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Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Your tires and wheels are your vehicle’s only contact with the road, which means they are paramount to your vehicle’s overall safety and performance. Tire maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle performing in tip-top shape. A wheel alignment is one of the most important parts of wheel and tire maintenance.  The term wheel alignment may be misleading because it doesn’t just refer to an adjustment of your vehicle’s wheels or tires, but your car’s entire suspension system. Your suspension system is comprised of several components, including your tires, air pressure, springs, shock absorbers, and steering linkages. To make sure your vehicle drives safely and smoothly, each of these components must be properly serviced with routine wheel alignment. If your vehicle is not properly aligned, you won’t be able to drive as safely or smoothly, and your fuel economy might not be as effective.  If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms ... read more

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Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Difference Between Cabin Air Filters and Engine Air Filters

Most modern vehicles have both a cabin air filter and an engine air filter. Both of these filters keep contaminants out of critical systems in your vehicle, but the similarities stop there. Your engine air filter and cabin air filter protect two very different systems in your vehicle. The Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service team is here to break it down for you and explain why it is essential to get these filters replaced during spring.  Your engine air filter is located underneath your engine’s hood, usually near the front of your engine. It is responsible for keeping debris, dust, and other particles out of your engine. Your engine works in very confined spaces with high temperatures and fast speeds, and even the smallest amount of dirt or dust can wreak havoc within your engine, causing major components to break down. A clogged engine air filter can also lead to diminished performance, increased emissions, and poor fuel economy.  Your cabin air filter ... read more

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Importance of Winterizing Your Vehicle

We can’t believe how fast the year is flying by! Soon enough, the holidays will be here, and we will be breaking out our Christmas decorations, planning for New Year’s Eve, and racing around trying to check everything off our holiday to-do list. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission doesn’t want you to worry about your vehicle during these busy times.  During the colder months, your vehicle has to work that much harder. We encourage you to bring your vehicle to our technicians, so we can thoroughly inspect your vehicle for any signs of trouble. We will target a few times that will need a little extra TLC during the wintertime:  Heater and Defroster: Our heater is practically necessary if we want to survive the winter, and we rely on our defroster to eliminate early morning ice and frost on our windows. A chilly drive with limited visibility is practically torture and not safe. Coolant: It’s essential to make sure the ratio of antifree ... read more

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10 Creative Halloween Costumes that the Whole Family Will Love

10 Creative Halloween Costumes that the Whole Family Will Love

October is officially here, which means it is time to start planning your Halloween costume. Halloween may look a little different this year in wake of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t celebrate. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission have put together family-friendly costumes your entire family can take part in:  Mario Kart -- the perfect costume for a car-loving family!    Lady and the Tramp -- perfect for fans of this classic Disney movie!  Legos -- both a fun way to spend time inside and an excellent Halloween costume!  Sandlot -- This costume idea involves all family members!  Care Bears -- this costume is both cute and comfy!  “Up” Characters -- another one of our favorite, family-friendly movies! It also looks like it would make a great costume too.  “Frozen” Characters -- we love how this costume idea involves the whole family, and your biggest “Frozen&r ... read more

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Best Summer Camps in Lafayette for Your Little Ones

Best Summer Camps in Lafayette for Your Little Ones

Summer is officially here! You might be scrambling to find ways to keep your little ones occupied, while making sure they are learning and enjoying themselves in the summer sun. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service considers many of their clients as members of their extended family, which is one of the reasons why we compiled this list of summer camps in Lafayette:  Animal Interest Camps Boiler Vet Camp: purdue.edu Camp Tecumseh: camptecumseh.org Columbian Park Zoo: columbianparkzoo.org Purdue Summer College for High School Students: purdue.edu Therapeutic Riding Horse Camp: newhorse.com Wild About Horses Equestrian Center: wildabouthorses.net Wolf Park: wolfpark.net Arts and Theater Camps  All Fired Up: allfiredupwestlafayette.com Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: artlafayette.org Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette:lafayettecivic.org Creative Clayground: creativeclayground.com Dance Moves ∧ Gymnastics: flipdmg.co ... read more

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Here is an Easy-to-Follow Breakdown of What Goes On Under Your Hood

