Steering

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Steering is one of the things we Weston and Wausau drivers take for granted in our vehicles. Let's break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second,  the actual parts that steer the vehicle.

Most drivers in Wausau and  Weston, WI, who are under 40 have never driven a vehicle without power steering. Most vehicles in WI today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles in WI have an electric pump. Some Weston vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering.

The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. Weston drivers can postpone that day by having a power steering service at Griesbach Auto Service INC. from time to time. We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor for the recommended change interval.

What about the mechanical steering parts? Is there anything Weston drivers can do to maintain them? Yes. If any of the steering parts can be lubed, your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service. Other than that, just watch for signs that parts are wearing out: things like loose steering and uneven tire wear.

Worn parts can be replaced to get Weston drivers back on the road. Now, sometimes parts can be bent or damaged from hitting potholes, curbs or rocks. It's important to take care of these problems early on. If Weston drivers neglect them, the damaged parts stress other attached components which starts a chain reaction of damage.

Steering maintenance is pretty straightforward for Weston drivers: Replace power steering fluid as recommended and fix worn or damaged parts right away. That'll save you money in the long run.

Hey – we wouldn't steer you wrong.

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

Power Steering Maintenance

Friday, April 19, 2019

Steering is one of the things we take for granted in our vehicles. Let’s break it down into two areas: first, the power assist and second, the actual parts that steer the vehicle.

Most people under 40 have never driven a car or truck without power steering. Most vehicles today have a hydraulic power steering pump that provides boost to help you steer. The pump is usually driven by the serpentine belt, but some newer vehicles have an electric pump. Some vehicles even have an electric motor that directly powers the steering.

The important thing to keep in mind is that these pumps and motors will eventually wear out and the hoses will start to leak. You can postpone that day by having a power steering service from time to time. We will drain the old fluid and replace it with fresh fluid. This removes water and contaminants that can corrode power steering parts. Ask your service advisor for the recommended change interval.

What about the mechanical steering parts? Is there anything you can do to maintain them? Yes. If any of the steering parts can be lubed, your technician will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service. Other than that, just watch for signs that parts are wearing out — things like loose steering and uneven tire wear.

Worn parts can be replaced to get you back on the road. Now, sometimes parts can be bent or damaged from hitting potholes, curbs or rocks. It’s important to take care of these problems early on. If you neglect them, the damaged parts stress other attached components which starts a chain reaction of damage.

Steering maintenance is pretty straight forward: Replace power steering fluid as recommended and fix worn or damaged parts right away. That’ll save you money in the long run.

Contact a professional service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. for more details.

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

Auto Repair Ethics in Weston and Wausau

Thursday, April 11, 2019

We're going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. Unfortunately, every profession has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. In the automotive world, including our local Wausau automotive community, industry associations, professional licensing organizations and Griesbach Auto Service INC. are very committed to high ethical standards.

Yet some Weston, Wausau, Schofield, and Rothschild drivers are uncomfortable with automotive service and repair. If we understand what's recommended and the benefits of taking care of the work – and the pitfalls of putting it off – we'll have more trust in the recommendation. So communication is key. It's like going to your doctor. If she's using medical jargon and takes a lot of basic medical knowledge for granted, we have a hard time following her train of thought. It can be like that with your Weston or Wausa service advisor, too. He's so familiar with all things automotive, he may forget you don't know a PCV from an EGT.

If you don't understand what your doctor's talking about: ask some questions. If you don't understand what your Wausau automotive advisor's talking about: ask some questions.

Let's go back to those ethical standards. When we hear a repair recommendation, we always ask ourselves, “Is this really necessary?” Well, here's the industry standard:

If your Weston or Wausau service advisor tells you that a repair or replacement is required, it must meet one of the following criteria:

(1) The part no longer performs its intended purpose
(2) The part does not meet a design specification
(3) The part is missing

For example, it you take your vehicle in for a grinding noise when you step on the brakes, you may just think you need new brake pads. After the inspection, the technician says that you have a cracked rotor and need to replace it. If you tried to get him to just put new pads on, he would say that if you didn't want to replace the rotor, he would ethically have to refuse the repair. To just put pads on a cracked rotor would have been very wrong. The brakes could've failed at anytime: they needed to be repaired – not just have a band-aid slapped on them. Now, looking at something not so serious, the service advisor may suggest repair or replacement:

(1) If the part is close to the end of its useful life – just above discard specifications or likely to fail soon
(2) To address a customer need or request – like for better ride or increased performance
(3) To comply with maintenance recommended by the vehicle manufacturer

(4) Based on the technician's informed experience

Of course, the technician has the burden of making ethical recommendations and properly educating their Weston or Wausau customers. For the customer, if you are uncomfortable with a recommendation, ask some questions. More information is always a good thing for Weston and Wausau drivers.

