Auto Shops Must-Have Equipment

It’s that time of the year again–car registration renewal is due this month. Good thing I saw the registration sticker on dear husband’s car windshield when I was wiping it dry after giving it a good wash.

I was supposed to take his car to the auto shop two weeks ago but dear husband said he’s taking it there himself for state inspection since the registration is due. Also, because the car is over 5 years old, it needed a brake check. He had to leave the car at the auto shop overnight for these important inspections.

It is very important that we keep track of our vehicle’s registration every year to avoid penalties. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in all states sends reminders in the mail when your vehicle registration is about to expire. We must renew it as soon as possible. In compliance to the law, our vehicles must be inspected before submitting the required registration renewal documents to the agency. State inspections are required so you need to send your vehicles to an auto shop authorized by your state to inspect your cars. Emissions, steering, wheel alignment, and vehicle and owner identification are a few of the things to “test”.

When you are at an auto shop you will definitely notice sets of equipment used by auto mechanics in tending cars. BendPak car lift, car jacks, wheel wrenches…etc. are some of them. It amazes me how these equipment and tools play a big role in helping our auto mechanics do their jobs with ease. Just imagine what types of automotive lifts they use back in the olden days.

Anyhow, pay attention to your vehicle registration expiration dates. Check that windshield sticker if you haven’t looked at it yet recently. You never know, yours will expire this month. 🙂

Fix The Flat Tire Immediately

This is what caused my car's flat tire.
This is what caused my car’s flat tire.

My car had a flat tire. It’s the left rear tire.  The amazing thing was that the inflation warning lighted up on my dashboard while we were on the Interstate driving home from visiting my ‘in-laws over the weekend.  And we’re like 45 minutes close to our house and the flat tire still managed to work.

I panic on alerts like these especially when I am in long distance driving. I wonder if we’ll be stuck on the road.  I don’t what that to happen…ever.

Helpful Tips

  • It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourselves to the alert and warning icons on your vehicle.  This way you will be aware of the occurring problem and you will have the immediate time to solve it.  Always refer to your vehicle’s manual for more helpful information about alerts and warnings.
  • Take your vehicle to the nearest automotive repair shop or tire shop near you as soon as possible.  You will never know when your flat tires will give out so the sooner you take your car there the better.
  • Ask the maintenance guys to give you the thing that causes the tires flat.  We always do so we know what it was.

Since the tire shop in town is closed on weekends, I took my car there yesterday.  And the cause of the flat tire was a long nail.  About 2 1/2 inches long.

Never Drive Faster Than…

It his highly recommended to have your vehicle washed occasionally or as needed.   This way, it will look good.  In addition, you feel good and happy too seeing your vehicle in great shape.

I had my car washed two weeks ago.  I didn’t have it cleaned thoroughly but at least I got the exterior washed and waxed.

Never drive faster than your Guardian Angel can fly.
Never drive faster than your Guardian Angel can fly.

While waiting for my car to be done it’s wash, my daughter and I looked around in the car wash’s store.  She found a little frog which she wanted to put in our garden.  We are thinking to make a magical garden this year. Anyway, I saw this cute souvenir item in at the register’s counter.  It’s a keychain with a nice message engraved on it. I thought I’d share. 🙂

Just a reminder to us drivers not to over-speed every time.  Value your car, value your life.