Monday, January 14, 2019

Trailer Wheel Bearings

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 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Transmission Service: Smooth Shifting

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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

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

 

Friday, November 30, 2018

What Wausau Weston Drivers Should Do After a Car Accident

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

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

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

MAF Sensor and Engine Air Filter

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 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Tech Question On Your Water Pump

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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

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 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Timing Belt

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.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment

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

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Service Advisor

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

Monday, July 23, 2018

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

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

Monday, July 9, 2018

Finding Vehicle Recall Information in Wausau & Weston

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

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tire Rotation and Balancing

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best Test

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Synthetic Oil for Weston & Wausau Autos

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Know Your Towing Limits in Weston and Wausau

Some Weston & Wausau drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around Weston or Wausau, you should be aware of safety issues, WI towing laws and potential liability.

Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. Weston drivers need to read the towing section in their owner's manual to get the specific tow rating for the vehicle they own.

Your trailer hitch also has a weight limit, and it may not match the tow rating for your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rated for 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), but if you have a 2,000-pound (900 kg) hitch limit, you shouldn't be towing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). If you tow a 10,000-pound (4,500 kg) trailer on that hitch, it could break free and you would be liable for any resulting damages.

Another example, one popular pick-up truck has a tow rating of 10,300 pounds (4,600kg). But in the owner's manual, it specifies that a sway control device be used for trailers weighing over 2,000 pounds (900 kg) and that a weight-distributing hitch is required for trailers over 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg). If the vehicle owner tows a 6,000-pound (2700 kg) trailer without a weight-distributing hitch and ends up in an accident, the owner will be held liable for not complying with the towing requirements in WI.

Weston and Wausau auto owners also need to keep in mind that tow weights include the weight of passengers and cargo inside the tow vehicle. So if your tow rating is 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg), and you're carrying 700 pounds (320 kg) of passengers and cargo, you can only tow a trailer weighing up to 6,300 pounds (2,880 kg).

Two numbers that Weston and Wausau drivers should be aware of are the GVWR and the GCWR. These codes are usually imprinted on the inside of the driver's side door. GVWR stands for gross vehicle weight rating. Take GVWR and subtract the total weight of the vehicle, and you have the maximum weight the vehicle can safely carry in passengers and cargo. GCWR stands for Gross Combined Weight Rating. Take that number, subtract the weight of the tow vehicle and the trailer, and you have the maximum weight of passengers and cargo that the tow vehicle and trailer together can safely carry.

This may seem a bit complicated, but you ignore these ratings at your own peril. If you haul or tow loads over the maximum ratings around WI, you become liable in event of an accident.

Local Weston and Wausau laws require that safety chains be attached when towing a trailer. Some WI jurisdictions may require trailer brakes as well. Others mandate trailer brakes only in certain situations. If you are going to tow a trailer, you should find out the local Weston laws regarding trailer brakes and hitches, as well as weight and length restrictions.

To tow safely, WI drivers also need the proper tires on the tow vehicle. Tires need to be in good condition with adequate tread, and they need to have a load rating high enough to handle the weight of the trailer. Your trained Griesbach Auto Sales & Service tire professional can help you select the right tire to use when towing around Weston.

Your 's owner's manual is your primary source for auto advice regarding towing since it is specific to your vehicle. Be sure to read it carefully before doing any towing. And as always, keep your preventive maintenance up-to-date, and practice good car care to ensure the safety of your vehicle on the road—especially when pulling a trailer.

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

Monday, May 14, 2018

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Weston, Schofield & Wausau drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your vehicle, parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it's a good idea for drivers in Weston to remember their suspension system in their schedule of preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.

If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you'd spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That's where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the vehicle. Some vehicles have struts in their suspension system. Struts are a compact combination of springs and shocks. They do the same job but in a single package.

Shocks wear out gradually, so it can be difficult for Weston, Schofield, and Wausau drivers to notice when they need to be replaced. There's no definitive point when a vehicle's ride goes from "smooth and controlled" to "a bit imprecise." To check if your shocks or struts are worn, you should first do a visual inspection on them. If they are leaking fluid, they need to be replaced.

There are other less obvious signs that your suspension system needs attention. For example, an uneven, cupping wear on your tires may indicate that your shocks are worn. If your vehicle feels “floaty” when you turn, or, in other words, you don't feel that you have full control of the vehicle, you should check your shocks. Also, if the front end of your vehicle dips noticeably when you stop, it's time for new shocks.

Your owner's manual gives recommendations on how often the shocks should be checked, usually between 15,000 and 30,000 miles (24,000-50,000 km). If one of your shocks does need to be replaced, you should replace all four. This will keep your suspension even and ensure good handling of your vehicle. If you carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or drive on uneven Weston area terrain, you might also consider upgrading to a heavy-duty shock.

Regular shocks contain hydraulic fluid. The fluid helps them absorb the bumps or “shocks” of the road so the impact doesn't transfer to the vehicle's body. Premium shocks are filled with compressed nitrogen gas, which costs more but does a better job of controlling body motions. Regular shocks can develop air bubbles that reduce their effectiveness; the premium shocks don't have this problem. So if you want higher handling performance, if you drive off-road around WI or if you just want added comfort, you should consider upgrading to premium shocks or struts.

Replacing struts can put your vehicle out of alignment, so an alignment check should always follow this type of repair. Talk to your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wausau for more information.

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Differential Service

When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to go than the inside wheels. That means that the outside wheels have to turn a bit faster than the inside. The piece of mechanical wizardry that makes this possible is called the differential.

The differential allows the drive wheels to rotate at different speeds in turns without the wheel binding or hopping. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is on the rear axle. You've seen that bulge in the middle of the axle when you're behind a truck; that's the differential.

 If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, the differential function is handled by your transaxle. Of course, all-wheel drive vehicles have differentials on both axles. They also have a center differential or a transfer case between the front and rear axles to compensate for speed differences between the front and rear.

Because all the power of the engine is transferred through the various differentials, you can imagine that they are very strong and are built last a long time. That's why it's important to keep your differential properly lubricated. Differential fluid cools and protects the gears.

Your Weston & Wausau, WI service technician will check differential fluid level and top it off if necessary. With low fluid, the differential will run too hot and wear prematurely. Ask your service advisor for when it's recommended to change your differential fluid. Fresh fluid will extend the life of your differential. Your technician will also inspect the u-joints which connect your driveshaft to the differential and may recommend service. Some u-joints can be lubricated as part of a routine lube, oil and filter change as well.

Now, of course, differentials eventually wear out and need to be replaced. You might notice a strange noise from you axle area as one of the first warning signs. When the differential shows signs of failing, it's important to repair it. If you leave it too long and it freezes up when you're driving, you could lose control of your vehicle, and other parts like the axle, driveshaft, and transmission could be damaged.

Stop by or 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 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to Save Gas in Wausau

High WI gas prices have hit most of our budgets here in Wausau & Weston. If increased fuel costs are consuming a bigger portion of your budget, you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas – like scheduled maintenance.

According to WI news reports and industry studies, you're not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been . Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle.

In this area, we can take a lesson from professional vehicle owners in the Wausau & Weston area: fleet owners and operators like trucking companies and Wausau or Weston delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance.

Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. For them, even a small decrease in fuel economy may mean not being profitable.

Here are some services that could potentially save you some gas in Wausau and Weston:

Fuel system cleaning, transmission service, differential service, wheel alignment, oil change, tune-up. Ring any bells? Is there at least one thing on the list that hasn't been done? Let's suppose you chose to spend $150 at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. and get caught up on some of these services and that they combine to improve your fuel economy by 15 percent. What would that mean to your pocketbook?

Well, the average personal vehicle in WI is driven about 12,000 miles a year. If you get 20 miles per gallon, over the course of one year you would pay for the $150 worth of service and save an additional $165 if gas is $3.50 in Wausau. If gas is $4.50, you would save $255. And you'd rack up savings of $345 with gas at $5.50.

From this you can see that the more fuel costs in Wausau and Weston, the more it pays to take care of your vehicle. Some of us Wausau and Weston drive trucks for work or recreation – or want a large SUV for family needs. A 15 percent improvement in fuel economy can generate huge savings – $660 a year if gas is $4.50 a gallon at your Wausau gas station.

So catch up on those services at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau or Weston. Talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. about your vehicle's needs. Get a couple done now and a couple next time. Chances are you'll save a lot of on fuel this year – and a lot more on repairs in years to come.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Picking the Right Tires in Weston

Shopping for tires in Weston & Wausau can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.

First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in Weston & Wausau are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on WI roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice.

Next comes winter tires. Weston & Wausau people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on WI roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum are tires designed to handle well in severe ice and snow conditions.

The third category is all-season tires. Most new cars in Weston & Wausau showrooms come with all-season tires. This is a tire that is designed to be used all year round. The tread design and rubber compound is a compromise that won't give you the extreme capabilities of summer or winter tires; but if you're driving and weather conditions aren't at the extreme ends of the range, all-season tires might suit you just fine.

