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Annual Chili Cookoff

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off: Feb 27th

You’re Invited!!

Do you own a Jeep? Are you thinking about purchasing a Jeep? Do you like to look at Jeeps? Do you like chili?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you’re invited to attend our 5th annual Chili Cook-off with Mid West Jeep Thing. We’ll have plenty of chili, free drinks, raffle prizes and a bunch of well-built Jeeps to admire, so grab a friend and come hang out with us for a while.

When:

Saturday, February 27, 2016 From 11:30am-2:00pm

Where:

Axleboy: 4150-A Ehlmann Rd. St. Peters, MO 63376

 

Planning to enter our chili contest? Every year, we see a HUGE variety in chili recipes, from melt-your-tastebuds to mild white-chicken and everything in between.  Give us a heads up (ph: 636-939-5337) and we’ll make sure there’s an outlet available for your crock pot. You may be the next Axleboy Chili Champion!!

Chili Cookoff

 

New Parts Policy

Axleboy: Parts Policy

Experiencing a vehicle breakdown can be both stressful and expensive.  One way that some folks attempt to alleviate the financial burden of paying for repairs is by ordering and supplying their own parts.

It’s nearly impossible for local shops to compete with the majority of prices found on sites like Amazon, Ebay and Northridge4x4. For the DIY or shade-tree mechanic, this offers an easy way to cut costs, but we’re finding more and more legitimate businesses are turning down work to install “customer supplied” parts.

Work is work, right? So who cares where the parts come from?  There was a time when we would have agreed and gladly taken any type of work that came through the door.

For the past couple of years, we have struggled to find that perfect balance between quantity and our commitment to quality.  At long last, we have reached the determination that quality is truly our primary corporate social responsibility.  With that being said, Axleboy no longer installs “customer supplied” parts.

This decision was reached based on the following factors:

  1. Axleboy has spent years developing and maintaining vendor relationships.  This is significant because when our technicians have problems with how a part installs or performs on a vehicle, we can obtain technical support, send it back and/or negotiate product upgrades.
  2. Incorrect parts cost too much time and money for everyone involved.  If we are doing anything on a vehicle related to suspension or drivetrain, once we put that vehicle on the lift, it tends to stay there until the job is complete.  When a customer supplies their own parts and things don’t match up perfectly, production comes to a halt until correct parts are ordered, shipped to the customer and eventually make their way to our mechanic.  In the meantime, our customer may go days without his/her vehicle and we are able to service fewer vehicles which may drive other aspects of our schedule out of alignment.  By contrast, we stock several parts, so if one component of a kit is not perfect, we can generally replace it pretty quick. Even when we don’t stock a particular part, we can almost always source replacements from one of our local suppliers or have it overnight shipped directly to us, which helps to reduce the delay time.
  3. Liability.  When an auto shop installs parts that were supplied by the customer, and those parts do not work properly, who is held responsible?  Even when the shop installs everything correctly and the part itself fails, from a legal standpoint, the shop is held accountable for the complete job (service and parts).  We’re not saying that everybody is trying to “pull one over” on the automotive shop, but you know there’s always that one bad apple that sets a precedent.
  4. Ultimately we are committed to providing total customer care.  What this means to us is: When customers have questions, we answer them.  When we quote a price, we stand beside that quote.  If something we installed or worked on doesn’t function properly, we’ll do what it takes to make things work right.  Taking care of our customers is our top priority and when we provide parts, we can confidently stand behind their quality before, during and after installation.

 

Check Engine Warning

The Check Engine Light

The Light is On

You’re ready to leave work, so you go out to your car and turn the key…or push the button.  Typically all of your dash lights will turn on for a second and then turn off.  This time however, you notice an obnoxious yellow light continuing to illuminate your dash…the dreaded “check engine” light.   What the heck, right!?

If you’re like me, seeing that check engine light on can initially feel pretty aggravating.  Once the realization sets in that the light is still on, one of two very different personalities tend to emerge.  Personality ‘A’ will call or text family and friends, and vent their frustration all over social media.  Personality ‘B’ on the other hand will feel upset by the light but ultimately ignore it in the hopes that it will turn off on its own.

