Helping Sturgeon Bay Drivers Get the Right Tires

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Every Sturgeon Bay vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it’s a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot temperatures. The tread is engineered for good traction on dry or rainy WI roads. But the rubber compound in summer tires gets stiff when temperatures drop below 45°F, and snow and mud can pack into the tread, reducing the traction of the tire.

Winter tires are designed for good traction on snowy surfaces. The tread actually throws snow off of the tire as the wheel turns. The rubber compound in a winter tire is soft so that it will remain flexible at Sturgeon Bay temperatures below 45°F. At higher temperatures, however, the softer rubber wears down rapidly.

All-season tires sacrifice some of the extreme performance of summer or winter tires, but they maintain adequate traction in either type of Sturgeon Bay weather.

So your first consideration when buying a tire is where you live in WI and where you usually drive. If you require maximum summer and winter performance you can go with dedicated summer and winter tires; you would just need to change out your tires each spring and fall.

For serious winter driving in WI, look for tires with a severe snow rating. These tires are labeled with a mountain-and-snowflake logo.

Your second important consideration is the quality of tire to purchase. Summer, winter and all-season tires come in a variety of grades and styles at WI tire stores. Sturgeon Bay car owners will want to purchase a tire that will give them good wear and that will handle their driving style and road conditions. Your Young Automotive tire professional can give you auto advice as to which type of tire will best fit your needs.

Sturgeon Bay auto owners who drive off-road around WI may want to look at a high-grade tire that is designed for off-road use. These tires are designed to handle the extra wear of off-roading while still giving good performance on Sturgeon Bay streets and freeways. There are a number of options to choose from so that you can find the right tire whether you are only an occasional off-road explorer or a serious rock climber.

New wheels can be purchased in Sturgeon Bay as a statement of style or to add personality to your import brand. There are almost unlimited options. If you change the size of the wheels on your import brand, however, you will need to get some professional help to make your vehicle compatible with its new wheels. Talk to your Young Automotive service professional for more information about tires.

Straight And True In Sturgeon Bay: Wheel Alignment

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Most Sturgeon Bay folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by Sturgeon Bay auto owners is a periodic alignment inspection.

Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more expensive than an alignment check in Sturgeon Bay. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in Sturgeon Bay.

Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents, and can seriously damage your import brand. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident, since the import brand may not steer properly.

One or more wheels on your import brand can be knocked out of alignment by running over a curb or a pothole on a bumpy Sturgeon Bay street. An accident, even a minor one, that involves a wheel on your car can lead to misalignment. The small bumps and bangs of everyday all of Door County driving can also gradually put your wheels out of alignment.

If you have had wheel damage to your import brand, or if you suspect that your wheels are out of alignment, you should get your alignment checked NOW. Any Young Automotive technician will give you that piece of auto advice. But good car care suggests that you also get your alignment inspected on a regular basis. At Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, we can take care of that for you.

Your owner’s manual or Young Automotive service professional can give you a suggestion on how often your alignment should be checked. If it doesn’t, then once a year is a good rule of thumb. However, if you drive a lot and especially if you drive on rough surfaces a lot, then you may want to consider an automotive analysis more often. Ask your trustworthy service advisor for a recommendation.

If your import brand is out of alignment, one or more of the wheels is not tracking correctly and will “pull” against the others. Thus, one sign of poor alignment is that your import brand pulls to one side when you drive around Sturgeon Bay. Also, if you are driving a straight path and your steering wheel is off-center, that usually indicates an alignment problem.

Sturgeon Bay motorists should also check the wear on their tires. If they seem to be wearing out too quickly, or if you notice that a tire is wearing on one side more than the other, you should get your alignment checked.

When you get an inspection, your vehicle will be put on a rack and all the parts of the steering and suspension systems will be inspected for wear or damage. The alignment of the tires will be charted and compared to the original factory settings. If no repairs are needed on the steering or suspension systems, the wheels will then be adjusted to bring them back into alignment.

This may seem like a lot of bother for Egg Harbor motorists, but it’s a lot less trouble than a blowout or an accident. The old adage is good auto advice for all Sturgeon Bay residents: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

So keep on driving, and keep all four tires on the road.

Hitting The Brakes In Sturgeon Bay

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Safety should always be an essential element of your car care. So even if you don’t care about how your car looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other Sturgeon Bay car owners — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.

Brakes need a regular inspection. There are critical parts that wear out or wear down, and it’s best to replace them before you have troubles.

Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that’s a good sign that you need your brakes checked. Sturgeon Bay car owners can also tell something is wrong with their brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate troubles. If vibrations accompany braking, then it is vital to get your brakes checked.

Brakes come in two basic types. With disk brakes, a rotor is attached to the axle of the vehicle. Padded calipers straddle the rotor, which close when the brakes are applied. The resulting friction causes the rotor — and the axle — to stop turning. With drum brakes, brake pads (also called shoes) press against the inside of a drum to create friction and stop the drum, and hence the import brand’s wheels, from turning.

When Young Automotive services your brake system, your trustworthy service specialist checks all of the brake pads for wear. If they are too thin, they need to be replaced. This is an inexpensive repair at Young Automotive compared to what procrastination will cost you. If pads wear away completely, then the rotors and drums can be damaged. They will have to be either resurfaced or replaced, and that can be expensive. But if your import brand brake pads are worn out, then your brakes are compromised and your stopping power is greatly reduced. You could easily wind up in an accident.

Brake pads come in several different grades such as regular, metallic and ceramic. The higher grades are more costly in Sturgeon Bay, but they also work better. WI auto owners who want better and smoother braking, should consider upgrading. However, Sturgeon Bay drivers should NEVER use a brake pad that is lower than your automobile manufacturer’s recommendation.

After you your brake pads are checked at Young Automotive, it’s vital to have your brake fluid checked. This is a critical element in your brake system. When you press your brake pedal, you are compressing the brake fluid, creating pressure that activates the brake pads. If your fluid pressure is low, it will impair your braking power. The pads just won’t be able to press hard enough against the rotor or drum to stop your import brand. Just as with worn pads, insufficient brake fluid can lead to a detrimental and costly accident in Sturgeon Bay.

Water can build up in your brake fluid, which can cause dangerous corrosion in your braking system. Eventually this can cause your brake fluid to leak. So Sturgeon Bay auto owners should also change their brake fluid periodically. Your import brand owner’s manual will have guidelines on how often it should be replaced or ask a trustworthy technician at Young Automotive. We have been servicing brake systems in Sturgeon Bay for 40+ years. 

Remember, Sturgeon Bay folks, safety first. It’s important auto advice for all Sturgeon Bay auto owners on the road. You’re not just protecting others; you’re protecting yourself.

Put On The Brakes: Brake Service At Young Automotive

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When it comes to preventive maintenance and car care, most Sturgeon Bay drivers know how critical it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.

The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction, which stops the vehicle. It’s no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and that brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.

Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn’t mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.

But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter. A brake inspection in Sturgeon Bay at Young Automotive includes a check of these parts as well as the pads and shoes. Your trustworthy Young Automotive service professional can then advise you of any parts that need cleaning or replacement.

The fluid component to the brake system needs a regular check-up at Young Automotive as well. The brake fluid cools and protects your brake system. Protective additives are gradually depleted by the operation of the brake system, and moisture build-up inside the fluid can diminish its effectiveness. When you have your brakes serviced at Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay, the fluid should be checked and, if needed, replaced, which will clean out water, debris and dirt.

It is critical to remember that your brake system also includes your tires. No matter how well your brake system is performing, if your import brand tires are worn, you won’t get good stopping power. Traction is the gripping power of your tires to the roadway. Traction is always better on tires with a good tread. Good traction translates to good braking.

This is particularly vital on wet Sister Bay roads. A good tire will give you good braking on either wet WI roads or dry. But stopping distance increases dramatically when worn tires meet wet roads. Tread on a tire acts to channel away water as the import brand passes over the wet road, thus maintaining contact between the tire’s surface and the road, which maintains traction. But the thinner the tread, the less effective the water channels become, and water can get between the tire and the roadway, reducing friction. A loss of friction means a longer stopping distance and possibly the loss of control.

Braking depends on two things: the weight of your import brand and the speed of the vehicle. The heavier the vehicle or the faster the vehicle, the more braking power it requires. Thus, brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle. For example, a pickup that is designed for heavy loads has a more powerful braking system than a compact car. Sports cars also have higher-grade braking systems than minivans.

Regardless of what kind of car you drive in Sturgeon Bay, it is always good auto advice to keep your brake system in good repair, and that means ALL of your brake system. Just one more way to keep your travels accident and worry-free.

Drive Train Service in Sturgeon Bay at Young Automotive

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The drive train in your vehicle includes all the important components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.

Let’s start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are combined in one component, known as the transaxle. The transaxle is connected to two half-shafts (axles), which are then connected to the wheels with a constant velocity (or CV) joint, which is protected by an airtight rubber boot.

