Alternator Replacement at Griesbach Auto Service INC.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Many Weston and Wausau drivers have probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on their dash when they start their engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything's OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your vehicle battery's not charging properly.

Weston and Wausau motorists probably know that their battery stores electricity – enough to start the engine and get moving. But that's about it – you can only get a few miles or kilometers on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your vehicle engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your vehicle alternator isn't working, there isn't enough electricity for all of those things. When your alternator fails, you aren't going very far.

So why would your vehicle alternator not work? Usually they've simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin 2 to 3 times faster than the engine – that's a lot of work. The bearings wear out, as do the copper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity.

There's no sense in hobbling along on WI streets with an alternator that's not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded on the road. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can. When you come to Griesbach Auto Service INC. for an alternator replacement, your friendly and knowledgeable will install an alternator that meets your 's specifications. Some Wausau use a lot of additional electrical gizmos in the vehicle, like computers, DVD players, power inverters and such or may regularly tow a camp trailer with a battery that recharges as you drive. If that sounds like you, ask your service advisor about upgrading to a more heavy-duty alternator to meet your needs.

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

Let Griesbach Auto Sales & Service Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Weston/Wausau area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.

But a lot of Weston/Wausau drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.

There are a lot of vehicles on WI roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) really be that easy for Weston drivers?

Actually, it makes sense. Oil is the lifeblood of a vehicle. Clean oil ensures that the engine will run efficiently and staves off the build-up of sludge that can eventually damage engine parts. Oil changes remove dirty oil and replace dirty oil filters, keeping an engine clean and running smoothly, just like eating right keeps our hearts healthy by preventing build-up in our arteries.

But there's another reason why not skipping an oil change can result in a longer life for your car. When you bring your car in to Griesbach Auto Sales & Service for an oil change, all of the fluid levels are checked and topped off. If these fluids are depleted, dirty or low, they can damage the engine.

If a fluid is significantly low, it usually indicates a leak somewhere, leading to an inspection of relevant parts. This inspection and the replacement of the worn part can prevent repair bills and maintain the health of the engine.

At an oil change, your technician at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service will also do a quick check for worn belts or hoses, uneven tread wear, leaking shock absorbers and other signs of wear and tear. This advance notice allows the owner to replace parts before they break down and possibly damage your vehicle.

The oil change is also a good time to review any other service that the vehicle might need. Many car owners rely on their pros at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service for good auto advice on check-ups and follow-up vehicle care that will keep older cars running well.

Parts wear out on older vehicles. There's no avoiding it. As the odometer chugs upward toward 200,000 miles (320,000 km), the vehicle will need several batteries, a couple of alternators and water pumps, a new set of shocks and possibly some brake rotors. But these items—all together—add up to far less than the cost of a new vehicle.

Good vehicle care and preventive maintenance are the hallmark of Weston drivers who have kept their vehicles on the road and running past the age when most of us have given up and headed back to a car lot. We can learn from their wisdom.

So treat your car right: Take good care of it and don't skip the check-ups at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston and Wausau. 

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

Engine Air Filter Basics for Weston and Wausau

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Today in the Griesbach Auto Service INC. car care blog, we want to talk about your engine air filter. That's the filter that cleans the air before it's burned in your engine. Weston and Wausau residents wonder how often they should change their engine air filter. The simple answer is: when it's dirty. That's a function of how much air has passed through the filter, so your service advisor will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. But you can imagine that how dirty the air is would affect how quickly the filter gets filled.

If you drive where there's lots of dust, pollution or pollen around Wausau, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That's why we check the air filter with every full-service oil change at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed. Your filter can only hold so much dirt. Once the filter is full, dirt will pass through to the engine. This dirt gums up the combustion chamber, hurts fuel economy and may cause damage. It can also contaminate the Mass Air Flow Sensor which will affect drivability and can be fairly to replace.

A dirty air filter would also restrict the amount of air that gets to the engine which hurts fuel economy. We can replace your engine air filter with one that matches the factory specifications or you can upgrade your filter for enhanced performance. So when your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor shows you your dirty air filter, you know how it is time to get it replaced.

