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Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Hearing a strange or unknown noise when you are driving your car can be a scary sound. Even more so, if you are hearing squealing noises as you're braking it could be reminiscent of fingernails scraping down the chalkboard. Squealing as you're braking is not just unpleasant, it is also scary. It is a warning sign that things aren't going too well with your brakes and you know something will have to be done about it. Knowing something will have to be done is one thing, but knowing why the squealing noise is happening maybe something you aren't aware of as to why it's happening, but here are some reasons as to why you're hearing this frightening noise at all. A squealing noise when you brake is no joke, and here are some things that could cause this to happen: Brake Pads Are Worn Out: This is a common reason why you will hear this sound. This will happen when there is a metal wear indicator is uncovered on your brake pads. When this happens, it will cause the s ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Control Arm Assembly?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Control Arm Assembly?

A control arm assembly, otherwise known as an A-arm assembly, is a vital part of most passenger vehicles. They essentially link the steering wheel and the chassis of the vehicle, making it possible to steer. However, like all parts on a vehicle, they do wear out and need parts or all of the assembly to be replaced. Over time, the bushings and ball joints that are in the control arm assembly wear out. There are three main signs that your control arm assembly is going out. The first sign that your control arm assembly is failing is vibration, usually felt in the steering wheel as you're driving. The steering wheel will actually shimmy, and the vibrations of the vehicle can be felt in the wheel itself. This vibration may increase with the speed of the vehicle and then smooth out once the desired speed is reached. The second sign that the control arm assembly is failing is that the steering of the vehicle will begin wandering. Excessively worn ball joints and bushings will cause the ... read more

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

Often than not, we chastise ourselves for speeding across a speed bump when distracted. After getting over the fright of your life, you cruise along more carefully but oblivious of the damage the speed bump causes to your car. Hitting a speed bump causes significant damage to your vehicle. Here are some examples of the damage speed bumps do to your car: They cause significant damage to your tires: Speed bumps are about three to four inches high. Despite seeming small, they can give your car some air if you hit them fast. As your car lands back on the road, the tire's sidewalls tend to touch the ground. This increases the risk of a blowout and significant damage.   Damage the shocks: Shock absorbers are designed to absorb road imperfections. This is why you hardly feel all the dips, bumps or rocks your car goes over. However, when you drive very fast over a road imperfection or speed bump, the shocks aren't able to quickly absorb the unexpected energy w ... read more

What's One of Your Happy Places?

What's One of Your Happy Places?

My husband Brian is what we call a "man's man." He spent 10 years in the Navy doing silly things lilke jumping out of helicopters. For several years he drove a race car living by the mantra that "if you're not rubbing your not racing." Fast cars, fast motorcyles, anything that gets the adrenaline pumping was what he lived for. Besides fixing cars, any car or truck, he is my personal MacGuyver. If it needs to be fixed, he'll figure it out. He's done electrical, construction, plumbing, and roofing.. He wears Carhartt jeans, flannel shirts, sips bourbon, dips Copenhagen, and loves Country music. I'm not a frills and lace kind of gal. I'm not into retail therapy and I don't have a closet full of shoes.I don't do acrylic nails, or even paint my nails, my hair is almost always in it's typical low maintenance ponytail, and my makeup bag consists of department store basics that I probably got on sale. I can travel for a week with no ... read more

Thankfulness

Thankfulness

                Oh the memes that have been created this year. We've all heard it, and probably said it, many times:  2020 SUCKS! But as we go into Thanksgiving week, I'd like to challenge you with a question that Brian and I asked ourselves this week. What would it be like if we flipped the script? What if we sat and thought about 2020 in it's entirety, and looked for the good? What would that look like?               Like just about everyone else, the snow globe of our lives was shaken pretty good with the lockdowns and government response to Covid 19. UNLIKE many, however, we did not lose our jobs. We are considered an essential business, and were able to stay open. Yes, business is down because people are driving less, but that has given us the opportunity to have a little more time off than usual. To sleep in a little later, go home a little earlier. We've had the ... read more

