Engine Air Filter from Charlie's Fast Lube Dexter

January 29, 2023

Many Dexter drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Charlie's Fast Lube Dexter recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to y... More

Technician Training at Charlie's Fast Lube Dexter

January 22, 2023

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at Charlie's Fast Lube Dexter in Dexter. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive profess... More

Rubber Match (Tire Replacement)

January 15, 2023

A set of new tires isn't probably high on anyone's list of exciting purchases. But since your life is literally riding on them, it's probably a good idea to know when it's time for you to buy new ones. If you've been feeling your vehicle slipping more in wet weather or it takes a longer distance... More

Defensive Driving in Dexter, Missouri

January 8, 2023

There was a man in the Dexter area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local Missouri highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in D... More

Below 45 Degrees in Dexter: Consider Winter Tires

January 1, 2023

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Dexter drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for all-season radials. Missouri drivers ran out and ... More

In That Case? (Transfer Case Exchange)

December 25, 2022

Ever wonder how all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive vehicles get the power from the engine to the front and rear wheels? The magic happens in what's called a transfer case. In some all-wheel-drive vehicles, it's sometime called a power take-off unit, or PTU. Inside the transfer case is a set of gea... More

Breathe Deep in Dexter With a New Cabin Air Filter

December 18, 2022

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and Dexter auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,... More

A Clean Start (Battery Cleaning)

December 11, 2022

You may be fanatical about keeping the outside of your vehicle clean. But what about what's under the hood? Have you ever thought about how dirt and grime may be affecting your engine's components? One of the most important parts under your hood to keep clean is your vehicle's battery. With a d... More

The Power Behind your Engine (Alternator Diagnosis and Repair)

December 4, 2022

There's nothing like that sinking feeling when you turn the key and nothing happens in your vehicle. A lot of us are quick to blame the battery. But it may instead be your alternator that's failing. Your battery supplies power to start your vehicle, but the alternator is what sends power when y... More

Put the Brakes On! (Brake Caliper Replacement)

November 27, 2022

Keeping your vehicle's brakes in top shape is one of the most important things you can do for your safety and those on the road with you. Most drivers know a little about brake pads and rotors but maybe not so much about another brake component called the calipers. Disc brakes work by a mechanica... More