Disc Brakes

Friday, February 15, 2019

Your brakes are extremely important as you drive around Wausau, Weston, or Schofield WI. Having good brakes just keeps you out of trouble. You'll want to carefully maintain your brakes. With disc brakes, brake pads rub on a disc – or rotor – to slow the wheels.

The brake pads are attached to a caliper that squeezes the pads against the rotor. It's kind of like how squeezing the handbrake on a bicycle pushes the brake pads against the wheel of the bike.

Now pads just wear away with use – kind of like a pencil eraser wears out. The good news is that replacing brake pads is a straightforward repair.

 If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, have your Wausau or Weston WI, service advisor check them out. He'll have a technician perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He'll check for signs of brake problems and go over other brake components to see that they're working properly.

He can tell you if it's time to replace the pads or if there are other issues with your brakes that should be addressed. Some people ignore the warning signs and keep driving long after the pads are completely worn out. When that happens, metal brake components will grind on the rotor, damaging it enough that it needs to be resurfaced or replaced.

Rotors can also warp or crack, in which case they'll need to be replaced. Brake calipers also wear out over time. They can develop leaks or the caliper pistons can freeze open or closed; either way, it's not good. When this happens, it's time to replace the calipers. A thorough brake inspection will reveal worn bearings or seals as well.

The new brake pads we put on your vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacturers' specifications. Or we can install upgraded parts to increase your stopping power and reduce brake noise and brake dust. We have several options to meet your braking requirements and your budget.

Taking care of your brakes keeps them working safely, and you could prevent premature brake repairs down the road.

Evaporative Emissions Control

Monday, February 4, 2019

The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very harmful to the environment. Evaporative emissions control systems – EVAP for short – are mandated in all cars and trucks. The EVAP system is there to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of an on-board recycling program.

The EVAP system is a complicated network of hoses, valves, filters and such. Issues with the EVAP system are in the top 5 reasons for a Check Engine light to be illuminated. Your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor can pull the trouble codes and begin a diagnostic procedure to isolate the fault.

With the proper equipment, your technician can test the valves in order to trace a blockage. A low pressure smoke test can be performed to find any leaks. The repairs are then made to get the EVAP system working again and to reset the Check Engine light.

While EVAP problems don't generally lead to vehicle damage, the fact that they trigger the Check Engine light can mask other more problems for Wausau, Weston, Schofield residents if left unaddressed. After all, there are hundreds of conditions that can trigger a Check Engine light, but there is only one light. So if the light is on because of an EVAP issue you haven't fixed and another arises, you won't be alerted to the new condition because the light is already on.

Of course, if you live in a jurisdiction in WI that requires emissions testing to register your vehicle, you won't pass the test until you make the repairs. An EVAP trouble code could be caused by something as simple as a loose or worn gas cap, a leak in a hose, problems with a purge valve or even a rusty fuel filler pipe.

When your Check Engine light comes on, bring your vehicle into Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau or Weston and let us check it out. Your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor will be able to diagnose the system and work out a plan to address any problems that are uncovered. There's peace of mind for Wausau drivers that comes from knowing what is wrong and taking care of it.

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.     5910 Mesker St
Wausau, WI 54401    Weston, Wi. 54476
715.203.8808             715.355.1553 

Oil Filter

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

As your engine runs, dirt gets into the oil. Oil sludge can also start to build up. Fortunately, motor oil contains detergents that clean the engine and gather up contaminates. The oil circulates through the oil filter where clumps of dirt and sludge are captured. An oil filter can eventually get clogged up — so much so that oil cannot flow freely through the filter material. Of course, you don’t want to starve your engine of oil, so a valve opens in the oil filter allowing oil to bypass the filter material. This keeps your engine lubricated, but dirty oil is circulating through the system.

Back in the day of 3 month, 3,000 mile (5,000 kilometer) oil changes, this was only a problem if you forgot to change your oil on schedule. Modern vehicles, however, typically have much longer recommended oil change intervals. 5,000, 10,000 and even 15,000 mile (8,000, 16,000 and even 24,000 kilometer) intervals are common. Of course, you need to use the manufacturer recommended type and grade of oil — but you also need to use a higher capacity oil filter.

