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What is the Difference Between a Recall and a TSB?

A vehicle recall occurs when either a vehicle manufacturer or the National  Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a particular year make and model of vehicle has a specific manufacturing defect that causes of safety concern for the driver or occupants of a vehicle or for the motoring public in general. If a vehicle is [...]

How to Change a Flat Tire

Hopefully, you are not on the side of the road trying to figure out how to change a flat tire right now. If you are, check your owner’s manual in the glove compartment. It will give valuable information about how to safety change your flat tire in the least amount of time. If this option is not available, keep reading. First, try to get your vehicle [...]

How Do You Find a Great Shop?

Digital Inspections Provide Transparency Whether you live in Crestwood, Webster Groves, Affton, or anywhere else for that matter, there are some great ways to find a trustworthy mechanic. You can ask a friend. You can ask a neighbor, or you can trust Google reviews. The overall numbers don’t lie. If a company has dozens of five star reviews and few, if [...]

How Do I Change a Car Battery

How Do I Change a Car Battery     Changing a car battery is a relatively simple procedure. As with any automotive project, please remember that safety is the key. In addition to the required tools, here are a few items that you should gather up before you get started: safety glasses, rubber gloves, and a long sleeve shirt. The rubber gloves and [...]

What is Ecoboost?

Ford Motor Company calls its direct injection system "EcoBoost." General Motors uses the term  "Ecotec." The Maza term is "DISI." Volkswagen prefers "GDI."  Makers of direct ignition engines try to increase power and fuel economy while reducing emissions. Direct injection systems use precise control of  the volume and delivery timing of [...]

Service Reminders at Sant Automotive

Several years ago, Sant Automotive developed and deployed vehicle maintenance charts which were Excel Spreadsheets that would track both time and mileage based service recommendations for our customers’ vehicles. We considered our reminders to be superior because they accounted for all of our maintenance recommendations and would alert customers to [...]

Missouri Safety & Emissions Inspections

General With several exceptions, Missouri law requires that cars and light trucks registered in Missouri undergo bi-annual safety and emissions inspections. Even year vehicles are due for inspections in even years, and odd year vehicles are due for inspections in odd years. (As an example, a 2010 vehicle would be required to be inspected in 2020 and again [...]

Cheap Car Repair

Finding Cheap Auto Repair in Five Simple Steps In these trying economic times, many are looking to save money; one of the ways to accomplish this goal is to skimp on oil changes, auto repair and maintenance. This article will give an insider’s look into how to save the big money. Oil Change Service Stretch Those Oil Change Intervals. This [...]

How do you check tire pressure?

Maintaining proper tire pressure is essential to provide better handling, fuel economy, ride quality, and tire life. The first step to checking tire pressure is to obtain tire gauge. There are two basic types, the stick type that employs a plastic gauge and an analogue type that has a sweep hand. Sant Automotive generally recommends the analogue type [...]

Who’s the Newest Michelin Dealer in Crestwood

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Who is the Newest Michelin Dealer in Crestwood ? Who is the newest Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Uniroyal dealer in Crestwood? Sant Automotive is. We sell our Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Uniroyal tires at ridiculously low price . If you’d like us to mount and balance them, we will charge $25 per tire. Valve stems will be complimentary with purchase, and we [...]