Towing a Trailer with your Vehicle

Towing

Before fishing season opener, now is a great time to inspect your vehicle and trailer that you will be towing. There are several parts and components that you will want to check on it. Doing so will help to ensure that the vehicle is ready for you to drive. The tires are an important part that you will need to inspect them regularly for your vehicle. Make sure that the tires are always inflated to the correct amount needed. You can find this in the vehicle owner’s manual, or we can advise you on it. Tires need to have the proper inflation, otherwise they are more prone to blowing out or picking up a nail. read more

Keeping your Car in the Best Condition

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When you own a vehicle, you will want it to last as long as possible. The best way to help ensure this is to make sure you bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. We will look at all the parts and components of the vehicle if there is an issue. If you do notice anything out of the norm of your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring it in. By noticing an issue and fixing it as soon as possible, you can help prevent a costly repair bill as well.

Car Wash

After winter, you will want to get your car washed. This will help to remove any buildup of road grime, salt, and other pollutants. During the winter, the salt is put down in order to help remove the ice from the surface of the road. It can then get under your vehicle. As it sits there, it can start to eat away at the frame and cause rust to your vehicle. In order to keep everything in proper condition, having the car washed can help remove this. Also make sure to look for a car wash that has an undercarriage wash, so it removes the gunk from under the vehicle as well. read more

Tire Care is Important

The tires on your vehicle should be in the best condition possible. Doing so will ensure they will operate and rotate correctly. If you are not sure about how often the tires of your vehicle should be maintained, contact us. Depending on your make and model, and also the tires, that can determine when maintenance is needed. You can also check the owner’s manual or also the manufacturer’s recommendation. This will help to ensure the tires are always in the best condition by having proper maintenance done to them. read more

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

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

Tires, Dale Feste Automotive, Hopkins MN

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