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Simply put; at all of our O’Brien Automotive Family’s central Indiana locations, we love tires!  We carry all the best brands; Firestone * Dunlop * Goodyear * Yokohama * and BF Goodrich to name a few.  We’ve got lots of tires in stock, and we know the specs on every one.  When it’s time for you to replace your tires, we’d love to help. We handle every service, maintenance, tires and repairs with the best parts, prices and people around.  And we believe our customers notice.

Take our certified technicians and service advisers for example.  Sure; their work is top notch, but they also happen to be some of the friendliest people around.  Plus, we do the “little things that count”: cover your steering wheel and add paper floor mats so that your carpeting stays clean!

Then, there is our price’s; We guarantee the LOWEST prices on tires and offer services like tire rotations and flat repairs, not to mention some of the fastest quality maintenance and repair work you’ll find. Why should you consider a dealership for your tires?

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Concerned about tire safety? Check out these videos; great info!

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The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships are one of central Indiana’s best source for new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, and Toyota & Scion brand vehicles along with a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles & Factory Certified Pre-Owned. Our goal is to make as many central Indiana customers as satisfied as possible when it comes to selection and competitive prices. We welcome you to stop by one of our convenient locations, call us at 317-534-2256, chat online (Indianapolis location Chrysler Brands – Greenwood location Chrysler Brands * FIAT Brand  / Toyota & Scion Brands), or submit a request make an appointment to test drive your next vehicle today. Check out our current service specials by visiting this site! Questions? Simply call:

Still haven’t pointed your car in our direction? We’ve got lots of great reasons to stop by – our service specials or parts specials for instance! Or, you can just schedule an appointment now. Did I mention we’re open on Saturday’s?

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

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With the change in temperature; winter appears to be rapidly approaching. Now is the time to make sure your brakes are operating properly. Brakes are a vital safety feature on your vehicle so it’s important to make sure your brakes are working properly. Any time you notice these symptoms (or any others), it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked.

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • Brake warning light that stays on
  • Continuously squealing or grinding brakes
  • Drifting to one side of the road when braking

What Are Your Options?

Brake linings are a maintenance item and are designed to wear. There are three main types of brake pads available for your vehicle. The different friction (stopping) materials—organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic—each have their own characteristics. When it’s time to replace your brake pads or shoes, discuss your driving habits and how you use your vehicle with your shop or parts provider. Original equipment brake pads from the dealer are always a good option if you have been satisfied with the braking performance. Questions? Don’t hesitate to give our Factory Certified Technicians a call!

When your car ‘speaks‘ to you, it’s usually saying that something’s wrong, something needs fixing. We have several service offers that you might want to take advantage of; for instance, a FREE Multi-Point Inspection / Cooling System Service / Tune-Up and more! Perhaps you would like our service offers sent to your mobile device? Check out our offers today!

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Fall is quickly approaching! The crisp days of fall offer an excellent opportunity to focus on preventive maintenance for your vehicle. Our seasonal service recommendations will help to prepare your car for the months ahead, so add a few minutes to your fall car care routine and make sure it’s ready before the cold sets in. Doing so will help it run better, last longer and retain its value, while providing safe and reliable transportation for you and your family.

So, about the time that our clocks “fall back”, you need to take care of what I like to call the “four b’s”:

  • Brakes – Does your car take a little longer to stop? Do you feel a slight pull to one side or a wobble in your seat or steering wheel when you brake suddenly? Do you hear any squeal or squeak when braking? Sometimes the squeak is due to the accumulation of brake pad ‘dust.’ This is normal for many vehicles. Just hose out your wheels as thoroughly as you can. (It’s best to allow to dry before driving.) If that remedies the squeak, good. If not, or you have any questions about your braking system’s performance, just bring your vehicle in and we’ll be happy to check things out for you.
  • Battery – more batteries fail in cold weather than any other time of year. It takes more power to start a cold engine, and cold also decreases the available cranking power the battery has available. Batteries don’t always die slowly. They can fail without warning, too.
  • Belts –Inspect engine belts for cracking and pliability. If they are rigid, they should be replaced. Hoses deteriorate from the inside out; test them for spongy, brittle or bulging areas. Not sure about the condition? To make it through the winter problem-free, schedule an appointment for an inspection!
  • Blades – Examine wiper blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. In addition, wipers tend to build up a thin layer of grime during the summer that keeps the rubber blade from contacting the glass, which could result in smeared windshields and poor visibility.

