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Oversize Wheel and Tires – A Good Idea?

January 22nd, 2016
Are you thinking you want to put taller wheels on your urban ride, or big mud tires on your truck? You might want to consider these pros and cons.
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What Happens To Your Old Motor Oil?

January 21st, 2016
If you ever changed your own oil, you know it’s pretty nasty stuff. Ever wonder what happens to it once it's drained from your crankcase?
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We're Answering Your Brake Repair Questions

November 16th, 2015
Brake Repair in Baton Rouge, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we do a lot of brake service on customers’ vehicles. Not surprisingly, we also get a lot of questions about brake repair, so we’d like to clear a few of them up here. 
 
My brakes are making a pretty loud squeal when I step on them. Do I need brake service? 
 
Not necessarily. Sometimes brake squeal is coming from a simple vibration between the brake rotor and the pads. In these cases, there are aerosol products and other compounds that can quiet brake squeal. 
 
What kind of noises do worn brakes make, then? 
 
Most brake pads are designed with a we ...[more]
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Everything You Want To Know About Wheel Alignments

November 2nd, 2015
Wheel Alignment in Lafayette, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, wheel alignments are a big part of the services that we offer. Not surprisingly, we do get questions about wheel alignments from time to time, and we’d like to hopefully clear a few of them up. 
 

What exactly is wheel alignment? 

 
When your car leaves the factory, the wheels are set at very specific angles in relation to each other and to the car’s frame. Engineers set these angles for optimum ride quality, handling and steering response. In time, with enough wear and tear, your steering and suspension components will drift away from those alignment specs, and your car will begin to show premature tire wear and handling/drivability problems.
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Why Is Quality Motor Oil So Important?

August 8th, 2015

Oil Changes in Lafayette, LAConsider for a moment what’s required of your motor oil. It has to provide a film of lubrication between metal parts, so that they can freely move against each other without friction, overheating or damage. It has to trap the carbon byproducts of combustion and suspend them so they can be trapped by the paper element in your oil filter. It has to neutralize the acids that are produced during the combustion process. It also has to reduce heat in parts of the engine that aren’t surrounded by a water jacket for cooling. It can’t get too thick in the winter, which would make it hard to circulate on a cold day, but it can’t thin out too much in the summer either. That’s a lot to ask of one substance!

Older motor oils didn’t include additives like detergents and other modifiers that ...[more]

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Why Everyone Needs to Find a Mechanic They Trust

July 22nd, 2015
Auto Repair in Baton Rouge, LAOver the years, thanks to shady operators, auto repair shops have gotten a reputation for being a racket. Especially for people who aren’t especially knowledgeable when it comes to cars, finding an auto repair shop you can truly trust can be frustrating and intimidating. 
 
At Chabill’s Tire and Auto Service, we feel it’s important to establish a good relationship between auto shop and customer for several different reasons. We become familiar not only with our customers, but with their vehicles – we remember vehicles that have come through our shop from one time to the next, and we get to a point where we can anticipate maintenance or repair issues that might be coming and let owners know. We get familiar with minor quirks or glitches a car might have, ...[more]
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5 Reasons to Never Change Your Own Oil

July 2nd, 2015
Oil Changes in Baton Rouge, LASo you’ve been changing your oil all this time…how hard can it be, right? Well, here are some things to consider before you do your next oil change: 
  1. There’s always the possibility that something could go wrong. You could get in a hurry or get distracted and possibly not replace the drain plug tightly enough. You could not screw the spin-on filter tightly enough, causing it to loosen up and drain out your oil within a few miles, seizing the engine. You could cross-thread the filter or (worse) the drain plug, causing yourself a real headache. Or you could put the filter on too tightly, deforming the gasket and causing a leak. You could not notice that a chunk of the old filter's gasket is stuck to the block, making it impossi ...[more]
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Help: My Car Won’t Start!

June 18th, 2015
Battery Repair in Lafayette, LAFew things are more frustrating than turning your ignition key and hearing the anemic “click…click…click” that means you’re not going anywhere…or worse yet, hearing nothing at all. There are a few reasons that might be happening (and chances are it won’t involve major auto repair). Like with any good diagnostic process, we’ll start with the simplest causes and work our way from there: 
 
Key Won’t Turn At All – This one’s pretty simple. Since the 70s, cars have featured an ignition lock that makes it impossible to steer the vehicle if a thief hot-wires it. Try turning the wheel a couple of degrees in either direction ...[more]
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Protect Your Vehicle with Regular Oil Changes

May 2nd, 2015

Oil Change Baton Rouge, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we’ve had a lot of experience with regular maintenance like oil changes. We sometimes hear customers asking why regular oil changes are so important, so we’d like to explain that briefly and clear up any questions.

Your car represents a big investment on your part, and one of the easiest and most certain ways to get the most out of your investment is with regular oil changes. The internal moving parts of your car’s engine run on extremely close tolerances, and motor oil lubricates those parts and reduces friction. That thin coating of oil around moving parts will break down over time, however -- heat, contamination from combustion by-products and microscopic metal shavings will make motor oil lose its effectiveness. The paper eleme ...[more]

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Brake Problems Demystified

April 1st, 2015
brake repair in baton rouge laAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we often get questions about how a car’s brake system actually works. For drivers, it’s important to know these details, so let’s break it down briefly here:
 
Disc brakes operate when brake pads (lined with a friction material) grab a smooth steel rotor, similar to the way that bicycle handbrakes grip a rim to provide braking. Over time, the friction material wears down, reducing braking effectiveness. If neglected for too long, the friction material wears down completely, exposing the steel backing, which can cut grooves into the rotors’ surface. Older cars used drum brakes for the rear wheels; in this design, brake shoes expand internally and rub against the lining of a metal drum. Again, worn shoes will ...[more]
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