Tire Source Bloghttp://yourtiresource.com/blogMost recent posts.Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:01:22 -0400en-ushourly1Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/make-sure-your-car-s-ready-for-winterhttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/make-sure-your-car-s-ready-for-winter#commentsFri, 14 Oct 2016 10:01:22 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/make-sure-your-car-s-ready-for-winter<p> You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here&rsquo;s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:</p> <p> <strong>Motor oil</strong>: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven&rsquo;t ever used synthetic oil <img alt="Driving in the Winter" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/809/Winter-Driving.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 161px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />before, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn&rsquo;t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it&rsquo;s hot outside.</p> <p> <strong>Wipers</strong>: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don&rsquo;t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir&hellip;you&rsquo;ll need it once the weather gets bad.</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system</strong>: If you can&rsquo;t remember the last time your coolant was changed, it&rsquo;s pretty easy for a technician to test its condition. Remember that coolant, a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water, prevents freeze-ups in wintertime as well as boilovers in hot weather.</p> <p> <strong>Heater and defroster</strong>: Since the heater is part of the cooling system, a flush of the system will help remove any scale or corrosion that may have built up in the heater core.</p> <p> <strong>Tires</strong>: Make sure your tires are in good shape, with plenty of tread depth, and check the inflation. Remember that air expands when hot, so be sure to check tire pressure when the tires are still cold. That also means they&rsquo;ll lose a couple of pounds of air pressure when the temperatures are really cold.</p> <p> You can&rsquo;t do much about winter weather, but you can at least up your chances of getting through it unscathed when your car&rsquo;s in good shape for winter driving! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/make-sure-your-car-s-ready-for-winter/feed0No Spare Tire? http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/no-spare-tirehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/no-spare-tire#commentsThu, 29 Sep 2016 10:12:20 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/no-spare-tire<div> 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, <img alt="Spare Tire" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/772/spare.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />and cost. When you&#39;re stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that&#39;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&#39;re not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after using Fix-A-Flat type products, and you should see about getting the tire repaired or replaced as soon as possible. In addition, most of these products freeze at temperatures below 32 degrees and may not be usable in cold weather.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The other alternative on new vehicles is an onboard compressor which usually plugs into the cigarette lighter. These little compressors actually work quite well and can refill a tire in a few minutes&#39; time, getting you back on your way again.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This is all well and good, but...</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Many times, a tire which fails at highway speed is going to be shredded by the time you can get off the road, or at least permanently damaged and ruined. No inflation kit or can of sealant can help you in that case.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> No tire can be repaired if it has a hole in the sidewall or the shoulder. In that case, you&#39;ve got no other choice but to spring for a new tire.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You can always invest in a spare tire and a jack if you&#39;re really concerned about it, but in many new vehicles, there&#39;s not even space for a spare. As if that weren&#39;t enough...if you do have a spare in your vehicle, remember spares can lose air over time and can even dry rot if they&#39;re never on the ground. Most experts now agree tires have a life expectancy of about six years before dry rot, ozone, and the sun&#39;s UV rays degrade them.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The upshot? You might want to just make sure your AAA membership is paid up!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/no-spare-tire/feed0Website Launch Announcement: Tire Source Tire Pros Launches New Sitehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-sitehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400TCShttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site<p> We are excited to announce the launch of our new website. The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs.</p> <p> The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs. You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle and size.</p> <p> With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information.</p> <p> We invite you to visit our new website today.</p> /blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site/feed0Daylight Saving Ends - Check Your Vehicle Lightshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/daylight-saving-ends-check-your-vehicle-lightshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/daylight-saving-ends-check-your-vehicle-lights#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/daylight-saving-ends-check-your-vehicle-lights<div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/203/november2014_image_blog1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 198px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; float: right; margin: 8px 10px;" />Prepare for the end of Daylight Saving Time with proper maintenance of vehicle lighting to ensure safety. After November 2nd, clocks &ldquo;fall back&rdquo; which causes most drivers&rsquo; commutes to be in darker lighting, being that dusk will occur during peak hours of evening traffic hours. As winter quickly approaches, vehicle lighting should be inspected to ensure optimum visibility for drivers in dim or inclement conditions that command top quality operations of both lighting and windshield wipers.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> External vehicle lighting serves as an imperative part of enabling vehicle operation and safety during winter months, especially after Daylight Saving Time has passed. Potential for accidents increases drastically as obstacles and obstructions are more difficult to see with winter weather conditions.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> When inspecting a vehicle&rsquo;s lighting system, all lights should be inspected including: parking lights, headlights (high and low beam), turn signals/emergency flashers, brake lights, backup lights, interior lights and instrumentation lighting. Ensuring visibility for both yourself and other drivers is essential for safe driving during winter months as brake lights, turn signals and other informative signals could easily prevent an accident.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> During vehicle inspections throughout National Car Care Month, mechanics indicated maintenance of lighting to be one of vehicle&rsquo;s most neglected repairs. Approximately one of every ten vehicles is suffering from subpar lighting of brakes, turn signals or headlights. Quickly inspect any vehicle with suspected light failure as these malfunctions could be dangerous for all vehicles on the road.