Archive for August, 2017

All About Tires: 3 Common Questions Answered

We all know how vital tires are to the performance and safety of your vehicle, but do you really know how you can keep them in good condition? If not, no worries! We are here to answer three of the most common questions that we get about your vehicle’s tires. They can be easy details to overlook, but doing so can cause some unwanted issues in the not-so-distant future.

Remember, never hesitate to give us a call at 949.443.1970 if you ever have any questions to ask us! We are always here to help in any way that we can.

So…

1. How often should I replace the tires on my car?

We recommend that you check your tires at 5,000 miles, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to replace them quite just then. The condition of the roads you drive on, the way that you have been driving, and even the outside temperature can have quite an effect on how quickly your tires wear out. Because there are so many different things that can cause your tires to wear out, there is no one-answer-fits-all for this question. With that said, 5,000 is a good time to start checking on your tires by looking at the treads to see how much depth you have left. We suggest that you start the process of getting them replaced at 4/32 of an inch. If you notice that your tires are bald and that there aren’t any grooves anymore then you should definitely get them replaced right away!

2. What size tires should I buy?

Every vehicle comes with a manufacturer-recommended tire size and you should usually stick to what they say. Typically you can find the recommended tire size in any of these four places: the glove box, behind the gas cap hatch, the manual, and the driver’s side door jam. Be sure to check these locations and make sure that you find out which one you should buy when the next time comes. Sticking to the recommended size will ensure that you give your vehicle optimal performance and safety.

3. When do I rotate my tires?

You should be rotating your tires once every six months or 6,000 – 8,000 miles. Regular rotation can not only extend the life of your tires but also improve performance because it will even out the wear and tear. The weight on the front and rear axles differing is what causes the uneven wear, but with regular rotation you can easily mitigate it. Balancing your tires once every two years is also a good idea because it prevents further wear.

The questions above are ones that we get asked quite often so hopefully these answers will clear any confusion that you may have about your tires. Remember, never hesitate to reach out to us to get your answers answered! We are here to help in any way that we can.

-The Star Team

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5 Things To Consistently Check In The Summertime 

Driving around Southern California can be a real joy: windows down, air blowing on your face, music blaring, you are simply enjoying summertime to the absolute fullest. You took the day off so that you and your spouse could head to your favorite camping ground that is located just outside of the city. The drive ends up being very pleasurable, for you were just able to avoid traffic and getting to your destination only took half of the time that you expected it to take. You two watch the beautiful sunset while each of you indulge in some hot and gooey marshmallows that you just finished slowly roasting over the fire (the fire that you spent about fifteen minutes trying to start). All is well, for the day-trip was an absolute success and will become another great memory for the books… until all of a sudden your car won’t start up. Everything is packed up, the sun has already set and it is starting to get sort of late, but the engine just continues to rev. Your spouse all of a sudden goes from loving and happy to the exact opposite. She won’t stop repeatedly saying “Why didn’t you take your car in to the shop to get it looked at? I told you over and over again to.. blah blah blah.” What was just an incredible day has just turned into an absolute nightmare. Suddenly, you wish that you had paid more attention to the “check engine light” that turned on over a month ago.

Don’t let the above situation happen to you. Here are a 5 things that you should continually check on to ensure that your vehicle keeps running smoothly all summer long, that way your picnic with your spouse can start and end just the way that you two plan it to.

1)  Battery: Locate the year the battery was made to ensure that it’s not too old. If your battery is 4 years old then it might be time to go purchase a new one.

2)   Tires: The heat can cause some wear and tear on your tires, so make sure the tread is acceptable and pay attention to the PSI. The heat can cause the air in tires to expand, so make sure to compensate for it.

3) Fluids: This is an important one. Constantly check your coolant and other fluids under the hood to ensure there are no leaks and that everything is at their appropriate levels.

4) Hoses and belts: Extremely warm temperatures can weather any hoses or belts, so double check that those items under the hood are in good working condition.

5) Air conditioner: Your air conditioner may take a while to get cool, but if your car is running more than 20 minutes and you’re still feeling hot air, that may be a sign of a problem (a problem that you certainly don’t want in Southern California).

Do you now realize that you may need to get your car looked at? Not a problem, give us a call at 949.443.1970 to set up an appointment today! Let’s make sure that your vehicle is running just the way that it should.

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