At K&M Auto Service, we believe in doing business the old-fashioned way by providing our customers in Portland with the highest possible level of customer service. We offer the most comprehensive Auto Repair Services, and there is no vehicle problem that is too big or too complicated for us to repair. Our mechanics are ASE certified and have a deep understanding of just about any vehicle in existence. From routine checkups to extensive engine repairs, we can do it all here at K&M Auto Service. Just bring your vehicle in and experience the way that auto repair is supposed to be done.
One thing that we see quite a bit of at K&M Auto Service is cars that have imbalanced or worn-out tires. Your tires take a beating when you drive, and the more you drive, the faster your tires will wear down. When tires wear down, they can become imbalanced, which means that the weight of the wheel is no longer even around the axle. One part of your wheel will weigh slightly more than the opposite side, which can cause more problems than you would think. Even a tiny weight difference can cause a significant amount of vibration when you are driving. If all four of your tires are imbalanced, the vibrations will only be more pronounced. Not only does it cause your vehicle to vibrate uncontrollably, but having uneven tires puts extra heat and stress on the tire treads.
This can also put added strain on your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems. If you notice that your car is vibrating whenever you drive at speeds over 40 mph or so, it could be a sign that your tires are out of balance. At K & M Auto Services, we are adept at balancing and rotating tires.
We will check your tire pressure, look for any signs of uneven wear and we will work to get your wheels balanced as fast as we can. We can also give you advice and tips on how you can maintain your tires to get the most out of them. So, if driving your car to work is like riding a mechanical bull, bring it in to K&M Auto Service and we will thoroughly examine and balance your tires for you.
With a Car Repair Service oil change, or any other service, you’ll receive a Touch® Courtesy Check. We’ll look inside, outside, under the hood and underneath the car, then explain the findings and give you a written report.
While you’re there, let us perform a Touch® Courtesy Check, which includes a visual check of the following items:
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For over 60 years, Car Repair Service has been helping drivers across North America maintain their vehicles. With ASE-certified mechanics in all of our stores, we can take care of all of your auto repair and maintenance needs. From oil changes, filter replacements, and fluid flushes to brakes and brake repair, shocks and struts, muffler repair, tires, and wheel alignment, we’ve got you covered.
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Most cars on the road today use multi-grade oil — one that can work efficiently in cold and hot weather. A multi-grade oil is rated by two numbers, such as 5W-30.
About the oil classification system.
Each engine oil comes with a classification indicating its viscosity, which is its friction or resistance to flow. In a multi-grade oil, the first number indicates how the oil will flow when it is cold. The lower the number, the lighter the oil and the better it will perform at lower temperatures. The second number indicates the thickness of that same oil at high temperatures. For example, a 5W-30 oil will flow as a 5-weight oil at zero degrees Fahrenheit and as a 30-weight oil at 210 degrees Fahrenheit
Why viscosity is a concern.
During cold starting, only a small amount of oil is present in the upper parts of engines. To lessen the friction when upper engine parts, such as the valve train, pistons, overhead cam and cam bearings, scrub against each other, a lower viscosity allows the oil to reach the components more quickly.
Why 5W-30 and 5w-20 oils are so popular.
Many vehicles today leave the factory with 5W-30 or 5w-20 engine oil. Vehicle manufacturers recommend them because they are lighter oils that perform well in a range of temperatures and help improve gas mileage.
Not all motor engine oils are 100% petroleum. Synthetic oils, which are primarily chemically compounded lubricants, are also available. They can provide:
Which oil is right for your car?
The simplest and safest way to find out is to check your owner’s manual…or talk to your Midas mechanic.
Oil filters are designed to trap foreign particles suspended in the oil and prevent them from getting to the engine bearings and other parts.
Your vehicle relies on a variety of fluids to operate its brake, steering, transmission, engine cooling and other systems. When these fluids become degraded or are at incorrect levels, damage to other components may occur…so always follow the manufacturer-recommended service schedule.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
This is typically an oil-based fluid used in a transmission that lubricates and cools the transmission and provides hydraulic pressure to shift gears automatically.
This is the hydraulic fluid used to transmit pressure through the brake lines in a brake system providing stopping power and protecting hydraulic brake components from internal corrosion.
This is the mixture of water and antifreeze used in an engine cooling system to dissipate heat and maintain the engine’s temperature throughout its operating range.
Starting & Charging
The battery starts your car, powers on-board computers and supplies emergency power needs. A weakened battery causes stress on alternators and starters, especially during extreme temperatures. Let Midas test and inspect your battery regularly.
Clean air filters can increase engine performance, boost fuel mileage and reduce engine wear. Cabin air filters can minimize airborne contaminants in the passenger compartment and improve heating/cooling efficiency.
Touch® Courtesy Check
The Midas Touch® Courtesy Check is fast, efficient and covers many items on your vehicle’s preventive maintenance schedule. We’ll conduct a visual check, looking inside, outside, under the hood and under the vehicle, then provide you with a written report.