A standard capacity oil filter could go into bypass mode many months and several thousands of miles/kilometers before the recommended oil change interval. Your engine would not be fully protected.

Many motorists are choosing to upgrade to synthetic oil for better protection and to increase their oil change interval. This is a great idea. But also remember you need an oil filter that has a higher capacity to match.

Talk with your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. about your oil change intervals and how you use your vehicle. He/she will help you choose the right oil for your needs and will make sure that your new oil filter is compatible with the performance of your oil.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.      5910 Mesker St
Wausau, WI 54401     Weston, Wi. 54476
715.203.8808              715.355.1553

Trailer Wheel Bearings

Monday, January 14, 2019

You try to take real good care of your vehicles. But there is something that you may be overlooking: wheel bearings on your trailer. Whether it’s a small utility trailer or toy hauler up to a big work trailer, boat or camp trailer, they all have wheels with bearings that need to be serviced from time to time.

Wheel bearings allow the wheel to spin freely. They are packed in heavy duty grease that can withstand the heat generated by the spinning wheel and keep protecting the bearings.

When your technician services the bearings on your trailer, he’ll remove the wheel bearing assembly and inspect the bearings themselves. If they are damaged or corroded they will be replaced. He will then pack fresh grease around the bearings, replace the seals and put the wheel back on.

We actually expect a lot from trailer bearings. They may sit unused for an extended period of time – but when we hitch up that trailer we need the bearings to be in top shape to meet the demands of highway miles, heavy loads and even very dirty conditions. A bearing failure will sideline the work or fun you had planned.

Excessively worn bearings may result in uneven tire wear. Wheels can wobble which may hurt handling. Extremely worn bearings can even seize, causing the wheel to lock-up; obviously that can be dangerous.

Boat trailers require special attention. The bearings are quite hot after the trip to the lake and then you back into the cold water. The extreme temperature difference draws moisture into the bearings and forces out some of the grease. A good practice is to have boat trailer bearings serviced at the end of the season so that they don’t rust during the winter.

Talk with your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. about your trailer and how you use it. He can recommend the proper bearing service.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street    4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476      Wausau, Wi. 54401
715.355.1553              715.203.8808 

Transmission Service: Smooth Shifting

Monday, January 7, 2019

Let's suppose you're going to take some friends out on the boat for some water skiing on a beautiful Wausau area lake. Of course, you get the boat ready, but what about your tow vehicle?

Think about it - heavy Brokaw traffic, hilly WI terrain. Maybe some dirt roads – and it's going to be pretty hot. And all the time you'll be towing a lot of weight around Wausau area roads. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your transmission. It's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal.

Brokaw drivers need to make sure they have enough transmission fluid. If it runs low, the transmission will run hotter and won't have the protection it needs to cope with the added stress of towing. Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether your vehicle has an automatic or manual transmission, you need to have it serviced on schedule at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. to make sure it runs efficiently.

Neglect your vehicle transmission for too long, and it can fail. You really don't want to pay for a major transmission repair even with the reasonable rates at Griesbach Auto Service Inc..

Before you leave your Brokaw/Wausau home and head to the lake, take your vehicle in to Griesbach Auto Service Inc. for a trip inspection. Your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service technician will check your fluids, belts and hoses and let you know if your brakes are in good shape. Now, don't forget the sunscreen.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.     5910 Mesker St
Wausau, WI 54401     Weston, Wi. 54476
715.203.8808              715.355.1553

The Griesbach Auto Service INC. Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Weston and Wausau drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?

There are good used vehicles for sale in the Wausau area. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new car. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Weston used car owners sell vehicles because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.

When you're considering buying a used vehicle in Weston or Wausau, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.

Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to, but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment problems, worn shocks or suspension issues. Listen to the engine for unusual sounds and pay attention to unexpected odors. Take the vehicle for a test drive and make a list of any concerns you might have.

