the combustion chamber and intake valves, restoring new-car performance.</p> <p>If you need a professional fuel injector cleaning, <a href="">contact us today</a>.</p> <h3>Tip #1 &ndash; Check Your Air Filter</h3> <p>Nearly 25 percent of vehicles on the road today could save money on gas simply by changing the air filter. A clean air filter has been shown to improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.</p> <h3>Tip #2 &ndash; Straighten Up</h3> <p>A bad alignment (meaning your wheels all have a slightly different idea of which direction &ldquo;straight&rdquo; is) will force your vehicle&rsquo;s engine to work harder while also causing your tires to wear out a lot faster. Get an alignment and save as much as 10 percent on gas.</p> <h3>Tip #3 &ndash; Get Your Tune Up</h3> <p>Your engine needs to be regularly tuned up. If you can&rsquo;t remember the last time you had a tune up, bring in your vehicle and we can help you save as much as 4 percent with a regular tune up.</p> <h3>Tip #4 &ndash; Add Some Air</h3> <p>More than a quarter of vehicles on the road out there are driving on deflated tires. The average under-inflated set of tires is costing 2.8 percent when it comes to fuel efficiency.</p> <h3>Tip #5 &ndash; Check Your Gas Cap</h3> <p>We couldn&rsquo;t believe the statistics when we read that 17 percent of vehicles have a missing gas cap or broken seal. Those escaping fumes are costing you at the fuel pump and costing the environment too. For just a few bucks you could save yourself some money while helping do your part for the environment.</p> <h3>Tip #6 &ndash; Take Your Foot Off the Gas a Little</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s true driving a little slower helps you save some money. For every 5 mph you reduce your highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 7 percent.</p> <h3>Tip #7 &ndash; Become a Smooth Driver</h3> <p>Stop hitting the gas as hard as possible and the brakes too. Bursting like jackrabbit through an intersection when the light turns green and screeching to a stop is not only annoying to your passengers, it&rsquo;s a serious way to burn through your fuel. Bad driving like this can add up to a third of your fuel cost. Start driving smooth. Your passengers will be grateful and so will your wallet.</p> <h3>BONUS TIPS</h3> <p><strong>Lay off the Brakes</strong> &ndash; Laying on the brakes for an extended period of time will wear down your brake pads faster and can increase gas consumption by as much as 35 percent.</p> <p><strong>Lighten Your Load</strong> &ndash; With every 100 pounds of extra weight added to your vehicle, you are losing a percent or two of fuel efficiency. Empty out the trunk of all the stuff you keep meaning to take into the house but forget.</p> <p><strong>Shut Your Car Off</strong> &ndash; Idling is one sure way to kill your fuel economy. If you&rsquo;re stopped for more than about 30 seconds, you can simply turn the vehicle off to save on gas.</p> Signs Your Brakes Need to Be Inspected http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Signs Your Brakes Need to be Inspected" width="40%" height="NaN" /><br /><br />You&rsquo;ve probably heard routine brake checks are pretty important for driving safely and for the maintenance of your car.</p> <p>But like so many others, you probably don&rsquo;t get your brakes checked as often as needed. For whatever reason, we often don&rsquo;t see customers until there&rsquo;s grinding and an inspection is long overdue.</p> <p>The problem is, driving on bad brakes isn&rsquo;t safe and it can also lead to more costly repairs than just routine maintenance brake checks.</p> <p>Watch for these signs and when they happen, be sure to bring your vehicle to World Class Auto for a brake inspection:</p> <p>1. <strong>Unusual Noises</strong> &ndash; From screeching to grinding and even clicking, if you apply the brakes and hear any unusual noise, have our experts inspect for any issues.<br /> 2. <strong>Pulling</strong> &ndash; If you&rsquo;re vehicle is pulling to one side, it could be an indication of needed brake repair.<br /> 3. <strong>Low Pedal</strong> &ndash; Is your brake pedal hitting the floor before the brakes engage? We can fix that.<br /> 4. <strong>Hard Pedal</strong> &ndash; If you&rsquo;re getting a leg workout every time you hit the brakes, it&rsquo;s time to get that fixed.<br /> 5. <strong>Grabbing</strong> &ndash; With even the slightest touch, brakes can grab but that means there might be a problem that needs addressing.<br /> 6. <strong>Vibration</strong> &ndash; If your brake pedal vibrates or pulses, it&rsquo;s another indication your brakes need to be checked.<br /> 7. <strong>Light</strong> &ndash; When your brake light is illuminated on your vehicle&rsquo;s dashboard, don&rsquo;t ignore the sign to get your brakes checked.</p> <p>Brakes go through normal wear on any vehicle and will eventually need to be replaced during the life of the vehicle.</p> <p>Driving habits, operating conditions, the vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material all play a role in the wear of your brakes.</p> <p>Make sure you&rsquo;re listening to your vehicle and if you notice any of the signs above, be sure to visit our shop for a brake inspection.</p> What to Keep in Your Car to Be Prepared for an Emergency http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Getting caught in bad weather, unexpected car problems or even an accident can leave you stranded on the roadside.</p> <p>Even in today&rsquo;s world where our phones make emergencies a little easier, it&rsquo;s important to be prepared for any situation, especially when bad weather does hit like it will in a few months, or even weeks.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve complied a list of items you can keep in your car to help make getting stranded or stuck on the side of the road a little easier to handle.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Flashlight</strong> &ndash; A flashlight is a given for your car especially when the sun sets early. A flashlight will be handy if you ever need to change a tire and for so many other situations.</li> <li><strong>Tire-Pressure Gauge</strong> &ndash; It is much more common for your tires to get low in colder weather. By keeping a tire-pressure gauge in your car, you can ensure your tires are inflated properly.</li> <li><strong>First-Aid Kit</strong> &ndash; Having a first-aid kit in your car can be extremely useful in so many different situations from helping yourself to helping others on the road.</li> <li><strong>Owners Manual</strong> &ndash; Keeping your owner&rsquo;s manual in your car can be useful if there are things you can adjust when car problems do arise.</li> <li><strong>Tire Changing Tools</strong> &ndash; This is a given, but some still don&rsquo;t have them in their car. Tire-related problems are one of the top reasons people get stuck on the side of the road.</li> <li><strong><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GUP05NG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=6454546322-20&amp;linkId=TXDUZRLSTOR6DJCC">Multi-Purpose Flashlight/Emergency Beacon</a></strong> &ndash; If you do ever get stuck on the side of the road, this beacon can double as warning signals and light to help you stay safe especially in areas where there&rsquo;s a lot of traffic.</li> <li><strong>Multi-Tool</strong> &ndash; A multi-tool will give you the ability to work on a variety of problems on your car without carrying an entire tool box around.</li> <li><strong>Fuses</strong> &ndash; Blown fuses strand thousands of cars year after year, a small box of fuses can prevent a lot of headaches.</li> <li><strong>Jumper Cables</strong> &ndash; When the weather cools down, your car battery can give you problems. Having jumper cables on hand will make it easier if you have to ask someone for a jump start.</li> <li><strong>Tape</strong> &ndash; You never know when duct tape will come in handy to help get your car back on the road long enough to get it to a repair shop.</li> <li><strong>Garbage Bag</strong> &ndash; Changing a tire in the rain can be made a lot less messy if you place garbage bags on the ground before climbing around to change the tire.</li> <li><strong>Gloves </strong> &ndash; Gloves are especially handy when you need emergency car care on the side of the road in the cold weather. They can also provide protection for your hands in any weather.