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Top Signs That You Need to Change Your Tires

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Every time you drive your car, your tires are exposed to a wide variety of road and weather conditions. Over time, your tires wear down and require replacement to maintain your car’s safety, maneuverability, and efficiency. Learning to catch the warning signs of worn tires in need of replacement can help you address this issue promptly with the help of your Tucson mechanic.

Shallow Treads

The treads on your tires are designed to improve traction and prevent your car from slipping while on the road. As your tires wear down, the treads become shallower as the rubber is worn away, making tread depth a good indicator of tire wear and the need for replacement. Check your tire treads by inserting a quarter with the head facing down into the tread. As long as a portion of the head is always covered, your treads are sufficiently deep. Check several points around each tire; if Washington’s head is not always covered, the tire should be replaced. Additionally, if black rubber bars connecting the treads become readily visible, this is a built-in indicator that your tires are past their prime.

Visible Damage or Weak Spots

Over time, the rubber of your tires can wear thin and become brittle. Check the sidewalls of your tires regularly for cracks, grooves, or areas where the rubber has crumbled or rubbed away from the tire. Additionally, look for bulges or blisters on the surface of your tires, which indicate weak points that could blow out if placed under enough stress, causing a flat tire that could put you at risk while driving. Any visible damage to your tires that concerns you is a definite sign that your tires are wearing out and should be replaced by your auto mechanic.

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Maintaining the Fluid Levels in Your Car

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Your car requires numerous fluids to function properly; ensuring these fluids are kept at the right levels will vastly improve the performance and longevity of your vehicle. While some fluid levels can be checked and topped off on your own, some require the attention of your automotive repair specialist to ensure they are properly maintained. Knowing which systems need to be checked and how to do so will ensure your vehicle is properly maintained so you can enjoy safety and comfort whenever you get behind the wheel.

Engine Oil

You can check the engine oil level using the oil dipstick near the front of your engine block. Remove the stick and wipe it clean, then re-insert it into the reservoir completely and remove it slowly. The oil level should fall between the two hash marks on the stick; if the oil is below this level, you’ll need to add more.

Transmission Fluid

Check your transmission fluid level while your car is running using the dipstick located just behind the oil reservoir. Follow the same procedure as for checking the oil, removing the stick to clean it before re-inserting it and checking that the transmission fluid is between the indicators. If the fluid is low, see your auto mechanic to replace the lost fluid and check for leaks in the line.

Coolant

Engine coolant should always be checked while the engine is off. Unscrew the radiator cap, typically found in the middle of the engine compartment, and look inside to see how much fluid is present. As long as the radiator and nearby reservoir are mostly full, your levels are fine; if not, add coolant in a 50/50 ratio with water as per the instructions on the product or have your auto mechanic replace the coolant for you.

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