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    Getting to Know Your Car's Most Important Fluids

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Your car’s many moving systems require fluids in order to run smoothly and efficiently. From the fluid that powers your braking system to the motor oil that cools and lubricates your engine, there are many types of fluids that are highly essential to the proper function of your vehicle. To keep your car running great, it is important to check and refill your fluids as needed. Here is a quick tour of some of the most important fluids in your vehicle.

    Motor Oil

    Motor oil is among the most important fluids in your engine. This automotive fluid is responsible for keeping the various moving components of your engine cooled and lubricated as you drive. To preserve the quality and lifespan of your vehicle, it is essential to change your oil at regularly scheduled intervals. Your mechanic can help you decide when it is best to perform an oil change.

    Antifreeze

    Antifreeze is another vital car fluid. This substance is mixed with water and added to your car’s cooling system. Due to its unique properties, antifreeze is able to prevent your engine from freezing up during very cold weather. To maintain the performance of your car, you should be sure to check your antifreeze levels regularly.

    Brake Fluid

    Some drivers may be surprised to learn that their car’s brakes rely on fluid. A vehicle’s braking system uses a hydraulic braking system in order to stop the vehicle. If your car is low on brake fluid, the performance and safety of your brakes will become compromised.

    At Dekalb Tire, we can help you check and maintain all of the fluid levels in your car. Along with our tire care services, we also offer our satisfied customers in the Buckhead area with a complete range of automotive repairs. To learn more about the terrific products that are in stock at our tire store, give us a call at (404) 935-0350. 

    Why Are Alignments Important?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    A few days ago, your car held a straight course when you let go of the steering wheel. Today, the vehicle clearly pulls to one side unless you hold the wheel straight with a firm grip. What changed?

    Actions as minor as driving over potholes and hitting curbs can throw even tightly aligned wheels out of alignment. Misaligned wheels are not just a mere annoyance, however. They make driving more dangerous and less fuel efficient. They cause uneven tire tread wear and make keeping your car on the right path a commitment that requires constant attention.

    The next time you sense that your wheels are out alignment, schedule an appointment with a wheel alignment specialist immediately. Dekalb Tire, with six convenient locations in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, and Smyrna, offers professional wheel alignment and a host of other automotive repair services. Customer satisfaction is at the core of our driving mission. To ask about current specials or schedule a service appointment, call (404) 935-0350.

    Getting Your Car Ready for Winter Driving

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Outside of the mountains, Georgia is known for having fairly mild winters. Since most parts of the state do see snow and ice on occasion, however, drivers should be aware of winter driving hazards. To prevent unnecessarily endangering yourself or others on the road, you should also be familiar with automotive maintenance checks, parts, and accessories that can better prepare your car for winter driving.

    Check Your Car’s Vitals

    A visit to a trusted automotive repair expert is the best way to kick your car into gear for the winter. Schedule an inspection or tune-up to have your car’s engine, brakes, battery, radiator, and tires closely examined and serviced as necessary. Inform the mechanic that you want your car to be especially fit to handle the winter weather.

    Measure Tire Tread Depth

    Losing traction with the road is especially scary when ice is present. Check tire tread wear indicators or perform the penny test on the inner tread of your tires to gauge tread depth. If your tires do not have enough tread on them to get you through the winter, replace them. If you anticipate spending much time driving in ice or snow, opt for specially designed snow tires.

    Test Lights, Heat, Defroster

    A set of working head and tail lights, a recently serviced heater, and a functional defroster are almost as important as having a working battery and enough tire tread when it comes to winter driving. These features will help keep you safe and comfortable while driving in winter conditions.

    Prepare Emergency Kit

    Even after you winterize your tires and other car parts, you should still be prepared for winter driving emergencies. Keep plenty of bottled water, protein-rich snacks and other non-perishable food items, a cell phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, matches, blankets, extra clothes, and a first-aid kit in your car in case you break down or have to pull off the road and weather a storm in a rural area.

    Follow these winter automotive preparation and maintenance tips, and your car should be in shape to handle the chill of the next few months. If you are looking to have your tires replaced, your suspension corrected, or your wheels aligned as part of a preseason automotive tune-up, call Dekalb Tire at (404) 935-0350.

    A Look at Winter Car Maintenance

    Last updated 27 days ago

    With Georgia’s winter weather growing increasingly unpredictable, it is a smart idea for drivers in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs to winterize their vehicles as if expecting months of snow and ice. For a run-down of basic automotive maintenance services that can keep your car running safely and reliably all winter, check out this Great Day Houston video clip.

    In it, car expert Lauren Fix discusses how winter weather exacerbates existing automotive problems and presents new challenges for a car’s tires, brakes, and engine. Have your car’s vital systems inspected, add some antifreeze to the radiator fluid, and remember to check your tire pressure regularly, and your car will be much less likely to break down this winter.

    Are you a Dunwoody resident who would like to have your car thoroughly inspected and prepared for whatever weather hits the area this winter? To schedule service with an experienced tire and automotive repair specialist, call Dekalb Tire at (404) 935-0350.

    What Are The Most Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    You paid a lot of money for your car. You want it to serve you, reliably, for a long time. You do not mind putting time and energy into maintaining it. You just don’t want to mess anything up. By making a point to follow the maintenance schedule in your vehicle owner’s manual and remembering the critical maintenance steps discussed below, you can avoid many common maintenance mistakes and costly automotive repairs.

    Change Oil at the Right Time

    With recommended oil change schedules deviating from the once universal “every three months or 3,000 miles” recommendation, it is more important than ever for drivers to know their engine’s oil maintenance needs and to schedule oil changes accordingly. Consult your owner’s manual, set an alert on your calendar, and schedule an oil change whenever that alert goes off to keep your engine running clean.

    Change Out Fuel and Air Filters

    So much emphasis is placed on changing a car’s engine oil that it is easy to forget other simple, inexpensive routine maintenance tasks such as filter changes. Failure to change your fuel and air filters as recommended can cause damage and lead to costly repairs.

    Keep Up with Tire Maintenance

    Since tires require little maintenance relative to their heavy use, drivers often forget about our neglect tire maintenance until a tire goes flat. When you are so often in a hurry before leaving home, the time at which you most often think to check the pressure of your tires, it is natural to go months without checking. To protect your tires, and in turn your vehicle’s suspension and wheel alignment, check your tire pressure at least once a month and add air when needed.

    Monitor Other Automotive Fluid Levels

    Brake fluid, transmission fluid, and engine coolant levels also need to be topped up or their containers flushed out from time to time. To promote the smoothest, most efficient, and most comfortable ride possible, make maintaining all automotive fluid levels in your vehicle a priority.

    With locations in Dunwoody and elsewhere throughout Georgia, Dekalb Tire is a full-service tire dealer and automotive repair center. If your car needs an oil change, new tires, a wheel alignment, or brake repair service, call us at (404) 935-0350. Together, we can help you get the most life from your car.

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