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4 Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout

In a motor race, a blown tire can be entertaining. But you're not a trained professional, and most American highways aren't lined with tire walls. For you, avoidance is the best strategy. These four simple measures can save you a lot of pain and heartbreak.
  1. Pressure. Underinflated tires are the leading cause of tire blowouts. Your vehicle's ideal pressure is in the manual and displayed on your fuel flap, glove box, or door sill.
  2. Tread wear. Advanced or uneven treadwear is another common cause of tire blowouts.
  3. Alignment. Misaligned wheels can rapidly cause uneven tire wear.
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Understanding the Workings of Your Car Battery

One of the biggest killers of any vehicle battery is extreme temperatures. Despite the common belief that cold temperatures kill batteries, hot weather can also be a culprit in battery performance issues. Ensuring that your battery is fully charged is the single best thing that you can do to help keep it running at all times despite wild temperature swings. A little preventative maintenance such as topping off the electrolyte levels can help prevent battery failures. Educating yourself about how to keep maintain battery effectiveness will help to avoid headaches down the road.

 

 

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The Right Way to Test Your Car Battery


Be sure you have a pair of protective eye-wear, work gloves, a wire brush, and a voltmeter, to safely test the car battery strength.

After you have the car engine off, open the hood and put on your safety glasses and gloves. Use the wire brush to get any corrosion off the battery terminals.

The voltmeter is a simple testing device, it has one red and black cable, with connections on each end. Place red to positive, then black to negative on the car battery. Turn on the voltmeter, the reading should be at or above a 12.4 reading…
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How to Easily Build a Roadside Emergency Kit


Hopefully, you never breakdown with your vehicle on the roads, but in case you do, here's a simple guide to build a useful emergency kit.
  • Tire fix-a-flat is useful for getting the tire off the rim long enough to get the car to the closest service station or to move the car off the highway to the shoulder.
  • Keeping a set of jumper cables in the car will ensure anyone who pulls over to help can jump-start your car from theirs.
  • Be sure you have flashlights and a bunch of new batteries in your vehicle.
  • Pack a box with…
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Slow Down and Avoid Hydroplaning

It can be hard to know when you need to drive a little slower than normal and when you will be able to drive at a good speed and still stay safe. If you see water collecting on the roadways, you need to slow your vehicle down.

It is important for you to slow down if there is water on the road as you may lose control of your vehicle and start to hydroplane if you do not. It is also important for you to drive without using cruise control when it is raining a lot or you feel that…

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The importance of brake pads

If you've ever needed to slam on your brakes to make a sudden stop, you know the importance of good brake pads. When you step on your brake pedal, it causes your calipers to squeeze your brake pedals against rotors on your wheel, slowing your car down. Over time, the friction on the brake pads causes wear, and eventually, they need replacement.

When you're driving around Broomfield, if you notice that your brakes feel less responsive than they used to be, it is probably time for a new set of brake pads. Brake pads are available in different…

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The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure

In our busy day-to-day lives, it can be easy to forget something as simple as tire pressure in our vehicles. This is unfortunate because sometimes the little things make up all the difference. Consider these reasons:

First of all, you want to make sure that your tires are not overinflated or underinflated. An overinflated tire will create "rolling resistance" and will reduce gas mileage. An underinflated tire is dangerous because it will make the tire wear unevenly and can lead to an unexpected blowout.

Another reason you might like to keep your tires inflated properly would be for...

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Your Tires - Pay Attention to What They're Telling You

Tire maintenance is a very important part of car ownership. If your tires are bad or not functioning as they should, it can affect your ride, your fuel economy and damage other parts of your car. Stop at Sill-TerHar Motors, Inc. and have your tires inspected periodically. We also provide various tire services.

The Lincoln penny test has been around forever and is still used today by many drivers. If you can see the top of old Abe’s head when the penny is placed in the tire grooves, you’re probably in need of new tires. Newer tires also…

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