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October 2013

"Winterizing" your vehicle...

The cool, crisp fall weather is here, and before we know it winter will descend upon us.  We will prepare ourselves for the cold by digging out the winter apparel, closing up the pool, and having our furnaces tuned up.  However, we also need to remember to get our vehicles ready for the cold.  This might include servicing the cooling system, having the belts and hoses inspected or replaced, replacing the wiper blades and changing the oil.  You should always have your coolant tested to ensure that it can handle the cold, as it is a vital component that helps to protect your vehicle's engine, radiator, heater core and more.  Weak or dirty coolant cannot properly perform its necessary functions, and can lead to costly repairs.  The same goes for your engine oil; it protects your engine from damage in both extreme heat AND extreme cold, so it needs to be changed every 3,000 - 5,000 miles so that it remains clean and retains its lubrication abilities.
 
As for your belts, hoses, and wiper blades; the rubber that these components are comprised of must be an equal balance of both flexibility and rigidity in order to work well.  That means that they must be flexible enough to twist, bend, expand and contract in all temperatures; but strong enough to resist breakage, fraying or splitting.  If the rubber becomes dry rotted or spongy, it cannot perform as needed and the component will need replacing. 
 
                  Just remember, a well maintained vehicle is a happy vehicle...

Getting the most out of your tires....

     Your tires are a very important component on your vehicle.  Keeping them in good condition is not only pertinent to the way your vehicle rides, but your tires also affect how your vehicle stops, steers, and can even affect your fuel economy.
     When the time comes to replace your tires, you should do your research before making a purchase.  Many newer vehicles come with performance tires from the factory, which are not only expensive to replace, but they may not be the best choice for your vehicle.  For example, a lot of four door sedans such as the Chevy Impala, Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord came equipped with high performance Goodyear or Firestone tires meant for high speed driving and hard cornering.  But, how many of us actually drive our grocery-getters over 88 mph???  There may be a few of us, but most of us aren't using our daily drivers to qualify for a Nascar race.  So, putting high performance tires (which tend to wear out quicker and ride rougher) on your vehicle is not the best choice in most cases.  Instead, you may want to purchase a touring tire, which will provide a smooth ride, good all-weather handling, and generally last longer and cost less then a high performance tire.
     If you are unsure of what tire would suit you best, you can find a lot of information and consumer reviews online, or, feel free to ask us any questions and we'll be happy to help you out...
.....and remember, rotate your tires about every 6,000 miles, have your vehicle alignment checked about every two years, and attend to any steering or suspension issues promptly.  Your tires will last a lot longer and provide a smoother ride with proper maintenance! 
 
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