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    Getting Your Car Ready for Winter Driving

    Last updated 2 days 14 hours 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 6 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 14 days 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.

    When Is It Time to Change Your Timing Belt?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    The timing belt is one of the most important parts of your car’s engine. The timing belt is responsible for making sure that your crankshafts and camshafts rotate at the proper intervals. Over the miles, your timing belt will experience natural wear and strain. Eventually, every car will require a timing belt replacement. To help you keep your car in great repair, here is a look at some of the signs that you need to change your timing belt.

    Irregular RPMs

    When your timing belt is in need of a replacement, you may notice that your RPMs become irregular when you are driving. If your timing belt has become stretched out or is slipping, your camshafts and crankshafts will no longer be able to rotate properly. As a result, your vehicle may rev irregularly as you accelerate.

    Mileage

    Another way to determine when it is time to change your timing belt is to look at the mileage of your vehicle. Generally, timing belts will need to be replaced around every 60,000 miles. At this mileage interval, your timing belt will have worn down and lost some of its teeth. To determine the specific mileage interval for your timing belt, you can refer to your owner’s manual.

    Starting Issues

    If your vehicle is having trouble starting, this could be the result of a timing belt problem. In order to start your engine smoothly, your camshaft must turn in a specifically timed rotation. When your timing belt needs a replacement, your camshaft may no longer be able to start your vehicle.

    When you are in need of a timing belt change, be sure to contact Dekalb Tire. Our automotive repair show provides the Dunwoody area with a complete range of highly rated services, including timing belt changes, wheel alignments, and brake repairs. For more information about the terrific services that we have to offer your vehicle, call us today at (404) 935-0350. 

    Tips for Winter Car Maintenance [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your snow boots, warm jackets, and gloves out from under the bed. As you prepare yourself for the colder temperatures, don’t forget that your car needs a little bit of attention as the seasons change, too. Windshield wipers should be replaced every six to 12 months, and you shouldn’t take chances with your visibility in inclement weather. Check your battery and consider replacing it if it’s low so you don’t have to worry about getting stranded somewhere with a car that won’t start. Inspect your tires and ask your tire dealer if winter tires are right for your car. Take a look at this Infographic from Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair, your home for automotive repair in Atlanta, to learn more about preparing your car for winter weather.  Please share with your friends and family!

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