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ABS Keeps You Off Skid Row

ABS Keeps You Off Skid Row

If your car has ever started skidding on a wet or icy road, you know how frightening it is to lose control of both steering and braking. Now, picture that same scenario while trying to land a plane on a short, narrow landing strip. Anti-lock braking systems first appeared in aircraft and then motorcycles before the technology became available in production autos. Since it has been a standard safety feature for decades, many of today's drivers have never driven an automobile without ABS. The anti-lock brake system was devised to prevent wheel lock-up during a skid. It does this by applying and releasing the brakes up to fifteen times per second, depending on the optimal rate for maintaining or regaining control. In the days before ABS, new drivers were taught to pump the brakes in an emergency traction-loss situation. With ABS, you are su ... read more

8 Red Flags For Used Car Shoppers

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we hate to see people get scammed when buying used vehicles. Protect yourself by watching out for these signs of a bad deal. 1. Seller Refuses Mechanic's Inspection If the seller doesn't allow you to take the automobile to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for a pre-purchase used car examination, they are probably hiding something. 2. Dealer Complaints Online customer reviews are a great tool when researching any business, but they are especially critical for a big-ticket purchase. 3. Odd Transaction Terms Escrow accounts, bank wire transfers, upfront deposits, overseas delivery, no face-to-face contact, the seller was unexpectedly called up for military deployment, claim of PayPal or eBay guarantee, etc. Buying locally is safest. 4. Excessive Rust Rust compromises the structural int ... read more

Your Parking Brake and You

Your Parking Brake and You

It goes by many names: parking brake, emergency brake, handbrake, E brake. When used properly it can be one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. This secondary breaking system was created to be used in the case of brake system failure. These days most of the safety benefit comes from using it when you park your car. There are four forms of parking brakes: 1. Center lever, placed between the two front seats of the auto 2. Pedal, on the far left of all the floor pedals 3. Stick lever, located under the instrument panel (less typical on newer autos) 4. Electric or push button, found on the console controls in late-model cars Many car owners only decide to use the parking brake when they park on steep hills. This is a serious mistake, especially if you are driving a manual transmission vehicle. Get into the ha ... read more

Road Trip Inspiration

  The term "National Scenic Byway" is an official designation bestowed by the US Department of Transportation. To qualify, a route must have archeological, cultural, historic, natural, or recreational significance. Or it can merely offer drop-dead gorgeous panoramas. Let's look at some of the drives our country has to offer: Maui’s Hana Highway Hana Highway is a 64.4 mile segment of highway between Kahului and Hana on the island of Maui. It takes two and a half hours to drive this road when no stops are made. But you will want to stop at many stunning vistas. We suggest planning half a day to explore this gem. Miami to Key West Overseas Highway (pictured) From Miami to Key West, this 160-mile drive (and engineering marvel) will have you ‘ooh-ing’ and 'aah-ing' the whole way.  Old San Juan, Puerto Rico We wanted to recognize a route that is often overlooked in articles about scenic ... read more

Does Car Color Reflect Your Personality?

Does Car Color Reflect Your Personality?

Have you done any research into color psychology? You may have heard that red interiors in restaurants can energize diners' appetites and that pastels can be soothing. Colors affect our emotions, behavior, and actual physiological processes such as heart rate and the release of adrenaline. Color also impacts our buying decisions. For most auto owners, a vehicle is a big-ticket purchase, the most expensive investment besides their house, and they spend a lot of time deciding on which one to buy. Some buyers say that color has no influence on their choice, and others consider the color of the car a very important factor. What do psychologists say car color reveals about the owner? The following list could indicate owner personality traits or qualities they value. White: Organized ... read more

Answers to Tire FAQs from I-86 Truck & Auto Repair

Tire manufacturing is a huge industry. There are approximately 400 tire factories around the world that produce 1 billion tires a year. If you own an automobile, you’ve had to deal with replacing tires. So what are some vital things you need to know about tires? Here are answers to frequently asked tire questions we get at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. Which tire is best for your vehicle? Make sure you use the size recommended by the car maker. Unless you want to do some major modifications. As far as the type of tire to use, you are safe if you follow the manufacturer's recommendations. The three main types of tires are all-season, winter, and summer. Of course, there are other circumstances that will affect your choice of tire. Consider the type of driving that you do. Driving a truck off-road is a lot different than driving a passenger car on pavement every day. Consider the climate you live in. You get what you pay for. Don't choose the lowest priced. It will ha ... read more

Automakers Are Offering More Safe, Affordable Family Cars

When it comes to your family, you want the safest car you can afford. Families are spending more and more time on the road. Between school, work, sports practice, and road trips, finding a safe and cost-effective car is more essential than ever.  Depending on your preference, you can choose an SUV, minivan, truck, or sedan. With many breakthroughs in technology, all of these automobiles combine safety, reliability, space, and kid-friendly features. Ford, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi make some of the highest-rated SUVs equipped for growing families. Auto companies like Kia, Audi, and Toyota have taken a full-size car and made it spacious enough for families on the go. U.S. News named the 2018 Kia Sorento as the Best 3-Row SUV for the money. The 2018 Ford Edge was recognized as the best 2-Row SUV for the money. If you are looking for a family car under $10k, you might want to check out pre-2010 Saturn Outlook, Toyota Sienna, or Dodge Caravan. High-tech safety features have made ... read more

Common Auto Myths Debunked

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we hear a lot of car talk. And occasionally we hear someone repeating a myth that's been debunked for years. Here are a few of the most common: Premium Gas Will Make My Car Last Longer If you have a high-performance automobile, your manufacturer may recommend premium fuel. If not, you are needlessly spending more at the pump. Using An Independent Shop Will Void Your Warranty Some dealers claim this to be true because they want to continue to profit from your automobile purchase. Your warranty is valid wherever you get your maintenance done. We invite you to entrust your automobile to us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. We perform affordable, quality auto warranty service and repair. Always Replace All Four Tires At The Same Time If a tire is damaged beyond repair, it's fine to buy one tire that i ... read more

Leather Upholstery Do's and Don'ts

Leather Upholstery Do's and Don'ts

The automotive service team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is passionate about keeping vehicles properly maintained so they can perform at peak condition for as long as possible. Some of our clients' vehicles have 200k+ miles, are still in exceptional condition, and have many more serviceable years left in them. And, by the way, they welcome the fact that these dependable rides were completely paid off years ago. Sadly, we also occasionally see newish vehicles that have been utterly thrashed and abused. We often remind our customers (for good reason) that skipping maintenance services like oil changes has some pretty serious consequences, but we don't stress the importance of interior care nearly enough. In today's post, we turn our attention to caring for leather auto upholstery. Leather is quite durabl ... read more

"Nose Teams" at Work

"Nose Teams" at Work

Is the distinctive new car smell manufactured? In the Model T days, new automobile smells probably weren't engineered. Now, carmakers have fragrance chemists responsible for creating a car's signature fragrance. (No wonder new cars are so expensive!) These scientists, sometimes called "car sommeliers." are like any other team of auto engineers. They design, they create, they test. It's a complex process. "The Audi Nose team analyzes more than 500 different components from the interior of each model separately, as well as the scent of the complete car." https://www.metro.us/news/nose-teams-and-the-science-behind-new-car-smell/tmWjiv---6cEyu8mysDyrs Sometimes, Auto manufacturers change the fragrance for a different country. According to Ford, Chinese auto buyers are no ... read more