Young Automotive service for this type of driveline includes servicing the transaxle and inspecting the CV boot. If the boot is damaged, the CV joint will need to be inspected, and the boot will need to be replaced. If you hear a clicking noise in your wheel wells when you turn, you may have a damaged CV joint. A damaged CV joint should be replaced.

Rear-wheel drive vehicles generally have a transmission in the front of the car and the differential in the back. A driveshaft (it looks like a long tube) connects the transmission to the differential. Some vehicles may have a two-piece driveshaft, which are connected to the differential with universal joints or U-joints. Again, the differential is connected to two half-shafts that go out to the wheels.

Young Automotive service on the drive train on a rear-wheel drive vehicle starts with servicing the differential. It will need its fluid drained and replaced regularly. The seals on the axles should also be inspected for wear or leaks. Leaking or damaged seals may mean the axle needs to be serviced as well. Also, U-joints can wear out. If you hear clunking or feel a jolt when you shift into drive or into reverse, it could indicate a driveline problem.

All-wheel drive import brands provide power from the transmission to all of the wheels, instead of just to the front or rear. The advantage is that the vehicle can adapt to different driving conditions and transfer more power to the front or back wheels as needed. The disadvantages are that the driveline is more complicated, and the vehicle weighs slightly more.

Many all-wheel drive vehicles are based on a front-wheel drive set-up. They also have a differential in the rear and one in the center of the vehicle that allows power to transfer to the front and rear. A shaft runs from the transfer case to the center differential, and another from the center differential to the rear differential.

Servicing an all-wheel drive at Young Automotive involves servicing ALL of the differentials and inspecting the joints and seals for wear, leaks or damage.

Four-wheel drive vehicles are rear-wheel drive vehicles that have an option to transfer power to the front wheels. In other words, they can be driven as either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles. These vehicles are specifically designed for the harsh driving conditions Sturgeon Bay car owners encounter off-road. The driveline in a four-wheel drive vehicle is similar to that of an all-wheel drive vehicle. The center differential, however, is a transfer case. Maintenance requires servicing both of the differentials and the transfer case, as well as an inspection of the joints and seals.

Sturgeon Bay car owners would be wise to check with their owner’s manual for recommendations on how often to service their import brand drive train. It’s also good auto advice to check with your trustworthy Young Automotive service specialist as well. You may live in an area in WI where weather or driving conditions require more frequent servicing of the drive train.

If you drive off-road, it is essential to service your driveline more often frequently than the typical recommendation. Conditions encountered off-road around the Sturgeon Bay area are particularly hard on your driveline.

Good car care at Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay always includes taking care of your driveline. Without it, your import brand becomes a very large paperweight.

Young Automotive is located at 120 N. 14th Ave in Sturgeon Bay. We provide comprehensive auto repair and maintenance services for residents of Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, all of Door County, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay.

Coolant/Antifreeze Service At Young Automotive

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Anyone that drives a car in Sturgeon Bay knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good car care requires keeping your import brand cooling system in good condition.

A vehicle’s cooling system circulates water and antifreeze (coolant) through the engine where it absorbs heat. It then flows to the radiator where the water and antifreeze are cooled by the air that flows over the radiator. Then it circulates back into the import brand’s engine to absorb more heat.

Why shouldn’t Egg Harbor motorists just use water? Because water boils at temperatures that are often reached inside of an engine. Steam won’t cool your import brand engine and is hard to contain within the cooling system. The antifreeze keeps the water from boiling.

So why do we call it antifreeze? Shouldn’t it be antiboil? Truth is, the antifreeze performs another critical task. Water freezes in cold WI weather. That would spell disaster for your import brand’s engine. So antifreeze also keeps the water in your cooling system from freezing in all but the most extreme cold. Pretty neat stuff!

Taking care of your cooling system is part of good preventive maintenance for your import brand. Sturgeon Bay car owners should check coolant level often and regularly inspect your cooling system for leaks.

That is just good auto advice. Your import brand’s manufacturer has maintenance requirements for draining and replacing engine coolant. Consult your owner’s manual or ask your trustworthy Young Automotive service professional for these recommendations, as they vary widely from among manufacturers.

Changing your coolant is also part of good preventive maintenance. Water is great at collecting all kinds of dissolved substances, especially when it’s hot. Water circulating through an engine picks up dirt, debris, pollutants, and other stuff. It actually becomes corrosive over time. This can damage engine parts and your radiator.

