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Women: This Seminar is Just for YOU!

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If you’re a Fenton-area woman, you probably spend a lot of time in your car. Daily commutes to and from work, professional or social obligations, and countless little miscellaneous errands can add up to lots of miles. That’s why we’re proud to co-host (with ACDelco) a free seminar entitled “Women and Wheels.” It’s coming up fast this June 4th, from 6pm to 8pm -- and it’s free!

What will this seminar cover? We’ll address all the common issues that can make the difference between getting where you need to go and being stuck along the side of the road, including:

Regular maintenance - Just as preventative checkups allow your doctor or dentist to catch any little health problems before they turn into expensive events, so does preventative auto maintenance help ensure trouble-free vehicular performance.

Recognizing problems - Can you tell the difference between normal performance and substandard performance? What does that strange noise mean? Why is shifting or braking suddenly harder? We will discuss how to recognize these symptoms when they pop up, and what they might mean.

Being car car aware - Taking good care of your car isn't something you do whenever you happen to think about it -- it’s a way of life! We will look at ways you can remain “car care aware” so you and your family can enjoy many safe and happy years from your vehicle.

Emergency road check list - If your car breaks down, do you have what you need to survive comfortably until help can arrive? You will after learning how to put this check list together!

We’ll also have refreshments, prizes and lots of fun -- so call us or register through our website today while we still have spots open!

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June events for Fenton Fun-Lovers

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June offers more than just weddings. Here are some great ways to kick-start your summer:

Fenton Flicks - Now you can combine your family’s love of good movies and enthusiasm for outdoor fun, all in one spectacular event. Fenton city Park and Riverside Pool will both be hosting free movie showings, starting with Field of Dreams on June 22nd. Show up at 7:45pm for fun family activities; the movie will start around 8:45pm. And best of all, it's absolutely free!

“Twelfth Night” - You still have time to get your free dose of great drama at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Their outdoor production of this classic play began in May and continues to run through June 16th. Bring your blankets or low-back chairs and enjoy a pre-show talk for all ages, as well as jugglers, musicians and other festivities. You can even tour backstage before the action starts!

Father’s Day Festival & Car Show - Head up to Florissant for quality time with Dad this June 16th. If you folks like cars (we sure do!), you’ll love seeing the machines people bring to this festival, which also features, prizes, music, tennis, basketball, disc golf, food, and the beautiful natural scenery of Sioux Passage Park. Have a fun, free-of-charge time from 10am to 4pm.

Fulton Street Fair - Mark June 22nd and 23rd on your calendar, because you and yours are in for some serious fun in downtown Fulton. Experience live bands, a 5K run/walk, Kids’ Mile, a beer garden, an ice cream social, fireworks, the Calloway Car Cruise, the Miss Calloway County pageant and a huge selection of arts, crafts and local vendors. Check out the schedule for full details, and start picking out your “must-see” events!

Tell ‘em Al’s Automotive & Tire sent you!

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Is your car ready for summer fun?

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So you’re ready for summer -- but are your cars? Put these items on your to-do list:

Get the oil changed. Motor oil provides your engine with critical thermal protection, but it doesn’t last forever. A combination of summer temperatures and lots of driving can cause it to wear out. Also, the dirtier your oil gets over time, the more wear your engine will suffer. You may need new oil and/or air filters too, and oil changes are a natural interval for dealing with them.

Check the other fluids. Your automatic transmission fluid is another important part of smooth car operation. Not only does it provide the hydraulic pressure needed for your car to shift gears, but it also keeps the transmission from overheating -- and failing. Radiator coolant helps keep your operating temperature under control, while freon chills the air conditioning system that keeps you cool. Finally, don’t forget to have the brake fluid (and other brake components) checked out.

Check the tires. It can be easy to forget about your tires until it’s too late. But if you let them go “bald,” they’ll lose their grip on the road, which is just asking for trouble, and they may also be more prone to that blowout, which you don't need on your summer road trip.

How’s your battery? Batteries run on fluid, and that fluid level drops over time, especially in hot weather. An old battery may still start your car, so you don’t realize that its days are numbers. We can check its voltage, look for signs of corrosion, and recommend a replacement (if necessary) that’ll keep you running on your road trips.

Our goal at Al’s Automotive & Tire is to make sure your car runs great in all weather. Schedule a “checkup” with us today!

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Al's Team Spotlight: Meet ASE Certified Service Advisor, Larry Meyer

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It's time to throw the focus onto another member of our talented family here at Al’s Automotive & Tire. This installment introduces you to ASE Certified Service Advisor Larry Meyer.

Larry started his career at Al’s Automotive and Tire on the first working day of 2006. He came to us from Minnesota, and to this day he can occasionally fall into those familiar speech patterns, “you betcha!” Before his joined us, Larry attended Rochester Community College and Minnesota Bible College; he was also proud to served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He helps our customers with a wide range of automotive services, from routine “checkups” and maintenance to complex troubleshooting and repair.

As an ASE Certified technician, you can always count on Larry to provide you with the standard of knowledge and skill. ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence, so when you see that certification you know that the technician has put in extra work and study to be the best at what he does.

Larry and his wife, Lisa, have two boys, Kahler and Ashton. As you can imagine, they all enjoy activities such as camping, racing, classic cars, ATV riding, bowling and baseball. Larry even serves as a coach on his son’s team, The Fenton Rivermen. Lisa is a bit of a tomboy herself -- fortunately for her!

Larry describes his goal in life as “to be the best husband and father I can be and live my life according to God’s plan.” He wants to touch people’s lives in a positive way -- and he does. We frequently hear from our customers how much they like Larry and what an asset he is to our business. So drop by our service center and say hello to Larry in person!


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A Short Drive Away: April Events in the Fenton/Arnold Area

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Now that April is upon us, you’re probably looking for anything to do that doesn’t involve taxes. So here are some items of interest from your friends at Al’s Automotive & Tire: 

Adult Easter Egg Hunt - If you’re over 21 and want to help a good cause while having fun in the process, head on over to Barnhart for the Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry’s 23rd annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt on April 12th. Just $10 gets you in the door, and in addition to the egg hunt itself you’ll get music, drinks, prizes, a silent auction, and the joy of helping this organization help pets. 

Autism Awareness Day Picnic in the Park - If autism has affected your family as it has so many others’, mark Saturday, April 13th as the day to pack a picnic lunch and take your family to West City Park in Festus for a morning of food and fun. NextStep for Life and the TOGETHER Group have combined forces to host this event, which features a “Going the Distance for all Abilities” 5k and walk, followed by Autism Awareness Day activities, prizes, balloons, and general merry-making. 

Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks - Don’t let the title trouble you -- this St. Louis Zoo event, opening on Aril 19th and running through September 29th, is safe and fun for the whole family. Check out the cow nose rays, stingrays, nurse sharks, bonnet head sharks and other sea creatures. 

BBB “Shred Day” - Okay, shredding tons of sensitive documents may not sound like a blast, but think about how much happier you’ll be knowing that you don’t have to destroy all that stuff yourself. The Better Business Bureau will shred your stuff free of charge this April 20th from 8am to noon in the Saint Louis Galleria parking lot.

 Enjoy your April!

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