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Summer is Here, Are You and Your Car Ready?

May 23rd, 2017

Everyone looks forward to the beginning of summer; the warm weather, evening barbecues and frequent outdoor activities promise to put the doldrums of winter behind us for months on end.  But some of the best things about summer, hot days and loads of sunshine, can create some of the worst conditions for your car.  Make sure to take the following precautions to help your car cope with the inevitable heat of summer.Summer Maintenance

  1. Check Your Coolant – Most people are so used to calling the stuff in their radiator, “anti-freeze,” that they may not even know that it also anti-boil.  The boiling point of antifreeze, sometimes called coolant, is higher than water’s boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your coolant boils it turns ...[more]
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It's Car Care Awareness Month

April 3rd, 2017

At St Lucie Battery & Tire, we know that everyone is trying to get a few more miles out of their vehicles and make their auto repair dollars go a little farther. Every spring, automotive maintenance comes to the front and center since April is National Car Care Month! The folks at the Car Care Council would like to remind you of a few things to take note of for National Car Care Month…things that may just help keep your car on the road and running right a little bit longer!

Car Care Awareness Month

Tires: It’s easy to take your tires for granted, but it’s also a big mistake. Check your tires regularly for signs of excess wear and remember that front tires that are worn on the inside or outside edge most likely mean an alignment pr ...[more]

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What Do You Know About Your Car Battery?

October 1st, 2016
You turn the key, and your car starts. But what else do you know about your battery?
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How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

May 31st, 2016
Oil Changes in St. Lucie, FLFor years, drivers were told to change motor oil every 3,000 miles. Advances in motor oil and vehicle design enable drivers to go much longer between oil changes without causing harm to a car’s engine. Today’s automakers now recommend oil change intervals of 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles (always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommended intervals). Even at that, though, there can be exceptions. Conditions like the following can all put a real stress on motor oil: 
  • Extreme cold weather
  • Extreme hot weather
  • Extreme humidity
  • Lots of stop-and-start city driving
Severe duty such as towing or hauling heavy loads with a tru ...[more]
  Tags: auto repair, oil change
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April Showers Mean Automotive Maintenance

April 28th, 2016

Well, spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the trees are showing buds and the temperatures are starting to come up. You know what else comes with Auto Repair in Port St Lucie FLspring weather, and that’s rain showers! Is your car ready?

Here are some things to keep in mind with the rainy weather right around the corner:

Tires: In rainy weather, hydroplaning is your enemy. Hydroplaning occurs when the car actually skates on a thin layer of water between the tire and the pavement, with the tires losing contact with the road altogether. Your tires are your first line of defense when it comes to keeping control of your car on wet pavement. The tread grooves are designed to channel water away and behind the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplani ...[more]

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Help! My Battery Won’t Hold A Charge!

February 18th, 2016
Battery Repair in West Palm Beach, FLAt St. Lucie Battery & Tire in West Palm Beach, FL and Jensen Beach, FL, we run across a lot of customers who come in with a battery that apparently won’t hold a charge anymore. This is something that seems easy, but it can get complicated pretty quickly. Let’s do a process-of-elimination to address some of the potential causes: 
 
  • What kind of shape are the battery’s posts, cables and cable clamps in? It’s easy for a battery to build up corrosion around the clamps and posts, which will usually appear as greenish-white, fluffy deposits. In extreme cases, it can even look like a glassy substance on the post itself. Either way, corrosion will prevent the battery from getting a good charge from the charging ...[more]
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  Tags: tires, auto repair
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Diesel? Or Hybrid?

August 5th, 2015

Not that long ago, diesels were slow, smoky, smelly, noisy and hard to start on cold days. Not that long ago, hybrids were poky, expensive, heavy and generally Diesel Service in West Palm Beach FLwimpy all the way around. Today, that’s all changed. For drivers who are looking to stretch a dollar a little farther and are looking for an alternative to regular gasoline-powered cars, there are some great diesels and hybrids to choose from…so let’s briefly run down some pros and cons of each design.

Economy: To make a long story short, diesels do better on the highway, while hybrids are better for around-town fuel economy. The biggest advantage a diesel has is its extremely efficient combustion, which provides great fuel economy at freeway speed. A hybrid, on the ot ...[more]

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Synthetic Motor Oil – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

July 16th, 2015
Oil Change West Palm Beach, FLIn the last ten or so years, almost all automakers have recommended synthetic motor oil for their vehicles. At St. Lucie Battery & Tire in West Palm Beach, FL, we do oil changes with synthetic or conventional oil, and occasionally have motorists ask us if synthetic motor oil is really worth it. The answer:
 
An unequivocal yes. 
 
Synthetic motor oil is more chemically stable and uniform at the molecular level. That means it retains its viscosity better across a wide range of temperatures, enhancing its lubricating properties. It’s much less prone to degradation from carbon and other contaminants and won’t break down as quickly in high heat conditions. 
  Tags: auto repair, oil change
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Father's Day Gift Ideas

June 4th, 2015

Tires & Auto Repair in Vero Beach, FL

Dad works hard, and they deserve a little down time and peace of mind at Father’s Day. Peace of mind can come in a lot of different forms…and one of them is having a car that’s reliable, economical and fun to drive. We’d like to suggest a few ideas that can make Dad’s ride a little more enjoyable and dependable:

Car care products – you might not be able to get Dad a new car, but you can help him make his current one look a little more new! A high-quality paste wax or carnauba wax can restore finish, and make even an older car glisten and gleam like it just rolled off the dealer’s lot. Same goes for a detailing kit to spiff up that inter ...[more]

  Tags: tires, auto repair
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What Happens To My Old Car Battery?

May 31st, 2015
Q: I know that car batteries are pretty hazardous. What happens to them after they’re recycled? 
 
car battery replacement in floridaA: Yes, you’re right. Lead-acid batteries are composed of sulfuric acid and up to 20 pounds of lead, making them pretty nasty and dangerous to handle. The lead-acid battery was invented all the way back in 1859; when an electric current passes through the battery, its lead plates react with the acid, and that chemical reaction is how a charge is stored. As the battery discharges, the acid reacts with the lead, coating the plates with lead sulfate, which converts back to acid as the battery charges again.
 
Huge lead-ac ...[more]
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