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Is Your Car Feeling a Bit Wobbly? Here Are 4 Clues You May Need New Tires

November 7th, 2016

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]

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Do You Hear That? 3 Common Sounds Your Car Makes and What To Do About Them

October 24th, 2016

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.

Sound #1

  • 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]
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5 signs You May Need New Tires

July 7th, 2016

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Tread wear

    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]
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The Importance of New Car Tires and Auto Repair

June 21st, 2016

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]

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Caring for your tires: 101

May 16th, 2016

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.

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Preventive Maintenance Questions and Answers

March 29th, 2016
auto repair puyallup waAt Sea Tac Tire and Auto Tech, we’re pretty big on the idea of preventive maintenance. Just like with your own health, it’s important to get out in front of problems before they can get away from you and end up costing a lot more money. Here are some preventive maintenance questions that we hear from time to time: 
 
Q: What are some typical preventive maintenance items? 
 
A: Services like oil changes, tire rotations, fluid inspections for the radiator, transmission, power steering, etc., battery maintenance, air filter and windshield wipers all fall under the heading of preventive maintenance. 
 
Q: How often do oil ch ...[more]
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Goodyear Assurance – All-Season Dependability at an Affordable Price

February 18th, 2016
Goodyear Tires Puyallup, WAGoodyear’s Assurance TripleTred All-Season represents the latest in innovation and quality from Goodyear. Aimed at drivers of sedans, coupes and minivans, the Assurance TripleTred All-Season offers confident grip and outstanding road manners. It’s designed with three separate and distinct tread patterns, or “zones,” tuned to offer traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. 
 
The Dry Zone is designed with large shoulder blocks for excellent steering response and confident handling on dry pavement. The sculpted Aquachannel® grooves of the Water Zone offer enhanced traction on wet or slushy surfaces by evacuating water away from the tire’s contact patch. Lastly, the Ice ...[more]
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Do You Know How to Choose the Best Off Road Tires?

February 8th, 2016

tires-puyallup-waOff-roading may be a necessity of your lifestyle, or an exciting weekend diversion. In either case, you may already know what it’s like to encounter a situation that your tires are not prepared for. A particularly muddy path, or a snowy and slush-filled road can both prove challenging to a vehicle that is equipped with the wrong type of off road tires. Whether you choose Dunlop tires, or Goodyear tires, here are the two biggest questions that you should ask yourself when considering your options.

Where do you plan to off road?

Off road tires come in a myriad of treads and sizes. For most people, one of the following three types of tires will be sufficient.

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Understanding Tire Sidewall Information

January 5th, 2016

Tires in Puyallap, WAOne thing we sometimes hear from customers buying tires in Puyallup, WA is, “what’s all that information on the tire sidewall mean?” It’s kind of a lot to go into all at once, but let’s see if we can clear it up briefly: 

 
Let’s start with a sidewall stamp of P255/55 R 15 97T. What does that all mean?
 
P -- denotes a passenger tire. On other tires, LT stands for Light Truck, T for Temporary Spare and ST for Special Trailer. 
 
255 -- This is the section width, measured in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall. In this case, the width of the tire’s tread itself is 255 millimeters. ...[more]
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How Can You Avoid Costly Repairs? Three Tips for Vehicle Maintenance

December 18th, 2015

tires-puyallup-waDid you know that demand for auto repairs is anticipated to rise almost 10% over the next year? This is probably because the auto industry in general is expected to experience a 3% growth rate as the economy picks up. For better or for worse, more cars means more repairs, and getting your car fixed up is no small task. Here are three tips, though, for maintaining your vehicle through the fair and tough weather.

 

 

 

 


1. Consider Upgrading Your Tires

Did you know that the average tire lasts for 25,000 to 50,000 miles? When it comes to buying tires, the right fit for your car and lifestyle can impact fuel economy ...[more]

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