There’s got to be a catch right? Well, yeah, if by “catch” you mean filling out a form and sending it in. What are you waiting for? Give the guys at Axleboy a call and put money back in your pocket while upgrading that awesome Jeep!
$1500 Wrangler Re-Ratio
Has your baby been divorced from 6th gear ever since you upgraded to those rad bigger tires? Treat that Jeep Wrangler right with a fresh gear ratio from Axleboy and get your BFF running with the flow of traffic again. Back by popular demand, re-ratio your Jeep Wrangler TJ or JK (1997-2018) for as little as $1500.
What Is Included
For only $1500 the Jeep experts at Axleboy will professionally upgrade your TJ or JK Wrangler’s gear ratio by installing:
- New quality ring and pinion gears in both front and rear differentials (4.10, 4.56 or 4.88 ratio available).
- New crush sleeves.
- New pinion nuts.
- Pinion bearing kits.
- Fresh shims.
If you are unsure which gear ratio is right for your Jeep, one of our specialists would be glad to spend a few minutes reviewing your Jeeping needs to help determine which ratio will be the most beneficial.
It is important to note that Jeeps with a factory 3.21 ratio will require a new carrier (additional cost of $101). If your Jeep has the factory 3.73 ratio, the carrier should accommodate any of the gear ratios included in this special. In addition, following any re-gear, it is important to re-calibrate speedometer and shift points using a Pro-Cal device or something similar. Not doing so may cause your Jeep to go into limp mode. Axleboy provides recalibration and a VIN specific module for an additional $184.94, in situations where a Jeep is not already equipped. New axle bearings and seals are recommended for an additional $175. For ideal quality and optimal performance we highly recommend installation of a Master Rebuild/Overhaul Kit which includes all new carrier bearings and races along with new pinion seals, axle seals, ring gear bolts, pinion nut, thread locker, a complete shim kit and a fresh differential gasket. Re-ratio with installation of master overhaul kits start at $1875 per Jeep.
This offer is not affiliated or sponsored by any organization outside of Axleboy. Special cannot be combined with any other coupons or club discounts.
Next time you stop by the shop or see Axleboy at an event (like the Chili Cook-off on Feb 24th), be sure to say hello to our newest employee. Michelle Durrwachter comes to us from Monsanto and brings with her an abundance of experience in production analytics and workforce management. Her role on the Axleboy team is working primarily behind the scenes as a Service Production Manager, tracking efficiency, productivity and making sure the technicians are taken care of.
Welcome to the team, Michelle!
We are so excited for the limitless possibilities of the new year, and hope that you are too!
As many of you know, this time last year, Axleboy moved from a small industrial park location with cramped bays and poor lighting to a beautiful big shop with 15 service bays and enormous glass doors. To make the year even better, we spent more time on the trail than in any other previous year, going to places like:
- Moab- for Easter Jeep Safari with Teraflex Suspensions
- Asymetric Solutions (Washita)- to wheel with MWJT and Camp Hope
- Monkey Mountain & Moonlight- for the Jeeping 101 course with MWJT
- SMORR- for Chicks in the Sticks, Jeepstock ’17 and again with 618Jeeps
- And several Jeep show ‘n shine events in both Missouri and Illinois
Less than a full week into the new year, and we’re already looking forward to LOADS of upcoming events and opportunities to hang out with other Jeepers and off-road enthusiasts. A few typical places you can expect to find us include:
- Our shop- We’re here from 8:am-6:pm M-F and we love to talk Jeep!
- The Annual Chili Cookoff- Feb. 24th 11am-2pm, Right here at Axleboy
- Intro to Off-road (Jeeping 101) with Midwest Jeepthing
- Jeepstock- Every September at SMORR
- and more
This year we’re looking forward to seeing even more trails as we get to know the Two Rivers Jeep Club at their 4×4 Safari and later make a special trip out to experience the legendary Rubicon. Keep a lookout for Scott’s white JKU, and feel free to stop and say, “Hi” when you see us out and about.
Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to get a steady stream of fresh Jeep pictures and see the latest happenings in the shop.
If you’ve ever been wheeling with Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, it probably didn’t take long to notice that he doesn’t take any trail half-way. If there’s an obstacle that other Jeepers are dodging out on, you can almost guarantee he’s the one that will put on a show and give it a shot.
With this mentality and driving style, protecting his Jeep is an investment Scott takes seriously, which is why “The White Whale” (his 2013 JKU) recently underwent another phase of transformations. New to the Whale are GenRight aluminum fenders, rock sliders and an ultra low-profile front bumper.
Prior to this change, Scott’s Jeep was outfitted with aluminum fenders made by Nemesis Industries, an aluminum stubby bumper from Teraflex Suspensions and stock Rubicon rock rails.
Why the Sudden Change?
When asked about the reason behind his change in parts, Scott noted, “The Nemesis fenders have the best fit and finish I have EVER seen, but I’ve developed a habit of catching the lip on rocks and feeling bad about beating them up.” He further stated, “I’ve had my eye on the structural qualities of the tubular design for some time and feel like they might roll off things better. As the only authorized GenRight installer/dealer in the area, it just made sense to give them a shot.”
As for the new side armor and rock guards, Scott was impressed by the replaceable steel “rash guard”, something that offers additional protection and reinforcement of the body armor. “I haven’t seen any other manufacturers offer this,” says Scott, “And you can bet these rails will take some pretty hard hits.”
Changing the front bumper all comes down to two words, “approach angle.” “There was absolutely nothing wrong with the Teraflex bumper that I had before, but this new ultra slim bumper gives me nearly six inches of additional clearance in front. That’s huge when you’re trying to pick your line to get up and over an obstacle,” says Scott.
Keep it Raw or Make it White?
The original vision behind The White Whale was to create a well-built Jeep with the classy look of a Sahara. With the first round of modifications almost everything that went on it, first took a trip to the powder-coater to match the white body.
We asked Scott if he intended to do the same thing with the latest round of upgrades and he replied, “I was really tempted to do the same thing and white it out. With the trend being to black out everything, I found that doing the complete opposite helped my Jeep stand out from the crowd and brought a lot of positive attention. I priced out getting the new stuff powder coated too,” he says, “but impatience got the best of me and the bare aluminum look is really starting to grow on me, so I’ll probably leave it just the way it is.”
Check it out in Person
Those who follow Axleboy on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus…and even Pinterest) expect to see new pictures all throughout the day, highlighting work in progress, completed projects and a variety of off-road adventures… But there’s nothing like seeing a product in person! “Any time you are in the area,” says Scott, “stop by and check out the Jeep in person. Everybody here loves talking Jeep.”
