Everyone looks forward to the beginning of summer; the warm weather, evening barbecues and frequent outdoor activities promise to put the doldrums of winter behind us for months on end. But some of the best things about summer, hot days and loads of sunshine, can create some of the worst conditions for your car. Make sure to take the following precautions to help your car cope with the inevitable heat of summer.
- Check Your Coolant – Most people are so used to calling the stuff in their radiator, “anti-freeze,” that they may not even know that it also anti-boil. The boiling point of antifreeze, sometimes called coolant, is higher than water’s boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit. If your coolant boils it turns ...[more]
At St Lucie Battery & Tire, we know that everyone is trying to get a few more miles out of their vehicles and make their auto repair dollars go a little farther. Every spring, automotive maintenance comes to the front and center since April is National Car Care Month! The folks at the Car Care Council would like to remind you of a few things to take note of for National Car Care Month…things that may just help keep your car on the road and running right a little bit longer!
Tires: It’s easy to take your tires for granted, but it’s also a big mistake. Check your tires regularly for signs of excess wear and remember that front tires that are worn on the inside or outside edge most likely mean an alignment pr ...[more]
- Extreme cold weather
- Extreme hot weather
- Extreme humidity
- Lots of stop-and-start city driving
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 spring 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]
- 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]
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 wimpy 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]
Dad works hard, and they deserve a little down time and peace of mind at Father’s Day. Peace of mind can come in a lot of different forms…and one of them is having a car that’s reliable, economical and fun to drive. We’d like to suggest a few ideas that can make Dad’s ride a little more enjoyable and dependable:
Car care products – you might not be able to get Dad a new car, but you can help him make his current one look a little more new! A high-quality paste wax or carnauba wax can restore finish, and make even an older car glisten and gleam like it just rolled off the dealer’s lot. Same goes for a detailing kit to spiff up that inter ...[more]
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