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Should you replace all 4 tires on an AWD car?

Should you replace all 4 tires on an AWD car?

Why you should replace all 4 tires on an AWD vehicle at the same time The general rule we follow when determining if we can replace just one tire, two tires or all four tires depends on tread depth.  Tread depth can’t vary more than 2/32 from side to side on any vehicle.  Tread depth can’t vary more than 2/32 from side to side or front to back on AWD vehicles.  The reason why tread depth can’t vary more than 02/32 is friction.  Tread depth on a new tire is typically around 10/32.  The amount of tread depth a tire has left determines the total diameter of the tire.  A tire with a smaller diameter must spin faster and have more revolutions to travel the same distance as a larger diameter tire.  So if you have a tire with 07/32 of tread on the left front and a tire with 10/32 on the right front of a vehicle, the left front will be turning at a faster pace than the right to cover the distance.   On a front whe ... read more

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge For Diagnostic Time.

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge For Diagnostic Time.

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge Diagnostic Fees Diagnostic time expenses are an equally unwanted expense for both the consumer and the repair shop. For the consumer, they are often buying the unseen and untouchable.  They spend a few hundred dollars to find out exactly what is wrong with their car but don’t get to see it, touch it, hear it or anything.  Then they still have to pay for whatever repair is recommended once diagnosed properly. On the flip side, if the proper diagnostic time is not spent and you just take an educated guess of what is wrong based off the most common things found on Google, YouTube, parts store and such sources, you run the likely chance of replacing an expensive part that does not fix the problem.  With the rising parts costs, it is no longer a good financial decision to skip the proper diagnostic testing and replace the most common part.  Back when you could get the most common parts for less than $100.00, it made se ... read more

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended For My Vehicle??

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended For My Vehicle??

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended For My Vehicle?? The short answer is yes!  Here at Shadetree Automotive we strongly believe that if you properly maintain your vehicle, it is very unlikely you will ever have a major component failure.  We believe this so much that we offer a limited lifetime warranty on any transmission we service.   Please ask for further details!   We are backed by a major company, Valvoline, for all of our fluid service chemicals and equipment.  Valvoline has performed extensive studies proving that if your Transmission is serviced regularly, every 30k miles, and serviced with the proper procedures, additives, and fluids, there is a very low percentage of failures.  They trust their research and their products so much that they put their money where their mouth is by backing us with a limited lifetime warranty.   All you have to do as the consumer is allowing us to perform a transmission service on your vehic ... read more

Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Oil

Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Oil

At Shadetree Automotive, we provide top-notch auto service and repair to vehicles everywhere from Layton to Clearfield and more. Our car services range from the simplest maintenance items to large-scale undertakings that will help keep your vehicle on the road. One such simple maintenance item is a basic oil change, and this is an area where you can be a big help to us as well. Here are a few common signs that your vehicle is in need of an oil change in the near future. Idling Issues As you’re idling at a traffic light or elsewhere, have you started to notice the vehicle is frequently shaking? This could be a sign that dirty or contaminated oil is in the engine, and is causing friction between pistons, rings and bearings within the engine. These areas have less lubricating oil to facilitate these movements, hence the rougher operation that can lead to shaking. Power Loss During Acceleration That lack of lubrication in the engine can also lea ... read more

Basics of a Vehicle Diagnostic

Basics of a Vehicle Diagnostic

Nearly all vehicles on the road today have an interior computer that’s in contact with the sensors and electronic devices in the vehicle. When your check engine light comes on, as often as not it’s due to an issue identified by this computer. This whole system is generally known as “on-board diagnostics,” and running a “diagnostic” test by plugging this computer into a scanner is a common part of modern auto service. We provide diagnostics as part of our car service at Shadetree Automotive – let’s look at some basics on diagnostic codes and translations, plus what this information can do for you. Basics and Codes When you run a diagnostic, a scanner will be plugged into a port called the OBD-II port that’s standard in all vehicles sold in the United States after 1996. Vehicles from before this time may have had a diagnostic system, but it would have been very limited and would vary greatly between manufacturers ... read more

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