If the used vehicle you're looking at is a late model vehicle with under 35,000 miles, or 55,000 kilometers, on it, take it to Griesbach Auto Service INC. for a full-service oil change. This inspection will reveal many basic or developing problems. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor about concerns you had on the test drive. Get a heads-up on needed repairs or maintenance.

Previously leased vehicles are often tempting to used vehicle buyers because they are generally newer models with low mileage and have been factory-cleaned. Be cautious, however. Many Weston drivers of lease vehicles don't bother with preventive maintenance because they know they'll be turning the vehicles in. Again, ask for maintenance records, take the vehicle in for a full-service oil change and consult with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Service INC. about any problems the vehicle may have.

Older used vehicles are even more problematic for Weston and Wausau used car buyers. Older vehicles simply come with more maintenance and repair issues than new ones. Take these vehicles in for a used vehicle inspection at Griesbach Auto Service INC.. Usually, a seller will let you do this before you purchase the vehicle. These inspections are very thorough and will help you know what you're getting into. You'll be able to make an informed decision about your purchase. That peace of mind will make the cost of the inspection more than worth your while. It's always good auto advice for Weston drivers to purchase a Carfax report on any used vehicle. This report will let you know if the vehicle has been in a major accident and will give you a title history. You'd be surprised what used vehicle buyers have learned from those reports. Know before you buy.

Once you purchase a used vehicle, give it some tender loving car care. Give it a thorough cleaning, inside and out — and don't forget the engine compartment. A good wax will make it look and feel “new.” And, of course, stay on top of preventive maintenance. Used vehicles bought in WI can last a good, long time if they're properly cared for. They're economical to buy, and they can keep on saving us Weston drivers money if we look after them.

Give us a call at 715-355-1553 in Weston or 715-203-8808 in Wausau to have your new to you vehicle pre purchase inspection completed.

Griesbach Auto Service & Sales Inc.

5910 Mesker St             4302 Stewart Ave

Weston, Wi. 54476        Wausau, Wi. 54401

715.355.1553                 715.203.8808

 

What Wausau Weston Drivers Should Do After a Car Accident

Friday, November 30, 2018

Getting into a car accident can ruin a lot more than just your day. So, consider these tips to make sure the damages aren't worse than you originally think:

1. Make sure everyone is ok, and call 911 to report the accident. Not only will this help in case of serious injury, it will also enable official documentation - which may save you a lot of frustration and money later.

2. Call your insurance agent to find out what information he/she needs.  Listen to any advice based on their experience and based on your coverage and role in the accident.

3. Exchange insurance and contact information with the driver of the other vehicle. If you can, take your own photos of the scene and damage with your cell phone.

4. Follow the directions of your agent to file a claim, if necessary, and consider the repairs that might be needed. But remember, if your insurance agent tells you that you have to use a certain shop, check the laws in WI. Many states prohibit insurance companies from requiring you to use their contracted facility. You also want to be careful that your service center doesn't use inferior parts that may void your warranty.

If you have any questions about vehicle repair after your accident, please call our professional service advisors at Griesbach Auto Service Inc.. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.    5910 Mesker ST
Wausau, WI 54401   Weston, Wi 54476 
715.203.8808            715.355.1553

Smooth Shifting: Transmission Service for Tow Vehicles at Griesbach Auto Service INC.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Let's suppose you're going to take some friends out on the boat for some water skiing at your favorite Wausau area lake. Of course, you get the boat ready, but what about your tow vehicle?

Think about it – heavy WI traffic, hilly terrain. Maybe some dirt roads – and it's going to be pretty hot. And all the time you'll be towing around several thousand extra pounds/kilograms. That all adds up to a lot of severe strain on your transmission. It's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal.

It's important for Weston drivers to have enough transmission fluid. If it runs low, the transmission will run hotter and won't have the protection it needs to cope with the added stress of towing. Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, you need to have it serviced on schedule to make sure it runs efficiently.

Neglect your transmission for too long, and it can fail. You really don't want to pay for a major transmission repair.

Before you leave, take your vehicle in to Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston for a trip inspection. Your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Service INC. will check your fluids, belts and hoses and let you know if your brakes are in good shape. Now, don't forget the sunscreen.