Replacing your coolant regularly keeps the import brand cooling system functioning well and doesn’t allow it to sneakily become the cancer that wipes out your engine.

But don’t just slop any antifreeze into your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual or ask your Young Automotive technician if you don’t know what is the right type of antifreeze for your vehicle. Using the wrong kind can void the warranty on your import brand cooling system.

You may have noticed that different types of antifreeze are different colors. Manufacturers tint them different colors to make them harder to mix up. It’s easy to notice that you have purple fluid when you normally use green! That way, you have less chance of damaging your import brand engine by using the wrong antifreeze.

One last word of warning — a little outside the area of car care. Never, ever let anyone or pets drink coolant/antifreeze – it is deathly poisonous.

Take care of your car, and take care of yourself! Just some good car care tips from Young Automotive to keep you on the road and help your life in Sturgeon Bay run more pleasantly.

Cool Running In Sturgeon Bay

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Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don’t hear much any more about cars overheating. That’s because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn’t mean you can’t overheat your import brand engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the highway in Sturgeon Bay waiting for your import brand engine to cool down.

When you service your cooling system at Young Automotive, your service specialist will check the condition of the coolant. It can become corrosive over time, which can damage a radiator — leading to an overheated engine. Changing the coolant periodically is good car care. Your import brand owner’s manual can give you guidelines on how often to replace it.

If your engine overheated, your trustworthy service advisor will also check your coolant system for leaks. Check the import brand radiator for cracks and the radiator hoses for leaks. He’ll also check your water pump. They don’t need to be replaced on a regular schedule, but they do need a diagnostic examination regularly. They can and do wear out.

The water pump is a critical component of your import brand cooling system. It pumps the coolant to keep it circulating through the engine. The coolant is cooled in the radiator, then it travels through the engine, where it absorbs heat, then it returns to the radiator, where it releases the heat. And so on. But a water pump is something of a misnomer. The fluid pumped through your import brand cooling system is not just water. It also contains coolant, which is actually poisonous. You should never consider your radiator as an emergency water supply.

There are many types of coolant. It varies from vehicle to vehicle, and using the wrong kind could damage your engine. Your service advisor will know which kind your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. The team of automotive professionals at Young Automotive is always a good source for auto advice. We’ve been providing quality automotive services at our convenient location in Sturgeon Bay for 40+ years.

Keeping your cooling system in good repair will help keep your engine running well, and keep you out of the Sturgeon Bay repair shop. This means that a regular cooling system inspection should be on your schedule for routine preventive maintenance of your vehicle. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often you need to do this. It varies depending on what kind of car you drive, what type of driving you do and where you live in WI.

At Young Automotive, we help you keep your cool which will keep you in the driving lane.

Maintaining Your Diesel in Sturgeon Bay

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Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Sturgeon Bay because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Sturgeon Bay car owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s.

Diesels are popular in Sturgeon Bay because they get better fuel economy than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you’re not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.

Diesels don’t produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in WI as for other vehicles.

Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from cellulosic waste like wood chips and sawdust. In Sturgeon Bay, we may soon see bio-diesel produced from algae. These fuel sources will lessen Sturgeon Bay auto owners’ dependence on fossil fuels and may even become truly renewable and sustainable.

Diesel-powered vehicles perform as well as other passenger vehicles, also. Most all of Door County people don’t notice a difference in driving one or the other. If you haul heavy loads or tow a trailer in Egg Harbor, however, the diesel is a definite improvement.

So, you may be asking, if diesels are so great, why don’t all Sturgeon Bay car owners drive them? Surely there are disadvantages you haven’t told me about. That’s true. Diesel engines are heavier than gas engines, and they cost more in WI. The better fuel economy of the diesel engine is partially offset by the higher purchase price.

Because of higher fuel prices, diesel engines used to be more expensive to drive in Sturgeon Bay. But now, with higher volatility in the prices of both gasoline and diesel fuel in WI, that cost difference is less definitive. Whether a diesel or gas engine is more expensive for Sturgeon Bay car owners depends now on the current price of fuel in WI and how many miles you drive.

Consider also that diesel-powered vehicles have a high resale value in the Sturgeon Bay area, and the costs of owning and operating a diesel vs. a gas-powered vehicle in WI becomes a real toss-up.

Preventive auto maintenance for diesel vehicles has also become similar to that of gas-fueled vehicles in recent years. The major difference is that diesels require cleaner fuel, air and oil, so their filters are more expensive in Sturgeon Bay than those for gasoline engines. The engine air filter must be changed more frequently as well.