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

Time To Take Another Look at Diesel Vehicles

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Let's debunk some of the myths about diesel powered vehicles.

1. Diesel Burns Dirty
This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel or USLD. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a smaller carbon footprint.

2. Diesels Are Sluggish
Not any more. They are as fast off the line as similar gasoline-powered cars. If your idea of fun is to spend an afternoon test-driving new cars, go take a spin in a diesel BMW or Porsche.

3. Diesels Are Loud
Back in the day, you could hear a diesel motor from a mile away. Today's diesels run quiet.

4. Diesels Have a Bad Resale Value
Actually, diesel vehicles have a lower depreciation rate.

Another often-overlooked benefit is lower risk of fire. Diesel fuel is less flammable and won't explode like gasoline.

Diesel engines require parts that are heavier and stronger. At Griesbach Auto Service INC., we occasionally service diesel cars and trucks with over 300,000 miles/500,000 kilometers. The heavy-duty parts make diesel vehicles a little more expensive new, but due to the extra burliness, diesel engines last a lot longer. This is one of the reasons Cummins diesels inspire such a loyal following.

Cons? Cold weather starting. Diesel engines can be hard to fire up when the temperature drops. However, an engine block heater can solve this problem. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor for more information.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle that's easy on fuel, you might want to explore your diesel options. You'll save money and may qualify for a tax credit if you buy a clean diesel vehicle. Of course, diesels require regular maintenance like any other vehicle and the services are usually a little more costly due to the nature of the engines. But the extra cost is offset by the better fuel economy and longer engine life.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Technician Training

Friday, March 29, 2019

Our car is very important to our lives; when it breaks down, Wausau drivers need it back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.

If you've ever checked into some of the training Griesbach Auto Service Inc. technicians receive, you may be surprised at how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car in Wausau, Weston, Schofield, or Rothschild.

Our engines are more and more powerful, fuel efficient and reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex from a mechanical and electronics standpoint that it can make Wausau drivers' heads spin. Vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle functions as well. Wausau drivers take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks.

It requires a high level of commitment on the part of your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. as well. In addition to the auto mechanic training, there's the financial commitment to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.

The ability to repair your vehicle requires a strong combination of training and resources at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau. So try to relax next time you take your vehicle into Griesbach Auto Service Inc.. You're in good hands.

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

Water Pump

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Let's talk water pumps for vehicles in Weston, Schofield, and Rothschild WI. The engine is cooled by coolant/antifreeze mixed with water. This mixture circulates around the engine, absorbing some of the heat. The coolant then flows through the radiator where air cools it down for the return trip back through the engine. Your vehicle's water pump is what drives this process.

Cooling system problems are the number-one mechanical failure in Weston, Schofield, and Rothschild. So the water pump plays a pretty important role. You can't get very far in WI without a water pump.

After all that distance and years of pumping coolant, water pumps just wear out. You might notice a whining or grinding sound coming from the water pump. Or maybe see coolant leaking from the pump itself.

The precise location of the water pump varies depending on the vehicle. Some have the water pump attached to the outside of the engine where you can see it. With these, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt.

Some have the water pump driven by the timing belt. The timing belt cover often hides the water pump with this setup, so you can't see the pump without removing the cover.

When you have Griesbach Auto Service INC. replace the water pump on one of these, you really should replace the timing belt at the same time. We've already gotten things taken apart and besides, the belt's likely been contaminated by coolant. And timing belts usually need to be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles, or 100,000 to 150,000 kilometers,  anyway, so it just makes sense to do both jobs at once.

The opposite is true too; when you change the timing belt on this type of engine, replace the water pump while you're at it. The water pump will eventually fail and getting to it is an expensive project. For not that much more you can take care of both the timing belt and the water pump at the same time.

