Yearly Archives: 2019

Antique Auto Repair and Maintenance at Muskegon Brake & Tire

Antique Auto Repair and Maintenance at Muskegon Brake & Tire

Here at Muskegon Brake & Tire we eagerly await the time of year when the old cars come out.  It's a magical time of year, and we are always excited when the first antique vehicles start rolling into the shop.  Old cars pose a special challenge when it comes to vehicle repair.  Not every shop has technicians that are familiar with how these special vehicles need to be cared for.  Not every shop has the supplier network to find parts for the vehicles at a reasonable price.  We do have a special affinity for Corvettes.  We stock, sell and manufacture parts for antique Corvettes from 1963-1982.  Not many people in our area know that we specialize in corvette repair, but we are well known in the Corvette world.  People bring their cars from all over the state (and sometimes outside the state) for service here at Muskegon Brake & Tire.  If you have that special vehicle that only comes out in good please know that we can keep it in tip ... read more

When's the best time to check your A/C? Before you need it!

When's the best time to check your A/C? Before you need it!

Are you ready for summer heat?  Keeping cool in your car means maintaining the operational condition of the A/C system.  How do you do that?  Honestly, there isn't much you can do to keep the A/C running right. It's a sealed system and most problems are a result of the system having a leak. When the system has a leak the best way to find it is to introduce a florescent dye into the system to identify the location of the leak along with the refrigerant.  Once we identify the leak we can go about the business of repairing it. Another likely issue is a failed compressor.  This will usually require the replacement of multiple components to remove any debris or contamination from the system.  If you have an air conditioning question we are available

What is "Ask Patty Certified" and what does it mean at Muskegon Brake & Tire?

What is "Ask Patty Certified" and what does it mean at Muskegon Brake & Tire?

Over the past 20 years we've made a lot of changes in our business.  Most of these changes have been made with the purpose of creating a positive customer service experience.  But that then begs the question: who is our customer?  We serve a diverse swath of the local population, so it's hard to pin down the answer to that question.  One thing we did notice is the increase in women being responsible for either their own or their family's auto repair decisions. With this realization in mind we found a program that would help us focus on this growing segment of our customer base.  That leads to the next question: what do women want in an auto repair experience?  How do we tailor our service to meet their needs?  That is what we are constantly asking ourselves.  We know that the technical needs for all car owners are the same: a car that runs and drives safely.  Why do we focus on answering this question in re ... read more

Cold weather and your car

Cold weather and your car

Here in Michigan we get to experience all four seasons, which can be magical.  Our cars experience those same four seasons!  The weather is finally turning colder and that can bring to light some vehicle issues that the warm weather masks. The first issue that usually shows up in winter is the weak battery.  As the temperature drops you may notice that your car takes longer to start or takes multiple tries.  The slow starter usually usually indicates a weak battery that could leave you stranded, especially after short trips. A new battery can save you a call to the tow company for a jump-start.  Once a battery gets to this point charging it will not be enough to cause it to perform as needed in cold weather.  Muskegon Brake & Tire offers Interstate batteries with an industry leading warranty so that you have peace-of-mind. The second issue that may rear it's head is tires.  Once you get your car started you may find that you don't have ... read more

The "dealership" doesn't love you

The "dealership" doesn't love you

  I just got off the phone with yet another customer that is tired of getting the run-around from "the dealership".  Which one?  Does it matter?  I field these calls regularly and I spend my time commiserating with customers that just want to be heard.  They want to know what the urgency of the recommended repair is.  They are tired of scare tactics and huge estimates that "HAVE TO BE DONE IMMEDIATELY" because the car is broken.  Do I want to fix all the things that are wrong with your car?  Of course!  Am I going to try to scare you into a repair that doesn't need to be done today?  Of course NOT!  Why?  Because that's not how I like to be treated.  *whew* Sometimes you just have to vent.  Why does this upset me so much?  Because every time a person comes out of an experience like this their impression of the auto repair industry as a whole suffers.  It makes my job harder be ... read more

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