Check the Tires before Driving


When driving, you will want the parts and components to be in the best condition possible. The only part of your vehicle that makes direct contact with the surface of the road are the tires. It is important to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By doing so, you can ensure they are reliable and as safe as possible. Make sure to schedule a maintenance inspection with us so we can inspect the tires. If there is an issue with the tires, we can alert you to it. We can even inspect the spare tire so it will be ready to use incase you need it. There are some tasks that should be done regularly to ensure the condition of the tires.




It is important to rotate the tires at regular intervals. By having the tires rotated on a schedule, you can help prevent uneven tire wear. The tread is important because it is what helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. Having proper tread will allow you better control of the vehicle on icy or wet roads because of the traction. As the tires age, the tread will eventually begin to wear. If the tires are never rotated, then they will start to develop uneven tread wear. As you drive, the front tires may experience more stress than the back tires. This is because they are mostly responsible for steering and turning the vehicle. When you rotate the tires, the wear is then spread out evenly around them. This will help to extend the life of all the tires. Regular rotation of the tires will also increase the fuel economy. This helps the engine to run more efficiently when the tires have even tread wear. If you ignore the recommended tire rotation schedule, you can increase the chance that an issue may occur. Without the proper tread on the tires, they can hydroplane because of the poor traction.


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The tread of the tires should be inspected regularly as well. Measure the tread by placing a penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires. This can help you to have a comfortable and reliable ride.





Having the Tires Properly Aligned


Having the alignment checked can improve your safety when you drive. One way to notice if the alignment is off is to let go of the wheel with one hand for just a second, it could be enough to pull you in to that next lane and hit the cars that are driving in it. An accident could be caused because the tires were not aligned properly. You could also have a problem with your alignment and go across the yellow line and in to oncoming traffic if your pull goes to the right. No matter which way your vehicle is pulling you, a tire alignment can fix the problem.


Getting the tires looked at is one of the easier things on a vehicle. The vehicle is put on a lift and lifted up so all four tires are visible to the eye. Once the tire pressure is checked, the tires are checked for wear spots or uneven wear. Uneven wear on the tires is one of the first indications that it is out of alignment. If one tire has worn more than the others, it can mean the tires should be aligned or rotated. Regular maintenances can help determine when the tires should have this task done.


Once those problems are recognized, then the vehicle is put up on a computer that measures the angle of the tires in degrees. When one is way off, that means the tire alignment is off. The computer read out tells us which tires need to be adjusted and how much. The tires are then put in to the correct placement and a test drive would be taken down the road. The tires can get knocked out of alignment after traveling a lot of miles without it being checked, it you drive down bumpy roads often or if you just have not had the tires rotated recently. The alignment can be knocked off pretty easily, but it can also be fixed quite easily. Driving on poor tires can lead to more issues with the tires as well. If you notice an issue with your vehicle or tires when you drive, make sure to schedule an appointment. Catching an issue at the first sign can help save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Inspecting the Tires


One of the first things you should check on the tires is the air pressure. If the tires are over inflated, they will be more prone to pick up sharp objects that could be on the surface of the road. They will also make the vehicle uncomfortable to drive in, because it will hit bumps harder than they should, because of the extra air in the tires.



Under inflated tires can also cause an issue because they will not have the proper contact with the surface of the road. They will also have a higher chance to blow out because of the poor air pressure. If you notice that air needs to be added often, it could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the tires.



When you check the air pressure, also make sure that you inspect the tread wear on the tires. Knowing how much tread you need is quite easy. Just take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low. If this is the case, you will need new tires. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires, and rotate them if needed. The tread is important because it helps grip the surface of the road when you drive. Having the adequate amount of tread can increase your handling and stability of the vehicle.



Along with the air pressure and the tread, make sure that the tires are free from damage to them. Check for any signs of cracks, puncture marks, or bulges for each tire. If there is damage to the tires, they will not be safe or reliable to drive on. If you notice that there is an issue to the tires, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect them. It is also important to remember to contact us if you notice any issue out of the norm with your vehicle. This can help to prevent further issues in the future with your vehicle.

Inspecting the Tires this Spring



From the winter, tires take a beating from potholes, bumpy, and icy roads. It is very important to have your tires inspected to see if they need repair or replacement in the spring. If they are in good condition you can be assured to have safe spring travels. It is important to check tires before each trip to make sure they are at least inflated. A complete inspection includes checking tire pressure, tread, and wear pattern. If the inflation is low, it may be due to a puncture in the tire.



