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Clausen Automotive

2118 S. Stoughton Rd.
Madison, WI 53716

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To help your vehicle drive in the safest and best condition possible, it is important to make sure that you maintain the correct car alignment and wheel balancing. Because it is difficult to know the difference between wheel alignment and wheel balancing, it is important to have them checked on a regular basis at your auto shop. Whether it’s a misalignment or a lost tire balance, it will eventually damage your tires, your suspension system, and/or your steering system. When these problems are ignored, your vehicle becomes a safety hazard on the road.

You may be wondering how a tire gets “out of balance.” Imperfections, blemishes in the rubber, and damage to a tire or rim can throw a wheel "out of balance." That means that one section of the tire or rim is heavier. So how is a tire balanced? One wheel at a time is removed from the car and placed on a computerized machine and spun around to determine which side is the heaviest. A small lead weight is then attached to the tire to counter-balance any heavy spots. Once the weight is the same on all sides of the wheel, the wheel will spin on the machine with ease. You should have your wheels balanced any time your tires are repaired or rotated.

Consider the negative effects to your car if you don’t keep your tires balanced properly. It is vital to know the difference between wheel alignment & balancing.
20
Apr
2018

To help your vehicle drive in the safest and best condition possible, it is important to make sure that you maintain the correct car alignment and wheel balancing. Because it is difficult to know the difference between wheel alignment and wheel balancing, it is important to have them checked on a regular basis at your auto shop. Whether it’s a misalignment or a lost tire balance, it will eventually damage your tires, your suspension system, and/or your steering system. When these problems are ignored, your vehicle becomes a safety hazard on the road.

You may be wondering how a tire gets “out of balance.” Imperfections, blemishes in the rubber, and damage to a tire or rim can throw a wheel "out of balance." That means that one section of the tire or rim is heavier. So how is a tire balanced? One wheel at a time is removed from the car and placed on a computerized machine and spun around to determine which side is the heaviest. A small lead weight is then attached to the tire to counter-balance any heavy spots. Once the weight is the same on all sides of the wheel, the wheel will spin on the machine with ease. You should have your wheels balanced any time your tires are repaired or rotated.

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If you drive a lot of miles on a regular basis, it is wise to follow the car service schedule as recommended in your owner’s manual. This will help maintain your car so that it will be reliable transportation for many miles and years. It will also prevent unforeseen problems and expensive car repair.

Even though the key to keeping vehicles running well is routine vehicle maintenance, some drivers tend to procrastinate when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics. The Car Care Council conducted a survey in which they found:

  • 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil.
  • 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid.
  • 18% had dirty air filters.
  • 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels.
  • 16% needed new windshield wipers and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid.
  • 18% needed new belts
  • Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair.
Wondering about things to check during a car service? Your mechanic can advise you about what type of car service should be performed, so your vehicle will last for years and prevent costly car repair.
06
Apr
2018

If you drive a lot of miles on a regular basis, it is wise to follow the car service schedule as recommended in your owner’s manual. This will help maintain your car so that it will be reliable transportation for many miles and years. It will also prevent unforeseen problems and expensive car repair.

Even though the key to keeping vehicles running well is routine vehicle maintenance, some drivers tend to procrastinate when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics. The Car Care Council conducted a survey in which they found:

  • 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil.
  • 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid.
  • 18% had dirty air filters.
  • 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels.
  • 16% needed new windshield wipers and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid.
  • 18% needed new belts
  • Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair.
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If there is one system in your vehicle that cannot be overlooked, it would be the braking system. If your vehicle fails to stop when and where you expect it to, then an accident may be just minutes away. Properly working brakes is an absolute must and drivers must be aware when brakes begin to fail or lose their effectiveness. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to a needed brake replacement.

Here are Some General Signs of Worn Brake Pads and Rotors:

Watch out for the signs of worn brake pads and rotors. They affect the stopping power of your vehicle so don’t delay in scheduling a brake replacement if they are worn out.
21
Mar
2018

If there is one system in your vehicle that cannot be overlooked, it would be the braking system. If your vehicle fails to stop when and where you expect it to, then an accident may be just minutes away. Properly working brakes is an absolute must and drivers must be aware when brakes begin to fail or lose their effectiveness. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to a needed brake replacement.

Here are Some General Signs of Worn Brake Pads and Rotors:

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