</li> <li><strong>Blankets </strong> &ndash; During the colder months, the difficulty involved with getting stranded is only magnified. Having blankets on hand can help minimize the struggle you&rsquo;ll face in colder weather. And if you do have to stay somewhere overnight, you&rsquo;ll be happy to have any added warmth especially blankets.</li> <li><strong>Fix a flat </strong> &ndash; Sometimes using a canister of fix a flat will help you get to a safer location to change a tire and they often suffice long enough to get your car into a repair shop if needed.</li> <li><strong>Road flares</strong> &ndash; Flares are another way to help you keep safe and they can also help others find you if you are stranded.</li> <li><strong>Fire extinguisher</strong> &ndash; Hopefully, you never have to use it, but if your car does catch on fire, you&rsquo;ll be glad you had a fire extinguisher.</li> <li><strong>Extra Clothes</strong> &ndash; Extra clothes are especially important in the winter if you ever do get stranded for a few hours or more. Extra clothes can help you stay warm and give you something to change into if your other clothes get wet.</li> <li><strong>Extra Water</strong> &ndash; Your typical 0.5 or 2 liter water bottles will expand and won&rsquo;t break when frozen, so they are easy to just have a few in your trunk year-round. They can be used in a pinch if you have a coolant leak to avoid overheating from not having enough fluid in the cooling system.</li> <li><strong>Snacks</strong>&ndash; A few granola bars and maybe some hard candy is a good idea if you get stranded for a long time like the 10-hour Atlanta traffic jams last winter when an unexpected ice storm hit. Vehicle breakdowns aren&rsquo;t the only factor that may leave you stranded.</li> </ul> <h2>Additional Recommended Kits</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for convenient ways to stock your car with emergency essentials, here are a couple kits that will definitely help in an emergency situation. What I like about the kits is they have duct tape, multi-tools, jumper cables and a few other things already on our list.</p> <p><strong><a href="ttp://;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006MQJ02&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=6454546322-20&amp;linkId=TE5PTT2DT6EKIJ7J">Winter Severe Weather Travel Kit</a></strong> &ndash; This kit includes a number of essential items including a strobe light, first aid kit and folding shovel.</p> <p><strong><a href="ttp://;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006MQJ0M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=6454546322-20&amp;linkId=OPVBULT4VNGP5LTU">AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit</a></strong> &ndash; The AAA 42 piece emergency road assistance kit includes: 1 AAA car care guide, 1 AAA membership brochure, 1 8-gauge booster cable, 1 flashlight, 2 AA batteries, 1 emergency poncho, 1 safety vest, 1 roll of duct tape, 1 2-in-1 screw driver, 6 assorted sizes of fuses, 1 shop cloth, 4 cable ties, 1 reusable zip lock bag, 19 pieces of first aid, 1 AAA storage bag.</p> <p><strong><a href="">Compact Jump Starter</a></strong> &ndash; You may also want to invest in the gadget we discuss in the video here. It can come in handy in a ton of different situations.</p> <h2>One Final Tip</h2> <p><a href="">One way to ensure you&rsquo;re always taken care of on the road is to join AAA</a>. If you get in an accident or need assitance, AAA Auto will come to your rescue.</p> <p>Use this unique code: <a href="">AAR2713 at</a> to get the $17 enrollment fee waived.</p> Fall Car Care Checks ? Make Sure to Check these 5 Things http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>As much as most of us don&rsquo;t want the weather to change, there&rsquo;s already a crisp in the air.</p> <p>And that means it&rsquo;s time to prep your vehicle for fall weather.</p> <p>Whether you do it yourself or need World Class Auto to help, make sure you&rsquo;re car is ready by checking these 5 things:</p> <p><strong>1. Battery</strong> &ndash; Check battery connections to make sure they&rsquo;re clean, tight and corrosion free. Colder weather is harder on batteries, so check the battery and charging system.</p> <p><strong>2. Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades</strong> &ndash; Your heating, defrosters and wiper blades are critical for safety and interior comfort during colder weather. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don&rsquo;t properly clean the windshield should be replaced. You should also check the windshield washer reservoir.</p> <p><strong>3. Tires</strong> &ndash; Making sure your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread on them during the winter can help you avoid sliding this winter. The weather can change quickly so it&rsquo;s a good idea to check them earlier rather than later. Your tires also lose pressure as the temperature dips, so check it weekly to ensure your tires are properly inflated throughout the fall and winter.</p> <p><strong>4. Brakes</strong> &ndash; Your brakes are absolutely vital to driving safely this winter and the brake linings, rotors and drums should all be properly inspected for wear. Even with the best tires, having bad brakes in the winter is extremely dangerous.</p> <p><strong>5. Emergency Preparedness</strong> &ndash; Now is the time to plan for bad weather and it&rsquo;s a good idea to keep a car emergency preparedness kit on board in case anything happens to you, or if you need to assist another. These car charger can also come in handy during the winter. We found it on <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GX4Y9AY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=s2545-20&amp;linkId=HF4EBUHUBFVDIADU"> for less than $100.</a></p> <p><a href="">Read more about it here</a></p> <p>These 5 components are vital to driving safely in colder weather, especially in the snow and ice that hits Utah.</p> <p>For assistance or answers to any questions, <a href="">please contact us at World Class Auto Service.</a></p> When to Use the Car's Recirculation Button http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>You know that button in your car with the arrow that looks like it&rsquo;s going in a circle? It&rsquo;s one that not a lot of people know exactly what it is for even if they do push it on occasion.</p> <p>But there are a lot of people out there that never use the <strong>Recirculation Button</strong> because they just don&rsquo;t know what it can do. Don&rsquo;t worry; it&rsquo;s awesome when used right &ndash; read on!<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="car recirculation button" width="NaN" height="NaN" /></p> <p><strong>In the Winter and Cold Weather:</strong> You don&rsquo;t want to use Recirculated Air in the winter because it traps humidity inside the car, resulting in super foggy windows &ndash; not good! So when it&rsquo;s cold outside, make sure that Recirculation is NOT selected. There are some that think it makes sense to not have &ldquo;all that cold air coming in&rdquo; if they are using the Fresh Air mode (It has an arrow going from outside to inside the car on most vehicles), but they need not worry. The Fresh Air mode forces the outside air through your heater core so it&rsquo;s nice and toasty before it reaches you, and your windows will de-fog a lot quicker and stay that way while you drive. Fresh Air is your friend in the Winter!</p> <p><strong>So what exactly is that button for?</strong> It&rsquo;s mainly for the Summertime.</p> <p>Using the Recirculation button helps get your car as cool as possible when it&rsquo;s hot outside and you have the A/C on. It recirculates the kind-of-cool air that you get from the A/C when you first turn it on, and the longer it&rsquo;s on, the cooler you car gets until it&rsquo;s as cool as the system can possibly be. (If your A/C doesn&rsquo;t get very cold even with the Recirculation button pressed, get your car to the shop right away, there&rsquo;s likely a problem.)</p> <p>If you use Fresh Air &ndash; the air from outside that&rsquo;s much warmer in the summer, the air conditioning must work continuously to cool the hot air from the outside when pulling it into the vehicle, so it&rsquo;s definitely not ideal. You are also putting undue wear-and-tear on your A/C compressor and getting less fuel economy as a result.</p> <p>There is a chance, however, that the Recirculation button is missing on your car. Many newer models are equipped with sensors that monitor your in-cabin air moisture levels and switch automatically between Recirculated and fresh air, so don&rsquo;t stress if you don&rsquo;t see Recirculation or Fresh Air buttons on your model, you&rsquo;re just fancier than the rest of us. Apparently.