December 31st, 2015
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires.
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handling, steering response and road manners that rival grand touri ...[more]
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December 17th, 2015
If you’re past “a certain age,” you might remember when gas was $1.50 per gallon, or $1.00 per gallon, or 59 cents, or what-have-you…but the truth is that everything has gotten more expensive. After all, when gas was $1.00 per gallon, a nicely tricked-out Chevrolet Caprice Classic was selling for about $6,000 brand new.
Now that we’re well into the 21st century, gas prices are likely to fluctuate, but one thing’s for sure: gas is likely to never be “cheap” again. We know that everyone’s trying to get a little more out of every dollar, and whether you’re driving a big SUV or a subcompact, there are things you can do to help your vehicle’s fuel economy:
December 3rd, 2015
There’s not much about winter driving that is kind to your vehicle. Here are some ways to make winter’s bite a little less painful to your car:
- Check your vehicle for buildups of leaves, twigs and other debris. This is a pretty common problem on cars that aren’t driven regularly – as this stuff decomposes, it can lead to corrosion and leaks. Get a good look at the cowling and air plenum at the base of your windshield, as well as trunk seals, the gasket for your sunroof and other spots. Don’t let your car turn into a compost!
- Have you checked your wipers lately? Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year; friction, the sun’s UV rays and the elements just take their toll on them. If you&rsqu ...[more]
Tags: auto repair, oil changes, brake repair, winter auto repair, preventive maintenance, wheel alignments
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]
Tags: car maintenance, auto repair, winter driving, engine maintenance, heating repair, auto services, preventative maintenance service, winter
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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November 3rd, 2015
You’re headed to work, everything’s going along fine and you’re thinking about the day ahead…then you step on the brake pedal, it goes all the way to the floor and nothing happens. Your vehicle doesn’t even slow down a little. What do you do?
Total brake failure isn’t a scenario that happens very often, but it’s still possible. Something like a failed brake line could result in zero braking ability. Here are a couple of ways to handle it:
- Downshift right away. Putting the vehicle in a lower gear, whether you have an automatic or manual transmission, will allow the drivetrain and engine to slow the car down. Don’t worry about your transmission right now – you’ll have m ...[more]
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October 29th, 2015
Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn’t get much respect.
Today, a lot of vehicles don’t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little “donut” space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded…
Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn’t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are p ...[more]
October 27th, 2015
Since the 1950s, trucking companies, railroads and other operators have been using laboratory analysis of used motor oil to monitor engine health. Today, it’s key to the maintenance plans of manufacturing plants, power stations, processing plants and much more. Any piece of equipment that uses oil and has a lubricating system can be a candidate for oil analysis.
Why is Oil Condition So Important?
Normal wear will generate tiny flakes of metal and other particles from contact. Lubricating oil, then, can be considered a diagnostic medium since it carries these particles; abnormal wear such as corrosion or abrasion will increase the number of particles suspended in the oil. Contaminants can be detected as well; for experts, detailed a ...[more]
Tags: auto repair, oil change, oil changes, motor oil, auto maintenance, vehicle repair, services, oil changes Nashville TN
October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready?
• Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of
Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly.
• Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or ...[more]
Tags: car maintenance, auto repair, preventative flush service, winter driving, engine maintenance, auto service, winter
September 30th, 2015
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle:
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
Every 5,000 Miles
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