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Hurricane Season is Coming -- Are You Ready?

August 9th, 2016
In Florida, we're always at risk during hurricane season. Do you know what to do when one strikes?
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Overheating -- Your Car's Enemy

July 16th, 2016
Overheating can quickly ruin your car's engine. Know how to recognize the signs, and how to prevent it!
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Summer Heat: Your Tires' Worst Enemy

June 28th, 2016
Everything's going to heat up this summer...including your tires!
  Posted in: Tires 101

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

May 31st, 2016
Oil Changes in St. Lucie, FLFor years, drivers were told to change motor oil every 3,000 miles. Advances in motor oil and vehicle design enable drivers to go much longer between oil changes without causing harm to a car’s engine. Today’s automakers now recommend oil change intervals of 5,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles (always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommended intervals). Even at that, though, there can be exceptions. Conditions like the following can all put a real stress on motor oil: 
  • Extreme cold weather
  • Extreme hot weather
  • Extreme humidity
  • Lots of stop-and-start city driving
Severe duty such as towing or hauling heavy loads with a tru ...[more]
  Tags: auto repair, oil change
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April Showers Mean Automotive Maintenance

April 28th, 2016

Well, spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the trees are showing buds and the temperatures are starting to come up. You know what else comes with Auto Repair in Port St Lucie FLspring weather, and that’s rain showers! Is your car ready?

Here are some things to keep in mind with the rainy weather right around the corner:

Tires: In rainy weather, hydroplaning is your enemy. Hydroplaning occurs when the car actually skates on a thin layer of water between the tire and the pavement, with the tires losing contact with the road altogether. Your tires are your first line of defense when it comes to keeping control of your car on wet pavement. The tread grooves are designed to channel water away and behind the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplani ...[more]

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Help! My Battery Won’t Hold A Charge!

February 18th, 2016
Battery Repair in West Palm Beach, FLAt St. Lucie Battery & Tire in West Palm Beach, FL and Jensen Beach, FL, we run across a lot of customers who come in with a battery that apparently won’t hold a charge anymore. This is something that seems easy, but it can get complicated pretty quickly. Let’s do a process-of-elimination to address some of the potential causes: 
  • What kind of shape are the battery’s posts, cables and cable clamps in? It’s easy for a battery to build up corrosion around the clamps and posts, which will usually appear as greenish-white, fluffy deposits. In extreme cases, it can even look like a glassy substance on the post itself. Either way, corrosion will prevent the battery from getting a good charge from the charging ...[more]
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  Tags: tires, auto repair
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November Specialty Tire Spotlight: Michelin XZM Industrial

November 29th, 2015
Michelin tires in Stuart FLWhen you’re operating forklifts and other industrial and material handling equipment, lost time is lost money. That’s why the tough Michelin XZM industrial radial tire is such a great choice for forklift duty. Statistics show that the Michelin XZM has at least double the service life of other solid forklift tires in the same operating conditions, regardless of the surfaces they are used on. Well-defined tread blocks offer outstanding traction, and the tough tread compound and robust crown and sidewalls offer great resistance to damage, punctures, and rupture. The radial structure absorbs bumps and shocks well, for comfort for the operator and protection for cargo being carried. 
The Michelin XZM is suitable for lift trucks a ...[more]
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September Commercial Tire Spotlight: Michelin XPS Rib

September 28th, 2015
Michelin XPS Rib Tires West Palm Beach, FLCommercial operators in West Palm Beach, FL have been turning to the Michelin XPS Rib for light- and medium-duty trucks. The XPS Rib is a retreadable tire designed with a steel casing and reinforced steel bead for exceptional wear resistance. Its third steel belt helps the XPS Rib resist punctures, while a built-in sidewall protector helps protect against curb scuffs. The XPS Rib is suitable for all positions on trucks, either on the drive or steering axle. 
The deep (15/32”) tread grooves provide even tread wear, good traction in wet weather and are computer tuned for noise suppression. With a 6 year/60,000 mile warranty, a load range of E and maximum speed of 75 mph, the Michelin XPS Rib wears like iron and is a perfect choi ...[more]
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Diesel? Or Hybrid?

August 5th, 2015

Not that long ago, diesels were slow, smoky, smelly, noisy and hard to start on cold days. Not that long ago, hybrids were poky, expensive, heavy and generally Diesel Service in West Palm Beach FLwimpy all the way around. Today, that’s all changed. For drivers who are looking to stretch a dollar a little farther and are looking for an alternative to regular gasoline-powered cars, there are some great diesels and hybrids to choose from…so let’s briefly run down some pros and cons of each design.

Economy: To make a long story short, diesels do better on the highway, while hybrids are better for around-town fuel economy. The biggest advantage a diesel has is its extremely efficient combustion, which provides great fuel economy at freeway speed. A hybrid, on the ot ...[more]

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Synthetic Motor Oil – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

July 16th, 2015
Oil Change West Palm Beach, FLIn the last ten or so years, almost all automakers have recommended synthetic motor oil for their vehicles. At St. Lucie Battery & Tire in West Palm Beach, FL, we do oil changes with synthetic or conventional oil, and occasionally have motorists ask us if synthetic motor oil is really worth it. The answer:
An unequivocal yes. 
Synthetic motor oil is more chemically stable and uniform at the molecular level. That means it retains its viscosity better across a wide range of temperatures, enhancing its lubricating properties. It’s much less prone to degradation from carbon and other contaminants and won’t break down as quickly in high heat conditions. 
  Tags: auto repair, oil change
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