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Intermittently clear headlights and other lighting cases of mud and other debris that might have collected on the headlights during use. Cleaning instructions of headlights are clearly stated in each vehicle&rsquo;s owner&rsquo;s manual, with instructions on light alignment and replacement. Headlights can easily be bumped out of alignment by rocky driving conditions or rough terrain; this misalignment can distract other drivers and cause an accident. Headlight restoration can be addressed by different methods of home treatments and professional services. Auto repair specialists should inspect headlights annually to ensure headlights are correctly maintained and properly functioning.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Contact an auto repair specialist to ensure headlights are prepared for Daylight Saving Time&rsquo;s end with cleaning, alignment and overall restoration of headlights to improve safety and travel.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/daylight-saving-ends-check-your-vehicle-lights/feed0Five Tips for Thanksgiving Travel http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/five-tips-for-thanksgiving-travelhttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/five-tips-for-thanksgiving-travel#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/five-tips-for-thanksgiving-travel<div> <strong><img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/204/november2014_image_blog2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 7px;" />1. Tires:</strong> Ensure tire pressure is properly serviced and maintained for both lengthy travels and everyday driving. Underinflation of tires can cause unnecessary wear and hardship to tire tread, causing tire failure or malfunctions. If not properly inflated, fuel economy can be severely decreased, causing drivers to lose about .6 miles per gallon due to improper tire conditions. Whether over or under inflated, tires can easily lose traction that could lead to an accident if not addressed. Service tires before Thanksgiving travel this holiday season to avoid unnecessary accidents, injury or inconvenience.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>2. Headlights:</strong> Maintaining proper safety and visibility is imperative for winter driving conditions as travelers often drive in less than perfect conditions. Do not let rain, sleet, snow or even a dark winter night induce harmful driving situations for your vehicle this Thanksgiving with headlight restoration and replacement. Simple headlight cleanings are inexpensive and can quickly provide drivers with improved safety and maneuverability.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>3. Fuel:</strong> Often travelers will wait until their fuel levels have dropped considerably to refill their tank, this can be harmful to vehicles and budgets. Once fuel levels drop below half a tank, gas will more quickly evaporate and cause travelers to purchase more fuel throughout their trip. Maintaining fuel levels frequently will allow drivers to ensure no vehicle malfunctions are occurring and give drivers improved concentration for the road ahead.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>4. Spark Plugs:</strong> Checking spark plugs frequently will improve fuel economy, vehicle safety and help drivers avoid potential auto repairs in the future. Over time spark plugs can become soiled or corroded, potentially leaving travelers stranded without routine check-ups and replacement. Improperly functioning spark plugs can also decrease fuel economy up to two miles per gallon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>5. Oil and Filters:</strong> Before setting out on Thanksgiving adventures keep in mind routine auto repairs such as oil changes and filter replacement. Simple auto repairs such as these can improve drivability and safety to ensure larger auto repairs are not needed while on the road. Consult your vehicle owner&rsquo;s manual to find specifications of when oil changes and filter replacements should occur.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Use these helpful tips in combination with advice from auto repair professionals to ensure safe Thanksgiving travel this holiday season. Often large auto repairs can be avoided with regular maintenance and tire repair throughout the year or before extended travel.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/five-tips-for-thanksgiving-travel/feed0Don’t Let Tire Problems Put the Brakes on Your Valentine’s Datehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/don-t-let-tire-problems-put-the-brakes-on-your-valentine-s-datehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/don-t-let-tire-problems-put-the-brakes-on-your-valentine-s-date#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/don-t-let-tire-problems-put-the-brakes-on-your-valentine-s-date<div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/205/2015-feb-blog-1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 187px; margin: 15px 10px; float: right;" />Don&rsquo;t let tire problems get in the way this Valentine&rsquo;s day. How is your tire pressure? Do my tires need to be rotated? Is it time for an alignment? Do I need new tires? While these questions can seem daunting, with the help of tire professionals and various routine self-checks, any driver can maintain proper tire care and not miss that big date this Valentine&rsquo;s Day. From tire rotations to air pressure, learning what signals might indicate tire replacement or repair is important for every vehicle owner.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Let&rsquo;s begin with tire air pressure. Perhaps one of the most obvious tire maintenance steps most drivers neglect until it&rsquo;s too late is checking your tire&rsquo;s air pressure. Even careful drivers with perfect tire upkeep lose around 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month, culminating in high volumes of loss over time. Keeping this in mind, drivers should always be aware of air pressure in their tires and ensure proper pressure is maintained. Tire pressure and inflation directions are found in owner&rsquo;s manuals and various other locations inside the vehicle. Check tire pressure after the vehicle is left standing for at least three hours for the most accurate readings and refill air in the morning or chilliest part of the day.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Maintaining proper tire maintenance with tire rotations and wheel alignments will help to save money and ensure safety and dependability for longer tire life. Both maintenance measures assist tires in even wear and will help avoid premature replacement while also creating a more comfortable ride. Follow your vehicles owner&rsquo;s manual on the recommended frequency of tire rotations, but if unspecified, make sure to rotate tires every 6,000-8,000 miles.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> No matter how well maintained, tire wear and life expectancy is heavily influenced by your driving habits. Increase tire life by taking everyday steps such as: not speeding, avoiding quick stops or turns and missing obstructions when possible. Following careful driving habits can be beneficial to decreasing wear on both tires and your vehicle if practiced regularly. Remember, tires are a driver&rsquo;s first line of defense to obstacles of the road and should be treated carefully.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tire repair and replacement is an easy way to protect yourself and other drivers from unnecessary tire related accidents. Consult our professionals to stay current with tires and auto repair in order to maintain proper vehicle conditions and dependability.</div> /blog/view/don-t-let-tire-problems-put-the-brakes-on-your-valentine-s-date/feed0Why Schedule Regular Oil Changes For Your Vehicle?http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/why-schedule-regular-oil-changes-for-your-vehiclehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/why-schedule-regular-oil-changes-for-your-vehicle#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/why-schedule-regular-oil-changes-for-your-vehicle<div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/206/Feb-Oil-Change-2015.