Axleboy is located in O’Fallon Missouri, on the North side of I-70 (1935 E Terra Ln., O’Fallon, MO 63366).
Article and Photos by Mike Carter, Marketing Director at Axleboy.
Are you looking for improved leveling ability, adjustability and ride quality when you tow your trailer, your RV or carry a heavy payload with your truck? Air Lift and Axleboy are excited to introduce the latest in quality suspension-assist solutions:
The LoadLifter 5000™ Ultimate Plus
LoadLifter 5000™ Ultimate Plus offers up to 5,000 lbs. of load-leveling capacity* and isdesigned with the highest-quality, longest-lasting components.
With high-end stainless steel roll plates, braided air lines and mounting hardware, LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus provides an unrivaled combination of leveling ability, adjustability, and ride quality to maximize your towing capabilities.
LoadLifter 5000™ Ultimate Plus Features
- Up to 5,000 lbs. load-leveling capacity*
- EXCLUSIVE: Stainless steel braided air lines for added protection against sharp edges and road debris
- EXCLUSIVE: Military-grade AN fittings simply thread together for a metal-to-metal seal, ensuring an easy-to-install, leak-free system with no air line cutting required
- EXCLUSIVE: Stainless steel roll plates which protect the air springs and help increase load capacity of the springs by up to 10%
- EXCLUSIVE: Stainless steel air spring mounting hardware
- EXCLUSIVE: Jounce bumper inside the air spring absorbs shock and can be safely run with zero air pressure
- Most kits require no drilling into the vehicle’s frame
- Air adjustable from 5 to 100 PSI
- Most kits are compatible with most 5th wheel and gooseneck hitches
- Easy to install with fully illustrated installation manual
For more information or to schedule your installation, call Axleboy today at (636)939-5337
*Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Congratulations! You’ve got a new Jeep and now you’re ready to make it a one-of-a-kind custom ride. Aftermarket suspension, tires, wheels, bumpers, LED lights and more. With so many available upgrades and custom accessories, almost anything is possible.
We see hundreds of Jeeps every year, and enjoy guiding people as they take their ride through the transition from stock to stud. Most folks that we see, buy a new Jeep with the intention of using it as a full-time daily driver and part-time off-road warrior; for camping, hunting, fishing, organized off-roading etc. Sound familiar?
One of the first modifications on their “to do” list is: Raise the ride. We think of this as a hinge decision that will effect almost every other major upgrade/modification, including tires size, axle upgrades and more. One of the most common introductory Jeep lifts installed at Axleboy is the 2.5” Teraflex suspension lift.
The 2.5″ Teraflex Lift is a Good Place to Start
Like we mentioned, the 2.5” Teraflex suspension lift is an introductory lift. That being said, it offers a modest amount of additional clearance and is capable of tackling many off-road trails without losing the functionality you would expect from a daily driver. Here are just a few points to consider before deciding on a 2.5″ liftt:
- It provides enough lift to comfortably fit up to a 35” tire
- It gives plenty of clearance to tackle most light-medium rated trails
- Maintains low center of gravity
- Fewer parts to install help keep costs down
- Same/one-day installation
- Excellent ride quality
- No significant changes to drive line angles
Just A Little Taller With a 3” Lift
Every inch of clearance counts when you are taking the road less traveled…but what about every ½ inch? Before going for that additional ½ inch of clearance with a 3” lift consider this:
- Changes in drive line angles may require a new front drive shaft
- Additional parts involved in the lift amount to higher parts and labor costs
- Comfortably fits up to a 35” tire
- Allows for plenty of flex under the wheel well
- Install may take up to 2 days
Can You Take Me Higher?…Say 4 Inches or More?
Do you want to roll with the big dogs and go places that no stock Jeep would ever dream? Going bigger on both lift and tires may be the answer. With a minimum 4” lift:
- There is now enough space to fit 37” tires
- Serious consideration should be given to upgrading both front and rear axles
- We strongly recommend new front and rear drive shafts
- Bigger tires will necessitate re-gearing the differential ratios. Proper gearing will give back some of the power that is lost when increasing tire circumference.
- Significantly more parts (flex arms, brackets, exhaust spacer, etc) increases the overall cost of installation
- Proper installation may take 3-4 days (actual install time may vary)
- Be aware that your Jeep will have a higher center of gravity and you may not fit in the parking garage any more
- Your Jeep will be nearly unstoppable off-road and you’ll be the envy of everyone you work with
We are a fully stocked and qualified Jeep modification shop. In addition to providing access to a huge selection of lift kits, we also do tires, wheels, axles, differentials, bumpers, fenders, recovery gear, LED lights and more. Be sure to give us a call or stop by the shop before your next mod.
The majority of vehicles we work on get dropped off during standard business hours (between 8:00am and 6:00pm), but for some folks standard hours just don’t work. That’s where our night key-drop comes into play.
Instructions for using the night drop are fairly basic:
- Locate the black box labeled “Key Drop” next to our main entrance.
- Open the box and fill out one of the envelopes inside with your personal & vehicle information.
- Insert your vehicle key(s) into the envelope.
- If you have wheel locks, put the wheel lock key in the envelope as well.
- Seal the envelope and push it through the mail slot in our front door.
It’s really that simple. 90% of night-drop users will read this short article and think “Well duh”… but roughly 1 in 10 will leave the envelope blank, forget the wheel lock, shut the envelope in the black box or leave the keys and envelope outside the front door.
The whole idea here is that we are trying to provide you with a safe, secure and convenient way to drop off your vehicle outside of standard business hours. Thankfully, our neighborhood is pretty tranquil and we don’t see much crime…but by the same token, following the 5 simple steps outlined above will help us keep it that way.
We’re excited to help take your Jeep to the next level and, if you use the night key-drop, we’ll look forward to seeing your keys first thing in the morning.
Axleboy is looking for a part-time porter & general shop helper. Whether you are a student just looking for “play” money or you’re thinking about a career in the automotive industry, this is an opportunity worth looking into, so give us a call at 636-939-5337.
- Valid driver’s license
- Willing to work
- Ability to lift 25 lbs.
- OK with dirt and grease
Duties may include any combination of the following types of work:
- Parts delivery and pickup
- Keeping the shop & storefront clean and orderly
- Light technician assistance (no experience necessary)
- Restocking office supplies
- Minimal office work (scanning documents)
- Flexible weekday hours between 8:30am-5:30pm
- No weekend/holiday hours
- Insiders look at the automotive industry
- Bi-weekly pay schedule
If you, or someone you know is looking for part-time work. We’d like to talk.
