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What You Need to Know About Wheel Alignment

  Wheel alignment is more important than many vehicle owners realize. A lot of people think it’s just about keeping the vehicle driving straighter, but it’s much more than that. It affects the tire tread wear. It affects handling of the vehicle on straightaways and turns. It affects your safety as a driver. In other words, if your wheel alignment is off, you’ll want to get it fixed as soon as possible. Schultz Auto and Truck Repair in Hamburg, NY is your local wheel alignment headquarters. We can test the alignment and let you know if there are any concerns. If there are, we can make alignment repairs and ensure that your vehicle is performing its best on the road. There are three things we look for when testing for wheel alignment: 1. Camber If you are l ... read more

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Taking Care of Your Vehicle's Belts, Seals and Hoses

Taking Care of Your Vehicle's Belts, Seals and Hoses

Your vehicle has many different rubber components that perform very important functions. They conduct fluids, air and lubricants to the engine and transmission. They provide strong seals that prevent fluid leaks and provide insulation. Some help keep certain parts running smoothly. The cold Buffalo winters are especially hard on rubber components such as fan belts, gaskets, door/window seals and air/fluid hoses. As you drive on wet roads, water, grease and grime get kicked up from underneath the car. This can lead to corrosion in your belts, seals and hoses. If anything starts to leak or slip, it could lead to much bigger problems. Let's look at some of the most common rubber components in your vehicle: Timing Belt This is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. If it is slipping, then your engine will no ... read more

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Understanding Your Axles and Drivetrain Systems

Understanding Your Axles and Drivetrain Systems

When some people imagine their car's axles, they think of a long pipe that simply connects the two wheels. This may be what an axle looks like on an old stage coach your kid's Pinewood Derby car, but it is not at all representative of modern axle and drivetrain designs. The truth is that the more modern the vehicle, the more complex the drivetrain and axle systems are. Therefore it is important to understand some of the key components that provide power and control to your wheels and tires. Split-Axle Design Most modern vehicles will use split-axle designs, meaning there is a separate axle connected to each wheel. This greatly improves suspension and handling of the vehicle. The two halves of the axle are connected by a differential, which is a very important component that controls the power sent from the drive shaft to each wheel.  Differential ... read more

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Winter Car Care Tips from Schultz Auto and Truck Repair

Winter Car Care Tips from Schultz Auto and Truck Repair

Winter is almost here. Throughout Buffalo and Upstate New York, the weather will just continue to get colder, bringing rain, snow, sleet and ice with it. As a driver, you need to be extra careful while out on the roads over the next several months. You should also be mindful of your car or truck’s maintenance. Here are some maintenance tips that will help you contend with the cold winter weather and challenging driving conditions: Check/Change Your Windshield Wipers Having effective windshield wipers will be helpful for visibility when there’s rain, snow, sleet or fog. Get your wiper blades checked out and replaced as needed. Test Your Battery If your vehicle is struggling to start on cold mornings, your battery may be drained. Visit Schultz Auto and Truck Repair for a battery test, recharge or replacement. Check Your Wheel Alignment Handling is ... read more

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Tire Care Tips from Schultz Auto and Truck Repair

Tire Care Tips from Schultz Auto and Truck Repair

Winter is coming quickly and it’s more important than ever to make sure your tires in good shape. They grip the road and help keep you safe when driving conditions get more challenging in Buffalo’s wet, snowy and icy season. Here are some of the things you need to know about tire maintenance: Tire Tread Depth Obviously, if your tire treads are low, you will lose traction and control. There is an easy way to check the tread depth at home using the “penny test.” Stick a penny upside down in the middle of your tire treads. If there is any space between Lincoln’s head and the top of the tread, then your tires are getting dangerously low. You will want to consider getting new tires before something bad happens. Uneven Tire Tread Wear Be sure and perform the tread test on all four tires (and probably the spare tire while you’re at it). Under ... read more

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The Differences Between Diesel and Gasoline Engines

The Differences Between Diesel and Gasoline Engines

Since we work on vehicles with both diesel engines and standard gasoline engines (as well as hybrids) at Schultz Auto and Truck Repair, we get this question all the time. What makes diesel and gas engines so different? The Similarities Let’s start by looking at the similarities. Both are types of internal combustion engines using a four-stroke process. They convert the fuel into power by repeated, controlled explosions that move the pistons up and down inside the cylinders. That motion turns the crankshaft and the car is able to be propelled into motion. The Differences Where diesel and gasoline engines differ is in how those explosions take place. A gasoline engine will mix the fuel with air. It is then compressed by the pistons and ignited by the sparks coming from the spark plugs. In a diesel en ... read more

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Tire Maintenance and Repair Tips from Schultz Auto and Truck Repair

Tire Maintenance and Repair Tips from Schultz Auto and Truck Repair

  People often underestimate how important tires are to our safety as drivers. They provide traction, handling and stability on various road conditions and in all types of weather. Properly-cared-for tires can even improve gas mileage in most vehicles. Tires are literally the only thing between your vehicle and the road itself. Therefore, it is important to take care of them. If air is leaking from one of your tires or the treads are getting low, it’s a good idea to get your vehicle checked out by the wheel and tire repair experts of Schultz Auto and Truck Repair in Hamburg, NY. We’ll keep your tires in good condition, so you can enjoy a safer driving experience. Tread Depth Tread depth is very important to the performance of your tires. Once your tires start to go bald, you lose a lot of traction and emergency braking ability. In other words, when the tires can’t g ... read more

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The Importance of Your Radiator

The Importance of Your Radiator

The radiator is the central component of your vehicle's cooling system. It is a very important part of your automobile, which means it needs to be taken care of as part of regular preventative maintenance. When damage occurs to your radiator, you will want to get it repaired as soon as possible. If not, it could lead to much more significant (and costly) engine problems. What Your Radiator Does In simple terms, the radiator and cooling system are what keep your vehicle running at proper temperatures. Radiator coolant (otherwise known as radiator fluid or antifreeze) is cycled through the engine and back through the radiator. This process ensures that the engine isn't running too hot. If your engine does overheat, it could be a fault within the radiator or another cooli ... read more

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Why You Need Oil Changes

Why You Need Oil Changes

When talking about preventative maintenance for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, nothing is more important than the standard oil change. Most car and truck owners are pretty well trained at getting their oil and oil filter changed every 3,000-5,000 miles along with other basic maintenance services. It's just part of life, like filling up gas or diesel when the tank is empty. However, a lot of vehicle owners don't quite understand why oil changes are so important. When to Get Your Oil Changed Most vehicle manufacturers will recommend changing the oil and oil filter at 3,000-5,000 mile intervals. Most newer vehicles (and especially any using synthetic oil) will only need this maintenance every 5,000 miles (roughly every 5-6 months depending on your driving habits). Older vehicles that use standar ... read more

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Do You Need New Brakes? Ask Yourself These 8 Simple Questions.

Do You Need New Brakes? Ask Yourself These 8 Simple Questions.

It should go without saying that your vehicle's brakes are very important. If your car doesn't stop or slow down properly, you are endangering yourself, your passengers and every other driver on the road. Plus, regular brake maintenance and new brake pads cost a lot less than repairing damage to a car that's been in a serious accident.  When do you need to get new brakes? Well, the answer is going to vary from car to car and driver to driver. Schultz Auto and Truck Repair has put together these simple questions you can ask yourself to determine the lifespan of your master cylinder, brake pads, brake rotors and brake fluid. 1. When is the last time you got your brakes checked? A simple brake inspection should be a routine part of any ... read more

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