Here is an Easy-to-Follow Breakdown of What Goes On Under Your Hood

For many of us, our vehicle works like magic -- we place our key into the ignition and off we go, ready to start the day! However, a lot goes into getting your vehicle out of the road and moving. It may seem like magic, but it is mechanics, to be exact. A combination of your vehicle’s engine, fuel, and the air is what makes your car move, not magic, even though it certainly seems like it. The answer truly comes down to your car’s engine, regardless of the make or model of your vehicle. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to break it down for you.  Your engine is what we call an internal-combustion engine. Your engine converts energy from burning gasoline into mechanical work, or what we like to call torque. Your engine also has pistons -- these pistons move up and down in cylinders, which look like metal tubes. Think of the pistons like a bicycle. When you are riding a bicycle, your legs are moving up and down to turn those pedals. These pisto ... read more

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Upcoming Specials at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service

Upcoming Specials at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service

The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service is thankful for their clients from Lafayette, IN and beyond. We appreciate each and every one of you, which is why we offer you several specials to choose from. We recognize that sticking to a budget, especially with a family, can be stressful. Auto repair, however, is a necessity, and it should not be neglected. We try our best to make auto repair easy for you and your family. Take a look at the upcoming specials we offer at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service:  $50 Off Service or Repairs: Redeem this special and receive $50 off any service or repair totaling $200 or more! Cannot be combined with any other special. Must present special in advance. $35 Off Diagnostics / Testing: If we perform the Repairs. We request this coupon be presented at the start of service. Not to be combined with any other discount or special offer.  Brake Services: Save Up to $50.00 When both Front and Rear brakes are replace ... read more

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Show Your Car Some Love with These Cleaning Tips

Show Your Car Some Love with These Cleaning Tips

If you have little ones, you know how challenging it can be to keep your vehicle clean. From the crayons stashed in between the seats to the crumbs and mud littering your floor, your vehicle can look and feel as if a hurricane just stormed through. Before you start to lose your mind at the sight of your messy vehicle, the team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to help you keep your cool and keep your car clean!  Now, is the perfect time to bestow a little TLC on your vehicle this holiday. Show your car some love this Valentine’s Day with these cleaning tips:   Put your old makeup brush to use. You can bring it out to your vehicle, and use that fluffy brush to dust away any pesky debris or dust accumulated on your vehicle.  If you have a pet your vehicle might even be covered in a thin layer of pet hair, use a spray bottle and a squeegee to get clean away any hair on your upholstery.  Want your dashboard to look brand new and shiny? R ... read more

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All’s Well That Ends Well: Tire Health

December is here, which means the year is coming to a close. For many of us, this is the busiest time of year, as we are racing to the mall for those last minute gifts, stringing up the last box of Christmas lights, and going over recipes for our holiday dinners. During the midst of December, it is easy to forget about our vehicles. However, it is during this time of the year that we need our car the most -- your tire health is especially important.  Tire tread depth: As you drive, your tires automatically get worn from rubbing on the road. If your tires are overly worn, it will take you much longer to come to a complete stop, as your old tires won’t necessarily have a good grip on the road.  Alignment and balancing: If your tires aren’t properly balanced, your tires will wear out faster.  Tire rotation: It is important for your tires to be rotated at your manufacturer’s recommendations. Front and rear tires will wear different because they carry dif ... read more

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When to Winterize Your Vehicle

When to Winterize Your Vehicle

We may only be in September, but before you know it, we will be breaking out the winter coats and scarves. It is easy to remember to winterize ourselves, meaning bringing out the appropriate clothes and turning on the heater, but sometimes, we forget about our car. Before the holidays get here, and you are absolutely swamped, bring your vehicle to Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission for winterization.  Here are important steps in winterizing your vehicle that should be performed before winter starts:     Check your battery. Cold weather will take a toll on your car, as the chemical reactions required to start your car slow down and decrease in chilly temperatures. It would be smart for a technician to perform a thorough battery inspection to ensure it is working properly or to see if it will need to be replaced in the future.  Check your antifreeze mixture. If your antifreeze mixture is about 50:50, your vehicle should be in good shape. To be sure the ... read more

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