The tires are the backbone of your car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to get anywhere! Because these four components are so important to your vehicle, it is important you diligently keep track of their state and service your vehicle when necessary. In order to prevent a tire blowout in the middle of your next trip, here are four warning signs that you need new tires.
1. Tread wear
Generally, the treads on your tires should never fall below one-sixth of an inch. However, if you drive a manual car or are consistently driving in a wet environment, you should have about double that amount. While you can buy an expensive tire gauge to determine how much tread you have left, there is an easy -- and free! -- technique. All you need to do is grab a penny and with Lincoln's head upside down, put it between the tread blocks of the tire. If you then cannot see Lincoln's head, meaning it is buried between the tread blocks, then you have enough tread t ...[more]
A moving car makes many noises, most of which are reassuring; the engine rumbling, the tires humming, the turn signal clicking. However, every car owner has heard a weird sound coming from their car at least once while driving. These sounds vary; they could be nothing to worry about or hint to you that you may need a visit to a friendly auto mechanic to service your vehicle.
Here we have compiled a list of three common sounds you may hear in your car, and what to do about them.
- The sound? A constant thump-thump-thump.
- Where is it coming from? Your tires. Could be just one, or all four.
- When you hear it? When you first start your car, when you are stopping, and when you are going low speeds.
- What is it? Chance ...[more]
It's still hot out there, and you would like nothing more than to go for a long drive in your air conditioned car. But then you get in and the car won't start, or your car sounds funny, or the air conditioning won't work. Summer can be bad news for your car.
So what do you do when both you and your car are battling the summer heat? Follow these four summer car maintenance tips to have you both calm, cool, and collected.
1. Check your brakes
Your brakes are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. You do not want to be slipping and sliding during a rainstorm with faulty breaks, so make sure to check your brakes at the beginning of every season. Brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles, but if the brake pedal feels soft and mushy or hard and resistant, it may be a sign that you need to call your friendly neighborhood auto mechanic for some auto repairs.
2. Change your ...[more]
Who knew tires were so complex? Many people consider them to be the foundation for a good, safe car, and not much more than that. But in reality, tires are much more! Here is everything you need to know when picking out tires for your car!
When you need new tires, chances are you will pull up to your friendly auto mechanic and look at their large selection of tires. But how will you know their differences? Here is some information that will help you find tires to service your vehicle properly.
There are five common types of tires:
These tires are meant to be driven in mostly dry conditions and are not meant to be used when ice and snow cover t ...[more]
Owning a car can be confusing, and with the amount of car owners on the road, it is no secret that there are a lot of car maintenance myths floating around. Test your knowledge of car care with our car maintenance quiz.
Q: How long can brakes last?
A: It depends on the make and model of your car, but brakes can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles. This is also determined with your driving habits in mind, as those who stop-and-go drive more frequently will have to change their brakes more than those who drive mostly on the highway without traffic.
Q: Is changing the oil and filter necessary?
A: Yes. Changing these features will help the engine last longer. Changing the oil regularly -- experts recommend doing so once every 3,000 miles -- will help your engine run smoother and will decrease the chances you ...[more]
Maintaining your car is a lot like going to the dentist. Generally, you only do so when there is a problem, but by then, it may be too late. Neglecting vehicles costs the economy over two billion dollars each year, so in order to save money and potential headaches down the line, here are five warning signs that you need new tires.
Bulges and cracks
Typically, when a tire deflates, it bulges at the sides, making the tire look uneven. This will also lead to cracks along the sidewall, so if you are seeing unusual bulges or cracks, then new car tires are in your immediate future.
On average, Americans drive their passenger cars and trucks about 10,000 miles per year. Because of all this wear, the treads on your tires are typically the first to go. You can use the penny test to check tire wear. To do this, take a penny, and with Lincoln's head upside down, ...[more]
Cars are incredibly important to everybody's lives. Americans, on average, drive their vehicles over 10,000 miles every year. Unfortunately, despite their significance in our personal freedom and autonomy, most of us neglect our vehicle's tires and auto repairs. Vehicle neglect costs the economy more than $2 billion annually. In nearly one-fifth of inspected vehicles, at least one belt was reported as "unsatisfactory." Not only that, but 17% of the vehicles required at least one hose to be completely replaced. By periodically checking the belts and hoses of your vehicles, car breakdowns can be reduced dramatically.
One of the most commonly overlooked maintenance areas for vehicles is tires. Many overlook the importance of new car tires. It's recommended that tire alignment be checked every 6,000 miles or so -- it can also be done when you go to get your oil changed. Not only that, but a tire rotation should be conducted about every 7,500 miles. So ...[more]
You car is like your child, and you will do whatever it takes to care for it properly. If you don't follow the proper precautions, your car will be neglected and may even suffer irreparable damage. In fact, neglecting cars costs the American economy over $2 billion each year.
There are some quick and simple tips that will help you service your vehicle. Rotate your tires every 7,500 miles, and check your tire alignment every 6,000 miles or when you have your oil changed. If you do not do this, your tires will prematurely wear down, costing you a fortune in the long run.
But say you are looking to find tires right now for your vehicle. You need new tires because of wear and tear, so you go to your neighborhood friendly auto mechanic and look through their large selection of tires. The only problem is that there are too many to choose from! How do you know what ones are right for your vehicle? Read on below for a simplified breakdown to help make shopping e ...[more]
The dreaded car maintenance is here, you need new tires. So, you go to a friendly auto mechanic, you choose from a large selection of tires and found the perfect tires for your vehicle. Now that they came home with you, you must treat them well! Here is a beginner's guide to help you service your vehicle, tires included!
First off, why is caring for your tires important?
Overall, it can save you money! Just checking the tire pressure regularly will make sure they are properly inflated, and properly inflated tires last longer. Over or under inflated tires wear unevenly, which will require you to prematurely replace them, a cost your wallet won't like to do!
Additionally, proper tire care can save you money on fuel costs. Under-inflated tires are one of the biggest culprits of using excess fuel as it takes more effort from the engine to move your vehicle.