Repairing a tire is great because it can be completed for a fraction of the cost to replace one. Even though there is financial savings in repair, it is not always the best choice. To determine if a repair is possible, you need to take a look at where the puncture area is. Only punctures in the tread area should be repaired. If a repair is beyond the tread area or on the sidewall then the tire should be replaced. For safety sake, do not make or allow a repair to those areas. The size of the repair is also important. Damage from a puncture should not be more than ¼ inch in diameter; otherwise it is unsafe to complete the repair. Do not get a tire repaired if the treads are less than one sixteenth of an inch. There is no sense in repairing a tire that should not be on the road in the first place. If the treads are less than 1/16 inch, then the tire is not safe for road use.


Also notice how your vehicle handles, if it pulls in one direction or the other, it can be a sign of an issue with the tires. Tires that are worn or have poor inflation can cause the vehicle to sway or pull in one direction when you drive. If you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can help your vehicle to stay safe when you drive down the road.

Know when an Alignment is Needed

All vehicles at one time or another will need alignment in order to operate at a safe capacity. There is more to maintaining a vehicle than just getting the oil changed and the fluids refilled. Car repair is something that we all must have done at some point during the life of it. This is especially true when it comes to engine of the vehicle. Without a functional engine, the car would not operate on any level or capacity.

Sometimes it is very easy to tell if your car is in need of alignment. In some cases, a car that needs to be aligned will shake on one or both sides while in motion. In addition, the shaking may be noticeable around the tire areas. Another way of testing the alignment of the vehicle is to take your hand off the steering wheel while the car is in motion. If the steering wheel shakes or pulls toward one side, it probably is in need of proper alignment. In many cases, even a new car may require an alignment, as it is very easy to damage the alignment of a car while driving. Simply hitting a pothole or a curb can alter the alignment of any vehicle as well.


To help keep the vehicle running in the best condition possible, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenances. We can help inspect it for any issues it may have. If you notice an issue with the handling or steering of the vehicle, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent further issues from forming. It can also decrease the chance that parts will wear against one another and cause stress and strain to them. By going to scheduled maintenances, you can keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.


Make Sure to Inspect your Vehicle this Spring

With the warmer temperatures, now is a great time to inspect your vehicle. Over the winter road grime and salt can build up on your vehicle, which can increase the chance of rust to form. Make sure to wash your car, and undercarriage, so that the grime and left over salt is removed.


You will also want to inspect the tires. With colder temperatures, the pressure can become lower over time. Under inflated tires can result in poor mileage when you drive the vehicle. Under inflated tires also have a greater chance of blowing out when they rotate. Over inflated tires will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can lead to poor handling and control of the vehicle. The tread of the tires is also critical. The tread is what helps to grip the road when you drive. Proper tread will improve the handling and stability of the road if it is wet or in a less than ideal condition. If the tread is low it can cause the vehicle to hydroplane on roads that have water on them.

You will also want to inspect the tread of your tires. You can do this by placing a penny upside down in the groove of the tread. If you are able to see the top of Lincoln’s head, then there is not enough tread to drive safely. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. A new set of tires might be recommended. We can also inspect them to see how the tread is wearing all the way around the tires. Proper rotations should be done in order to help keep the tires in the best condition possible. This can help to ensure they all are wearing as evenly as possible. You may also need to have them aligned, so make sure to schedule an appointment with us, so we can inspect them for you.


The windshield wipers should also be inspected. After the winter season is a good time to have them replaced. The harsh element of winter can cause the blades to rip and tear. This could lead to the wipers smearing or smudging the windshield as they operate. If you are not sure what type of wiper blades to invest in, contact us, and we can advise you on the options.

Ways to Prevent the Tires from Spinning on Ice



While winter is sometimes filled with normal driving and great roads, there is always the chance of encountering icy road conditions. Most crashes in the winter happen because of icy pavement and poor driving habits. It is important to know how to stay safe if you have to drive on icy roads. Make sure you allow enough time to reach your destination.




It is important to know how to drive on poor roads and bad weather. The most important thing is to make sure your visibility is the best it can be. Make sure to start your vehicle to give it some time to warm up. This way the oil and other moving parts will warm up so they operate efficiently. Then clear away the windows from any ice, snow, or frost. By clearing it off, it can help you to improve the visibility when you drive. You will also be able to see those around you. Always be aware of what is around you, incase you have to swerve or slam on the brakes quick. By changing a few driving habits, you can decrease the chance of an accident or going in the ditch when the roads are ice or snow covered.




When the weather and roads are less than ideal, always remember to slow down and drive a speed that you are comfortable with. Moving too fast on icy roads will make it more difficult for you to stop your vehicle when you need to. It will also help if you need to brake suddenly if there is an accident or object in the road.



