Auto Alignments,car service
Written by Jessica Golden

Tire Alignment Basics and Benefits – Part 2

Auto Alignments,car serviceAs discussed in Part 1, a tire alignment allows tires to perform properly and have longer service lives. They also improve overall performance and handling. Part 2 will discuss Alignment, Feathering, Camber Tread Wear, Heel-Toe Tread Wear, and Tire Balancing.

Alignment

A faulty tire or wheel alignment can result in tires wearing prematurely and unevenly. The following discusses several kinds of tread wear and tear caused by misalignments.

Feathering is indicated when tread is lower/smoother on one side of a tire and higher/sharper on the other. This is typically caused by improper toe alignment.

Camber Tread Wear is indicated when the outside or inside of a tire’s tread is noticeably much more worn than its center. Negative or positive camber is attributable to this kind of wear.

Heel-Toe Tread Wear is caused when one side of a tire’s tread block wears down faster than the other. When your hand goes across the tread, it will feel like saw teeth. This type of tread wear could be an indication of insufficient tire rotation or under inflation.

Tire Balancing

Differing from tire alignment, tire balancing compensates for imbalances in weight found in the wheel/tire combination. It is usually performed with a wheel alignment. The two typical kinds of imbalance that require addressing are static (single plane) and dynamic (dual plane).

A static imbalance occurs on a single plane, the vertical movement that can result in vibration. In contrast, a dynamic imbalance occurs on two planes, both vertical and lateral movements. Either imbalance will need a special balancing machine to fix the issue.

A certified mechanic will mount each tire on a rim and adjust its pressure until reaching optimal inflation. Every tire will then be put on a balancing machine’s center bore. It will spin a tire rapidly to determine the wheel/tire combination’s imbalance. This will indicate how much weight is needed to be added to the wheel in order to balance the tire.

Crucial for proper tire care, tire balancing helps prevent premature tread wear. Performing an alignment and balancing every tire every 5,000 to 6,000 miles will help lengthen their service lives and improve their overall performance.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

Front-End Alignments,car mechanic, car services, Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Three Important Snow Tire Tips for Winter

Front-End Alignments,car mechanic, car services, Annapolis MDEven if it’s the middle of winter and you’ve been putting it off, it is worth putting on a set of snow tires on your vehicle now. They will increase driving safety dramatically and they will usually last at least three winters. The following lists three important snow tire tips for winter. Stop by an independent service facility for greater value and more personalized service for all your automotive needs.

Traction

Made of blended rubber, the treads of snow tires are designed to retain their flexibility in temperatures that are below freezing. Being flexible allows snow tires to have as much traction as possible on roads covered by ice or snow. In contrast, summer tires and all-season tires start losing their grip on the road when temperatures near freezing.

Pressure

The air pressure of tires actually supports a vehicle’s weight. When the temperature drops 10 degrees, it is estimated a tire will lose approximately one pound per square inch (PSI). For example, a tire that has an air pressure of 36 PSI at 85 degrees will decrease to 30 PSI when the temperature drops to 25 degrees. This makes driving less safe because traction is reduced when tires are underinflated. Constant underinflation also results in poor fuel economy and shorter tire service life.

Tread Depth

For car owners who drive through snow, slush, or sleet, snow tires should be replaced when they have worn down to about 5/32″ of remaining tread depth to retain sound performance.  Additional tread depth results in more traction. If winters are mild and roads are primarily wet with rain, tire replacement can be delayed until there is about 4/32″ of remaining tread depth. Sufficient tread depth promotes safety by decreasing the chances of hydroplaning.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offers the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

car mechanic, Repair, maintenance
Written by Jessica Golden

4 Common Car Problems of Summer

car mechanic, Repair,  maintenanceAfter being through a tough winter of driving, you may think that you can take it easy as far worrying about your car during the summer. Unfortunately, high temperatures can also cause damage to your vehicle. Road temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees for several days in a row during a heat wave. Prolonged exposure to heat can affect every component of your car. The following are four common car problems of summer.

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car repair services, Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Top Eight Vehicle Services for New Drivers – Part 2

 car mechanic, car shop, repair servicesAs discussed previously, a new driver will probably be driving a used car. The vehicle may be more of a challenge to maintain because it will be older with higher mileage. However, proper and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. Part 1 covered the topics of air filter, battery, brakes, and hoses and belts. Part 2 will discuss the last four of the eight most important services for your vehicle.

Oil Change

Lubricating the moving parts of the engine, oil provides critical protection from high temperatures and friction. As oil gets older, its viscosity starts breaking down, and eventually it will lose its effectiveness. Although newer vehicles may not need oil services every 3,000 miles depending on the oil use, you should perform regular checks of the oil level. Make sure to discuss your vehicle, manufacturer’s recommendations and usage of your vehicle for the proper oil and service interval recommendations.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are responsible for the ignition of the air/fuel mixture within each cylinder of your engine. This results in multiple controlled explosions that provide the energy necessary to power every internal-combustion vehicle. As do every electrical element, a spark plug will eventually burn out. If a spark plug stops working, the engine will be forced to work harder, and this will be very inefficient. Check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement intervals. They can be recommended by both time and/or mileage.  Ensuring the spark plugs are in good condition will result in smoother running and an engine with longer service life.

Tires

Car tires are engineered to last for thousands of miles, and they can be costly. However, even tires of the highest quality will eventually wear and undergo a loss of air pressure. Maintaining proper tire inflation has three very important benefits. First, tires will last significantly longer because wear will be more even. Second, safety is enhanced because under or over inflated tires are much more likely to blowout at highway speeds. Third, proper inflation results in improved fuel efficiency, reducing costs. Other important tire services are regular tire rotations and alignments, which will also assure even tire wear.

Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are important because they help ensure a driver’s visibility, making driving safer. The longevity of your windshield wipers will depend on the region where you live. Rubber will degrade more quickly because of UV rays and high temperatures if you live in the Sunbelt. Similarly, cars driven in areas that experience freezing temperatures will have wiper blades that will degrade faster because of cold and salt. Depending on the normal weather conditions of your area, replacing wiper blades ever six to twelve months will be necessary to make sure they remain effective.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.