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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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What’s That Noise My Tire’s Making?!

June 1st, 2015
Tires in Baton Rouge, LAOn a long interstate drive, you might hear the drone of your tires on the pavement for hours on end. You can turn up the stereo to drown it out and keep yourself from being lulled to sleep, but it’s still there regardless. Everyone knows that a set of mud tires or all-terrain tires will be louder than passenger car tires due to their tread pattern, but why are one set of tires louder than another, when they’re otherwise the same design? 
That’s rather a complicated question, but we’ll do our best. 
 
Part of the noise you hear is actually the sound of air as it’s being compressed inside the grooves of the tread. Tires like the Bridgestone Turanza S ...[more]
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Get the Most Out Of Your Tires

May 23rd, 2015

Tires in Lafayette, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, we sell a lot of tires and see a lot of customers. Your tires are a big investment, and are critical to your car’s safety and performance. Unfortunately for a lot of people, tires don’t even get a lot of thought until something goes wrong and they’re stuck by the side of the road with a flat (or worse).

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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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Why are Wheel Alignments Important?

April 13th, 2015

Wheel Alignment in Baton Rouge LA

At Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we know that the winter wasn’t as tough here as it was in many other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have more than our share of potholes and rough spots. The roads can be downright cruel to even the most well-maintained vehicle, with the most careful driver behind the wheel. Your car leaves the factory with the front wheels set to exact alignment, but bumps, potholes and curbs will inevitably change that. Studies have shown that 50-70% of the vehicles on the road are in need of a front end alignment. 
 
Chabill’s Auto & Tire Service in Baton Rouge, LA suggests that alignments should be part of a regular maintenance routine for your car or truck; i ...[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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Be Alert to Signs of Worn Tires

March 29th, 2015

Tires in Baton Rouge, LAAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we sell a lot of tires...and we know that when you start off with a brand-new set of tires, it’s easy to forget about them for months at a time. Tires wear very gradually, and it can be hard to know when it’s time to  consider  a new set of tires for your vehicle. Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA values you, the customer, and is always happy to share tips and information, so here are some specific things to look for, though:

  • Wear Bars-- All new tires are designed with “wear bars” at the base of the tread; the wear bars are perpendicular to the tread grooves. Wear bars are designed to show when the tread wears down past a certain depth. If you can see these wear bars easily ...[more]
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