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A Noise from my wheels

Here at Chumbley’s, we often receive phone calls asking about a noise that appears when the wheels are rolling or stopping. It can range from and grinding, or squeaking noise, to a rhythmic click type noise. I will say that the most common causes are 1) worn out brake parts. 2) lose lug nuts ( Always have them “re-toured” after about 50 mile travel – post wheel installation on the vehicle). 3) Road debris – rocks wedged into places they are not to be. Those are the top three causes we see. If you hear any type of unfamiliar noise coming from the wheel area, stop in to Chumbley’s Auto Care in Indianola, IA and request that someone simply go for a ride around the block and listen to your noise concern. We will be happy to help, and may save you a lot of headache

Hybrid Car Payback / Cost

This is a run down of added cost of Hybrid car VS a normal Gas motor vehicle. The actual calculations will depend on the types of vehicles selected. I will give you two examples to compare. Let’s say that you are considering purchasing a 2005 Toyota Corolla or a 2005 Toyota Prius – both have excellent fuel economy. A Prius (hybrid) may cost around $22,000, while a comparably equipped Corolla (non-hybrid) may run around $16,000. It is estimated that a Prius will achieve about 55 MPG (combined highway/city), while a Corolla will achieve 34 MPG (combined highway/city) with an automatic transmission. If you only considered fuel costs the following would be true. At 100,000 miles the Prius would have used about 1818 gallons ($4091) of fuel while the Corolla consumed 2941 gallons ($6617). To calculate gallons, take the miles driven divided by MPG (e.g., 100,000/55 = 1818). If gas prices averaged $2.25 a gallon, the Prius would have saved you about $2,526. Since the sticker price ... read more

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