Remembering to change your oil is an easy job to forget. It is why a sticker is placed on the side your window as a reminder. Every vehicle comes with its own recommendations for when you need to have the oil changed. Sticking to these recommendations is very important as it maintains your engine. Forgetting to or avoiding an oil change can have disastrous consequences. So, the next time you see your change oil sticker is coming up, it is important for you to make an oil change appointment in Santa Rosa with McLea's Tire & Automotive.
Oil Levels Drop Over Time
Over the course of driving your vehicle, you will experience a dip in oil levels. Some oil is lost due to the heat of the engine while a small amount may drip out somewhere along the engine block. This loss of engine oil reduces the effectiveness of keeping your engine lubricated and at the ...[more]
Before taking your commercial vehicle out on the road, you need to make sure it is safe to drive. Part of the safety inspection needs to include looking over the tires. However, far too many simply look at the tires, see the tires are properly inflated and leave it at that. There is far more involved with regards to looking over tires and making sure everything is safe. That is exactly why before your next shift, you need to utilize these inspection tips from your local Healdsburg commercial tire experts.
The Quarter Test
The old penny test has been updated as the amount of tread left on a vehicle when testing with a penny simply is not enough to drive safety, especially when behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. This is why you need to perform the quarter test. Using a quarter, slide it into the tread of each tire. If you can see the top of Washington's head, it means there isn't enough t ...[more]
Choosing the right tires for your vehicle is important. But what tire is right for your vehicle? You may know the size of the tire, but the varying tread plays a major role in how your vehicle performs. From performance tires to all weather tires, knowing the right automotive tires Healdsburg companies can provide you goes a long way in improving both safety and performance in your vehicle.
In California, you likely don't need all-season tires. These tires can handle in both snow and rain, yet the warmer pavement and temperatures throughout the year will cause the tire to wear down faster. Plus, as you don't have any real snow in the region, all-season tires just don’t make much sense. With that said, if you're looking at driving up north or through any kind of snow throughout the year, all-season tires may be the best fit.
There are performance all-season t ...[more]
Maintaining your vehicle is a must if you want it to last. This goes far beyond the occasional oil change. While having your oil changed regularly is important, there are other maintenance tasks you need performed, often on an annual basis. If you are not sure what kind of automotive repairs and maintenance garages in Santa Rosa recommend, here are a few tips and pointers from McLea’s Tire and Automotive for when you need to take your vehicle in.
Check your owner's manual for the vehicle. It will include listed mileage points where you should take your vehicle in for an inspection. This typically starts around the 25,000-30,000-mile range and repeats every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. This roughly equates to bringing your car in every one to two years for complete maintenance (depending on how often you drive your vehicle). While your car may sound fine, certain areas such as belts wear down ...[more]
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