Conventional vs. Synthetic Motor Oil
When you go to purchased motor oil from your local auto store, do you know what you’re really paying for? When a service attendant asks you synthetic or regular, do you know the difference? If these situations leave you feeling unsure, let’s examine your options so next time you can make an informed decision. What Are the Advantages of Synthetic Oil Over Conventional Oil? First off, synthetic oil is better than conventional oil. Synthetic motor oil uses a higher quality base oil as compared to the less-refined base oil used in conventional oils. Full synthetic oil provides better engine performance and protection than conventional motor oils and they are specially formulated to provide additional performance benefits. Conventional oil — when compared to synthetic oil — easily breaks down in extreme high temperatures and does not last long. Synthetic motor oils are chemically developed from petrochemicals. The process removes impurities from the crude oil and enables individual molec ... read more
How is a Tire Installed?
For the safety and performance of your vehicle, your tires should be installed by an expert technician. Proper installation enables your tires to function fully and provides maximum safety. On average, a tire installation takes about 45 minutes to an hour. After you have selected the right tires for your vehicle, your tires will be expertly installed. A proper installation includes: Inspecting the lugs or wheel bolts Installing new rubber valve stems where applicable Mounting the tires Balancing the new tires on your wheels Tightening the wheel lugs to the manufacturer recommended torque Servicing TPMS systems The Steps to Install a New Set of Tires When your tires are being replaced your, a tire technician uses a step-by-step procedure to properly mount your new tires unto your vehicle. The vehicle is placed on a mount to lift off the ground. The technician will unbolt the lug nuts on each wheel in a counter clockwise direction starting with the left front so ... read more
Why Is Tire Pressure Important?
Your vehicle’s tires should always be inflated to their proper PSI (pound per square inch), which is the standard rating for air pressure within a tire. The PSI for your vehicle’s tires is generally found on the drivers’ door jamb, inside your owner’s manual or on the tire itself. Proper tire inflation will allow you to have the best possible control of your vehicle and gives you a more comfortable ride. For proper tire pressure and inflation: The pressure of your tires must be in accordance with the PSI recommended by the tire manufacturer. Tire pressure should be checked in the morning before you drive your car in order to get an accurate reading. Temperature affects tire pressure; when it is cold pressure will drop and rise when the temperature is warm. Use a dependable good quality tire gauge to monitor your tire pressure regularly. In addition to your brakes, your tires are your vehicle’s most important safety feature. If they are properly inflated with the p ... read more
Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle
Winter is on the way. It’s time to get your vehicle winter-ready. Winterizing your vehicle is necessary to keep your vehicle performing its best during the cold months. Your vehicle’s safety is important during winter conditions, especially if you must drive on icy or snowy roads. There are several things you can do to ensure your car operates successfully throughout the winter months as well as maximize your car’s ability to keep you and your family safe should a winter weather problem occur. Here are some car care tips to give you peace of mind during winter driving: Cold weather slows down your battery power. During the cold weather, your engine requires more current from the battery in order to start the engine. Have a mechanic check your battery to see if it needs replacement, charging or cleaning. You need to be able to see clearly while driving, especially in snowy conditions. Properly working windshield wipers and a good supply of wiper fluid will ensure you have a clear lin ... read more
Do You Need Winter Tires?
Do You Need Winter Tires? Are you curious about the difference between different types of tires? When it comes to winter tires and regular tires, the main difference between the two is tread depth. On winter tires the tread depth starts at between 8 and 9 mm as opposed to 7 and 8 mm on a regular tire. Winter tires have a wider and deeper groove within the tire tread which forms a larger channel for snow and water to travel through and maintains a grip on the road. One of the most important features of winter tires is the fact they are made with a larger percentage of natural rubber and silica in the compound. This doesn’t harden as much as synthetic rubber in cold weather which improves the tire grip. What are the benefits of winter tires? Winter tires enhance road grip which in turn provides road safety during wet and icy conditions. These tires also offer an effect on reducing stopping distances. It has been tested a vehicle fitted with winter t ... read more