November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?
• Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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Posted in: Auto Repair 101
November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss.
• All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions.
• All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound t ...[more]
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Posted in: Tire 101
November 5th, 2015
At some point, you may have heard people refer to “wheel alignments” and “tire alignments.” Is there any difference in the two?
The quick answer to that is: “no.” The two terms are interchangeable with each other, like “wheel balancing” and “tire balancing.”
Now that that’s cleared up, here’s a quick rundown of what wheel alignment means and what it entails.
Your car’s steering and suspension is engineered with the wheels set at very specific angles in relation to each other and to the chassis of the vehicle. Those angles are set for the best possible ride quality, handling and steering response, and that’s h ...[more]
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