Tire & Auto Repair Blog

Welcome to our blog! Tony’s Brake & Alignment strives to provide an auto repair blog that is interesting and shines a spotlight on the communities around the Louisville region. Please visit us each month to see helpful information from our auto mechanics, excellent road trip ideas, advice about fleet service, and so forth. You never know what you might learn in the monthly blog articles of Tony’s Brake & Alignment in Louisville!

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The Winter Fuel Economy And How To Improve Yours

The Winter Fuel Economy And How To Improve Yours

Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash   Although the Bluegrass state is not exactly the place you picture when it comes to cold weather, the winter in Kentucky is still authentic, and it can take its toll on your fuel economy for various reasons. In this article, we'll explore a couple of ways to reduce the effect of the cold on your vehicle through creativity, ingenuity, and caution.   Stop Car Idling: Leaving your car idling for too long to warm up for a short or long trip is never a good idea. Your engine is good to go after 30 seconds anyway, and everything after that time mark is both overkill and quite dangerous for your fuel economy. Plus, there's the fact that you are contributing to the global carbon f ... read more

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Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Photo by Charles Loyer on Unsplash   It's time for the windshield wipers! Winter is coming, and our windshield wipers will play a vital role in our safety on the road. Now might be the time to prepare a new fluid or even change the wipers themselves. Here's a checklist that you can guide yourself by:    Make sure that you have the proper windshield washer fluid. Winter temperatures require a different kind of washer fluid than the one you use all year. The washer fluid should be one with a low freezing temperature. That's crucial because if your washer fluid freezes, it'll damage your reservoir and even lead to the washer pump overheating, rendering it gone for good.   You probably should rep ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash   So it's finally time. The road trip you have been waiting for since the beginning of this exciting year. Do you think you are ready for it? Even if we have taken the most measures by all accounts, we can still allow simple mistakes to slip up and ruin our experience on the road. In this article, our goal is to help you prevent that slip-up and ensure a smooth and fun trip for your family and yourself.    Thorough check-up and preventive maintenance - Let us ask you this: Are you sure you've taken all the measures? It's not significant malfunctions that cause drivers headaches on their trip, but minor mistakes.    You should always check your tires, fl ... read more

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The Most Important Services For Your Vehicle

The Most Important Services For Your Vehicle

Photo by Barthelemy de Mazenod on Unsplash   Car maintenance is a journey in and of itself. Some drivers (especially beginners) however, can get bogged down into all of the details and overthink certain minor aspects of cars and underrate other major aspects. In this article, we’ll present to you the hands-down most important car services to hopefully help you calm down! There’s nothing to fear in car maintenance! Trust us, we do it every day!   Oil Change Consistently An engine is the heart of your vehicle and the oil is its blood. An engine will break down if there’s not enough oil or it's dirty. Use your vehicle owner’s manual to figure out how often you should change your oil, but the rule o ... read more

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Top Labor Day Road Trip Ideas For The Adventurous Driver

Top Labor Day Road Trip Ideas For The Adventurous Driver

Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash Summer may be ending, but that does not mean that the adventure has to end! Labor Day is a perfect opportunity for you to set up an exciting road trip with your family. In this article, we’ll explore the 5 best places in Kentucky that will quench your thirst for adventure!   1. Red River Gorge - The Grand Canyon of Kentucky, besides being designated as a National Natural Landmark, is also an adventurer’s paradise. It's complicated system of waterfalls, natural bridges and rock shelters is considered a hiking and rock-climbing paradise, with the Gorge considered one of the world’s to ... read more

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How To Prepare Your Young Driver’s Vehicle When They Leave Home

How To Prepare Your Young Driver’s Vehicle When They Leave Home

Photo by Fabian Albert on Unsplash   As we head into fall, a new generation of drivers are taking to the streets and swarming into college towns. For many young adults leaving their homes for the first time, life is chaotic. They are under pressure to perform like never before, and they’re also not monitored by their parents for the first time in their lives.    So if they were given a new or used car as a graduation present, even though they may love it and want to keep it for years, they’re probably not thinking about the current upkeep and maintenance of their vehicle.    Now would be a good time for the parents of these kids to encourage the young drivers not to be afraid of their auto repairs a ... read more

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Five Ways To Avoid A Car Accident

Five Ways To Avoid A Car Accident

Car accidents are prevalent, with an alarmingly high rate of statistics. Fortunately, car accidents are also easily preventable. At Tony’s Brake & Alignment, your safety is of utmost importance for our team, so we decided to dedicate this blog to help our clients avoid accidents with these easy tricks.  Here are five ways to avoid a car accident:  Always remain vigilant while driving. It is easy to get distracted while driving, but your vehicle is the last place for multitasking. As we drive over the years and become more experienced, we tend to think we are almost invincible, but distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents. Keep your attention on the road at all times.  Watch out for drivers who run red lights. Before entering an intersection, we recommend counting to three after the light turns green. Look both ways, looking out for any drivers trying to speed last minute through a yellow light.  Follow the 12-second rule. We recomme ... read more

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Top Road Trip Ideas Within 100 Miles of Louisville

Top Road Trip Ideas Within 100 Miles of Louisville

Living in Louisville has many perks, including being within 100 miles of several lovely getaways. With summer quickly approaching and the pandemic coming to an end, we think a road trip would be an excellent way to celebrate. Fortunately, the team at Tony's Brake & Alignment is familiar with the Louisville area, and we have put together a list of the top road trip ideas within 100 miles of Louisville.    Before you embark on your journey, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to the team at Tony's Brake & Alignment for an inspection. This way, you can enjoy your trip worry-free while driving in a safe and secure car. Here are the best road trip ideas within 100 miles of Louisville:    Mammoth Cave National ParkHoliday World and Splashin' Safari  Frankfort, Kentucky  ... read more

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Five Things All Student Drivers Need To Know

Five Things All Student Drivers Need To Know

We all remember how exciting it was when we first got our driver’s license! For many of us, our driver’s license signals our first step into adulthood. We can’t wait to test our newfound freedom on the open road. However, that freedom comes with a price -- we have to learn how to handle new situations and possible problems as new drivers.  The team at Tony’s Brake & Alignment has put together a list of five things all student drivers need to know. We encourage you to share these tips with your teen driver, and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have:  What to do when driving in the rain: First, turn on your headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers. Next, slow and steady always wins the race. Slow down and keep a healthy distance between you and the car in front of you, just in case of any sudden stops.  What to do with a flat tire: If you notice your vehicle has a flat tire, pull over ... read more

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Spring On Over Here To Get Your Air Filters Changed

 Spring On Over Here To Get Your Air Filters Changed

We can’t believe Spring is here! We can’t wait to see the sun shining, the flowers blossoming, and the days growing longer. At Tony’s Brake & Alignment, our team is looking forward to the change in seasons. Even though Spring is a welcome change from winter, it is also allergy season. Spring is notorious for the amount of pollen in the air.  Not only does pollen affect you, but it can also affect your vehicle. Your vehicle has two crucial air filters -- the cabin air filter and the engine air filter. Your vehicle has an intake system that draws air into the engine. This air must be free of debris, dirt, dust, and of course, pollen. Your engine air filter protects your engine from these particles by ensuring only clean air reaches the inside of your engine. If your engine air filter is worn or dirty, the chance of contaminated air sneaking into your engine is much higher.  While your engine air filter is responsible for your engine’s health and ov ... read more

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