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Have you checked your tires lately?

 I know, no one ever want to think about buying tires. There is nothing less enjoyable than spending your vacation money on something you can't even admire. But think of if this way. You and your family's safety depends on it. You should check your tires  at least once a month and before and after long trips. To determine whether you need to  buy new tires,  have your wheels balanced or have your vehicle aligned.
 
Underinflated tires wear out faster, create excessive heat, decrease fuel mileage, and make your vehicle much harder to handle.

Be Cool

  As warmer weather approaches quickly, many of us are looking to our vehicles a/c for some comfort. Are you ready. After sitting idle for several months, some of us may receive a surprise when we first need a cool breeze.
 
   Your system has been working fine while the temp setting was warm, but this invites a number of things to creep up on us. Now that it is warming up, you may notice the cabin air is just not that fresh. Most of todays vehicle have a filter, much like your home a/c unit, to filter the air as it passes through your unit.

Winter and My Car

How to Winterize Your Car
Come winter time there are a few things you need to know about your car. You not only get concerned about yourself in the extreme cold weather, but also about how your car is going to take the below freezing temps. It is not that your car feels the cold temps, but the below normal temperature does affect it. You may use heavy jackets and  boots to tackle the cold  yourself, but what can you do to make you car also withstand the colder weather?

The only solution is to winterize your car by checking  or adding a few things to leesen the affects.

Don't Let the Heat Strand You

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems.

Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.

Heat and your tires

Temperatures over a hundred degrees can be deadly out on the roads, if your car is not maintained properly.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,400 people were killed and more than 116,000 injured in tire related accidents throughout the country, in the last five years.
When tires are rotating at 70-miles an hour, experts say the heat  really builds up, and can cause a blow out, especially if you are driving on old or under-inflated tires.
If you take a look at any road around here, you'll find tire scraps from blowouts.

Cool Crusing

During the summer months, the temperature inside of a vehicle sitting in the sun can easily reach 130° or more. Keeping you and your passengers comfortable during the hottest weather is the job of your automobile's air conditioning system.
The air conditioning system works by removing the heat from air inside your vehicle and transferring that heat to the outside air. What is left when the heat and humidity have been removed is cooler, more comfortable air
In most of  today's vehicles, a air intake filter is used to clean the air much like your home a/c unit.

Are you ready for the cold?

f you were to ask your car where it would want to live, and it just so happened to be a talking car, it would most likely say "Southern California." "It's warm there, the roads are fairly decent, and I might get to see a movie star," it would say. If you were to ask it where it wouldn't want to live, it would reply "Detroit." Or in a broader sense, it wouldn't want to live where it's cold, snowy, and just generally yucky.
Wintertime is very unfriendly to a vehicle.
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