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Another Great Year for Brakes for Breasts!

Another Great Year for Brakes for Breasts!

Sincere appreciation to all of our customers who participated in our 3rd annual Brakes for Breasts Fundraiser. We gave away 43 sets of brake pads/shoes and raised $1,016.46 for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. We look forward to another great event in 2021! Our annual participation would not be possible without our generous partners at Napa, The Parts House and BG/Fox Distributing. We truly appreciate their dedication to Kaufman’s, our customers and for contributing to the success of the Brakes for Breasts Fundraiser each year. If you missed out on the opportunity this year, we will send an email in September 2021 with all of the information you will need to join us in October during Breast Cancer Awareness month to help us put the brakes on breast cancer!   THANK YOU from all of us at Kaufman’s Auto Repairs

Driving tips for travel to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving

Tip # 1 : Watch out for the weather. Check a app to get the weather conditions where you are traveling to. There could be icy or snow conditions and you want to allow extra travel time for bad weather conditions.  Tip # 2 : Get a pre trip inspection before you travel. Check the wipers and fluid levels. Have the oil and filter changed. Have your shop check the battery, tires, brakes, headlights for proper aim, and have them do a complete inspection for any potential problems. Have you shop check the spare tire pressure and condition. You want to take care of all those things before you start the trip.   Tip # 3 : Think about the route you are taking, you may want to take a alternate route if the traffic gets bad. Tip # 4 : Practice alert driving habits.  Adjust the mirrors and your seat for your comfort. Make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt. Seat belts save lives!  Make sure you have a full tank of fuel. Wear the correct eyewear, in ... read more

Join Kaufman’s Auto Repairs for our 3rd year to put the Brakes on Breast Cancer!

Join Kaufman’s Auto Repairs for our 3rd year to put the Brakes on Breast Cancer!

Join Kaufmans Auto Repairs for our 3rd year to put the Brakes on Breast Cancer! Brakes for Breasts is an organization that unites the hands of Independent Auto Repair Shops during the month of October. Our industry stands united to put the Brakes on Breast Cancer! The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019 there will be over 271,000 people diagnosed with Breast Cancer and over 42,000 will die. With those numbers it’s hard to find anybody who hasn’t been touched by Breast Cancer. Although treatment is better than it’s ever been, why do we wait until it happens to treat it – Let’s stop it before it happens. FREE BRAKE PADS IN OCTOBER For every brake service performed, customers will receive their brake pads for free and the customer pays for the labor and any other parts. Kaufman’s will donate 10% of that brake ser ... read more

Your vehicle's tire DOT numbers and what it means

Your vehicle's tire DOT numbers and what it means

  The tire DOT number is not sexy, exciting or very cool for that matter. But it can be very useful if you understand what the numbers mean. All tire manufactures are required by our federal law to stamp the tires specs as well as the DOT numbers on the sidewall of each tire that is sold in the United States. This includes details about the tires characteristics, construction, various capacities (including load, speed, inflation pressure, etc.) as well as the DOT tire identification number.  According to current regulations the DOT tire identification MUST start with the letters DOT. The number is 10,11, or 12 digits long and can be a combination of letters, numbers or symbols.  The last four digits are always numbers and it is a date code. For instance the numbers 1320 means the tires were made in the13th week of 2020. The DOT number is used for a safety standard certification and is used also in the event of a safety recall. The DOT number is used to identify the ... read more

The IMPORTANCE of fluid exchanges and regular maintenance

Most people know that regular oil changes will make their car engine perform better and extend its life. But did you know that there are other fluids that require regular maintenance changes also?  The coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and rear axle fluids are all fluids that should be serviced to keep your vehicle properly maintained. The fluid color may not necessarily be an indication of whether the fluid is good or not. It is always better to change the fluid before it gets dark or discolored. We recommend fluid changes due by time as well as mileage. At Kaufman's Auto Repairs, we use BG products due to their protection and the warranty they provide if the service is done at their recommended mileage intervals. You can check it out at BG's lifetime protection plan here.   The engine oil protection is a very good investment. If MOA is added with every ... read more

