Common Problems with Coolant/Antifreeze

antifreeze

Your vehicle’s coolant flows through the engine to keep everything running at the appropriate temperature. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is mixed with water in the radiator at a precise ratio to create radiator fluid. The chemical fluid prevents the water in the engine from freezing on cold days while at the same time preventing

Check Your Windshield Wipers This Fall

windshield wipers

When the rain is pouring down while you’re driving this fall, the last thing you want is a pair of windshield wipers that leave streaks behind on your windshield. Not being able to clearly see the road is a serious safety concern! Before you find yourself in that situation, check your windshield wipers! Because windshield

Brake System Maintenance 101

brake system

When it comes to safety and your vehicle, there is nothing more important than a healthy brake system. At S&S Automotive, our ASE-Certified technicians will thoroughly look over your brake fluid, brake lines and brake pads when you bring in your car for your next scheduled preventive maintenance visit. Research has shown that brake fluid,

How To Handle An Overheating Engine

overheating engine

With temperatures now approaching the highest point they’ll be all year, your vehicle’s engine will be feeling the heat for the next couple of months. Luckily, there are ways to combat the sun’s effect on your vehicle to make sure you don’t have an overheating engine to deal with. Keep an extra bottle of coolant

Tire Rotation FAQ

tire rotation

It is a little known fact that tires can last up to 20% longer when they are regularly rotated. While length of use is important, regular tire rotation also improves fuel efficiency. The best recommendation is to rotate your tires every 6,000 miles and keep that as part of a routine maintenance schedule. What causes

Octane Ratings – Do They Matter?

octane

When most drivers in Wisconsin fill up their gas tanks, they most likely go with whatever fuel is the cheapest and don’t bother worrying about the octane number listed on the pump. We all obviously want to avoid spending money if/when we don’t have to, but gas might be one item you don’t want to

Five Reasons for Steering Wheel Shakes

steering wheel

The vast majority of drivers have experienced steering wheel vibrations at one time or another. Car parts can break or fail after continued use, and it’s not uncommon for vehicle components to need to be replaced. Because your steering wheel is your connection to both your car and the road, your first indication that something

Vehicle Belts 101

vehicle belts

As we celebrate National Car Care Month in April, here are a few factoids about vehicle belts to keep in mind: • Belts in today’s vehicles are designed to last for years, and you may even know people who have never replaced them… • But if you ever hear a loud, sharp squealing come from

Winter Damage to Watch for this Spring

winter damage

Surviving the winter often seems a marathon for Wisconsin drivers and as we near the finish line, can you be certain that your vehicle is in the clear? Simply put, you can’t… But you can check for common winter damage and get it fixed now before it causes even bigger problems this spring/summer. Damaged Wiper

Wintertime Dangers: Curb Damage

Curb Damage

As we head towards March here in Waukesha County, the end of winter is finally in sight. Before we make it to spring however, we still have some wintry weather conditions to deal with, some of which can lead to problems for your vehicle. Curb damage is definitely an issue that can cause problems galore