Tire Rotation and Balancing at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill
Posted June 25, 2018 07:49 AM
Tires do a lot of work for Spring Hill drivers. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Spring Hill. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible.
There are three keys to long, even tire wear for Spring Hill driving:
- Proper tire inflation
- Proper wheel alignment
- Regular tire rotation and balancing
The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That's especially true of front-wheel-drive vehicles whose front tires steer and put the power to the road.
SUVs and pick-ups, especially four-wheel-drives, also tend to wear their tires more unevenly than cars because of their suspension and drivetrain set-up. Your owner's manual will likely contain a schedule for tire rotation. It's usually every 5,000 miles/8,000 km or so.
Also, there are different rotation patterns for different vehicles. George's Wholesale Tire & Auto will know which is right for your vehicle. That brings us to wheel balancing. When wheels are balanced, they spin on the axle evenly. When they are out of balance, they wobble a bit. That makes the tires wear unevenly and may transmit a vibration to the car. Your friendly and knowledgeable George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor puts weights on your wheels to balance them out so that they turn true and smooth.
Tires are a big investment for Spring Hill drivers. They're designed for keeping you safely on the road in Spring Hill. The cost for regular rotation and balancing is more than made up in extended tire life. And, can you really put a price on your safety and that of your passengers?
Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
Posted June 19, 2018 04:05 AM
These days many people in the Spring Hill area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.
Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your Spring Hill service advisor at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.
Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement in the next 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers. You might be pretty overwhelmed.
To make it even more stressful, these are all very important systems that are expensive to repair if there's a failure. In a consultation with your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service advisor, you might decide to take care of the transmission on this visit, set an appointment for the cooling system service next month and get an estimate for the timing belt replacement so you'll be prepared for it in a few months.
Having a plan for taking care of these important services will set your mind at ease.
For advice on how to make your vehicle last longer, visit us at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto.
Your Well Trained Technician at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
Posted June 11, 2018 08:10 AM
When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in Spring Hill, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.
If you've ever checked into some of the technician training George's Wholesale Tire & Auto professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph.
Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Spring Hill gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern vehicles driven around Florida are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.
Some vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Spring Hill motorists take all of this sophistication for granted, but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It's a real challenge for George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technicians and the Spring Hill service centers as well.
George's Wholesale Tire & Auto technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto by parts and equipment manufacturers, online courses and home study courses.
In addition to the expensive training, there's the financial commitment for George's Wholesale Tire & Auto to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.
There are many independent certifications held by the pros at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto. The ability to repair your vehicle requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so Spring Hill auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even online communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.
It's like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what's the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At George's Wholesale Tire & Auto, we want everything to be simple, straightforward and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn't.
The next time you bring us your vehicle, don't worry. You're in good hands at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto.
The Importance of Spring Hill Drivers Following Service Intervals
Posted June 05, 2018 09:00 AM
Today in our George's Wholesale Tire & Auto blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in Spring Hill with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?
Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.
Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life in Spring Hill takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.
So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles? Probably a couple of reasons. One is that automotive maintenance items just don't seem that urgent. All our Spring Hill neighbors can see our dead lawn, but no one knows how dirty our transmission fluid is. It's easy to put off. The other reason is that we're just not as familiar with automotive maintenance, so it's a bit intimidating.
From a practical standpoint, people in Spring Hill don't need to memorize their vehicle owner's manuals. You can let your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto advisor remind you of the guidelines established by the vehicle manufacturer; he has checklists of what the manufacturer recommends and can find potential problems when he inspects your vehicle. You really can rely on George's Wholesale Tire & Auto professionals to help you make good automotive decisions.
For Spring Hill drivers who want to be more proactive with their vehicle care, here are some simple ways for you to remember what has a maintenance interval.
First: Fluids. If it's liquid, it's got a replacement schedule. Oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, etc.
Then think tires. They need air, rotation, balancing and alignment. And while you're thinking tires, don't forget brakes and shock absorbers.
And what makes your vehicle go? Air and fuel. Air filter replacement, fuel filters and fuel system cleaning. Of course there are more items, but if Spring Hill car owners remember to take their vehicle in to George's Wholesale Tire & Auto for these things, their service advisor will help them with the rest.
And if you don't follow recommended service intervals? You get lousy fuel economy, your vehicle doesn't run as well, your safety is compromised and you'll spend more money in the long run. So it's the same as everything else: The quality of your motoring life takes a hit and it ends up costing you more.
Reason enough for me to follow recommended service intervals.