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 198px; float: right; margin: 10px 5px;" />Many vehicle owners do not take the time to schedule regular oil changes. Regular oil changes are vital to the life of your engine and can extend its performance for years. This is one of the most important and inexpensive things you can do to keep engine protected. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3,000-6,000 miles, depending on your vehicle use and the type of oil you are using.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Oil Changes are essential to:</div> <ul> <li> Lubricate engine to reduce wear and friction</li> <li> Reduce engine temperatures</li> <li> Maintaining proper engine function</li> </ul> <div> With regular oil changes your engine will be protected against much of the harm normal wear and tear will cause. Parts will stay cleaner with less corrosion, which means with regular upkeep there will be less of a chance of damage resulting in costly repairs.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Our auto repair service experts can let you know the options available for your vehicle and the benefits of each product. The cost of a year&rsquo;s worth of oil changes is much lower than that of even basic repairs. If you are overdue for your oil change, stop in today and see us! Your vehicle will thank you! &nbsp;</div> /blog/view/why-schedule-regular-oil-changes-for-your-vehicle/feed09 Tips for your Spring Vehicle Checkuphttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/9-tips-for-your-spring-vehicle-checkuphttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/9-tips-for-your-spring-vehicle-checkup#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/9-tips-for-your-spring-vehicle-checkup<p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/207/March-Blog-2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />The temperatures are inching upward, the days are getting longer and the first buds are starting to appear on the trees. Spring is on its way, and&nbsp; soon it&rsquo;s going to be time to do a little preventive maintenance on your ride. No need to dread it -- it&rsquo;s all pretty routine stuff!</p> <ol> <li> Air filter - If you haven&rsquo;t changed your air filter since last year (or can&rsquo;t remember when you changed it at all), it might be time. It&rsquo;s an easy and cheap fix, and it pays off in your vehicle&rsquo;s performance and fuel economy.</li> <li> Cabin filter - Older vehicles often don&rsquo;t have a cabin filter, but it can make a lot of difference in how pleasant your vehicle is to drive. Stale, smelly air? Change it!</li> <li> Wipers -- Get a good look at them. Are they showing signs of age like cracks, dry rot, chips or gouges? Are they doing an effective job of clearing water from your windshield, with no streaks or gaps? No? Then go ahead and have them changed -- it&rsquo;s another easy and cheap fix that makes a big difference in safety.</li> <li> Ignition - If you have a car built with a distributor and spark plug wires, have the plug wires checked for cracks, damage and arcing. If not, have each coil pack checked for a snug, positive fit on the spark plug itself.</li> <li> Hoses - We&rsquo;re not just talking about the main hoses for the radiator and transmission coolant lines here, although those are very important. Your vehicle relies on dozens of vacuum lines to control and regulate certain functions, some no bigger than a piece of spaghetti. A dry-rotted, disconnected, leaky or degraded vacuum line can cause problems in drivability and performance that can bedevil your vehicle. When having your radiator/transmission hoses and belts checked for condition, snug connections and tension, have a technician give the vacuum lines a once-over as well.</li> <li> Tires - This one, of course, is a biggie. Get a good look at your tires for irregularities in the tread...run your hand along the tread itself and feel for uneven &ldquo;feathered&rsquo; patterns which could indicate front-end problems. Look for age/weather cracks, bulges or other flaws in the sidewall that could mean imminent tire failure. Check the treads for uneven wear at the inside or outside edges, a sure tipoff of front-end alignment that&rsquo;s out of spec. Have your tires rotated (you should be doing rotations regularly anyway) and check tread depth. States require a minimum depth of 2/32&rdquo; for safety...the easiest way to gauge this is to stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln&rsquo;s head down. If the top of the tread touches Abe&rsquo;s head, you&rsquo;re in good shape (some now recommend doing this with a nickel or quarter instead).</li> <li> Battery - Cold-weather cranking is hard on a battery and charging system, and batteries can be prone to corrosion during the winter as well. Have a tech test your battery and charging system, and have him also get a good look at the terminals, cables and clamps for signs of corrosion (fluffy greenish-white deposits) which can affect charging and starting performance.</li> <li> Radiator flush - It&rsquo;s easy to forget about your cooling system, but it should have a pressure test, flush and refill with fresh coolant yearly. Even in the cleanest radiator and cooling systems, coolant can pick up rust and corrosion which can cause it to break down and lose its effectiveness.</li> <li> Headlights - Are they all working? What kind of shape are the clear headlight covers in? If they&rsquo;re cloudy, a light buffing can help the effectiveness of your headlights tremendously.</li> </ol> <p> <br /> So, there you have it -- nine tips that can make your spring and summer driving a lot more pleasant and give you peace of mind (and for not a whole lot of money).</p> /blog/view/9-tips-for-your-spring-vehicle-checkup/feed0Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/get-ready-for-summer-road-trips-with-new-tireshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/get-ready-for-summer-road-trips-with-new-tires#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/get-ready-for-summer-road-trips-with-new-tires<p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/208/may-blog-2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <div> Summer&rsquo;s going to be here before you know it, and that means time for family road trips!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We know there&rsquo;s a lot to think about when you&rsquo;re planning a vacation...money, accommodations, scheduling, keeping the kids occupied in the car...but one thing you definitely should not neglect in those plans is your tires.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Summer road trips are hard on tires. You have to figure you&rsquo;re in a car that&rsquo;s likely loaded to the gills, driving for hours and hours to get to your destination in 90-plus-degree weather. That&rsquo;s a good way to end up with overheated tires, and heat is the enemy of even the best tires. Here are a few things to consider before you load up the car and get going:&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Inflation - Did you know that underinflated tires cost you money in terms of fuel economy? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, studies show every 1-psi drop in tire pressure costs you 0.4 percent of your gas mileage. Rubber is a porous material, and tires will lose that much air pressure every month...so you can see how, left unchecked, it wouldn&rsquo;t take long for underinflated tires to cost you one or two MPGs. Think about the last time you rode a bicycle with underinflated tires, and how it felt like you were riding through wet sand...that&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;re doing to your car with underinflated tires. Modern tire designs won&rsquo;t deform at the bottom until they&rsquo;re drastically low on air, so don&rsquo;t rely on appearances to tell you if they&rsquo;re low. Get a good quality tire gauge and check the inflation of all four tires while they&rsquo;re cold. If you&rsquo;re in doubt as to the proper inflation level, look for a manufacturer&rsquo;s sticker on the inside of the driver&rsquo;s door, the door post, inside the gas filler door or under the hood.