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street     4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476        Wausau, Wi. 54401
715.355.1553                715.203.8808

MAF Sensor and Engine Air Filter

Friday, November 2, 2018

Today's Griesbach Auto Service INC. post focuses on the importance of protecting your mass air flow sensor or MAF. Air and fuel are mixed together to be burned in your engine. The amount is controlled by how hard you press on the accelerator or by external factors like climbing hills or hauling loads. Based on how much air you need – and how much is available – your engine management computer tells your fuel injection system how much fuel to send to your engine. But what if the computer is getting the wrong information about how much air is coming into your engine? Well, it would send the wrong amount of fuel and your engine performance would suffer.

The Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor measures the volume, temperature and density of the air flowing into your engine. With that information, the computer calculates how much oxygen is available to burn and adjusts the amount of fuel it sends. A dirty or damaged MAF sensor can give the wrong readings, hurt your fuel economy, damage the catalytic converter, reduce engine performance, trigger the Check Engine light and, worst case, stop your engine.

Remember that you can drive your car if the Check Engine light is on - unless it's flashing. If your Check Engine light indicates an MAF problem, Griesbach Auto Service INC. recommends that you take action before you damage your catalytic converter.

How does an MAF sensor get damaged? Well, let's look at this process again. As air comes into your engine, it first passes through the engine air filter. Dust, road grime, pollen and other contaminants are, hopefully, trapped in the filter. If the engine air filter becomes clogged, some of the pollutants can pass through and hit the MAF sensor. Thus, a clean engine air filter protects your MAF sensor. Reason number 47 to replace your engine air filter as recommended.

Now if your MAF sensor is contaminated, you may be able to clean it with an air induction cleaning service at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston. This service also cleans your throttle body and other fuel system components. In those circumstances where the MAF sensor is not only contaminated but actually damaged, it will need to be replaced. (And it costs a whole lot more than an engine air filter.)

Your Griesbach Auto Service INC. can quickly inspect your engine air filter to see if you need a new one. A caution: low-line air filters may actually contribute to MAF sensor failure as filter material can come loose and contaminate the sensitive sensor elements - filter material is just as harmful as outside gunk.

When your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. recommends you replace your engine air filter, now you know how much is riding on that inexpensive but simple part.

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street     4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476       Wausau, Wi. 54401
715.355.1553               715.203.8808 

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Tech Question On Your Water Pump

Monday, October 15, 2018

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Tech Question:
I was driving on the freeway in WI and my vehicle engine started to get hot. I turned off my air conditioner and was able to drive the short distance to my meeting and then found a shop in Wausau and Weston. It turns out that my water pump was leaking. It cost me many hundreds of dollars to get it fixed. What could I have done to avoid this?

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Answer:
This guy's story really did have a happy ending. When you continue driving when your engine's overheating you risk a catastrophic engine failure. It really is a good idea to pull over and let your vehicle engine cool down before driving again. If you add water or coolant, be sure your engine is cool or you risk serious burns.

Now there's no way for Wausau or Weston drivers to know when their water pump will fail – they just wear out. This fellow's water pump replacement was more because his water pump is driven by his timing belt. That requires a lot of hours to get to the water pump and then put everything back on the engine.

A money saving tip from Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau and Weston: if your water pump is driven by your timing belt – replace the pump when you have your scheduled timing belt replacement. That way most of the work is already done and you don't have to pay for it twice.

Check with your friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. about when your timing belt should be replaced.

Give us a call

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.     5910 Mesker St
Wausau, WI 54401    Weston, Wi. 54476
715.203.8808             715.355.1553

Simple Answers from Griesbach Auto Service INC. for Wausau & Weston: Tire Tread Depth

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Question:
How can I tell when my tires are worn so much that they need to be replaced?

Griesbach Auto Service INC. Answer:
That is question for Wausau & Weston drivers. As we discuss the matter, keep in mind that one of the jobs of your tire tread is to move water. The channels in the tread act as passages for water to escape from underneath the tire. The deeper the tread, the deeper the channel – and the more water that can be evacuated.