</p> <p><strong>Pro Tips:</strong> In Summer, roll down your windows for a bit when you first get going to flush out all of that superheated, stuffy air that&rsquo;s built up in your car from sitting in the sun. Even if it&rsquo;s just for half a block, you&rsquo;ll have a jump start on cooling Old Bessie down to a comfortable temperature as soon as possible. In Winter, hit your A/C button when you first start the car to help clear the windows faster. The A/C system de-humidifies air by nature, so it will shorten the time it takes. Don&rsquo;t worry, your heater will still warm up as it should, just make sure it&rsquo;s set on HOT!</p> <p>If you have any questions about your vehicle&rsquo;s heating and cooling systems, we would love to help provide the answers. Give us a call today or <a href="">schedule an appointment to come see us</a>.</p> The Little Jump Starter that Could http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <iframe src="" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <p>We don&rsquo;t make product recommendations very often, but when we do, it&rsquo;s because we found something AWESOME!</p> <p>We had to let our friends know about this portable kit because it is the perfect battery charging kit for your car. We&rsquo;ve used it, and we love it! The small battery pack really does charge the deadest battery.</p> <p>You can order it by calling us today.</p> Show Your Car Some Love With Preventative Maintenance http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Preventative maintenance is the single best way to keep your car running smoothly and save you money down the road in&nbsp;<a href="">American Fork</a>. By periodically checking the fundamental systems in your car, you can spot anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a bigger issue &ndash; and it is easy to do! Show your car some love this month with these preventative maintenance services:<br /><br /><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-450 img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="Woman embracing her car" width="NaN" height="NaN" /></p> <p><strong>Read your owner&rsquo;s manual</strong> &ndash; Every manufacturer includes a schedule of recommended maintenance for the vehicle, so check your manual for the proper maintenance intervals for your vehicle. Even if it doesn&rsquo;t seem necessary, following this schedule can help to avoid bigger issues that stem from delaying these services. It is also a necessity for maintaining your manufacturer&rsquo;s warranty.</p> <p><strong>Check your oil and fluids</strong> &ndash; Most fluid or oil tanks have gauges or dipsticks to let you easily check the levels inside. If you are running low frequently, this could mean that your vehicle has a leak. &nbsp;Leaks mean that contaminants can get into your oil, which can cause bigger problems down the road if you keep topping off your fluids instead of getting the repair completed. It is best to leave changing your oil to the professionals, but you should make a habit to check the levels so you can stay ahead of any problems that stem from low levels. If your fluids are regularly low, bring it to your local auto repair shop immediately so they can check for and repair any leak!</p> <p><strong>Check your tires </strong>&ndash; Make sure your tires have enough tread. Visually check that the tread is wearing evenly and there are no bare patches. If there is too little tread, your tires are stripped and more prone to flats or leaks. Check the air pressure in your tires with an air pressure gauge (your user manual should indicate the ideal air pressure level for your tires). Have your tires rotated and balanced and get your alignment checked periodically. &nbsp;These steps will help your tires wear evenly, extend the life of your tires, increase your MPG, and ensure your car drives smoothly.</p> <p><strong>Check your battery </strong>&ndash; A <a href=";ajr=0">battery tester</a> is an easy, inexpensive option for checking the voltage level of your car battery to make sure it is charging properly. Visually inspect the battery for anything out of the ordinary, like leaks or residue, and clean any buildup from the contacts. Car batteries typically don&rsquo;t require a lot of maintenance, but having them checked periodically can help prevent small problems from turning into big ones.</p> <p><strong>Replace your wipers </strong>&ndash; If your view is getting streaky, this is an easy, inexpensive fix! Windshield wipers are simple to change and fresh ones make for a more pleasant driving experience. Plus, being able to see clearly will make you a safer driver! Make sure to buy the right wiper blade for your vehicle. Check your manual or bring your car to our shop to make sure you&rsquo;re getting the correct wipers.</p> <p><strong>Replace your air filters</strong> &ndash; Both your cabin air filter and engine air filter need to be replaced periodically. If these filters are dirty, make sure you bring your vehicle to our <a href="">ASE-Certified technicians</a>&nbsp;to have them replaced. A clean engine filter will help your car run better, and a clean cabin air filter will ensure a comfortable atmosphere in your vehicle.</p> <p><strong>Visual Inspection </strong>&ndash; While you are checking the parts listed above, do a quick look over the rest of your vehicle. Have your spark plugs, belts, and other components inspected for unusual buildup, leaks, or worn down areas. If anything is out of the ordinary, <strong>don&rsquo;t ignore it! </strong>Schedule an appointment with your auto repair shop to address the issue right away.</p> <p>Preventative maintenance is an easy way to show your car a little love and save money by avoiding the big issues. Let our experts work with you to develop a maintenance plan for your vehicle today!&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t hesitate to&nbsp;<a title="Contact Us" href="" target="_blank">give us a call</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<strong>(801) 756-2661</strong>.</p> 5 Myths About Auto Repair http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com We understand what it&rsquo;s like to be on the customer&rsquo;s side of the counter. We&rsquo;ve been there plenty of times at the doctor, dentist, or somewhere as simple as a gas station. We know what it&rsquo;s like to be unsure of the service or product we are paying for.<br /><br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="True or False" width="80%" height="NaN" align="" /></div> <p>The last thing we want is for our neighbors in <a href="">American Fork</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;to feel apprehensive about auto repair and maintenance. Here are some common myths about car repair that can help you get a little more educated and provide a little more peace of mind.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Premium and other high octane gases will make your vehicle run better</strong>. While you always need to follow the recommended level of octane your manual suggests, paying more for the higher octane gas will not make a difference in your vehicle&rsquo;s performance.</li> <li><strong>Fuel additives will help your engine</strong>. It may seem too good to be true that you can buy better gas mileage in a bottle, but that&rsquo;s because it usually is. Additives are often unproven or make such a small difference that it doesn&rsquo;t make up for the cost. It&rsquo;s best to leave out additives and focus on your car&rsquo;s essential fluids like oil.</li> <li><strong>The gas cap is the leading cause for a &lsquo;check engine&rsquo; light</strong>. You may have heard that the most common reason for the &lsquo;check engine&rsquo; light to come on is because of the gas cap; however, that is simply not the case. It could be due to a number of different issues, such as the O2 sensor, spark plug, or something even more serious. Regardless of what it might be, the best option is to take your car into a trusted automotive repair shop with ASE Certified technicians.</li> <li><strong>A dead battery only needs to charge a couple minutes</strong>. This may have been the case with older vehicles, but today&rsquo;s cars depend a lot on the battery. Most of the special features of newer cars use that battery to power GPS system, TVs, chargers, seat warmers, etc. If your battery is dead, it&rsquo;s a good idea to let it charge longer to make sure it has the power it needs.