Tires should be Checked in Winter

Tires are important for your vehicle. In order to make sure you have a safe, reliable, and smooth ride, the tires need to be inspected regularly. They should be free from any cracks or puncture marks on them. This can be the first sign that problems may occur later on, when you least expect it.

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Besides inspect the tires, you can also change a few driving habits to help ensure a safer ride. Adding distance between the vehicle in front of you and yourself can allow more time to react if they slam on the brakes or encounter something. It will also give you more distance if you need to stop as well. It is recommended to stay at least three seconds behind someone when driving. That should be doubled or tripled in the case of poor weather. read more

Inspect the Tires on your Vehicle this Winter

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Make sure to inspect the tires on your vehicle regularly this winter. The tread, air pressure, and overall condition are all things to check. A tire’s tread helps it to maintain traction with the road, especially in wet or icy conditions. The specific pattern of the tread determines the conditions for which the tire is best suited. The treads on rain tires are generally V-shaped, allowing them to quickly channel water away from the tire’s driving surface. The rubber on the driving surface of the tires wears off with use, which reduces tread depth over time. read more

What is Dry Rot on the Tires

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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

Some of the Most Overlooked things on your Vehicle

To help keep your vehicle working in the best condition possible, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenances. If you notice anything out of the normal between regular visits, make sure to contact us. This can help prevent a larger issue from forming in the future. By catching an issue at the first sign, you can also help prevent a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed.

The power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your important power steering parts are protected from detrimental corrosion. read more

Inspecting the Air Pressure During Winter

Having the tires at the proper air pressure amount can add several benefits for your vehicle when traveling. Going to regular scheduled maintenances is important. We can inspect parts of the vehicle, such as the tires, to ensure that they are in proper working condition. It is important to have the tires looked at if the tire is going low often. This could be a sign there is an air leak in it somewhere.

By having the correct amount of air in the tires, you can help to improve the handling on the road when you drive. If the tires are over inflated, there will be less contact on the surface of the road. This can lead to poor stability when you drive. It could also mean that the tires would be more prone to pick up sharp objects or debris that might be in the road. Tires that are under inflated have the risk of blowing out. It could also cause the tires to wear unevenly. If the tires are not properly inflated, not only do they have the risk of a driving hazard, but it also could also lead to a high repair bill. This is because the tires may wear out long before they typically should. read more

Importance of Inspecting the Tires

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Keeping your vehicle maintained is important. This can help you to keep it operating efficiently and at top performance levels. Make sure to notice if there are any issues that are starting to form on the vehicle, as this can help to prevent a larger and more serious issue from forming in the future. If other parts start to become damaged, it could end up costing more in a repair bill. Between regular visits, make sure to take the time and inspect some things on the vehicle yourself. This can help you to be aware if these parts, components, or tires are starting to fail. Having the tires in the best condition possible can provide several benefits for the vehicle. read more

Knowing if your Vehicle needs a Front-End Alignment

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The front-end alignment may be needed because ball joints, idler arms, and tie rods will all wear with use. This wear can eventually lead to one or both of the front axles being out of alignment when your vehicle travels down the road.

When the vehicle is driven in normal conditions, the tires should wear evenly across the entire tread. Tires that are too low on air pressure will wear out on the edges. This typically happens on both outer edges at the same time. Tires that have too much air pressure will be worn in the center of the tread. If the tire is out of alignment, it will wear out more on one side than the other. read more

If you Store your Vehicle, Check for any Flat Spots on the Tires

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Keeping your vehicle in the best condition possible is important. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. The tires will need to be inspected. The air pressure should be inspected on each tire. If the tires are under inflated, they can be more prone to blowing out when you drive. They will also wear inconsistently. If the tires are over inflated, they will pick up sharp objects that are on the surface of the road. Checking the tires is important, especially if you do not drive the vehicle often. If you feel a shimmy or other disturbance when you drive the vehicle, it may be the tire. This occurs when there is a flat spot on the tire of your vehicle. read more