Slow Down and Be Aware of Your Surroundings

rear-trailing-arm-Ayres-Muffler-Brake-AlignmentThis 2014 Dodge Avenger showed minimal body damage after being rear ended, but upon closer inspection of the rear suspension the driver side back lower trailing arm was bent. As you can see in the first picture there is an obvious difference in the shape of the oval on the right and the oval on the left. They are supposed to be identical.

On the rear passenger side a bad hub was found and replaced. Click on the image below to see the video for a little more detail on what a hub does and why it is important. After the lower trailing arm and hub were replaced a front and rear alignment were done to ensure proper alignment for all four tires is maintained.

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Wheel hub assembly

You and your passenger’s safety and comfort are important to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. We treat all your vehicles like they are our own. Give us a call or stop by anytime, we always offer free inspections on:
• Tires
• Brakes
• Scans (error codes)
• Front Ends

Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment can Align Almost Anything!

Even race cars!

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In the photos you can see Ayres employees working on the front and rear alignment for an Elva race car. The devices attached to each of the tires measure the tip, casters, camber and toe ends of each wheel and then displays them on a monitor so they can go in and adjust each wheel for optimal efficiency.

AYRES-alignment-elva-race-carAligning tires on a race car is different than a street car. Street car owners are usually most concerned with consistent wear of their tires to extend their longevity. In contrast, these tires might make it through one race so they align them differently, regularly on specific specs from Ayres customers.

This customer for example will often give Ayres different alignment parameters for different tracks. They have different concerns than owners of a street car. Their goal is proper handling on the track. They want their cars fast and able to take the corners even faster.

If you have a race car or a street car that seems to pulling to the left or right, your tires show signs of uneven wear or when you are driving straight you steering wheel is crooked it is probably time to give Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment a call to schedule an alignment.

Mention you saw this on Facebook to get a street car front and rear wheel alignment for only $79.95!

You and your passenger’s safety and comfort are important to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. We treat all your vehicles like they are our own. Give us a call or stop by anytime, we always offer free inspections on:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Scans (error codes)
  • Front Ends

 

How Much Can a Wheel Be?

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We thought we would have a little fun with this. One of our customers came in with a bent wheel (see photo). Their car was a bit more unique than most, a 2007 Bentley Continental GT350. So how much do you suppose a wheel could cost?

 

$4,500

Just to replace the wheel that doesn’t include tire or the labor to put it on!

Muffler Replacement

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Here is an example of a muffler repair at Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. This is a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. The owner was unfortunately rear-ended causing extensive damage to the rear of the vehicle. In addition to replacing the muffler, Ayres fabricated custom piping for the muffler to properly fit in place.

How does Ayres fabricate custom piping?

Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment has a special machine called an Exhaust Pipe Bender. This machine allows us to bend the pipe to whatever angle or direction is needed to ensure the best fit and air movement for a customer’s car.

In addition to repair, Ayres offers multiple muffler options to upgrade your vehicle. We can change the look, design and sound of your muffler. Is it too loud or too quiet for your liking?

Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment can fix that!

You and your passenger’s safety and comfort are important to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. We treat all your vehicles like they are our own. Give us a call or stop by anytime, we always offer free inspections on:

  • Tires

  • Brakes

  • Scans (error codes)

  • Front Ends

Tire Replacement on AWD Vehicles

At Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment a common issue we run into is tire replacements on All Wheel Drive (AWD) Vehicles. Unfortunately as any driver knows on occasion for one reason or another you end up with a flat tire. For drivers with Front Wheel Drive as long as the rest of the tires are in pretty good shape we can replace the flat tire, and they are on their way.  Sadly, the same is not true for AWD vehicles.

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Replacing Just One Tire on an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle Can Be Dangerous and Much More Expensive in the Long Run.

If the tread on the new tire is more than a 2/32” off from the old tires, the tire could ruin your transmission or possibly your whole drivetrain.

How could this happen?

One reason is because the wheels with the older tires have to work harder and spin faster than the wheel with the new tire. This extra stress on your wheels can result in issues with the transmission and axles leaving you with expensive repairs.

The second concern is when the old wheels are moving faster the electronics in your car may read that the wheels are slipping and put your car in the wrong gear to compensate. If your car is put into four-wheel lock on pavement or at high speeds it will cause damage to your car leaving you with costly repairs.

If you are in doubt or have questions, bring your AWD vehicle over to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment and we will inspect your tires for free.

You and your passenger’s safety and comfort are important to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. We treat all your vehicles like they are our own. Give us a call or stop by anytime, we always offer free inspections on:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Scans (error codes)
  • Front Ends

Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment Has a Rack for You

At Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment we have three different types of racks to best work on your car, truck, bus, motorhome, commercial vehicle and more.

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The first and most common is held by the tires or wheel assembly. This is the one you can easily drive up on and then your car is lifted. (Sorry you cannot stay in the car while it is being lifted) This rack is best to work on your exhaust system, brakes and front end.

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The second rack uses frame contact to lift your vehicle. Two arms swing left and right to allow for best placement on each vehicle so Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment is able to pick up your car without damaging it. The frame contact lift is best used for tire replacement or service, tire rotations and suspension work.

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The third rack is a roll on rack, for larger commercial vehicles, motor homes / RV’s and buses to roll or drive unto with a pit underneath.  We can work on anything up to 14 feet!

You and your passenger’s safety and comfort are important to Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment. We treat all your vehicles like they are our own. Give us a call or stop by anytime, we always offer free inspections on:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Scans (error codes)
  • Front Ends

 

 

Do You Need New Tires?

You made it through the first storm. Do you feel safe to make it through the next one?

Here is how to check your tires.

What should I look for when inspecting my tires?

Checking Your Tires is Easy

1- Check your air pressure

  • It’s quick and can prevent many problems
  • Do it once a month

2- Check the tread wear with one of these four methods:

  • With a tread depth gauge
  • With the tread wear indicators
  • With the penny test
  • Come into Ayres Muffle Brake and Alignment and for a free inspection

One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. All you have to do is grab your spare change and follow 3 easy steps.

  1. Take a penny and hold Abe’s body between your thumb and forefinger.
  2. Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves.
  3. If any part of Abe Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.

 

At Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment we always offer free inspections on:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Scans (error codes)
  • Front Ends

Do We Work on Classic Cars?

Yes, we do!

Here are some fun pictures of some recent classic cars we have worked on.

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From muffler repair and replacement to alignments, AYRES Muffler Brake and Alignment can help.

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Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment Works on Vintage Cars

Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment works on all types of cars. Here is a 1966 Corvette. The owner came in for front end work and a front & rear alignment. Big or small, new or old here at Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment we do it all because you and your passenger’s safety and comfort is important to us.

Muffler Tubing has Many Uses

Yes, Ayres Muffler Brake and Alignment can replace your muffler to offer better performance for your vehicle, but here at Ayres better performance on cars wasn’t enough for us. So what else could we improve?

Why firewood storage of course!