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Tips and Tricks to Prepare for Winter Driving

Tips and Tricks to Prepare for Winter Driving

With November coming to an end, it is important that you set aside time to care for your car. Driving in the winter can be stressful, especially with low visibility, icy conditions, and snow storms. Here are some of our top tips for safer winter drives: Check your tire pressure. The air in your tires is likely to contract. To avoid driving with underinflated tires, top them off to meet manufacturer requirements.  Inspect tire treads and make sure they have good traction. You can do this using the penny test method. Swap out your tires for winter tires. They tend to have deeper tread with a pattern that is fit for driving in snowy and icy conditions. Test your car battery. Vehicle batteries are likely to die out or drain in the winter. With colder temperatures, it makes it harder to start your car. Carry jumper cables with you. Replace your wiper blades. Make sure they are winterproof and able to clear off rain and snow. Top off on wiper fluid. The solution should have a low ... read more

What Does the ABS Warning Light Mean?

What Does the ABS Warning Light Mean?

Your vehicle features multiple sensors that help notify if there's an issue with parts as you drive. One of the sensor systems is the anti-lock braking system (ABS). The system monitors your car's wheels to ensure they're all rotating approximately at the same speed. ABS Warning Light: What It Means While driving, the ABS system will monitor your wheels' rotation speed. Your car's computer monitors and sends signals from all the four wheels and the brake pedal location. The ABS warning light turns on immediately when the computer senses unusual signals or gets no signal from the sensors. It notifies you while in transit that there's a problem with your tires. Additionally, there're other malfunctions, including a damaged fuse and inadequate braking fluid, which can turn on the ABS warning light. Depending on your car's model and brand, the ABS warning light can turn on permanently at once or blink several times before turning on permanently. What To ... read more

4 Ways to Cut Costs on Gas

4 Ways to Cut Costs on Gas

When the cost of fuel skyrockets like it recently has, there’s only one way to cut costs at the pump: to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. It might sound easy at first, but there are a lot of factors involved in your automobile’s fuel consumption. Here are four ways that the team at Hometown Tire and Auto can help to maximize your mileage and make every cent of gas count.  Make Sure Tires Are Properly Inflated Tire inflation is key to keep your MPG high and maximized. Your automaker has a recommended PSI range for your vehicle’s specific model, so make sure you keep your tires’ psi in this range. When you drive with properly inflated tires, you can increase fuel efficiency by up to 3%. We recommend checking your tire pressure at least once a month. If you need help with the job, feel free to stop by Hometown Tire and Auto. Use the Right Oil  There are several varieties of oil and multiple grades of oil on the market. That is why it can ... read more

What Are the Advantages of Having a Coolant Flush?

What Are the Advantages of Having a Coolant Flush?

Your car has many different fluids running throughout it, and each of them has a specific task. Out of all of them, coolant is one of the most important liquids on the list that requires service. You may know that your engine needs motor oil, but it also relies on coolant to absorb and remove excess heat from the engine. Without the helping hand of coolant, your engine would simply overheat all the time.   Coolant fluid is a mixture of antifreeze and water. It flows freely to and from the engine, and it collects contaminants over time. If you let the build-up sit in the engine and cooling system for too long, your motor will struggle to work. A coolant exchange can solve all your problems. The process involves pushing the dirty fluid out of the system and replenishing it with gallons of clean fluid.    What Are the Advantages or Benefits of Regular Coolant Exchanges? Removes all deposits and rust. Protects against corrosion. Extend the life of the water pump. Opp ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

You are stopping at a stop sign, and your car vibrates when applying brake pressure. You feel trembling when your car shakes upon braking. Shaking when applying brake pressure is a common symptom of various brake problems that you need to address immediately. The post below highlights some reasons why your car vibrates when you brake. Worn brake pads Braking pads are brake components that slow down movement in a moving car. Due to friction, brake pads are subjected to tear and wear. Brake pads will function well until it's 1/4 left. If your car begins to shake when you apply a brake, you must look for a brake pad check-up or replacement specialist. Rotor Issue Rotors are brake discs between the two brake pads. As a result of heat resulting from friction and pressure, the disc may get warped. If your disc is bent, the car will vibrate when braking. Looking for an auto repair shop is the best thing you can do to ensure your safety and car health. Wheel alignment Never ignore ch ... read more

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