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

Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WI air quality affects Wausau drivers wherever we are. Many decades ago, people began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

Cabin air filters are now coming standard on most new vehicles since the 2000 model year. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment.

They can filter particles down to three microns, so that’s good enough to clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. If you suffer from allergies, this is very good news.

You can look in your owner’s manual to see if you have a cabin air filter. If you do, there’ll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live where there’s a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often. You can also ask your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor.

How hard it is to change a cabin air filter depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They’re usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some Wausau drivers haven’t heard of them – even people who have cabin air filters. Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisors report customers complaining of an unpleasant odor in their vehicle and it turned out to be a dirty cabin air filter.

An important note for WI hybrid owners: there is a special air filter that cleans the air that cools the hybrid battery pack. This filter should be inspected every time the cabin air filter is inspected and replaced if it is dirty so that the battery pack doesn’t overheat. 

Give us a call.


Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
715.203.8808

Anti-Lock Brakes

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) help you stop faster. That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. Anti-lock brakes, in fact, are designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle in an emergency braking situation.

Imagine you are driving on a snowy Weston road. You slam on your brakes and your rear wheels lock up. Chances are good that the rear end of your vehicle will try to pass the front end and you can easily lose control. What would happen in the same circumstance if your front wheels locked up? Well you certainly would not be able to steer properly and your front end would go to wherever momentum  leads it. The anti-lock brake system modulates your brakes on and off as many as 15 times a second. This keeps your wheels from locking up while providing the greatest amount of braking possible. You are better able to steer your vehicle and maintain control. Weston Service advisors often talk about the 3 S's of Anti-Lock Brakes: Stomp – Stay – Steer. Stomp on the brake, Stay on the brake and Steer normally.

Modern anti-lock brakes systems utilize a computer to receive information from sensors and control the anti-lock brakes. There are wheel speed sensors at each wheel reporting back to the computer which can then decide when to activate the anti-lock brakes on the wheel or wheels in need.

So what affects how well the ABS works? First, the condition of your brakes. If you brakes are worn or not working properly, the ABS will not be able to do its job as effectively. A brake inspection at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston will let you know if your brake shoes/pads are in good condition, if there are any mechanical brake problems and if your brake fluid and power brake system is in need of service. Proper brake fluid maintenance helps keep the brake control module in good working order. There can also be problems with the various sensors and the wiring that sends the messages to and from the computer. And, of course, your tires need to be in good condition in order to have enough traction to start, stop and steer. Worn tires are a big problem for ABS and stability control systems.

The ABS is the foundation of stability control systems, providing the information needed for stability control as well as to strategically brake a wheel when needed, so making sure your ABS is working well is very important. Also, the rolling diameter of your tires is one of the factors on which the computer bases anti-lock decisions. If you buy tires that are more than 3% larger or smaller than the tires that were installed at the factory, the ABS and stability control systems will not work properly. The computer can be recalibrated for the new tire size so that the systems have the correct information.

When you start your vehicle, the ABS light will briefly illuminate on the dashboard. If the system detects a problem with itself, the light will stay on. That is your cue to take your vehicle in for an inspection to determine the problem. Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor Griesbach Auto Service INC. is your partner in keeping this safety system operating as it should.

Give us a call

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street
Weston, WI 54476
715.355.1553

Trip Inspections at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston and Wausau

Friday, March 15, 2019

A lot of Weston and Wausau drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.

Weston drivers really do need to plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive to see if you can feel any vibrations. Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok?

The next thing is a full service oil change at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston or Wausau to make sure all of your fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your vehicle is older, you may consider putting in the high-mileage formulation to clean harmful sludge deposits in the engine. You may also need a new PCV valve and an engine air filter.

How about your transmission and brakes? Have you had your transmission and brakes inspected in the last six months? How are your wiper blades? There's nothing like not being able to get rid of the bug juice on a long road trip. Check your owner's manual for any other recommended service, and have your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Service INC. do the multi-point inspection they do so well before you head out.

Consider also having the coolant system serviced at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston or Wausau – you want to stay within the 's recommendations. Weston and Wausau drivers who are towing a trailer will want to keep in mind that they'll be going a long way under severe conditions.