</li> <li><strong>Independent automotive repair shops just want to take your money</strong>. Due to a few bad businesses and a lot of publicity, it seems like the auto repair industry has gotten a poor reputation. But like our shop, most of the independent automotive repair businesses are focused on taking care of their neighbors and their families, not ripping people off. They care about their community, reputation and employees. It is also their ethical duty to educate every person about exactly what kind of shape their vehicle is in. Doing so often leads to the customers saving money by taking care of small issues before they become big problems.</li> </ol> <p>If you ever have any questions about your vehicle, are looking for gas saving tips, or if you are stranded on the side of the road, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to <a title="Contact Us" href="" target="_blank">give us a call</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<strong>(801) 756-2661</strong>. Our team of highly qualified professionals and <a href="">ASE-Certified technicians</a>&nbsp;are here to help.</p> Winter Driving Tips: Ice Scraper Life Hacks http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>This month, our team of ASE-Certified technicians is taking a break from <a href="">preventive maintenance and auto repair tips</a> to bring you some ice scraper life hacks. <em>Life hacking</em> refers to any trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method to increase productivity.</p> <p>As an <a href="">American Fork</a> driver, an ice scraper is your best friend in the winter. Snowfall and freezing temperatures bombard your windshield, diminishing your visibility with ice but, after a few scrapes, you&rsquo;re ready for the road. But have you ever been without an ice scraper? Whether yours broke or you lent it to a friend, facing an ice covered windshield without a scraper is enough reason to get back in bed and call it a day. If you find your car covered in snow or ice and you don&rsquo;t have an ice scraper readily available, try these tricks to clear your windshield and mirrors:</p> <p><strong>Plastic card- </strong>Often times, a thin layer of ice can easily be removed with a plastic card from your wallet or purse.&nbsp; Hold onto a used gift card, and you&rsquo;ll have an ice scraper on you at all times. Don&rsquo;t use valuable credit cards or IDs though since the ice may cause damage to the card.<strong>&nbsp; </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-424 img-responsive" src="" alt="card ice scraper hack" width="80%" height="NaN" />&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><strong style="line-height: 1.5em;">Spatula- </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">If you have any extra spatulas in your kitchen, you have an ice scraper. A stiff plastic one should do the trick.</span></p> <p align="center"><strong><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-426 img-responsive" src="" alt="spatula ice scraper hack" width="459" height="613" />&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>CDs-</strong>Do you still listen to that summer mix you made 15 years ago? If so, put the music on your computer and use the CD to clear your windshield! This method works best for a thick layer of ice. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong> <img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-425 img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="cd ice scraper hack" width="80%" height="NaN" /> <br /><strong>Get creative! &ndash; </strong>Desperate times call for desperate measures. From hard plastic cups to hangers, or pretty much anything with a thin plastic edge, it&rsquo;s easy to find a makeshift ice scraper. The moral of the story is to be prepared this winter. Having a reliable ice scraper on you at all times will keep you on schedule when the frost and ice try to slow you down. A quick stop to our shop for a winter inspection will also help you avoid any untimely breakdowns that the harsh winter weather may cause. For any other automotive questions, be sure to call us at <strong>(801) 756-2661 </strong>so our <a href="">ASE-Certified technicians</a> can help you out. As an auto repair shop, <a title="Our Services" href="">our American Fork mechanics</a> hope you&rsquo;ll trust us with all your automotive needs!</p> What is ASE and Why is it Important to You? http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com Finding a talented, trustworthy auto mechanic in <a href="">American Fork</a> isn&rsquo;t as hard as you think. You&rsquo;ve probably heard the term ASE before and have seen the blue ASE logo in our shop&rsquo;s window, but do you know what it stands for? Our team at <a href="">World Class Auto Repair</a> would like to teach you why you should only let an ASE-Certified mechanic work on your vehicle. <p>To get your car a thorough repair the first time, you need to take it to a trustworthy facility, like <a href="">World Class Auto Repair</a>, that employs top-notch technicians who have the drive and experience to get the job done quickly and professionally.</p> <p>ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence Program. It was established in 1972 in an effort to improve the auto industry with better technicians and more ethical practices.&nbsp; This not only benefited the auto facilities but their customers as well.</p> <p>When technicians are ASE-Certified, they have passed the rigorous testing standards set forth by the program. Getting the certification is no cakewalk&mdash;in fact, these tests are constantly changing in order to stay current with the technology in cars today!</p> <p>When and if a technician passes the test, they&rsquo;re not certified for life. The test must be retaken every 5 years so technicians can retain their ASE credentials. These mechanics must also have a minimum 2 years of experience working at an auto shop.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why you should always look for the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence on a shop&rsquo;s window.</p> <p>This benefits the shop and the customer.&nbsp; Customers have peace of mind knowing some of the best in the business are working on their vehicle, and the shop benefits from employing some of the most knowledgeable technicians.</p> <p>As a shop that hires <a href="">ASE-certified technicians</a>, our team will always be excited to work on your vehicle. So take care of your car this fall by calling <strong>(801) 756-2661</strong> to <a href="">set up an appointment today</a>!</p> Preparing Your Car for Cold Weather http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Fall is here and it&rsquo;ll be snowing in <a href="">American Fork </a>before you know it. If you aren&rsquo;t preparing your car for the changing weather already, you may experience complications sooner than you think. Our team at <a href="">World Class Auto Repair </a>has partnered up with the Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you this video about how the cold weather can affect your vehicle&rsquo;s windows and how to prevent malfunctions.</p> <iframe src="" width="100%" height="615" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe> <p>As you can see, it is important to prepare your car for cold weather sooner than later. When you visit our shop, our team of <a href="">ASE-Certified mechanics</a> will help you get ready for the cold and <a href="">drive safely</a> this season. &nbsp;<a href="">Set up an appointment</a> today by calling us at (801)-756-2661!</p> <p><em><br /> * World Class Auto Repair is proud to partner with Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you helpful money saving tips to help you get more miles for your dollar! </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p> Preventive Maintenance Tip: Always Listen To Your Car http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>This is another great example of why you should always listen to the noises your car is making. This customer was hearing a strange noise for a few weeks and by the time it made it to the shop the the car&rsquo;s bearings seized and with the added friction, the timing cover completely melted through and the timing belt was completely shredded. In the end the vehicle&rsquo;s engine failed and we are now working on the repair.</p> <p>If your car starts making a strange noise of any kind, we highly recommend that you bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop immediately.