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What's up with all the potholes?

What's up with all the potholes?

What’s up with all the potholes? Did you notice, everywhere you drive the roads look like swiss cheese. Our unique weather over the last few weeks have created these unique traffic calming features. What causes these? The rain followed by a good deep freeze and then the thaw. Rain will seep into the roadway through seams and cracks, this will sit in the asphalt, then when the freeze comes the water will expand which causes the asphalt to lift up. Once it thaws, guess what, the potholes appear.  While it is hard to avoid most of the potholes, it is recommended that you not play Wack-A-Mole with the potholes. Your vehicles suspension is built to handle rough bumpy roads but not without causing wear and tear on the suspension components and the alignment of the wheels. If you seemed to have vibrations that appeared out of nowhere, or your vehicle now seems to steer itself off the road, be sure to have your vehicle checked ... read more

Tire Tech

Tire Tech

Tires are round and come in all different sizes and patterns, materials but the only thing they have in common is their shape. While I am no tire expert by all means, I do know enough to be able to give a little insight about this marvelous invention and that we should appreciate the advancements in their technology. I could start with the invention of the wheel but I’ll skip a few thousand years, and start in the late 19th century.   Some of the first rubber tires were made of a thick layer of rubber around a solid metal disc. I could only imagine the chatter of teeth and the rattling of bones of the passengers on a nice rough surface, but I'm sure it was an improvement over the solid metal wagon wheels that preceded them. In about 1890 John Dunlop (Dunlop tire company) created the first rubber air filled tire for his sons bicycle, then, shortly after that ... read more

Getting ready for fall weather

Getting ready for fall weather

Getting ready for fall weather  Well, the weather sure has changed and I personally am glad to have some rain after the long hot summer we had. Are you ready for driving in the rain and dark evenings? Is your car ready for it?   This is a good time to make sure your tires are adequate for the long rainy season. Just because they hold air doesn’t mean they will help keep you in control in a rainstorm. This time of year, it is important to have a good amount of tread on your tires, so when you are driving in the rain you are able to stay in control. This time of year, we recommend that if any tire is even getting somewhat close to the minimum tread depth requirements, it gets replaced. Losing control of your vehicle in the rain and risking your safety along with others is not worth the cost of a new set of tires. Don’t forget to check yo ... read more

Is it hard to see at night?

Is it hard to see at night?

Are your headlights illuminating the road properly?  Yes, summer is over and it is starting to get darker earlier, and soon you will be coming home after work and have to use your headlights to see the road. Seeing what is in the road ahead of you is important not only for you but the other drivers on the road too. Headlights are not something people think about unless they don’t work.   But what happens when they work, but not as well as they did when they were new? It is like batteries in a flashlight that are slowly dying. You really don’t notice the light slowly dimming until you almost can’t see. Well, that is a lot like your headlights.  The lenses of most vehicles are made of plastic and as your vehicle ages the sun takes its toll on the plastic components of your vehicle, including the clear headlight lenses. Ever walk through a parking lot and notice some headlights have a yellowish tint ... read more

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