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Tire Maintenance in Scottsbluff

With the recent focus in the Scottsbluff area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.Scottsbluff drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in Scottsbluff wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Twin City Auto to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. Twin City Auto1802 E Overland Suite #4Scottsbluff, NE 69361308.635.7404 Every vehicle in the Scottsbluff area has a sticker on the driver's side door jamb th ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Timing Belt

Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt.First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the exhaust out of the engine. Each cylinder has 2 to 4 valves - that's 12 to 24 valves for a V-6, up to 32 values on a V-8. The opening and closing of the valves is done by a camshaft. The timing belt uses the rotation of the engine to drive the camshaft which opens and close the valves. It's called a timing belt because it has to be adjusted to rotate the camshaft to keep proper time with the engine so that everything's in sync.The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt. But some vehicles use ... read more

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Parts

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Like everything in the NE automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. NE drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Scottsbluff roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. And as Scottsbluff resident population ages, everything that helps older eyes is welcome.Most new vehicles sold in NE come with halogen headlamps. A decade ago, halogens were exotic and expensive. Now that they are standard equipment, the price has come way down. Many luxury cars are equipped with high intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps. You have probably seen them on some Scottsbluff roads; they're very bright and have a bluish tint.From behind the wheel, there is no doubt that HID he ... read more

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Parts

The Importance of Scottsbluff Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Twin City Auto blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in Scottsbluff with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life in Scottsbluff takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles?Probably a couple o ... read more

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Maintenance

Hitting The Brakes In Scottsbluff

Hitting The Brakes In Scottsbluff

  Hello Scottsbluff, let's talk about brakes. But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck rolls off a local Scottsbluff showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles/kilometers start to add up on the vehicle. Scottsbluff drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads and shoes on drum brakes are called the friction material. That's because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it's not until they are worn so thin as to be out of ... read more

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Brakes

Air Conditioning Maintenance at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Warm weather or cold, Scottsbluff drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most Scottsbluff people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Twin City Auto, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff.The refrigerant also contains oil that lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all Scottsbluff vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs ca ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Scottsbluff Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Scottsbluff Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around Scottsbluff on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for Scottsbluff drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Service Center Standard and Procedures

All NE pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why Scottsbluff automotive service centers including Twin City Auto have procedural standards for each service they perform. Twin City Auto technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, NE service centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and Scottsbluff customers leave happy with how their vehicle performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The NE automotive industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual NE service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service. An example is how Twin City ... read more

Finding Vehicle Recall Information in Scottsbluff, NE

No matter how well they're made, vehicles in Scottsbluff, NE, will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in Scottsbluff, NE, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the vehicle  free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone in NE who owns that type of vehicle to get the recall work done. Perhaps you have received a postcard notifying you of a recall. The government has links on its websites, or just visit AutoNetTV for links. There are many websites with free recall information and searches. There's CarFax, AutoByTel and the DMV.Recalls are serious but not all that common. Sometimes there are fewer issues, and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Twin City Auto how to repair a frequent or difficult problem.The pros get updated information thro ... read more

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Fuel System

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for Scottsbluff Automobiles

Scottsbluff drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down Scottsbluff, NE, streets and roads.When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around Scottsbluff are great ways to knock a car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels start pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.The team at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.At the very least, those who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can ... read more

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Alignment