Monongahela & Bridgeville Auto Repair

Monongahela Location(724) 258-6616
Mon - Tue: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Wed - Thu: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM | Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Bridgeville Location(412) 221-0705
Mon - Tue: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Wed - Thu: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Yearly Archives: 2021

What Do Your Tires' Wear Pattern Mean?

What Do Your Tires' Wear Pattern Mean?

You've probably heard mechanics stress the importance of even tire wear before and thought it was ridiculous. However, it's true. If you notice that your tires are wearing down in odd places such as the center, edges, or inner or outer sections, you should take your car to a trusted auto repair shop stat. By having regular tire inspections, you can detect and fix problems early on before they become severe and costly. To help you determine what's wrong with your tires, here's what you should know about these abnormal types of wear patterns. PATCHY If your tires are patchy, it most likely means that your wheels need to be balanced. You may need a wheel balance and tire rotation to fix the problem.  CENTER If your tires look sunken in the center, your tires may be overinflated. Overfilling your tires may seem a good idea at first, but it is highly frowned upon as it can cause you to overwear the center of your tires. Next time you fill up your tires, make sure yo ... read more

How To Safely Steer Through Highway Traffic

How To Safely Steer Through Highway Traffic

Being stuck in traffic is no fun for anybody, and it's easy to dose off! But congested traffic requires more attentiveness than ever. If you're still uneasy about how to maneuver through highway traffic safely, here are some of our top tips!   Tip #1 - Stay alert at all times. It's tempting to daydream and let your subconscious slip away amid traffic. However, do NOT wander in your thoughts. You should always keep your eyes on the road and stay in tune with your surroundings to ensure you have time to react to any unforeseen situations.    Tip #2 - Use your turn signal when switching lanes.  If you need to switch lanes or head right onto your exit lane, make sure you communicate your actions with others on the road before you do it. Believe it or not, but simply using your signal can prevent an accident! We highly recommend that you use your blinkers at all times, even when the traffic is slower.   Tip #3 - Keep a safe distance between your ... read more

My Vehicle Battery Keeps Dying - What Could Be the Problem?

My Vehicle Battery Keeps Dying - What Could Be the Problem?

Certain types of driving (and external) conditions can be rough on a car battery. If you keep having to jump-start your battery, then you're most likely encountering a battery problem. Your bad habits could be the reason why you're overworking your battery and shortening its overall lifespan. To figure out what is wrong, please pay closer attention to your actions and how they can impact your battery's performance.   Charging Too Many Devices Unless you're practically living in your car, you shouldn't be charging multiple electronic devices in your vehicle all the time. If your automobile battery is old and only holds a 2% resting charge, charging your phone could quickly kill your car. It's even worse if you are charging tablets and laptops since these devices have larger batteries and would draw a lot of power from your car battery's reserved charge.   Hot Temperatures In the summer, you have to be more cautious with your battery. If temper ... read more

What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

Your car's TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system, is responsible for detecting early signs of overinflated or underinflated tire pressure. The system will send a warning light found on your dashboard, and it resembles a horseshoe shape with an exclamation point in the middle. The tire pressure monitoring system is engineered to alert you when your tires require maintenance and a manual pressure read.   The way the light comes on is essential in telling what is wrong with your tires. For instance, if you're on the road and the TPMS light comes on, it signifies that at least one of your tires is underinflated. It would be best if you pulled over to a safe location at your earliest convenience and manually check your tires with a pressure gauge.   If you notice that the TPMS light is on, but you're unsure of when it came on or if it blinked, you more than likely have at least one tire with incorrect pressure. Whether tires are underinflated or overinflated, bo ... read more

Top Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage

Top Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage

What do you do when you are driving and see a pothole looming in the distance? Are you supposed to swerve, hit the brakes, fly through? It depends on the situation, but try to avoid them as much as possible. The reality is that potholes can sustain immense damage to your car if you do not know how to handle the situation. Here are several ways you can avoid damage from these hazardous holes:   Have eyes on the road at all times. The best way to spot a pothole early is to watch the cars in front of you (hint: you should already be doing this when driving). Other drivers will dip, swerve, and brake. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles in case the car in front of you hard brakes.    Beware of Puddles. It would be best to be cautious when you see puddles because they don't indicate how deep the pothole could be.   Follow your intuition on When to Slow Down: If you decide to slow down, make sure you have enough time to do it safely. Check your rearview mi ... read more

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