Handling the vehicle correctly is the key to get out of spinouts. If you have an anti-lock braking system, apply strong and continuous pressure. If your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes intermittently. Make sure to not slam on the brakes, as this can cause your vehicle to skid. Even if you drive safely, an unexpected patch of ice can sometimes catch you unaware and set your car into a spin. If you find yourself in a skid, let up on the gas and steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. You should not hit the gas or the brake until you have control of your vehicle again.



Slick surfaces require a longer stopping distance, so make sure to extend the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to react incase something happens suddenly ahead on the road. Make sure to drive a speed and distance that you feel comfortable at. By driving safe, you can have a more safe and pleasant driving experience.

Why Tire Inspections are Necessary


The tires are an important part for your vehicle. They are the only part to have direct contact between you and the surface of the road. They also help with the control and stability of the road when you are driving. To keep the vehicle running safely down the road, you should have a tire inspection done on a regular basis. This can help us to notice if any part is staring to show signs of wear and tear. To keep the vehicle operating at top efficiency and performance, the tires will need to be in good condition.

Having the tires checked regularly is a good safety measure. If you do not have the tires checked as a preventative measure, then it means you will discover a problem when you have a flat on the side of the road or if you are in an accident. Having the tires maintained and inspected will cost less than if you ignore it and the tire blows out. An inspection will look for uneven wear, exposed treads, balding tires, or thin spots on the sidewalls of the tires.

It is recommended to notice if the vehicle is starting to show signs of an issue. This can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. If the tires are worn, it could mean you need a new set of tires, but it could also mean a few other things. Uneven wear on the tires mean you should get a tire alignment done. You can put on new tires, but if the alignment is still wrong, the new tires will wear uneven as well and still be a potential safety hazard for you.

Uneven wear on the tires could also signal a problem with the suspension system. If there is a part missing, loose or not working properly, it could show up as a problem in the tire. The inspection will catch the wear before it gets terrible and causes a larger problem when you travel down the road. Thin treads, or balding tires, need to be replaced. The treads on the tire show how much wear has taken place. If you have low or even no treads left on the tire, this will affect how the vehicle handles. When there are no treads, you will not get traction in the snow, in the rain, or on roads that have less than optimal conditions to drive in. The treads will give you traction and allow you to stay more controlled in any type of condition as you drive down the road. With a rotation, you can assume the tires will get even wear on the inside and outside. They will also be moved to the front and back as needed, to keep the tires in the best shape as possible.

Proper Tire Inspections for Winter

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Keeping your tires inspected regularly can help the overall performance and efficiency of your vehicle. The tires are the only part of the vehicle that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. It is important to keep them in the best condition possible.

Start by checking the air pressure in each tire. The correct amount of air pressure can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, or on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the air pressure for you. The air pressure should checked when the vehicle has been sitting for awhile. When you drive, the tires warm up and it could result in a false reading.

The tread wear is also an important part to inspect on the tires. When you drive on wet or slick roads, the tread of the tire is what helps to grip the surface of the road. If the handling is poor on the vehicle, it could mean the tread has worn down and the tire should be replaced soon. You can also place a penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Besides checking the regular tires, also remember to check the spare tire as well. The spare tire will be needed incase one of the regular tires goes flat or blows out. It can assist in getting your vehicle to where the tire can be fixed. Remember to not drive more than 50 miles per hour on the spare, as well as not driving a distance of over 50 miles. This is because the spare tire is smaller, and cannot handle higher speeds of driving.

If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can help ensure the vehicle and tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive.

Winter Care for your Car


When you own a vehicle, you will want to make sure you bring it regularly for maintenance inspections. This way we can check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure it is working efficiently and at top performance levels. If you notice any issues with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

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Make sure to inspect the tires regularly. The tires are important because they are the only part that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. If the tires are under inflated, they will be more prone to blowing out. Make sure to check the air pressure after the vehicle has had time to sit. This will allow the tires to go to the correct air pressure they have, because usually the air pressure will increase when you are driving, providing you with a false reading. If you notice that the tire goes low, often, there could be a leak in it. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tire for you.
Also remember to check the oil in the vehicle. The oil should be at the correct amount, to ensure proper performance of the engine. Remember to bring the vehicle in for regular oil changes as well. By having the old, dirty oil removed, you can help have the fresh clean oil run efficiently through the system. If you are not sure how often to have the oil changed, make sure to contact us and we can advise you when an oil change is needed.


Always notice how your vehicle handles. If there are odd noises, smells, or issues you notice, this should be looked at as soon as possible. It is important to look at an issue as soon as possible. This will help reduce the chance of further damage in the long run to your vehicle. It can also provide you with a reliable vehicle when you drive this winter.