After a long winter of dirty boots and spilled coffees, the interior of your car could use a little TLC before you go on your next adventure.
What you will need:
1. A vacuum (preferably hand vacuum)
2. Car glass cleaner
3. Leather cleaner/ upholstery cleaner
4. Microfibre cloth
5. Protectant wipes
1. Start by removing all mats
Remove all mats and while they are out, time to give them some rinse and power-wash. Washing car mats with some gentle soaps are great to remove any stains. Now let them dry and go to step 2.
2. Vacuum underneath all seats
Move the seats to make sure you get every corners. When vacuuming the trunk, be sure to check the placement of your spare tire. If you're worried about the spare tire placement and if it still works properly, call us and we'll be happy to check it for you!
3. Use proper cleaner for the windows
Spray the liquid right on the towel and wipe the window in a rhythmic manner.
Credit: By Ira Hellman www.geico.com/more/driving/auto/auto-care/car-noises/
Hmm. Purr. Vroom. Modern engineering has made driving a car easier on the ears than ever. But there are some car noises you don’t want to hear, because they can signal trouble. Every once in a while, roll down the windows and start listening for “any sound that is odd,” says Mike Peth, director of technical training at Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. “You know your car, so you can often pick up something that may become a problem.”
1. A sound like a coin in a clothes dryer
What it means: If you hear something rattling around inside a wheel at low speeds (and then stops as you drive faster) it could be a loose lug nut inside a hub cap. That might mean your wheel wasn’t tightened properly the last time it was removed and replaced. Take your car to a mechanic ASAP.
Wondering what the deal is with a tire rotation and whether or not you should get one? The rule of thumb is relatively easy to remember: A good time to rotate your tires is when you get the oil changed, assuming you do that at least once a year and more often if you drive, say, more than 5,000 to 7,500 km annually.
What is a Tire Rotation?
Tire rotation is the practice of moving the wheels and tires of an automobile from one position to another, to ensure even tire wear. Even tire wear is desirable to extend the useful life of a set of tires. The weight on the front and rear axles differs which causes uneven wear.
What Are the Benefits of Regular Tire Rotations?
Rotating your vehicle's tires – periodically changing their position on the vehicle from front to back and/or side to side – delivers three main benefits. Tire rotation can preserve balanced handling and help maintain traction. That's especially important when roads are slick from rain or snow.
So When is the Right Time for a Tire Rotation?
Tire rotations are crucial for maintaining the quality of your driving experience, but there’s much more to do if you want to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape possible when you’re on the road. Contact us today and speak to one of our representative about your car maintenance!
Springtime means that summer is just around the corner, but until then we will have to endure the rain, constant temperature changes and spring mud.
Spring isn’t all bad, it also means that the birds are back singing, the dull white and grey of winter bursts into vibrant green, and of course, who could forget to give everything a good dose of spring cleaning.
This year, as part of your spring cleaning routine, you should extend your efforts to your vehicle. Spring maintenance is vital for the health of your vehicle, especially your tires.
Tires are arguably the most important part of your vehicle, without them it doesn’t matter what you have under the hood, your tires are what give you proper speed and control. But they are also one of the most often neglected parts of a vehicle.
Winter driving takes a toll on any vehicle. Combining salt, ice, snow, mud, and freezing temperatures it creates a potent mix of potentially damaging conditions. Expect the melting snow to reveal rust, scratches, dents, or worse! Tires are by no means immune from the harsh effects of winter.
Here are four spring tire maintenance tips for your car this season:
1) Take Off Winter Tires
If you haven’t already, then now is the time to switch your winter tires for all-season or summer tires. Driving winter tires on dry, warm roads in spring and summer will reduce fuel efficiency and increase wear and tear. Over time that wear and tear will reduce the lifespan and effectiveness of your winter tires, or even potentially cause a catastrophic blowout.
While taking off your winter tires you should examine them to determine if they are suitable for next winter, or need to be replaced. Similarly, before re installing your all-season or summer tires you should first inspect them to make sure that they are up to the job.
Use the criteria laid out in the following steps to make this judgment.
1. Service your car
Have you thought about what the road salt could do to your car if piled up? Without you realizing, your car has undergone so much these past few months with all the holiday travels. Servicing is essential before all the dirts and salt piling up. Make sure your service center performs a good check on the car's battery, breaks and all the fluids are topped up.
2. Check all the lights
Make sure the headlights, tailights and foglights are well maintained during this season. Visibility is affected as the days get shorter, most especially in the heavy downpour, it could be dangerous if other vehicles can't see you.
