What you Need to Know Before Buying New Tires

March 15th, 2018
I can think of several things I would rather buy, but it looks like a new set of tires is going to be at the top of the list. There are many factors to consider before making this investment. Here is a quick guide to finding, buying, and maintaining your new tires.

New Tire Shopping

Do you need new tires?  Take a close look at your tires and determine if you actually need new tires. Tread is the best place to look. You can measure the depth using an old penny or by looking at the tread wear indicators built into most tires. If your tread is worn down to less than 2/32 of an inch you need new tires.
Who to buy new tires from can be a challenge. One option is the car dealer, but they are often the most expensive. You will have better luck with a tire retailer or local auto shop. Always check for ...[more]
  Tags: tires, tire facts
  Posted in: Tires 101

What to do When Your Parking Brake is Stuck

March 15th, 2018
Have you ever gotten a little too excited using your parking brake? At some point, most of us pull up just a little too hard and get our brake lever jammed.  There are several situations that require a little extra braking power. Knowing when and how to use your brake will help you avoid sticky situations. 
When should I use my parking brake?
If you drive a manual transmission you might use your emergency brake every time you park your vehicle. You might even be using it when you are driving! Those of us with automatics might only use our e-brakes when we are parked on a hill. In reality, you should use your parking brake all the time! 

Stuck Parking Brake

When we park our vehicles it engages a device know ...[more]
  Tags: brakes, tips, Parking Brake
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101