Too Hot to Handle (Vehicle Overheating)

January 26, 2020

In the hot weather, seeing steam coming from the engine compartment is something we all dread. No one wants that to happen to them. But if you know the signs of overheating and how to deal with it, you may be able to reduce the risk of damage to your vehicle, maybe even prevent getting stranded ... More

Vive la Differential at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires in Royal Oak

January 21, 2020

There are a lot of drivers in Royal Oak who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in Michigan these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Royal Oak folks don't even ha... More

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires

January 20, 2020

When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most Royal Oak drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes... More

Wheel Balancing at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires

January 19, 2020

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Royal Oak drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Michigan roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the... More

Check Engine Light Diagnosis at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires

January 19, 2020

Hello Royal Oak . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Royal Oak drivers?First of all, the Check Engi... More

Shake It up in Royal Oak!: Why Wheel Balancing

January 18, 2020

Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle's wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance... More

Used Cars: TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires Advice on What to Do After You Buy

January 17, 2020

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Royal Oak drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Royal Oak area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when ... More

Battery Replacement at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires in Royal Oak

January 16, 2020

Hello, welcome to TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Royal Oak runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in ... More

Automotive Tips from TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires: Serpentine Belt Overview

January 15, 2020

The technicians at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and... More


January 14, 2020

Perhaps you've heard someone use the term "loose steering." And it's pretty much what it sounds like. You turn the steering wheel and the vehicle's wheels don't seem to go exactly where you thought you were pointing them. You have to constantly make steering adjustments. Loose steering is slop... More