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Don’t Skip These Preventive Maintenance Items

May 10th, 2017

Taking care of your vehicle is a lot like taking care of your own health. Everyone knows that it’s better to address a problem either before it starts or when it’s still at Stage 1, rather than waiting until it’s at Stage 5 and it’s a lot more complex and expensive to fix. These are all preventive maintenance items you shouldn’t just blow off when it comes to your vehicle:

Car MaintenanceOil changes: Just like your dad told you, make sure you have that oil changed at regular intervals. Oil changes mean that the inside of your engine stays free of carbon or sludge buildups, and a clean engine means a reduction in wear and a longer service life. Conventional oil should be changed about every 5,000 miles, while synthetic oil can go 10-12,000 miles (ch ...[more]

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Winter Tires -- Yes or No?

December 17th, 2016
You know that we can get some crazy weather in Tennessee during the winter. Ever considered winter tires?
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A Brief Explanation of Tire Information

December 15th, 2016

Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We’d like to break it down for you.

Let’s take for instance, “P195/60R15 87S”. This is a full service description of a tire.

In this case, “87S” denotes a tire’s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity – an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars and are rated as high as 186 mph.

As for the rest of the information:Tire

--“P” denotes Passenger Tire

--195 is the tire’s width from s ...[more]

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Winter's Almost Here -- Is Your Car Ready/

November 27th, 2016
You know winters in Tennessee can be tough and can put a lot of stress on your car's systems.The right maintenance, however, can give your vehicle a leg up on getting through winter with no issues.
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What To Do With Those Old Tires

November 10th, 2016

Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for “green” construction.

But what can you do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:

--Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kidsTire swing

--Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing

--Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter

--Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning

--Bolt two tires toget ...[more]

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How's Your Battery Doing?

August 22nd, 2016
What kind of shape is your battery in? Don't let yourself get stranded!
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Announcing American Tire Company's Brake Repair Special!

July 25th, 2016
Don't pay too much for brake repair -- come see us!
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So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 16th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden m ...[more]

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Manufacturer Recalls -- Is Your Car On One?

May 31st, 2016
It's not always easy to find out about manufacturer's recalls, but it's important information to know. Is your vehicle on a recall list?
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