&nbsp;When you visit us, our ASE certified technicians will properly inspect your vehicle for any needed repairs, big or small. &nbsp;At World Class Auto Repair your&nbsp;<a href="">preventive maintenance</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">auto repair</a>&nbsp;needs are always our first priority. So stop by or call us at (801) 756-2661 to&nbsp;<a href="">set up an appointment today!<br /><br /></a><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Corroded car belt" width="100%" height="NaN" /><a href=""><br /><br /></a><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="broken belt component" width="100%" height="NaN" /><a href=""><br /><br /></a><img class="img-responsive" src="" alt="Oil drips on carr part" width="100%" height="NaN" /></p> 6 Back to School Driving Tips for Teens http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>September marks the beginning of a new school year and, while students are getting acquainted with their new classmates, a new crop of teen drivers will be on the road in <a href="">American Fork</a>. In this month&rsquo;s blog, we&rsquo;re taking a break from our preventive maintenance tips to teach you or your teen how to survive the daily commute to school.</p> <p>Early mornings, school buses, kids dashing through parking lots, and fall weather can provide plenty of challenges for a new driver. Luckily, our team at <a href="">World Class Auto Repair</a> has plenty of tips for beginners:</p> <p><strong>Get enough sleep- </strong>Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as intoxicated driving and, if you&rsquo;re a night owl, getting up early can make a commute to school all the more challenging.&nbsp; Make sure to unwind and disconnect from video games, texting, web surfing or movies before you fall asleep. You&rsquo;ll be better rested in the morning. Remember, if you are too tired, don&rsquo;t drive.</p> <p><strong>Watch out for school buses- </strong>It&rsquo;s illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus loading or unloading children. On an undivided highway, traffic on both sides must stop. Always be careful of children darting to and from a bus.</p> <p><strong>Driving in school zones- </strong>Always be aware of the posted speed limit in school zones. It&rsquo;s easy to miss a 25 MPH speed limit sign and get a speeding ticket and possibly lose your license. Obey school safety patrollers who are guiding students to and from the building.</p> <p><strong>Take note of the weather-</strong> Fall weather can bring rain and falling leaves. Make sure to maintain a greater stopping distance between yourself and the car in front of you when the weather changes. It will help you avoid a fender bender if another car stops suddenly in front of you.</p> <p><strong>The High School Parking Lot- </strong>Many fender-benders happen in the school lot.&nbsp; A good strategy is to arrive before the rush&mdash;and leave a little after others.&nbsp; Also, if possible, try pulling through a parking space so that your car is facing forward and you can pull out without backing out into traffic.</p> <p><strong>Safety and Maintenance- </strong>School zones can be hectic at times. Having a finely tuned car with reliable brakes is a must. Make sure you listen to your car for any unusual noises and stay up to date on your <a href="">preventive maintenance</a> benchmarks.</p> <p>Driving to school can put you or your teen in some unpredictable situations, but keep these tips in mind to be better prepared for anything the road throws your way. If you have any questions about driving tips or <a href="">auto repair</a> you can always call our team of <a href="">ASE-Certified technicians</a> at (801)-756-2661. Remember: be alert, drive cautiously and stay safe.</p> Start saving money with a wheel alignment! http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Does your steering wheel vibrate while you&rsquo;re driving around <a href="">American Fork</a>? Do you notice your car drifting to the side of the lane making you really concentrate on driving straight? These are signs that you could need a wheel alignment, a maintenance service that has plenty of benefits to keep you safely on the road and save you money in the long run.</p> <p>A wheel alignment is the simple task of adjusting the angles of your wheels so they are completely parallel with the other tires making them perpendicular to the road. Hitting a pothole or a curb can affect a tire&rsquo;s alignment which can be detrimental to your vehicle and cause issues such as decreased MPG and loss of control. Although the actual service may seem meek, it is very valuable to a car owner.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You may need a wheel alignment if&hellip;</strong></p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your car pulls to the right or left when you drive</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The steering wheel of your car shakes while driving</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You&rsquo;ve hit a pot hole or speed bump at a moderate to high speed</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; You notice uneven wear on your tires, often more wear on the outside of a tire</p> <p><strong>The benefits of a wheel alignment</strong></p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prolongs tire life to keep your vehicle on the road longer</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Improves MPG to save you money&nbsp; at the pump</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Smoother driving for a comfortable and enjoyable ride</p> <p>&ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maximum traction on slippery surfaces to ensure you are safe in any weather</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our <a href="">ASE-Certified technicians</a> can make sure your wheels are aligned, keeping you safe and saving you money!&nbsp; When you visit us, our technicians will properly inspect your alignment because at World Class Auto Repair your <a href="">preventive maintenance</a> and <a href="">auto repair</a> needs are always our first priority. So stop by or call us at (801) 756-2661 to <a href="">set up an appointment today!</a></p> Planning a Summer Road Trip? Schedule a Pre-Trip Inspection Today! http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Summer is road trip season. Whether you&rsquo;re going 200 or 2000 miles from home, it&rsquo;s important that your vehicle is able to get you there. That&rsquo;s why you should visit our <a href="">auto repair shop</a> to avoid any untimely breakdowns and ensure you and your family stays safely on the road during your trip.</p> <p>Here is what our <a href="">ASE-certified technicians</a> will look for when you come in for a pre-trip inspection.</p> <p><strong>Tires</strong></p> <p>Checking your tire alignment is crucial before a road trip. A misaligned tire can decrease your gas mileage as well as affect your traction. Any potholes or curbs you may have hit this winter can throw off your alignment. Making sure your tires are correctly aligned before your trip will save you gas and give you better handling.</p> <p>Your tire pressure will also be inspected. Properly inflated tires will increase your MPG by 3.3%. That can add up when you&rsquo;re driving long distances!</p> <p><strong>Fluids</strong></p> <p>Hitting the road with old, dirty fluids is a huge risk. Not only will it harm your MPG, but it can easily cause major components on your vehicle to fail.&nbsp; Your oil, transmission fluid, coolant and washer fluid should be inspected and replaced if needed. Our certified technicians can do all of this for you quickly and efficiently.</p> <p><strong>Wiper Blades</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget about these guys! Windshield wipers can take a beating in the winter. If they are neglected through the spring, they will be almost useless during a summer rain storm. If you haven&rsquo;t the slightest clue as to what type of wiper is best, feel free to ask a member of our staff. We&rsquo;re happy to help find and install the right wiper blades for your car.</p> <p><strong>Tune-Up</strong></p> <p>Transmissions, brakes and timing belts are just a few things that should also be looked at before a long trip. Stop by our shop in <a href="">American Fork</a> and let us keep your family safe on the road while you focus on creating those lifelong road trip memories!</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t hesitate to stop by <a href="">World Class Auto Repair</a> or call (801)-756-2661 to set up your pre-trip inspection today!