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Getting Revenge Against Pot Holes and Proper Wheel Alignment - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

A highly important factor in ensuring the longevity of your tires is maintaining proper wheel alignment. A car with proper wheel alignment will give a smooth and comfortable ride that will be vibration-free and void of any drifting that can occur, when wheel alignment is incorrect.

When a car is being aligned, it is actually the suspension that is being tuned and not the wheels and tires. However, it is important how your car's wheels and tires are directed and angled in the end. There are four main parts to a proper wheel alignment: the caster, the camber, the toe, and the ride height:

Caster - Caster angle or is the angular displacement from the vertical axis of the suspension of a steered wheel in a car, bicycle or other vehicle, measured in the longitudinal direction. It is the angle ...[more]

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  Posted in: Tire 101, Auto Repair 101

Spring Auto Repair Service - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

Spring is here! That time of year again when trees start to get greener, flowers start blooming, the weather gets warmer, and people start to get out more. Know that spring is here and summer just around the corner; people are finding more reasons to leave the house. With all the outdoor activities and summer vacation spots around, more people are finding themselves commuting more often.

After the cold harsh winter, is your vehicle ready for the extra commutes and extra summer drives? If your not sure then it would be wise to get your spring auto repair services done. With the salty roads and cold temperatures a lot can happen to your car that you wouldn't expect. For instance, your exhaust and suspension is the most prone to corrosion and rust. Being that the exhaust is under the car it is the most difficult part to clean salt off during car washes. Also since it's under the car, it's the most exposed part that gets hit by salty slush. That's why it is ...[more]

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  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Preventative Maintenance Service - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

Preventative maintenance service is an investment that is a must, when it comes to keeping your vehicle(s) in good running condition. Preventative maintenance service is especially important for those who live in areas that have cold winters and hot summers. It's important, because the cold winter temperatures and the salt from the roads can cause corrosion and damage to a lot of areas on your vehicle that you wouldn't expect. Also, the cold to warm temperature changes can cause a lot of stress on your vehicle’s transmission, engine, and belts.

Preventative maintenance is a service that is a step taken beyond your regular maintenance service. The difference between preventative maintenance services and regular maintenance services is that with preventative maintenance you are checking components of your ve ...[more]

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  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Warm Weather Brings Summer and All Season Tires - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

 

It's that wonderful time of year again, when winter starts to wind down, and spring and summer are just around the corner. After a long, cold, harsh winter, there is nothing better than more sunshine and warmer days. Driving is especially better with no more cold, wet, and slippery roads. Driving also becomes less dangerous and less risky for those who have to commute day to day. So, if you’re going to be driving in the hot weather, be sure that your vehicle has the right set of tires.

Having the right set of tires for the summer is as important as having the right set of tires for the winter. If you're thinking about using your winter tires for summer, you are making a big mistake and taking a risk. Winter tire treads are designed with a softer compound that is only good for colder tempe ...[more]

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  Posted in: Tire 101

Cooling System Maintenance and Repair - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

With the summer here and temperatures rising, keeping your vehicle’s engine cool is very important to its performance and life. That's why it is important to have your vehicle’s cooling system maintained and working as it should. The cooling system in your car is what keeps your engine at the proper operating temperature. Keeping your vehicle’s engine at proper operating temperature keeps it running properly, giving you the best performance out of your vehicle.

The cooling system in cars usually consists of: engine water jacket, thermostat, water pump, radiator / radiator cap, cooling fan (depending on the vehicle electric or belt-driven), hoses, heater core, and expansion tank.

The cooling process works like this: the coolant in your car or the antifreeze circulates through the engine t ...[more]

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  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

Summer Brings the Heat! Time for the Air Conditioning Recharge - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

Recharge ACBeing that summer is pretty much here and the weather is getting hotter, staying cool is a must. This is especially true when it comes to driving. Driving in a car with no air conditioning can be uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. That's why making sure a trained technician should complete your air conditioning recharge.

In most vehicles the air conditioning in a car is a closed loop system of tubing that is filled with a refrigerant that cycles from liquid to a gaseous state that circulates around the system again and again. The refrigerant in a cars a/c is what makes the cold air for your vehicle. With out it the a/c will just blow hot air. When this happens all you need to do is recharge your ac with more refrigerant.

Performing an air conditioning recharge can be a fair ...[more]

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Have Good Tires on Your Vehicle? Our 2012 Summer Driving Tips! - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

Schedule an Appointment if your vehicle could use a good tune-up or tire check from our certified tire and auto repair technicians.

Summer is here with its hot temperatures and longer daylight. With summer here it also means that more people are hitting the roads for summer road trips and summer cruises around the city. What people may not know is that summer driving is just as dangerous as winter driving. Studies show that traffic accident fatalities increase in the summer due to the fact that people tend to spend more time on the road.

Charles Powell, creator of Passing the Written DMV Test suggest that everyone brush up on their defensive driving skills in order to safeguard their families and themselves every summer.

We should always be cau ...[more]

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Car Air Conditioning Service Keeping You Cool This Summer - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

 

It's summer again that means longer and hotter days. With the hot weather being here is your vehicles air conditioning system in good working condition. If not or your not sure it easy to find out. Just simply turn on your cars a/c and crank it up to see if cool air comes out. If you have cool air coming out your still good, or are you? The majority of the time your cars a/c will go out during use because of the extra strain, or low refrigerant known as R-134a. The type of refrigerant your car takes depends on the year of your car. Cars that are made before 1994 typically will use R-12 or Freon.

After researchers found out that the Freon or R-12 was one of the leading cause of ozone depletion it later became illegal to use in your car. This is why vehicles built in 1994 and up don't use Freon b ...[more]

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Learning About Passenger Tires and Other Tire Types Available for Your Vehicle - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

With the many different types of tires on the market today, the passenger tire is the most commonly used and cost-effective tire type available. Passenger tires are typically used in passenger cars and minivans.

Almost every tire manufacture out there offers passenger tires. For example, Michelin with their Michelin Destiny, and Yokohama with their A drive. There are also different types of passenger tires that offer different types of performance for your driving needs.

All season tires are engineered to handle cold, warm, wet, and dry climates. You can identify an all season tire by its tread, and on the sidewall. The tread on an all season tire typically has more sipes (cuts within the tread block) within the tread, as well as a more diverse tread design. On the sidewall it either reads all season on the t ...[more]

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  Posted in: Tire 101

Spare Tire Replacement and Repair for your Car or Truck - Discount Tire Outlet

April 10th, 2015

If you have ever had a flat tire, you know how stressful it can be. The stress is then compounded, if you have no knowledge on what to do or how to put your spare on. Regardless of a vehicle’s make or model, every vehicle is equipped with a spare tire. If your vehicle doesn't, odds are the previous owner lost it or damaged it and never replaced it. A spare tire is like insurance. You don't need it, until something happens. In this post we discuss the importance of having a good spare tire, as well as keeping it in good condition and ready to use in case of an emergency.

Even if you have an inflation device or fix-a-flat, having a spare tire will always be the best option for a flat tire. There are times when you get a flat, and all you need is a little more air or some fix-a-flat, but for the other times, ...[more]

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  Posted in: Tire 101
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