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Summer Heat: Your Tires' Worst Enemy

June 28th, 2016
Everything's going to heat up this summer...including your tires!
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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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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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Father's Day Gift Ideas

June 4th, 2015

Tires & Auto Repair in Vero Beach, FL

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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How Are Tires Made?

April 9th, 2015
tires in West Palm Beach, FLIt’s pretty easy to just take tires for granted, but did you ever think about how they’re made? 
 
Even though much of the tire-building process is now automated, tire companies still depend a lot on skilled factory workers to complete tasks. Here’s a simplified version of how a tire is made:
 
  • Modern rubber formulations for tires include natural latex rubber, synthetic rubber polymers derived from crude oil, sulfur, silica, oils and chemicals and carbon black. Carbon black is the fine, sooty powder left over when crude oil or natural gas are burned with insufficient oxygen. It’s a crucial ingredient in tire formulations that helps dis ...[more]
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All Season Tires

March 11th, 2015

Tires in West Palm Beach, FL

There are plenty of choices for tires in West Palm Beach, FL, but considering the Florida climate, all-season tires are a perfect choice for most drivers. Why is that, you might ask?

  • All-season tires feature a moderate tread depth that offers excellent handling, steering response and traction on dry pavement and wet conditions. That includes a pattern of sipes that help provide extra biting edges for traction in wet weather and deep grooves around the tire’s circumference that help avoid hydroplaning by  evacuating water from the tire’s contact patch.
  • All-season tires are designed for low road noise, a supple ride and great road manners, making them an excellent choice for family vehicles l ...[more]
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Tire Guide: Decoding Tire Differences

January 9th, 2015

st. lucie battery and tire tires floridaThe only part of a vehicle with direct contact to the road, buying the correct tires can improve both maneuverability and dependability. Serving Florida from Fort Pierce to Palm City, as the premier dealer of top quality tires, St. Lucie Battery and Tire understands finding the right tire can be difficult when differentiating between performance levels. Consult the trusted staff of St. Lucie Battery and Tire for information and specifications on all tires, with knowledgeable advice to best suit driving styles and travel conditions.  

From tire brand to design, understanding what distinguishes one tire from the next can be a daunting task for any vehicle owner. However, with over eighteen years of experience in tire retail selection and i ...[more]

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Lift and Leveling Kits in West Palm Beach, FL and Jensen Beach, FL

December 12th, 2014
Truck Accessories in FloridaGot a truck or SUV that you want to take off road? You’re going to need some ground clearance, and that’s exactly what we can set up for you at St Lucie Battery & Tire! There’s a lot more to a suspension lift kit, though than just laying down the money for the parts, dropping off your truck at the corner garage and hoping for the best. Installing a lift kit is a pretty tough job, which requires some technical knowledge and attention to the truck’s components. An improperly installed lift kit can result in premature wear due to disruption in driveline angles, and a squirrelly feeling truck that will never drive or handle properly on pavement. Things like driveshaft length, steering geometry, length of brake lines, gear ratios and suspension geometry all come ...[more]
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Driver Benefits of Oil Changes

November 18th, 2014

oil change okeechobee fl vero beach flPrepare for impending seasonal weather with St. Lucie Battery and Tire in the Okeechobee, FL and Vero Beach, FL areas at two convenient locations for prompt auto repair! Knowledgeable technicians of St. Lucie Battery and Tire are thrilled to assist customers improve vehicle operations and safety for potentially hazardous driving conditions this winter. Begin seasonal preparations with routine auto repair, including one maintenance trick with hidden benefits many motorists might not realize: oil changes. Consider these unquestionable advantages when making arrangements for winter weather and dangerous travel circumstances.

Reduce Build-Up: Used oil gradually builds up certain amounts of dirt and debr ...[more]

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