Axleboy Automotive 4150-A Ehlmann Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376: 636-939-5337
When does a FREE automotive estimate become a billable diagnostic service? Each auto shop could probably answer this question differently.
At Axleboy, free estimates typically take place at the service counter. Whether your vehicle needs repair services or you’re trying to discover the next step in off-road modifications, you can call or walk in and one of our service writers will be more than glad to take the time to understand your vehicle needs.
A classic example of a free repair estimate would look something like this: A customer breaks an axle while wheeling over the weekend and would like to know what it will cost to replace both front and rear axles with Tera 60 axles. Our service writer would then provide an estimate that includes the cost of all parts and book-labor time. At that point the customer could then make an educated decision to proceed or pursue an alternative option.
By contrast, when a customer comes into the shop with either a check engine light or a mystery noise, we can speculate only so much before the vehicle needs to come into the shop for further clarification or discovery. It is at this point, that a free estimate typically becomes a billable diagnostic service.
Most shops bill diagnostic services based on an hourly rate, so we recommend that before you hand over the keys, first review with the mechanic or service writer their diagnostic plans, including estimated cost.
For a quick reference to the differences between a free estimate and diagnostic services, just check out the infographic to the right.
Ready for another quality product from Cooper Tires?
The Axleboy team is pleased to introduce and offer the newly engineered Discoverer STT Pro M/T tire from Cooper Tires©. This tire was designed specifically for enhanced trail performance and comes in sizes ranging all the way from 30×9.50R15 to 37×13.50R22.
Features of the new STT Pro include:
- Three-Ply Radial Construction using Armor-Tek3 Technology
- Deep Tread Designed with Ample Siping
- Aggressive Modern Design
- Mud Release Dimples Molded into the Outer Lugs
- Alternating Scalloped Tread
- Built from a Combination of Materials to Provide Enhanced Traction
- Location Specific Flex Groove for Low-Pressure Crawling
- Smooth and Quiet (for a Mud-Terrain) on the Highway
The off-road community has waited a long time for a performance tire designed specifically for them. Cooper Tire has heard their demands and responded by creating this all-encompassing champion that promises M/T performance with A/T ride quality.
As of June 1, 2015, this all-new STT Pro has stepped up to replace the recently discontinued Discoverer STT. Want to see what this new tire looks like? Check out an in-depth review of the STT Pro’s performance and handling capabilities in an article (with pictures) by off-road enthusiast, Scott Brady: Click Here.
We’re noticing a lot more green on the ground and in the trees. To us, that means only one thing… the wheeling season is finally in full bloom. How often will you be hitting the trails this year?
Missouri offers a wide variety of options when it comes to wheeling, and with a little effort you could easily spend EVERY weekend, from now through September, out on a trail.
If you are new to the area or new to off-roading, “local” parks like Washita, Central Missouri Off-road, Flat Nasty, Moonlight and SMORR host group events throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy nature and get to know other Jeep-lovers. Many of these parks also offer open wheeling on select weekend, for the lone-wolf wheelers out there…but we always recommend wheeling with at least one other Jeep.
If you have a more adventurous spirit, and the flexibility to travel, consider participating in one or more of the many Jeep Jamborees going on throughout the country in places like Big Bear Lake, California, Tillamook, Oregon, Moab, Utah, Monticello, New York and a whole host of places in between. For a comprehensive list of dates and locations follow this link to the Jeep Jamboree website.
Wherever you wheel, we remind you to be safe, have fun and be respectful of other Jeepers and the land. See you on the trail!
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve gotten just a small taste of wintery weather, but as the month progresses we’re sure to see more… more cold days, more snow and unfortunately more ice.
If you’ve ever slipped and fallen on an icy driveway or sidewalk, you know how valuable a plow and some salt can be. While we’re not in the business of clearing out driveways and salting parking lots ourselves, we CAN make that job easier for you by ordering and installing just about any type of snow blade and/or salt spreading system for your truck.
This winter, don’t let snow and ice catch you off guard. Give the guys at Axleboy a call and let us help make your winter a little less hazardous.
Open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm
The sun has set and you’re driving home on a 4-lane highway. Although your headlights are on, the road ahead appears dimly lit- so you’re playing it safe and rolling a little slower than normal. Frustrated by your lack of visibility, you can’t help but notice the piercing blue glow of another vehicle’s oncoming headlights. Then comes the idea… “Maybe I should make the switch from Halogen to HID Xenon.”
Better visibility seems like a practical idea, so you search online for a halogen to HID conversion kit and find all sorts of options ranging anywhere from $45 to $165 on eBay. You place your order and within a couple of weeks you’ve got night time visibility that has improved 200-300% over the old halogen bulbs. Pretty awesome deal right?
Pros and Cons of Converting to HID Xenon
The most obvious advantage for converting to the HID bulb is increased driver visibility. With greater road visibility, drivers should be able to identify hazards (like potholes or bigfoot crossing the road) earlier and avoid collision.
In addition, the HID Xenon bulbs can last anywhere from 2-3 times longer than traditional halogen based bulbs. How is that possible? Quite frankly, there are fewer breakable parts in the HID design.
Traditional halogen bulbs rely on a sensitive filament suspended at the center of the bulb. Hit a bump just right and that tiny little wire is likely to break, leaving you in the dark. With HID bulbs, electricity heats a chamber filled with xenon gas and metal halides which react by producing light.
Selling/using a “halogen to HID xenon conversion kit” is illegal. We’re not saying that the xenon bulbs themselves are illegal or that you won’t be seeing them on vehicles any more…but the conversion kits are, for a couple of reasons:
- According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) traditional filament headlamp housing units are “optimally designed for the volume of light and filament placement …that OEM filament bulbs have. The HID conversions result in two to three times the volume of light and potentially imprecise arc placement. Such conversions often result in beam patterns that behave nothing like the original filament beam pattern, cannot be precisely aimed and have many times the permitted glare intensity.
- The NHTSA has declared that HID conversion kits “are a potential hazard to those who share the road.” The logic behind this statement is largely based on the first reason given. While it is true that drivers using the HID xenon conversion kits will have increased road visibility, the resulting unpredictable beam patterns cause a more intense, longer lasting road-glare blindness to other people on the road.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Like we said earlier, the HID Xenon bulbs themselves are not illegal. Neither is their use on motor vehicles. In fact, many new vehicles are coming straight from the factory with these newer, brighter, longer-lasting bulbs…so odds are that, at some point, the automotive industry as a whole will make a complete switch from halogen to xenon.
Whether you buy the halogen to xenon conversion kit or not is completely up to you, but we caution that these kits are illegal, they may have a negative impact on the driving ability of others on the road and their use in a non-OEM headlamp may result in civil penalties (traffic ticket) depending on local law enforcement.
