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Brake Before It's Too Late

Out of everything in your car, what would you say is the most important? Maybe it’s having a fresh oil change from T & M Automotive, maybe it’s having a full tank before you hit the road – but one thing that’s generally overlooked until it’s too late, your brakes. Without them, where would we be? Probably still rolling.

Is it time for new tires?

Tires can be very expensive especially when you were not planning on buying new tires for awhile. Most times it is easier to purchase two tires instead of all four at the same time. If you should chose this route your replacement tires must be the same size and construction as your current tires. The guys at T and M Auto are here to help. It is also very important they are installed on the rear axle for safety reasons.

Open Differentials

There are different types of differentials and the simplest type will be discussed here. This type of differential is called open differential. To understand it well, we needed an illustration.

Let’s say a car is driving straight down the road. Both its wheels are spinning at the same speed. The ring gear and cage is turned by the input pinion. None of the pinions that is within the cage are rotating. Both fo the side gears are locked effectively to the cage.

RV Maintenance

If you have an RV and you use it quite often, then you should be sure to maintain it regularly. After all, you would not want any last minute problems arising, especially if you are driving in the middle of nowhere with no service shop in sight for at least the next few miles or so. Here are eight highly effective tips that you should follow in order to maintain your RV.


Save even more at the pump with T and M Automotive

As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump.

The national average of the cost of a gallon of gas has been above $3 since 2010 but is expected to dip below that mark this year, according to a recent forecast by energy information service

A small investment in simple and inexpensive auto care will add up to better fuel economy and even more savings.

Winterizing your vehicle is a wise idea

Winterizing your vehicle is a wise idea, says the Car Care Council.  An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.

“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A vehicle check before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.”

Introduction to How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

­Stopping a car in a hurry on a slippery road can be very challenging. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) take a lot of the challenge out of this sometimes nerve-wracking event. In fact, on slippery surfaces, even professional drivers can't stop as quickly without ABS as an average driver can with ABS.

In this article, the last in a six-part series on brakes, we'll learn all about anti-lock braking systems -- why you need them, what's in them, how they work, some of the common types and some associated problems.

Preventative Maintenance

Since mechanics are educated in preventative maintenance, you may find yourself paying a larger bill at 30,000 mile intervals. Not to worry, if your service manager is not recommending preventative maintenance (because he wants to save you money today) he's costing you much more money tomorrow.