The last category is what you might have on your SUV or pickup. All-terrain or off-road tires are designed for both highway and off-road use – a tire that gets good traction in the dirt and on off-road obstacles, but still performs well on paved Weston roads.

Choosing the right tire is important for Weston & Wausau car owners. Talk with your Griesbach Auto Sales & Service tire professional about your driving requirements and receive valuable guidance on tires that will meet your needs.

Give us a call.

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fuel Saving Tip: Tune Ups at Griesbach Auto Service INC.

Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra in Wausau or Weston? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for all orchestra members to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together.

Now this is no surprise, I'm going to relate the orchestra to your car. Your vehicle engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.

At Griesbach Auto Service INC., we call this — ta da — a tune-up. When an orchestra's out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle's out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.

So check your owner's manual for your recommended tune-up schedule. Or ask your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor what he thinks. Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Why Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation Save You Money on Tires

Weston & Wausau drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to extend tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.

When wheels are out of balance, they wobble and vibrate. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance you'll feel it in the steering wheel. If it's a rear wheel you'll feel it through your seat. To fix this, your technician at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.

That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a vehicle wear out faster than the rear tires. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the tire.

Proper tire inflation will also help Weston folks' tires last longer. Underinflated tires wear more on the shoulder and may even overheat. This could cause tire damage or a blow out. Overinflated tires wear too fast in the middle.

Four-wheel-drive trucks and SUV's tend to wear their tires more unevenly so rotation is even more important with them. Give Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wausau a call to get our recommendation for your vehicle.

See your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service for your recommended tire rotation schedule. It's usually every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, or 8,000 to 13,000 km.

Tires are among the most important safety components on your vehicle. Take care of them and they'll take care of you.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St       4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476   Wausau, Wi. 54401 
(715) 355-1553         715.203.8808  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's Griesbach Auto Sales & Service post focuses on using coolant.  If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Griesbach Auto Sales & Service service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.

Brake fluid is confusing for some Weston & Wausau drivers. Back when we opened Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Weston residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.

Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in vehicle automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them.

Nowhere are the advances in automotive fluids more evident to Griesbach Auto Sales & Service professionals than in motor oil. Many new weights and formulations have been created to meet the demands of today's high-tech vehicle engine design. Modern engines have more parts and much tighter tolerances.

That's where the new grades of engine oil come in. They have to be formulated to lubricate, protect and clean all of those vehicle engine parts, big and little. The oil has to be thin enough to get into little passages, yet resistant to vaporization.

At Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston & Wausau, we believe that in some ways modern automotive fluids are just as impressive as the new engines. Because weights of oil and types of coolant and transmission fluid are so carefully matched to the vehicle, make sure you always use the proper fluid if you are topping off at home.

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Simple Answers from Griesbach Auto Service INC. for Weston: Cooling System

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

Griesbach Auto Service INC. Answer:
That's a really good question for Weston and 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 Weston 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 Weston 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 restrict 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 service advisor 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 Weston 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.
5910 Mesker Street
   4302 Stewart Ave

715.355.1553              715.203.8808

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value.

Buying tires at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wausau is a lot like buying shoes, except that Weston and Wausau vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires—all the time, in fact—so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes: they have to deal with a lot of crazy WI road conditions, all while carrying the weight of a vehicle and its passengers.

Bad tires, like cheap shoes, can also be a safety concern for Weston/Wausau drivers. Tires need good traction, and they need to be strong enough to handle the loads they carry. Vehicles that carry heavy loads or tow trailers around WI need tires with a high load rating, in the same way that you are better off on a rough WI mountain trail with sturdy hiking boots rather than flip-flops.

The best tires on the market are called Tier 1 tires. These are high-quality tires engineered to stand up to a lot of wear while maintaining good traction. They are also the most expensive tires on the market, although prices don't vary much from brand to brand.

Tire chain stores in Weston often carry tires with their own brand name. These are private label tires. They are less expensive than Tier 1 tires but are still a quality product. In fact, many private label tires sold in the Weston area are manufactured by the same companies that make Tier 1 tires. Don't hesitate to ask your Griesbach Auto Sales & Service tire professional who makes their private brand.

The cheapest tires on the WI tire market are Tier 3 tires. Most of these tires are imported from Asia or South America, and they just don't have the same standard of engineering behind them that the higher-priced tires have. When it comes to Tier 3 tires, you get what you pay for.

At Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, we sometimes express tire quality in terms of the warranty. In other words, we call a tire a “40,000 mile/65,000 km tire,” or a "60,000 mile/100,000 km tire." This refers to the number of miles/kilometers a tire will be under warranty. Tires with a higher mileage warranty are made with higher quality rubber compounds and have more tread. As you might expect, they also cost more than tires with low mileage warranties.

Cheap tires often have no warranty at all. However, if you find yourself in a position where you need new tires and you're really strapped for cash, purchasing Tier 3 tires is better than waiting until you can afford Tier 1. It's always better to drive on new tires, even cheap ones, than driving on tires that are worn past their safety limits.

That said, if you're driving on Tier 3 tires, it's a good idea to budget and plan to buy higher-quality tires the next go-around. Two sets of cheap tires may wear out in the same time as one set of quality tires, but the quality tires actually cost less than two sets of cheap tires. That's the great fallacy of cheap tires. In the long run, they actually cost more than good tires and come with significantly reduced performance and durability to boot. Not exactly the best value for Weston area drivers.

So, some good auto advice would be to always buy as much tire as you can afford. That way you'll get the most durability and performance and the most mileage out of every tire. Plus, with a better tire, there's some peace of mind that comes with knowing you won't have to purchase tires as often.

Good vehicle care requires checking your tires occasionally for tread wear and road damage. Practicing this preventive maintenance can help you avoid flats and blowouts.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Weston Drivers

Weston/Wausau & Schofield residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.

There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airbefore it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the vehicle engine.

Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional vehicle engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.

Why the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the vehicle engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions.

Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the vehicle engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization. Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.

When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won't be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and fuel economy as well as delivering less power to the engine.

Weston residents should understand that fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more . And we're talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.

So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good vehicle care and preventive maintenance. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.

If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you'll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, Weston/Wausau and Schofield drivers will enjoy better fuel economy and their fuel injectors will last for a long time.

Contact us for more tips to help you improve your 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

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Weston Drivers

Weston/Wausau & Schofield residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.

There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airbefore it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the vehicle engine.

Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional vehicle engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.

Why the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the vehicle engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions.

Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the vehicle engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization. Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.

When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won't be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and fuel economy as well as delivering less power to the engine.

Weston residents should understand that fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more . And we're talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.

So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good vehicle care and preventive maintenance. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.

If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you'll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, Weston/Wausau and Schofield drivers will enjoy better fuel economy and their fuel injectors will last for a long time.

Contact us for more tips to help you improve your 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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Simple Answers from Griesbach Auto Service INC. for Weston: High Mileage Vehicles

Question:
What do I need to do for my high mileage vehicle?


Griesbach Auto Service INC. Answer:
Weston, Wausau, and Schofield drivers ask this question at Griesbach Auto Service INC. a lot more these days. The median age for vehicles on WI roads is now over 11 years. Regardless of your reason for keeping your vehicle around, the good news for Weston, Wausau, and Schofield drivers is that it's capable of going 150,000 to 200,000 miles (or 250,000 to 3500,000 kilometers) or more with proper care and professional automotive service at Griesbach Auto Service INC..

Here are some tips from Griesbach Auto Service INC. on how to make your car last:

  • First, Weston drivers should follow all of their regularly scheduled maintenance routines. Things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service are for avoiding damage. This reduces your overall cost for keeping your vehicle for a long time.
  • Next, regular inspections are critical for Weston drivers. Look, those parts are starting to get old and will become worn out the more you drive. Thorough inspections of various systems will uncover things that are nearing the end of their service life, like suspension, brake and steering components. Replacing worn parts early not only prevents breakdowns but relieves stress on related components so they will last longer as well.
  • Another thing for Weston drivers to consider is the use of special high mileage fluid formulations. For example, high mileage engine oil has special additives that condition those old seals and gaskets. It also has extra detergents to help keep that older vehicle engine clean inside. High mileage oil, transmission fluid, etc., costs a little more but can really head off some of the problems that are typical of older vehicles around WI.
  • One last thing for Weston drivers would be to consult with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Griesbach Auto Service INC. about the overall condition of your vehicle and your driving routines. It may be advisable to follow your vehicle's severe service schedule.
  • Even with the occasional unexpected repair associated with an older vehicle, you can still enjoy good, reliable transportation if you take good care of your ride.

Give us a call.

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

Griesbach Auto Service INC. and the Maintenance Mindset

As responsible Weston, Wausau, and Schofield residents, we know we need to take care of our cars, but it just seems really hard to remember to do it. We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may have not applied it to our vehicles.

For example, we water and mow the lawn every week. Weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. We go to the dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts. So people really are maintenance minded. Weston residents just need to learn to apply that mindset to cars. I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you'll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our lesson and start to take better care of things.

