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Tom Dwyer Winterization Service  Get a minor interval service, oil change, and a pre-winter inspection, all for just $50!  Is your vehicle prepared for the cold weather?  Well-maintained vehicles are normally ready for winter, but cold weather brings different automotive challenges than … Continue reading

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Physician, heal thy friends

Tom’s response to a friend with car problems A friend of Tom’s was on vacation and called in worried about his car’s overheating problem that had developed on the way to Lake Quinault in Washington.  The car was continuing to … Continue reading

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Posted in 2014 August, Car Information, Feature Articles, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters | Comments Off on Physician, heal thy friends

When Will YOU Switch To Synthetic Oil?  Synthetic oil is better for you, your vehicle, and the planet

(July, 2011)-  Not so long ago, few people had heard of synthetic oil and even fewer wanted to buy it.  Things have changed… crude oil prices are rising, people are keeping their cars longer, and more people are worried about … Continue reading

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Is Big Brother your co-pilot?

OBD-3 is on the way In 1985 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the first On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-1) systems, requiring an Engine Control Module (ECM) to flash a dashboard light when a critical system was failing.  The more comprehensive … Continue reading

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Posted in 2014 February, Car Information, Feature Articles, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Big Brother your co-pilot?

Our Best Used Car Buying Advice

There are lots of lemons out there.  Here’s how to find the peach. It’s probably the excitement of summer, but we’ve had a few inquiries lately from people looking to buy new (or new-to-them) cars.  It’s a big step for … Continue reading

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Posted in 2013 May, Car Information, Feature Articles, Features, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Our Best Used Car Buying Advice

Labor Pains- Bad engineering can affect your bottom line

You’ve been there.  You’re standing at the Service Counter looking at the bill for repairs.  There’s a long list of line-items, but looking closer you see that the parts expense was only a few dollars and most of the bill … Continue reading

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Posted in 2013 April, Car Information, Feature Articles, Features, Newsletter Columns, Newsletters, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Labor Pains- Bad engineering can affect your bottom line

Shop Talk- Free Car Wash Season is coming back

The weather’s finally starting to dry up, and it’s almost time to say goodbye to the rain for another few months.  The auto business is cyclical, and the good weather means we’re about to enter our busiest time of the … Continue reading

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Shop Talk- How to know what’s coming up for your vehicle

The pudgy prognosticator from Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, promised us an early Spring this year.  Soon, weekends won’t be just for depression and microbrews; there’s every possibility that we will be seeing the lush and green Oregon we all love. Don’t … Continue reading

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Driving On The Cheap- 10 Cheapest Cars To Own and Insure

Lots of folks ask us for car buying advice.  Our best advice is usually to buy something from Asia, America is good, stay away from Europe.  Tom’s overall pick year after year is the Toyota Corolla, a solid and reliable … Continue reading

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Popcorn Shorts- Engine Of The Future

Researchers at Michigan State University, led by Norbert Mueller, have developed a prototype engine that could replace old-fashioned internal combustion dinosaurs.  The Wave Disk Generator is about the size of a crock pot, and uses wave-shaped chambers to compress and … Continue reading

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