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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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Time To Buy Some New Tires? What Kind Do You Need?

December 3rd, 2015

No one looks fotires-puyall-warward to it, but it’s an inevitability that everyone must face at some point in their lives. Everybody needs to buy new tires eventually. It’s no fun. And it’s a tough decision. But it’s one that you have to make. And if you can go into it educated and prepared, you’ll find it that much easier and less stressful.

Types of Tires

To begin with, do you know what kind of new tires you need? Are you looking for a simple standard pair for your little sedan? Or perhaps you want your car to be safer and handle better in the winter time, so you are interested in a pair of snow tires for the winter months. Snow tires are great because they increase the gr ...[more]

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Remember Alex Brown: Texting and Driving Affects Everyone

November 17th, 2015

By Kara Bishop
VehicleMD Staff Writer
Originally published in Fall 2012 issue

77 percent of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving, while 55 percent of young adult drivers claim it’s easy to text while they drive, according to Quinstreet, Inc.

Alex Brown was the school mascot in Seagraves, Texas, and was expected to graduate at the top of her class. However, she chose to text four friends on her way to school that morning and never got the chance to give her valedictorian address.

Alex died on November 10, 2009. Her parents, Johnny Mac and Jeanne Brown made their first presentation to Wellman High School December 1, 2009. Since then, they’ve been to more than 350 schools all over the United States, explaining the dangers of this perilous trend that has gripped so many within this technological-minded generation. ...[more]

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NOVEMBER TIRE SPOTLIGHT: KELLY CHARGER GT

November 6th, 2015
Kelly Tires in Puyallup, WAIf you’re looking for an all-season tire that handles like a sports tire but has the ride and handling of a grand touring tire, you can’t go wrong with the Kelly Charger GT. 
 
The Kelly Charger GT is designed with two circumferential grooves and a dense pattern of sipes for great traction and handling in wet weather. The grooves feature unique Z-shape serrations to direct water away from the tire’s contact patch in rainy conditions. It features the industry’s M + S stamp, indicating that it meets requirements for all-season traction. The Kelly Charger GT uses a tread compound that’s optimized for all-season traction, with twin steel belts and a polyester radial cord body for ...[more]
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October Tire Spotlight: Dunlop Signature HP

October 16th, 2015
Dunlop Tires in Puyallup, WADrivers of coupes and sedans who expect a little more out of their vehicles love the Dunlop Signature HP tire line. The Signature HP uses a high-performance all-season tread compound molded into an asymmetric tread design. Its broad outboard shoulder blocks and intermediate and center ribs are designed to enhance cornering stability and steering response. An intermediate rib and innovative shoulder design help pump water away from the tire’s contact patch, for better wet-weather traction. When the weather turns nasty, a dense pattern of sipes offers more biting edges for wintry traction. 
 
The Dunlop Signature HP is a true ultra-high-performance tire with speed ratings of V or W (149 or 168 mph). ...[more]
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How Oil Change Monitors Work – And What They’re Not Telling You

October 2nd, 2015

By Garrett McKinnon
VehicleMD Staff Writer
Originally published in Winter 2011 issue

BMWs have them. Mercedes, too. And so do Audis, Volvos, Lexuses (Lexii?), Acuras and others. What are “they,” you might ask? Oil change indicator lights. And they’re not just confined to luxury makes, either. Almost every GM vehicle made since 2004 has come standard with the company’s “Oil Life System,” and companies like Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and others are increasingly putting oil change reminder systems in their cars.

But what do these little lights and flashing messages really tell you about the condition of your car’s motor oil? And how do they know when your motor oil needs to be changed? Osmosis? Magic? Lucky guess?

Regardless of the automaker, today’s oil life reminder systems all have one thing in common: They do not physicall ...[more]

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A Mile is Tough: Help Your Car Finish the Race

September 23rd, 2015

By Kara Bishop
VehicleMD Staff Writer
Originally published in Summer 2012 Issue

Have you ever run a marathon (26 miles)? Running requires energy and hydration; therefore, athletes running marathons must supplement their bodies with food and water during the race. Only the most dedicated can make it to the finish line, and I can’t help but be impressed with these runners.

However, did you know that your vehicle runs marathons on a daily basis? We drive 13 and 26 miles without even thinking about it. Your car needs loving care as it “runs,” sometimes all day long, and just as runners have special body requirements when racing, so does your car.

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Your car works hard already; don’t make it work even harder by neglecting routine maintenance like oil changes. Check your owners manual to determin ...[more]

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End of Summer Auto Repair Checklist

September 9th, 2015

Auto Repair in Puyallup, WA

Well…it’s the end of summer, the kids will be headed back to school soon, the days will start getting shorter and it’ll be time to start thinking about cold weather before you know it. At Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech in Puyallup, WA, we’d like to go over some tips for your vehicle that can make the transition out of summer go a little easier, and maybe even help you avoid expensive auto repair:

  • Check your wipers – in the Puyallup, WA rainy season and colder months, proper visibility is essential. Even the best wipers can degrade considerably over the course of one year, from cracking, chunking and dry rot, and stiff or beat-up wipers can’t do a good job of clearing ...[more]
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Summer Oil Changes

August 27th, 2015

Oil Change in Puyallup, WA

Summer vacation driving means long hours at highway speeds, in hot temperatures, and it also means unusual stresses on any vehicle. That’s why it’s so important to start any road trip vacation with an oil change. We do a lot of oil changes – a LOT – at Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech in Puyallup, WA, and we’d like to talk about why oil changes are so important in the summer.

  • Motor oil does more than reduce the friction between moving parts…it’s also essential in keeping your engine’s operating temperature down and preventing overheating. Oil can only heat up and cool down so many times, though, before it starts to chemically break down and los ...[more]
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Tips for Summer Auto Repair

August 3rd, 2015
auto repair in Puyallup, WASummer’s on its way, and it’s time to think about maintenance and auto repair in Puyallup, WA. Let’s quickly run down a few tips that can get your car up to speed for summer: 
  • Cooling System Maintenance - Antifreeze isn’t just for cold months -- it’s also a coolant that helps disperse the excessive heat that your engine generates. Over time, antifreeze/coolant breaks down and loses its effectiveness, as well as picking up corrosion and contaminants that can clog the radiator, water pump, heater core and internal cooling jackets. At Sea Tac Tire & Auto Tech, we’re experienced with this kind of auto repair in Puyallup, WA; we can do a cooling system flush to get rid of corrosion, we’ll test the thermostat a ...[more]
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