</p> American Fork Auto Repair Tips: How WD-40 Can Help Keep Your Car Clean http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>You know the old adage &ndash; &ldquo;If it moves and it shouldn&rsquo;t, use duct tape. If it doesn&rsquo;t move and it should, use WD-40.&rdquo; But did they tell you if it&rsquo;s dirty and it shouldn&rsquo;t be, WD-40 will clean it up? In this month&rsquo;s blog, we&rsquo;re shifting from <a title="Our Services" href="">auto repair</a> tips to teach you how WD-40 can help keep your car looking magnificent!</p> <p><strong>Removes Tree Sap</strong></p> <p>On a hot summer day, finding a coveted shady parking spot under a tree is the best thing in the world. However, parking under trees can also be an invitation for trouble as sap tends to fall from the branches. These sticky spots attract dirt, causing some unsightly marks on your exterior. A little bit of WD-40 can help remove this scum to keep your car looking fantastic.</p> <p><strong>Cleans Bugs</strong></p> <p>Nothing is more fun than a spring road trip, but you&rsquo;ll always have a plethora of bugs on your windshield and grill every time you make a stop. While clearing this off can be done in a few minutes at a gas station, sometimes you need something a little stronger than simple window cleaner. Spray a bit of WD-40 on the rough spots of your grill or windshield and you will be out of that sticky situation in no time.</p> <p><strong>Chrome Detailer</strong></p> <p>When it comes to your car, keeping the shiny parts shiny should be of the utmost importance. Spray WD-40 on a small rag and use it to polish the chrome sections on your vehicle. This will help you keep that new car shine and protect the body of your car for months.</p> <p><strong>Lubricates Gas Caps</strong></p> <p>While filling up your tank probably isn&rsquo;t the first thing on your to-do list, a stubborn gas cap can make filling up your tank stressful. WD-40 can make the process that much easier. Spray a little bit on your gas cap to make filling up a squeak-free process.</p> <p>WD-40 is great for small fixes in your car, when it comes to larger repairs you should only trust <a title="Why World Class Auto Repair?" href="">ASE Certified technicians</a>. As an <a href=";hl=en-US">auto repair shop in American Fork</a>, we hope you&rsquo;ll trust us with all your automotive needs. Stop by or call (801) 756-2661 to set up an appointment!</p> American Fork Auto Repair Tips: Driving Straight http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>You never know what you&rsquo;ll encounter on the roads in <a href=";hl=en-US">American Fork</a>. But when a local mechanic performs a wheel alignment on your vehicle, you&rsquo;ll have more controlled handling, get better gas mileage, and have a safer drive.</p> <p>Suspension connects your vehicle to its wheels and helps smooth out those bumpy roads. Your car&rsquo;s suspension can bend over time from collisions with curbs and potholes, causing wheels to become crooked and your tires to wear quickly and unevenly.</p> <p>Camber is the angle of the wheel (measured in degrees) when viewed from the front side of the vehicle. When a pair of wheels has their leading edges pointed slightly towards each other, the wheel pair is considered to have a &ldquo;toe-in&rdquo; or a negative camber. If the top of the wheels are leaning out from the center of the car, then the camber is &ldquo;toe-out&rdquo; or positive. Extreme camber angles can wear out tires unevenly, reduce cornering performance, and lower gas mileage.</p> <p>Misaligned wheels cause tires to skid along the road, wearing them down and significantly decreasing their lifespan. Misaligned wheels cause your tires to work against each other, forcing your car to burn more fuel.</p> <p>Your vehicle&rsquo;s suspension has adjustable components that allow <a href="">our mechanics</a>, the best in the American Fork area, to fix the wheel&rsquo;s camber. We use special equipment to ensure when you leave our shop, your wheels are straight.</p> <p>As an auto repair shop, we recommend having a wheel alignment once a year to maintain tire tread and optimal gas mileage. If you notice that you have to frequently fight the steering wheel to keep a straight path,<a href=""> stop by or call us right away</a> at (801) 756-2661 to have your alignment corrected!</p> <p>Want more care care tips? <a href="">Click here </a>and check out our blogs!</p> American Fork Auto Repair Tips: Retaining Your Car's Value http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>We&rsquo;ve stated before that a vehicle is the most significant investment one can make next to buying a home. That said, it&rsquo;s important to take care of your investment to not only ensure its quality and drivability, but its resale value as well. Yes, we know you probably love your car, but are you going to drive that thing forever? Probably not. And unless you score an awesome Showcase from &ldquo;The Price Is Right,&rdquo; you&rsquo;re going to trade in your vehicle eventually. Here are a few tips on how to get the most value from your car when the time comes:</p> <p><strong>DO Keep it Clean</strong></p> <p>Most people associate cleanliness with care, even mistakenly so at times. Regardless, the more time you spend keeping your car &ldquo;picked up&rdquo; &mdash; i.e. taking out the trash, vacuuming, washing the windows &mdash; the more you&rsquo;ll receive when either selling or trading in your car. Extra points if you regularly wash and wax your vehicle!</p> <p><strong>DON&rsquo;T Customize Your Ride! </strong></p> <p>It can be tempting to make your vehicle&hellip;well&hellip;more &ldquo;you,&rdquo; but if you want to get the most out of your car when you sell it, studies have shown you should back off. Customizing your car vehicle can actually decrease its value if you go too crazy. However, if you MUST change something, stick to the wheels or the stereo system, as these parts can be easily put back in when it&rsquo;s time to sell/trade in. <a href="">Our mechanics</a>&nbsp; will tell you this can improve your car&rsquo;s resell value.</p> <p><strong>DO Follow the Maintenance Schedule (and keep the receipts!)</strong></p> <p>Not only is this the best way to save money in the long run, but it will show you&rsquo;ve done all you can to take care of your vehicle. Imagine this situation: when you&rsquo;re selling your car and a potential buyer asks about a certain part or repair, BOOM: you&rsquo;ve got the proof right there! If you don&rsquo;t have a preventive maintenance plan, stop by our<a href=""> auto repair shop</a> to get one set up today!</p> <p><strong>DON&rsquo;T Crash! </strong></p> <p>Easier said than done, right? Occasionally it&rsquo;s impossible to predict or avoid accidents, but sometimes even the smallest dings and dents will stay with you, decreasing the value of your car when you resell it. We don&rsquo;t have any advice further than what you already know. Go the speed limit, look both ways, come to complete stops&hellip;you know what to do. Should you get in an accident, however, talk to our mechanics about what you can do to get your car back to what it was.</p> <p>These tips barely scratch the surface when it comes to retaining your car&rsquo;s value. If you need help, stop by our auto repair shop in <a href="">American Fork, World Class Auto Repair,</a> for more advice!</p> <p>Want more car care tips. Check out more blogs by <a href="">clicking here</a>!</p> Keeping Cool ? Air Conditioning Tips: American Fork Auto Repair Tip http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Is your car blowing hot air? With warmer weather setting in, it may be time to have your air conditioning system inspected by <a href="">our ASE certified technicians</a> at our reliable<a href=""> auto repair center</a>.</p> <p>Air conditioning systems may develop leaks over time and should be repaired before they are recharged, as refrigerant can be environmentally hazardous. Your mechanic should be able to find even the smallest leaks by running a dye through the system. Your mechanic may also recommend maintenance on other parts of the air conditioning system, such as the compressor.</p> <p>While it is possible to purchase recharge kits, these kits should not be used on a leaking system. The system should also not be recharged if the original refrigerant type is not known, as mixing different kinds can be dangerous to you and your vehicle.</p> <p>Your mechanic may need to flush the AC system to bring your vehicle up to spec with new refrigerant requirements.