In addition to inspecting my “four Bs,” a fall maintenance checkup may include: changing the oil; checking the radiator fluid levels; inspecting or replacing the oil filter and the air and cabin filters; inspecting the heating and exhaust systems; balancing and aligning the wheels; topping off all fluids; examining lights to make sure they work and that headlights are properly aimed; and rotating the tires, making sure to check the tire pressure and inspect the treads for wear.

Schedule your appointment today…. CJDR Greenwood location / CJDR Indianapolis location / Toyota Scion location.

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So, what does this light mean? The “check engine” light is part of your car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) system. Since the 1980’s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing. In some cars, the computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift. When this onboard diagnostics system finds a problem that it can’t correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that is labeled by either “check engine,” “service engine soon,” or “check powertrain.”

Don’t you wish the alert could be a little more specific? Nope, it can’t. Unfortunately, the check engine light comes to life if anything, and I do mean anything isn’t 100% under the hood. This means that you could be staring at a major repair; or, your gas cap could be too loose (no kidding).

The most common problems that trigger the light are emission control malfunctions. The emission control system is what your car uses to try to keep our air a little cleaner. Here are a few of the more commonly occurring issues:

  • Your gas cap isn’t on tight enough. — Obviouosly, if this is what triggered the light, this is an easy enough problem to fix. Tighten the gas cap, and usually after 4 normal “global starts and cool downs”, the light will go off. (In layman’s terms: Drive the car as normal and after it has been driven 4-times, with the car being shut off and the engine gets cold between the starts / equals a “global start”)
  • Your engine got wet where it didn’t like it — Any electrical burp under the hood can cause one of your car’s gazillion sensors to take a funny reading. When it does, you can expect to see the Check Engine light. More common than rain water getting in there is the overzealous owner who sprays his engine down at the high pressure car wash, shooting water into every crevice of the engine, thus lighting the light.
  • Your spark plug wires are bad — As your spark plug wires start to get old, they may develop tiny cracks which can let little bursts of electricity out. This electricity was supposed to be going to a spark plug, and since it didn’t, the engine will misfire slightly, meaning one of the spark plugs didn’t spark enough.

What happens when I ignore the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT or put off the recommended service? There are two kinds of CHECK ENGINE LIGHT alerts. A non-flashing, but lit CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, is usually a less severe problem that shouldn’t cause immediate problems but needs to be checked as soon as possible. There is also a flashing and illuminated CHECK ENGINE LIGHT means your vehicle senses a critical system error (such as a major cylinder misfire ) and you need immediate attention before potentially breaking down and possibly damaging other critical and expensive parts. In this case, continuing to drive can lead to further damage rather quickly or can leave you stranded.

Bottom line; when the “check engine” light comes on, It’s like someone saying “My leg hurts a little,” or “I get out of breath when I climb stairs.” A doctor — or, for your car, a mechanic — still has to figure out what’s really causing the problem.

Schedule your appointment today…. CJDR Greenwood location / CJDR Indianapolis location / Toyota Scion location.
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It’s a hassle, but you really do have to maintain your car properly if you want it to run well. So where to go? Below I’ve outlined some of the pros and cons of the dealers versus the corner garage. Bear in mind that when I say “corner garage”, I mean smaller, independent repair shops; not the chains like Midas, Jiffy Lube, Meineke or Pep Boys. Those chains, which often specialize in one “area” of the car, fall in a middle ground between the dealerships and the mom-and-pop repair shops.

Why consider the dealership?

