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    Factors that Can Lead to Air Conditioner Failure

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Spring is upon us, but that doesn’t mean your days of using your car’s air conditioner are over. And even if you’re putting off air conditioner repair in anticipation of the cold weather ahead, don’t you want to get your AC in shape now instead of forgetting about it and sweating it out on the first scorching day of 2015? You should visit your automotive repair shop for AC repair no matter what time of the year it is. The following factors can all lead to air conditioner failure and poor AC performance. 

    Refrigerant Leak

    All air conditioners rely on some type of refrigerant to deliver cold air to the cabin. Leaks from ruptured hoses or poor connections can result in air conditioner failure. If you notice that the air in your car isn’t blowing as cold as it used to, bring it to Dekalb Tire and let one of our technicians check the refrigerant, give your system a charge, and fix any leaks.

    Moisture

    Moisture can cause the formation of oxides and acids within the air conditioning system, a death sentence for ACs. Moisture can also freeze up expansion valves and powered desiccants in the winter, which can also lead to air conditioner failure.

    Dirt

    Anything other than refrigerant in the air conditioning system can be harmful to the system. Dirt commonly gets inside air conditioning systems, causing seized compressor bearings, expansion valve failure, refrigerant decomposition, and corrosion of metal parts. If you can’t remember the last time your car’s air conditioner was cleaned, visit Dekalb Tire today.

    Schedule an appointment with Dekalb Tire and let one of our factory-trained professionals get your car’s AC working like new. Our automotive repair locations in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, and throughout the Atlanta area provide the highest quality services and the best customer service. Call us at (404) 935-0350 to schedule service for your vehicle today! 

    The New Tire Tread Test

    Last updated 12 days ago

    For years the de facto standard for determining how much life remained on your tires was “the penny test.” Depending on how much of Lincoln’s head was visible when the coin was placed in the tire’s tread, you knew if it was time for a new set of tires. But if you want to be certain that your tires are safe for wet-weather driving, you’ll need to dig around your spare change jar for a quarter instead of a penny, at least according to nationwide retailer The Tire Rack. When you place a quarter in a tire’s grooves and can still see Washington’s scalp, it means the tire has a tread depth of at least 4/32 of an inch, compared to 2/32 of an inch with the penny test.

    This small amount of extra rubber makes a big different in stopping distances, especially in emergency driving situations. If you need to replace your tires, come to Dekalb Tire. We provide the Atlanta area with the best tire repair and replacement services. Visit one of our tire dealers in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, or Buckhead to learn more. If you have questions, call us at (404) 935-0350.

    Summer Heat Can Lead to Unexpected Car Problems

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Summers in and around Dunwoody can be fierce, presenting the risk of heatstroke for people who stay outside for too long without taking the proper precautions. Just as we must be careful to stay well-hydrated and under the cover of shade to avoid heat-related illnesses, we must protect our cars in order to avoid visits to the automotive repair shop due to heat-related automotive failure. To keep your car from overheating or experiencing other heat-related problems during Georgia’s heat waves, take the following measures and precautions

    Watch Out for Signs of Engine Overheating

    Familiarize yourself with the signs of overheating. These include sweet, irregular smells coming from the engine; smoke rising out and up from under the hot; and unusual and persistent heat in the cabin of the car. Keep an eye on your car’s engine gauge, as the needle should move toward the “H” if your engine is heating. If you suspect that your car’s engine is overheating, turn off the air conditioner and roll down the windows. If the needle on your engine gauge does no move in the direction of “C,” get your car to an automotive repair specialist.

    Keep an Eye on Your Car Battery

    To prevent the unpleasant experience of trying to start your car and finding that its battery is dead, regularly check its water levels and frequently inspect for leaks and corrosion. Doing so could save you money, hassle, and a trip to the automotive repair center.

    Check Tire Air Pressure

    Tire repairs are more common in the summer than at any other time of year. Check the air pressure in your tires at least once a month and add air as needed to avoid having to prematurely invest in new tires. It is also important to check your tires’ tread depth on a regular basis and visit the tire dealer for replacements if the depth wears down to less than one-eighth of an inch.

    Follow this advice, and you can keep the likelihood that your car experiences heat-induced automotive failure to a minimum for the remainder of this summer season. Should you find that your car does not start or run into trouble on the road in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, or Smyrna, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 252-9895.

    How Low Tire Pressure Can Damage Your Vehicle

    Last updated 27 days ago

    The importance of regularly checking your tire pressure and adding air when necessary cannot be overstated. While you can drive with low tire pressure, it’s not a good idea. Clocking miles with tires that are less inflated than your manufacturer recommends will damage your car and can make driving unsafe for you and others on the road.

    Driving with low tire pressure wears down brake pads more quickly, is more likely to lead to skidding, and can significantly reduce the life of a good pair of tires. Even if you are fortunate enough to not experience any of these problems, driving your car with low tire pressure will cost you in the form of extra fuel consumption. Low tire pressure reduces a car’s fuel efficiency and could add more than a dollar to your fuel costs each day that you drive without properly inflated tires.

    Adding air to your tires is something that you can easily do on your own, but many tire services require the skills of an experienced tire dealer and automotive repair specialist. If you live in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, or Smyrna, and your vehicle is in need of new tires, wheel alignment, or repairs, visit the Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair location nearest you or call (404) 935-0350.

    Recognizing the Warning Signs of Tire Problems

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Without properly inflated tires that are in good working condition, you cannot get very far on the road. Since flat tires are an even greater pain to deal with in the Dunwoody area in the summertime and other tire problems can wreak havoc on your wheel alignment and make driving less safe for you and other drivers, staying on top of tire maintenance should be high on your list of automotive care priorities. Signs that your tires are in trouble and need to be replaced or serviced include:

    Evidence of Tread Wear

    As you accumulate miles with a set of tires that was once new, it is natural for their tread to wear down. Many newer tires have tread wear indicator bars that start to show only when it is time for you to replace your tires. If your tires do not have this feature, you should check their tread depth once a month by sticking a dime in the tread and seeing how far in it goes. When tread depth wears away to less than one-eighth of an inch, it is time for you to make a trip to the tire dealer.

    Blisters or Cracks

    Bulges, blisters, and cracks in the sidewall of a tire are signs of an imminent problem. Examine your tires once a week and any time driving on them simply does not feel right. If you see discover blisters or cracks while looking at your tires, retire them and have them replaced by your local tire dealer.

    Vibration on Smooth Roads

    As the driver of your vehicle, you know what degree of vibration is normal. If you notice that your car is vibrating more than it usually does when driving on smooth, paved roads, make a visit to a tire shop where an automotive expert can identify and correct the problem.

    Driving your car with tires that are in poor condition is unsafe and sets you up to spend some time on the side of the road sooner or later. Rather than wait until your tire springs a leak, take your car to a tire dealer as soon as you notice any of the signs of tire problems discussed above. To have your tires inspected, rotated, or replaced in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, or Smyrna, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 935-0350.

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