When enough water can't be moved from underneath the tire, the tire can ride on the water – often called hydroplaning. The tire is literally not contacting the road but rather is “floating” on the water, so there is little traction and the vehicle can slide.

So somewhere between a brand new tire and a bald tire lies the point at which the tire should be replaced. Some governmental jurisdictions have minimum tread depth requirements for tires; others do not. So check the laws where you live in WI to learn the legal minimum.

Tire manufacturers are required to mold a tread wear bar into the tire. This bar appears across the tread when the tire is worn down to 1.6 mm (2/32 of an inch). Wausau & Weston drivers can easily do the coin test. In the US, insert a penny into one of the grooves with Lincoln's head pointing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your treads are very worn and the tires need replacing.

In Canada, use a quarter with the caribou's head pointing down. If you can see the tip of the nose of this great northern animal, it is a sign of very worn treads. That means it is high time to bid adieu to your tires.

Studies have shown, however, that there is difference in stopping distances for in wet Wausau & Weston conditions with tires that have less wear. For example, in controlled, wet conditions a vehicle with 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) of tread traveling at speeds was able to stop in about 26 metres (85 feet) less distance than the same car with tires with 1.6 mm (2/32 of an inch) of tread. That could easily be the difference between a safe stop and hitting the vehicle in front of you.

Wausau & Weston drivers can gauge 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) by inserting a US quarter upside down into the tread. If it covers George Washington's head, you have more than 3.18 mm (4/32 of an inch) of tread.

New tires are a big ticket item for Wausau & Weston drivers, so it's natural to want to get as much value out of them as possible. Just remember that a huge part of that value is the ability to stop safely in wet Wausau & Weston conditions. You can with your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. tire professional for help with tire replacement.

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street      4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476        Wausau, Wi 54401
715.355.1553                715.203.8808 

Timing Belt

Monday, August 27, 2018

Let's address a very important maintenance item for everyone in Wausau & Weston WI – timing belt replacement. It's important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage.

Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel; they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.

All this happens thousands of times a minute and it's your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won't run. And that's the best case.

The worst case is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Repairs can run several thousand dollars.

Now, timing belts just wear out naturally so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owner's manual or with your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau or Weston, WI, to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If you've never replaced your timing belt and have more than 60,000 miles/100,000 kilometers on the clock, talk with your Wausau or Weston service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. right away to see if you're due.

On some engines, the water pump is driven by the timing belt as opposed to the serpentine belt. If that's the case, it's a good idea to replace the water pump when you're replacing the timing belt and vice versa, since much of the same work has to be done for either. The same is true for the timing belt tensioner – it should be inspected and possibly replaced.

Now, replacing a timing belt is one of the more expensive routine maintenance items on your service schedule. But not replacing your timing belt can lead to some of the most expensive repairs you're likely to ever have.

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment

Friday, August 10, 2018

Imagine you're up in the arctic on a dog sled. Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground fast. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side. That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort. You're wasting kibble.

The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the car; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed on Weston roads. You're wasting gas.

Have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. We can help you with that at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston & Wausau. Get it checked right away if you feel the car pulling to one side. Sometimes we bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can take the wheels out of alignment as well.

So make sure you're tracking straight in Weston and Wausau. You'll save at Weston & Wausau pumps and your tires'll last longer. Now, mush!

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street       4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476         Wausau, Wi. 54401
715.355.1553                 715.203.8808

Questions to Ask Your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Service Advisor

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A lot of  service and repair customers in Wausau & Weston are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or to seem pushy. Cars are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us Wausau drivers have the time to learn.

At Griesbach Auto Service Inc., we think automotive service customers have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their vehicle and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.

It's all about the communication. What are some of the barriers to communication? Well, most Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisors are very busy trying to service and fix cars to get Wausau & Weston drivers back on the road. So, just ask when you feel you need more information.

Financial related issues seem to be most frustrating to Wausau & Weston customers. If you're not sure, ask what the auto repair payment policies are. For example, there's a big difference between giving your vehicle a quick once over and doing a thorough inspection. Diagnosing a problem may take quite a while for your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. technician. Make sure you know what's done as a courtesy and what has a fee. Remember, you still have to pay for the office visit even if the doctor says you only have a cold.