The costs for car care and repairs in Sturgeon Bay are similar. Wait, you may be thinking, but you just told me that filters are more costly and have to be changed more regularly. True, but that is offset by the fact that diesel engines have a much longer lifetime than gasoline engines. So if you are the type of owner who prefers to hang on to a vehicle for a long time, you will be more than rewarded with a diesel engine.

So if you have been looking for Young Automotive auto advice on whether to switch to a diesel vehicle or stay with a gas-powered one, then we hope this helps. The answer as to which type of vehicle is better is that it depends on the Sturgeon Bay driver and their driving habits. Now that you know the facts, you can make an informed choice based on your own priorities and needs.

Young Automotive Service For Your Exhaust System

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Your import brand’s exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your import brand. Maintaining it is good Young Automotive auto advice for Sturgeon Bay motorists, but it’s also good health advice and good environmental advice.

The exhaust system includes your emissions system. Because this system may affect your health and the health of our Sturgeon Bay area environment, it is subject to strict government regulations. Satisfying these regulations demands some high-tech, computer-controlled equipment, which means that the emissions system is a lot more sophisticated than it was thirty years ago. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you have your import brand exhaust and emissions systems checked by a qualified tech at regular intervals.

The exhaust system starts with the exhaust manifold. Young Automotive Service For Your Exhaust SystemThe manifold is attached to the import brand engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of these gases is carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly. For this reason, it is important that Sturgeon Bay drivers keep their exhaust system in good repair.

The pipes that connect the various parts of the exhaust system can rust or be damaged by rocks or other road debris. Such damage can cause dangerous gases to leak into the air. So it is important that exhaust pipes get an inspection regularly.

The catalytic converter is the next vital component of your import brand exhaust system. It sort of looks like a muffler. Its job is to change dangerous gases into harmless carbon dioxide and water. The catalytic converter doesn’t require any regular maintenance, but it can wear out. If it fails, you will need a new catalytic converter to pass an emissions test in WI. Call Young Automotive at 920-743-9228 if you suspect a problem with your catalytic converter.

Oxygen sensors in the exhaust pipe monitor the oxygen content of the exhaust. This helps the import brand engine’s computer keep the fuel-to-air mixture at optimal levels.

The muffler is also part of your import brand exhaust system, but it deals with a different kind of emission. It keeps your import brand from emitting bad sounds. Mufflers act like finely tuned musical instruments. They create a feedback of sound waves to absorb or decrease the noises made by your engine. Different mufflers can create different sound waves, so you can actually “tune” your car to produce a particular sound, anything from whisper to rumble.

It is essential for damaged mufflers be replaced immediately at your Sturgeon Bay automotive service center, especially if they are leaking. Not only will the extra noise annoy your Sturgeon Bay neighbors, a leaky muffler could be serious.

The entire exhaust system is attached to your import brand by hangers and clamps. These fasteners can rust, come loose or break. The important components of the exhaust system can get very hot, so when the hangers or clamps fail, these hot components can come into contact with other parts such as wires and hoses. These can melt, causing serious and costly damage to your vehicle. Good car care requires that you have your exhaust system inspected regularly.

Let’s not forget the tailpipe. It’s the last vital piece in the exhaust system — and of your import brand, for that matter. Exhaust fumes exit your import brand through the tailpipe.

If your import brand has any of the following symptoms, it may have a problem with the exhaust system: it’s hard to start, it runs rough, it’s noisy, it’s smoking. Also, if your “check engine” light comes on, especially if it’s flashing, it is important to get your import brand to Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay right away. Often, the “check engine” light indicates a problem with the emissions system.

Caring for your import brand exhaust system yields cosmetic benefits like quieting your engine sounds, but also may impact your health and safety. Your life, or the life of a loved one, may actually be on the line.

The Young Automotive Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

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The team at Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay and WI car owners are all talking fuel efficiency right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Sturgeon Bay motorists want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel efficiency. But is there something more Sturgeon Bay auto owners can do? After all, some of us Sturgeon Bay folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from Sturgeon Bay to Sister Bay. And that means buying more gas in Sturgeon Bay and producing more emissions.

Of course, your import brand’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise.

But look around your import brand. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around WI? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Sturgeon Bay home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don’t. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don’t.

Clean out your Sturgeon Bay. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around Sturgeon Bay in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food, and regular old dirt. Even if it’s not a lot of weight, you’ll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

Now, don’t toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your Sturgeon Bay when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some money in Sturgeon Bay
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