Unfortunately, Weston, Wausau, and Schofield residents too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they have to take their vehicle to their Weston, Wausau, or Schofield auto center on a tow truck. So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented a breakdown.

Here's something that will help Weston, Wausau, and Schofield residents: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change at Griesbach Auto Service INC., your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason. If your serpentine belt is worn, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable? They've got you covered. All of this takes a trained and experienced eye, more than you find at quick lube centers in Weston, Wausau, or Schofield. And they'll check to see if your vehicle's maintenance schedule has recommended any services at your current mileage.

So when you come in for an oil change at Griesbach Auto Service INC. in Weston/Schofiled or Wausau you get a visual inspection and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. And remember that your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe and avoid expensive breakdowns.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

By the Numbers: Tire Replacement at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service

2/13/2018

Ever notice that your tire is covered with writing? It's like some hieroglyphic art form. Of course, Weston, Wausau, and Schofield drivers know that it's not just graffiti, but to most of us, it might as well be. Would you like to know what all those codes on your tire mean? It won't lead you to buried treasure, but it could help you make a better tire purchase at your local Weston tire store.

Prominently featured on your tire is a set of numbers and letters that looks something like this: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, or the width between the sidewalls of the tire when it is fully inflated and not carrying a load. When Weston drivers replace tires, they need to match this width number, or the tires won't fit properly in the wheel wells.

The 50 is the aspect ratio of the tire, which is measured by taking the height of the sidewalls and dividing it by the tread width. If you drive off-road around the Weston area, it should have a high aspect ratio. For high performance on the road, you want a lower aspect ratio.

The R simply means this is a radial tire.

The 92 is the load rating index, or in other words, a rating of how much load a tire can safely carry. If you frequently haul heavy loads around Weston, you will want a tire with a high load rating.

The last letter in our “code” sequence is the speed rating on the tire. Not all tires have this rating. In general, the closer the letter is to the end of the alphabet, the higher the speed rating. In other words, Z is the highest rating and A is the lowest. One exception: H comes between U and V. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

If you'd just as soon ignore all of the markings on your tire, that's okay. When you need to replace your tires just ask your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Sales & Service tire professional for his auto advice on the best tires for you and your vehicle. Replacing tires is a standard part of preventive maintenance for Weston drivers vehicles. We all have to do it sooner or later. And the better we understand what we're buying, the better our vehicle will perform and the safer we will be on WI roads. Good vehicle care is informed vehicle care.

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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Spark Plugs

In Weston, Wausau, and Schofield WI, the days when drivers changed their spark plugs every couple of years has ended. Back in the day, spark plugs really did wear out that often. A couple of things are different now…

First, spark plugs are made of better materials that last longer for Weston, Wausau, and Schofiled drivers and they're designed better. The second reason spark plugs used to have to be changed in vehicles and other autos was that they were fouled up with carbon deposits. The deposits built up when fuel wasn't burned completely. With modern engine management controls that just doesn't happen as often.

Engine control computers precisely time when fuel is injected into the engine and when spark plugs fire. Unless something's wrong, spark plugs just don't foul like they used to.

Electricity from the battery goes into a coil that allows power to build up to anywhere from 12,000 to 45,000 volts, depending on the vehicle. The engine management computer tells the coil when to release the power to the spark plug. The electricity travels through a wire from the coil to the spark plug. At the tip of the plug, a spark jumps between two electrodes and ignites the gas in the combustion chamber.

Some engines have more than one coil. Coils wear out and need to be replaced occasionally. Also, spark plug wires can wear out and need to be replaced.

Modern engines used around Weston are delivering more power and better fuel economy all the time. That's largely credited to fast engine control computers, advanced sensors, electronic ignition and improvements to the lowly spark plug.

It'll be interesting to see where future developments take us. One last thought: it's to have the right kind of spark plug for your vehicle. Because engines are designed to run with different internal temperatures, spark plugs have different designs to work properly within those temperatures. Your Weston, WI, service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service INC. will be able to get the right plugs for your vehicle. And he'll be able to advise you on when you should replace your spark plugs as well.

 

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Water Pump

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water pump  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, or 65,000 kilometers, but almost all of them fail by 100,000 miles, or 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 Service INC. 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, or 100,000 to 145,000 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 Service INC. 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 Service INC. service advisor.

Griesbach Auto Service INC.
5910 Mesker Street   4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476     Wausau, Wi. 54403
715.355.1553              715.203.8808

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Why Wausau/Weston Car Owners Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80% of the vehicles on the road have one or more service item or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in the US alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.

There are several reasons Wausau, Weston, and Schofiled drivers hesitate to take care of recommended services – especially services that our friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.

The first issue boils down to comfort with car care in Wausau. Wausau, Weston, and Schofield drivers don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Wausau drivers who don't know as much about cars hesitate to ask questions because they don't want to look ignorant. It's human nature. But there's so much to know in this world, we can't all be experts in everything. So we specialize. It's very important to ask questions of any specialist, whether it's your doctor, financial advisor or your automotive technician.

Your Wausau/Weston technicians wants your questions. He wants you to understand the recommendation and why it needs to be done. That brings us to the next issue. Wausau folks say that they don't always know if they really need the service or if they are just being sold something.

At the heart, it speaks to trust. Do you trust your Wausau, Weston, Schofield service center and your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service Inc.? Trust has to be earned and that takes time and experience. But you can shortcut the process when you realize that most of the recommendations are based on manufacturer's maintenance schedules.

In other words, “You don't have to trust me, you can trust your owner's manual."

Basically, the engineers who designed your vehicle say here's when you need to have it serviced. That's who makes the recommendation, not your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc.. He's just reminding you.

Now Wausau drivers do need to trust the technician's experience and judgment from time to time. When he inspects your vehicle, he may find problems or concerns. He will explain things so that you can prioritize the concern and make a good decision about whether or not to have something done.

That brings us to the third issue. Money. Often the concern is about spending the money to take care of a recommended service. Our money has many places it needs to go. And Wausau drivers have another list of places we want it to go. Auto maintenance isn't usually on those lists.

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. works hard to make sure that they diagnose the problem correctly and fix it right the first time. That's the only way they can maintain their reputation and remain in business. If they're not satisfying you and providing a good value, you won't come back and the service center won't be around for long.

When there is a real budget concern, your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. pros can help you prioritize the work that needs to be done and come up with a plan for taking care of it that works within your budget.

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Let Griesbach Auto Service Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

If you haven't shopped in the Weston, Wausau, or Schofield area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Weston, Wausau, or Schofiled and insurance, the idea of hanging on to your old vehicle for a few more years gets even more attractive.

On the plus side, vehicles these days are engineered to last for 150,000 miles (250,000 km) or more. So why don't they? Usually it's because Weston drivers don't stay on top of preventive maintenance. Good vehicle care at professional automotive service centers like Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston is the key to getting the most mileage out of your vehicle.

Too often, Weston, Wausau, and Schofield vehicle owners are inclined to wait until their vehicles develop an obvious problem and take them in for repairs instead of maintenance. Repairs can be expensive, but allowing routine vehicle maintenance to slide also has the invisible cost in shorter life expectancy for a vehicle.

For example, the fluid in your coolant system becomes corrosive over time and should be replaced periodically. If not, it can damage the radiator and other engine parts. Talk to our pros at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service. Over time, this damage can build up until these parts have to be replaced.

The same goes for the power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning refrigerant, differential fluid and transmission fluid. All of these fluids need to be replaced on schedule or you risk causing serious damage to your vehicle and shortening its life span.

If oil is not replaced on schedule, your engine can build up oil sludge, which can also lead to serious engine damage. Insufficient oil can also eventually cause your engine to seize. Brake pads should be replaced before they are completely worn down. This prevents expensive damage to rotors and/or drums. Again, your Griesbach Auto Sales & Service pros can advise you.

Belts and hoses should all be inspected regularly. If they are showing signs of wear, they need to be replaced. If belts break or hoses begin to leak, the results can be repair bills. Again, this can significantly reduce the life expectancy of your vehicle.

Most Weston drivers recognize the wisdom of keeping up with preventive maintenance. But we also have a lot of other responsibilities on our plate. Vehicle care just doesn't get to the top of our list until it becomes an emergency. Unfortunately, that emergency usually means repair bills, which always seem to add up to more than the preventive maintenance at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service would have cost us.

So take some good auto advice and develop a relationship with a certified service center located near your Weston area neighborhood. At Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, we value the relationships we have established with our clients. We keep track of our customers' vehicle needs and help them keep its maintenance on schedule. We know you have a lot of other things to keep track of.

As far as car care goes, the old adage “a stitch in time saves nine” holds true. At Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, we rephrase it as “a dollar now saves $10 later.” Or $20. Or $100. Or more.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter Tires

Hey Wausau Weston drivers, let's talk about winter tires. We're not talking about all season tires here, but dedicated winter tires.

Modern winter tires do a terrific job for Wausau Weston drivers in a wide range of WI winter conditions. First of all, below 45 degrees Fahrenheit/7 degrees C, regular tires become hard and inflexible. That means they don't provide the road grip Wausau drivers need. Even if you don't live somewhere in WI with a lot of snow but it still gets below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C in the winter, it is easy to understand that you will be safer with winter tires.