A lot of Weston and Wausau drivers overlook severe conditions like towing, WI summer heat or driving on dirt roads. Plan ahead for your next road trip – at Griesbach Auto Service INC., we want you to get there and back.

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

Simple Answers from Griesbach Auto Service Inc. for Wausau: Windshield Wipers

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Question:
When should I replace my windshield wipers?

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Answer:
Well, most Wausau drivers wait until they fail. The problem with that is that you find out they have failed when you actually need them most – a little too late.

Wiper blades are really a safety system for Wausau drivers. As you can imagine, 90% of our driving decisions are based on what we see. If you can't see well because your wipers can't clear your windshield, your ability to drive safely is significantly impaired.

So the simple answer: of course, Wausau drivers should change wipers if they don't work well. But replace them before they go bad so they are always ready when that storm hits. For some Wausau drivers, once a year may be enough. For others – those who drive a lot, whose wipers are exposed to a lot of sun or use their wipers more – replacing the blades a couple of times a year might be in order.

There several types of wiper blades. The conventional blade is the base model. On the other end of the spectrum are beam blades. These have a solid beam that provides uniform pressure over the entire wiper surface for better contact with the windshield. And there are hybrid blades that are a combination of conventional and beam blades.

Upgraded wiper blades last longer and provide a cleaner wipe. Wausau drivers can always upgrade but should never go with a lower grade blade than what was installed on your vehicle from the factory.

Finally, there are special winter blades. The special design of winter wiper blades resists snow and ice build-up in the blade.

Remember, using your wipers on an icy windshield will tear up your wiper blades. Scrape your windshield before running your wipers.

Your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor can give you wiper blade options and help you select what's best for this safety system.

Give us a call.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc.
4302 Stewart Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
715.203.8808

Wheel Bearings

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Your wheel bearings may be something to which you've never given a thought while driving around Weston and Wausau WI. Wheel bearings are what enable your wheels to spin freely. Since they bear the entire weight of the vehicle, they have to be tough. Wheel bearings can last well over 60,000 miles or 100,000 kilometers. They do wear out though and must eventually be replaced.

You might hear a groaning sound from your wheels. The sound might disappear at some speeds and reappear at others. Your Weston or Wausau WI, service technicians at Griesbach Auto Service INC. can quickly tell if your bearings are bad by raising the vehicle and wiggling the wheel. When you grasp the top and bottom of the tire, it shouldn't move along the vertical axis. We also can connect chasis ears to each wheel to determine what location is causing the noise.

Many vehicles these days have wheel bearing assemblies that cannot be serviced at Griesbach Auto Service INC.. When the bearings go bad, we simply replace the entire wheel bearing assembly.

For those vehicles with wheel bearings that can be accessed, we can do some preventive maintenance. You may have heard the phrase "pack the bearings." With this procedure we remove the bearings, carefully clean them and inspect for any imperfection or wear. If the bearings can be reused, we reinstall them and pack them with grease. If not, we put in new bearings. Check your owner's manual or ask your Weston or Wausau WI, service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. if your bearings can be serviced, and if so, when it should be done.

Now, taking care of bad bearings is extremely important. When bearings go bad, they generate tremendous amounts of heat, enough to lock up the wheel. That's not a good thing at any speed. In some cases the wheel can even fall off. Either of these could cause a serious accident. So have your wheel bearings inspected if you suspect a problem and replace them right away if there is one.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street    4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476      Wausau, Wi. 54401
715.355.1553               715.203-8808

Busted In Wausau: The Maintenance Free Myth

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Busted

Quality surveys report fewer problems with new Wausau, Weston cars than ever before. So does that mean that modern vehicles have become maintenance free?

Back when cars spent more time in Wausau & Weston repair shops, WI drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it's much easier to put it off.

Take Wausau or Weston tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy driving on WI streets and highways. Now, the ignition system is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as a 100,000 miles/150,000 kilometers. So vehicle tune-ups used to force you in for service, and while you were there, you just took care of whatever else was on the list.

So what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance at Griesbach Auto Service Inc.? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy. Those benefits pay for the service as you go along. The big plus is that major repairs – and the associated breakdowns – are prevented. And these aren't just repairs that are a long way off. Modern engines are far more sophisticated and have many parts that are in critical need of proper lubrication. Missing just one oil change at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. can allow oil sludge to start forming. Sludge clogs small engine passages, robbing vehicle parts of the lubrication they need. An expensive failure could easily occur within two or three years.