</p> <p>Once your AC system is functioning properly, an annual inspection of all vehicle systems, including air conditioning, should prevent future failures. For all preventive maintenance, be sure to bring your vehicle in to our trusted <a href=";q=World+Class+Auto+Service+337+W.+Main+St.,+American+Fork,+UT&amp;hl=en&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=src:ppiwlink&amp;ei=ksh0T4P3FoLuywXu-8n7Ag&amp;dtab=2">American Fork auto repair</a> shop with ASE certified technicians.</p> <p>Want more car care tips? You can look at any of our blogs by <a href="">clicking here</a>!</p> Stay Cool: AC Maintenance http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Keeping cool in our vehicles is crucial to our comfort while driving during these hot months. So what are the best ways for us to make sure our cars are running efficiently? Here are some of the most common problems causing your air conditioning to not work as well.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Dirt and grime:</strong> Air conditioners are complicated systems. The AC has to work harder when dirt and grime get into the system. The harder the AC has to work the more energy it takes from the engine and that leads to decreased gas mileage and reduced performance.</li> <li><strong>Evaporators:</strong>An evaporator is an important part of your air conditioner because it dries the air and takes the humidity out. When the evaporator gets plugged up it can&rsquo;t cool the air as fast.</li> <li><strong>Expansion Valve:</strong> If you have rear air conditioning in your vehicle you may experience a problem with your expansion valve. When that gets clogged it prevents air from getting to the back.</li> </ul> <p>These are only a couple of areas that need to be looked at. It&rsquo;s very important to regularly get your AC serviced every year. If you are having problems with your AC, or it&rsquo;s just time for it to be serviced, be sure to bring your car to our <a href="">trusted auto repair shop in American Fork</a> with <a href="">ASE-Certified Technicians</a>. We will make sure to take care of your family&rsquo;s vehicle, help save you money and help you keep cool this summer!</p> <p>Are you looking for more car care tips? You can view all of our blogs by <a href="">clicking here! </a></p> Why DIY Is Best Done By Professionials http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>With the bounty of information available to us on a daily basis, it&rsquo;s easy to watch a five minute YouTube video and think <em>I could do that</em>. Sometimes the project is a delectable cake or a crafty solution to storage space. If we&rsquo;re honest, the first three times the cake will fall and more often than not, the piles of fabric and yarn will find their way to a drawer before we ever see the final project. Sure, there are videos of heart surgery online, but you&rsquo;re not about to break out the scalpel yourself and give it a try. Let&rsquo;s look at 3 DIY auto projects you should leave to the professionals:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Replace an Engine.</strong> The world record for fastest engine removal was 52 seconds. You will not beat this. You won&rsquo;t even come close. The average engine weighs 600 lbs and requires a special tool called a Cherry Picker (engine hoist) to remove. Most modern cars will have a multitude of electronic components linking the engine&rsquo;s computer system. Everything needs to be put together the exact same way it came out. If you have trouble assembling IKEA furniture, keeping track of small items, don&rsquo;t have years of technical training (and can&rsquo;t lift 600lbs) don&rsquo;t worry. A trained and knowledgeable auto repair specialist can save you time and pain by completing work to factory specifications &mdash; leaving you with plenty of time to perfect your cake recipe.</li> <li><strong>Replace a Clutch.</strong> This is the definition of a terrible idea. Ah, it&rsquo;s just a clutch! It&rsquo;s a clutch located under a transmission that could take a cherry picker and a vehicle lift to get out. If the idea of the equipment rental isn&rsquo;t enough to bug you out, you&rsquo;ll also need a transmission jack and a clutch alignment tool &mdash; and the skill to use it! Clutches are made with precision. Instead of towing your vehicle over to the shop with a box of parts in your lap and patches of hair pulled out, call up or our&nbsp; <a href="">ASE-certified mechanics</a>.</li> <li><strong>Replace AC Components.</strong> Refrigerant gases are harmful to you and the environment. (All states have legislation in place regarding the release of refrigerant into the atmosphere.) <a href="">Our&nbsp; auto repair technicians</a> have special training and certifications to work on a vehicle&rsquo;s air conditioning system. Improper installation can damage your air conditioning unit, completely defeating the purpose (and possibly causing you physical harm in the process). Rather than having to pay for costly coolants twice, save your time for fun projects like finishing that scarf you started.</li> </ol> <p>When you bring your vehicle to our&nbsp;<a href=""> American Fork auto repair shop</a>, you&rsquo;re purchasing more than auto repair. You&rsquo;ll have peace of mind knowing that a professionally trained technician who understands the nuisances and advanced technology of your vehicle is repairing it to factory specifications. You&rsquo;ll spend years and thousands of dollars trying to garner the knowledge and equipment available at the shop right in your own town. Take advantage of the friendly and reliable service at World Class Auto by calling (801) 756-2661 and save your valuable time for a new hobby. (Maybe you can show off your perfected cupcake recipe when you pick your vehicle up!)</p> <p>Want more blogs? You can see all of our car care tips by clicking<a href=""> here</a>!</p> The Importance of Getting an Oil Change http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>How many times do you see a stalled out car on the side of the road? Once a month? Maybe more like once a week? Depending on how much you drive, you could very well see a different car stalled out every day! Are modern vehicles to blame? Some would say yes, but this is a problem that has been around since the introduction of the automobile, and with the increased number of drivers it stands to reason that there are more break downs.</p> <p>Some would say that it is just bad luck when your car breaks down and leaves you stranded on the side of the road, but the more likely cause is neglect. Rich White, a spokesperson for the National Car Care Council says, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t blame your car. It can&rsquo;t drive itself to the shop and ask for an oil change or new spark plugs.&rdquo; With how important transportation is to us nowadays, it is surprising to see how often minor maintenance is overlooked.</p> <p>By simply having periodic check-ups on your car you do much more than just make sure you don&rsquo;t break down. There is a ripple effect anytime a car stalls out on a roadway. The driver now has to wait for a tow truck, pay for the tow, pay for the repairs, deal with the stress of the whole situation, plus have his or her whole schedule turned upside down. In addition to that, all of the other drivers on that roadway are slowed down either by lane closers or &ldquo;rubberneckers&rdquo; trying to see what&rsquo;s going on.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a place to get an <a href=""><strong>oil change in American Fork</strong></a>, look for our shop with an <a href="">ASE certification</a> to keep your car in optimal condition. <a href="">Stop by </a>or call us at (801)-756-2661.</p> <p>Looking for more ca care tips? You can read more of our blogs by <a href="">clicking here!</a></p> Safe Summertime Driving Starts With A Trusted American Fork Mechanic http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Summertime is here and your summer plans are ready to go. Before you head out the door on that epic road trip or off to sand dunes for some excellent camping, be sure your vehicle is ready to get you there. Here&rsquo;s a little check list to get you moving without a hitch.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Check your tire pressure.</strong> Low tire pressure kills your gas mileage. It can cause traction issues and can cause premature wear and tear on your tires. Check your Owner&rsquo;s Manual to see what pressure your tires should be at. This is a habit you should get into regularly. Tires can leak up to 1.5 pounds of pressure per month naturally. <a href="">Our ASE-Certified mechanics</a> can help get your ride started moving smoothly.