It’s summer once again—the season for recreational favorites like swimming, barbequing, camping and beach-going. However, let’s not forget perhaps the most iconic summertime activity of all: the great American road trip. With school out and the weather right, summer presents an ideal opportunity for domestic travelers to quench their wanderlust by hitting the open road. However, while you may be ready and raring for your next asphalt adventure, if your vehicle isn’t, your trip could wind up being a lot shorter than anticipated. Continue reading “On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels” »
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Posted on May 24, 2016 by James Florence
Posted on March 31, 2016 by Chris Bjorklund
Posted on July 29, 2014 by James Florence
Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance” »
Posted in Auto Tips, Diamond Certified Experts | Tags: auto maintenance, auto tips, automotive, brake pads, brakes, Diamond Certified Experts, engine oil, manufacturer maintenance, shocks, struts, tire pressure, tire replacement, Tires, transmission fluid
Posted on October 6, 2011 by Matt Solis
Most tires are designed to provide similar performance throughout their entire lives, but at some point they start to lose their traction and braking abilities. Understanding when a tire needs to be replaced is important to maintaining the overall performance and longevity of your car, but it’s also important to make sure replacement is the only option you have left. Before making a final decision, consider the following tips:
Look at the tread pattern. All tires sold in the United States have “tread wear bars,” which are small bridges that form between the treads. Look at the tread pattern and you’ll see the beginnings of these bars start to form. As the tires wear, these bars will become level or even with the tire’s treads. At this point, it’s time to replace the tires.
Use a tread depth indicator or gauge. If you don’t already own one, the gauge is cheap to purchase from an auto parts dealer and easy to use. Alternatively, you can visit your regular tire company and ask them to check the tread depth; if you’re a regular customer, they’ll likely do this for free.
Know the legal requirements. Worn tires should be replaced as a matter of common sense to assure safety, but there are also legal requirements to consider in some jurisdictions. In California, tires are considered to be legally worn out when they’ve worn down to 1/32 inch of their remaining tread depths. Continue reading “Know When to Replace Your Car Tires” »