Tires can wear faster in hot weather due to the following reasons: Rubber becomes softer. The rubber in tires becomes softer in hot weather, which makes it more susceptible to wear and tear. This is because the heat causes the rubber molecules to become more flexible and less resistant to deformation. Tires expand. As the rubber becomes softer, the tires also broaden. This can strain the tire walls and lead to premature wear. More friction. When tires rub against the road surface, there is more friction in hot weather. This is because the heat causes the road surface to become softer and stickier. The increased friction can also lead to premature wear. More frequent braking. Drivers brake more often in hot weather, which stresses the tires more. More debris on the road. Hot weather can cause more debris to accumulate on the road, such as leaves, gravel, and sand. This debr ... read more
High temperatures can have various effects on your vehicle, and it's crucial to take certain precautions to protect your car and ensure your safety during extreme heat. Here are some considerations for dealing with high temperatures and your vehicle: Engine Cooling: High temperatures can put extra stress on your car's engine and cooling system. Make sure your vehicle's cooling system is in good condition and check the coolant levels regularly. If the engine temperature gauge starts to rise above normal, pull over to a safe location, turn off the engine, and let it cool down before continuing. Battery Health: Heat can also affect your car's battery. Hot weather can lead to faster chemical reactions in the battery, which can cause it to degrade more quickly. Keep the battery and its terminals clean and free of corrosion, and if your battery is more than a few years old, consider having it tested to ensure it's in good working condition. Tire Pressure: High temperat ... read more
To protect your car's AC and optimize its performance in hot weather, you can follow these tips: Park in shaded areas: Whenever possible, park your car in shaded areas or use a sunshade to reduce the amount of heat entering your vehicle. This will help prevent excessive strain on the AC system when you start the car. Use a windshield sunshade: Placing a reflective sunshade on your windshield when parking can significantly reduce the temperature inside your car. This will make it easier for the AC system to cool down the interior when you start driving. Crack the windows: Before entering your car, crack the windows slightly to allow hot air to escape. This will help reduce the initial temperature inside the vehicle and ease the load on the AC when you start it. Ventilate the car before turning on the AC: Open all the windows and let the hot air escape for a few minutes before switching on the AC. This will help expel the built-up heat, allowing the AC to cool the interior more e ... read more
Your brakes are one of the most critical parts of your car, so it's essential to keep them in good working condition. But how can you tell when they need to be replaced? There are a few warning signs you can watch out for: 1. Your brake pedal feels spongy when you press it. 2. Your car takes longer than usual to stop. 3. You hear grinding or squealing noises when you brake. 4. Your brakes feel unresponsive. 5. Your car pulls to one side when you brake. If you notice any of these warning signs, it's time to take your car to a mechanic and have your brakes checked out. Don't wait until they fail - it could be too late
You don’t need us to tell you there is a lot of construction on the roads throughout the area. But did you know that driving on those bad roads can cause problems with your wheel alignment? Road hazards can prematurely knock your wheels out of alignment, causing the need to have the wheels realigned. We are going to list the various road hazards below.Auto Accidents Things other than bad roads can also knock your wheels out of alignment. For example, your wheels and alignment may be affected if you get into an automobile accident. Even a minor incident can cause problems with your vehicle’s wheel alignment. Bumpy Roads Bumpy roads are a pain, aren’t they? Driving too fast on rough roads can knock your wheels out of alignment, unbalance them, and even damage your tires. Bumpy roads can also wreak havoc on your struts and shocks as they struggle to absorb the uneven pavem ... read more
Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause aerodynamic drag. But, operating the air conditioner on the maximum level can reduce your mpg by 5% to 25%, compared to not using it. Also, try to park your car in the shade so you won't have to keep the AC working as hard. Properly inflated tires are safer, lasts longer, and improve your gas mileage by more than 3% per tire. Slow down! Although vehicles reach their optimal fuel economy at different speeds, gas mileage usually decreases over 60 mph. Try to drive at a constant speed—both acceleration and deceleration waste fuel. Use cruise control when possible. The car's cruise control system's minor, more precise adjustments will keep your speed constant and save you fuel. Wax your car and keep it clean. This will reduce aerodynamic drag, thus providing better mileage. A clean air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as10%. Perform routine maintenance
If your car's brakes are squeaking, squealing, or making ominous grinding noises when you apply the pedal, you might need new brake pads or rotors. Ditto if the brake pedal has more travel than usual before you feel much braking force, or if it just feels like your car requires longer distances to stop Sometimes, though, you may hear squeaks or squeals because the brakes are coated with moisture, light surface rust, dirt, or grime, particularly after the car has been sitting either overnight or for several hours. Those noises might go away after you apply the brake pedal a few times or more (and the brake pads have cleaned the offending substance off the rotors or drums). Noise can also be caused by a loose brake pad or caliper. If you hear a high-pitched scraping sound, that could be pad-wear indicators sounding the alarm that you’re late in getting your car’s brakes fixed. Because there are several possibilities, the best way to tell if you need brake work i ... read more
4 Types of Car Filters and What They Do for You Air Filters: Cleans the Air Used by the Car Engine If you’ve seen an older car with its engine sputtering and puffing out black smoke, it could be due to a dirty air filter. Long before a newer car starts puffing smoke, the check engine light will come on because the air filter is past its prime. Cabin Filters: Purifies the Air in the Vehicle Whether or not you’re using the air conditioner, the cabin air filter keeps dust, pollen, and other air pollutants out of the air you breathe while driving. The cabin air filter is part of the ventilation system. This rectangular screen keeps several things out of the air inside your car: Exhaust fumes Dirt Dust Pollen Bugs Leaves In addition, the cabin air filter prevents all this gunk from clogging up the vehicle’s AC system. Oil Filters: Clean Lubrication That’s Critical for Engine Performance ... read more
Just another awesome classic car to share with you. This one is a 1962 Land Cruiser.
Look at this lineup! We do repair and service all makes and models! You know it is a great day when you have all of these beauties in the bays.