</li> <li><strong>Check your fluids.</strong> Worn out motor oil doesn&rsquo;t lubricate properly and contains microscopic particles that get picked up while running through the engine. These particle combined with dirt create engine sludge and cause excessive friction. All and all, some very bad news. If you motor oil is dark brown or black, you need to take it into our&nbsp;<a href=""> auto repair center for an oil change.</a></li> <li><strong>Check your windshield wiper fluid.</strong> Long road trips can incur a variety of weather. Sudden storms and dirty water sprayed onto your windshield can really raise your stress levels, especially if you can&rsquo;t clean them off for proper visibility.</li> </ul> <p>These three little steps will get you off to a great start, but it&rsquo;s best to take your vehicle into our certified mechanics for a full check up before you hit the road. <a href="">World Class Auto Repair</a>&nbsp; can inspect your transmission, radiator, coolant, and other vital components of your engine to ensure the biggest worry of your summer road trip is where to eat for lunch.</p> <p>Do you want more car care tips? You can look at all of our blogs by <a href="">clicking here! </a></p> Let Your Trusty American Fork Mechanic Can Keep You Safe This Winter http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Utah&rsquo;s cold weather can wreak havoc on your car, especially its belts and hoses. If you&rsquo;ve ever seen a steaming car on the side of the road in the winter, chances are that cold weather played a major role.</p> <p>The problem is that belts and hoses &mdash; integral parts of an engine &mdash; can become brittle in cold weather, and the temperature changes that occur (cold weather, hot engine, etc.) cause weaknesses to show up. This is especially true of belt driven components, which become harder to turn when they&rsquo;re cold and thus are at a higher risk for belt failure.</p> <p>The best way to guard against belt and hose failure is to have them regularly inspected. As a general rule, these components need to be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, but can deteriorate sooner under severe use.</p> <p><a href="">Our ASE Certified mechanics</a> at your professional auto repair facility will be able to expertly inspect for cracks on belts and breaks inside of hoses so that you can replace these components before they fail and leave you stranded.</p> <p>Fortunately, our reputable <a href="">auto repair shop</a> will check your belts and hoses for free, and can give you a recommendation that you can trust about how best to deal with your car. They can also check for other cold weather concerns for a car, including radiators, batteries, and the ignition and fuel systems so that you won&rsquo;t find yourself stranded the next time a deep freeze hits!</p> <p>To avoid expensive repairs like these, have your car inspected and serviced by our trusted and certified mechanics, so you don&rsquo;t end up stranded in the cold! <a href="">Stop by or call us</a> at (801)-756-2661.</p> <p>Want more car care tips? You can read more of our blogs by <a href="">clicking here!</a></p> How to Cut American Fork Auto Repair Costs http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>These days we&rsquo;re all looking for ways to keep our wallets full. Sometimes we try to cut out spending in certain areas.. You may wonder, can I afford to flush this fluid or replace this part? The real question is can you afford not to? Expenses on a vehicle add up quickly. If you procrastinate on performing routine maintenance, the costs can increase exponentially. For example, failing to flush the power steering fluid will cause the lines or even the pump to fail much sooner than it normally would have.</p> <p>To keep yourself aware of any potential problems that could be lurking around the corner, have an inspection of your car performed twice per year by an experienced, ASE certified technician: once right at the onset of winter and once as summer begins.</p> <p>Here are the SOLUTIONS for cutting costs on:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Engine performance</strong> &ndash; A poorly maintained engine can sometimes be hard to start in cold weather. It may also run rough and lose power. Have fuel, ignition and emission control systems checked, necessary components replaced and adjustments made. This will benefit both your gas mileage and also the environment.</li> <li><strong>Battery and electrical system</strong> &ndash; How old is your battery? If it is three or more years old, it should be tested and replaced if necessary. Even a strong battery that can deliver full power at 80 degrees Fahrenheit will have dropped to 65 percent of its output at freezing temperature&ndash;and only 40 percent at zero degrees. Clean and tighten battery terminals, as loose or corroded connections can cause the same symptoms as a weak or dead battery.</li> <li><strong>Oil and filter</strong> &ndash; Both of these should be changed every 3,000 miles to avoid sludge build-up and decreased flow of oil, which leads to internal engine damage.</li> <li><strong>Visibility</strong> &ndash; Replace old wiper blades and be sure your washers are working. Carry spare washer solvent in your vehicle so that you always have it when you need it.</li> <li><strong>Cooling system</strong> &ndash; A vehicle&rsquo;s antifreeze should be flushed annually, or at the interval recommended in your owner&rsquo;s manual. Have the system pressure-tested for leaks, and check hoses and drive belt(s) for tension and condition as well.</li> <li><strong>Tires</strong> &ndash; Inspect, balance, check inflation and rotate tires. Check inflation on the spare and make sure the jack is in place.</li> <li><strong>Lights</strong> &ndash; Check all lights and replace burned out bulbs</li> <li><strong>Exhaust System</strong> &ndash; Have the vehicle put on a lift for an inspection of the exhaust system. Leaking exhaust fumes can be deadly and can rob your engine of power.</li> </ul> <p>The advantage of bringing your vehicle to our <a href="">auto repair shop</a> is that they can help you stay on top of any minor problems that arise that could potentially turn into something more major. This also means that when something comes up and they catch it early, you have more ability to see what needs to be done in the future and therefore budget out the money ahead of time. Our ASE-certified technician and <a title="Contact Us" href="">mechanics</a> ensure you a positive experience every time you bring your vehicle to<a href=""> World Class Auto Repair!</a></p> <p>Want more car care blogs? You can read all of our car care blogs by <a href="">clicking here!</a></p> Timing is Everything http://www.mainstreetmechanic.com <p>Most components in a car will fail gracefully &mdash; you&rsquo;ll start to hear worn bearings or see a slow oil or coolant leak as signs of any impending failures. The timing belt is not one of these parts, and a broken timing belt may result in catastrophic engine failure.</p> <p>The timing belt connects the car&rsquo;s crankshaft to the car&rsquo;s camshafts. These shafts are connected to the internal parts of your car&rsquo;s engine. All of these parts need to be perfectly &rdquo;timed&rdquo; to operate with one another, which is where the timing belt comes into play.</p> <p>If a car has an interference engine, as many modern vehicles do, parts may slam into each other and break in the event of a timing belt failure. In this case, the car may need a very costly repair akin to rebuilding the engine.</p> <p>Checking a timing belt&rsquo;s condition is almost as complicated as replacing it, so a timing belt should be replaced at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.</p> <p>Replacing a timing belt is a very involved procedure, which performed improperly, may damage the engine and leave you without a working car. It is imperative that a timing belt replacement is performed before the belt&rsquo;s lifespan is exceeded or you could end up stranded with a broken car and a very large repair bill.</p> <p>If you know you are due for a new belt or just aren&rsquo;t sure, find our <a href="">ASE Certified technicians</a> at our<a href=""> auto repair shop</a> in <a href="">American Fork</a>, who will be able to recommend a solution and preventative maintenance that will help keep you safely on the road.</p> <p>Want more car care blogs? Read all of our car care tips by<a href=""> clicking here!</a></p>