Tire Pressure

January 29, 2018

Proper Care for the Tires

The easiest way to care for your tires is to check the air pressure regularly. All you need to do is have a gauge and take a read out of the psi in each tire. This should be done on a regular basis, especially in the winter. If the tires lose air on a regular basis, make sure to check them at least once a week. The air temperature will affect what the air pressure is inside of the tire. Cold air will shrink particles and make them smaller, as if the tire is under inflated and needing air. To fix the problem, you need access to an air compressor. Simply add air to the tire until it reads out at the correct pressure for your make and model of tire. When you do not have an air compressor in the garage, you can bring the vehicle in and we can fill the tires for you. It only takes a few minutes to replace the air in the tire, but it can add hundreds of miles of life to your tires.   The tires also need to be rotated at regular intervals. The tires wear in a certain pattern as the vehicle goes down the road. In order to make the tires even all the way across the tread, they need to be moved to the back of the car and to the opposite side. The tires in the back need to be moved up to the front and switched sides as well. The tires also need to be kept in balance in order to be even. Traveling over bumpy roads can knock a tire out of balance. Driving with a slight pull to the right or the left could indicate the vehicle should be brought in. Aligning your tires is done on a machine in our shop where they are measured. Tires are marked with positive or negative degrees and need to be as close together as possible to be aligned.   If you notice any issues with the tires, like bulges or damage, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. By doing so, you can help to ensure the tires are in the best condition possible and your vehicle will be reliable this winter.  
September 7, 2017

Improve the Visibility when you Drive

  The first thing to check is the windshield. The windshield should be clean and clear of any bugs or road grime that could be on it. Also check for any cracks or divots that could be on the windshield. These could impair your visibility when you drive. If there is a crack, even a small one, it is important to have it fixed before it becomes larger and you may need to replace the entire windshield. Also check the side windows and the rear windshield.   Also check the windshield wipers. If your vehicle has a wiper for the rear windshield, that should be inspected as well. Check the blade for any rips or tears. Ideally the windshield wipers should be changed twice a year. This would be after winter and after the summer months. If you notice the windshield wipers chatter or vibrate on the windshield, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect them for you. Having a good pair of windshield wipers will help remove precipitation, road grime, bugs, and other debris from the windows to improve the visibility.   The headlights and taillights will also need to be inspected on your vehicle. This is especially important for any nighttime driving you do. Not only does it improve your visibility, but it also helps others to see where you are. The blinkers should also be inspected to ensure they work. This will help avoid an accident because those around you will know which direction you will be turning. If the headlights are dim or do not illuminated the road properly, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the bulb and also the alignment of the lights. By doing so, you have improved visibility as you drive.
July 28, 2017

How to Keep your Tires in Great Condition

      The tires take the majority of the force when you hit bumps, objects, or potholes in the road. Even the smallest of potholes can create a large problem. Also, you can reduce the chance of damaging your tires by avoiding debris that can be on the road. Hitting something large can cause the sides of your tires to bulge. If you notice a bulge, it is important to bring it in, because a bulge that goes ignored can cause a blowout if it is not repaired. Even if you run over a small object, you should inspect your tires for possible damage, just to be sure.       Checking your tread depth is an easy process. The tread should never fall below 1/16 of an inch in depth. Taking a penny and placing it in the tread can determine the tread condition. Take the penny so the top of Lincoln’s head is showing, and place it so the top of Lincoln’s head is in the tire’s tread. If any part of the head is covered by the tread, you still have adequate tread on your tire. If you can see the top of his head, which means the tire tread has worn down, you should get the tires replaced soon. Also make sure to look for cracks or cuts that are distinct enough to be visible. Also remember to look for bulges or blisters that may form on the outer surface of the tire. This may lead to a blow out when you are traveling, something we should always try to avoid.       Always make sure to check the tire pressure on a regular basis. In addition, also make sure to check it before you travel long distances. This is a quick and easy check that can reduce the chance for tire stress and any irregular wear. You can also help to expand the life of your tires by having good driving habits. Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns while you are driving. It also helps to not speed because excessive heat is generated at higher speeds when you drive, and will increase the rate of tire wear. If you notice an issue with the tires, make sure to contact us and schedule an appointment.  
June 16, 2017

Why Regular Auto Repair is Important

  All owners should have a regular auto repair schedule to ensure that all components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. An auto repair schedule also helps to catch any premature wear and tear on your vehicle. When performing any type of auto repair on your own there are certain aspects of your vehicle that should not be overlooked. Be sure and check your oil, transmissions fluid, and fuel filter on a regular basis for any clogs or leaks. These filters keep the fluids running through the vehicle cleanly and without harmful contaminants. Having a dirty air filter is another aspect on auto repair you should not disregard. A dirty air filter will slow you down and force you to use more fuel. Always be sure and check your oil level during this process too. Your engine oil should be changed every three months or 3,000 miles for the best results.   While there are some things you can fix on the vehicle yourself, it is always best to have a professional do these. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working properly with one another when you drive. If you happened to notice a sign of a problem starting to form, make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run when it would be time to repair or replace the part. Ignoring the issue can increase the chance that other parts will start to fail.   There are different types of oil for different situations. Older cars might use a thicker oil to help fill the gaps where thin oil may otherwise seep through and cause the oil to become lost. Do not ignore your fuel filter because it will become plugged up. If the plug continues, the filter may get to where it will not work anymore and you can end of up harmful substances in your fuel system. This will slow your vehicle down and even cause you to break down. You should also flush your cooling system instead of draining it once a year. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the right schedule for your vehicle.