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Rotation - Due to weight distribution, braking and steering function and other factors, tires tend to wear in certain patterns when they&rsquo;re left in the same position on the vehicle for too many miles. Regular tire rotations are one of the best ways to prevent that from happening. Tire rotations will make tires wear more evenly and will enhance a vehicle&rsquo;s ride, handling and drivability. That also comes out to longer service life for all four tires; in fact, new tire warranties call for tire rotations at specified intervals. Considering that tires should be rotated about every 5,000 miles or so, it&rsquo;s a good idea to schedule tire rotation at the same time you have your oil changes done.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Alignment - Even with careful driving, your car will absorb jolts from potholes and road irregularities. Over time, that normal wear and tear will knock your front end out of spec. When your wheels are out of alignment, your tires will wear unevenly as one wheel tries to push or pull the car in a different direction. That drag and friction will cause rubber to &ldquo;scrub&rdquo; from the tires. In addition, a car that needs an alignment will constantly &ldquo;pull&rsquo; to one side or another and will use more fuel. Let go of the wheel briefly -- does your car want to head into the other lane, or toward the ditch? Do you have to hold the steering wheel off-center to maintain a straight line down the highway? Better make an appointment for a wheel alignment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Before you load up the car and head out for this summer&rsquo;s road trips, give us a call and come by so we can have a look at your tires. Better safe than sorry!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/get-ready-for-summer-road-trips-with-new-tires/feed04 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/4-budget-friendly-ways-to-improve-mom-s-ridehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/4-budget-friendly-ways-to-improve-mom-s-ride#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/4-budget-friendly-ways-to-improve-mom-s-ride<p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/209/new-may-blog-1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 197px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 10px; float: right;" /></p> <div> So we all know that May is devoted to Mother&rsquo;s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care. &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 1.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Oil Change - Getting Mom&rsquo;s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies.&nbsp;</div> <div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 2.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We&rsquo;ll get a look at the wipers for dry rot, chunks or nicks gone from the rubber, splits and other damage and will replace if necessary so your Mom won&rsquo;t have to deal with spring showers by looking through a streaky, smeared windshield.&nbsp;</div> <div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 3.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tire Rotation - Tire rotations are another easy and cheap way to get the most out of your investment. Regular tire rotations help ensure even wear on all four&nbsp;</div> <div> tires, enhance ride, handling and drivability qualities and extend the service life of tires by thousands of miles. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles or so. You might consider including a tire rotation along with an oil change. &nbsp;Mom will appreciate it!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> 4.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Wheel Alignment - A harsh winter means potholes in many parts of the country, and hard hits on potholes mean a front end that&rsquo;s soon jolted out of spec. A front end that&rsquo;s knocked out of alignment will not only affect drivability and handling, it will also wear tires prematurely by &ldquo;scrubbing&rdquo; tread unevenly. That&rsquo;s not to mention fuel economy -- a tire that&rsquo;s trying to pull or push the car in a different direction is a drag on the vehicle&rsquo;s forward motion. Let us put Mom&rsquo;s car up on the alignment rack and get a look at the crucial alignment angles.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are plenty of ways to show Mom how much you love and appreciate her. So why not take this opportunity to make Mom&rsquo;s drive a little safer and more trouble-free?&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> /blog/view/4-budget-friendly-ways-to-improve-mom-s-ride/feed0Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioninghttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/six-hot-tips-on-cool-air-conditioninghttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/six-hot-tips-on-cool-air-conditioning#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/six-hot-tips-on-cool-air-conditioning<p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/210/June-Blog-1 (1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 2px 10px; float: right;" />Summer is here, and it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about your car&rsquo;s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn&rsquo;t work at all. Let&rsquo;s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer&hellip;</p> <p> Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chance to refill the car with cold air faster. And of course, as you probably already knew, parking in the shade when possible can be a big help too!</p> <p> The conventional wisdom used to be, &ldquo;AC systems are a drag on your car&rsquo;s engine and fuel efficiency -- drive with the windows down if possible to enhance gas mileage.&rdquo; While that may have been true in your dad&rsquo;s day with his 60s- or 70s-era cars, it&rsquo;s no longer correct. Modern AC systems are much more efficient, and cars are more aerodynamic -- on today&rsquo;s cars, driving with the windows down at highway speed actually creates enough aerodynamic turbulence and drag to drop gas mileage. Leaving your windows up and the AC on is the way to go...unless, of course, it&rsquo;s a pretty day and you just feel like having the breeze in your face for a while!</p> <p> When you first enter the car and start driving, turn the AC to its highest setting (MAX or REC), with the fan turned all the way up as well. This will help move a greater volume air, cycling hot air out of the car and replacing it with cold air. As soon as you&rsquo;re comfortable, go ahead and lower the AC settings again to stabilize the temperature. On cars with climate control or automated temperature control, just lower the temperature setting to the lowest mark, then raise it again once you&rsquo;re comfortable.</p> <p> Are you noticing a musty or &ldquo;dirty socks&rdquo; smell from the AC vents? Try running the AC system on the Defrost setting for a while, or toggle back and forth between the MAX setting (which recirculates cabin air) and the NORMAL setting (which introduces fresh air). If the smell persists, it could be an indication of a cabin air filter which needs to be changed, or possibly a system which is low on refrigerant. Don&rsquo;t just put up with that smell -- it means there are bacteria and mildew circulating through the system, which can be a real problem for allergy or asthma sufferers.</p> <p> Run your AC system once a week or so, even in cooler temperatures. Lubrication is essential to the proper operation of any AC system, and running the AC for a few minutes helps circulate refrigerant and lubricant through the system and keeps the components, valves, lines and seals conditioned.