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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Posted in: Tire 101
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:
Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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
Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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