Battery and charging systems

Your cars battery is the life blood of your vehicle's electrical system. It supplies the electrical power to the whole car. The alternator is the component that keeps your vehicle battery charged as the battery needs it. Today's newer vehicle's can even control the alternator charging output from the engine control module. They do this by monitoring the vehicle's system voltage and then keep the battery charged at the correct voltage by varying the charging rate of the alternator. Some common signs you may have a issue with your battery is when you go to start your car you hear the engine has a different sound or the engine turns over slowly. Another sign of a weak battery is a clicking sound when attempting to start and then the engine turns over.  If the battery light is on you should stop as soon as you can and get your vehicle electrical system inspected. This usually is a sign the alternator is not charging.  Some vehicle's don't have a battery w ... read more

What to do when your car OVERHEATS

You may have seen this happen in a movie but it may not have happened to you yet. You see steam coming from under the hood.  Or you may have seen the temperature gauge get into the red or near the red zone.  What should you do? Option 1: If you see steam coming up from around the hood you should pull over right away. The steam can burn you so you should wait until the steam stops before opening the hood. After you get the hood open look for any signs of broken hoses or anything that may have broken. Don't touch anything because you could easily get burned. Wait until the engine cools off, this could take 30 minutes to an hour. Once it cools off, take a rag and slowly open the radiator cap or expansion tank cap to check the coolant level. If it is low you should add coolant or water if no coolant is available. Then you can drive until you find some place to get your car repaired as long as it does not overheat. If it overheats again or you see steam coming from under th ... read more

Used Car Sales Warning

It is a good rule to expect the best but be prepared for the worst. A few people are breaking the rules for there own benefit.   Most people are honest and none of these things may happen to you.  You should be aware what can happen when you sell a used car to a private individual.   The sale of a used car yourself to a private individual can be more profitable. It also provide an opportunity for people to use the sellers good name in a crime.  It is rare but it can happen to you. When you purchase a vehicle from a private seller you should take the transferred title to your local DMV and register the vehicle in your name. If you purchased a vehicle from a dealer they handle all the paper work for you.   Sometimes the person that just bought your vehicle will not properly register it.  Any parking tickets or driving violations will be under the previous owners name.  If a crime was committed in the vehicle yo ... read more

Road trip inspection, what you should do.

Check all the fluid levels and top off as needed.  Check the drive belts for fraying and wear. Check all coolant hoses, they should fell soft and not crunch when pinched. If they crunch that means they need replaced. Check the battery terminal and battery condition. Its a good idea to have the charging system tested also.  Check the tire pressure and tread depth.  Check tires for any signs of weather cracking in the sidewall or tread. The weather cracking could be dangerous. The tire could blow out due to a weak structure.  Check the brake pad thickness. Check the air and cabin filters. Check all light operation, headlamps, turn signals, brake and hazard lights.  Make sure you are not loading the vehicle with to much weight. There is a label in the drivers door opening either on the door or the pillar opening. It will have the maximum weight you can carry including passengers and luggage,    If you cant do all of the things listed to should ... read more

What to look for when searching for a used vehicle.

You should start by looking at the vehicle on a sunny day. Look at the paint color to make sure it matches, especially where the body panels meet. Look at the fender to door color match, also the fender to the bumper color match. Compare the front door gaps to fender to see if they have the same spacing or gap.  Also look at the overall gap on the fender to front door for the same gap at the bottom versus the top of the door. These are all signs of possible body repair done when the vehicle was in a accident. Make sure all the doors shut with the same force and sound the same. Inspect the trunk operation and make sure the hood will open and close easily also. The hood and trunk lines and gaps should also be checked for fit. You can ask for a Carfax; this will usually tell someone if the vehicle was in a accident or not....but not always.  Check for any moisture in the headlamps and tail lamps. These components could need to be replaced soon aft ... read more

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