It's Time To Check Your Tires

Most people do not realize or think of a wheel alignment as a maintenance item.  A vehicle should have a wheel alignment done as preventive maintenance to help ensure tires do not wear out prematurely.  We recommend a wheel alignment every 15,000 miles and every time the tires are replaced.  Visible signs that your wheels are out of alignment: the steering wheel is off-center and/or tire wear.  If your vehicle has rear independent suspension, there are usually adjustments to bring the rear of the vehicle back into factory specs. We have a Hunter alignment machine and can perform a four wheel alignment on your vehicle.  Also, the tire pressure should be checked once a month with a good quality air gauge when the tires are cold.  You can refer to the sticker on the drivers door jam/opening area that states the manufacturers recommended air pressure for your vehicle.  It is good to familiarize yourself with this information, as the manufacturer ha ... read more

Saving money beyond the gas pump

Statistics show there are numerous things you can do to save on money on fuel costs by just doing  some engine performance maintenance and driving tips.  Did you know a vehicle could use 30% more fuel if proper maintenance is not performed.    Keeping engines properly tuned improves gas mileage an average 4%. Fixing a serious problem with a sensor in the engine like the oxygen sensor can improve mileage 40%. Proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage 3.3%.  Use the cruise control when you can, this can save you up to 6% on the highway. Don't idle for more than a minute in traffic. You can consume 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel idling for a hour. Lighten your load in the vehicle, don't carry extra weight around if you don't need to. (Golf clubs, weights, etc.) You can improve fuel mileage by 1-2 % by using the manufacture recommended oil weight. Drive steady, don't tailgate people. Start slowing down before you come up to an intersection ... read more

Car Care Month

October is National Auto Care Awareness Month. We are offering a FREE vehicle inspection with any repair or service performed. Here are some of the things that should be checked monthly: Tire condition and air pressure, light operation, fluid levels, wiper operation and condition. We can inspect a vehicle for you and advise on any possible repairs or needed services you would need.   

Brakes for Breasts

Brakes for Breasts is a fundraiser we are participating in for the entire month of October! We are offering FREE brake pads or shoes to our customers. The customer pays for labor and any other parts needed for the brake repair (rotors, calipers, hardware, etc.) Kaufman's Auto Repairs then donates 10% of each brake repair labor to the research for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund.    Brakes for Breasts originated in 2011 and has raised just over $600,000 in 7 short years. 100% of every single penny raised goes directly to support research for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund.     In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, come join the fight, get free brake pads/shoes and partner with us to put the brakes on breast cancer! Maximum value of $79.99. Offer not valid with other coupons during the month of October.    More information can be found at:  

Importance of Regular Oil Changes

An oil change sounds simple enough, but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Changing your oil regularly can prevent parts from wearing out prematurely and preventing oil from getting to certain areas of the engine.  At Kaufman's Auto Repair, we recommend oil changes to be done generally at 5,000 or 7,500 miles. Depending on the age of the vehicle. The newer vehicles will need a full synthetic oil change done.    NAPA Auto Care Center has an article explaining the importance of oil change repairs and maintenance. Check it out here

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