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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

Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Scottsbluff, NE

Let's talk about alternative fuel vehicles. In their quest to reduce the use of fossil fuels and harmful exhaust emissions in our NE environment, automakers will have a number of alternatives for Scottsbluff drivers very soon.For instance, Flex Fuel vehicles are already available in the Scottsbluff area. Flex Fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on E85 fuel. E85 is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The ethanol is made from corn. The benefits to Scottsbluff drivers are in using less petroleum and reduced pollution. The drawbacks are that E85 gets lower gas mileage and when gas prices are low, E85 can be more than straight gasoline.Scottsbluff drivers should only use E85 if they have a Flex Fuel compatible engine. Flex Fuel vehicles have special seals and gaskets that can stand up to the high alcohol content of E85. Using E85 in a regular engine can lead to gas leaks and fires.Diesel engines have been around NE ... read more

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Fuel System

Keep Your Cool in Scottsbluff: Air Conditioning Services

  Most Scottsbluff drivers don't even think about their air conditioner. Now here's a tip for Scottsbluff vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during NE winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during NE winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Scottsbluff cars you can't run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don't ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. Scottsbluff drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.NE drivers would be ... read more

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Air Conditioning

What to Do In Case of an Accident

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Scottsbluff, NE, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Scottsbluff, NE:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in NE, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local Scottsbluff lockup.Most places, including NE, require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.Warn other Scottsbluff motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.Always file a police report. It's tempting ... read more