1. Start off well rested and well fed! Caffeine is not an answer as it wears off quickly and then you will need more. Your caffeine high can make you jittery and short tempered. This is not the optimum way to start any journey that includes road risks like traffic, weather, etc.
2. Mandatory: Pull over and take breaks every couple of hours and take a walk whether you think you need one or not. Stretch your legs, use the bathroom, splash some cool water on your face, have a snack, do some deep breathing, roll down the windows in your car and replace the air inside your cabin...tired? Take a nap.
3. Got a co-pilot? How about changing drivers for a bit? This is ideal because then each of you can watch the road and each other to make sure the driver is alert. When driving alone, turn on the radio or put on a CD, and keep your window open just an inch. Please don't use your cruise control if you're driving alone at night -- concentrating on your speed can help you stay awake.
4. Park your vehicle off the road if you have to pull over. Never park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane for any reason unless, of course, it's an emergency.
Originally posted on Metropia.com
With the increasing price on gas every year, every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy.
You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?
Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to get moving, the more fuel it will burn.
Here are ways you can reduce the amount of rolling resistance your tires produce and get around more efficiently:
1. Air pressure
Tires that are deflated by 8 psi can increase rolling resistance by as much as 20%! Check your tires for the appropriate air pressure on a monthly basis. Manufacturer’s specifications will be visible on the outer wall of your tires, so follow that guideline when you fill your tires.
Written by: Marie-William Simard, Rédactrice Web, PMCtire
Getting your car ready for the upcoming winter in advance helps ensure that an unexpected cold snap or snowstorm won’t leave you stranded.
Winter probably has the least optimal conditions for any kind of driving whatsoever, unless you're trying to drive your car in the dessert or the moon. Snow, ice, and slush make it really easy for your car to skid or slide. Fortunately however, with tires designed for this kind of weather, we can avoid these events. So why not change your tires early and have the peace of mind?
1. Benefit from a Full Inventory
If you think that our Winter tire inventory won’t be ready till November or December, you're in for a surprise when visiting in our store. Instead of getting the leftover tires later, choose the tires that are best suited your needs now.
2. Buy the Right Type for Your Vehicle
If you drive a luxury sedan, it’s even more important to get the right type of tires earlier. Most winter tires for Audi, BMW, Porsche are very limited in terms of options. They are not manufactured in large quantities and quickly fly off the shelves. Come and get your tires changed sooner than later.
3. Avoid the Rush of the First Snowfall
Once that first snowfall arrives, it’ll be hard to find a garage that’s not totally booked. Be the smart one, book an appointment with us today and avoid the rush.
Our service ranges from wheel alignment, tire sales and service, brake service and so much more. Book an appointment today and talk to our knowledgeable technicians. We would be happy to assist you with your car tires.
If you are tired of feeling like just another face in the crowd... give us a try, you won't be disappointed!
Stored tires should be protected against environmental effects such as sunlight, high heat, ozone and other potentially damaging conditions. Weather checking/ozone cracking can occur during direct and extended exposure to damaging effects of the environment, such as ozone and heat from sunlight. Ozone cracking can also be caused by exposure to electric motors, welding equipment, or other ozone generating sources. Tires with severe weather checking/ozone cracking or any cracking that extends to the tire casing cords/plies should be removed from service.
Indoor storage is recommended, however if tires must be stored outdoors:
Tires mounted on a stored vehicle
Store the vehicle such that all weight is removed from the tires. If vehicle weight cannot be removed, unload the vehicle to minimize the weight. Maintain the recommended tire inflation pressure, including the spare. The surface where the vehicle is parked/stored should be firm, reasonably level, well drained and clean. Vehicle should be moved every three (3) months so the tire flex area is changed.
Returning tires from storage back to service
Despite being one of the most important components of your vehicle, most people don’t know much about their tires. Here at National Tire Wholesale, we believe that more attention should be payed to these amazing pieces of technology. In particular, here are ten facts that we believe everyone should know about those little rubber doughnuts you rely on every day.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Did You Know You Drive on Tires?
Spare Tires a Dying Breed?
… As Well As Inflatable Tires?
Rubber to the Road
Everyone knows your tires are your only contact to the road surface, but have you ever thought about how much of your tires actually stick to the road? While most vehicles have fairly large tires, in actuality the contact patch (the part of your tires that actually are in contact with the road) are only about the size of sheet of paper!
Speed Doesn’t Come Cheap
Temperature Affects Your Tires…
…Except if They’re Filled With Nitrogen
Making the World Go ‘Round
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