Why do I need to replace my Shocks and Struts when my car rides fine?

Why do I need to replace my Shocks and Struts when my car rides fine?

Shocks and Struts are designed to control the Tires so they stay in contact with road surfaces as much as possible. If vehicle Tires are free to bounce (which is what happens when Struts and Shocks wear) they are not as effective at gripping the road, so Steering, Handling, and Braking are all affected. Shocks and Struts are not just for ride comfort: their primary function, Tire control, is a much more important role.

 

Because worn Shocks and Struts cannot be seen like worn Tires, and because it is very gradual, the driver is the last to notice the difference. A passenger riding in the vehicle for the first time may even comment on the “ride” that seems normal to the driver. But, regardless of how it may feel to you, worn Struts and Shocks will cause a change in Tire Wear and Vehicle Handling that should not go unaddressed.

Shocks and Struts should always be replaced in pairs or, better yet, all four, for even, predictable handling and control.  Remember, too, that whenever the Struts are replaced, it becomes important to check the Alignment, as it may have changed, to protect your vehicle Tires and assure maximum safety.

If you think your Shocks and Struts need replacement, we will be happy to help you.  We treat every car we work on with the same care as if it were our own vehicle.  Our goal is to keep you safe and on the road.

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Why should I replace the Cabin Air Filter?

Why should I replace the Cabin Air Filter?

The Cabin Air Filter keeps the air you breathe clean by stopping outside allergens and dust from entering your car through the air vents.  It traps pollen, dust, mold spores, smoke, and soot among other things.

Any filter, whether for your home or your car, becomes contaminated with pollutants and debris as time passes.  When your Cabin Air Filter is really dirty, you may notice the air flow through the vents is weaker.  You may also notice a difference in air quality in the cabin while driving. 

The Cabin Air Filter should be replaced every 12,000 miles or 12 months.  If you drive a lot, especially in urban areas with poor air quality or in a dusty environment, you may need to replace more often. This is particularly important if you or a family member has allergies, asthma, or a respiratory disease.   Also, if you frequently park under trees, the sap, seeds, pine needles, and leaf debris may get into the Cabin Air Filter and create mold.  

If you think your Cabin Air Filter needs replacement, we will be happy to help you.  We treat every car we work on with the same care as if it were our own vehicle.  Our goal is to keep you safe and on the road.

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Is My Car Ready For A Road Trip?

Is My Car Ready For A Road Trip?

Before you hit the road for vacation travel, it’s a good idea to check your vehicle over first for safety and to help avoid the inconvenience and expense of breaking down miles from home.  Here’s what we recommend:

· Check Filters and Fluids including Oil, Antifreeze/Coolant, Windshield Washer, Power Steering, Brake & Transmission Fluids.  Dirty filters can waste gas and cause engine to lose power.

· Check Hoses & Belts. Replace is cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing excessive wear.  They are critical for your Electrical System, A/C, Power Steering, and Cooling System.

· Check Brake System and make sure Battery connection is clean, tight, and corrosion-free

· Check Tires, including Tire Pressure, tread, bulges, & bald spots. 

· Check Air Conditioning System – driving in the heat without A/C is miserable.

If you’re looking for a Vehicle Inspection Near Me, we will be happy to help you.  We treat every car we work on with the same care as if it were our own vehicle.  Our goal is to keep you safe and on the road.

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How do I pay for a big Auto Repair bill when I don’t have the cash and my credit cards are maxed out?

How do I pay for a big Auto Repair bill when I don’t have the cash and my credit cards are maxed out?

This can be a problem because most Auto Repair Shops expect payment in full before the car is released. At International Auto Repair, you can apply for low interest loans for Car Repairs through Confident Financial Solutions (CFS).  There is no interest for the first 60 days and no pre-payment penalty.  If you pay off your loan within 60 days, no interest will be charged.  The easy application process takes less than 2 minutes and you will get a decision instantly.

So, don’t put off getting that much needed repair because you don’t have the money.  We’d love to help you finance your Auto Repairs and get you safely back on the road again.  

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Towson University Undergrads Process a Mock Crime Scene at International Auto Repair

On 5/14/18, our long-time customer Dana Kollman, PhD, brought her TU Forensic Chemistry and Criminal Justice students to process a mock crime scene at our shop parking lot.  Eight vehicles were set up with “evidence”:  “bodies,” “blood,” etc.   The students processed the evidence using fingerprint powders and chemicals and prepared a crime  scene portfolio with photos, sketches, and property sheets that they will be able to take with them to job interviews.  We were very happy to be a small part of the great educational experiences Dr Kollman provides to her students.