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

 

Tire Replacement at Griesbach Auto Service Inc.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

New tire choices can be overwhelming for Weston & Wausau drivers. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. How much do you drive off-road in WI? How important are looks as you drive on Wausau roads?

Let's suppose you have a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good in Weston. When the Weston weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do in WI, you want full on performance tires.

If all-out performance isn't a big issue, all-season tires are a good compromise that works well for most Weston drivers.

When it's time for new tires, visit with a tire professional at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston. Describe your needs and wants. He'll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads around Weston.

Tires are a large purchase for Weston drivers. With so many choices, you'll be able to get what's best for you.

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   

 

Wausau/Weston Alignment Service

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn't feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes around Weston and Wausau and smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then, one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.

There are several things involved in an alignment check at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service. First, there's an inspection of the steering and suspension systems - their components should be checked to see if anything's bent or broken. Then the tire condition needs to be inspected. From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle's center line. If the back wheels aren't adjustable, a technician at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service can determine the direction they push and then align the front wheels to match.

Like most things, your manufacturer has suggested a mileage interval for having your alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that's given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive. It's better to have your alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear - by then, the damage is done.

Getting your alignment checked at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wausau when needed is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tires meet the road properly for maximum performance and safety.

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

New Life for Your Older Car in Weston and Wausau

Monday, October 30, 2017

Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.

Remember the days when Weston and Wausau families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your parents just told you to do without, that you should have taken better care of it. They considered the loss a “life lesson.”

But today many Weston and Wausau drivers tend to neglect one of the more expensive and important purchases we make: our vehicles. Vehicles are a lot more reliable today than back when we polished our shoes, and that reliability can sometimes make us take them for granted. Drivers in Weston neglect good vehicle care practices and procrastinate when it comes to preventive maintenance. What we're really doing is heading straight for one of those dreaded “life lessons.” Eventually we'll pay for our neglect in repair bills and a shorter life for our vehicle.

Is procrastinating on routine maintenance really so terrible? Consider what happens when you procrastinate on brushing your teeth, washing your clothes or getting the dishes done. Gunk builds up, makes the job harder and ultimately damages your teeth, clothing or dishes. It's the same with your vehicle. Some of the best auto advice out there for Weston drivers is to stay on top of routine oil changes by bringing their car into Griesbach Auto Sales & Service Inc. Even a little extra interval between oil changes can result in oil sludge, which can clog passages in your engine. This means oil can't get to some of the engine components, and they'll wear out faster without lubrication. Every time you put off an oil change, the problem gets worse, eventually cutting years off the life of your engine.

The same is true if you skip cooling system service. Corrosion inhibitors in the fluid become depleted over time, opening the system up to damage. Consistent neglect will lead to holes in your radiator. Talk to your friendly service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service Inc. for suggestions and feedback.

Neglect of other fluids can also result in engine damage. Brake fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid—all of these need to be serviced on a regular basis. In addition, your fuel system needs periodic cleaning or it can start to break down and cause permanent damage to your engine.

The good news is that it's never too late to get on track and start getting good, regular preventive maintenance for your vehicle at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service. You may not be able to reverse damage that's already been done, but you can prevent further damage.

It really does all start with an oil change. With a full-service oil change at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service Inc, your fluids will be checked and your car inspected for wear and tear. Our pros at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service Inc. can also advise you of other inspections and maintenance items that are coming due. If you're on top of oil changes, your service advisor will keep track of your maintenance schedule and remind you what needs to be done.

Older vehicles are going to need repairs. But with good maintenance, those repairs will involve fairly routine stuff like alternators, water pumps, belts and batteries. The cost of these replacement parts at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service is much cheaper than the repair bills that come with serious engine damage, and they're certainly less than the cost of a new car.

We may not need to polish our shoes anymore, and tossing out that outdated cell phone may not be such a loss. But when it comes to our vehicles, they're just too valuable to be treated as disposable. Let's take a step back, listen to our parents and take care of our stuff. If we don't, we could be on our way to a “life lesson” involving our bank account and a bus pass.

