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    A Look at Winter Car Maintenance

    Last updated 3 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 11 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 18 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 23 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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    Car Safety Tips Every Mom Should Know

    Last updated 26 days ago

    There are several car safety rules that every mom should be aware of. To keep your family safe in the car, it is highly important to be familiar with seatbelt and airbag safety. Your car’s seatbelts should be adjusted so that they support the middle of the shoulder blade. In addition, it is essential to make sure that you avoid putting items under the seat. For an overview of some of the most important car safety tips, watch this video from WWLP-22News.

    To ensure that your car is safe for all of your family transportation needs, make an appointment at Dekalb Tire. Our tire store and automotive repair facility offers brake repair and wheel alignment services that will keep your car in safe driving condition. Call (404) 935-0350 to schedule an appointment in the Dunwoody area. 

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