Just because the check engine light comes on, doesn’t mean that you have to immediately stop whatever you are doing but by the same token, ignoring the light altogether is a good way to make things worse.

 

At Axleboy, we want to help alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding the check engine light.  To do that, we’ll do our best to answer two questions:

 

What’s the deal with the check engine light?

Ever since the 80’s, onboard diagnostic (OBD) systems, inside the vehicle, have monitored and controlled more and more going on under the hood.  The OBD system checks things like engine speed, ignition timing, and fuel mixture.  Whenever one of these things isn’t working just right, the OBD is programmed to bring things back into balance and optimize engine performance.

The check engine light doesn’t trip unless the OBD has identified a problem, attempted to correct it and the problem persists.  This light can come on for something as little as a loose gas cap (easy fix) or as big as an engine that is misfiring (not so easy to fix).

 

What should I do now?

Take a couple of deep breaths…you’ll be okay.  Now, if the light just came on, and it’s not flashing, there’s no need to panic.  You might even try tightening the gas cap just to see if it’s an easy fix (this actually happen quite often).  If the light doesn’t go off after a few miles, consider making an appointment at Axleboy.  Our OBDII certified technicians can read the trouble codes stored in the vehicle and tell you what will correct the problem.

If, however, the check engine light is flashing, something may be critically wrong inside the engine and it would be in your best interest to get your vehicle checked out ASAP.

 

When you need auto service, you know who to call.  Axleboy, (636)939-5337.

Axleboy Now Recycling

One Can At A Time

We do a lot of awesome stuff at Axleboylift kits, regears, engine swaps, part sales, routine maintenance and a whole lot more.  In a recent staff meeting, we were discussing what things we could do better, and one idea that came up was “reducing the amount of waste” (referring to material items).

We drink a lot of tea, soda and (sometimes) Monster throughout the day and those aluminum cans have always been tossed out with all the other “trash.”  Not any more though!  Everyone at Axleboy is doing their part to ensure that our aluminum cans stay out of the landfill.

If you come in to Axleboy, you’ll now see that we have little blue recycle cans in the waiting area and behind the counter, and we have a 55 gallon bin in the shop, so that aluminum cans can be collected and recycled.  It might not be much in the grand scheme of things, but every little bit helps keep this world awesome.

Keep it Cool this Summer

Don’t Overheat this Summer

With the summer heat sending temperatures in St. Louis through the roof, knowing how to assess the overall health of your vehicle is a vital part of making sure everyone remembers this year’s summer trip for all the right reasons.

At Axleboy, we’ve noticed that summer is one of the busiest times of year at our auto shop.  “Why is that,” you might ask?  We believe that most major engine problems start with minor issues in the cooling system, and that many of those minor problems go undiagnosed during the fall, winter and spring months.

Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council advises:

“Neglecting your cooling system can result in serious damage and even complete engine failure, which would put a sudden end to your summer road trip.   If the cooling system doesn’t receive regular maintenance, it’s not a question of whether it will fail, but rather when it will fail. Performing regular checkups of belts, hoses, the water pump and fluids will ensure your car remains properly cooled and healthy for many miles down the road.”

Under normal driving conditions, most engine temperatures fluctuate between 190 and 215°F.  If the engine cooling system isn’t working just right, those temperatures can soar, causing a multitude of malfunctions.

 

Symptoms of a Sick Cooling System

To help prevent coolant-related breakdowns this summer, pay close attention to these common symptoms before you hit the road: frequent overheating, constantly low coolant levels and the sweet smell of syrup.  All of these are symptoms of a sick cooling system that should receive immediate mechanical attention.

 

Routine Maintenance

According to the Car Care Council, “A major factor that affects the replacement of cooling system parts is the frequency of regular maintenance, such as coolant changes.”  We advise motorists to follow the service schedule in their owner’s manual for specific recommendations about how often to change antifreeze and flush the coolant system (typically every couple of years).  These schedules are formulated by the manufacturer to optimize engine performance and reliability.