</p> <p> When a cars AC system isn&rsquo;t blowing air that&rsquo;s cold enough, nine out of ten times it&rsquo;s due to being low on refrigerant. This is pretty routine, really -- any car which is more than a few years old will lose a small amount of refrigerant over time. Older cars (before 1994) used R12 Freon refrigerant, which was found to be harmful to the ozone layer. Since 1994, R134a has been the standard refrigerant; it&rsquo;s relatively simple to retrofit older cars to use R134a rather than the hard-to-come-by R12. If your car&rsquo;s AC vents aren&rsquo;t blowing sufficiently cold, it&rsquo;s important to not use the AC, as low refrigerant can damage the compressor and result in some expensive repairs. Most refrigerant formulations also include a lubricant for the system and a fluorescent dye that can indicate leaks around seals, O-rings, lines or components once the system is pressurized again.</p> <p> With summer here, you&rsquo;ve surely got plans for road trips, vacations and other summertime fun. Don&rsquo;t let a sweltering-hot car get in the way of those plans! If you suspect there may be issues with your car&rsquo;s AC this summer, bring it on by Tire Source Tire Pros and let our techs have a look. We&rsquo;ll inspect all the components, check the refrigerant level and recharge if necessary, clean bugs and debris from the condenser, check the serpentine belt that drives the compressor and check the cabin air filter so you can keep your cool this summer.</p> /blog/view/six-hot-tips-on-cool-air-conditioning/feed0What Makes All-Season Tires So Great? http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/what-makes-all-season-tires-so-greathttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/what-makes-all-season-tires-so-great#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/what-makes-all-season-tires-so-great<p> So your closet has a pair of flip-flops for the summer, a pair of heavy boots for the winter, and a comfortable pair of sneakers for most of the rest of the year. If you live in a climate that doesn&rsquo;t have harsh winters, you might just be able to wear those sneakers year-round...and all-season tires are the equivalent of your comfortable sneakers.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/211/June-Blog-2.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 0px 10px; float: right;" /></p> <div> <div> <p> So what makes all-season tires so special?</p> <p> Winter tires are excellent for severe conditions like heavy snow and even ice. They feature specially-designed tread patterns and &ldquo;sipes&rdquo;, hundreds of tiny slits which offer biting edges for traction in snow. This means shorter stopping distances, better handling and better control in winter weather. Winter tires are not d</p> <p> esigned for temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The downside of winter tires is they use a tread formulation which stays softer in cold weather...but that means the rubber will also wear much faster in warmer conditions. In addition, winter tires, while a far cry from the &ldquo;snow tires&rdquo; or &ldquo;mud grips&rdquo; which might have been on your dad&rsquo;s station wagon, tend to be noisier and have clumsier handling on dry pavement.</p> <p> Summer tires are designed with shallower tread depth and more aggressive tread patterns for excellent steering response, handling and performance on wet or dry pavement. They also use a soft tread formulation for extra &ldquo;stickiness&rdquo; and traction in hot weather. The combination of tread design and rubber compound adds up to a tire with outstanding cornering ability for spirited driving. Unfortunately, that same sticky tread formulation stiffens up at temperatures below 40 degrees, resulting in lousy traction on snow or wet pavement. All-season tires, attempt to offer the best of all possible worlds. This means a moderate tread depth which splits the difference between summer and winter tires, with a pattern of sipes and extra gripping edges for extra traction in wintry conditions. Typically, all-season tires might be designed with circumferential grooves at the center for straight-line stability, and a groove pattern that evacuates water from the tire&rsquo;s footprint to help prevent hydroplaning on wet pavement.</p> <p> Engineers design all-season tires with a computer-tuned tread and rubber compound to keep road noise low and provide a supple, forgiving ride on most pavement types. It&rsquo;s this combination of qualities which make all-season tires an excellent choice for most drivers, and it&rsquo;s why most sedans, minivans and SUVs come from the factory with all-season tires as original factory equipment. For most drivers, in most parts of the country, all-season tires truly are the equivalent of those sneakers you can wear year-round!</p> </div> </div> /blog/view/what-makes-all-season-tires-so-great/feed0Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changeshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/benefits-you-didn-t-know-about-oil-changeshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/benefits-you-didn-t-know-about-oil-changes#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/benefits-you-didn-t-know-about-oil-changes<p> Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20<sup>th</sup> century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn&rsquo;t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft&rsquo;s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren&rsquo;t designed with detergents and other additives to help keep the engine clean; even with frequent oil change intervals, many cars would be in need of an engine overhaul by the time they reached 80,000 miles.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/214/july-photo-1.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px;" /></p> <div> <p> Today&rsquo;s motor oil formulations incorporate additives to suspend contaminants in the oil so they can easily be trapped by the oil filter. Here are a few other facts about motor oil you may not have known:</p> </div> <div> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; Motor oils contain antioxidants which limit exposure to oxygen for critical moving parts. Oxygen can lead to rust and corrosion.</p> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; For years, the recommended oil change interval for conventional oil was every 3,000 miles. Today&rsquo;s improved oils can now go for 5,000-7,500 miles between changes; in fact, automobile manufacturers now recommend those intervals.</p> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; Synthetic motor oils can go much longer between changes and outperform conventional oils in every respect. Synthetics do not degrade and lose their lubricating properties as quickly and can flow better at lower temperatures. In fact, synthetics were originally developed by German scientists during WWII in response to shortages of petroleum and a need for lubricants which could remain fluid in sub-zero conditions on the Eastern Front.</p> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; Like with other energy sources, bio-based motor oils are being developed. While still far from market phase, motor oils derived from canola, switchgrass, sawgrass and others are likely to be available in the next several years.</p> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; Moisture tends to accumulate in an engine&rsquo;s crankcase, and motor oil will boil off this condensation as it heats up and the engine reaches operating temperature. For cars driven less than ten miles per day, though, it&rsquo;s recommended that the oil be changed more frequently to avoid the damage that comes from frequent cold startups.</p> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; The first-ever emissions control device was the PCV valve; the valve redirects hydrocarbon gases from the crankcase back into the car&rsquo;s intake manifold to be re-burned in the engine. The PCV valve became standard on early 60s-era cars and used to need replacement at regular intervals. Today&rsquo;s motor oils are designed to not contaminate and clog the PCV valve.