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Monthly Archives: January 2018

4 Warning Signs of Bad Wheel Alignment!

4 Warning Signs of Bad Wheel Alignment!

When your car rolled off the assembly line, it came preset with special angles that position your tires correctly. In order for your vehicle to travel the way it's supposed to, it needs precise alignment. However, this is the time of year that roads can be particularly hazardous for your wheels. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through potholes, or even hit a curb, it can cause even the slightest alignment issue. The correct car alignment ensures optimal drivability by keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. It helps your tires last longer and your vehicle drive smoother. Plus, your car will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving you money on fuel. What are the 4 Signs of a Bad Wheel Alignment? Vehicle pulling to the left or right Uneven or rapid tire we ... read more

How To Tell If Your Car Struts Are Bad

How To Tell If Your Car Struts Are Bad

Car struts, aka car shocks, wear down slowly so it can be difficult to be certain when they are wearing out. There is no set time listed in your owner's manual for replacing car struts. However, there are certain signs you can look for to determine if your car struts are going bad. Some Common Signs of Struts Going Bad: Cupping on your tires caused by uneven wear so that areas of the tread will appear hollowed out. Problems with the vehicle's suspension bushings, which might include peeling, cracking and becoming off-center. Oil is leaking onto other parts of the car. Stopping distances will lengthen or you may nose-dive when stepping on the brakes. A vehicle will sway in crosswinds. Bumps and dips will cause the car to bounce. How Important are Car Struts ... read more

What Does Car Maintenance Include?

What Does Car Maintenance Include?

As a conscientious driver, you may be concerned with understanding what systems of your vehicle should be included in good car maintenance. The answer to the question, "What does car maintenance include?" lists below the following systems that need regular maintenance: Windshield Wiper Blades Battery Brake Pads Accessory Drive Belt Coolant Hoses Air Filter Tires Oil Changes It's important that these items be checked and serviced at regular intervals, sometimes changed when they have been worn sufficiently. Here are some tips to keep your car running at its optimum level. Good vehicle maintenance means your windshield wiper blades should be replaced once or twice a year. If your blades start to shred, or start making unusually loud noises when in use, it may be time ... read more

Wondering How Long Do New Tires Last?

Wondering How Long Do New Tires Last?

Regardless of the Age Of Your Tires - Maintain Them With Regular Tire Service Ever wondered how long do new tires last? The answer is to seek professional tire service and follow basic tire care advice. Neglecting your tires can cause unnecessary damage to the parts of your car and excessive spending of your budget. Auto experts advise drivers to be responsible and have routine maintenance completed for a car or truck's wheels because not only could tire and wheel neglect cause damage, it can also cause dangerous accidents. Protect yourself, your passengers, and other motorists by investing in tire maintenance. Here are a few ways to maintain your automobile's tires, and prevent extra wear and tear: Never drive a damaged tire! A damaged tire may burst at any time, and otherwise will cau ... read more

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