Many of you know we offer a 10% parts & labor discount to active and veteran military members.
Many don’t know our ‘WHY’. The picture below is one of our ‘whys’.
This is the owner’s late grandfather, Al. Al served in the Army during WWII. At 23 years of age his right arm was blown off and his back broken in three places while fighting in Japan. He not only went on to be able to write with his left hand, but he also ran a backhoe and dump truck (No Power Steering mind you) as his life long profession all with the use of just one hand / arm.
He sacrificed his lfe for our country. The least we can do is offer a discount to other active and veteran military members as a thank you for their sacrifice. We love our country and those who have served allowing us our continued freedom.
Thank you Military Members!
(We also offer this same discount to first responders & CCW Permit Holders.)
Sometimes we get asked “why do you recommend radiator hoses, thermostats and coolant flushes every 100,000 miles?” We do this for multiple reasons. First of all we have seen major engine and cooling system damage before 100k miles from bad radiator hoses and thermostats due to overheating. Second, 100k miles is a lot of miles on a thin peace of metal opening and closing thousands or millions of times. We performed these services on a 2011 F150 recently at 110k miles and the thermostat was actually coming apart internally which could not be seen without removing it. The truck was not having any issues but could have been on it’s way to the dark side at any moment. We had a 2012 Dodge 1500 last week with 90k miles and the coolant was starting to turn to gel. So we just recommend these things because it’s not very expensive and it’s just piece of mind that there will be much less of an opportunity for you vehicle to leave you up s*** creek without a paddle. If you have any questions about your vehicle you want answered here just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the CONTACT tab above.
All CCW Permit Holders, Veterans, Military Members & First Responders receive 10% off parts & labor at Hangtown Affordable Auto Repair *ALWAYS* – PLUS we are donating an additional 10% of the parts bill to CAMP PATRIOT for the month of January. Founded in 2005, Camp Patriot is a 5-Star rated 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to empower and thank wounded and disabled military veterans of all generations though their outdoor programs. They thank our veterans by empowering them with the right relationships and assistance so that they can once again enjoy the great outdoors. Located in Northwest Montana this first-a-kind 90+ acre facility is a “living monument” to wounded and disabled veterans of all generations. The ranch allows them to offer a host of truly unique outdoor recreational therapy programs. For more information, please visit www.camppatriot.org.
All CCW Permit Holders, Veterans, Military Members & First Responders receive 10% off parts & labor at Hangtown Affordable Auto Repair *ALWAYS* – PLUS we are donating an additional 10% of the parts bill to the INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND for the month of July. We’re greatly supportive of these members and very much appreciate all that they and their families sacrifice for our country and freedom. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided nearly $200 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund. To learn more, please visit www.fallenheroesfund.org
All CCW Permit Holders, Veterans, Military Members & First Responders receive 10% off parts & labor at Hangtown Affordable Auto Repair *ALWAYS* – PLUS we are donating an additional 10% of the parts bill to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for the month of April. We’re greatly supportive of these members and very much appreciate all that they and their families sacrifice for our country and freedom. The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation helps to integrate military members and first responders back into civilian life along with their families after deployment. To learn more, please visit www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org
We will start with all important cooling system. You must make sure your belts and hoses are in good condition and the coolant is up to the task of not freezing or so dirty and contaminated that it ruins you water pump, hoses, radiator or heater core. Any leaks can become large leaks very quickly if not addressed when found. Any of these issues could leave you stranded on the side of a snowy/rainy dark night.
Second is your tires. They need to have good tread, no cracks in tread or sidewall which can leak air and cause very big issues. Tires also need to be inflated to their proper pressure. Check your door jam or owners manual for the proper tire pressure. If you tires are not inflated to the proper pressure they don’t have the best contact between the road and your vehicle which is a must in rain, snow or all driving for that mater. Winter tires are always a plus when in the high country where there is the possibility of snow or ice. Snow tires aren’t a magic pill but are considerably better in ice and snow but wear very quickly when used mostly on pavement so you must consider that.
Third issue and your four/all wheel drive system. It should be check for proper performance, noises and condition of bearings/joints and fluids. Make sure all of your drivers know how to operate the system properly because major damage can be caused by shifting at the wrong time or if certain systems are left in four wheel drive on pavement.
Fourth is your wiper/washer system. Snowy/rainy driving can reek havoc on your visibility so good wipers and full washer fluid which is deicing is a must. Also if the springs that hold your wipers tight against the front or rear window are not pulling correctly or the pivot area is corroded or rusty they will not work up to potential.
Fifth is the heating/defrosting system which as we all know gets used well in the winter. There are a lot of areas here that can cause issues. A defroster that doesn’t move the the windshield, blower that doesn’t blow enough to keep us warm and windows clear or a leaking heater core that fogs the windshield for you.
All of these things can cause a very bad day, so make sure you are confident with all of the systems or your vehicle before making that trip into wonderland!
Bad tires can make your vehicle difficult to drive or create a driving hazard, because balding or misaligned tires will slip in certain weather conditions. In addition, if your tires are not properly inflated, they will wear down prematurely which will require a new set of tires.
It’s important to check your tires at least once a month to see signs of advanced wearing on the inner and outer side of the tires, or if one side of the tire is wearing faster than the other. If you notice either of these premature conditions, then you should consider purchasing new set of tires.
Some tires have wear-indicators that will notify you that it is time for a new set of tires. If you do not have these indicators, you can use the penny test to determine if your tires are still in good shape. This test requires you to insert a penny into a tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then you need new tires.
Of course, the best way to ensure that your tires are safe to drive on is to visit our shop and have us properly inspect them for you.
Is your cell phone under attack? Malicious hackers who gain access to your phone can use your number to make their own calls and charge them to your account, or steal your personal information. Guard your security with these tips:
- • Check your settings. Your phone’s settings page and documentation will have security options, like a keypad lock code. Choose the most secure settings available.
- • Be careful with applications. Don’t download an app you aren’t familiar with, or one that asks you for information that doesn’t seem appropriate. Be suspicious of text messages that ask you to click on unfamiliar links.
- • Disable network features. Turn off functions like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using them to prevent hackers from collecting your data wirelessly.
- • Keep your eye on your phone. A skilled hacker needs only about three minutes with your phone to take control of it. Don’t let it out of your sight, even momentarily.