Are You Ready For A Roadside Emergency?

January 26th, 2017

Yeah, yeah…your vehicle’s fairly new and you take care of it, and you’ve even got a membership in AAA. That doesn’t mean that your chances of Car troubleending up in a tight spot are zero. It’s just common sense to be prepared with a trouble bag in your car. Here’s a pretty good rundown of things you should keep in a car emergency kit:

Fully charged cell phone: You may want to consider a cheap prepaid “burner phone” with a long battery life and keep it strictly in the car. If nothing else, at least keep a charged-up power bank on hand.

First-aid kit: At a bare minimum, a first-aid kit should include gauze pads and bandage tape, aspirins, antiseptic wipes, scissors, antiseptic cream or ointment, Band-Aids, rub ...[more]

  Tags: tips, car care kit
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Flat Spots? Let’s Clear Up Some Myths About That…

January 12th, 2017

So your vehicle’s been sitting for a while…you get in it, start the engine and pull out of the driveway when you notice a hard, rough (but very regular) vibration that only gets worse with speed. It doesn’t feel like it’s coming from the driveline or suspension – so what is it?

Flat spots on tires

It could be that the tires have developed flat spots.

With the weight of the vehicle pressing down on the tires for long periods, a section of the rubber and belts can become softer (or harder) than the rest of the tire. This can be exacerbated by cold weather, or just by parking on a cold concrete floor.

Low-profile tires with short sidewalls can be more prone to flat-spotting, as can tires with an H or higher speed rating. In most cases, you can j ...[more]

  Tags: car tires, tires, safe tires
  Posted in: Tire 101

  Tags

tires auto repair auto services auto service oil change Mother's Day brake service air conditioning service auto repair mechanics battery inspections tune up service tire rotation oil changes safe driving tips car battery check engine light automotive repair services car repair preventative maintenance service ac repair service recharge ac ac service air conditioning car service car maintenance wheel alignment new tires buy tires tire replacement car tire repair tire repair all season tires summer tires preventative maintenance driver safety back to school fuel economy tire maintenance rotate tires tire rotation service tire rotation benefits tread wear safe tires tire pressure brakes brake repair tire inflation driving tips vehicle lights headlights brake lights holiday travel tire alignment tune up engine maintenance auto repair services tire balancing car alignment break service Car Energy Savers ac repair truck tires car tires oil change service spare tires auto repair service automotive repair truck repair preventative flush service winter driving winter winter tire tips spare tire car spare tire truck spare tire winter tires snow tires snow and winter tires winter tire decisions winter tire help winter tire guide heating repair vehicle energy saver mpg gas mileage mileage buy snow tires buy winter tires winter tire benefits winter driving tips safe vehicle mechanic truck tire repair mechanics auto mechanics auto mechanic tire technology high mileage engine tire recycling high mileage car flat tires flat tire repair replacing tires coolant fluids tire store tips tripletred tires passenger tires tire center auto facts car care kit tire facts spark plug replacement spark plug repair spark plugs