</p> <p style="margin-left:38.25pt;"> &middot; &nbsp; Motor oil shouldn&rsquo;t be easy to ignite and burn; the distillation process used in refineries is called &ldquo;fractional distillation,&rdquo; and separates the desirable elements of motor oil from the more volatile components of crude oil, raising the temperature at which oil will burn.</p> <p> We hope you found these facts about motor oil interesting! If you&rsquo;re in need of an oil change (or can&rsquo;t remember your last one), give us a call and let us take care of that for you. Remember, even with the improvements in motor oil technology of recent years, regular oil changes are still the simplest way of making sure you get the most miles out of your vehicle.</p> </div> /blog/view/benefits-you-didn-t-know-about-oil-changes/feed0Seven Things You Need To Know About Tireshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/seven-things-you-need-to-know-about-tireshttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/seven-things-you-need-to-know-about-tires#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/seven-things-you-need-to-know-about-tires<p> We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/215/july-photo-2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" /></p> <p> &middot; &nbsp; A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.</p> <p> &middot; &nbsp; Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style reasons. It&rsquo;s important to know low-profile tires may handle better and offer better steering response and cornering performance, but they will also have a harsher ride quality than traditional designs with taller, softer sidewalls.</p> <p> &middot; &nbsp; Along with budget, think about your driving style and expectations. Do you prefer a quiet, smooth-riding tire? If so, grand touring or touring tires may be the way to go. Do you like better performance? Consider summer or UHP tires, but remember they will also wear faster than all-season or touring tires. Do you anticipate driving in light winter weather? All-season tires may be a great fit.</p> <p> &middot; &nbsp;Remember your vehicle left the factory with a certain size of wheel and tire, and the car&rsquo;s handling, steering response, braking performance and ride quality were all tuned for that specific size. Changing anything in that equation should be done carefully. &nbsp;You&rsquo;re better off in most cases staying with manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations for tire and wheel sizes.</p> <p> &middot; &nbsp;Gas prices may fluctuate, but they are probably never going to be cheap again. Tires are an important part of fuel economy, and some industry experts contend drivers can see as much as a 15-20 percent difference in fuel economy depending on which tires they select. Low-rolling-resistance tires continue to evolve and improve&hellip;and of course, proper inflation to recommended air pressure is crucial to fuel economy.</p> <p> &middot; &nbsp;If you drive a light truck, be mindful of how you&rsquo;re going to use that truck. The tire&rsquo;s load rating is important if you expect to haul heavy loads or do any towing. Also consider how often you might want to leave the pavement &ndash; many all-terrain tires are good for light off-road use while still offering a civilized ride and road manners.</p> <p> &middot; &nbsp;Tires are still a &ldquo;you get what you pay for&rdquo; proposition. Don&rsquo;t get us wrong, there are plenty of great-quality tires at lower price points, but tires that seem too good to be true price-wise, usually are. Do your due diligence in looking up consumer reviews and ratings before making your decision. And of course, our service advisors will always be happy to help point you in the right direction.</p> <p> We hope this helps a little in your tire buying process &ndash; if it&rsquo;s time to get some new tires on your vehicle, make an appointment and we&rsquo;ll be happy to get you set up.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/seven-things-you-need-to-know-about-tires/feed0Do Your Homework on Tire Safetyhttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/do-your-homework-on-tire-safetyhttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/do-your-homework-on-tire-safety#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/do-your-homework-on-tire-safety<div> We see it all the time&hellip;people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.</div> <p> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/216/AugBlog1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 216px; float: right; margin: 3px 10px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car&rsquo;s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire&rsquo;s lifespan. Get a quality tire gauge (the dial type, not the pencil type) and check the inflation of all four tires once a month. Make sure to check inflation while the tires are cold, and inflate them to the manufacturer&rsquo;s specifications. Tire inflation levels can be found on a sticker, either under the hood, on the driver&rsquo;s door jamb or inside the fuel filler lid.&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div> &bull; Don&rsquo;t mix tires. If you have a tire which fails altogether and can afford to only replace that tire, make sure it&rsquo;s the same size and tread pattern as the rest, and preferably the same brand. It&rsquo;s best to replace all four tires at once, or at least in pairs. Mixing sizes and designs of tires can result in a vehicle that&rsquo;s never going to drive, handle or ride correctly.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Rotate your tires regularly. No vehicle has even weight distribution from front to rear, and front tires will always be subject to more wear due to cornering and braking forces. Switching the positions of the tires regularly ensures even wear and long tire life. Tires should be rotated at 5,000 mile intervals; since oil changes should also fall at around the same interval, it&rsquo;s easy enough to just schedule them both for the same appointment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Inspect your tires&rsquo; tread depth. 2/32&rdquo; is considered the minimum safe tread depth in most states. Here&rsquo;s an easy way to check that: take a penny and insert it into the tread grooves, Lincoln&rsquo;s head down. If you can see any portion of the top of Lincoln&rsquo;s head, you&rsquo;re below minimum tread depth. Now, try the same test with a quarter. Can you see the top of Washington&rsquo;s head? You&rsquo;re below 4/32&rdquo; tread depth. Insert the penny into the tread again &ndash; if the rubber reaches the Lincoln Memorial, your tread depth is under 6/32&rdquo;.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Inspect the tires&rsquo; condition. Look closely for damage or foreign objects. Examine the tires closely for uneven wear and run your hand along the tread surface to feel for irregularities; any of these could indicate alignment or suspension problems.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Don&rsquo;t let tires be one more thing for you to worry about as you shuttle the kids back and forth to school. Got any questions, or feel like maybe it&rsquo;s time to just break down and buy another set of tires? Make an appointment with us and let us help you out.&nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/do-your-homework-on-tire-safety/feed0Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/mark-auto-repair-off-your-back-to-school-to-do-listhttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/mark-auto-repair-off-your-back-to-school-to-do-list#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/mark-auto-repair-off-your-back-to-school-to-do-list<div> The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There&rsquo;s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again:&nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/217/AugBlog2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; margin: 17px 10px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Oil Change &ndash; Can&rsquo;t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts.