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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.

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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.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Visit Your Trusted Dealership Alternative for Tire Services

Repair Services, Annapolis MDThe trusted dealership alternative you use to take care of your car should also be your first stop when you need your tires serviced or replaced. Sure, franchise discount tire stores will try to lure you with ads and commercials about sales, but many of them will give you “discount services” as well. It often feels like they care more about making a sale, than if the tires they are recommending are the right fit in terms of your driving needs and safety.

Personal Service

When you use your trusted facility, they know both you and your car very well. They will understand what kind of tires you need. The professionals will ask the right questions. What kind of driving do you do every day? Are your commutes stop-and-go or long freeway trips? Do you ever use your SUV to go off road? Are you looking for performance or durability? With this information in hand, they will be able to advise you in a personal way.

Thorough Services

Your trusted mechanic will be thorough when it comes to inspecting your tires. Every tire inspection should always include the spare (if equipped), and this is often a cut above budget-tire places. A certified dealership alternative will also provide excellent record keeping. They will note the items below for each one of your tires at every inspection:looo

  • Type/Brand, Size
  • Speed/Performance Rating
  • Condition
  • Tread Depth
  • Production Date
  • Wear Pattern
  • Tire Pressure

After recording all of the above, each tire will be inflated or deflated to attain its correct PSI (per square inch) pressure. If the mechanic advises your tire(s) need repair or replacement, you will get advice involving your safety and options, along with an estimate.

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.