Taking care of the little things at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. prevents big problems with your vehicle later. No Wausau or Weston motorist wants to be stranded by a breakdown. Your vehicle still needs to be taken care of – it's just that some of those points of care have changed with automotive advancements. The need for proper maintenance at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau did not go away.

Give us a call.

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

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Service to Improve Fuel Economy

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Let’s review some things that Wausau, Weston, and Schofield drivers can do to improve fuel economy. Bottom line,  the better you maintain your vehicle, the less fuel you will use. It all adds up in a big way. For example, replacing your dirty engine air filter will pay for itself in fuel savings before your next oil change and will keep saving you money after that.

A clean, well-maintained fuel system really pays big dividends for budget conscious Wausau, Weston, and Schofield drivers. A clogged fuel filter wastes gas. So does a dirty fuel system, grimy fuel injectors and plugged up PCV valves. A fuel system service decreases the gas you use and increases the power, so you can’t go wrong with that.

Some of us Wausau, Weston, and Schofield drivers ignore our Check Engine light. But fixing the problem that caused the light to come on will usually save some fuel as well. It may be a bad oxygen sensor that can really rob your fuel economy.

And, it may be time for a tune-up. Tune-ups should improve your fuel economy. Don’t overlook the routine maintenance items, like scheduled oil changes, transmission and cooling system service. Dirty or low fluids actually use more fuel. Just look at your car maker’s recommended service intervals in the owner’s manual or ask your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor for the schedule.

Don’t forget your tires. Under inflated tires waste gas. And if your wheels are out of alignment you won’t get the gas mileage you need.

Be sure to get a new gas cap if yours leaks or is worn.

None of these things are very complicated or expensive for drivers to stay on top of. When you maintain your car properly, you save gas today and prevent pricey repairs tomorrow.

Stop by or give us a call.
715.203.8808 in Wausau or 715.355.1553 in Weston

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

Fuel System

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I'd like to give our friends in Weston, Wausau, & Schofield WI, a quick overview of the fuel system. It starts with the fuel pump. The fuel pump is located inside the tank and pumps fuel out to the engine. Somewhere along the way is a fuel filter whose job is to filter out dirt before it hits the engine. Then there's the fuel intake system and the fuel injectors that deliver the fuel to be burned in the engine.

Our focus is to discuss how to make the various components of your fuel system work well and last as long as possible.

Now the best thing you can do for your fuel pump is to use good quality fuel. Top tier gas typically has fewer contaminants and more detergents to keep things clean. Using good gas, or adding a fuel system cleaner to your tank, can prolong the life of your fuel pump. Because the fuel pump lives inside your tank, it's pretty expensive to replace, so helping it last as long as possible is a worthwhile goal.

 The fuel filter catches dirt and contaminants. When it's clogged, your engine may not be able to get enough fuel and could sputter. Many fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows unfiltered fuel past when the filter's clogged.

That prevents your engine from dying while you're driving, but it can't protect your engine from dirty fuel. Check your owner's manual or talk with your Weston, WI, service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. about when you should replace your fuel filter.

Call Griesbach Auto Service INC. Weston at 715.355.1553 or Wausau 715.203.8808.

Fuel will cause gum and varnish to build up in the fuel intake system. A professional fuel system cleaning will remove the gunk to keep fuel flowing freely and help prevent contamination from reaching your fuel injectors and your engine.

Fuel injectors squirt fuel into the engine. The fuel must be delivered in a precise amount, at a precise time, under precise pressure and in a precise pattern. Pressure can range from 45 pounds per square inch to 45,000 pounds per square inch depending on the engine. As you may guess, fuel injectors cost a lot. Allowing them to get gummed up will not only hurt your performance and fuel economy, it will cause the injectors to wear out much more quickly than they should.

professional fuel system cleaning will keep injectors clean and working correctly. It'll also clean deposits from the inside of the combustion chamber and off the intake valves, giving you optimum performance and mileage.

Check with your Weston or Wausau service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. and see when he/she recommends you get a fuel system cleaning.

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