  • Technicians at the dealer level are specialists; they are manufacturer-trained and typically work only on your make of vehicle. Also, dealers have an ongoing training program for the service staff.
  • Dealer service departments most generally provide a shuttle back to your office or home, provided it’s no farther than five miles or so.
  • What about warranties? There, the advantage definitely goes to the dealer. First, a dealer will perform repairs for free if your car is still under warranty. Even if you have to pay for repairs outside the warranty period, dealers back up their repairs with a warranty that is good nationwide. Thus, if the repair doesn’t hold, it can be fixed free of charge at any other dealer.
  • The dealer also offers manufacturer-backed extended warranties for both new and used vehicle purchases. The manufacturer-backed extended warranties makes service easier because there is a large network of dealers; this is especially important if you plan on moving or do a lot of traveling in your vehicle.
  • Because the dealership represents the manufacturer, service departments are required to measure up to corporate standards of customer satisfaction.
  • Dealer service departments have a distinct advantage when it comes to manufacturer recalls and technical service bulletins.
  • Manufacturers and their dealers offer only OE (Original Equipment) parts, which represent a standard of quality and engineering that only the manufacturer can authorize. A 12-month/12,000-mile warranty on parts and labor for repairs and/or service is not uncommon at the dealer level.
  • Dealer facilities are often cleaner, more organized and better maintained than smaller shops. At a dealer facility, you will usually find a waiting room, clean bathrooms, a place to buy car accessories, even the availability of drinks, snacks and television.
  • Online appointment scheduling; making the service department available 24 / 7!!

Why the independent shop?

  • Many technicians at independent shops are both manufacturer- and A.S.E.-certified, don’t be afraid to ask about their certifications.  Although A.S.E. training is less “make” specific than the manufacturer’s training, the technicians at these facilities can be just as expert in their knowledge, depending on their experience.
  • If the repair or service that you need isn’t major, it may be more convenient to drive a short way to your neighborhood repair shop than it is to go to the dealer, especially if you need to leave your car for servicing.
  • Small shops can offer warranties on service or repairs, but may not offer the same length of coverage or may cover only the parts or the labor, but not both. If you travel with your vehicle, your warranty may be worthless wherever it is your car decides to give you trouble.
  • Local repair shops report to no one but you.
  • Automotive service software such as Alldata and Mitchell OnDemand5 allows independent garages to get manufacturer information on recalls and TSBs, updated on a monthly basis. But keep in mind that these are paid memberships and not every corner garage has the software at their disposal.
  • The advantage of aftermarket parts is that, like generic prescription drugs, they are supposed to perform the same function for a lot less money. There are times, though, when aftermarket parts are inferior to OE parts.
  • So how can small repair shops compete with dealers on facilities? The short answer is: They can’t. .

With all this said … what is my opinion? Obviously, from my perspective, I prefer and have always used the services at a dealership that represents the brand of auto that I drive. That is my comfort zone — and at 60+ years of age, I still have my “Dad in my ear” with his advice —  “Why would you want to put your second most expensive lifetime purchase in the hands of just anyone?”. However, the decision has to be one that you are comfortable with. Bottom line, find a facility (either a dealership service department or an independent) that you are comfortable with and one that suites your individual needs. Make sure they are highly qualified to do the work. Develop an ongoing relationship with them (don’t hop from shop to shop looking for the next “deal”).

This topic ALWAYS generates differing opinions, we would love to hear yours! Feedback always welcome:)

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CJDR Greenwood location / CJDR Indianapolis location / Toyota Scion location.

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Yesterday was “one of those days” and Tuesday slipped right by me! This is the type of day I had….

….does this scene look familiar to you? But today is another day!

The topic I had intended to talk about yesterday is just as important today …. nitrogen in your tires, or not?

One big proponent of switching to nitrogen in your tires is Jay Leno. Yes, that Jay Leno…check out this video , he gives LOTS of reasons why it is a smart move!

