February 11th, 2016
Differential Service – Why Is It Important?
Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do?
Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem.
February 1st, 2016
Here we are well into January of the new year…and everyone has resolutions (if they haven’t already broken them). How about some New Year’s resolutions for your car?
Tags: car maintenance, coolant fluids, coolant flush, preventative flush service, engine maintenance, brake check, brake lines, brake service, preventative maintenance service, preventative maintenance, rotate tires, tire rotation service
January 28th, 2016
Your tires are a pretty big investment. Even with the cheapest set of tires, you’re going to be spending upwards of $400 on the tires, mounting, balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Since you laid down that kind of money, doesn’t it just make sense to make sure you get the most miles possible out of them?
Here’s some advice on long tire life:
• Regularly check your tire pressure. This one is really, really important. Underinflated tires will wear
unevenly and reduce your fuel economy due to increased rolling resistance. That increased rolling resistance also means more heat, which will break down the tires’ internal structure and s ...[more]
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January 14th, 2016
Some people love winter. They love the snow, the snap in the air, the short days and cozy nights at home. Others can’t stand it, for many of the same reasons. Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, though, chances are you’re going to have to get out and drive in it at some point. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you through the winter safely:
• Make sure you’ve got a well-maintained car. This includes fresh windshield wipers, proper tire inflation, a strong battery, a properly-maintained cooling system and a fresh oil change. If your tires aren’t up to the job of winter driving, you might consider switching to winter tires for a while – just
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December 31st, 2015
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires.
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handling, steering response and road manners that rival grand touri ...[more]
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December 17th, 2015
If you’re past “a certain age,” you might remember when gas was $1.50 per gallon, or $1.00 per gallon, or 59 cents, or what-have-you…but the truth is that everything has gotten more expensive. After all, when gas was $1.00 per gallon, a nicely tricked-out Chevrolet Caprice Classic was selling for about $6,000 brand new.
Now that we’re well into the 21st century, gas prices are likely to fluctuate, but one thing’s for sure: gas is likely to never be “cheap” again. We know that everyone’s trying to get a little more out of every dollar, and whether you’re driving a big SUV or a subcompact, there are things you can do to help your vehicle’s fuel economy:
December 2nd, 2015
The leaves are turning, there’s a snap in the air, the days are getting shorter and you know that winter is going to be here before you know it. Is your car ready? At Joe’s Tires in New Martinsville, WV, we’d like to suggest a few auto repair services to get taken care of before the cold temperatures really set in…
- Tires: Check your tires for proper tread depth and overall condition. You might know about the old penny test…stick a penny into the tread grooves, Lincoln’s head down. Does the tread reach Abe’s hair? Then your tires are at 2/32”, which is minimum tread depth. If it reaches Washington’s head when you do the same test with a quarter, your tread is at 4/32& ...[more]
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November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?
• Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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November 12th, 2015
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss.
• All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions.
• All-season tires are designed with a harder tread compound t ...[more]
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November 2nd, 2015
The holidays are coming up, you’re getting the car or minivan loaded, the kids have plenty to keep them busy on the trip, the oil’s been changed and everything’s ready to go. Except for one thing…the fact that your vehicle is consistently pulling to the right.
A pull to one side can be due to an underinflated tire, but if all your tires are at the proper inflation, chances are that the pull is due to poor wheel alignment. Your vehicle leaves the factory with the front wheels set at specific angles in relation to the frame and the rear wheels, for optimum steering, handling and ride quality. Over time, these angles can drift out of spec due to normal wear and tear, or due to an impact such as a hard hit on a pothole, railroad tracks ...[more]
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