In addition, they are specifically designed to more effectively move snow and water. That's the key to traction on ice, packed snow and wet roads. They use a micro-pore compound that allows the tire to bite into ice and snow. They also use wider grooves that run around the circumference of the tread to expel snow from the tire better. The lugs and grooves on winter tires have a special shape that throws the packed snow out of the tread as the tire turns. The tread is then open when it comes back in contact with the road and can provide good traction for Wausau drivers.

Winter tires also have a lot of sipes. Sipes are thin slits in the tread. The edges of the sipes grab ice and packed snow to provide tons of traction for Wausau drivers and to expel water and slush out of the tread. Winter tires have a rounder casing to cut into the snow's surface.

The treads on regular summer tires can actually get packed with snow instead and become very slick. Winter tires offer 25% to 50% more traction for people in cold Wausau weather than all-season tires. And when it comes to stopping power, all-season tires take 42% longer to stop than winter tires. Sometimes that's the difference between getting home safely in Wausau or spending the night in a snow bank.

Winter tires provide so much more traction for Wausau drivers than all-season or summer tires, that there's a huge difference between the traction at the front and rear ends of the vehicle if you only put winter tires on the drive wheels.

For example: if you take a corner on an icy Wausau road and the vehicle rear end starts to slide out, essentially the rear is trying to pass the front because it's going faster. If you have high traction winter tires only on the front, they are going to be much more effective at transferring cornering grip and stopping power to the front wheels. This will actually cause the rear end to whip out even more.

That's why tire manufactures instruct WI dealers that they must install winter tires on the rear wheels as well whenever they put winter tires on the front end of any vehicle. It's a major safety concern. At Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau and Weston, we strongly recommend that winter tires be installed on all four wheels on rear wheel drive vehicles as well. The front tires do most of the steering and braking work – it only makes sense that Wausau drivers provide the front end with the best traction possible.

Many modern cars have traction control and anti-lock brakes so Wausau Weston drivers may not think it is necessary to have winter tires. But you need traction to accelerate, steer and stop. The tires provide the traction so that the traction control and anti-lock brakes have something to work with.

Look for tires at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. with the symbol of a mountain with a snowflake in it. This means the tire complies with the severe snow standard.

So when the Wausau Weston temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C, wise Wausau drivers will make sure they have a set of four winter tires for maximum performance in snow, packed snow, ice, wet and dry WI roads. Your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. tire professional can help you find the right winter tire for your vehicle and driving needs.

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in Weston, Wausau, WI

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Weston, Wausau, WI.

Unless they drive a vintage car, Weston and Wausau auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service in Weston or Wasuau has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Griesbach Auto Sales & Service uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.

After a professional fuel system cleaning at Griesbach Auto Sales & Service, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your vehicle running strong.

Weston drivers don't need the added expense of replacing a fuel injector that's been damaged by neglect. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Sales & Service service advisor and see when your car is scheduled for fuel system cleaning.

Griesbach Auto Sales & Service
5910 Mesker St         4302 Stewart Ave
Weston, WI 54476     Wausau, Wi. 54401
(715) 355-1553          (715) 230-8808

Friday, January 5, 2018

Distracted Driving

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three dimensional space and performing specific and highly complicated functions while accessing life threatening situations and coming up with an appropriate response. Admit it – you can’t do that.

Yet when it comes to driving, we seem to think we are very capable of safely operating a motor vehicle with a myriad of distractions. 77% of young adults feel somewhat confident that they can safely text and drive while 55% claim it’s easy to text and drive. Can they possibly be right? Let’s look at some statistics.

Nearly 23% of all accidents in the United States involve cell phones. Every day, 11 people are killed and over 900 are injured in texting-related accidents. In fact, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. Just think back at your own experiences; how many of your “near misses” as a pedestrian or in a vehicle have involved a driver with a cell phone in their hand?

There are three types of driving distractions:

  • Visual (eyes off the road)
  • Manual (reaching for something or manipulating an object)
  • Cognitive (mind off the task of driving)

Of course, texting or using a cell phone involves all three. Eating, applying make-up, arguing and working on-board features like the stereo and navigation system are all very real distractions. You may be interested to know that hands-free cell calls are not substantially safer than using a handheld phone. Any time you glance away from the road (like looking at a text or incoming phone call) your eyes are off task for at least 5 seconds. At 55 miles per hour (88 kilometers per hour), you will cover the length of a football field in that time. Would you ever consent to strapping on a blindfold and driving off down the road for that distance?

So what do you do? First, accept the fact that you are not part of the 2% of all the people on the planet who can truly multi-task (if you are one of the lucky ones you would know by now because your performance does not degrade no matter how many additional tasks are added). Next, don’t EVER drive distracted. Incoming text: it will wait for later. Juicy hamburger: eat it in the parking lot. No exceptions, ever. And don’t accept anything less from drivers of vehicles in which you are a passenger.

Another way to avoid distractions is to keep on top of scheduled maintenance and necessary repairs so that your vehicle itself doesn’t become a distraction. At Griesbach Auto Service INC., we can help you with that.

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Scheduled Wheel Alignment at Griesbach Auto Service Inc.

Weston and Wausau drivers need to be concerned about wheel alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic on a busy street in Wausau or completely off the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly.

We had one guy in our Weston auto service center who said his wheels were a little out of alignment before a family vacation, but he didn't think it was that bad. So he didn't take care of it before he left. A couple of long days of highway driving and his front tires were worn down to the cords. He had to take a half day out of his mountain vacation to find a rural town in WY big enough to have a tire center for replacements.

All four wheels are supposed to be lined up and point in the same direction. Sometimes one or more goes out of alignment and is pulling against the rest of the team. In addition to excessive tire wear, this also hurts fuel economy.

Part of the alignment service at Griesbach Auto Service INC. is an inspection of the steering and suspension components. Whatever caused the wheels to be knocked out of alignment in the first place may have also damaged important parts. So we want to be sure to replace broken or bent parts as needed. The process corrects alignment of each wheel along three axes (toe, camber and caster) as well as front to rear alignment.

Your owner's manual may have a recommendation for how often alignment should be checked. If not, ask your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service INC. service advisor. Here are some things that should tell Weston drivers that they need an alignment check right away:

Your vehicle is pulling to one side, your steering wheel isn't centered, you feel a vibration at speed or you see unusual tire wear. 

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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Alternator Replacement at Griesbach Auto Service INC.

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Engine Air Filter Basics for Weston and Wausau

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

 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tire Replacement at Griesbach Auto Service Inc.

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

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Life for Your Older Car in Weston and Wausau

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Make your vehicle last

 

 

 
 


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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Severe Driving in Weston and Wausau

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hitting the Brakes

 

 
 

 

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

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

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Alignment

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

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

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Importance of Maintenance Schedules

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.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

STOP IT! YOU NEED GOOD BRAKES

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.

 

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

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.

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

Friday, December 30, 2016

Simple Answers from Griesbach Auto Service Inc.: Cooling System

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.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel with a New Fuel Filter

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.

 

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

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Annual Food Drive

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!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Griesbach Auto's Car Care Club Card

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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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Night Driving Tips from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, Wi

Now that daylight savings time ended – most of us will be driving home in the dark. Many things can be affected by the darkness – such as depth perception, peripheral vision and even the ability to distinguish colors – especially once the snow hits the ground. Stay safe on the road and keep these tips in mind as you drive in the dark.

Keep your headlights clean and replace burned out bulbs.

Dim your instrument panel and dashboard lights so the lights don’t compromise your forward vision.

Scan the road, don’t focus on one point. Watch for the glowing eyes of wildlife.

Make sure your headlights are aligned properly. You should be able to see in front of you, without blinding drivers in front of you.

Increase your following distance. Play it safe – remember night driving is challenging for everyone. If they slam on their brakes in front of you, the extra space will allow more time for you to stop.

Wipe your windshield with newspaper. This may help eliminate those distracting smudges and streaks that you don’t notice during the day.

If you feel tired, stop somewhere safe and take a nap. The time change can mess with your body’s circadian rhythm, causing you to become drowsy.

Stay extra alert and attentive when you are on the road. Though you may not be driving under the influence of alcohol, keep in mind that other motorists may not be as wise.

 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Headlight Safety from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, Wi

Headlights are your first line of defense on a vehicle. If you can’t see objects on the road, you can’t react. To prevent this, you must be proactive about headlight maintenance. Here are the four best practices recommended by CarCare.org for proper headlight maintenance year-round.

Understand the choices in headlight performance levels. There are a variety of choices available on the market to help suit individual needs. There are options available that offer brighter down the road visibility or whiter light which improves contrast and helps drivers distinguish objects on the side of the road better than basic headlights.

Replace before burnout.We’ve all seen them – vehicles traveling on dark roads, with a burned-out headlight. This poses a risk to both the driver and others on the road. With one headlight out, you are essentially seeing half as well as you could. If you can’t remember the last time headlights were changed, it is probably time for replacements.

