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    Tips for Winter Car Maintenance [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 6 hours 47 minutes 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 3 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. 

    What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Your car’s dashboard contains a number of lights that provide you with valuable information about the performance and condition of your vehicle. One of the most critical lights on your dashboard is the check engine light. When you notice that your check engine light has become illuminated, this light could indicate a number of automotive issues. When you notice that your check engine light is on, you should be sure to schedule a repair appointment for your car right away. Read on to learn more about what your check engine light may mean.

    Loose Gas Cap

    One of the common reasons for your check engine light to go on is a loose gas cap. If you fail to screw your gas cap all the way onto your vehicle after you refuel, your check engine light will provide you with a warning. If you tighten your gas cap and the light remains on, this is a sign that your car is in need of more serious repairs.

    Bad Oxygen Sensor

    A bad oxygen sensor is another possible reason why your check engine light may be on. The oxygen sensor is designed to monitor the oxygen levels in your exhaust system. With a bad oxygen sensor, the efficiency and overall performance of your engine may decline. Your mechanic can replace your oxygen sensor with a working component.

    Broken Catalytic Converter

    When your catalytic converter breaks, your check engine light will warn you by turning on. A broken catalytic converter can cause your engine to emit more harmful emissions from its tailpipe. To get the to bottom of your illuminated check engine light, you will need to visit your auto repair center.

    If your check engine light is on, do not hesitate to set up a repair appointment at Dekalb Tire. Our automotive repair shop provides motorists in the Dunwoody and Buckhead areas with a complete range of services. Call us at (404) 935-0350 to set up an appointment for your vehicle today. 

    Reasons to Schedule Wheel Alignment

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Your wheels are among your car’s most important features. When your wheels are properly aligned, they should all travel in the same direction when the car is going in a straight line. There are a number of possible reasons why you may need to schedule a wheel alignment service. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to the right of the left as you drive, this is a good indication that you are in need of alignment. Other reasons to schedule wheel alignment include uneven tire tread wear, strange vibrations while driving, or a crooked steering wheel.

    When you notice that your vehicle is ready for a wheel rotation, do not hesitate to contact Dekalb Tire. Our five locations in the Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, and Smyrna areas will provide you with convenient automotive repair services that are of the highest quality. Call us at (404) 935-0350 to schedule a wheel alignment today. 

    What are Tread Wear Indicators?

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way to tell when your tires needed to be replaced? Actually, there is. All tires in the U.S. are legally required to have some sort of tread wear indicators. If you didn’t already know that, you aren’t alone. The Rubber Manufacturers Association estimates that 66 percent of drivers don’t know that tread wear indicators exist, and that approximately 13 percent of vehicles on the road have at least one bald tire.

    Watch this video to learn more about tread wear indicators and the future of tread wear indicator technology. If you’re in need of new tires, come to Dekalb Tire. Purchase four installed, in-stock tires and receive $50 instant credit. This offer expires 9/30/2014. If you have questions about our inventory, stop by one of our tire stores around the Atlanta area, including locations in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Buckhead. For additional information, call us at (404) 935-0350. 

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