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

Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for Weston and Wausau drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintenance.

Fuel injectors have replaced carburetors in most of today's vehicles. These injectors deliver better fuel economy than a carburetor, but they can be compromised by rust, dirt and other contaminants. They need to be clean to maintain the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume of delivered fuel so that the vehicle engine can run at peak efficiency.

There are products on the market that Weston and Wausau vehicle owners can add to their gas tank that will help keep your fuel injectors clean. These products will keep a clean fuel system clean but have trouble cleaning a system that has already gotten gummed up.

If your fuel system needs a major cleaning, Griesbach Auto Sales & Service can help. We have the tools and chemicals necessary to clean up your fuel system. We can remove accumulated carbon, grit, gum and varnish and get your fuel system and those all-important fuel injectors back up to snuff. Once your fuel system is clean, you'll notice the difference in improved power and better fuel economy. You may not notice that your vehicle is now producing fewer emissions, but our WI environment will be better for it.

Weston and Wausau drivers should consider adding a cleaning product to their gas tank after a fuel system cleaning. Those cleaners will help prevent your fuel system getting gummed up again, plus they can prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system.

Ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service if your vehicle is in need of a fuel system cleaning. That kind of auto advice can save you big bucks in repair bills down the road.

Your owner's manual and Griesbach Auto Sales & Service service advisor can help you with other car care advice that can help improve the safety and performance of your vehicle. Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston can also help you set up a schedule to perform that maintenance and help you customize that schedule so it accounts for the climate and road conditions in your area.

Weston and Wausau drivers should remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to vehicle care, that old adage has proven itself true.

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

Make your vehicle last

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

 

 
 


We live in such a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days, WI folks were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough - they had to do without. Most Weston/Wausau drivers couldn't afford new vehicles very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could.

It's a good thing that vehicles are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us WI penny pinchers is that a modern vehicle can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Weston/Wausau vehicle owners making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.

Every time you go a little farther between recommended oil changes, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and for clogged passages. Then some vehicle parts don't get properly lubricated and they start to wear out faster. Skip a cooling system service and the corrosion inhibitors become depleted; the radiator starts being damaged - one step closer to a failure. Same thing is true for transmission service, power brakes, fuel system cleaning - really everything on your schedule.

It is probably even more important for older vehicles. Those engines and other systems have had more time to get dirty, so they are a bit more stressed anyway. But it is never too late to get back on track with your auto maintenance and to hold off further damage.

And it really does start with the oil change. When you get a full service oil change in Weston & Wausau at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, we top off all your fluids and check for other items that are on your maintenance schedule. It's like your safety net. Go in for an oil change on time, and let your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service help you keep track of the rest.

Some things are going to wear out along the way, things like alternators, water pumps, etc. But fixing those at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service is cheaper than a new car  payment for Weston/Wausau drivers. And taking care of problems early means they have less time to mess with other things. It is like having high cholesterol - you don't want to wait for a heart attack before you address it.

 

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St       4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476   Wausau, Wi. 54401

(715) 355-1553       (715) 203-8808

Severe Driving in Weston and Wausau

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance. Weston and Wasuau drivers can check on things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after driving a certain distance or after so many months. Weston and Wausau drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The distance and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.

Now when you hear “severe service”, you may think it doesn't apply to you because you don't feel your driving conditions are severe or extreme – it's just normal everyday driving. So let's list some of the conditions that classify as severe so that Weston and Wausau drivers can make the judgment on their own driving.

• Most trips are less than four miles (six kilometers)
• Most trips are less than nine miles/fifteen kilometers and outside 
Weston temperatures are below freezing
• You drive in very hot weather in WI

• Driving at low speed most of the time around the Wausau area (under 55 mph/90 kph)
• Stop and go driving
• Operating your vehicle in dusty, polluted or muddy 
Weston conditions
• You tow a trailer, regularly carry heavy loads or carry a car-top carrier


Most of us in Weston and Wausau operate under severe driving conditions at least some of the time. How do we know which car maintenance schedule to follow?

