Spring Car Care Tips

springSpring has sprung….even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 2,600 deaths a year occur from neglected vehicle maintenance. Especially since the winter was so harsh for millions of Americans, it is the perfect time to add taking care of your car to your spring-cleaning list.

A few tips:

  • Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedule.
  • Check your tires. Driving on worn tires or tires with no tread is very dangerous. Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow. For information on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here. If your tires are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.
  • Check your tire pressure – cold weather can reduce tire pressure, and it’s safer to drive on tires that are properly inflated.
  • Test and replace old or weak batteries, plugs and wires.
  • Inspect belts and hoses for any type of tears or cracks.
  • Make sure your breaks are functioning properly.
  • Replenish engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid as needed.
  • Check to see if windshield wipers need to be replaced.
  • Change out engine air, a/c and other filters as necessary.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs – inside and out; replace any that have burned out.
  • Clean the interior and exterior.

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The Dangers Of Driving With Worn Tires

worntireDriving on worn tires is a huge safety hazard – for you, your passengers and others on the road around you.

Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow.

The bottom line is that it is extremely dangerous to drive on worn, bald and low tread tires. For example, when roads are wet, worn tires affect a car’s ability to brake quickly and efficiently.

A car is more likely to hydroplane with low tread tires.

Worn and bald tires are not able to gain traction on snow-covered and icy roads.

Low tread tires are more susceptible to punctures, which can lead to sudden blowouts.

Worn tires are more likely to lose air pressure, which impacts a car’s fuel economy, braking and steering. Low pressure is also a major cause of tire blowouts, and blowouts can potentially lead to losing control of a vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking tire tread levels monthly. To learn how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.

Don’t let the high cost of brand new tires prevent you from replacing worn tires – consider high quality used tires instead. With more than 20,000 premium used tires in stock, Champtires can you tires with high tread levels at a fraction of the cost of new tires.

For more information, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com (where shipping is always free to the continental U.S.!) or shop in person at our three convenient Pittsburgh-area locations – where we also install tires:

Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

Irwin / Greensburg Store: 15091 State Route 30, North Huntington, PA 15642

 

Still not sure if used tires are a good option for you? Read why buy used tires.

Related:

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires

How To Quickly Inspect Your Tires

pennyDamaged or low-quality tires can wreak havoc on your car – and your wallet. Driving on low tread tires or tires with any type of defects drastically increase the likelihood of blowing a tire and causing damage to other parts of your car.

Luckily, if you need tires, Champtires can get you the brand and size your car requires at a huge discount.

If you’re not sure of what kind of shape your tires are in, here are a few things to check for:

  • Worn treads. Stick a penny in the tread, top first. If the tread doesn’t touch Lincoln’s head, your tires are worn. (Watch a short video demonstration.) If you have low tread, you’ll want to replace that tire(s) immediately. Champtires can help you and either get one, two or three tires to match your other tires’ tread levels or fix you up with a whole set.
  • Damage to the treads or sidewalls. This indicates that the tire is not performing properly. Again, at Champtires, you can get one, two, three or a full set of high-quality-used tires for a fraction of the cost of new tires.
  • Objects, like a nail or glass, poking into the tire.
  • Tread pulling away from the tire.

If you notice uneven wear, that could mean too much or too little air pressure, problems with your car’s alignment or problems with the steering or suspension. Stop by Champtires, and we’ll take a look for you.

To learn more about how you can save money on buying tires from Champtires, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

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Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

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Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires