What is Dry Rot on the Tires

Dry Rot Tires, Dale Feste Automotive, Hopkins, MN

Dry Rot

Tire dry rot refers to the cracking and splitting that can occur in the sidewalls or treads of rubber tires as the rubber ages and becomes brittle. It is also known as sidewall cracking. Ozone and ultraviolet light are the primary environmental causes of tire dry rot. Tire manufacturers blend chemical ingredients into the tire during the manufacturing process in an effort to combat dry rot caused by ozone and UV exposure. Carbon black is added to the rubber to protect the tires from UV light. Waxes are added to the rubber during tire manufacturing to protect the tire against damage from ozone. If the vehicle is left to sit, the tires may develop dry rot. Make sure to check the tires regularly for any issues they might have. read more

Keeping the Tires in Proper Condition

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Keeping Your Tires in Proper Condition

It is a good idea to check your tire pressure on a consistent basis. Once a month or is a good rule. Some more recent model vehicles have a built in computer that do this for you. A warning will show up when a tire is low on air pressure, and which one is the culprit. You can also purchase an air pressure gauge and keep it in your glove department. Besides checking the air pressure, you can also bring it in and we can inspect the air pressure for you. Proper air pressure in the tires can help them to rotate, as they should. It can also improve the fuel efficiency for the vehicle when you drive. read more

Inspecting the Tires on your Vehicle

There are several things that you will need to check on the tires, and will only take a few minutes. This way you can ensure that the tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have so they are repaired and fixed.

 

The tread is an important part on each tire of the vehicle. Without the tread, the tire would not be able to grip the surface of the road as you drive. When the roads are wet or slick, the tread is what helps the vehicle to drive straight and under control. You can also test the tread depth by just using a penny. All you need to do is place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is not sufficient enough. If you notice that the tread is worn significantly different on each tire, having the tires rotated can be beneficial. If you notice that the vehicle pulls or sways in one direction or the other, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you. read more

The Importance of Safety Inspections

 

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, make sure to go to regular maintenance inspections. This is important because not only can you improve the safety on the vehicle, but it can also be more reliable when you drive. If you notice something out of the norm when you are driving, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can also help prevent further issues from occurring to parts of the vehicle. It can reduce the chance for a costly repair bill in the future as well. Noticing an issue is important so it is fixed in a timely manner. Ignoring the problem can cause further damage to the part, as well as other nearby areas of the vehicle. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for maintenance, we can help to recommend a schedule that is best for your vehicle. read more

Inspecting the Lights on your Vehicle

The lights play an important part for your vehicle. This is what helps you to see when you are driving. If the lights are poor, you increase your chance for an accident. This is because you will not notice where or what might be in the road ahead. By inspecting the lights regularly, you can determine what is ahead of you. If you notice that the lights are dim or no longer aligned properly, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it properly.

 

By having properly working lights, it can also improve the visibility when you are driving. This alerts you to those that are around you, as well as what might be in the road up ahead. By seeing what is ahead of you, it can help to reduce the chance of an accident from occurring. Also make sure that you clean off the windshield of your vehicle so you can see properly. read more

Signs that the Battery is Going Dead

The battery is important for your vehicle because it supplies the power to it. Without the battery, your vehicle will not even start. Also, the engine will not even turn over. Sometimes your battery will just need to be charged. Other times the battery may need to be replaced, because with time and age, the battery has worn out.

The most obvious sign that your battery may be encountering issues is if the battery light illuminates on your dashboard. Most vehicles have a light on the dashboard that will turn on as the battery is becoming faulty or going bad. As the battery nears the end of power it has, the dashboard light will be on constantly, or even be flashing. The battery warning light does not always indicate a battery that is dying. It does however appear when there is a problem with the battery. When this turns on, you should bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect the vehicle as well as the battery. read more

Improving the Fuel Efficiency When you Drive

Owning a vehicle can be a big investment. It then makes sense for the vehicle to be taken care of properly. The best way to do this is bring the vehicle in for regular maintenances. We can check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they are working the best that they can. Making sure the parts are operating and wearing, as they should, will help you prolong the life of your vehicle, as well as working at top performance levels.

Besides going to regular maintenances, there are some parts you can check yourself. This is important because you can notice if a part is starting to fail. This can include the tires, hoses, belts, or even an increase in how fast the fluid levels go down. If you notice a fluid level that decreases more quickly than other fluid levels, it could mean that there is a leak in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect the fluids and systems for you. Any odd sound or smell you notice should be taken seriously as well. If there is a grinding noise or screeching noise, it may mean that parts are wearing poorly with one another. read more

Inspect the Heater for your Vehicle

In the winter you will want a nice, warm vehicle to drive. If you notice an issue with the heat temperature or amount being produced, it could be caused by a poor heating core. This is a component of the engine that is part of the cooling system under the hood. The heater core allows the heater and defrost to function. Not only does it help to warm the vehicle internally, but it also helps to prevent the vehicle from overheating. If you notice the temperature gauge going up on the dashboard, one issue could be the heating core. read more

Signs a New Transmission is Needed

Everyone relies heavily on their vehicle, but an unexpected repair can be a major inconvenience as we as cost. Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary to ensure that your vehicle is running correctly and efficiently.

The transmission generates power to your tires. It also controls how much of that power is available at anytime. It is mostly responsible for adapting how much power gets to the drive wheels, which are important for starting the vehicle, stopping, and also traveling at all speeds. A transmission keeps the engine’s output optimally matched to the speed and the load conditions of your vehicle. Connected to the transmission is the torque converter. This assists in the flow of the engine’s torque into the transmission. The transmission fluid cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force and pressure, and protects the transmission from buildup of any kind. read more

Reasons why a Battery Loses Charge

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On occasion, your vehicle’s battery will suddenly lose charge. Sometimes it will gradually begin to weaken and have signs that will be noticeable. Having the battery inspected can help you to know the condition it is in. That way you can help to avoid a possible dead battery when you need it the most. If your vehicle’s battery is starting to lose power, it may be from a number of things. It is important to go to scheduled maintenances regularly so we can inspect it for you. In between visits, you may start to notice how your vehicle is handling or sounds. read more