Winter 2020

Winter 2020

By every method of measurement, 2020 has been an unusually turbulent year. From Covid-19 and the widespread changes to almost all aspects of everyday life, the unprecedented number of wildfires, civil unrest with much of it centered in Portland, murder hornets, and now predictions for a winter more volatile that we've seen in a few years. It seems like the hits just keep coming. You can minimize potential automotive issues over the winter by addressing some normal maintenance items and other specific things: Battery Tire pressure Wiper blades and fluid Engine oil Coolant levels and systems System checks Vehicle tune up Emergency kit One of the most important safety measures is a full systems check. "Inspect your headlights, taillights, turn signals, rear-window defrosters, heating system, seat belts, and electronics. If there are any burnt out bulbs or broken parts, get it fixed before you get in an accident. You may want to consider replacing bulbs if they are d ... read more

Get your kicks, on Route 66

Get your kicks, on Route 66

  Last month we had the opportunity to travel to Kingman, Arizona for my brother's wedding. We got to see our son Michael and meet his girlfriend Charlie, who drove up from Tucson, and see a niece and her family, who we haven't seen in 11 years. We had a ton of fun, dancing the night away and celebrating love and life. Kingman is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I think whoever came up with that phrase, was in Kingman at the time. We flew into Las Vegas and then made about a 2 hour drive to get there, which took us along the infamous highway Route 66. Chuck Berry made a song about it, for those of you not old enough to remember:   Well it winds from Chicago to LA More than 2,000 miles all the way Get your kicks on Route 66 Well it goes through St Louis, Joplin Missouri Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty You'll see Amarillo, Gallup New Mexico Flagstaff Arizona, don't forget Winona Kingman, Barstaw, San Bernadino Would you ge ... read more

Customer Supplied Parts

Over the past 7 years a topic that comes up from time to time is if we will install customer supplied parts. The short answer to the question for 3G's Automotive is no. There have been times we have made exceptions, especially for customers wanting to install custom high end parts to "mod" their car. When we do install customer supplied parts we make it clear that the Nationwide 24 month, 24,000 mile warranty normally offered on repairs does not apply, and if the part fails the customer is responsible for purchasing the replacement part and any new labor time to change it out. This same rule applies to used parts, like transmissions and motors from a wrecking yard. There are a multitude of factors that go into the auto industry standard of practice to not install customer supplied parts: when we purchase the parts we can offer you a warranty on the repair when we order the parts we know it's the correct part when we order the part we are covered for any liability ... read more

Why Your Differential Matters

Why Your Differential Matters

When was the last time you had the differential in your vehicle serviced?  Do you know what a differential is and what it does? This is an old video, but it perfectly explains this important component of your car or truck. Differential service is part of your manufacturer's regularly scheduled maintenance. Service mileage varies by vehicle, so check your owners manual or you can find the information online. Cost for diff service runs $100-200. But NOT servicing your differential? When those gears wear out and break, that repair will cost about $1500 and put you out of your car for a few days.  We encourage our customers to budget and save $100-150 a month to stay on top of regular maintenance and tire replacement. Taking care of those items at the correct intervals may seem like a hassle and money you don't want to spend, but in the long run it will dramatically increase the lifetime of your vehicle and cost you far less in major repairs.  Your car or truck i ... read more

Honoring an Oregon Hero

Honoring an Oregon Hero

One of our core values at 3G's Automotive is to support and honor our active and retired military personnel. My father was a bombadier in WWII. Brian served in the Navy from 1980-1990 in aviation electronics. And our oldest son Jacob is serving with the Navy as an F18 jet engine mechanic, currently deployed on the USS Lincoln. We are proud of our family's military service, and we have the utmost respect for all who serve in each branch of our nation's Armed Forces. An incident that cut us to the core was the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of US Ambassador J. Christopher StevensUSFS officer Sean Smith; and CIA contractors  ... read more

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