A regular health check is essential to maintain the safety of your car, and spot any problems that may arise from time to time. It is highly advisable that you run a standard test of various vital mechanical elements of your car periodically. Also, it ensures the best chance of your survival in an accident. Regular health checks can spot problems as soon as they become apparent. They also help you save on the mechanic’s bill.
Periodical health checks also ensure that your car is in top roadworthy condition. They minimize the chance of mechanical failure whilst you are driving. The most basic check you should conduct is a break test. Before testing the brakes ensure that you are safely ahead of any cars behind. Then apply relatively firm pressure to the breaks. This would help you get a feel of the responsiveness of the break pads. If you find that breaking is getting slightly sluggish, there can be considerable erosion of the break pads. In this case, it ...[more]
Check your battery. Cold weather is tough on your car’s battery. The chemical reactions required to generate power in a car battery slow down in extremely cold temperatures. At 5 degrees F, a fully charged lead-acid battery has only half its rated amp-hour capacity. On top of that, during cold weather, your engine requires more current from the battery in order to get the engine started. Combine less power output with more power requirements and you get a car that won’t start on a cold winter morning. So have a mechanic run a battery load test to see if you need to replace the battery. Even if you don’t, he’ll check for and clean up any corrosion he finds on your posts and connections. The mechanic might also fill your battery with distilled water if needed.
Change your wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid. You need to see the road to drive safely, but the build-up of winter precipitation and salt on your windshield can greatly reduce visibi ...[more]Read More
Improper tire inflation is the single most important factor that causes uneven tire wear. Tire wear will happen naturally thanks to friction that happens during driving, and it's this friction that makes it possible to drive at all. In the absence of friction (e.g., when attempting to drive on an icy surface) your car will not move. Tires are designed to create friction, which produces the force necessary to propel your car, and over time this friction contributes to tire wear.
There are three easy steps to inspecting your tires: Look, Feel, and Test. First, visually inspect all of your tires. Second, feel the tread by hand to detect wear such as cupping, scalloped dips on the edge of the tire, and feathering, treads with a rounded edge on one side and a sharp edge on the other. Finally, test all four tires with a tire pressure gauge for proper inflation. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge for a few bucks at any auto parts store.
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What's the Big Deal about Tires?
"Yes, my car has tires. So what? They're black, round, and on the bottom of my car!"
The above about sums up what the majority of consumers understand about automobile tires. Many car owners think of tires only when they create trouble, such as flats, vibrations, and other problems. So, what is the big deal about tires? To put it bluntly, your life is riding on them. Tires are one of the most important components on your car. No matter how much time and money went into engineering the ride, handling, and safety of your automobile, it all means nothing without good tires. A problem with your tires affects all these things. To sum it up, at sixty five miles per hour in heavy traffic, your tires are the last thing between you and the hard surface of the road. Here are a few straightforward, easy to understand, safety tips that every car owner can use to assure your tires are in a safe condition when pull ...[more]Read More
What You Need to Know Before You Buy New Tires for Your Car
No matter how much you want to scrimp and save, the time will come when you will need to buy new tires for your car. You may, in fact, have to buy new tires several times throughout the life of your car because even the most expensive new tires of the highest quality cannot last as long as your car. Even new tires eventually become worn and no longer usable even if you do your best in maintaining them.
How do you know exactly when you need to buy new tires? This depends on a lot of factors and cannot be pegged on a single time period. The life of new tires will be affected by the type of the tires, the type of car they are used for, the driving style used and road and weather conditions in which they are used. Basically, it is how these factors affect the new tires’ treads that matters. It is mandated by federal law that as soon as the tire’s tread depth measures 2/32 of an inch, ...[more]Read More
The installation of winter snow tires is probably the first on anyone’s car winterization checklist. However, a lot of us are not familiar with how to choose the perfect snow tires for our cars. Of course, getting snow tires for your vehicle is not as simple as going to the tire shop and picking the first four tires that you see. Instead, there are several factors that must be considered to make sure that snow tires you will buy are the ones that you actually need.
How do I know if it is a snow tire anyway?
You can know whether a tire is built for snowy roads if the tires’ side walls are printed with a logo that shows a snow flake that is surrounded by the outline of a mountain with three peaks, with middle peak being the highest. Upon seeing this symbol, you can be sure that that particular tire is a snow tire. After this, the next criterion must be considered.
Okay, so they’re snow tires, now how do I choose among them?
Even with all the technological advances that the automobile industry has developed to make vehicles safer and more secure, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed since the days of the Ford Model A: tires are the only parts that touch the road.
That means that tires are still the some of the most important components of your vehicle. And that means that regular tire maintenance during a speedy oil change is one of the best ways to make sure that your automobile is operating in as safe a manner as possible.
But you’ve probably heard all that before from your speedy oil change technician. And you’ve probably heard from that speedy oil change technician that rotating your tires regularly is essential to keeping your tires running at the optimal level. Getting regular tire rotations is an easy maintenance procedure that can be done during a speedy oil change and can help a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, increase the level of safety, and ...[more]Read More
When you are driving around in your car, four things greatly impact your safety, your tires. And, unless you are lucky enough to live in the tropics, it's pretty likely that the seasons change where you're driving, bringing with them a shift in driving conditions. By purchasing a good set of all season tires you can avoid accidents and even save your own life! Good all season tires kept in good repair will keep your car hugging those curves and stopping on a dime, so it is of utmost importance that you acquire a set and maintain them properly.
To maintain your tires properly, you need to do more than simply replace them as their treads begin to wear down. Tire maintenance requires more than this of you, but nothing that is too strenuous once you understand what needs to be done. You have to rotate your all season tires as often as needed, so that the tires do not wear unevenly and maintain enough traction to ensure a sage ride. You should also drive in a way th ...[more]Read More
It may be easy to simply place a penny into the tread of your tire to determine the approximate time of replacing tires but it should not be taken lightly.
This particular penny method to determine tread depth test has been used for years and is widely known as a popular technique to determine a rough estimation of when to replace car tires. The way to determine this is to see if the tread wear falls below the top of the head of the face on the penny. If so, it is time to replace your vehicles' tires for not just one, but all four of your rims.
The ability of a driver to adequately control their car really is dependent on the traction between the surface of the road and the tread of their tires. Contrary to popular believe, tires do not need fancy tread designs or even a lot of tread depth to provide adequate traction on dry road conditions. One good example of this is the 'racing slicks' utilized on stock cars and open-wheel race cars, for profe ...[more]Read More
Anyone that owns a car knows that tires can be expensive. This is especially so for vehicles that require a special kind of tire, or trucks that have larger tires. Having to take your vehicle in to have new tires put on can be a costly endeavor, when you take into consideration the cost of the tires themselves as well as the price you have to pay for the labor of having them put on.
Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the amount of wear that is placed on your tires and extend the driving time you will get from them. Practicing a few simple habits will greatly help to improve the life of your tires and reduce the need for continually having your tires changed.
One of the most important things that you need to do to reduce tire wear on your vehicle is to keep tires properly inflated. All tires come with a recommended tire pressure. If you are unsure of what this pressure is, or whether you need to use a different tire pressure, you can ask ...[more]