November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?
• Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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Posted in: Auto Repair 101
November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss.
• All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions.
• All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound th ...[more]
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Posted in: Tire 101
November 10th, 2015
You’ve seen them on trucks, SUVs and even police Crown Vics…grille guards and push bars out in front of the front bumper, protecting the grille, radiator and headlights from potential impacts. In a low-speed collision or in the event of hitting a deer, they can definitely help protect everything up front. There are a few different styles and options to choose from when it comes to grille guards:
- Full Grille Guards extend across the entire front end of the vehicle, including the headlights. Typically, these grille guards have two strong vertical members on either side of the grille itself, with loop tubing around the headlights and horizontal bars to provide protection. These are popular for off-roaders, as they protect the headlights from bra ...[more]
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