Always replace in pairs. Headlights dim over time and a new bulb with an old bulb creates an uneven field of vision, which can be a huge distraction on the road for drivers and oncoming traffic.

Do it yourself.This can be a simple project that doesn’t require a mechanic. There are various online guides and resources to help consumers swap out headlight bulbs in a matter of minutes. You can consult your vehicles owner’s manual for bulb/headlight replacement procedures, needed tools and safety precautions. Always wear safety glasses and work gloves for protection. If you don't want to tackle this on your own, give Griesbach Auto a call or schedule online and we are more than happy to help you out.

Regular cleaning of your headlights is also a great car care tip. The next time you are cleaning your windows while refueling, remember to give your headlights a thorough cleaning.

Contact us today and we will help keep your travels safe!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Prevent corrosion and damage to your cooling system from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

Electrolysis in your cooling system can cause major damage. It is the result of electricity flowing through the cooling system which causes an electrochemical charge across the aluminum. This causes corrosion and severe damage to the components of the cooling system.

Get your coolant serviced today!  Call us or book your appointment online!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Brakes Grinding or Squealing? Free Brake Inspection from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

Brakes don't feel right? Are they grinding or squealing? Get a FREE brake inspections from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI. We inspect disc brake pads and/or shoes, rotors, drums, master cylinder hoses and more! Call or visit our website today to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Hazard – Driving into the sun

Fall Hazard – Driving into the sun

Although we don’t officially go off Daylight Savings Time until November 6th, the sun is setting sooner. That means that you are encountering glare earlier than usual on your afternoon commute which makes it much harder to see the road and potential hazards. When sun glare is an issue, slow down and use extra caution, especially when driving through school zones.  Adjust your route if possible. Invest in good, anti-glare sunglasses. Utilize your visor. Keep your windshield clean- inside and out. Drive slower and leave extra room between you and the driver ahead.

As the days get shorter, you’ll be doing more dusk and after-dark driving. Keep your headlights clean and properly aligned. Turn them on as soon as sunlight fades.

These tips will help you minimize any additional risks that come with less than optimal visual conditions.

October is Fall Car Care Month. If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Thank you from Griesbach Auto Service

Congratulations, Travis & Marie Kurth – our Grand Prize winners!   

Thank you all of our winners and everyone who came out to help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary. We couldn't have made it 20 years without clients like you and we look forward to the next 20. We are thankful for the trust you put in us to help you keep your vehicle running right and for any and all referrals you have given to friends, family and co-workers. 

Don’t forget that October is Fall Car Care Month. If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Get your Toyo Tires at Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, Wi.

Get your Toyo Tires at Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, Wi.

Have you been putting off getting new tires? Now is the time! For a limited time only, get a $70.00 Rewards Visa Card with your purchase of a set of 4 Select Toyo Tires. Check our specials page for more details or better yet, give us a call!

We offer all brands of tires.

October is Fall Car Care Month. If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall Road Hazards

The leaves are changing colors – Fall is here. As you are driving, be aware of these fall road hazards.

Those beautiful colorful leaves. They aren’t so beautiful when they start to fall off the trees. They drift by your window and pile up on the roadway. Then the rain begins. They now become slimy slick patches that can be as dangerous as ice. They hid potholes, curbs and street markings. Watch for them. If you live in areas of the country that are drought-stricken, avoid parking over them – or any dry foliage as your catalytic converter could spark a fire.  

Frost and ice. Be careful in shady spots on the roadways. Be especially careful when driving over bridges, as these can freeze up faster than the rest of the road because they are exposed from top and bottom.

Deer – as you know, fall is deer mating season. The danger of deer darting onto the road increases, especially between dusk and dawn. They tend to run in small herds, so if you see one, be alert for more. Allow more distance between you and the car ahead and buckle up. If you do hit a deer, pull over to the side of the road, turn on your hazards and call the police. Stay in your car. Don’t approach the animal – if it isn’t dead, it could injure you. For insurance purposes, document the incident, ideally with photos.

October is Fall Car Care Month. If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Celebrating 20 Years

October is one of my favorite months.  The smell of fall is in the air, the days are warm and the nights are cool, the leaves are beginning to turn, the Packers are back on the field, and of course, hunting season has begun.  What also makes October special to me is that on October 14th 1996, we opened our own business, Griesbach Auto Service Inc.  Yes - that is 20 years ago this month!  I can’t believe it myself!  Where has the time gone? My oldest son Cody was 2 years old, he graduates collage this December. My youngest son Kyle was born 2 years after we opened and he graduates High School this year. Many of you have been with us from the beginning and I sincerely thank you for that. We started with one Technician and myself, now we have 13 wonderful employees.  We grew out of the first facility in the first five years and expanded to our location at 5910 Mesker St., in Weston.  Thanks to all our wonderful employees and clients, we continued to grow our business and had to add a second location on Stewart Ave in Wausau in 2014. It is because of you, referring friends, family, and co-workers, that we have been and will continue to be successful for the next 20 years!  We have been truly Blessed!

You are invited to help us celebrate our 20-year anniversary. All week long we will have special treats at both locations.  We will also have a sign up box to register for great prizes!  We will be giving away Free Oil Services, Free Tire Rotations, Gas cards, and a Grand Prize you will have to stop in and see.  I hope to see you that week, whether you are in need of any auto service or just to say “Hi”.

With Sincere Thanks,
Jon & Tina Griesbach

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Time to Say Good-bye to Summer

It's officially fall and it is time to say good-bye to summer. Fall has its own set of challenges for drivers in the Wausau and Weston, WI area. Here are some tips for routine fall car care to help you weather the autumn roads

Picture yourself stranded on the side of a country road with a flat tire, a dead battery or failed brakes that caused you to slam your car into that charming stone wall. Throw in an autumn rain storm to add to the misery. Bet you’re wishing you’d taken time for a little routine fall maintenance. October is Fall Car Care Month, but why wait? Take your car to your favorite mechanic for these proactive steps, recommended by the Car Care Council:

  • Check the battery and charging system. If your battery is more than three years old, think about replacing it before it fails on a dark, lonely road. At minimum, make sure the connections are clean, tight and free of corrosion.
  • Check your tires for uneven or excessive wear and tread depth. Have your wheels aligned and rotate the tires to prevent early wear.
  • Check your brake linings, rotors and drums for wear. Make sure the fluid levels are up.
  • Check the HVAC system to make sure your heater and ventilation is working properly. Change the air filters while you’re at it.
  • Check the windshield wiper blades. These should be replaced every six months, anyway, so might as well do it now. Fill up the windshield washer reservoir, too.

 If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Winter Car Storage Tips from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

It’s fall, the warm summer days are gone, winter is approaching. Some people choose to put their summer vehicles away during the winter as salt can be harsh on the vehicle. Not sure what to do? Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Change your oil and update fluids: Oil breaks down over time and can cause premature wear that can increase oil consumption. To avoid this, change the oil and filter before you put your car in storage. Updating other fluids or topping them off is a good thing to do also if needed.

Fill your gas tank. Fuel evaporates as the car sits and can allow moisture to gather in its place. Less fuel in the tank allows this to happen sooner. It wouldn’t hurt to add a fuel stabilizer, depending on how long the car will be sitting.

Give your car a good cleaning – inside and out. Remove any garbage or items not needed to avoid odors and wear. Use cleaners to prevent the interior from fading and prevent leather from drying out. Check storage areas, add dryer sheets to help detour any small animals from moving in.

Give your car a good hand wash and coat of wax to help prevent dust and debris from affecting the paint.

Store your vehicle indoors if at all possible.

If possible, jack up the car to prevent flat spots on the tires – especially if you are storeing the car without moving it for more than a month. Inflating the tires at a higher psi can also help avoid flat spots.

Use a good quality car cover that is breathable and waterproof. Remove the battery and store it in a warmer place or put it on a trickle charge. Start the car about once every month.

 If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

2000 Mercury Sable LS For Sale at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

Gray 4 door sedan, FWD, automatic transmission. Features include: Leather seats, Am/FM stereo with tape player, 6 cd changer, center console, cup holders, rear vent, rear window defrost, a/c.  Approx. 90,059 miles.  $3699.00

Financing available. We sell and service all makes and models. If we don’t have what you are looking for on the lot – we can find it for you! For more pictures of this car and the other vehicles in our inventory, please visit our Auto Sales page on our website at www.griesbachautoservice.com

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Monday, September 12, 2016

2014 Toyota Tundra available now at Griesbach Auto Service Inc, Weston and Wausau, WI

Check out this 2014 Toyota Tundra! Features include bed liner, cloth seats, towing/camper package and AM/FM Stereo with CD player. For more information, call Jon at 715-203-8808

Importance of keeping your cabin air filter clean from Griesbach Auto Service, Inc. in Weston and Wausau, WI.

