Proper Tire Pressure

September 7, 2017

Checking the Tires for Dry Rot

One issue that the tires could face is dry rot. Dry rot is a common problem affecting a sizable number of vehicle tires. If you are worried about your tires getting dry rot, there are a few things you can do in order to prevent or reduce the chance of this happening. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If they need to be replaced, we can advise you on the options you have to ensure the tires are in good condition.   While a regular amount of sun exposure should not do any harm to your tires, excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays is among the most common causes of dry rot in car tires, as well as a number of other rubber-based objects. With that in mind, it is recommended that you park your vehicle in well-shaded areas whenever possible, particularly if it is warmer out or the summer. If you have no choice but to park your car in a sun-heavy area, you may want to invest in a car cover that protects the entire vehicle. This can protect the tires, paint, and interior of the vehicle.   In addition to being careful about where you park your vehicle, apply tire protector monthly to shield your tires from dry rot-causing ultraviolet rays. Purchase a water-based protector. Although application instructions may vary slightly depending on the brand, most protectors can be applied to tires with the aid of a cloth. Again, they are most effective when administered on a monthly basis.   No matter what issue your vehicle might have, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By having the issue fixed at the first sign, you can help reduce the chance of further damage, as well as a costly repair bill. It is also important to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. No matter if it is something out of the norm that you hear, smell, or notice, the vehicle should be brought in for maintenance. This way we can inspect it and advise you on the options you have. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.  
October 13, 2016

When you may need a New Set of Tires

Having a safe and reliable vehicle is important. The condition of tires plays a critical role in vehicle safety. Tires take a beating every time you drive, so it is vital that you know the signs that it is time to replace them. There are some warning indications that should not be ignored. Worn Tread If you want to avoid an unnecessary accident or breakdown, replace tires when tread reach 1/16 of an inch or less. You can easily measure tread depth with a penny, so check your tires frequently. Put Lincoln down, head-first all the way into the tread. If you can still see his entire head, there is not enough tread remaining on the tire. Tread Wear Indicators Visible New tires often have build-in tread wear indicator bars that make judging your tire condition easier. When tires are new, you probably will not notice the bars at all. As the tires wear with use, you will start to see flat rubber bars running opposite to the tread direction. When the tread becomes too worn for safety, you can clearly see one or two of these bars on the tires. Inspect Sidewalls Damage to a tire’s sidewall can result in leaks or failure, so it is important to perform visual inspections periodically, especially on older tires. Check for cracks, grooves, or what look like cuts on the sidewalls. If you find any damage, replace the tires to reduce the chance of an accident occurring with them. Blisters or Bulges These flaws tell you that a tire’s outer rubber surface is weakening, which means it is time for a replacement. These weak areas are more likely to give way when you are driving at high speeds. This can increase your chance of an accident occurring when you drive. Vibrations Vibrations in the wheel while you are driving can be caused by a number of problems, and worn tires are just one. Getting the source of the vibration diagnosed and resolved is important to your safety, and it can prolong the useful life of your tires too. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.  
August 22, 2016

Regular Maintenance in the Summer

  You should always be aware what condition your vehicle is in. If you notice any sounds or odd noises, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. Squealing or squeaking noises are typically a sign of an issue. If they are ignored, it could lead to further issues in the long run. Grinding noises should also be taken seriously. This could indicate an issue with the brake system of your vehicle. It could mean that the brake pads have worn down and now affect the brake rotors. If this is ignored, it could end up in a costly repair bill.   The tires should have proper air pressure in them. This recommended amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. The right amount can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. It is important to check the air pressure regularly, especially in the winter. When checking the air pressure, also make sure to check the condition of the tires. Make sure they are free from any cracks or puncture marks in the sidewall or tread. This can help to prevent an air leak from happening. Also be sure to check the tread. The tread of the tires is important because it is what helps to grip the road. If the tire has poor tread, it could result in poor handling of the vehicle.   Having a vehicle properly maintained can save you money in the long run. This is because the vehicle can be inspected thoroughly for any damages or issues it might have. Maintaining the vehicle can help prevent larger issues or costly repair bills from happening. Catching an issue at the first sign can help you prevent further problems in the long run.
June 9, 2016

Keep your Vehicle Long Lasting

  You will want to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible this summer. If you neglect your vehicle, it could mean higher costs and repair bills in the future. By following a routine maintenance schedule, you can help prevent issues from developing and causing damage to your vehicle. There are also some maintenance procedures that you can do in order to keep your operating at top performance levels. Make sure to check all the fluids in your vehicle, including the engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission fluid. You will want to make sure that the belts and hoses are also in great condition. Make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, or loose. If they are showing any signs of wear, it is important to have them replaced quickly so you avoid any damage or breakdown. Check the battery as well. It should be clean and corrosion free. If you notice it is dirty and covered in corrosion, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. The brake system should also be inspected. This will include the brake linings, rotors and drums. Along with the brakes, the tires should be checked to ensure they have proper air pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to maintain a safe and reliable ride this summer.
April 8, 2016

What to Know about Potholes

      In the spring, the roads may seem like they are clean and clear, but did you know there can be an increase in potholes? Potholes are formed when water makes its way into the ground. Once there, the cold winter temperatures cause it to freeze, which also results in expansion that shifts the pavement around. When the water thaws and vehicles running over the spot, it will result in the pavement being pushed down into the hole caused by the freezing and thawing, thus forming a pothole.     While it is best to go over potholes slowly, you should avoid braking right before you hit one. This will likely cause your vehicle to nosedive right as you hit it, which can increase the amount of damage that can occur. You should also make sure to let off of your brakes right before your tire comes in contact with the hole as well. This will help your vehicle absorb more of the blow, rather than the brunt being solely on the tire and brake.     If you do hit a pothole, make sure to check for damage as soon as you can. If you notice something, it is better to have the issue fixed before it becomes worse. Schedule an appointment with us and we can inspect the vehicle to ensure it is in the best driving condition possible.