The automotive professionals at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires would like to give Royal Oak drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day. Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming m...
Posted in Fluids
on July 31, 2022
About 80% of the vehicles on Royal Oak roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Michigan. Some of the maintenance issues are minor....
Posted in Service Standards
on July 31, 2022
Most Royal Oak drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power stee...
Posted in Steering
on July 30, 2022
Hey Royal Oak! Let's talk about one of our Michigan summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Royal Oak drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time...
Posted in Cabin Air Filter
on July 29, 2022
Here is a questions for Royal Oak drivers: What is a cabin air filter?Is it:A filter for a house in the middle of the woods?A fresh, piney scent?A filter for the passenger compartment of your car?Clever you, it's 3.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenge...
Posted in Suspension
on July 28, 2022
Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Royal Oak, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires service advisor that your ...
Posted in Drive Train
on July 27, 2022
Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Royal Oak residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emissio...
Posted in Exhaust
on July 26, 2022
The last new American vehicles sold in Royal Oak with a carburetor rolled out of the Michigan dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Royal Oak, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your eng...
Posted in Fuel System
on July 25, 2022
Hello Royal Oak, let's talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely important PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil ha...
Posted in Parts
on July 24, 2022
You may remember a song that went, "Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are." While that was a song about life's lessons, there are a few things we should all know about how important rearview mirrors are to safe driving.While new electronic devices are helping drivers be ...
Posted in Windshield Wipers
on July 24, 2022