People hold onto vehicles longer but are failing to maintain them

People hold onto vehicles longer but are failing to maintain them – This article featured Macs Auto as an authority for this topic, we are proud to share this with you.

(IJR NEWS 4/26/2013) Motorists are holding on to their vehicles longer, and are very interested in saving money on their second biggest investment, but are they compromising their intent?

Macs auto - Larry GaffSelecting the right service dealer is important, and avoiding costly dealership service is becoming trendy.  IJR NEWS spoke to one of the top reviewed dealer services in Orange County,  Macs Auto, and spoke to Larry Gaff about ways to do your own inspections and when it is time for service.

Larry Gaff recommended the same suggestions we found by the Car Care Council. The Macs Auto owner told us that these inspections can be done on the driveway or in the street.

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Larry told us, “Recently read a report that said over 50 Billion dollars in vehicle maintenance and upkeeps(repairs) go unperformed each year, and the reasoning behind this is because consumers don’t know what needs to be done or why it’s important. Even on a basic oil change we perform certain inspections that can indicate a potential developing problem that we can show and inform the customer about.”

Dealer service facilities are prominent yet IJR NEWS suggests using caution when picking the dealership.  People get taken advantage of when they don’t know what their talking about and have to put their trust in a professional in that field.  It is always a good idea to look at the reviews and credible sources for recommendations in these service repairs.

Vincent Jenkino – Consumer Report Advocate

Auto Specialist – guest journalist IJR NEWS

Jenkino@ijrnews.com

http://www.carcarenewsservice.org/category/media-themes-and-categories/selecting-service-dealer

 

 

 

People hold onto vehicles longer but are failing to maintain them

People hold onto vehicles longer but are failing to maintain them – This article featured Macs Auto as an authority for this topic, we are proud to share this with you.

(IJR NEWS 4/26/2013) Motorists are holding on to their vehicles longer, and are very interested in saving money on their second biggest investment, but are they compromising their intent?

Macs auto - Larry GaffSelecting the right service dealer is important, and avoiding costly dealership service is becoming trendy.  IJR NEWS spoke to one of the top reviewed dealer services in Orange County,  Macs Auto, and spoke to Larry Gaff about ways to do your own inspections and when it is time for service.

Larry Gaff recommended the same suggestions we found by the Car Care Council. The Macs Auto owner told us that these inspections can be done on the driveway or in the street.

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Larry told us, “Recently read a report that said over 50 Billion dollars in vehicle maintenance and upkeeps(repairs) go unperformed each year, and the reasoning behind this is because consumers don’t know what needs to be done or why it’s important. Even on a basic oil change we perform certain inspections that can indicate a potential developing problem that we can show and inform the customer about.”

Dealer service facilities are prominent yet IJR NEWS suggests using caution when picking the dealership.  People get taken advantage of when they don’t know what their talking about and have to put their trust in a professional in that field.  It is always a good idea to look at the reviews and credible sources for recommendations in these service repairs.

Vincent Jenkino – Consumer Report Advocate

Auto Specialist – guest journalist IJR NEWS

Jenkino@ijrnews.com

http://www.carcarenewsservice.org/category/media-themes-and-categories/selecting-service-dealer

 

 

 

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Brakes in the OC – OC brakes – Newport Beach Brakes – Macs Auto Brakes

Your automobile’s suspension system needs to be able to absorb bumps smoothly and steer properly, which in turn requires a fully functioning suspension system with proper wheel alignment. Whether your vehicle has a conventional suspension system with shock absorbers or a strut-based system typical of many front-wheel-drive cars, you can trust Mac’s Automotives experienced technicians to service them both.

Maintaining proper wheel alignment extends the life of your tires, provides a more comfortable ride, and provides significantly better gas mileage for your vehicle. Typical  symptoms of a car that requires suspension or alignment services are excessive or uneven tire wear, an off center steering wheel, a general feeling of wandering or looseness while driving, the car feels like it’s pulling to the left or the right, or a shimmy or vibration in your steering wheel.

There are two common types of wheel alignments performed on today’s automobiles; all wheel thrust angle alignment and, for vehicles with adjustable rear suspensions, all wheel full adjustable alignment.

Mac’s Automotive offers a complete computerized wheel alignment service using the latest state-of-the-art equipment to ensure precision and accuracy. Our ASE certified technicians perform a complete steering and suspension system inspection with every alignment. By replacing worn suspension parts you regain steering control and handling,  keeping your car ride safe and smooth.

Alignment Intervals

 • Every 8,000 miles or 6 months Alignment is recommended after the first 2,000 miles for new vehicles:
    • After a purchase of new tires
    • After a collision or accident
    • After hitting a large pothole
    • With installation of new suspension or steering parts
    • Following a transaxle repair on front-wheel-drive cars

    Mac’s Automotives Alignment Services Include:

    Alignment Check

    • Inspect steering and suspension system including tire condition and air pressure Put vehicle on alignment rack, mount and compensate sensors Print out alignment readings

    Standard Alignment

    • All-wheel thrust angle or full adjustable alignment
    • Inspect steering and suspension system including tire condition and air pressure
    • Put vehicle on alignment rack, mount and compensate sensors
    • Print out initial alignment readings
    • Adjust alignment angles to manufacturer’s specifications
    • Print out final alignment readings to verify alignment is within specification
    • Road test vehicle

    Plus Alignment

    • Standard alignment service
    • Perform a four wheel tire rotation
    • Balance all four tires on our state-of-the-art computerized balancing equipment

    Replace worn steering or suspension parts as follows:

    • Ball joints
    • Bushings
    • Sway bar links
    • Center links
    • Idler arms/Pitman arms
    • Rack and pinion units
    • Tie rod ends/sleeves
    • CV joints/boots
    • CV axle half shafts
    • Shock absorbers
    • MacPherson struts/cartridges

    Mac’s Automotive provides automotive suspension repair and wheel alignment services for residents in the greater Southern Orange County California area.