Shocks & Struts
Your vehicle’s suspension system serves two primary purposes – managing road holding and handling and thereby the safety of your vehicle as it maneuvers on the road and maximizing driver and passenger comfort while minimizing bumps, vibrations and noise. Shocks and struts are integral components of the suspension system and their wear has a very real impact on the safety of your vehicle. Worn shocks and struts can affect how your wheels touch the road, causing dangerous swaying, hydroplaning, deteriorated performance and compromised road handling and holding.
Your suspension system helps you stay in control when you're on the road. Audioman Firestone can help ensure your safety by keeping your suspension system up to every twist and turn the road may bring.
Brakes & Rotors
BRAKES ARE A SAFETY CRITICAL PART OF A MOTOR VEHICLE
Brake components should be installed by a competent mechanic in a professional manner. Any incorrect installation of brake components can cause a major safety problem or an accident. If you are not a competent and qualified mechanic you should not attempt to install these products, but should take the vehicle to a vehicle dealer or competent automotive mechanic for their installation. In some cases, servicing or replacing brake hardware at the time of pad or rotor installation may also be required.
Disc brake pads and rotors are wear items and as such, should be inspected regularly and replaced as necessary.
Repair, Rotation & Balancing
Having a flat tire can be scary and frustrating, leaving you with a feeling of despair, as you are stranded on the side of the road. Repairing or changing a flat tire can be dangerous and should be handled by specially trained personnel. AudioMan Firestone has the professionals, as well as the products and equipment to dismount, mount, balance and repair the tire correctly and guarantee the repair for the life of the tire.
Maximize the life of your tires by regularly rotating them. Rotating your tires leads to a prolonged tread life and promotes even tread wear for all tires on your vehicle. That leads to improved gas mileage, increased tire performance and an overall smoother, more comfortable ride.
Properly balanced tires and wheels can improve driver safety, reduce tire wear, increase fuel efficiency and minimize steering wheel vibration leading to a smoother, more comfortable ride. If you are experiencing a vibration in your steering wheel and/or through your seat, or if your tires have an irregular wear pattern, your tires may be out-of-balance. The tire professionals at AudioMan Firestone will help protect your tire investment by maintaining the balance for the lifetime of the tire.
Belts & Hoses
Your vehicle’s radiator hoses are responsible for transferring hot coolant from the engine to the radiator for cooling and then back to the engine again after the coolant temperature has been lowered. The hoses, together with the radiator, cooling fan(s), thermostat and related components allow the coolant to effectively move through the cooling system, regulating and displacing heat from your engine.
A system is only as good as its weakest link and hoses are a vital cooling system component requiring regular service. Replacing the radiator hoses before they begin to leak can prevent an inconvenient breakdown and the potential for expensive related repairs. When cracks are visible or the hose swells or feels soft, it is a sure sign that the hoses are at the end of their life span. Often, the upper hose will deteriorate sooner than the lower hose because it is subject to greater extremes in temperature than the lower hose, but it’s a wise preventative measure to replace them both at the same time.
Belts enable your vehicle rotating components, such as the alternator, water pump, and AC compressor to keep turning. Some vehicles are equipped with V-belts, an individual belt for each component and others are equipped with a serpentine belt, one large, multi-groove belt that is routed around all of your vehicle’s rotating components.
Normal wear and exposure to extreme temperatures will degrade both V-Belts and serpentine belts over time. In this situation, a broken belt means a break down, so belts should be replaced before they snap. If you observe any cracks, fraying, or splitting it is time for a replacement. Our AudioMan Firestone professional technicians can inspect your belts and determine if it’s time for a replacement.
Knowledge is power when it comes to your car battery and electrical system. The more you know about it, the less likely you are to get stuck. Your car’s electrical system consists of the battery, starter and alternator. The battery provides juice to the starter. Then, the alternator gives that battery the energy it needs to keep powering your car. If one of these parts isn’t working right, your car won’t start or run well. Our expert technicians can perform a complete check, and they'll help you understand just what’s going on with your vehicle’s battery and electrical system. If it’s time, they’ll take steps so your car runs better and stronger.