(click on the picture to view the video)

So….If you are one of the 85% of Americans who don’t regularly check tire pressure, you need nitrogen. Proper tire pressure is a big deal! Maintain it with nitrogen, and you’ll see these three primary benefits:

Increased Fuel Efficiency – Correct tire pressure keeps the manufacturer’s recommended “contact patch” on the road. This lessens the rolling resistance and maximizes fuel efficiency. With gas prices going up each day, every little bit helps! In fact, properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by about 3.3 percent.

Longer Tire Life – When it comes in contact with other materials, oxygen causes oxidation. Oxidation can make rubber brittle and cause it to lose tensile strength. In addition, at high temperatures and pressures, oxygen reacts and damages inner tire liners and belt packages; nitrogen does not.

Increased Safety – Under-inflated tires cause 90% of blowouts. Nitrogen provides more reliable pressure for reduced blowout potential. If you’re not constantly watching your tire pressure, escaping oxygen leads to under-inflated tires. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 41,730 people were killed and 3,031,000 were injured on the nation’s public roads and highways in the year 2001. NHTSA estimates that proper tire inflation could help save 50 to 80 lives and prevent 6,600 to 10,600 injuries each year.

Additionally, you might also find yourself coming in to the service department less frequently due to tire pressure readings:

Improved TPMS Performance – If you have a new car, you likely are plagued by a flashing light telling you your tire pressure is low. For example, one of our customer’s had their tire pressure light going off every four to five weeks. After inflating with nitrogen, her light didn’t reappear for 53 weeks!

Race teams use nitrogen in their tires for better handling, longer tread life, and improved fuel economy. Now you can too! Right now, at any of our service centers. For “pennies a day”……..you can improve your miles per gallon….Only…….$29.95

Benefits of Using Nitrogen

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With the hot temperatures expecting to return this week; I recently talked to one of our long-term Service Advisors to find out what most of our recent service clients were having the most problems with when they came into the service department. I was really surprised by the response. Dead batteries. I thought, really?

Did you know….An average of one out of four vehicles gets a new battery every year? So says Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. Summer is the season for major car-battery problems. Heat, not cold, shortens battery life.

Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, this damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. That’s slow death for a battery.

To get the most life out of a battery:
• Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
• If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add distilled water when necessary.
• Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

When you need a battery, do you know what information you need when you shop? How about swapping out the battery, if you are a “do-it-yourself” type of person? Check out this short video for answers to those questions!

If you are unsure of the status of the battery on your car * truck * van or SUV, we encourage you to take your car in to one of our service departments for a professional  inspection. Our ASE Certified Technicians are available on a non-appointment basis for basic services. (Greenwood Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram location / Indianapolis Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram ocation) / Toyota Scion location)  Questions about tires? Give us a call today! (contact information for our Service Centers)

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Under 35,000 miles, most new cars are still under warranty, so anything that breaks prematurely, such as a leaking brake caliper or a burned out wiper motor, should be fixed at no cost. However, warranties don’t generally cover wear and tear items like brake pads and wiper blades, so it is important to check those regularly and replace as needed for proper function and safety. The dealerships that comprise the O’Brien Automotive Family can make sure your vehicle is safe and all the different parts are working properly. Regular maintenance is important to protect your investment and prevent problems later, after that new-car warranty expires.

First and foremost, when you hit that 35,000-mile mark, it’s probably time for an oil and filter change. Oil change recommendations vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and some vehicles have systems that monitor your driving style and conditions, as well as the condition of the oil, and then send a message when it’s time for an oil change. Our world-class service technicians can change your oil quickly (no appointment needed) so that you can get back on the road without the hassle of waiting.

When a vehicle is used in a lot of stop and go driving, a dusty environment or in heavy load conditions like towing a trailer, the system may suggest more frequent oil changes to protect the engine. On the other hand, drivers that do a lot of highway commuting at constant speeds may be able to go longer between changes. Drivers can check the maintenance section of their owner’s manual or call our Service Department and speak with an advisor.