Carefully think about your driving conditions and decide if you should do your preventive maintenance closer to the severe service recommendation or the regular recommendation. Of course, your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. can help you with your decision. 

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

Hitting the Brakes

Monday, August 28, 2017

 

 
 

 

Safety should always be an element of your vehicle care. So even if you don't care about how your vehicle looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other Weston drivers — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.

Brakes need a regular inspection. There are  parts that wear out or wear down, and it's best to replace them before you have serious problems.

Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that's a good sign that you need your brakes checked. You can also tell something is wrong with your brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate serious problems. If vibrations accompany braking, then it is to get your brakes checked.

Brakes come in two basic types. With disc brakes, a rotor is attached to the axle of the vehicle. Padded calipers straddle the rotor and close when the brakes are applied. The resulting friction causes the rotor — and the axle — to stop turning. With drum brakes, brake pads (also called shoes) press against the inside of a drum to create friction and stop the drum, and hence the vehicle's wheels, from turning.

When Griesbach Auto Sales & Service services your brake system, your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor checks all of the brake pads for wear. If they are too thin, they need to be replaced. This is an inexpensive repair at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service compared to what procrastination will cost you. If pads wear away completely, then the rotors and drums can be damaged. They will have to be either resurfaced or replaced, and that can be expensive. But if your vehicle brake pads are worn out, then your brakes are compromised and your stopping power is greatly reduced. You could easily wind up in an accident.

Brake pads come in several different grades such as regular, metallic and ceramic. The higher grades are more expensive, but they also work better. WI drivers who want better and smoother braking should consider upgrading. However, Weston drivers should NEVER use a brake pad that is lower than their vehicle manufacturer's recommendation.

After your brake pads are checked at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, it's also wise to have your brake fluid checked. This is a critical element in your brake system. When you press your brake pedal, you are compressing the brake fluid, creating pressure that activates the brake pads. If your fluid pressure is low, it will decrease your braking power. The pads just won't be able to press hard enough against the rotor or drum to stop your vehicle. Just as with worn pads, insufficient brake fluid can lead to an accident in Weston.

Water can build up in your brake fluid, which can cause corrosion in your braking system. Eventually this can cause your brake fluid to leak. So Weston drivers should also change their brake fluid periodically. Your vehicle owner's manual will have guidelines on how often it should be replaced, or you can ask a service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service. 

Remember, Weston folks, safety first. It's auto advice for all Weston drivers on the road. You're not just protecting others; you're protecting yourself.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St
Weston, WI 54476
(715) 355-1553

Automotive Tips from Griesbach Auto Sales & Service: Timing Belt Overview

Monday, August 21, 2017

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Weston. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timing belt is important. If it should break, you could end up at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service with expensive engine damage.

Ask your friendly and professional Griesbach Auto Sales & Service service advisor when your timing belt is scheduled for replacement.

Give us a call.

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

Alignment

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's no surprise that your vehicle will drive better in the Rothschild, Weston, Wausau area if all the wheels are pointed in the same direction. That's called wheel alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment you may notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.

Something that you won't notice right away, but you will if you keep driving around when you're out of alignment, is that your tires are wearing unevenly and fairly quickly. That's because when the vehicle is pulling to one side, you have to steer it back straight. The outside of the tire just wears out faster because you're constantly turning, which can be very exhausting on a long road trip – fighting to keep the vehicle going straight down the road.

Some of the things that commonly throw a wheel out of alignment are slamming into a pothole, smacking a curb or something like a rock. And it doesn't have to be a big shock, it can just be the regular bumps and bangs of daily driving that add up and eventually take your vehicle out of alignment. That's why your owner's manual or Weston service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. may suggest having your alignment checked periodically.

