Tires and Weather

Tires and weather, weather and tires. The two always seem to go hand in hand. If you can juuuuuuust get here. We can help you get ready for winter. Safer Handling… Longer Lasting Tires… Improved Gas Mileage. All things that a proper alignment can do for you this winter.

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Tailgating Tips for Your Vehicle

Tailgating in your most prized possession, a game worn jersey from your childhood idol that played on the 1988 championship team. It may be a little worn and tight, might smell less than desirable, and have a few food stains, but it is an essential part of your game day ritual.

Once the cherished family artifact is in its place, it’s time for face paint. You apply your teams colors with laser like precision to make sure your team spirit is adequately represented on your face. The routine must be followed in an exact order, everything must be the same each and every time your team does battle on the gridiron. It’s not a superstition, it’s tradition!

Tradition doesn’t stop with the attire oh no, everything must be the same to ensure that the football spirits show favor on your team. One minor miscue and it could cost your team the game and the season. This includes your game day feast. The standard chips and dip let you down in 2001, and those spicy wings stung your team in 2004. Let’s not even discuss the chili fiasco of 2008 or the donut disaster of 2010.

The tide turned in your favor in 2012 when you introduced team inspired sliders with special team sauces. Since that shake-up in your gameday feast, your team has seen far more victories than defeats.

Weekends full of tailgating feasts dance through your head this time of year but one very important aspect that we may neglect to address is making sure your vehicle is game day ready.

Here are 5 tips to help keep your most valuable vehicle ready to tackle the challenges of tailgate season.

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Back To School Vehicle Maintenance And Safety Checklists

From the iconic 1995 movie Billy Madison “I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school.”

It’s Back to School Season and whether you are the primary driver, or your kids are going off to college, now is the perfect time to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the busy times ahead.

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Alignment – So Crucial!

What if you walked at a left angle all the time? You would never get where you needed to be, that’s what. Also, people would probably stare. At Tire Discounters, we hold alignment in high regard. It is crucial to the life of your tires and gives you more control over your vehicle. In fact, we hold alignment in such high regard that it is FREE with a 4-tire purchase bought in conjunction with the TD standard installation package.

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National Brake Safety Awareness Month

The Car Care Council and the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) have designated August as National Brake Safety Awareness Month. While oil changes and tire rotation are common maintenance routines, brake inspections are often overlooked.

We don’t need to point out that brakes are kind of important!  But they wear and age like any other system in your vehicle. And they’re sneaky.  Your brakes lose stopping power so gradually that you might not notice that your safety is at risk.

There are several factors that affect brake wear, including your driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and the quality of the brake lining material.

Always put your safety first – never ignore routine brake inspections or repair. Allowing your brakes to get down to the “metal-on-metal” contact, is potentially dangerous and will lead to a higher repair bill.

Warning Signs Your Brakes Need to be Inspected

Unusual Noise

This is one of the most common signs that there is a problem with your brakes. If you hear screeching, grinding or clicking noises when you press on the brake, you need to get it checked!

Pulling to a Side

Your vehicle pulls to one side while braking.

Low Pedal Pressure

When your brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.

Hard Pedal Pressure

The opposite of low pedal pressure. If you must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.

Grabbing

If your brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.

Vibration

If you press the brake pedal and it vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.

Brake Light

Your brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

When to replace your brake components can be difficult to estimate. Deterioration depends on several conditions such as the extent of driving, variations in climate, quality of brake pads and frequency of stopping.

Vehicles should have their tires rotated every 3-6 months or every 5,000 miles.  That is a good time to have the brakes inspected as well. A Tire Discounters certified ASE mechanic can provide you with a free multi-point inspection and measure all brake pads/shoes, rotors/brake drums and inspect the brake hydraulic system.

Call or chat with us to schedule your FREE brake inspection.