If you have questions about alternative lighting options for your vehicle, give Axleboy a call at (636) 939-5337 or stop by.
Do you ever have days where you feel like the cards are just stacked against you- where nothing seems to go the way you planned? And then, to top things off, a flock of birds turns your clean car into a public latrine.
Hey, we’ve all been down that road once or twice…and while parking under the shade tree may seem like a good idea at first, bird droppings all over the hood will make anyone think twice about parking in the shade.
My grandfather took a lot of pride in his ride and made a religious habit of hand-washing and waxing his cars every Saturday afternoon. Whenever we were out driving, if bird scat exploded on either the windshield or hood, he would pull over to the nearest service station and clean off the mess…all the while cursing under his breath about how bird poo was packed with acid that could eat right down to the metal.
Is bird poo really so corrosive? Maybe not, according to a study by UK based Autoglym. They claim that the real culprit is paint, which softens in the sun allowing the poo, or any other goop, to be absorbed into the finish. Whatever the case may be- acid poo or liquefied paint- if you love your car and that brand new look, even the smallest droppings can put a damper on your mood.
To help minimize damage from bird droppings Axleboy suggests:
– Clean off the affected area as early as possible. Some folks (like my grandpa) may rush to the nearest gas station with the free squeegee and window cleaner. Others might find it more convenient to keep a spray bottle in the trunk. Whatever your preference is, removing the poop sooner rather than later will always do less damage.
– If the droppings are fresh, use plenty of water and a moist towelette or washcloth to carefully remove the entire deposit
– For those crusty, baked-on turds, placing them under a moist cloth for 10 minutes should help soften things up enough that it can be cleaned with ease.
– Use plenty of moisture. When it comes to cleaning bird droppings off your car, more moisture is always better. Why? Did you know that many birds use small bits of gravel to help with digestion? Well, according to the bird scientists they do, and those tiny stones ultimately end up in the doo doo. Rather that scratching your clear-coat with poop grit, get as much as you can off with water or some other car-safe cleaner.
We may never be able to stop birds from plastering our cars, but there’s no reason to let them leave a permanent mark. As Smokey the Bird says, “Only you can prevent paint damage!” Let’s just hope that pigs never do learn to fly.
When it comes to car care, we believe that dependable cars are the ones that are well maintained. There are a lot of reasons why vehicles may not receive the maintenance or repairs that they need in a timely manner. We’ve found that people typically put off vehicle maintenance and repairs for one of three main reasons: Price, Forgetfulness & Denial.
Dollar Stretching Makes Cents…Right?
Last time we checked, the average person doesn’t drive around town looking for ways to put more money in their car. In fact, quite the opposite is true. There are a number of ways that people attempt to cut short term costs, including: intentionally stretching service intervals, putting off minor repairs that do not effect immediate drivability (headlights, tail lights, rough idle) or waiting until they receive a discount coupon in the mail.
Regular oil changes, semi-annual tire rotations and other routine services can seem to add up relatively quick and it can be tempting to push them past the suggested limits. In the short term, this offers car owners relatively little financial relief, and over time, creates a destructive habit that literally shaves years off the life of a vehicle.
It Just Slipped My Mind
Life is busy. Between work, school, family responsibilities and social priorities our attention often focuses on the most critical items first…making it oh so easy to forget the basic maintenance needs of our vehicles. If it’s not screaming for attention, it must be ok, right?
Every car owner wants to have that long-lasting dependable vehicle, the one that they can count on for that weekend getaway or that cross-country trek. That is where Axleboy comes in. We not only service and repair vehicles, but we also send out occasional service reminders, letting you know that it’s a good time to start thinking about scheduling routine maintenance.
No, It’s Supposed To Sound Like That
When you first notice a slight ticking sound in your car or a strange odor what do you do? Without fail, there are always a few people who will just turn up the radio and pretend that there is nothing wrong. To our knowledge, a self-repairing car has yet to be invented and from a historical standpoint, ignoring even minor issues can eventually grow into a situation that leaves the driver both stranded and frustrated.
At the end of the day, there will always be reasons why people don’t maintain or repair their vehicle…but if you want a vehicle you can count on, then regular service and maintenance are a must. Let’s face it, all machines require a certain amount of work to keep them running. The only question is who to trust under your hood.
Axleboy has the knowledge and reputation of dependability and integrity that you can rely on and we firmly believe that if you take care of your car, it will take care of you. Schedule your routine service appointment today by calling (636)939-5337.
We all need a break now and then…just a brief change of pace. For millions of families that much needed break comes each summer when the kids are out of school and schedules are easier to negotiate. Until then, there are plenty of day-trips or weekend getaways close to home.
The guys at Axleboy compiled the following list of 10 family friendly things to do when you need a break in St. Louis.
St. Louis Zoo: With over 19,800 wild animals on 90 acres of beautifully landscaped habitat and free general admission, is it any wonder that the St. Louis Zoo sees more than 3 million visitors each year? The St. Louis Zoo features species from all types of climates, ranging from arctic tundra to tropical rain-forests, and is sure to take your breath away.
Grant’s Farm: Conveniently located just south of St. Louis, Grant’s Farm covers 281 acres of land and is home to over 900 animals. Feed the pigmy goats, watch a live elephant performance and see over 100 different species of animals. Grant’s Farm has something for everyone, and with free admission to the park, the price is unbeatable.
Botanical Gardens: If you are in the mood for a casual stroll or a quiet place to reflect, the Botanical Garden is in full bloom and provides a perfectly tranquil place to invoke peaceful thoughts. Access to the gardens is free on Saturdays from 9:00-Noon for St. Louis City/County residents. General admission for non-residents is free for kids under the age of 13 and $8 for adults (ages 13 & over).
Katy Trail: Over 230 miles of scenic trails following the old MKT rail lines from just outside St. Louis clear over to Clinton, Missouri. Of course, you can ride, run or walk as much or as little as you like and take in the beautiful scenery of the Missouri River and countryside.
City Museum: The perfect place to go with a group or take your family, City Museum is riddled with secret passageways, slides, interesting artifacts and hours of exploration & adventure. City Museum is designed to be enjoyed by children of all ages, and for only $12 per person, admission is well worth the experience.
St. Louis Art Museum: Located in the heart of Forest Park, the St. Louis Art Museum offers visitors a unique glimpse of both classic and contemporary art forms from around the world. Stroll through galleries filled with images from the European renaissance era, discover ancient masques and mummified remains from Africa and allow yourself to reflect on the subliminal meanings of several abstract compilations.