With an alignment service at Griesbach Auto Service INC., we measure each wheel's alignment and check to see where they are relative to factory specifications. While we have the vehicle on the alignment rack, we inspect the tires for wear as well as the suspension and steering components for damage or wear – things that can contribute to alignment problems. With some vehicles you can adjust all four wheels into alignment. On those vehicles where you can only adjust the front wheels, we bring the front into alignment relative to the rear.

Cost varies by whether or not it's two- or four-wheel adjustable. Four-wheel drive vehicles may have an additional charge because they're more difficult to align. At any rate, it's cheaper than having to replace tires every few months.

If it's been a while since you've had your wheels aligned, take your vehicle to Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston/Wausau for an alignment check.

 

 

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

Engine Hydration for Weston Wausau Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

Monday, July 10, 2017

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine.

The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. You can check your owner's manual to find out how long your water pump should last. Some can fail at only 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers), but almost all of them fail by 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers).

Water pumps don't gradually wear out; they fail. In other words, they're either working or they're not. A failed water pump has to be replaced.

Water pumps can fail in two ways: they can spring a leak or their bearings fail. Leaks can come from a cracked pump but usually develop at the gasket where the pump attaches to the engine.

If you hear a low-pitched grinding sound coming from the water pump, it's time for a new one. If you see coolant leaking in the area near the pump, it needs to be replaced. Also, coolant on the driveway could indicate water pump failure. Many water pumps aren't visible because they're under a plastic cover, so you may have to take your vehicle to Griesbach Auto Sales & Service to know if the water pump has failed. If your water pump is run by the timing belt, then it should be replaced when you replace the belt. Most timing belts need to be replaced at around 60,000 to 90,000 miles (100,000 to 150,000 kilometers). The labor for replacing a timing belt is about 90% the same for replacing a water pump, so it's cost-effective to take care of them both at the same time. Also, if your water pump develops a leak (if it's powered by the timing belt), you have to replace the timing belt as well since contamination by coolant fluid damages the belt. It just makes sense for Weston residents to replace both of these parts whenever either one needs it.

Replacing a water pump at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service is a vehicle care issue that almost all of us Weston residents face eventually. They don't last forever. On the other hand, we can extend the life of most of the components of our vehicle through preventive maintenance. Just as exercise and diet keep our heart healthy, regular check-ups and fluid changes will keep our vehicles healthy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Sales & Service service advisor.

 

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
Weston (715) 355-1553

Wausau (715) 203-8808

Importance of Maintenance Schedules

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of Weston, Wausau life with recommended intervals: you have dental cleanings, physical exams, laundry, mowing the lawn and paying the bills.

What would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You might miss health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you'd wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your utilities shut off.

Weston, Wausau men and women realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. For Weston, Wausau drivers who want to be more proactive with their car care, here are some simple ways to remember what has a maintenance interval.

First: Fluids. If it's liquid, it's got a replacement schedule. Oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, etc. We can take care of all of these for you at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston, Wausau.

Then think Tires. They need air, rotation, balancing and alignment. And while you're thinking tires, think brakes and shock absorbers.

And what makes your vehicle go? Air and Fuel. Air filter replacement, fuel filters and Griesbach Auto Service INC. fuel system cleaning. Of course there are more items, but if you remember to take your vehicle in for these things, your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC.staff will help you with the rest.

And if Weston, Wausau drivers don't follow recommended service intervals? Your fuel economy will decrease, your vehicle won't perform as well, your safety will be compromised and you'll spend more in the long run. Reason enough to follow recommended service intervals.

Give us a call.

 
Weston 715.355.1553
Wausau 715.203.8808

Griesbach Auto Service INC.

STOP IT! YOU NEED GOOD BRAKES

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the Weston area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices.  

Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound.

Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator.

When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service soon.

Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would be a good idea to park it until you can get into the shop.

A grinding noise usually means that the brake pad is completely worn away and the metal parts of the brake are rubbing directly on the metal brake rotor. That means the rotor is being damaged and will need some work. More on that later.

Another warning sign is that your brake pedal may feel soft and spongy – or it may even feel very hard to push in. Both could mean trouble. And of course, you may get a dashboard brake warning light.