Another part of any car or truck that benefits from regular maintenance is the tires. Like the oil in the engine, tire life will depend a lot on how the vehicle is used, but it also varies depending on the type of tire. High-performance, speed-rated tires often found on sportier cars tend to wear out faster because the soft rubber treads that enhance traction also get shaved off during hard cornering. Our Service Department has various brands of tires available including BF Goodrich, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin, Pirelli, Uniroyal, Kumho and many more!

Whether your ride is rolling on summer performance tires, all-season radials or off-road specials, the tire pressures should be checked at least once a month and the treads should be examined while you’re down there at the corners. Tires showing less than the manufacturer-recommended tread depth should be replaced (use the penny test). Always have your tires rotated according to manufacturer recommendations so that they wear evenly and last as long as possible. Call us today to set up an appointment.

While the wheels are off for rotation, it’s a good idea to take a look at the brakes. The brake pads (special offer / rebates), particularly those on the front corners, will probably be substantially thinner by 35,000 miles. Many brake pads will have a visible metal wear indicator clip that will scrape against the rotor and squeal when pads are too thin. If the clip is touching or very close to the surface of the rotor, it’s about time to change them. At the same time, check the surface of the brake rotors where the pads grip. They should look clean and free of deep grooves or discoloration that indicates overheating. If the rotors have grooves or other signs of uneven wear, strange colors or dark areas, the rotors should be either machined or replaced.

Brake line connections, drive-shaft seals and various hoses should be checked for signs of leaks and then corrected. Suspension and steering links should be examined to make sure everything remains tight. If the air filter hasn’t already been replaced by 35,000 miles, it is almost certainly time to put in a clean one so that the engine can breathe properly. Also under the hood, fluid levels for the brakes, power steering, coolant and washer fluid should all be checked and topped off as needed, and accessory drive belts should be inspected for cracks or other signs of wear. In some cases, transmission or differential fluids may also need to be replaced at 35,000 miles.

Drivers should also turn on headlights, turn signals and warning flashers to check for burned out bulbs and replace them as needed. Since different vehicles have varying levels of equipment, drivers should always check their owners manuals to determine what other items might need service such as pollen filters in the ventilation system or filters for vented seats.

These things take less time than you think, and we are always there to help. Considering the tens of thousands of dollars you probably paid for your new car or truck, it’s definitely worth spending a small amount of time to keep it running like new for many years to come. Our Service Department is world-class. Let us show you why we have been in business in the Indianapolis area for over 70 years; we put our customers FIRST. Check out what our customers are saying about us! (Greenwood / Indianapolis)

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My goodness, how time flies! Has it really been a week since my last post? Ooooppss 🙂 Well, here goes, my 3rd  ‘tid-bit’ that will help you keep your auto in good running order:

Per the Car Care Council…..”Why should you change windshield wiper blades regularly? The most important aspect of driving is vision. If you can`t see what`s in front of you – it doesn`t matter if you have traction control, anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, or all of the advanced features. What you will end up using is the air bag because you will crash into what you can`t see.”

Knowing When to Change Your Blades: The National Highway Transportation Board recommends that U.S. drivers change their wiper blades every year (they suggest that you mark your calendar on the anniversary date of the vehicle`s purchase as a reminder). Studies show that the average vehicle owner replaces his / her wiper blades only once every 2.5 years.

Are you a ‘do-it-yourself’ kind of person? Need a little help in changing your blades? Here is a video with simple-to-follow instructions!
How to Replace Your Windshield Wipers — If you are a more visual person, and would like step-by-step instructions…here ‘ya go!

At any rate, don`t wait until it`s too late to change your wiper blades! If you are not the type to do the task yourself….visit one of our service departments / purchase the recommended wiper blades for your particular automobile….and we will install them at no charge!
Greenwood CJDR / Indianapolis CJDR / Toyota Scion Indianapolis

I hope you are enjoying the series of “tid-bits” that will help you keep your auto in good running order to help minimize your overall driving expenses. Keep an eye out for the next topic — Miracles for increasing fuel efficiency don`t exist!! Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask! And, by the way, we LOVE feedback…please don’t hesitate to let us know how we are doing.


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