St. Louis Science Center: Explore the outer limits of space. Help archaeologists uncover prehistoric dinosaur bones. Learn about keystones and team up to construct a scaled version of the Gateway Arch. Discover the inner workings of electronics, the human body and chemical reactions. General admission to the St. Louis Science Center is free and offers a wide variety of hands-on learning experience for scientists of all ages.
The Magic House: Located on Kirkwood Rd just South of Manchester this is the perfect place to experience hands-on learning for children ages 1 to 10. Kids are encouraged to experiment and develop critical thinking skills along with a keen sense of curiosity. For $9.50 per guest, you and your family can climb a giant bean-stalk, unravel a mystery, play in our water-works room, learn about the government, and do countless other activities.
Outdoor Exploration: Get up close and personal with nature on one of many hiking and bicycling trails that pass through forests, past food plots, and near historic WWII munitions bunkers at Busch Wildlife Conservation Area. Hike the trails, photograph the abundant nature, fish in one of 28 beautiful lakes or just relax in the shade of a tree. There is plenty to do and see at the Busch Wildlife Conservation Area.
Take a Float Trip: Bring your own tube or rent a raft and take a refreshing trip down the Upper Meramec, Huzzah or Courtois rivers. These slow-moving rivers provide the perfect weekend opportunity for friends and family to soak up the sun and have some fun while the current does all the work.
Adventure is just around the corner & Axleboy is here to keep your car, truck or SUV running strong so you can discover all the exciting things St. Louis has to offer.
Call us today at (636) 939-5337 for your routine preventative maintenance needs.
So you’re out and about running errands or just tooling around St. Louis and your stomach starts letting you know that it’s ready to be refueled. You’re not ready to go home and dig around in the refrigerator but you also don’t want to spend a lot of cash eating out. What do you do?
Do you swing by a Mickey D’s or head to the nearest White Castle? At Axleboy, we may not be hipsters or trendy urbanites, but living in such a culture rich place and being Jeep fanatics, we see nothing wrong with trying something off the beaten path every now and then.
Check out these 5 suggestions for deliciously affordable and casual dining around St. Louis. Try them out, and tell us what you think.
This charming family-owned Italian Deli is located on the Hill at 5101 Shaw Ave and has absolutely raving reviews for their sandwiches. Their casual, family friendly atmosphere makes it a perfect place to meet up with old friends or swing by for lunch. Adriana’s is open Monday thru Saturday from 10:30am – 3:00pm and has a mouthwatering menu that is sure to have you coming back for more.
St. Louis is known for quite a few things including frozen custard, Cardinals fans, and the Arch…but one thing that really sets us apart from any other city is…Ravioli. You may we’re kidding, but once you go to Mama’s no other ravioli will ever be so satisfying. This quaint little shop on the Hill is located at 2201 Macklind Ave and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 7:00am – 6:00pm. We love the fact that all their products are made fresh with just the right combination of dough and meat to send your taste buds into a paradise of perfectly blended flavor.
Located at 3301 Meramec (just east of Grand), in the Dutchtown neighborhood, Urban Eats is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. If you are in the mood for rice bowls, wraps, flatbread pizza or Panini then please allow us to introduce you to a small taste of heaven. When you go out to Urban Eats, we suggest either wearing a belt or pants with a stretchy waist band because their menu will not only fill your mouth with a perfect blend of flavors, but also fill your stomach, almost to the point of bursting.
Also located in the Dutchtown neighborhood is this little Vietnamese gem, located at 4071 S. Grand. Banh Mi is a true mom and pop shop that offers an assortment of authentic Vietnamese lunch and dinner dishes at a reasonable price (less than $10 each). If you are in the mood for a mouthwatering treat, we recommend the Banh Xeo, their signature pan fried crepe that is stuffed with deliciousness.
If you happen to be in or near the Loop, stop by 571 Melville and grab lunch, dinner or even a late night snack at Seoul Taco. This business got its start serving a blend of Korean and Mexican food out of a taco truck that grew so popular that they decided to set up a brick and mortar shop. If you’re looking to spice up your taco or burrito experience, head over to Seoul and get there early because seating is limited. Open 11am-10pm Monday – Saturday and 11-8pm on Sunday.
Whether you are just passing through St. Louis or you’ve managed to get lost in the concrete jungle, when meal time hits try something new.
Axleboy Automotive of St. Peters is pleased to announce that Michael Marshall has joined their team of automotive technicians, effective April 7, 2014.
Michael brings with him over 8 years of mechanical expertise, having worked with both foreign and domestic vehicles. He is a Master-Certified Mercedes-Benz technician with a high level of proficiency in diagnostics, electrical repair, engine rebuilds and transmission work. Axleboy has full confidence in Michael’s abilities to handle any service or repair job that comes through their doors.
If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to meet Michael Marshall, stop by Axleboy today and say, “Hello.”
“To change or not to change?” When it comes to motor oil, this isn’t a relevant question. Instead, we should be asking ourselves, “When to change?”
You’ve probably heard the phrase “every 3,000 miles or 3 months.” For decades, auto shops and quick lube stops have endorsed the idea that frequent oil changes help to extend the life of a vehicle…and much to their credit, it was true. “But a lot has changed over the past 30 years,” says Scott Carline, owner of Axleboy, “especially with regards to motor oil.”
With modern advancement in the chemical composition of fully synthetic and even synthetic blends, combined with technological improvements under the hood, the old 3,000 mile rule is near obsolete. Most modern automobiles, under normal conditions, can actually run for around 5,000 miles on a good synthetic blend, and some of the newer models can reportedly go an impressive 10,000-12,000 miles between changes before the oil starts to break down.
So, how often should your oil be changed? Just because some vehicles can run more than 10,000 miles does not in any way mean that you should push your vehicle to those limits. Every vehicles needs are different, and the answer to that question depends a lot on the driver, but we would suggest following the maintenance schedule and oil specifications outlined in your Vehicle Owner’s Manual.
Don’t know where your owner’s manual disappeared to? A lot of these owner’s manuals are now online and can be downloaded for free, or simply ask one of our experts next time you are in the shop.
Monday –Friday 8:00 AM -6:00PM
St. Peters, MO 63376
Are you “Car Care Aware?” April is national preventative maintenance month and Axleboy Automotive is challenging you to take a hand in being proactive toward maintaining your automobile. The first step toward cultivating a proactive mindset is to dispel the false notion behind the maintenance free car.
“Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the marketing and sales tactics of dealerships,” says Scott Carline, president and owner, Axleboy Automotive. “Consider this: What motivation does a car salesman have to sell a ‘maintenance-free’ car? The answer is all too clear. Car dealerships know that if drivers don’t take appropriate care of their cars, they will eventually have to purchase a new one.”
