Talk to TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

October 27, 2019

Custom wheels are one way that Royal Oak folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to b... More

Ask TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

October 20, 2019

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which co... More

A Not-So-Straight Story (Vehicle Pulls to One Side)

October 13, 2019

A vehicle should travel straight down a straight road with the steering wheel centered. But time and travel can take their toll and soon you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or right. Those are not good signs and should be taken care of fairly quickly. One thing that you should note is... More

Fuel System Cleaning at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires

October 6, 2019

Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of ... More

What to Do In Case of an Accident

September 29, 2019

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Royal Oak, Michigan, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Royal Oak, Michigan:When an accident occurs, you should always stop.... More

On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

September 22, 2019

Starting in 1996, TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Modul... More

An Oil for All Seasons (Engine Oil Selection)

September 15, 2019

You swap your winter boots for flip-flops in the summer. Why not change your winter engine oil for summer, hot-weather oil? While it may seem like it makes sense, there's some good news. Most drivers don't have to, and here's why. Engine oil can be made in different thicknesses. That thicknes... More

Service to Improve Fuel Economy

September 8, 2019

The price of gas in Michigan has got people in Royal Oak talking. It seems that Royal Oak folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fu... More

"Current" Affairs (Blown Fuses)

September 1, 2019

You may be driving along and find that suddenly your radio stops working. There are no numbers on the display. Then when you get home, you notice the garage door opener doesn't do a thing when you press the button. Hmm, this was working just fine this morning. Are the two problems somehow rela... More

Automotive Tips from TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires: Rotor Problems

August 25, 2019

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your car when you are driving in Royal Oak.Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in le... More