'Tis the Season (Tires)

September 24, 2023

We all know about winter tires. But did you know there is such a thing as summer tires? Most people have all-season tires on their vehicles. They work pretty well in a variety of weather conditions. But if you want better handling and performance, you might consider switching to summer tires. ... More

It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Charlie's Fast Lube Poplar Bluff

September 17, 2023

If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Poplar Bluff. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better unde... More

A Turn for the Worse (Using Turn Signals)

September 10, 2023

Distracted driving is bad, you know that. Daydreaming, talking on the cell phone, putting your makeup on in the rear view mirror. All bad. But there's something else that causes more than twice as many accidents, according to a recent study. And that's people who don't use their turn signals.... More

More than Pads and Rotors (Brake Caliper Replacement)

September 3, 2023

You might be familiar with brake pads and rotors, two components of your vehicle's brakes that have to be regularly serviced. Here's another important component of your brakes: the calipers. Calipers are used in disc brakes, the type of brakes now found in most recently manufactured vehicles. A... More

Servicing High Mileage Vehicles at Charlie's Fast Lube Poplar Bluff

August 27, 2023

The price of gas and the uncertain economy are both causing Missouri residents to review their finances. More and more Poplar Bluff drivers are opting to keep their vehicles longer and put off purchasing a newer car. It is estimated that two-thirds of the vehicles on the roads of North America t... More

Hey Poplar Bluff Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

August 20, 2023

Higher Poplar Bluff fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of Poplar Bluff drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of... More

Charlie's Fast Lube Poplar Bluff On Your Serpentine Belt

August 13, 2023

Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Poplar Bluff, Missouri, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery.... More

How Much is Enough for Poplar Bluff Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

August 6, 2023

Most Poplar Bluff drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that bald tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the ... More

Start Me Up (Ignition Systems)

July 30, 2023

When you start up your gasoline engine car, you may not know that it's using the same ignition principles as it has for decades. You have spark plugs that require enough power so a spark can jump across a gap at its tip. Years ago, a vehicle's 12-volt system had to produce 15,000-25,000 volts t... More

Service Center Standard and Procedures

July 23, 2023

All Missouri pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget steps. It is also how they can assure a predictable outcome. That is why Poplar Bluff a... More