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Common Myths about Wheel Alignments

Wheel Alignments in Clearwater, FL & Lakeland, FLAt McGee Auto Service and Tires, we do a lot of wheel alignments here in Lakeland, FL and Clearwater, FL. Considering how many customers we see for wheel alignment work, it’s not surprising that some have certain misconceptions about this common maintenance item, so we’d like to clear up a few things:

  • My steering wheel is vibrating – do I need an alignment? The answer to that is almost always…no. Lots of things can cause a vibration in the steering wheel, including an out-of-round tire, a wheel that needs to be balanced or suspension problems, but it’s very rare for an alignment problem to set up vibrations through the steering column.
  • My car still pulls to the right! Pulling to the ri ...
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Ensure Your Vehicle is Back to School Ready

Tires & Auto Repair in Lakeland, FL & Clearwater, fLSummers in Clearwater, FL and Lakeland, FL can be a lot of fun. For kids, it seems like summer will go on forever. Parents, on the other hand, are usually looking forward to having a somewhat more structured routine to go by. In either case, it’s important to make sure that your car’s ready to go back-to-school too!

  • Oil Changes – It’s probably the one biggest factor in getting the most miles out of your vehicle. Regular oil changes prevent buildups of carbon and sludge on internal engine assemblies and cut wear on crucial moving parts. Conventional mineral-based oil should be changed every 5,000 miles, and synthetic oil every 7,500-10,000 miles (check manufacturer’s recommendations for correct oil change intervals) ...
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10 Quick Tips about Auto Repair

Auto Repair in Bradenton, FL

Everyone makes mistakes…some mistakes, though, can end up being a lot more expensive than others. When it comes to auto repair in Bradenton, FL, there are some mistakes you really don’t want to make. You might be amazed at some of what we see here at McGee Auto Service & Tires in Bradenton, FL. So, we thought we’d share a few tips with you to save yourself some money, trouble and time:

  1. Don’t neglect minor repairs and preventive maintenance. They call it “preventive maintenance” for good reason – it’s intended to prevent real trouble. That includes things like cooling system flushes, belts and hoses, regular oil changes, brake service and transmission maintenance. The choice is yours – spend a little money now to tak ...
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Conventional Motor Oil vs. Synthetic

Oil Change in Tampa, FLWe do a lot of oil changes in Tampa, FL using synthetic oil. Considering that synthetics are generally about twice the cost per quart of mineral-based motor oils, you may be asking yourself if there’s enough of a difference in performance to be worth the extra cost in oil changes in Tampa, FL. The answer to that question is…
Yes. Unequivocally, yes.
Here’s why. The whole idea of motor oil is to lubricate all the metal-on-metal contact that goes on inside your engine, reducing friction and dispersing the heat that is generated. Over time, the oil breaks down due to oxidation and evaporation and it can no longer lubricate properly; the impurities in the oil start to build up on engine assemblies and sludge forms. 
Synthetic oils can heat up ...
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What You Should Know About Your Brakes

Brake Repair in Largo, FLAt McGee Auto Service, we do a lot of brake repair in Largo, FL along with the rest of our auto repair and maintenance services. Since brake repair in Largo, FL is one of our specialties, we wanted to take a minute to talk about ABS (antilock brake systems) and how they work. ABS is hardly a new innovation, having been developed for aircraft in the 1950s; the first American car to feature a fully-electronic ABS system was the ‘71 Chrysler Imperial.
One of the worst things that can happen in a panic-stop situation is for your brakes to lock up and cause you to lose control and skid. ABS is designed to prevent that from happening. Here’s how it works: 
ABS systems consist of a sensor on each wheel, a sensor at the car’s differential, a control module and a pump. The wheel ...
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