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Seven Things You Need To Know About Tires

November 3rd, 2015

We often see customers who are a little overwhelmed by the tire buying process. There are so many types of tires for different vehicles and different driving styles, all at different price points. Here are a few things every driver needs to know about tires:

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·   A tire is constructed from the inside out, starting at the inner liner. There are 20 to 25 different components in every tire; fabric belts are wrapped around the inner liner, with steel belts, more fabric belts and other materials layered between the tread surface and the inner liner. These layers provide strength, noise suppression and ride quality.

·   Newer low-profile tires are popular with many drivers, if only for aesthetic/style re ...[more]

  Tags: Tires, tire repair
  Posted in: Tires 101

Benefits You Didn’t Know About Oil Changes

October 30th, 2015

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.

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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 ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

September 12th, 2015

Auto Air Conditioning Repair TN & VASummer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

Why Schedule Regular Oil Changes For Your Vehicle?

August 4th, 2015
Oil Changes in TN & VAMany vehicle owners do not take the time to schedule regular oil changes. Regular oil changes are vital to the life of your engine and can extend its performance for years. This is one of the most important and inexpensive things you can do to keep engine protected. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3,000-6,000 miles, depending on your vehicle use and the type of oil you are using. 
 
Oil Changes are essential to:
  • Lubricate engine to reduce wear and friction
  • Reduce engine temperatures
  • Maintaining proper engine function
With regular oil changes your engine will be protected a ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair

Don’t Let Tire Problems Put the Brakes on Your Valentine’s Date

July 20th, 2015
Tires in Virginia & TennesseeDon’t let tire problems get in the way this Valentine’s day. How is your tire pressure? Do my tires need to be rotated? Is it time for an alignment? Do I need new tires? While these questions can seem daunting, with the help of tire professionals and various routine self-checks, any driver can maintain proper tire care and not miss that big date this Valentine’s Day. From tire rotations to air pressure, learning what signals might indicate tire replacement or repair is important for every vehicle owner. 
 
Let’s begin with tire air pressure. Perhaps one of the most obvious tire maintenance steps most drivers neglect until it’s too late is checking your tire’s air pressure. ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101

Basic car tire maintenance and safety

July 12th, 2015

Tires in TN & VAWith so much riding on your vehicle's tires, for safety's sake, it's absolutely critical to ensure that your tires are properly maintained. After all, tire maintenance and tire safety go together like, well, they go together like firm tread on a flat road. So here are three simple things you can do to keep your tires in good shape so that they will do the same for you: At least once a month, monitor your tires' air pressure, check the tread depth and visually inspect the tread and sidewalls.

Air pressure....[more]

  Posted in: Tires 101

Five questions to ask at your auto shop

June 30th, 2015

Auto Repair Shop TN & VAAs a person on the go, you want to minimize miscommunications that may slow you down and throw off your schedule. So when you take your car in for repairs, you want to make sure everything is clear between you and your technician. Your auto repair shop is likely a busy place on a tight schedule, too, and the folks there are just as interested in getting things right the first time.

Making sure you get pertinent questions answered up front is a great way to avoid misunderstandings later. To be certain you and your mechanic are on the same page, here are some important questions to answer from the get-go.

1. Ask if they are familiar with the make and model of your vehicle.Most repair shops are experienced with all ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

Gas-saving tips for your vehicle

June 10th, 2015

Fuel Economy TN & VAOn our Facebook page, we recently posted that you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent with properly inflated tires. It's a good idea because driving on tires at the appropriate inflation level is safer as well as more economical. And to ensure your tires keep that fuel efficiency, you should also consider inflating them with nitrogen. As a dry, inert gas, nitrogen doesn't expand and contract with the temperature like oxygen does, so it maintains your tires at the right PSI longer than compressed air. You can find out more about nitrogen inflation here: http://freeservicetire.com/nitrogen-tn-va. 
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  Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Tips to prevent your engine overheating this summer!

May 27th, 2015

Engine Repair TN & VAWhile we’ve been experiencing a pleasant cool snap this week, East Tennessee’s usual hot, muggy weather is expect to return next week – and with it, greater potential for your vehicle to overheat. To avoid that possibility, here are some tips for helping your engine keep its cool in the summer’s heat.

Keep an eye on your temperature gauge.This may seem obvious, but while most drivers regularly check their fuel gauges and speedometers, many never bother to glance at the temperature gauge until they have a problem. So locate your temperature indicator and make a practice of checking it while driving until you have familiarized yourself with what the usual reading is. Once acquainted with the “normal&rdqu ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101

Have your car’s air conditioner serviced before you really need it!

April 30th, 2015

Auto A/C Repair TN & VALast week, we enjoyed some cool spring weather. But now, Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer – has come and gone, which means hot weather is just around the corner. And on that first real scorcher of a summer day, the last thing you want to find out is that your car’s air conditioner has stopped working after a long winter’s layoff.

And even if your AC works the first time you need it this summer, that’s no guarantee it will be operating at its peak by summer’s end. Air conditioning systems lose between 5 to 15 percent of their efficiency each year because of leaks in the lines, hoses, O-rings, and the compressor shaft’s seal, all of which dry out over time. (Helpful hint: Periodi ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair, Auto Repair 101
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