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Why Is Tire Pressure So Important to Tire Health?

Why Is Tire Pressure So Important to Tire Health?

There's no doubt that you should always fill your car, SUV, or truck's tires to their proper psi (pound per square inch), which is the standard increment for air pressure of tires in the US. The psi suitable for your car's tires is generally found on a sticker in the driver's door jamb or the owner's manual. So why is this emphasized so much in the automotive industry? Proper tire inflation will give you ultimate control of your vehicle, give you a more comfortable ride, give you better gas mileage, and allow your tires and car to last longer.   Things to Note About Proper Tire Inflation: The pressure in your tires must meet the psi recommended by the tire manufacturer. It would be best to do tire pressure checks as often as possible using a reliable tire pressure gauge. You should carry out the procedure in the morning before you drive to get a more precise reading. Temperature can significantly alter your tire pressure. For instance, when it is cold, pre ... read more

Should You Get All-Weather Tires for the Upcoming Winter?

Should You Get All-Weather Tires for the Upcoming Winter?

Now that it's fall, winter is right around the corner in Burnt Hills, NY. Now is a prime time to consider which tires you need. All-season tires may be exceptional year-round but may not be the best for the winter.   What Are All-Weather Tires? As the name of the tires suggests, all-weather tires enable you to drive in all types of weather conditions. The tread designs of all-weather tires offer outstanding stability and traction. Additionally, the rubber in these tires allows them to remain efficient in multiple states. After all, these tires are designed to grip wet, dry, or snowy roads.   Winter vs. All-Weather Tires By comparison, winter tires are designed to combat and trek on snowy and icy roads. Meanwhile, all-season tires deliver flexible performance in different conditions. All-season tires aren't suitable for driving in extreme snow, ice, and cold, while all-weather tires offer the best of both worlds - the additional traction in winter tires and the v ... read more

Are Smog Checks Required in New York?

Are Smog Checks Required in New York?

The state of New York is always hustling and bustling. The only con of living in New York is the air pollution. To minimize the pollution, the state of New York requires a smog check to go along with your safety inspection every year to receive an original registration or an annual registration renewal. By requiring New York residents to receive an emissions test, we can all have cleaner air to breathe.  FAQs on Smog Checks/Emissions Testing in New York Q1: Which vehicles are exempt from smog testing? A1: If a vehicle falls into any of the following categories below, it does not need to pass a smog check: Vehicles older than 25 years old New cars less than two years old Electric vehicles Motorcycles Registered farm equipment Diesel vehicles weighing less than 8500 lbs Homemade or custom vehicles refurbished in the upstate area Q2: What is the difference between OBDII testing and low enhanced testing? A2: OBDII stands for On-Board Diagnostics Generation II test. This typ ... read more

Say Farewell to the Heat with End-of-Summer Car Maintenance

Say Farewell to the Heat with End-of-Summer Car Maintenance

Though it is only August, the brisk Autumn is creeping up on us in Burnt Hills, NY. Don't wait until the thermometer drops, as your vehicle could use a bit of practical maintenance after recovering from the summer. With the proper care, your car can take on the seasonal challenges that your vehicle may face. Here's a guide on everything you should mark off on your end-of-summer maintenance checklist.   HERE'S WHAT TO DO 1. Start with a complete inspection.  An inspection is an excellent place to start, as the diagnostics will help you hone in on precisely what your car or truck needs. A vehicle inspection will likely include essential checks and tests on your battery, fluids, belts, engine hoses, lights, and more. Keep in mind that some of the issues with these parts can worsen when the temperature falls! 2. Examine your tread depth.  Your tread depth should always be at least 2/32". Otherwise, your vehicle may be in danger, regardless of the seaso ... read more

Why is the 30/60/90K Maintenance So Important?

Why is the 30/60/90K Maintenance So Important?

No matter what type of car you happen to have, the manufacturer always has a set schedule of maintenance tasks for your automobile. This type of service is usually known as factory scheduled maintenance, or 30/60/90K. Those numbers are significant because the interval between each maintenance service is about 30,000 miles. Many people see this schedule as optional, considering their car might be working fine.  However, the schedule is not a scheme to get you to spend money. The service is necessary for the long-term health and condition of your vehicle.   You should be more aware of your factory maintenance schedule for several reasons: Your warranty may require it.  Some manufacturers place such importance on 30/60/90K maintenance that not following the schedule could void your vehicle warranty. It can prevent minor problems from becoming major. Regular maintenance can identify possible issues early on before they can cause severe damage or vehicle breakdowns. It ... read more

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