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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Wheel Alignment is About Tire Preservation

In Many Cases, Wheel Alignment is About Preserving Your Tires Car owners get wheel alignments because their wheels aren’t pointing in the right direction anymore. This is what bad roads do to cars, and it can have serious consequences knowing what it does to your steering. But for most drivers who don’t go through potholes on a daily basis, wheel alignment is about preserving your tires.   Just as wheel alignment affects how well you can drive, it can play a part in how long your tires last. They should be pointing in the right direction, or else the tires will shred too much rubber too fast. If your tires are thinning out for no reason at all, it may be worth looking at a wheel alignment.   Pay Attention to Your Tires   Unfortunately, you can’t rely on your car’s check systems to monitor your wheel alignment or how much tread the wheels have left. Regular checkups are still your best defense against drivi ... read more

Car Brake Check A Must-Do Before Winter 2017 Strikes

Car Brake Check A Must-Do Before Winter 2017 Strikes Winter is coming, and in a matter of days, we’ll have to drive on icy roads again. While weather forecasts say that winter in states like Colorado may be drier and warmer than usual, you should still prepare your car for the cold season. After all, with La Nina, and the unpredictability of Colorado weather, we can’t be sure what kind of winter we are going to have this year. Generally, winter is a tough season for driving. Snowfall can significantly reduce visibility on the roads in addition to making them slippery. To make sure your car is ready for these driving challenges, you need to perform a thorough vehicle maintenance and check-up before winter arrives. You may start with one of the most essential parts of your car: the brakes. Check the Brake Fluid Though often neglected, brake fluid is ... read more

Do New Tires Need Wheel Alignment?

Is Wheel Alignment for New Tires Necessary? Usually, wheel alignment isn’t included on the recommended maintenance schedule provided by vehicle manufacturers. So, how often you should align your wheel is largely indefinite; but, to be on the safe side, you must do it annually—and whenever you get new tires. Minimal Tire Wear When you spend a hundred dollars per tire, you would likely want to use your newly purchased tires for a long time to come. But when you refuse to align your wheel fitted with new tires, the opposite will happen. The new tires will start to wear unevenly, and you’ll have to replace them much sooner. What’s even worse is that unevenly worn tires are at risk of a blowout, which could put you in danger. Thus, for the benefit of long-lasting tires and a safer driving experience, it is essential to have your wheels aligned before driving on a set of new tires. Alignment on Three Angles Here ... read more

Strange Noises When You Hit the Brakes?

Does Your Car Make Strange Noises When You Hit the Brakes? Here’s What They Might Mean It’s no secret that brakes are one of the most vital parts of a car. So, when you hear a strange noise whenever you hit the brakes, it is imperative not to ignore it. To help you in this matter, we’ve come up with some of the common noises brakes make and what those noises may mean: Scraping Noise If your car makes a scraping noise whenever you apply your brakes to turn, it’s possible your vehicle has picked up a rock from a dirt road. The rock might have gotten lodged between the rotor and the backing plate, creating that awful, annoying noise. Just take the rock out or have it removed by a mechanic, and you’re on your way. Squeaking Noise Does your break squeak annoyingly? It’s highly possible your mechanic installed cheap brake pads. Inferior pads often have large, wide metal flakes in the brake material that squeal every t ... read more

What You Should Know About Driving Over Potholes

The Implications of Driving Over Potholes Potholes are notorious for their sneaky, teeth-rattling potential for damaging vehicles. Colorado has its fair share of potholes due to a combination of overdue road repairs and erosion caused by severe weather. Whether it’s on country roads or city streets, driving over potholes steadily wears down certain parts of a car and could spell disaster for any car owner as pothole damage often goes dismissed. Here are problems potholes can cause to certain parts of your vehicle. Tires and Wheels Being the only car component contacting the road, tires take the most damage from a dip in a pothole. The sheer impact of riding over a pothole can make the tire bulge visibly or rupture it, which is very costly to repair. Rims on newer car models are often aluminum-based instead of steel, making it much more susceptible to damage. A bent rim produces vibrations that often lead to wheel alignment issues. Al ... read more

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