At Axleboy, we know that if you really want a car to last 100, 200 or even 300 thousand miles it must have regular preventative maintenance both at the shop and at home. While opening up the hood may seem daunting to some, there are plenty of things that every-day car owners can watch for.
The Car Care Council and most vehicle operations manuals recommend that, on top of routine mechanical service, car owners *regularly perform the following 10-point check of their vehicle:
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
- Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
- Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
- Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
- Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
- Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
- Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
*Regularly is a very broad term that, in the case of this article, is used to mean “at least once per month.”
Schedule your appointment at Axleboy today by calling (636) 939-5337 or clicking below.
Mom, you’re more than a chauffeur. You’re the heart of the team and the number one cheerleader. Whether it’s school shuttle or band camp, ballet or baseball practice, you have places to go and precious cargo to carry safely there. When your car isn’t running right, it can add incredible stress to an already busy day.
At Axleboy Automotive, we do our best to help you be your best. When your car is acting up, we take care of you. We can change your oil, replace tires, check your transmission, and even monitor safety and emissions tests to keep your car safely on the road.
We provide same day or next day appointments and replacement vehicles to help you stay on schedule. Our location gives quick access for drop-offs and our team works hard to respect your time as a valuable customer. You deserve an auto team who cares about more than just your wallet.
We want to be the support team of Super Mom. You’re more than just mom; you’re a super driver needing a great pit crew. We’re here to help.
Don’t let a cranky car tangle up your day. Call (636) 939-5337 for Axleboy Automotive today!
This Saturday, February 22, 2014, Axleboy is hosting its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off from 12:00-3:00 pm and we want to see you there!
Here’s what you can expect:
- Plenty of Chili & Soda
- An inside look at Axleboy
- Mingle with off-road enthusiasts
- A TON of awesome giveaways
We want to make sure everyone has a good time, so please let us know on Facebook if you will be attending, and if you will be entering the cook-off competition.
Axleboy 4150-A Ehlmann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376
See you Saturday!
Most business owners and managers have a lot on their mind. Whether they are hiring& training technicians, balancing the books Axleboy Automotive offers a wide range of fleet maintenance services that can help keep your vehicles on the road, keep your customers happy and keep the revenue rolling in. or finding new ways to expand their client base, in business, there always seems to be something that is in need of critical attention. The last thing that any business owner or fleet manager wants is a phone call from a stranded driver. That one phone call often turns into a mountain of paperwork, costly repairs and cranky customers. On top of all that, whenever one fleet vehicle is out of commission, some other vehicle has to compensate for the adjusted work load, incurring greater wear and tear.
Here’s what we have to offer:
1. Regular service reminders
Fleet vehicles are always on the go and it’s easy to forget the small things that keep them running. At Axleboy Automotive, we ease the burden of having to remember routine maintenance items by sending out email reminders to our customers.
2. Tire Rotation
Properly rotated tires helps to extend the longevity of your tread. What this means, is that your drivers will be able to put on more miles before needing new tires. Our service manager, Randy, suggests that tires should be rotated at every other oil change.
3. Regular Oil Changes
Not changing your oil is the absolute worst thing you can do to an engine. The chemical additives in clean oil help keep moving parts lubricated, carry heat away from the metal parts suspend dirt so it can move to the oil filter.
Over time though, these additives break down. Push your oil too far and it will turn into a gooey black sludge that loses its ability to lubricate and actually becomes counter-productive.
4. 30 Point Inspection
Our goal is to keep your drivers on the road longer. Whenever one of your fleet vehicles comes into Axleboy Automotive, our technicians run a full check the critical components to ensure that all systems work according to their design. If anything doesn’t look quite right, we’ll write it up for you and provide an accurate cost estimate.
5. Vehicle Pickup and Delivery
For business owners big and small, time is money. At Axleboy Automotive, we recognize that taking time out of your already packed schedule to service a fleet vehicle costs precious time. We offer two unique solutions: 1. Our technicians will save you the time of coming in by picking up your vehicle to be serviced and delivering it when completed and 2. If you still need access to transportation, we are more than glad to reserve one of our two courtesy vehicles.
1. Highly trained differential technicians
2. Accurate Estimates
3. Conveniently located in St. Peters, 20 Minutes west of St. Louis, MO
4. Incredible warranty, up to 2 years or 24,000 miles
5. We use factory tools and techniques in our service
6. Spotless reputation and integrity
2012 Jeep Wrangler with AEV Conversions 2.5″ Dualsport suspension lift system. St. Louis based Axleboy Off-road is an authorized AEV Dealer and installer.
Does your Jeep have faded door mouldings or fender flares? The restoration techs at Axleboy have a solution for you! We can restore the satin gray finish to most exterior mouldings and fender flares, many times we do not even need to remove the moulding!
Ratchet Strap Safely securing your load is essential, which is exactly why Smittybilt has taken design and function to the next level to create the ultimate tie down. *Padded Grip Ratchet Tie Down *1-1/4″x15′ strap *PES Webbing material *WLL 500Lbs *Plastic Coated J-hooks *Black *Sold in Pairs Order today!
Truck Bed Tie Downs *Seven Anchor Points per rail *Secure Multiple items in the bed simultaneously *Multiple leveraging anchor points to secure bulky items *Manufactured from 3/16″ cold rolled steel *Low Profile Design *High Strength grade 8 hardware *Two stage texture matte black powder coat finish *Can be used on front or rear of bed upright panels *Kit includes @ anchors and ratchet straps Order your kit today!
We built this custom Toyota Tacoma Light bar for a customer. The overall design was good, so we decided to make a small production run, they are available in custom powder-coated colors, and light counts. This design is no drill, uses factory hardware for mounting, requires no modification to your front bumper, and allows for clear view of front license plates.
Axleboy Off-road is now a proud dealer of POWER TANK!! They are the original CO2 air systems and have been setting the standard for all high performance air systems used to inflate tires, run air tools, and for other uses since 1997. The POWER TANK can be used for off road, construction, RV, auto racing, street rod, and tow trucks.
2012+ Toyota Tacoma
ARB Deluxe Winch Bar
PROTECTION & STYLING CHARACTERISTICS:
- Durable steel construction for maximum protection
- Incorporates ARB’s renowned multi fold upswept and tapered wing design for optimum strength and approach angle
- Split pan design for maximum strength and airflow
- Extensive under protection panels on center and either side
- Cover straps attached to the uprights ensure there are no exposed edges
- Continuous uprights through the bumper section of the bar strengthens the outer frame
- Vehicle specific design to complement the Toyota Tacoma and maximize functionality
- Will accommodate Warn low mount model electric winches.
