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Windshield Wash Fluid

Washer Fluid

Underneath the hood of your vehicle should be a small plastic container full of blue fluid.  In the winter months that fluid can be a real life-saver as it works with your wiper blades to keep your windshield clean.  Here are some common questions we’ve heard this winter about washer fluid.

Is there any alternative to buying fluid from the store?

Yes. You can find several DIY solutions online.  We advise that you use caution when following recipes that appear online.  Unfortunately some solutions may cause a significant amount of damage over time.  So, if you don’t want to spend the $1-$2 and purchase fluid from the store just make sure you do your research. Or bring your vehicle to Axleboy and we’ll top you off.

Can I just use a mixture of water and detergent?

You could…but we absolutely do NOT recommend it for several reasons.  First, the chemical properties of detergents may actually leave a residue on the inside of hoses which can lead to system failure.  Second, this combination is not rated for low temperatures.  When water freezes it expands and may completely bust the plastic fluid container.  Finally, the chemicals found in many detergents can be harmful to an automobile’s paint, making it more likely to peel and blister in warm weather.

Does my mechanic top off this fluid as part of my routine maintenance?

That can vary from one shop to another, but when you have your vehicle serviced at Axleboy the answer is definitely YES.  Every time your vehicle comes into our shop, for routine maintenance and repairs, we check and top off essential fluids.  Your safety on the road is our primary focus.

Is there a special winter blend that I should buy?

There are essentially two types of windshield fluid: a diluted form of the blue stuff which is good at any temperature above 40°F and the standard winter blend, rated for temperatures as low as -20°F.  At Axleboy, we use the winter blend all year long and it works great.  Whether you buy the pre-mixed solution or one of the many concentrates available, we recommend that you check the temperature rating on the label and follow all directions…or you could just bring you vehicle to Axleboy and we’ll take care of it for you.

Windshield Wash Fluid

 

We Service Fleets of All Sizes

Maintaining Your Fleet in 2014

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.

Got Oil?

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.

 

Fleet Trucks

Reclaim Van

Fleet Services and Repairs for St. Peters and St. Charles

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.