If you are like me, you don’t think about what is keeping the air in the cabin of your vehicle clean. The cabin air filter work much like the filter on the furnace in your home. Located behind the glove compartment or under the hood or dashboard on most modern vehicles, it works to filter all of the air that comes through the car’s HVAC system to prevent pollutants, such as dust, pollen and mold spores from entering. The filters can also catch leaves, unwanted debris and rodent droppings. Occassionally, the rodents themselves.

It is recommended to replace the cabin air filter every 15,000 to 25,000 miles or once a year. Check your manual for your vehicles factory recommendation. While changing a CAF is a do-it-yourself project, it may be difficult to remove. On some vehicles, you may have to remove the glove box to access it. There are clips and pins that need to be taken off that can be easily broken.

If you haven’t had your CAF inspected lately, ask to have it done at your next service. You never know what might be trapped by your filter.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Why you should keep your service receipts – a tip from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Do you keep your service receipts? We recommend that you do. A stack of organized service receipts can increase resale value and help you keep better track of when and what services have to be done. Also, if the same issue goes wrong with your car after you just got it fixed, you still have the receipt and can go back to the mechanic who fixed it to get the problem straightened out.

 

 If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Missing that New Car Feeling?

Bumpy Ride? Missing that new car feeling? It could be your shocks and struts. The main job of your shocks and struts is to keep your tires firmly on the ground. When shocks are worn, your vehicle won't handle as well and could even become unsafe. Replacing worn shocks and struts will extend the life of your tires and prevent other suspension damage. At Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Weston and Wausau, we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road. -  Check out this money saving offer – Good through the end of October.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Don't miss out on this 2005 GMC Sierra Pickup with topper at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

2005 GMC Sierra pickup with topper – only 1 owner!

Clean 4wd with crew cab and topper. Features include am/fm radio with cd player, dual climate control, rear window defrost, cloth bucket seats, tinted power windows & fold-down center console with storage. Approx 109,500 miles.  $15995.00

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Where to check for Vehicle Recalls from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Purchased a vehicle second-hand? Not receiving any recall notices? You can find out if your vehicle has any outstanding recalls by looking up a car’s VIN or by contacting your local dealership. To find out more, visit www.safercar.gov.

 If you have any questions regarding your car’s care or maintenance schedule, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Don't ignore the warning signs from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Is your vehicle making sounds you haven’t heard before, or is there a symbol lit on your dashboard? Weird noises and warning lights could mean anything from a loose gas cap to a serious problem. You should be aware of anything that sounds, feels or looks different and get them check out as soon as possible. Owner’s manuals almost always have explanations for what each little signal represents, but if it’s something more cryptic – you may want to plug in your own diagnostic tool if you have it, or bring it to a trusted mechanic or your cars dealership service center. The internet can also be helpful in this respect. Weird and unusual noises can be hints that something isn’t right. Stay safe and get them checked out as quickly as possible.

 If you have any questions beyond what the owner’s manual can answer, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Tire Tip to help your car last longer from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Keep an eye on your tires. Today’s cars are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), but only some of them deliver precise PSI readings or tell you which tire is low. Keep a tire pressure gauge handy and make sure your readings aren’t too far off from what’s recommended in your owner’s manual. Look at your tread. Worn tires can affect how your car handles and tracks, especially in bad weather. A common trick to monitor your tread depth is to put a penny inside a tread and see if you can see Lincoln’s head. If his head is visible, you probably need new tires.

 

 If you have any questions beyond what the owner’s manual can answer, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2006 Chevy Trailblazer at Griesbach Auto Service, Wausau, Wi and Weston, WI

4WD/AWD sport utility vehicle, 4.2L 6-cylinder engine – automatic transmission. With approx. 116,000, this vehicle features cloth bucket seats with console, am/fm stereo with cd player, rear window de-frost, sunroof and it is Tow Ready!

Financing available. We sell and service all makes and models. If we don’t have what you are looking for on the lot – we can find it for you! For more pictures of this car and the other vehicles in our inventory, please click here or visit our website at www.griesbachautoservice.com

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Tip # 2 to help your car last longer from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Don’t be cheap on fluids. Many cars are specific as to what fluids can be used with them. When it comes to oil, make sure you’re buying the correct viscosity as well as a recommended brand for your car. If your vehicle burns oil or leaks fluids, it may be a good idea to carry some of those fluids with you in your car. Be sure to consult the owner’s manual for what kind of fluids and oil your car needs. If you have any questions beyond what the owner’s manual can answer, give Griesbach Auto Service in Weston or Wausau, WI, a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

 

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Help your car last longer from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Monitor Fluids!

Did you know – motor oil, brake fluid, steering fluid and clutch fluid (if your car is manual) are all easy to check? Check your car’s owner’s manual to find out how to get an accurate reading and to locate their reservoirs. If the dipstick is reading low or the fluid looks used, you may want to add more or do a full change. Be sure to consult the owner’s manual for what kind of fluid your car uses, how much you need and how often you should be changing it. If you have any questions beyond what the owner’s manual can answer, give Griesbach Auto Service a call and our service advisors can answer your questions.

 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2009 Chevy Impala LT for sale at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

Don’t miss out on this 2009 Chevy Impala! Excellent vehicle at an affordable price!

FWD, 4 door sedan with a 3.5L, 6- cylinder engine, automatic transmission.
Cloth bucket seats, power driver seat, power windows, remote keyless power door locks, cruise control and much more.
Approx. 99,900 miles
$7,400.00

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Roadside Emergency Tips from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI.

Does your teen or college driver know what to do if they experience a flat tire, mechanical breakdown or empty fuel tank? Here are some important steps to take to ensure their safety:

1) Get off the road. Pull your vehicle as far off of the road as safely possible. If your vehicle is in or near traffic and you can safely walk to another location, do it. If the vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a busy highway, exit on the passenger side, lock the door and leave a note on the windshield in case roadside assistance or the police stop by the vehicle. You may want to leave your mobile number.

2) Make your vehicle as visible as possible. At the minimum, turn on the hazard lights as soon as you realize that your vehicle has problems. Once stopped, use any warning signals that you have—flares, hazard triangle, or a warning light—to alert other motorists of your vehicle's presence. Place the warning device as far behind your car as practical to give other motorists as much notice as possible.

3) Display a distress signal. If you need police help, raise the hood or tie a white cloth to the radio antenna or door handle, or hang the cloth out of the top of the door and close it on the cloth.

4) Keep the doors locked. If the vehicle is in a safe location, you should wait inside. Keep the doors locked and the safety belts fastened.

5) Exercise Caution. Use good judgment in accepting help from strangers. If someone you're suspicious of stops, lower the window only enough to talk. If you're waiting for help, thank them for stopping but tell them you're OK. If you need help, ask them to make a call for you.

 

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Better Service, Better Fuel Economy from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI.

Many area folks want to know how to improve gas mileage. At Griesbach Auto Service Inc., we help our clients keep their vehicles in prime condition which makes them more efficient fuel-wise. When your car works the way it was designed to, it means it uses less fuel: And you save.

To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion.

Friction. Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the engine. It has to work harder to overcome the drag – and that takes more fuel. The first thing that comes to mind is engine oil. Low oil means there's not enough to fully lubricate the engine so there's more friction.

The wrong viscosity and grade of oil can also adversely affect. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisors about the right kind of oil for your car. Dirty oil won't lubricate as well as clean oil. The same principles apply to transmission fluid. Getting your oil changed and transmission serviced on schedule at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. will reduce friction and save money on gas.

Consider upgrading to synthetic oils in your differentials, engine and transmission to reduce friction. Another friction related is under-inflated tires. When tires are low on air, it's like driving through sand – the engine has to work harder to move every kilometer. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month.

Sticking or binding brakes put a drag on your vehicle and can hurt. A simple brake inspection at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau or Weston can uncover potential problems.

Let's move on to fuel. A dirty fuel system has varnish and gum interfering and the fuel injectors may be unable to deliver the correct amount of fuel at the right pressure and in the spray pattern that the engineers intended. A fuel system cleaning will get all of that working right and really improve fuel economy.

Replacing worn spark plugs will burn your fuel as efficiently as possible, saving at the pumps.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Griesbach Auto Service Inc., Tech Question on Your Check Engine Light

I'm Alex. My Check Engine Light came on in my vehicle. I've tried several things to make it go off but nothing has worked. What should I do?

Griesbach Auto Service Inc. Answer:
Like Alex, most of us have experienced a check engine light coming on suddenly. We're frustrated because we don't know why.
Of course that's perfectly understandable: There are hundreds of reasons for the check engine light to come on – and there's only one light.
Alex said she tried several things to get the light to go off – but it didn't work. Her goal was to get the light to turn off. I would suggest that the goal should be to find out what caused the light to come on in the first place – and fix it.
You can search the internet and find millions of sites with tricks to get your vehicle check engine light to turn off. But what good does that do – whatever caused the light to come on is still wrong. Not getting to the bottom of the problem can lead to other problems for Wausau drivers – some minor and some more serious.

Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisors at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau and Weston can get you started down the road of properly diagnosing the problem and getting it repaired – try him first next time.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Severe Service Maintenance Schedule for Weston and Wausau Owners

Some of our customers at Griesbach Auto Service Inc. are surprised to learn that there are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. 

