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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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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Oil Changes: Pay A Little Now or Pay A Lot Later

March 14th, 2015

Oil Change in Lafayette, LABack in the 70s or 80s, you were lucky to get 130,000 miles out of a car before it went to the scrapyard. Today, at Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, we often see cars with 200,000 miles or more and still going strong. That’s due to improved machining and build quality, but even with all those changes and improvements in automotive technology, though, one thing hasn’t changed. Just like 40 or 50 years ago, the easiest way to ensure you’ll get the most out of your car is to get your oil and filter changed at regular intervals, and that’s something ...[more]

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