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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 wheel drive veh ... read more

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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

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Are Transmission Services Still Recommended?

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended?

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 vehicl ... read more

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