Let's look at what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions, and let you draw your own conclusions:

  • Most of your trips are less than four miles
  • Most of your trips are less than ten miles and outside temperatures are below freezing
  • The engine is at low speed most of the time – not on the highway
  • You operate your vehicle in dusty areas
  • You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy loads or a car-top carrier
  • Stop and go driving
  • Driving in very hot or very cold weather

So you can see that a lot has to do with how you drive, but some has to do with where you drive. Some areas of the country will be more or less severe than it is here in our area.
For many, normal driving includes elements of severe service driving. So how do you know? Picture a line with 'regular' on one end and 'severe' on the other, and make a judgment on where you fall. If your regular oil change recommendation is 5,000 miles and the severe service recommendation is 3,000 – when should you change your oil? For some, it's closer to 3,000 miles. For others, it's closer to 5,000 miles. Your service advisor will be happy to have this discussion with you and help you sort it out. If you drive where the air is dusty or polluted, fluids will become contaminated and filters will get dirtier more quickly.

So make an honest evaluation of your driving conditions in and around Weston and Wausau. You've made the commitment to take care of your vehicles, so it only makes sense to follow the right schedule.

Give us a call for advice for your car based on our local driving conditions.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Importance of Regular Maintenance from Griesbach Auto Service, Wausau and Weston, WI

Above is an example of oil changes that are not done in a timely and consistent manner.  The part in the picture is a synchronizer that drives the lubrication system.  The picture depicts the grooved teeth of the gear to be severely worn, throwing off the timing of the system.  This is caused by a lack of lubrication, or missing regularly scheduled oil changes.  A simple maintenance procedure like and oil change can prolong the life of all the parts in your vehicle and save you from having to make those large repairs.

Here at Griesbach Auto Service, we have exacting standards and procedures for taking care of your car.  When you come in for a routine service like an oil change, our technicians will give things the once over. They look to see if your windshield wipers or air filter need to be replaced. They'll check what is recommended based on your mileage.

They'll come to you with suggestions for things to be taken care of, along with a prioritization, so you'll know if there's anything urgent. They will also let you know of things that will need attention in the coming months.

Look, it's really like going to the dentist for regular check-ups. No one wants to hear that they need dental work done – it's unpleasant and costs money. Same thing with your car or truck.

But think about those times when you haven't been to the dentist for five years and go in with a screaming toothache. That little cavity that could've easily been fixed has turned into a root canal. And you can bet that there's more than one thing on the to-do list when you leave from that visit.

There are so many things on your vehicle that are fairly inexpensive to take care of when they're scheduled but can lead to very and inconvenient repairs if ignored.

Think of the car maintenance schedule in your owner's manual like the checklist your dentist goes through when you get your semi-annual check-up. The checklist makes sure things aren't overlooked. Add in a trained eye, and you'll catch most things before they leave you with a broken down vehicle.

Wausau drivers know things need to be done on their vehicles. When you're working with a service center you trust, like Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Wausau and Weston, you can feel that their recommendations are in your best interest.


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Loaded 2005 Toyota Avalon at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau and Weston, WI

Silver 4 door sedan, automatic transmission, sunroof for those nice summer days ahead. Heated & A/C seats, am/fm stereo with cd, steering wheel controls, distance pacing cruise control and much more!

Approx 109,00 miles

$9,995.00

Financing available. We sell and service all makes and models. If we don’t have what you are looking for on the lot – we can find it for you! For more pictures of this car and the other vehicles in our inventory, please visit our Auto Sales page on our website at www.griesbachautoservice.com

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Timing Chains from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

As your engine runs, the intake valves need to allow air into the engine.  They remain closed while the air and fuel is compressed and ignited, powering the pistons.  Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust.  This all has to be timed very precisely.  It is the job of the timing belt or timing chain to make sure all of this is synced up properly.

Timing belts are made of a very tough compound that can last for tens of thousands of miles.  Timing chains are made of metal and last for a very long time as well.  If your vehicle has a timing chain, there may not be a specified schedule for replacing it, but that doesn't mean that the timing chain system is indestructible and never needs attention.

For example, the chain runs on sprockets on the crankshaft and camshafts.  A broken tooth on a sprocket can cause the chain to slip a little.  When timing is off a little, your engine will not run as smoothly.  When timing is off enough, your engine won't run at all and could even be severely damaged.  There is also a tensioner that keeps appropriate pressure on the timing chain.  This keeps the chain tight while allowing it to absorb pulsation from the engine, but the tensioner can wear out as well the guide rails that keep the chain on the proper path.

The bottom line is that at some time, one or more of the timing chain system components will become worn to the point that they are no longer performing within specification.  Your Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor can help you with recommendations for when timing chain components should be replaced on your vehicle as well as signs of timing chain system wear.

Since timing chains (and dozens of other parts) are lubricated by engine oil, it is very important to stay on top of regular oil changes to prolong their life with a high quality oil filter and correct oil grade.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Symptoms of Bad Brake Rotors from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

Noisy brakes, vibrations and visual scoring or grooves on the face of the rotor are all symptoms of bad brake rotors. Disc brake rotors are metal discs that work together with the brake pads and calipers to slow the vehicle. When you press on the brake pedal, the calipers squeeze the brake pads against the spinning rotors to slow and stop the wheels and the vehicle. Since the rotors work to slow the vehicle by using friction from direct contact with the brake pads, they do wear out over time and will eventually need to be replaced. How do you know if your rotors need to be replaced? Here are a few common symptoms.

Noisy brakes are one of the first symptoms commonly associated with bad brake rotors. If the rotors are warped or severely worn, they may produce squealing or squeaking sounds. Usually warped rotors will produce a squeak, while severely worn rotors will produce a scraping sound.
Vibrations can also mean bad brake rotors. If the rotors are warped or excessively worn, they may vibrate irregularly and cause vibrations that can be felt in the pedal, and sometimes through the vehicle’s chassis. Warped rotors may also produce a pulsating feel that will be felt in the pedal when the brakes are applied.
Another symptom of bad or failing rotors is visual scoring or grooves on the face of the rotor. Over time, grooves or scoring marks can develop on the rotor from repeated contact with the brake pads as seen in the picture. Scoring and grooves in a rotor can take away from its capacity to slow the vehicle, as well as cause vibration and pulsation that can be felt in the pedal. Usually scored or grooved rotors will require replacement.

The disc brake rotors a very important part of the braking system, and as a result, are critical to the overall safety and handling characteristics of the vehicle. If you suspect that your rotors may be worn or damaged, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one of Griesbach Auto’s ASE Certified technicians, to determine if your car needs a brake rotor/disc replacement.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

2000 Mercury Sable LS at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

Gray 4 door sedan, FWD, automatic transmission. Features include: Leather seats, Am/FM stereo with tape player, 6 cd changer, center console, cup holders, rear vent, rear window defrost, a/c.  Approx. 90,059 miles.  $3699.00

Financing available. We sell and service all makes and models. If we don’t have what you are looking for on the lot – we can find it for you! For more pictures of this car and the other vehicles in our inventory, please visit our Auto Sales page on our website at www.griesbachautoservice.com

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Supplemental Restraint System Airbags

After they’ve had an accident, some people wonder why their airbags didn't go off. Movies and television lead us to believe that airbags go off with the slightest bump. The reality is much more complicated. First, airbags come out with great force and speed. Now getting hit in the face with an airbag is way better than getting hit in the face with a windshield – but if the accident impact isn't hard enough that you would be severely injured, the airbags may not be triggered at all because they could do more harm than good.

So how does your vehicle know when an accident is likely to result in life threatening injuries that would merit deploying the airbags? Well, there are sensors all around your vehicle that send information to the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) computer that decides which airbags should be deployed and when. There are impact sensors that measure the direction and intensity of an impact in the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle. There are seat sensors that determine if someone is sitting there as well as how much they weigh. This way an airbag doesn't go off when no one is in a particular seat and it can deploy with less force for a smaller person.

The SRS computer takes into account vehicle speed and if there is a rollover. Built into the computer program are the design specifications of your vehicle as they relate to “crumple” zones in a crash. As you can imagine, the computer program is pretty sophisticated.

Now when an airbag does actually go off, there are some things you should know about the repairs necessary to the SRS system. First, the deployed airbag should be replaced. Experts recommend that only a factory certified replacement airbag be used. Airbags are enough that they are frequently stolen or recovered from junked vehicles. No one can vouch for these airbags, so a certified replacement is essential.

When the driver side airbag in the steering wheel deploys, the steering wheel clock spring is usually damaged and should be replaced. Also, an “airbag worthy” event pre-triggers all of the sensors we've been talking about. In this pre-triggered state, something as slight as hitting a pothole could cause airbags to deploy. So after an airbag has actually been deployed, all of the SRS sensors throughout the vehicle should be replaced. Obviously, airbag work should only be undertaken by qualified service technicians.

