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Debunking Auto Repair Myths

September 5th, 2015
auto repair in Tampa, FLChances are at some point you might have had an uncle or grandfather who refused to use seatbelts, saying that “if I’m ever in an accident, I’d rather be thrown clear of the car…your chances are better that way.” Well, statistics tell a different story, and not many people still hold to that myth. At McGee Auto Service & Tires in Tampa, FL and Lakeland, FL, we’ve heard ‘em all, as you can probably imagine. We’d like to clear up a few common auto repair myths that have been making the rounds for awhile:
  • Doing it yourself is as good as taking it to an auto repair shop – Vehicles have become much more sophisticated under the hood in the last 20 years. There are plenty of little tasks that drivers can do themselves, such as topping o ...[more]
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Common Myths about Wheel Alignments

August 15th, 2015

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 ...[more]
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Ensure Your Vehicle is Back to School Ready

August 1st, 2015

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) ...[more]
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10 Quick Tips about Auto Repair

July 15th, 2015

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 ...[more]
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Conventional Motor Oil vs. Synthetic

May 7th, 2015
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. ...[more]
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What You Should Know About Your Brakes

April 6th, 2015
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 ...[more]
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Choose McGee Auto Service & Tires for all your Repair needs!

February 21st, 2014

McGee Auto Service & Tires has been serving the Lakeland, FL area for tires and auto repair since 1974. In the last 40 years, we have expanded to a growing Auto Repair Lakeland Floridanetwork of 24 full service automotive centers. We’ve learned a lot over the years and have strived to become the number one choice for auto repair and tires in Lakeland, FL and surrounding areas. From our highly trained and skilled automotive technicians to quality auto repair that you can trust, we listen to our customers to provide top of the line lasting service that keeps your vehicle on the road. McGee Auto Service & Tires makes sure you and your loved ones are safe through the life of your car, truck, or SUV. We offer many different services from routine maintenance to emergency repairs:

·         Air Con ...[more]

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How to Improve Gas Mileage

February 1st, 2014

How to Improve Gas Mileage

As gas prices soar to record highs around the country, improving your vehicle’s gas mileage is no longer a hobby, but a necessity. At McGee Auto Service, we know how important improving gas mileage is, and we are here to help.

Taking the steps necessary to allow your car to maximize the driving distance it can achieve on a single tank of gas will not only help you save money at the pump, but it is also good for the environment. The less gas used means fewer emissions spilled into the air and a reduction of dependence on oil. 

Not driving your car or using public transportation are some of the most effective ways to improve the gas mileage of your car, but these ideas for saving fuel are not always practical. There are several ways to help drivers increase their gas mileage that still allow them to use their car. In general, fuel economy is increased through a combination of more efficient driv ...[more]

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Why Oil Changes are Necessary and Important

January 1st, 2014

Oil Changes Are Necessary and Important

The understanding that an automobile needs consistent oil changes to perform correctly is as common as understanding that cars need fuel to run. Teenagers hear it a hundred times before they get their driver’s license, and mechanics even place stickers on windshields to help adults remember to get the oil changed regularly. It is understood by everyone that oil changes are important, but do most people understand why?  McGee Auto Service & Tires does quality oil changes in Tampa, Florida, and are here to help you understand why it is so important to schedule regular oil changes.

Why an Automobile Needs OilOil Change Tampa, FL

Oil is used in vehicles to lubricate different working parts. Lubrication, by definition, prevents friction. Too much fric ...[more]

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McGee Auto Service & Tires Oil Change Special

October 28th, 2013


McGee Auto Service and Tires is offering a free tire rotation and courtesy inspection with your oil change. Changing your oil and rotating your tires will help you get the most out of your investment and keep it running smooth.

McGee Auto Service and Tires has 26 full service locations to serve you from Tampa to Tallahassee, Lakeland to 

Daytona, and more. Finding a location near you is always easy and each location has trained auto mechanics to keep you on the road.

Schedule an Appointment today for your oil change and free tire rotation and become Gremlin Free with Mcgee!

This offer is subject to change. See current promotions here.


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