• Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

    Air conditioning and heating systems maintain the interior temperature of your vehicle and play an important role in properly defrosting your windshield. Over time, these systems experience wear - blockage or leaky hoses, low coolant levels, malfunctioning heating systems, worn belts or fans.

  • Air Filter Maintenance Tips

    Engine air filters prevent wear on the engine by removing debris and contaminants. A clogged engine air filter can result in sluggish performance, poor fuel economy and engine damage. 

  • Battery Testing and Maintenance Tips

    A car's battery is vital to start your engine. It also stores energy created by the alternator and runs the secondary electrical systems such as lights, radio, power seats, power windows, ignition, fuel systems and wipers. 

    Generally, a battery should be replaced every six years. It’s important to recycle used batteries in order to reduce the resources needed to create batteries and to prevent poisonous chemicals from being placed in landfills. We're also environmentally sustaiable and we will properly dispose of the battery.

  • Belts and Hoses Tips

    Belts and hoses deteriorate over time due to repetitive use and exposure to the harsh temperatures of south central Wisconsin. A loose belt can lead to improper function and damaged hoses can leak vital car fluids — both can lead to engine damage and breakdowns.

  • Belt Tips

    Properly maintaining and routine replacement of belts and hoses could conserve time and money over the life of your vehicle.

  • Brake Maintenance Tips

    Every time you drive, you use the brakes, which means that one of your car’s most important systems is constantly under wear and tear. Therefore, it’s recommended that brakes be examined at least once a year or with every tire rotation or oil change. Routine brake inspections not only ensure your safety — they can save you money. If brake pads become too worn, you will have to replace the rotors — an added expense. 

  • Car Care Services

    Take a few moments and become familiar with our Services link with more detail on all aspects. Take care of your car and it will take care of you.

  • Cooling System Tips

    The engine’s cooling system plays a critical role by controlling the temperature of the engine. The cooling system includes the water pump, freeze plugs, head gasket, thermostat, heater core, fan clutch, coolant, radiator and hoses — and it’s important that all of these parts are routinely inspected by a professional automotive technician. Routine maintenance can help you avoid more costly repairs caused by an overheated engine or damage to other parts under the hood.

  • Driveline Maintenance Tips

    The driveline of your vehicle transforms the power generated by the engine into the rotation of the tires, utilizing the torque to provide velocity. The driveline consists of transmission/transaxle, transfer case, driveshaft, universal joints, differential and axle shafts.

  • Electrical Systems Tips

    Your car’s electrical system is a lifeline — connecting all of the necessary systems that allow you to drive safely. The indicator lights are also critical — and shouldn’t be ignored. They are the first sign that something within your automobile isn’t functioning as it should.

  • Engine Maintenance Tips

    It’s best to schedule a complete engine diagnostics check every 15,000, 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles. 

  • Exhaust Maintenance Tips

    A car's exhaust system, catalytic converter and oxygen sensors protect you and the environment from toxic emissions. The exhaust system is also integral to ensuring the vehicle performs as it should. 

  • Fluid Inspection Tips

    In order to work properly, a vehicle’s fluids have to be kept clean of debris and must be kept at a manufacturer’s recommended levels. Routine car maintenance and fluid changes may extend the life of your automobile.

  • Monthly Checklist Tips

    Take 10 minutes and use our Monthly Checklist to do your own quick visual car inspection and fluid levels check.

  • Oil Change Tips

    Oil filters and oil must be changed routinely in your automobile to ensure the engine stays free of debris and is properly lubricated. Without routine oil changes, you run the risk of burning oil, damaging critical components under the hood and decreasing your engine’s efficiency. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or one of Hartje’s automotive technicians to determine how often you should have your vehicle’s oil and oil filters changed.

  • Preventative Maintenance Tips

    Today’s vehicles are designed to last 200,000 – 300,000 miles and regular preventative automobile maintenance can ensure the longevity of your vehicle. Regular automobile maintenance will improve the efficiency of your vehicle and help prevent more serious and costly automotive mechanical problems.

  • Steering and Suspension Tips

    The steering system and suspension provide proper handling, safety and a comfortable ride. Extended steering and suspension problems can cause extreme safety threats if not addressed.

  • Timing Belt Tips

    A timing belt runs the engine’s camshaft(s) and ensures the engine’s moving parts are working efficiently and in sync. If a timing belt breaks, it can cause your engine to shut down and lead to major internal engine damage. Unfortunately, timing belt issues are difficult to identify in advance. 

  • Tire Installation Tips

    As tires wear over time, the tread starts to become thin, which can result in a loss of grip —creating a safety hazard. Manufacturers suggest tires should not be used for more than 10 years. Because we live in south central Wisconsin where winter roads can be especially hazardous, Hartje Tire & Service recommends replacing car tires every two years, with a maximum of six years. 

  • Tire Repair Tips

    The usual cause of flat tires is a puncture created by a sharp object. Depending on the size of the puncture, the leak can be sudden or gradual — and that will determine your repair options. Other tire issues that require repair include:

    • Failure of, or damage to, the valve stem
    • Excessive rubbing of the tire against the road
    • A ripped or split tire
    • Split or bulging treads or sidewalls
    • Extreme wear of the tire tread 
  • Tire Rotation Tips

    Tire Rotation is recommended every 7,000 miles or 6 months. Rotating tires is the practice of moving automobile tires from one position on the car to another.

  • Transmission Fluid Flush Tips

    For optimum protection, change the Transmission Fluid and filter every 30,000 miles (unless you have a new vehicle filled with Dexron III ATF, which should be good for 100,000 miles.

  • Tune Up Tips

    Contact Hartje Tire and Service today. Our certified technicians will tell you how often maintenance visits are required for your vehicle, based on manufacturer standards.

  • Wheel Alignment Tips

    Wheel alignment and balanced tires are important safety factors. Poorly aligned tires can lead to uneven tire wear that reduces a tire’s lifetime and decreases overall car performance. Annual wheel alignment inspections are recommended.