Boise Auto Blog

Updates on cars, transportation and related subjects in Boise and Ada County.

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Good Samaritan helps couple - and us

Good Samaritan helps couple - and us

Every now and then, someone comes along who shakes up your idea of why you're in business and helps you appreciate what you can do for people. One of our customers, Thomas Besteder, got us and several other local businesses involved in an effort to help a co-worker of his in serious need. Thomas works at Kimco Design and Manufacturing and noticed his co-worker, Arnold Terrell, was missing work. After asking about it, Thomas found out that Arnold's wife had become seriously ill and he was spending time taking her to and from medical appointments. At the same time, Arnold's 1978 Toyota pickup was in need of repair, including tires. "Someone from work asked if I'd be willing to help out becau se they knew that I am good at hitting the streets and talking to people to get some charity action started," said Thomas. "People come to me all the time to see if I can help them with situations because they know I help a lot of people ... read more

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Looking to buy used? Get a vehicle inspection first!

One of our customers purchased a late-model SUV for $8,000 for it in January, buying it from the previous owner. It's in our shop now, needing about $4,000 in repairs. The repairs wouldn't have been too hard to find. The buyers, however, didn't get the car inspected and purchased it as-is and now they're going to get a huge repair bill. The irony is that all of this could have been avoided with a vehicle inspection, for which we charge $70 to $140, depending on the complexity of the work. If you're really serious about buying a vehicle, get it inspected. If you bring a used car to us, we won't charge you for the inspection if we recommend you not buy it. If we recommend you buy it, we will charge for the inspection. One recent customer brought us six vehicles to inspect and we only charged for the sixth one, which we found to be in good mechanical condition. If you're really serious about selling a vehicle, get it inspected. Buyers understand any used vehicle is going t ... read more

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Servicing commercial vehicles

Servicing commercial vehicles

Commercial cars and trucks are different At Plantation Tune Tech, we are proud to take care of many commercial vehicles. We maintain work trucks for Wright Brothers Construction, the City of Eagle, St. Vincent De Paul, Budget Truck Rental and the U.S. Forest Service. Commercial vehicles tend to get harder use, like a Forest Service truck that is called to help with fire duty on steep mountain terrain, in hot temperatures and around lots of dirt and dust. They require regular inspections and maintenance that must be documented. Urban delivery trucks and municipal cars also get hard use, carrying heavy loads in start-and-stop traffic. We understand that commercial vehicles are very important to businesses. If your delivery van or maintenance truck isn't working, that's lost money and disappointed customers, both bad for business. If you have a local business and rely on your vehicles, consider Plantation Tune Tech for your maintenance needs ... read more

Auto repair discount coupon

Auto repair discount coupon

We know auto repairs hit at inconvenient times. Also, we know many people put off maintenance because of the cost. So we have this coupon for $10 off any service over $100. Now there's even less reason to put off your much-needed repairs! Print off and bring in with your car. Offer expires Saturday, June 9. Print this coupon and present for $10 off any service over

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Customer review of BG 44k Fuel Additive

Customer review of BG 44k Fuel Additive

Plantation Tune Tech uses genuine BG products At Plantation Tune Tech, we are proud to stock BG Products, including the 44K Fuel Additive. Gasoline is an organic substance and leaves behind carbon-based residue when burned. BG 44K removes these deposits in combustion chambers, intake manifolds, ports and on valves. It restores flow in fuel injectors and cleans the entire fuel system, which promotes better mileage. Martin Johncox, with our Boise marketing and social media consulting firm Alexander and Associates, recently tried out a can of 44K in his 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan and here's his review

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Save $5 on your next oil change with BG products through March 5, 2013

Save $5 on your next oil change with BG products through March 5, 2013

Click this coupon and print it for a $5 discount on your next oil change at Plantation Tune Tech An oil change at Plantation Tune Tech is better than another shop’s because we use BG products. In automotive, industrial, and heavy-equipment applications, the products of BG have shown themselves to be innovative, well made, protective of the environment, and attuned to the task at hand. They perform as promised. They do the job

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Cold weather is hard on batteries

Since Jan. 1, we've only had two days where the temperature reached above freezing and it's regularly been in the single digits and teens. Cold weather reduces a battery's effectiveness and a dead battery could endanger your life if you're stranded in freezing weather. This article at Fifthgear sums it up well. Cold weather reduces a battery's ability to hold a charge and to accept recharging (really hot weather is just as bad but we'll get into that later). Modern cars especially have lots of electronics that suck battery power as well. Stop by Plantation Tune Tech any time and we will check your battery's condition for free. You can trust us not to try and sell you a product you don't need. If your battery is fine, we'll send you on your way. If your battery is old, damaged or at risk of failing, we can also help with a replacement and we can installed ... read more

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To warm up or not warm up?

Cold weather is brutal on cars. Oils thicken and take longer to reach engine components and lubricate, metal and rubber hoses become more brittle and more subject to breakage and stress. Batteries lose power. In the old days, it was common advice to warm up your car before driving off, to give it a chance to get used to the cold. That was necessary for older fuel injection systems but in modern cars, a warm up is no longer a necessity. However, we do recommend people give their cars a three-minute warmup. This gives oils a chance to become thinner and reach all the way into the engine. Hoses become more flexible and less likely to crack. Letting the car sit and warm up gives this a chance to happen, before putting additional load on the engine, brakes, transmission and drive train through movement. Plugging into an engine heater also isn't a bad idea, if your car has one

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Don't ignore that squealing engine belt!

Fan belts are important to cars. During the colder months, we see (and hear) more squealing fan belts. Wear and tear will eventually loosen all belts but in colder weather, metal engines and parts shrink a bit, causing loosening. A squealing belt is you car's way of warning you of problems and you should come in right away to have it looked it. In the old days, a car three or four fan belts, each one powering the alternator, water pump, air conditioner or power steering. If one belt broke, chances are you could at least make it to the next service station for repairs. Most newer cars just have one belt, called the serpentine belt, that threads through the engine and powers all these things. It's a more efficient system but if that belt breaks, the car will likely fail immediately due to loss of function to multiple systems. In addition to all the noise, a belt about to fail will also show signs of wear ... read more

Oil changes are chance for important checkups

People sometimes wonder why they should pay a little more for an oil change at an auto shop, when a quick-lube joint could change their oil for less. We do lots of oil changes, hundreds a year. Every now and then, during the course of an oil change, we find a more serious problem, something that could lead to an engine failure. The kind of thing that makes your engine stop on the freeway without warning. We discover these things and give our best assessment of what's at stake and how to fix it. Sometimes, the fix is simple and other times not. But the point is these problems would most likely be overlooked at one of the quick-lube business. When we do an oil change, we have a trained, experienced technician look for a variety of potential problems in the engine, transmission, suspension, exhaust, drive train and more. Staff at a quick-lube place don't have the training, time or interest in the overall car. Their job is to change your oil; ours is to assure reliability, over ... read more

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