&nbsp;</div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> Clean motor oil and changes at regular intervals are your single best tool when it comes to keeping your car on the road for a long time.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Tire Rotation &ndash; No vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution between front and rear, and front tires are subjected to different stresses than rear tires due to braking and cornering physics. Tire rotations ensure even wear on all four tires as you change their positions on the vehicle. Tire rotations are recommended at 5,000 mile intervals&hellip;make it simple and just schedule a tire rotation along with an oil change.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Electrical Checkup &ndash; Weather extremes put a lot of stress on your car&rsquo;s battery. It&rsquo;s a good idea to have the battery&rsquo;s reserve starting power checked along with the alternator. In addition, we can check the battery cables&rsquo; connections and clean any corrosion or deposits which might be building up around the cables and posts.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Engine Diagnostics &ndash; Is your Check Engine light illuminated? Even if you vehicle seems to be running fine, the Check Engine light shouldn&rsquo;t be ignored. It can mean something minor like a leaking vacuum line under the hood or a loose gas cap, to a bad misfire or an emissions problem which can wreck your car&rsquo;s catalytic converter. Our technicians at can diagnose and fix any issues which might be triggering that Check Engine lamp.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Belts, Hoses and Filters &ndash; It might seem minor, but a blown hose or a failed serpentine belt can stop you cold. Your air filter, on the other hand, can compromise fuel economy and performance if left too long. Back-to-school is a good time to go ahead and inspect the belt and hoses, and it&rsquo;s easy enough to just replace that air filter and cabin filter while the hood&rsquo;s up.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> They all might seem like little things, but little things can add up to be one big thing&hellip; and a &ldquo;little thing&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t seem so little if you&rsquo;re stranded in a parking lot or on the side of the road waiting for help. Schedule an appointment and let us take care of your back-to-school auto repair concerns so it won&rsquo;t be one more thing for you to worry about.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> /blog/view/mark-auto-repair-off-your-back-to-school-to-do-list/feed0Are All-Season Tires Really All-Season? http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/are-all-season-tires-really-all-seasonhttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/are-all-season-tires-really-all-season#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/are-all-season-tires-really-all-season<div> We frequently get questions about all-season tires when consumers are trying to make the right purchasing decision for &nbsp;a set of new tires. As the title of the blog asks&hellip;&rdquo;are all-season tires really all-season?&rdquo;</div> <div> <div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The answer is: it that depends on what part of the country you&rsquo;re living in.</div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/218/Sep Blog1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 212px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 16px 10px; float: right;" /> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div> All-season tires are a compromise from the very start. They&rsquo;re designed for a forgiving ride, low noise, decent handling and good road manners. Maybe not as much as what a good set of grand touring tires can deliver, but pretty respectable&hellip;and also with an aggressive tread pattern which&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div> channels water away from the tire&rsquo;s contact patch for wet-weather traction. All-season tires also have a network of sipes, tiny slits which provide hundreds of extra biting edges to dig in and provide traction in light snow or slush. Their tread compounds are designed to stay flexible in a wide range of temperatures. All in all, if your area has no more than a few inches of snow every year, chances are you can do just fine with all-season tires.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Winter tires, on the other hand, are designed for the sort of winter weather you might see in New England or the upper Midwest &ndash; lots of snow and very cold temperatures. They&rsquo;ve come a long way from the heavy, clunky &ldquo;snow tires&rdquo; or &ldquo;mud grips&rdquo; which might have been on your dad&rsquo;s station wagon, but they still feature deep tread grooves and a tread design that&rsquo;s intended for real winter conditions. Winter tires use a tread formulation that stays flexible at low temperatures for traction, but they shouldn&rsquo;t be used when temperatures get above 40 degrees. In warmer temperatures, winter tires are notorious for premature wear, heavy handling properties and noise. Still, they&rsquo;re good for slush and snow-packed roads, or even light icy conditions. Some snow tires are available pre-drilled for studs for traction in nasty weather. In heavier ice conditions, no tire does well and you should probably just avoid driving altogether.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Summer tires, on the other hand, are intended for warmer temperatures and feature a soft, &ldquo;sticky&rdquo; rubber formulation which offers great traction on wet or dry pavement. They&rsquo;re pretty close in design and tread compound to performance or ultra-high-performance tires; their down side is they shouldn&rsquo;t be used in temperatures below 50 degrees, and usually do not carry the same lengthy tread wear warranty of touring or all-season tires.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> So, to answer the question.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Are all-season tires really all-season? If you live in areas that have a moderately tough winter with some wintry precipitation, the answer will probably be yes. All-season radials are a good enough fit for most drivers that many new cars come equipped with them.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Got questions? Thinking it might be time for a set of all-season tires for your car? Give us a call and let one of our service advisors set up an appointment for you!&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> /blog/view/are-all-season-tires-really-all-season/feed0How To Update Your Auto Repair Routinehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/how-to-update-your-auto-repair-routinehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/how-to-update-your-auto-repair-routine#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/how-to-update-your-auto-repair-routine<div> Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today&rsquo;s cars don&rsquo;t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it&rsquo;s still something you can&rsquo;t neglect. Here&rsquo;s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle:&nbsp;</div> <div> <div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/219/Sep Blog2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 20px 10px; float: right;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Monthly&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div> &bull; Check tire inflation</div> <div> &bull; Check oil and transmission fluid levels</div> <div> &bull; Check all lights</div> <div> &bull; Check windshield washer fluid</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every 5,000 Miles</div> <div> &bull; Oil change (if using conventional motor oil), to prevent deposits from forming inside engine and accelerating wear on moving parts</div> <div> &bull; Tire rotation, to ensure even wear on all four tires by switching their positions on the vehicle</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every 15,000 Miles</div> <div> &bull; Replace air filter</div> <div> &bull; Replace cabin air filter</div> <div> &bull; Replace carbon canister filter (if applicable)</div> <div> &bull; Replace wiper blades</div> <div> &bull; Check battery for reserve starting power, check battery cables for good secure fit and clean corrosion and deposits from posts and battery clamps</div> <div> &bull; Check engine&rsquo;s serpentine belt for signs of cracking, fraying, chunking or excessive wear</div> <div> &bull; Check all vacuum lines and hoses for wear and secure connections</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every 30,000 Miles</div> <div> &bull; Flush and replace transmission fluid, change transmission filter</div> <div> &bull; Flush old coolant from radiator, perform pressure test to check for leaks, replace coolant</div> <div> &bull; Run diagnostic check on engine &ndash; sometimes the engine&rsquo;s computer can still register a trouble code without illuminating the Check Engine light.