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 pr ...[more]
Posted in: Tire 101
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
Posted in: Auto Repair 101
October 5th, 2015
In some cases, your technician might need to replace brake fluid when servicing your car’s brakes. While brake fluid is usually good for years at a time, there are a couple of reasons why that might be the case.
Anytime that the brake system is opened up, such as when a caliper or wheel cylinder is replaced, air is introduced into the brake lines. In these instances, it’s necessary to purge the air from the lines; bubbles of air in the hydraulic fluid of the lines will compromise braking performance. This process is known as “bleeding the brakes.”
Brake bleeding is done one wheel at a time, forcing fluid out and watching closely for bubbles. By the time all four wheels are done, it’s not unusual to add an ...[more]
Posted in: Auto Repair 101
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