Sizing Automotive Tires

SIZING AUTOMOTIVE TIRES When sizing automotive tires, the string of numbers and letters on the sidewalls of automobile tires contains all the information you need to find replacement tires. The alpha-numeric code on the tire of the typical family sedan begins with “P,” which stands for “passenger” car. The following number (such as 215) indicates the

Dragging Brakes

DRAGGING BRAKES “Dragging brakes” is a term that refers to brakes that remain partially applied even though pressure is not being exerted on the brake pedal. One of the likely causes of dragging brakes is contaminated brake fluid, which usually occurs as a result of openings around rubber seals or tiny breaks in flexible brake

Slash Vehicle Weight

Slash Vehicle Weight Federal Standards With federal fuel economy standards set to require vehicle manufacturers to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, auto manufacturers are looking for ways to slash the weight of their vehicles. Studies show that every ten-percent reduction in vehicle weight can improve gas mileage by six to

Coolant Flush

GIVE YOUR VEHICLE A COOLANT FLUSH Protect your engine To help guard against engine overheating during the upcoming summer months, it is recommended that vehicle owners flush the coolant from their automobile’s radiators and coolant systems. This service removes acids, phosphate and silicate gels, rust particles, and mineral deposits, as well as replenishes the additives that

Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) One of the most important safety features in modern vehicles is “electronic stability control” (ESC). This life-saving technology utilizes sensors and microprocessors to monitor a vehicle’s direction, which is compared to the input from the steering wheel. If the system senses the driver is losing control during a skid, it will

Leaking Engine Oil

 LEAKING ENGINE OIL When the engine oil icon becomes illuminated, drivers should pull over immediately and check the oil level on the dipstick. Your vehicle may be leaking engine oil. If the oil level is at or below the ADD line, oil should be added. If no oil can be seen on the dipstick, the

Faulty Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Faulty Tire Pressure Monitoring System What is a TPMS: Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSs) alert drivers to low tire pressure (25% or more below rated pressures) with a warning light. They are mounted inside the tire assembly on valve stems or wheel rims. These devices have sensors that are powered by batteries, which have finite lives. Battery

Vehicle Safety Recalls

Vehicle Safety Recalls Recall surge After a recent surge in vehicle safety recalls (largely caused by exploding airbags and faulty ignition switches), more than 50 million vehicles have been affected. The good news is that vehicle safety recalls fix problems recognized by the manufacturer with no cost to consumers. The bad news is that the

Transmission Fluid Check

TRANSMISSION FLUID CHECK Regular Service When you consider how much work the transmission does, it makes good sense to change the automatic transmission fluid in your vehicle about every two years or 24,000 miles—more frequently if you tow or carry heavy loads. What’s normal Inspection of the fluid may show a certain amount of sediment

Used Vehicle History

USED VEHICLE HISTORY When purchasing a used vehicle, it’s important to look for clues that the automobile may have been in a crash, because vehicles with accidents in their histories are generally worth less than more “original” examples. Signs With this in mind, visually inspecting the vehicle for any variations in paint gloss, color, and