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Yearly Archives: 2021

Time For New Tires? Check Your Tread!

Time For New Tires? Check Your Tread!

  Has the time come for new tires? When deciding if you need new tires, tread wear is the strongest indicator to look at. Our team of professionals is without exception here to examine your tires to determine whether or not a new set of wheels is the right option for you and your vehicle.    Tread wear is an essential indication of your tire’s health and ensuring your safety. If your tire tread is worn out, then your vehicle can respond poorly in wet weather conditions. You will need good treads to ensure that your wheels are gripping the surface of the road appropriately. Overworn tracks can also lead to premature wear on other parts of the car.    Penny/Lincoln Test   Fortunately, there is a very straightforward and easy test to run right at home, and it all begins with a penny. Simply position the penny on the grooves of your tire, and if the tread hides any part of Lincoln’s head, your tires are in good shape. If not, your tires are ... read more

What are the Benefits of a Radiator Flush?

What are the Benefits of a Radiator Flush?

Many people ask "what are the benefits of a radiator flush?". A radiator flush usually takes care of three things. First, it takes care of internal dirt and clogging that forms at the rear drain pipes of your cooling system. Second, it takes care of corrosion deposits that build upon the pipes leading to your radiator. Lastly, it takes care of any excess water build-up that can damage the radiator. By taking care of these three things, you will extend the life and usefulness of your radiator and cooling system. Internal dirt and clogging occur when the metal starts to form inside the pipe where it meets the engine block. As time passes and you use your car more, rust and dirt become trapped in these areas. When you take care of this, you help keep your radiator from overheating and burning up while you are driving your vehicle. This helps to extend the life of your radiator as well as your engine. Another benefit of having your radiator flushed is that you will prevent corr ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance? You probably have heard the term 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance when buying a new car. The name comes from the general maintenance schedule of any vehicle where maintenance is required every 30,000 miles. Therefore, these numbers denote the number of miles at which the maintenance must be done. However, the actual miles may vary from one model to another and depending on its build. Why Is It Important To Keep With the Maintenance Schedule? You should honor the maintenance schedule for the following reasons: • Your manufacturer warranty is dependent on it. Most manufacturers do not honor the warranty if you do not follow the scheduled maintenance program. • Regular maintenance may help save you thousands in repair costs as the vehicle does not get to the point of breaking down. • It extends the value of the vehicle. The reason is that the vehicle runs optimally for longer when it is well-maintai ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Timing Chain?

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Timing Chain?

If your vehicle's engine has been misfiring, or your car's generally been running rough, the timing chain could be to blame. It's important to pay attention to the sounds your car makes on a day-to-day basis. As with our health, preventative care is key to a safe, smooth running car. If you're unsure where to start, check your vehicle's maintenance guide, or take it to a qualified mechanic for an inspection. Below, we'll cover the signs that your timing chain may be malfunctioning, or need to be replaced altogether. Oil changes should be performed anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000-7500 miles, depending on your vehicle. If the mechanic changing your oil notices metal pieces in your old oil, you may be looking at a timing chain issue. Metal shavings in your oil are a telltale sign that your timing chain is starting to fail, and and that there is some serious wear on your cylinder hardware. Although it may be easy to dismiss an extra add-on's during an oil change ... read more

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

How Long Do Shock Absorbers Last?

You might not see them, but the shock absorbers in your car are likely your best friend. If you don't believe that statement, just try going over a bumpy road without properly working shock absorbers. Your back would almost certainly be screaming at you for days after that. Because of this, you will want to make sure you replace these essential parts when they have exceeded their life expectancy. With that in mind, you might be wondering how long shock absorbers are designed to last in the first place. The Answer Several factors determine how long your shock absorbers will last. It depends on how often you drive, over what type of terrain, and the quality of the parts that you have installed in the first place. This is why a mechanic would be hard-pressed to tell you exactly how long your shock absorbers will last you. If you keep your shock absorbers adequately maintained and ensure that fluid does not leak out of them, most manufacturers estimate that they will last you for roug ... read more

When was the last time your tires were rotated and balanced?

When was the last time your tires were rotated and balanced?

When it comes to vehicle components, your tires rank pretty high. You can't get where you're going without strong, durable tires, which means you need to prioritize tire maintenance and an eventual replacement as required. While the cost of getting all new tires may give you a bit of sticker shock, one of the best ways to prolong the life of your tires is to commit to routine tire rotation and balancing. This is true for both new cars and older models. So, the first thing to ask yourself is how long has it been since your last tire rotation and balancing service? Tire specialists and auto manufacturers recommend rotating and balancing tires with every seven thousand miles give or take. This number may vary slightly based on the size of your vehicle and its tires. Next, it's important to understand what these two services accomplish and how they differ. Tire rotation is when the mechanic takes the wheels off and replaces them front to back and right side to left side. Thi ... read more

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