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    Comfortable waiting room
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    Michael at work
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    Michael
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    Our technicians finishing up a rear brake job

FIRST CHOICE AUTO SERVICE  LLC​
1142 E. Johns Prairie Rd.     Shelton, WA 98584
​360-462-6622

Get your Vehicle ready for Spring


1. Get rid of road salt on the undercarriage.
Road salt can damage your vehicle by eating away at its undercarriage. Use a garden hose with as much water pressure as your system can muster to loosen winter grime and salt. 

2. Check the tires.
Tire pressure changes about 1 pound per square inch for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in outside temperature, so it's important to check tire pressure after weather changes. Check your owner's manual for the recommended pressure for your tire, and never exceed that. Always check pressure when the tires are cold, since driving even a couple of miles to the gas station can provide a false reading. Higher pressure generally results in improved steering response and fuel economy, but a stiffer ride, and it wears out the tread in the center. Underinflation generally provides a smoother ride, but it causes tires to wear out at the sides. It also wastes gas because tires need more power to push the vehicle.

​​​3. Check wiper blades.
Your wipers work hard all winter removing dirt and debris, including salt spray. Since the life expectancy of a wiper blade is six months to a year, check that the blades are making full contact with the windshield and have not dried out. Don't wait for a heavy spring or summer rainstorm to discover your blades aren't performing properly. 

4. Check the radiator and gas caps.
A snug radiator cap helps raise the cooling system pressure, giving added protection against boil-overs. Radiator caps don't last forever, so have yours replaced whenever you flush the cooling system.  With gas at record prices, be sure there's a tight seal on the gas cap, to prevent that high-priced octane from vaporizing. Nearly 20 percent of vehicles have gas caps that are damaged, loose or missing altogether, wasting  gas every year.

5. Check the battery and spark plugs.
Make sure battery posts and connections are secure and free of corrosion. Spark plugs fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles. That's a lot of heat and wear and tear in the form of electrical and chemical erosion. Dirty spark plugs cause misfiring, which wastes fuel. If you're planning a long trip, consider replacing the battery and spark plugs if they are more than two years old.

6.Flush  your cooling system.
This is cheap insurance against engine failure.  We recommend flushing every two years, or 24,000 miles for most vehicles. Simply draining your radiator is not enough, you need to hve the system  flushed with a radiator flush product to remove stubborn rust, grease and sediment. 

When the weather breaks and the sun begins to shine, folks tend to hit the road. But not so fast there, you springtime drivers. While the skies might be blue overhead, the newly non-snow-covered roads could very well be full of dangerous potholes.
Sometimes referred to as the bane of all drivers, potholes often emerge after a snowmelt, or when freezing temperatures subside. With a little extra driving care, you can figure out how to deal with these hazards, saving a ton of wear and tear on your car as well as your fragile nerves.

​Slow down if you see an unavoidable pothole. By reducing your speed, you’ll reduce the amount of carnage you and your car will suffer.

STEERING AND SUSPENSION SERVICES
Balance, stability and smoothness – they’re what ensure a comfortable ride for you and your passengers, and your car’s steering and suspension are what make this possible. Steering and suspension are responsible for keeping your wheels firmly intact with the ground, and a major player in keeping your car from veering to one side of the road.
If your vehicle’s steering and suspension isn’t working properly, you’re in for a bumpy ride – literally. At the first sign of trouble, bring your car in for steering and suspension services. Symptoms of a faltering steering and suspension system include:
Noise when driving over bumps
Vehicle bouncing
Hard turning
Uneven tire wear
Wandering wheels

The first step in solving your steering and suspension problem is diagnosing your vehicle. During a Complete Vehicle Inspection, our Automotive  Professionals will inspect all major systems in your car, including the steering and suspension. We’ll assess the state of your car’s:
Front End
Rear End
Shocks
Coil Springs

Struts
Bushings
CV Joints and Axles
Chassis Parts
Wheel Bearings
Differential
Power Steering
Power Steering Fluid


 
Brakes

Your brakes are probably the most important part of your car. Seriously, brakes aren't something to play around with. If your car is having a braking problem, whether it's weak brakes, a mushy pedal, or grinding sounds, you need to have them repaired it as soon as possible. We will diagnose your braking problem so you know what needs to be repaired to keep you, your family and other drivers safe.



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COMMON BRAKE PROBLEMS
Some common brake problems include:
Grinding, Squeaking or squealing brakes
Brake pedal feels spongy
Shaking steering wheel
Car wobbling or pulsating when you drive at highway speeds
.Brake Pedal too Low or Goes too Far Down Before car Slowing
​No Brake Pressure - Pedal Goes To Floor
Brake Pedal Too Firm
If you step on the brake
pedal and all of a sudden it feels like you're doing leg 
presses.



If your car is experiencing any of the above, bring your car in for a brake check

Good Maintenance 


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Preventative maintenance now can help ensure worry-free driving 

Engine Performance:
Have engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather will make existing problems worse. Replace dirty filtersair, fuel, PCV, etc.

Fuel:
Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note, too, that a gas tank that’s kept filled helps prevent moisture from forming in the first place.

Oil:
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles or so) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.

Cooling System:
The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) If you’re doing your own work, allow the radiator to cool down completely before removing the cap. (Newer vehicles have coolant reservoirs.) The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a certified auto technician.

Heater/Defroster:
The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.

Windshield Wipers:
Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent you’ll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.

Battery:
The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. But do-it-yourselfers can do routine maintenance. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly.
A word of caution:
Be sure to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves. Note too that removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles so refer to your manual for instructions.

Lights:
Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses with a moistened cloth or towel. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

Exhaust System:
Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floorboards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.