In addition, motorists should regularly (like once a month) check the coolant levels at the reservoir and top off as needed.  The reservoir can be topped off with a 1:1 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water.  Using tap water is discouraged because, over time, the mineral deposits left behind when tap water evaporates can clog lines, leading to additional problems.

At Axleboy, we realize that NOBODY likes to pay for car repairs and that costs seem to add up quickly.  The fact is, small repairs will almost always be less expensive than a complete engine overhaul.  So, if you notice chronically low fluid or any of the other trouble symptoms, get to your trusted mechanic right away.

 

To make an appointment with Axleboy call: (636) 939-5337

2013 Jeep Rubicon

2013 Rubicon Upgrade

We just wanted to give a shout out to Mr. Orthwein, of the Anheuser-Busch family, who recently asked us to upgrade a 2013 4-door Jeep Rubicon.   We absolutely love the way this Jeep turned out and hope it brings you many miles of on and off-road adventure.

 

Customizations included:

  • ARB bumpers in front and back
  • N-Fab side steps
  • WARN winch
  • Old Man Emu 2-2.25” Lift
  • Speaker fog lamps
  • K&N Cold air intake
  • Hi-Lift Jack and mount
  • And several other enhancements

 

Thank you for giving the team at Axleboy this opportunity to earn your trust!

 

Lifted 2013 Rubicon

Jeep Rubicon2013 Jeep Rubicon

Why We Put Off Auto Repairs and Service?

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.

ABCs of Smart Driving

The guys at Axleboy are more than just mechanics.  We’re also husbands, fathers, and daily drivers.  While automobiles are our specialty, safety is our top priority and we make it as easy as ABC.

 

A. Adhere to a preventative maintenance plan.   A properly maintained car or truck can easily last 200,000 miles or more…while a vehicle that is not maintained will likely see the junkyard before it reaches even 100,000.  When your car or truck is serviced at Axleboy, we’ll even send you convenient reminders when your vehicle is due for service.

B. Be aware of your vehicle.  Every car is different and the driver who is aware will often notice as soon as anything seems amiss.  The steady hum of the engine, the scent & sound of ventilation, the feel of the steering and much more are all unique to your vehicle.  Familiarize yourself with the way your vehicle sounds, smells and feels so you can catch a problem before it becomes a catastrophe.

C. Consult with an automotive professional at the first sign of abnormality.  It doesn’t cost anything to talk with the guys at Axleboy, and our professionals are always willing to discuss options. Unfortunately procrastination of even minor service treatments may lead to increased automotive damage and higher repair bills down the road.

 

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Myth Behind the “Maintenance-Free” Cars

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:

 

  1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  3. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  5. 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.
  6. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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It’s a Jeep Thing

Why is it that the local Jeep clubs and several Chrysler-Jeep dealerships look to Axleboy as THE trusted source for reliable off-road repair and customization? Could it have something to do with the fact that the guys at Axleboy have over 110 years of combined automotive experience?  Possibly.

 

We like to think “It’s a Jeep thing.”  If you’re new to the Jeep community, you might not fully appreciate the weight of that phrase but you soon will.  Jeeps, much like their owners, live life to the fullest… constantly pushing the limits and going where no other vehicle has gone before.

Because Jeeps are used in ways that no other standard car or truck would even imagine, they have specialized needs.  Without having built a Jeep or regularly driving off-road, many mechanics are simply under-qualified to understand the needs of the Jeep community.

 

Axleboy is unique from all other automotive shops in that we not only work on Jeeps, but we are also immersed in Jeep culture and participate in several Jeep events every year.  The fact that we have firsthand experience building out our own Jeeps and putting them to the test gives us an irreplaceable competitive advantage when it comes to understanding your off-road needs.

“Sure, we do complete automotive repair and maintenance, “says Scott Carline, “but our true passion is lifting, re-gearing and customizing Jeeps.  There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing our [Axleboy] logo on a bad-a** Jeep out at Flat Nasty or on some long-forgotten back road.”

 

If you have big ideas for your Jeep or off-road vehicle, stop by Axleboy in St. Peters TODAY, or give us a call at (636) 939-JEEP. 

Our experts are always glad to talk “off-road” and can work up a quote on any work you need done.