Now when it comes time to replace your brake pads, you have a choice to make. You can get the same pads that came standard on your vehicle. You can expect the same performance and durability as with the pads that came on the car from the factory.

Now you can also get a budget brake pad. Sometimes Weston drivers insist on lower cost pads. That's OK if the budget demands it, but you need to be aware of the tradeoffs. Lower grade pads are usually noisier, so you'll have to live with more noise when you apply the brakes. They also tend to generate a lot more brake dust, you know, that black dust that accumulates on your wheels. And they probably won't last as long either. In our opinion, that's a lot of compromise for just a few dollars in savings.

You can also choose to buy premium brakes pads at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service. These perform at higher specifications than the factory pads. You can expect quieter operation, less brake dust and better stopping power.

Now, getting back to the rotors. The rotors are the discs that the brake pads clamp down on to stop the vehicle. If you've been driving with completely worn brake pads, you've scratched grooves into the rotors. If the grooves aren't too deep, the rotor can be resurfaced. A thin layer of metal is cut off the surface of the rotor to make it smooth again.

Now, if the grooves are too deep or if the rotor has already be resurfaced before, there may not be enough material to resurface and still have a rotor that's thick enough to safely stop the vehicle. In that case, the rotor will have to be replaced.

Something that's often overlooked is the brake fluid. Your manufacturer has a recommended schedule for evacuating the old brake fluid, cleaning the system and refilling it with fresh brake fluid. This is really important to brake performance.

So here's the bottom line: if you suspect, inspect. If you notice any of these warning signs, have your brakes inspected at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston. Your service advisor can help you make the repair decision that's right for you.

 

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St
Weston, WI 54476
(715) 355-1553

Problems with Suspension Solved at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A vehicle's suspension system is tough. It can last for years and after lots of driving for Weston drivers. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.

Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these elements of unpredictability, it is important for Weston drivers to have them inspected periodically. Worn, broken and missing parts can be identified during an inspection at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service . An ineffective suspension system will decrease the driver's control over a vehicle, so when it is damaged it frequently leads to the worst kind of vehicular damage — dangerous accidents.

The suspension system is composed of springs and shock absorbers (or shocks). Springs suspend the weight of the vehicle above its axles. They allow the vehicle to “bounce” over bumps, which reduces the force of the impact on the vehicle. Shocks reduce the rebound of the “bounce,” smoothing out the ride of the vehicle. They also force the tires to retain constant contact with the road. Shocks are responsible for “handling performance,” or the ease with which the driver controls the vehicle.

The springs in the suspension system are heavy-duty and rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers are tough, too, but they will wear out.

Your vehicle might be equipped with struts. Struts are a combination spring and shock absorber. Struts, like shocks, have a limited life span.

Inspecting shocks or struts for damage and wear should be part of your preventive maintenance routine. Since a good suspension system is ultimately a safety feature of your vehicle, it's always better to be proactive about its care. In this case, good car care can prevent accidents.

There are some signs that will warn you that your suspension system may be in need of attention. One of the signs might be a cupped wear pattern on your tires. This is caused by the shocks bouncing unevenly. Other signs of bad shocks manifest themselves in the handling performance of your vehicle. You may notice a drifting sensation when cornering, often referred to as a “floaty” feeling. If the front of your vehicle dips significantly when you brake or if it rocks back and forth after stopping, it's time for new shocks. Your technician at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service will check your shocks visually. If they're leaking, they need to be replaced.

Any one of these symptoms warrants an inspection of the suspension system. You should also get your suspension system inspected if you are involved in an accident involving one of your wheels. Weston drivers should never put off suspension repairs. If you experience suspension system failure, it can cause a serious accident. If one of your shocks needs to be replaced, then replace all four of them. This allows for even handling of the vehicle. Replacing just one of the shocks is rarely good auto advice.

When you replace your shocks or struts, use parts that are equivalent to — or better than — the original shocks on the vehicle. The original equipment was for the weight and expected use of the vehicle, and Weston drivers should never downgrade.