Communication is a two way street. If you have some real budget concerns, ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor what he can do. He can give you priorities and options. He can tell you what needs to be taken care of right away for safety or financial reasons. Then you can work out a plan for when to get the rest done. He can also help you with options on the parts. The preference is to always use a high-quality part with a reputation for reliability. But if money is real tight, he might be able to find rebuilt auto parts or a used part. He should tell you the difference in the guarantee for the part so you can make a good decision.

Ask about Griesbach Auto Service Inc. warranties for car parts and labor. Be sure to get all the paperwork you need to make a possible claim in the future. At Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau & Weston, we stand behind our work and want you to understand precisely what that means.

Be sure to ask for and keep a detailed explanation of all the work that's done on your vehicle. These records will help you keep track of service, warranties and document the good care your vehicle has received at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. when the time comes to sell it. 

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service

4302 Stewart Ave           5910 Mesker St

Wausau, Wi. 54401        Weston, Wi. 54476

715.203.8808                 715.355.1553

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

Monday, July 23, 2018

Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  Weston & Wausau auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you.

The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually powers the pump, although some systems use an electric pump. Some newer vehicles have an electric motor that directly provides the power steering boost.

Pressurized fluid moves from the pump to the steering gear through a high-pressure hose. A low-pressure hose returns fluid to the pump. Power steering fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the system.

Weston & Wausau drivers should remember that fluid levels in the power steering system should be checked at every oil change. Low fluid levels can damage the pump, which can be expensive to repair. Low fluid levels may also indicate a leaky hose in the power steering system, so it is a good idea to inspect the hoses, especially if your fluid levels are low.

Power steering fluid breaks down over time, losing its effectiveness. It also gradually collects moisture, which can lead to corrosion in the steering system. So the fluid needs to be replaced occasionally. You should check with your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service to learn how often this fluid should be replaced.

When your fluid is replaced, your technicians at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service will remove the old fluid and replace it with new. Power steering fluids are not all created equal; the fluid has to be compatible with your hoses and seals. Griesbach Auto Sales & Service can ensure that you get the right fluid for your vehicle, or you can consult your owner's manual.

Signs that your power steering system is in trouble can include the following: a steering wheel that is hard to turn, auxiliary steering power that cuts in and out, or a whining sound coming from the pump. Also, drivers in Weston & Wausau who are not topping off the power steering fluid on schedule may hear squealing coming from the engine belts.

To protect your steering system you should never hold the steering wheel in the far right or far left position for more than a few seconds at a time. This can wear out your pump in a hurry.

Preventive maintenance for your steering system primarily involves the power steering components, but your steering system has other parts that can wear out or be damaged by rough WI driving conditions. Such parts include the ball-joint, idler arm, steering gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod. Signs that they are in need of attention include play in the steering wheel, a vehicle that wanders, uneven tire wear and a steering wheel that is off-center. Weston drivers should have their alignment checked annually. This check-up can reveal bent or damaged steering components.

For answers to other questions about your steering system, or for auto advice on any type of vehicle maintenance, check with the team at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service. We can steer you in the right direction when it comes to quality car care.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St        4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476    Wausau, Wi. 544401
(715) 355-1553        (715)203-8808

Finding Vehicle Recall Information in Wausau & Weston

Monday, July 9, 2018

No matter how well they're made, vehicles will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car to get the recall work done.

These recalls always affect safety, so Wausau & Weston residents should take them seriously. It's easy for Wausau & Weston folks to see if a vehicle's being recalled.

The US government has links on its websites, such as http://www.nhtsa.gov, and there are many websites with free recall information and searches. There's carfax.com; autobytel.com and dmv.org.

Recalls are serious, but not all that common. Sometimes there are less significant issues and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin – or TSB – which tells Wausau auto service centers how to repair a frequent or difficult problem.

Then the automotive pros at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau get updated information through subscription plans, which are also available in consumer versions for a reasonable cost.

So when vehicle recalls occur, get the work done at Griesbach Auto Service Inc., and keep you and yours safe.

