Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

June 1st, 2016

Automotive technology has come a long way since the mid-20th century, and so has motor oil. A 1940s-era car didn’t feature an oil pump or oil filter. Instead, they relied on dippers on the crankshaft’s counterweights, which would then sling oil to coat crucial moving parts. Motor oils in those days weren’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.

Today’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:

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Invest in the Future of any Vehicle with TPMS - Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

June 1st, 2016

tire-pressure-tpmsAs most drivers can contest firsthand, tires are not invincible. Composed from many separate layers of steel-encased rubber fabrics and durable materials, tires eventually wear down and can cause vehicle owners costly repairs or even replacement. Understanding what measures should be taken to properly maintain tires will both lengthen tire life and support vehicle functionality and longevity. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) introduce revolutionary tire protection technology to constantly report on tire pressure in each tire for vehicle safety and sustainability.

Without assistance from a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), tires become more susceptible to avoidable damages due to low t ...[more]

Is it Time for a Tire Rotation?

June 1st, 2016

Tire rotation is an easy maintenance item that has long term benefits for any vehicle. When properly maintained, tire rotations can improve fuel economy, extend tire life and provide drivers better handling through improved stability. Frequently servicing vehicles with tire rotations is imperative to sustaining tire tread by ensuring all tires are used evenly without excessive wear to one section or another.

Normal tread wear is unavoidable due to uneven vehicle weight dispersal, vehicle performance, etc. Without tire rotations, tires continue to wear on the same areas over and over, causing irreversible damage to tire tread which drastically decreases tire life. Engine weight accounts for a major portion of vehicle weight, causing fr ...[more]

April: National Car Care Month

June 1st, 2016
April is National Car Care Month and there is no better time to break free from the chains of winter to start your journey to a dependable, road ready vehicle. Routine maintenance can seem overwhelming and with a never ending cycle of checks and replacements, sometimes it is hard to remember where one project ends and the next one begins. Knowledge is power and whether you are a mechanic or soccer mom every vehicle owner should have at least passing knowledge about their vehicle.
 
Allowing your vehicle to fall into disrepair during the winter months is nearly inevitable. Spending time working on a vehicle during an icy day is less likely than waking a hibernating bear and nearly as pleasant. Thus, when April is s ...[more]

Spring is the Season for Change

June 1st, 2016
As the weather changes and the world is energized to get out and do something, you can start with a simple change:  changing the fluids in your vehicle. It’s fast.  It’s easy.  It’s not expensive, and it is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your car or truck. 
 
A quick run down of the fluids in your vehicle are Oil, Coolant, Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Power Steering, and Washer Fluid. To maintain your vehicle’s proper functions, you want to make sure you are changing the oil, and flushing out or replacing the coolant and transmission fluid. Washer fluid should be checked and topped off whenever it is low (most vehicles have a light that will indicate when the reservoir needs to be ...[more]

Tire Maintenance Tips

June 1st, 2016

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road when you drive. It only takes a couple of minutes of preventive maintenance each month to keep your tires working at their best.

Check Your Air Pressure Once a Month
 
Incorrect air pressure is the leading cause of tire damage. To avoid tire damage you need to check your tire's air pressure once a month.
 
The correct tire pressure can be found in the following places:
  • in the car' owner manual
  • gas tank lid
  • driver's side door's edge
  • door post
The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. T ...[more]

Copley Middle School Goodyear Blimp Tour

June 1st, 2016

Tire Source sponsored a Goodyear blimp tour of the Wingfoot Lake Blimp Hangar. Students from the 5th grade of Copley Middle School had a chance to visit the blimp hangar and see face to face The Spirit of Goodyear Blimp. The students also viewed a short film about the history of the Goodyear blimps. Another point of attraction at the blimp hangar is the construction area. Students had the chance to see old and current drawing plans for blimp construction.The highlight by far was the students seeing The Spirit of Goodyear just a few feet off the ground with a large United States Flag waving on its side. Tire Source hopes to continue offering student Goodyear tours to other local schools for some time to come.