- Twin Hi-Lift jacking points located in the pan of the bar
- Provision to accommodate a range of IPF driving lights
- Provision for optional fog light kit part number 6821201
- Recessed indicators and parking lights
- Durable urethane buffers
- Retains original equipment tow points
- Two aerial brackets located on the top frame of the bar
- Finished in a hard-wearing powder coat
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Regear your JK Rubicon with 4.56, 4.88 or 5.13 gears, master install kits, LubeLocker gaskets, and Heavy Duty nodular Teraflex differential covers and you will be ready for the trails. This kit includes:2- quality ring and pinion sets with gear ratio of your choice2-master install kits2-LubeLocker gaskets2-heavy duty differential covers. $795 with free shipping to 48 states! Click Here!
Recently I was asked exactly how much pressure should or can be run to an ARB Air Locking Differential. I was directed to this article from my friends at ARB-USA and I found it to be very enlightening. Scott firstname.lastname@example.org From ARB:Recently, our engineering staff has been doing significant testing emphasizing extreme hardcore use and abuse of Air Lockers with the goal of improving durability of wearing components such as the locking clutch gear. We’ve learned that there are a few relatively simple steps that can lengthen times between servicing and rebuilding the diffs.Let’s start at the basics:An Air Locker requires a certain amount of air pressure and volume to engage. The clutch gear begins to engage when the pressure of the return springs are overcome by the air’s pressure. This begins occurring around 40 psi.Our air compressors utilize a pressure switch that fills the tank to 100 psi and turns the compressor back on when it senses a drop below 70 psi. This ensures that there is always enough pressure to maintain a lock, until the Air Locker is disengaged. When the user turns the switch off, the solenoid on the compressor releases the air out the exhaust port. The return springs then move the clutch gear away from the side gear, allowing the locker to then function as an open carrier.We are often asked, “What pressure can the Air Locker handle?” There is not a single, uniform answer for this question. Each component has a different rating. The blue airline we use is rated to 300 psi. The Air Locker itself can take much more pressure than this (over 600 psi). The solenoid will begin to leak at around 160 psi.And now the technical stuff:Testing has shown that using an undersize air source can lead to a pressure drop on engagement which drops below the locking threshold of the units. When this happens, the compressor turns on and slowly runs up to pressure while trying to engage the clutch gears in the diffs and often results in a binding situation and partial engagement. Bound up, the loads inside the diff can exceed the material holding power of the partially engaged clutch gear and cause extremely rapid wear and eventual loss of locking ability. For this reason, higher pressure and capacity are key if you are running a custom air supply. This scenario is very unlikely in a typical trail truck given the methodical nature of operating lockers in that environment, but can easily happen in the timed competition environment.For the average user, the bulkhead fitting could be the greatest potential for a pressure bottleneck. It is easy to over-tighten the compression fitting and crush the copper seal housing line, thus starving the locker of the quick burst of air.IF you want to have the fastest engagement possible, you could do what many competition teams have done and move to using air toggle switches. This allows them to eliminate the solenoid and run very high pressures. Air toggles are typically rated at 250 psi and can easily be coupled with a high pressure tank system.
We rebuild and repair classic cars differentials, transmissions and drivetrains.
The 4×4 specialist at Axleboy Off-Road now offering 4wd Alignments on Hunter’s DSP 400 digital camera alignment equipment. The computer video enabled, computer assisted alignment equipment offers extremely accurate wheel alignment for any vehicle, including lifted 4×4’s with oversized tires.
The Jeep Professionals at Axleboy Off-Road install a Teraflex 3″ Supension Lift, Bilstein Shocks, Yukon 4.88 gears, AEV Wheels and 35″ Goodyear tires.
We were recently featured in Parts and People Magazine!
Axleboy’s reman business booms with products as good or better than originals
Axleboy Enterprises Owner Scott Carline readies the BrakeQuip hose machine to assemble a custom-made brake hose.
Technician Greg Tuepker starts the disassembly process of replacing a hub on a 2004 Ford F-350.
A 1948 Willys is undergoing a frame-up restoration in the automotive division of Axleboy Enterprises.
St. Peters, Mo.—What is old is new again at Axleboy Enterprises’ remanufacturing division, which adds new life to end-of-life components by mixing big production ideas with small-business agility, Owner Scott Carline said.
As a successful full-service and off-road shop, Carline said Axleboy searched for additional revenue streams when the economy began to sour and entered general auto and truck repair as a CARQUEST Tech-Net Professional Service Center. Axleboy Remanufacturing soon followed, he said, which now refurbishes steering, drive axles, and gear-driven components, specializing in light truck and airport ground services equipment.
“Remanufacturing now represents 70 percent of our business,” Carline said.
He also stressed that using remanufactured parts leads to a “greener” environment.
“In the original manufacturing process, it’s necessary to extract ore out of the ground, then it has to go to a foundry and be poured,” he said. “At Axleboy’s we recover 60 to 80 percent of that energy used during the casting process by remanufacturing products.”
Carline said his customers realize savings by purchasing remanufactured parts because a remanufactured axle is easier to install and a more complete product, compared to a new one that has to be finalized with all its necessary additional components to make it functional. Remanufactured parts can also be improved from the original, he added.
“Axleboy’s remanufactured casings and parts are equal to, or better than, original parts when they leave our shop,” said Carline, who cited the use of unseasoned cases as the cause of many bearing failures he sees, even after a bearing has been replaced in an original housing.
Lean manufacturing and just-in-time manufacturing has led to a reduced seasoning time, whereas in the past, axle manufacturers would let assembled housings age in a yard, he said. The aging process would allow the housings to expand and contract and finally settle on a permanent set of dimensions, but with lean manufacturing, the housings can “practically come right out of welding to assembly and right onto the OEM for install, Carline said.
As a result, the housings get put into service without ever settling on their final dimensions. “When we take a seasoned housing, it has undergone countless heat-up and cool-down cycles, and the sizing is locked and not likely to change. The result is a more permanent build with little fluctuation in sizing,” he said.
Axleboy produced 800 remanufactured axles in 2011 on equipment designed and built in-house, Carline said. The 9,000-square-foot shop also has a BrakeQuip brake hose machine that allows them to build brake lines from scratch at any length and of any material, he said. The machine allows them to make a brake hose in a “matter of minutes” and enables them to deliver remanufactured axles to its customers that are completely assembled and ready to install.
“The sheer volume of our remanufacturing makes us one of the largest bearing and differential distributors in the area,” he said, “which gives us the ability to stock and resell differential and driveline parts more competitively than the average parts store or driveline vendor.