Finally, when you start your engine, you will briefly see the SRS dash light come on and then turn off. This is a system self-test. If the SRS light remains illuminated, that means the system has detected a problem that could affect the proper deployment of your airbags. If that happens, get into Griesbach Auto Service Inc., Weston or Wausau, as soon as you can to have the fault diagnosed and repaired.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure from Griesbach Auto Service Inc, Weston and Wausau, Wi

Under-inflated tires waste gas. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get anywhere. You should always check tire pressure when you gas up. If it’s low – even just a little bit – bring them up to proper pressure. There's a sticker on the inside of the driver's door that gives the vehicle's recommended tire pressure.

And don't rely on your tire pressure monitoring system to alert you to when you need more air. The TPMS system is set to warn you when pressure drops twenty percent below recommendations. That's severely under inflated and you needed more air a long time ago. And if you have a slow leak – get it fixed right away. We can get that done quickly at Griesbach Auto Service in Weston, WI or Wausau, WI.

Get some air and save some gas. Give us a call at 715-355-1553 or 715-203-8808 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

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At Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Weston and Wausau, we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2006 Buick Lucerne CXZ at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

FWD 4 door sedan with automatic transmission. Sunroof so you can enjoy the warm summer days! Am/Fm radio with cd player, a/c dual climate control, keyless entry, leather power seats, power windows, cruise control and floor mats (front and back).

Approx 97,000 miles.  $9,150.00

Financing available. We sell and service all makes and models. If we don’t have what you are looking for on the lot – we can find it for you! For more pictures of this car and the other vehicles in our inventory, please click here or visit our website at www.griesbachautoservice.com

Interested? Call Jon at 715-203-8808 for more information.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Protect your Pets from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

What would you do if you saw a distressed pet trapped in a hot vehicle?
Please be the voice of those who don't have one. If you see a pet trapped in a hot car - Take down the car's make, model and license-plate number. If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car's owner. If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.

It doesn't take long for the inside of a vehicle to heat up. It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Did you know that when it’s 72 degrees F outside, the temp inside can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour? When it’s 80 degrees out, the temp inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees within 10 minutes. Rolling the windows down has been shown to have little effect on the temp inside a car. Please keep your pets safe – don’t leave them in your hot car.
For these tips and more to keep your pets safe, click here.

 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Earn a free oil service (valued up to $29.99) from Griesbach Auto Service in Weston and Wausau, WI

Do you know of anyone who is new to the area, or any friends, co-workers or family who is looking for a repair shop? Refer them to us and receive a free oil service (valued up to $29.99) from us as a Thank You for your referral. There are no limits on the number of people you can refer – they just have to be a first time customer, not living with you! How easy is that?

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Friday, June 17, 2016

6 months deferred interest program at Griesbach Auto, Weston & Wausau, WI

Does your car need unexpected repairs? Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI can help – we offer 6 months deferred interest (for qualified credit) on purchases of $199 or more. Contact us for more information!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Online scheduling now available at Griesbach Auto, Weston & Wausau, WI

Did you just remember that you need to schedule an oil service or other service and it’s after hours? You can now request an appointment online! Just visit our website and click the Request Appointment button. Fill out the online form (be sure to click on the tab near the top of the form for the location that you want to schedule your appointment with) and click the schedule your appointment button. When we get your request, we will verify the appointment and you will receive a confirmation email.

Schedule your appointment online or give us a call!
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Clean 2005 GMC Sierra Pickup with topper at Griesbach Auto Sales in Wausau, WI and Weston, WI.

Check out this 1 owner 2005 Sierra!

4wd with crew cab and topper. Features include am/fm radio with cd player, dual climate control, rear window defrost, cloth bucket seats, tinted power windows & fold-down center console with storage. Approx 109,500 miles.  $15995.00
For more information, please call Jon at 715-203-8808.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

7 strange smells that may mean your car needs attention from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI

Bad smells can tell you that there’s something wrong with your vehicle. When you smell any particular odor, don’t ignore it. Be sure to check it out or bring it to you trusted auto mechanic to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor.

1)Rotten Egg: Don’t ignore this smell because it is likely a poorly running engine and catalytic converter issues. This could mean the catalytic converter is not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. Not checked it may lead to a catalytic converter “meltdown” and a costly repair.

2)Burning Carpet: This could be a sign of brake trouble. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this is happening during normal driving conditions.

3)Sweet syrup: This could mean that engine coolant is leaking from the cooling system, which could tripper a catastrophic breakdown if the vehicle overheats. If you decide to check the radiator fluid level yourself, be sure to remove the radiator cap only after the car has cooled down.

4)Burned Rubber: Slipping drive belts or loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys could cause this smell. Check for yourself only after the engine has cooled.

5)Hot Oil: May mean oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify a leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine.

6)Gasoline: While its common to catch the smell of gas while filling up at the station, it’s not a good sign if you smell it often. It may be signaling a gas leak – probably in the fuel injector line or gas tank. Any smell of gas can result in a possible fire hazard so immediate attention should be given.

7)Musty gym locker: If you get this smell after turning on the air conditioner or heater, more than likely there is mildew growing in the moisture condensing unit inside your a/c evaporator. Cheap solution – turn off the a/c a mile from home and run the fan on high to dry the sytem out.

Don’t ignore any weird odors after an accident because there could be insurance implications. Most policies will not pay to repair any additional damage to your car that may come from driving it with an existing mechanical problem.

Give us a call at 715-355-1553 or 715-203-8808 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Your guide to synthetic oil in Wausau and Weston, WI from Griesbach Auto Service.

Synthetic motor oil has been around for a long time and more and more new cars are leaving factories with synthetic in their engines. But a lot of people don't really know much about it.

Let's start with conventional oil – the kind folks are used to. Conventional oil is made up of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chains, which means its molecules are long and have various lengths. Like a pile of pencils, some of them new and some of them used. Synthetic oil is man-made. Its molecules are more uniform and regular in shape – more similar to marbles than pencils. Some synthetic oil starts with a petroleum base that's modified and others are entirely synthesized from other materials.

Synthetic motor oil works better in both hot and cold temperatures. It's more chemically stable so it doesn't readily evaporate or breakdown in the high heat produced inside your vehicle engine. This means it resists turning to sludge, which is a real engine killer.

Remember that marbles and pencils thing we were talking about? Well, that makes synthetic oil slipperier than conventional oil which means less friction in your engine. Your vehicle engine runs cooler, wears less and lasts longer. You also get a boost in power.

Synthetic oil also lasts longer so you change it less often – which is great for the environment. With longer oil change intervals, you need an oil filter specifically built for the longer service life of synthetic oil. Talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Griesbach Auto Service Inc. service advisor about synthetic oil and synthetic blends – they might be just what you need to improve engine performance and extend the life of your vehicle

At Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Weston and Wausau, we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 715-355-1553 or 715-203-8808 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Spark Plugs in Wausau and Weston, WI from Griesbach Auto Service

The days when drivers changed their spark plugs every couple of years has ended. Back in the day, spark plugs really did wear out that often. A couple of things are different now…

First, spark plugs are made of better materials that last longer for drivers and they're designed better. The second reason why spark plugs used to have to be changed in vehicles and other autos was that they were fouled up with carbon deposits. The deposits built up when fuel wasn't burned completely. With modern engine management controls that just doesn't happen as often.

Engine control computers precisely time when fuel is injected into the engine and when spark plugs fire. Unless something's wrong, spark plugs just don't foul like they used to. Electricity from the battery goes into a coil that allows power to build up to anywhere from 12,000 to 45,000 volts, depending on the vehicle. The engine management computer tells the coil when to release the power to the spark plug. The electricity travels through a wire from the coil to the spark plug. At the tip of the plug, a spark jumps between two electrodes and ignites the gas in the combustion chamber. Some engines have more than one coil. Coils wear out and need to be replaced occasionally. Also, spark plug wires can wear out and and need to be replaced.

Modern engines used are delivering more power and better fuel economy all the time. That's largely credited to fast engine control computers, advanced sensors, electronic ignition and improvements to the lowly spark plug.

It'll be interesting to see where future developments take us. One last thought: it's to have the right kind of spark plug for your vehicle. Because engines are designed to run with different internal temperatures, spark plugs have different designs to work properly within those temperatures. Your service advisor at Griesbach Auto Service, Weston and Wausau, WI will be able to get the right plugs for your vehicle. And he'll be able to advise you on when you should replace your spark plugs as well.

At Griesbach Auto Service Inc. in Weston and Wausau, we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 715-355-1553 or 715-203-8808 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

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                Griesbach Auto Service, Weston, WI               715-355-1553
                Griesbach Auto Service, Wausau, WI              715-203-8808

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Safety reminder to all drivers from Griesbach Auto Service, Weston, WI and Wausau, WI

We all like to jam to the radio when we are driving – but be sure to turn your radio down at times so that you can hear odd and/or unfamiliar noises from your vehicle. Here’s a picture of a drive shaft that the fuel tank had been rubbing against because the fuel tank strap broke. Be safe – be familiar with how your car sounds so you can identify when something sounds different.

Give us a call at 715-355-1553 or 715-203-8808 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

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