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.     5910 Mesker St
Wausau, WI 54401    Weston, Wi. 54476
715.203.8808             715.355.1553

Tire Rotation and Balancing

Monday, June 25, 2018

Weston drivers can make their vehicle tires last longer with regular tire rotation and wheel balancing.

Let's start with tire rotation. In normal driving around Weston, Wausau, or Schofield WI, your front tires wear more on the shoulders because they handle much of the cornering forces in turns. Front-wheel drive vehicles have even more force on the front tires.

At Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston, Wausau, and Schofield area, we rotate the tires so that all of the tires do some duty on the front end as well as getting a little break on the back end. That way, all four tires wear more evenly over their life and last longer for Weston car owners.

For most vehicles in Weston, Wausau, & Schofield WI, tires are rotated front to back. Some recommend a cross rotational pattern that includes the spare tire, and some high-performance vehicles have different size tires on the front and rear and may even have uni-directional tires that can only be on the left or the right side of the vehicle. Your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. can help you sort that out and will perform the right tire rotation for your vehicle.

Your WI tire manufacturer will have a recommendation for how often you should rotate your tires.

Let's move on to wheel balancing. That's when there are heavy spots on the tire and wheel that cause it to wobble.

Balancing adds weights to the wheel to balance it out. Now, we are talking about very small weight differences. Variations in the tire and wheel manufacture can cause a slight imbalance. The valve stem, and now the tire pressure monitoring sensors in the tire, also play into the equation.

Even small differences can cause annoying vibrations at speed for Weston drivers: the wheel is essentially bouncing a bit as it goes down the road. For example, at Weston speeds, an out of balance wheel can be slamming into the road 14 times a second. That's annoying and can cause tires to wear out more quickly for Weston drivers.

If a front wheel's out of balance you'll feel the vibration through the steering wheel. When it's a rear tire, you'll feel the vibration through your seat. If you're getting bad vibes from your vehicle, bring it in to Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston or Wausau to see if it's a balance issue or something else. Weston drivers should balance the wheels whenever they get a new tire or remount a tire like when it's been removed for a flat repair.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street    4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476      Wausau, Wi. 54401
715.355.1553              715.203.8808

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

There are a lot of things in life that Weston and Wausau residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Weston or Wausau dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences.

Scheduled maintenance is also part of good vehicle care. Weston and Wausau drivers should take their vehicles in regularly for a good check-up. But many folks struggle to remember — or actually even ignore — this auto advice. When it comes to our vehicles, we're more likely to listen to, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” than, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.

Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant/antifreeze in your vehicle can prevent cooling system leaks. Repairing leaks can prevent engine failure. So why do we procrastinate?

One reason might be that “ignorance is bliss.” We can see dirty dishes on the counter and how long our grass is getting. We can smell how dirty our clothes are. But we don't notice how dirty our transmission fluid is getting. However, trouble in our vehicles is like trouble in our bodies — ignorance is not bliss. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage, and inadequate coolant can lead to engine damage. However, we can't know about either one unless we take the time for a diagnostic check-up at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wausau.

Another reason we put off scheduled maintenance for our vehicles may be that we are simply intimidated by automotive care. After all, we understand how to take care of clothing, dishes, lawns, etc. Most of us have a basic working knowledge of our bodies and feel qualified to explain how we feel. But our vehicles? What exactly does routine, preventive maintenance involve? Most Weston and Wausau residents don't know.

Of course, our vehicles come with owner's manuals that do a good job of explaining what routine maintenance is and how often our vehicles need it. But how many Weston and Wausau vehicle owners actually read them?

The good news is that all we have to do is remember to take our vehicles to a reputable, service center like Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston and Wausau. Like a good doctor, your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service will be able to tell you what maintenance and service your vehicle needs and when. The service center can track your vehicle's maintenance records—just as a doctor maintains your health records—so that your vehicle is getting the service it needs in a timely manner.

Here are some guidelines to help you understand the basics of preventive maintenance: Fluids. If it's a liquid, it has to be replaced regularly. Your owner's manual will tell you how often. Liquids include oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and differential fluid. There may be others. Check with your owner's manual or your service center for specifics on your vehicle.

