Olympia Toy Run Overview:
The Olympia Toy Run brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy n' Joy Shop. Strapped to bikes four abreast in row after row are lots and lots of brand new children's toys. Gleaming bikes sport different names and badges and colors and their riders range from all-season diehards to weekend enthusiasts. For this day, we are one sister/brotherhood of riders thinking of the smiles our toys will bring to kids' faces.
The roaring thrum of thousands of motorcycle engines fills the crisp December air. But this is not a day just for motorcyclists as tens of thousands of spectators line the parade route, excitedly waving, calling and whistling to the riders. Both directions of the street are closed to all but motorcyclists, yet drivers on side streets honk and wave. Though riders come from all over to participate in this event, it's a day to be proud of Olympia, the fellowship that brings us together and the goal we accomplish. It's thrilling, breathtaking, moving...and downright fun.
We hope you'll join us in helping bring smiles to children's faces at Christmas. In the meantime, we wish you safe and happy motoring!
The Pete Lea's Automotive family is proud to support The Olympia Toy Run by placing a donation box in our lobby. Please come by and donate and new toy for the kids! Toy donations will be excepted until December 11th, 2019. Thank you from our family to yours.
To any of our customers who are planning a road trip/getaway within the last few weeks of summer, please be aware that we are currently booking about 1 week out for certain services. We are trying the best we can to get the work done quickly and efficiently to better accommodate you and your family's schedule. Please keep in mind we have three full time mechanics in the shop and that is all. Pete is our only Vanagon/Bug repair mechanic as he knows these things inside and out. Pete himself is booked a little bit further in advance. Thank you for your understanding and hope you have a great rest of your summer!
We are so excited to be judging the McCleary Bear Festival Car Show. July 8, 2018
Their Facebook event page is found here -->
Anyone have a car to enter? Feel free to fill out the application found at:
Hope to see a few customers out and about!
With such a variety at your local auto parts stores, it can be very easy to pick up the wrong type of engine oil. The good news is for most vehicles, you can find the right oil at your local auto parts store unless you have a newer, luxury or high performance vehicle.
Choosing the correct oil is very important and sometimes even crucial to European and newer Japanese vehicles. There's a few different factors that make this decision so important.
-Anti Wear Agents
Not all oils that claim to meet these specifications are correct though!
Every so often, the manufacturers will release what's called an "Approved Oil List". These are oils that the manufacturer themselves consider to meet their specifications. This is especially important for newer vehicles that still can be covered by warranty.
Thankfully, there's not as many choices with coolant. However, the coolant that your vehicle takes is most likely not found at your local auto parts store. So far, the only coolant sold at
Each vehicle manufacturer has a certain coolant they use due to additives in the coolant. It is important to try not to mix colors or use just water as it can cause issues such as rust build up, overheating, and premature failure on cooling system parts.
Generally speaking these vehicles take this type of coolant:
VW/Audi- Dependent on year, Phosphate Free Coolant G12 Spec (Pink/Violet Coolant)
Subaru- Dependent on the year they use either regular green, long life blue with Subaru additive, or long life green with Subaru additive
Toyota- Dependent on the year, Toyota Long Life (Red) or green
BMW&Volvo- Dependent on year, Ethylene Glycol long-term Antifreeze (Blue)
Always be sure to check your owner's manual or contact your mechanic to see which type of coolant you should be running in your system.
Surprising as it may be, power steering fluid also has different specifications.
Hondas require Honda only power steering fluid
VW have a few different fluid depending on the year, check your owner's manual or contact your mechanic to see which type of power steering fluid you should be using
Some vehicles even take Automatic Transmission Fluid!
Using the correct power steering fluid prevents premature power steering component failure such as the power steering pump and even the rack.
Automatic Transmission Fluid generally changes between vehicle models even if it's the same manufacturer. This is due to different transmissions being used in different vehicles. It's best to check your owner's manual or contact your mechanic to find out what type of automatic transmission fluid you should be using in your vehicle.
Manual Transmission Fluid, generally speaking, is 75W-90 (also same weight for gear oil).
However, this also changes depending on the manufacturer and transmission used. Some manual transmissions require a higher performance fluid which has extra additives and some require a different viscosity. Always check your owner's manual or with your mechanic to ensure you're using the correct fluid.
We decided to start up a blog because quite honestly; every day we have something to post, brag, or laugh about here at Pete Lea's. We'll be posting things such as: things you need to know about your vehicle, a few DIY's, mechanic memes, events, and if we get a car that pretty much blew up (and get the okay from the owner to post) it will be on here.
We will not be posting daily; we are a bit too busy for that, but instead once or twice a week.
If you have a topic or question you'd like answered on the blog, feel free to e-mail us or comment on one of the blog posts.
You pretty much get to see how our week is going without actually having to stop by...so Welcome!