“What we’re doing now in the remanufacturing line is similar to some other remanufacturers, where we have products stocked that we sell on an exchange basis.”
Axleboy employs 10 technicians, two of whom work in general repair and the remainder on the remanufacturing side, he said. His general repair technicians are ASE certified and all his remanufacturing technicians are Timken certified, said Carline, adding that he is a master auto, master medium/heavy truck, and master truck equipment specialist, as well as automotive L1, automotive service advisor, and parts specialist.
Carline said he developed what he calls a “cellular reconditioning facility” to remanufacture drive axles and steering axles. The triangular-shaped cellular reconditioning facility includes a teardown area (or cell), a bearing pull area, and an assembly area, each staffed by a technician, he said. A holding area is located in the middle, where parts are placed once they’re torn down, taken for cleaning, and moved to the assembly area.
“That way, with the holding area, the rear axles keep their identity, and all its parts go back into it,” he said. “Unlike front axles, the rears have more precision measurements, so we think it’s more important to keep those together.”
Carline said Axleboy is taking more of a manufacturer and recovery approach to what they are doing, rather than a field approach an average technician would be expected to perform. The difference is considerable, he said.
“The field approach isn’t efficient, and we find it easier to do an exchange unit in our own environment than it is to do field repair,” Carline said. “In the field, it would take days for a rebuild without the proper holding fixtures and equipment because the parts are so awkward and heavy to deal with — there are time and cost savings, as well as improved accuracy.”
Carline said supplying area parts houses with his products and parts is in the process of being implemented but is not yet fully realized.
St. Charles based differential and axle specialist install a limited slip (LSD) differential into a turbo charged Lexus coupe. Axleboy Automotive repairs rear axles and differentials on most vehicles, including domestic, light truck, heavy truck, industrial equipment, Airport GSE equipment and Utility Vehicles.
Axleboy GSE axle remanufacturing moves to global distribution as two of our remanufactured AxleTech TA 267 axle assemblies head to an Asian OE baggage tractor manufacturer. We distribute spare parts for Rockwell (AxleTech) baggage tractor axles, such as the TA 267 HDB series. Huge inventory of hubs, rotors, brake parts, bearings, gears, and seals. We stock baggage tractor axles for exchange, or we can repair your axle quickly. You need your equipment running, and we work hard to provide the fastest drivetrain solutions.
This aircraft maintenance stand suffered from repeated steering knuckle and spindle failures. Our GSE axle specialist machined the broken spindle from the steering knuckle, and pressed and welded an upgraded 3500lb spindle into it’s place. We fix airport ground services equipment axles, differentials and steering. We distribute GSE axle parts and braking systems.
When temperatures drop below freezing, you wouldn’t even think about heading outside without a coat, or at least a few extra layers. So, why would you expect your car to function just like it did all Summer without proper preparation?
At Axleboy Automotive, we specialize in complete car care and we want to make sure that you don’t find yourself stranded this winter season. Here are 5 key areas that our automotive experts have identified to help keep you on the road.
1.Check and Change Your Tires
There’s nothing worse than feeling your car slide through a red light or into another lane and know that you have lost all control. Under some circumstances, even the best tires cannot improve your traction, however many accidents can be avoided by checking two things: tire pressure and tread. Making sure that your tires are properly inflated and that they have the right tread to handle rain, sleet and snow is critical to providing proper traction.
Many tire manufacturers recommend changing all four tires in the winter to “snow tires.” These tires are specifically designed to be heavier which offers better performance in the winter season.
2.Change Your Wiper Blades
Cold weather can cause old wipers to become brittle and hard, resulting in reduced contact with the windshield. This is especially dangerous when the winter weather systems roll in, bringing snow and sleet with them. When wiper blades don’t make full contact with the windshield it can result in streaking, smudging and ultimately reduced driver visibility.
3.Fill up on Coolant/ Antifreeze
Engine coolant does more than regulate engine temperatures in the summer. What happens when you don’t use proper coolant ratios in the winter time? Coolant, or antifreeze, contains ethylene glycol which is an integral component in protecting your engine from corrosion. Without that protection, corrosion can build up inside the engine and eventually lead to failure or a cracked engine block.
4.Test or Replace Your Battery
Most people have experienced, at some point, cold-induced battery problems. Winter is especially hard on batteries and every year countless employees call in to work as a result of battery failure. Why does this happen? Cold weather does two things that can increase your frustration with the car battery. First, it slows down the chemical reactions that create the battery’s power. At zero degrees, a fully charged battery puts out less than 50% of its potential power capacity. Second, the cold weather causes motor oil to thicken which ultimately means that it takes more power to get the engine moving.
If your battery isn’t holding a full charge or if it’s over 3 years old, you may want to consider changing out that battery for a new one before the cold weather really sets in. At Axleboy Automotive, we check batteries at no cost.
5.Get Your Brakes Checked
Whether you have noticed it or not, you drive different in the winter…often times because of the other drivers on the road. It seems like anytime it rains or snows everyone else on the road forgets how to drive. The time it takes to get to work suddenly doubles because of traffic accidents, drivers on the highway either turn into speed-demons or turtles and people seem to forget to use their mirrors or turn signals. All of these conditions result in increased dependency on your braking system. The last thing anyone expects is to be in a highway wreck, but when the brakes are worn and cold, it can increase the distance required to stop by up to 60%.
Schedule an appointment or stop our convenient location in St. Peters before the bad weather hits.
Today we are helping out our friends at Reclaim St. Louis with some electrical problems on their fleet service van. Our Fleet customers are important to us! We know they need to be reliable and on the road in a moments notice. Keeping your vehicles on the road and ensuring your bottom line is our focus. Check out our friends at Reclaim St. Louis for all of your emergency and storm remediation and cleanup work.
The TeraFlex JK Performance Big Rotor Kit is the perfect upgrade for JK Wrangler owners requiring increased braking performance for 33-35” tires.This kit allows the factory brake caliper and brake pads to be retained, while increasing the rotor diameter from 11.9” to 13.3”. The increased clamping distance from the rotor center results in greater braking leverage to allow stopping distance to be decreased substantially (larger rotor diameter = greater stopping power). The simple bolt-on installation upgrade requires absolutely no brake line modification or brake bleeding, and can be installed with basic hand tools. Product Features & Benefits:• Brake caliper relocating anchor bracket• 13.3” slotted rotor for superior stopping performance• Mill-balanced vented rotors for maximum heat dissipation• Improved braking performance over factory brake system• Retain factory brake caliper & pads• No brake bleeding or brake line modification required• 100% bolt-on upgrade for easy installation• A minimum of a 17” wheel must be used with this kitThis kit is now available for purchase here!