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Why Are Spare Tires Smaller Than Regular Tires?

Why Are Spare Tires Smaller Than Regular Tires?

If you are a victim of a flat tire, the first thing you'd hope for is to have a spare on you. The first thought that pops in someone's head whenever they see the spare tire is: why is it smaller than a regular tire? They are thinner and sometimes referred to as a 'donut.'    Your spare tire or donut is made to be small to maximize trunk space. The spares have a shallow tread with a narrow width and small diameter. It is also made with lighter materials, making it easier to lift and fit your vehicle whenever you experience a flat.   Small spare tires manage to keep the weight of the vehicle down. If a spare tire were the size of your standard tires, it would add excess weight to the car. More weight means more gas consumed.   Spare tires are also small because it is cheaper for the original manufacturer to make. It's an economical production cost and keeps the actual price of the vehicle down.     It's important to remem ... read more

What Is TPMS? And What Does It Do?

What Is TPMS? And What Does It Do?

Your vehicle's tire pressure monitoring system is a system in most vehicles capable of detecting early signs of overinflated or deflated tire pressure. The system is also known as TPMS. The system has sensors that send a warning light to your dashboard whenever it reads an unsuitable psi. The warning light is often depicted as a horseshoe shape with an exclamation point in the center. The tire pressure monitoring system is built to alert you when you require maintenance and a manual pressure reading.   Whenever the TPMS light comes on, it is essentially telling you that there is something wrong with your tires. Whenever the light comes on in the middle of your drive, it most likely means your tires are underinflated. We recommend you pull over to a safe location at your earliest convenience and manually examine your tires with a pressure gauge tool.   If you notice that the TPMS light is on, but you're unsure when it came on, you more than likely have at least one ... read more

What You Need to Know Before Bringing Your Pet on the Road this Summer

What You Need to Know Before Bringing Your Pet on the Road this Summer

Summertime for Southwest Virginians usually entails taking a trip to the lake or the beach. If you plan on taking a trip with your family this summer, consider letting your furry companion(s) tag along. We're sure they want in on the fun too!   If you want to travel on the road with your pet(s), be prepared to do some additional packing and preparation. Here are our top tips for road-tripping with animals: Protect your pet. Your pet safety should, without question, always be a priority. Create a safe and comfortable environment for your pet in the car. Please avoid leaving your animal unrestrained in the vehicle. In circumstances where you might have a window open, your cat or dog could lean too far over and accidentally fall out. Braking too abruptly can also send your pet flying from one part of the car to the other. We recommend that you bring a kennel or some harness to keep your furry friend protected.  Remember to pack appropriately for your pet. It always helps ... read more

Why Isn't My Car A/C Cold Enough?

Why Isn't My Car A/C Cold Enough?

Your vehicle's AC going out can turn an easy, comfortable ride into an unpleasant experience. Nobody would like to sit in a hot sweltering car, even for a few minutes. Your car AC not blowing cold air could be due to various reasons. Repairing could mean something as simple as recharging the AC refrigerant or something as complex as slipping the compressor clutch to restore the system to its top performance. So Why Is Your Car AC Not Blowing Cold Air? The AC Refrigerant Needs a Recharge Unless you operate in very hot regions, your AC might not need recharging for at least three years. Your vehicle's AC system is a pressurized enclosed system that constantly recirculates the refrigerant. Unfortunately, these pressurized systems tend to develop leaks at one time or another. As the leaking persists, the refrigerant level keeps reducing until it is way below the limit, impacting the AC performance. Of course, with a bit of knowledge, you can recharge the AC yourself. However, if ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

Regular vehicle maintenance is essential for keeping your car functioning for many years. A blown head gasket is an issue that most car owners hope to avoid because a blown head gasket can be lengthy to repair. The good news is, this issue can be avoided with good vehicle maintenance and care. Here's what you need to know about blown head gaskets and the signs of a blown head gasket. What is a Head Gasket? A head gasket is an essential component of modern engines. This engine part prevents the coolant, oil, and combustion gasses in your vehicle from leaking. The head gasket is located between the cylinder head and engine block. Signs of a Blown Head Gasket Here are some of the common signs you have a blown head gasket. Bubbles in the Radiator A few bubbles in the radiator are normal, but if the bubbling persists, usually after 20 minutes of idling, a blown head gasket may be the culprit. If the head gasket is the problem, combustion gasses have entered the cooling system ... read more

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