September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, and cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it?
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant.
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after using ...[more]
Posted in: Tire 101
September 15th, 2016
Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle's history via the CARFAX report, and a technician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what's going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up.
It's always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it.
-- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. Look out for ripples or ...[more]
Posted in: Auto Repair 101
December (2) November (2) October (2) September (2) August (2) July (2) June (2) May (2) April (2) March (2) February (2) January (2)
December (2) November (2) October (2) September (2) August (2) July (2) June (2) May (2) March (2) February (1)
December (1) November (2) October (2) September (2) August (2) July (1) June (2) May (2) April (3) March (2) February (2) January (2)
tires auto repair car maintenance vehicle energy saver preventative flush service engine maintenance auto repair services auto services preventative maintenance service winter tires snow tires snow and winter tires difference snow tires winter tires snow tires vs winter tires safe winter driving winter tire information new tires summer tires all season tires buy tires all seasons tires replacing tires brakes brake check, brake lines brake service brake repair automotive repair services truck tires car tires truck tire repair car tire repair tire repair transmission flush brake flush power steering flush auto flush auto repair service auto service preventative maintenance tune up service oil changes gas mileage oil change Mother's Day air conditioning service auto repair mechanics battery inspections tire rotation safe driving tips car battery check engine light car repair ac repair service recharge ac ac service air conditioning car service wheel alignment tire replacement driver safety back to school fuel economy tire maintenance rotate tires tire rotation service tire rotation benefits tread wear safe tires tire pressure tire inflation driving tips vehicle lights headlights brake lights holiday travel tire alignment tune up tire balancing car alignment break service Car Energy Savers ac repair oil change service spare tires automotive repair truck repair winter driving winter winter tire tips spare tire car spare tire truck spare tire winter tire decisions winter tire help winter tire guide heating repair mpg mileage buy snow tires buy winter tires winter tire benefits winter driving tips safe vehicle mechanic mechanics auto mechanics auto mechanic tire technology high mileage engine tire recycling high mileage car flat tires flat tire repair 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