Tires. They need routine, scheduled care to wear well. Primarily, they need air. But they also need to be rotated, balanced and aligned.

Brakes. Brakes and shock absorbers wear out. There's no way to avoid it. Worn parts need to be replaced.

Fuel. Obviously your vehicle needs fuel on a regular basis. But the fuel system also needs periodic maintenance. Air filters and fuel filters get dirty and need to be replaced. The fuel system needs to be kept clean.

These are the basics of vehicle maintenance. Of course, there are other parts of your car that need to be inspected regularly, such as the battery, exhaust system, belts, etc. These parts have longer life cycles than your fluids, tires, brakes and filters, and so don't need to be replaced as often.

If you are taking your vehicle in for the basics, then your Weston or Wausau service center will let you know when it is time for an inspection of these other things. Or they may notice a problem when doing routine maintenance and let you know. Either way, you'll get a heads-up when your vehicle needs more attention.

If you're not convinced yet that your vehicle needs regular service, consider this: not doing so will cost you in decreased fuel economy, lower performance and compromised safety. These could lead to repair bills and costly accidents.

Just like a good dental check-up, a good auto check-up at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wausau can save you from experiencing embarrassing, costly and painful situations.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St         4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476     Wausau, Wi. 54401
(715) 355-1553         (715) 203-8808

The Best Test

Monday, June 11, 2018

Would you buy a jacket without even trying it on? Probably not, but it might surprise you that one study shows about half the people buy a vehicle after a short test drive around the block or none at all.  If you're in the market for another vehicle, make sure you check out the most important things so you'll know if that's the right vehicle for you.

Check out the gadgets.  Love a good sound system? Then turn it up loud.  Does it have enough bass for you? See how you like its navigation system if it has one.  Try pairing your Bluetooth smartphone with the vehicle.  Test out how to set the cruise control and how steady it keeps the speed. Back up and check out the rearview camera. If you buy this vehicle, you'll have to live with all of these things every time you drive.

Test the vehicle on roads you know.  See how it handles bumps and potholes, how it takes that tight curve that you drive every day to and from work.  Driving on familiar roads gives you a chance to compare what you know with what you're thinking about buying.

Check the fit.  One suburban mom drove a full-sized SUV and loved it until she got it home and realized it was too high for her old garage.  Remodeling the garage would be the only answer! Try installing your child seats.  Size matters, especially in a vehicle.

Gauge the fuel economy. Many vehicles have a trip computer that will calculate fuel economy quickly.  Here's a tip: you can reset it before your test drive and when you're finished, check it and see what fuel economy you got.  It will be a smaller sampling than would be ideal, but it will give you an idea.

Take as much time as you can.  A lot of sellers will pressure you to restrict your test drive to 10-15 minutes.  Ideally, you'd like to have that vehicle for a week, but that's usually not possible. So, try for something in between. Remember, this could be your vehicle for years to come.

Keep in mind that every vehicle will feel strange to you at first. Buying a vehicle is a little like getting married.  You want that marriage to be happy, and you want it to last, so take the time to get to know it as well as you can.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St           4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476      Wausau, Wi. 54401
(715) 355-1553           (715) 203-8808

Synthetic Oil for Weston & Wausau Autos

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

If you are a driver in Weston or Wausau and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil.

Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Weston and Wausau, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.

Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations.

The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?

Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. That means better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up like conventional oil, so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up.

Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals. The added protection of synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your service advisor about how you drive and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil. Also ask about the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic, because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.

Most of us here in Weston have a busy life and might occasionally miss an oil change; go ahead, admit it. Since we're not perfect, doesn't it make sense to use a motor oil that's got your back?

Now synthetic oil costs more. But it lasts longer, protects better and increases fuel economy. You'll likely save money in the long run. If you're serious about making your car last longer, start using synthetic motor oil right away.

Give us a call to schedule an oil change, or visit us at our Griesbach Auto Sales & Service website.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St         4302 Stewart Ave.
Weston, WI 54476    Wausau, Wi. 54401
(715) 355-1553         (715) 203-8808