Upgrading, however, is another matter for Weston drivers. If your suspension system gets a workout or you just want to improve your vehicle's handling performance, then you should upgrade to a better shock. If you haul heavy loads around Weston or tow a trailer, then you should definitely be getting heavy-duty shocks.

 Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St
Weston, WI 54476
(715) 355-1553

Simple Answers from Griesbach Auto Service Inc.: Cooling System

Friday, December 30, 2016

Question:
My engine never overheats. Why should I get a cooling system service in Wausau?

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Answer:
That's a really good question for Wausau drivers to ask, because if you don't have the full answer you may end up in trouble. It would seem that if your engine is running at the proper temperature that everything must be OK. But the fact is that engine overheating is the most common cause of mechanical failure for Wausau drivers. So how do you get from everything is just fine to suddenly overheating and potential engine damage?

Truth is, it is not a sudden process, but it is an invisible one. Your engine coolant circulates through your engine where it absorbs heat and then flows through the radiator where it is cooled – and then back to the engine again. As long as the coolant is able to flow freely – and there are no leaks – then the coolant can do its job. This is the point where Wausau drivers have to look deeper.

The cooling system is a environment: very hot, with a number of reactive materials like various types of metal, plastics and rubber. Over time the coolant becomes corrosive. Small pieces of metal and other materials flake off and circulate in the coolant. As these bits start to clog up the small passages in the radiator, they the coolant flow, leading to overheating. Corrosive coolant can actually eat away at the system and cause leaks as well.

Now new coolant is full of anti-corrosion additives. These additives neutralize the reactions that lead to corrosion. The additives are eventually used up, leaving the cooling system unprotected.

This is why your vehicle manufacturer and the team at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. give a recommendation for when your cooling system should be serviced. Your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. can also test your coolant for freeze point and PH to see if it needs to be replaced (if you've added straight water to the system these numbers may be off). You need to get fresh coolant in there to continue to protect against corrosion.

So Wausau drivers who've gone beyond the recommended service interval should take care of this maintenance service to prevent unnecessary repairs down the road.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
 

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel with a New Fuel Filter

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel with a New Fuel Filter from Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

Dec 8th, 2016

Your vehicle requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your vehicle engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts performance as you drive around the Weston area. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber.

That's why all vehicles, including vehicles, come equipped with a fuel filter. The job of the filter is to clean out little pieces of dirt and contamination. The filter captures the contaminants and keeps them out of the fuel stream. Of course, like all filters, it will eventually get clogged up and need to be replaced at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston & Wausau.

If your fuel filter is clogged, the vehicle engine can't get all the fuel it needs, and it may sputter at high speeds or quick acceleration. Many fuel filters have a bypass valve that will allow unfiltered fuel through when they are clogged. This keeps your vehicle engine running, but doesn't protect it from contaminated fuel.

Weston drivers may find that they need to change their fuel filter at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service more frequently as their vehicle ages. Over the years, additional sediment and rust accumulates in the fuel tank and can be drawn into the fuel system. Your fuel filter stands guard at the gates to your engine to protect parts and to maintain performance.

 

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

 5910 Mesker St. Weston, WI 54476 (715) 355-1553

4302 Stewart Ave. Wausau, Wi 54401 715-203-8808

Annual Food Drive

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

It is that special time of year when we want to help the less fortunate in our community. So we are offering this awesome promotion once again. Please share!

Griesbach Auto's Car Care Club Card

Thursday, November 17, 2016

It's easy to save with Griesbach Auto's Car Care Club Card in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

When you join our Club, you'll be one of our privileged clients that could easily save up to $352.90 over the next year.  As a member, you'll receive a special Car Care Club Card that is filled many car care products and services. For more information, click here.           

And you are not limited to using the card on just one vehicle! Give it to your spouse or family member and let them use it to save money on any repairs that they may need.

With the holidays coming up, the Car Care Club Card makes an excellent gift for anyone that owns a car.  

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            Griesbach Auto Service, Weston, WI  715-355-1553

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