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Lubricate door hinges, hood hinges and any other lubrication points on vehicle chassis and undercarriage</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every 60,000 Miles</div> <div> &bull; Repeat all above services from the 30,000 mile increment</div> <div> &bull; Replace engine timing belt, if applicable. Some manufacturers&rsquo; recommendations for timing belt replacement might vary from this interval; also, many vehicles are designed with a timing chain, which won&rsquo;t need replacement for the life cycle of the vehicle.</div> <div> &bull; Check condition of brake pads and rotors</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Every 100,000 Miles</div> <div> &bull; Replace spark plugs. This is something which used to be needed much more frequently, but today&rsquo;s vehicles can easily go 100k miles on a set of spark plugs.</div> <div> &bull; Replace coil-on-plug coil packs if needed, and if applicable.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull; Perform a compression check on all cylinders</div> <div> &bull; Check wheel bearings and CV joints on front-drive vehicles</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> These are all important service intervals to keep in mind in the life cycle of any vehicle. The good news is with this sort of scrupulous attention to maintenance, you can easily keep a vehicle on the road for 200-250,000 miles. It&rsquo;s a pretty far cry from cars of the 1970&rsquo;s and 80&rsquo;s that would be ready for the salvage yard at 120,000 miles. If you&rsquo;re approaching any of these milestones with your vehicle, give us a call and let us take care of your service and maintenance needs!&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/how-to-update-your-auto-repair-routine/feed0Winter is Cominghttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/winter-is-cominghttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/winter-is-coming#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/winter-is-coming<div> The days are getting shorter, there&rsquo;s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready?&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/220/october-1.jpg" style="width: 173px; height: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 30px 10px; float: right;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun&rsquo;s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of&nbsp;</div> <div> Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or grinding noises when you apply the brakes? Are you noticing that the pedal goes farther to the floor before the brakes engage? It&rsquo;s important to go into the winter months with a good set of brakes!</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tires: Most manufacturers recommend a tire rotation every 5-7,000 miles to ensure even tire wear; it&rsquo;s easy to just schedule a rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle&rsquo;s already off the ground. Be sure to check your tread depth and overall condition of the tires, too.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Coolant: If it&rsquo;s been a couple of years since your coolant was changed, it&rsquo;s time to have a flush performed again. Coolant will degrade and lose its effectiveness over time, as it starts to pick up corrosion and contaminants from the radiator and water pump; starting out the winter with fresh coolant and a clean system will help get your car ready for cold weather. After all, a healthy cooling system will also produce more robust heat through the car&rsquo;s heater. While you&rsquo;re at it, make sure that the serpentine belt, hoses and hose clamps are all in good shape as well.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Trouble bag: You hope you won&rsquo;t have any problems this winter, but it&rsquo;s better to have the trouble bag and not need it than to need it and not have it. Consider including a flashlight, first aid kit, protein-rich snacks, a sweater, blanket and gloves, some cash in small bills and change, a charged-up cell phone, flares or reflective triangle, duct tape and a few rudimentary tools (or maybe a Leatherman-style multi-tool).&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Battery: Cold weather is really tough on a car&rsquo;s battery. Motor oil thickens, making it harder to turn the engine over, and the chemical reaction that goes on inside the battery&rsquo;s cells slows down in extreme cold. At 5 degrees F, a fully-charged battery can only deliver about half its capacity and cranking power. Have your electrical system checked for proper charging, and make sure the battery&rsquo;s posts and cable clamps are in good shape and free of corrosion.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Winter conditions are hard on any vehicle, but if you&rsquo;re prepared, your car will take good care of you all winter. Make an appointment with us and let us take care of your car&rsquo;s winterization needs before the cold really sets in!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/winter-is-coming/feed0Don’t Forget Your Sparehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/don-t-forget-your-sparehttp://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/don-t-forget-your-spare#commentsWed, 01 Jun 2016 11:11:32 -0400http://yourtiresource.com/blog/view/don-t-forget-your-spare<div> Oh, the lowly spare tire. It doesn&rsquo;t get much respect.&nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" src="http://yourtiresource.com/images/display/221/october-2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 14px 10px; float: right;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Today, a lot of vehicles don&rsquo;t even come with a spare tire anymore, not even the little &ldquo;donut&rdquo; space-saver spare. Instead, to cut weight and free up space, they come with a compressor and a can of a Fix-a-Flat-style product in hopes that you can get back on your way again. Great idea, unless your tire has a sidewall puncture or is shredded&hellip;</div> <div> <div> Anyway, if your car is equipped with a spare, you shouldn&rsquo;t just ignore it. Tires have a shelf life, and time will take its toll on any tire, including ones that are never on the ground. Even brand-new tires have a sell-by date; the industry agrees that tires that are older than six to eight years old are probably unsafe due to degradation of the rubber. Your spare can sit in the trunk or under the vehicle and dry-rot over time, and even if it doesn&rsquo;t, it can lose air to the point where it&rsquo;s useless.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If your vehicle has a full-size spare, it&rsquo;s a good idea to include it in the tire rotation schedule, actually putting it on the pavement from time to time. If not, at least check on the poor old lowly spare and let it know that someone cares about it. The alternative, after all, is being stuck by the side of the road with a flat tire and a flat, worthless spare both.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/don-t-forget-your-spare/feed0