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Snellville Auto Center Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Snellville Auto Center Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Snellville Auto Center automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet SNELLVILLE conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, SNELLVILLE drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Snellville Auto Center tire has very deep channels and can easily move a l ... read more

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SNELLVILLE Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

SNELLVILLE Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around SNELLVILLE on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for SNELLVILLE drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining th ... read more

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SNELLVILLE Tire Repair

SNELLVILLE Tire Repair

Most SNELLVILLE residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for SNELLVILLE drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high GA gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There's another danger with under-inflated tires for SNELLVILLE residents. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don't just keep adding air every few days. You want to avoid tire damage. SNELLVILLE residents should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs - we have a whole team of them at Snellville A ... read more

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Picking the Right Tires in SNELLVILLE

Picking the Right Tires in SNELLVILLE

Shopping for tires in SNELLVILLE can be bewildering because there are many choices. Let's simplify. There are four main classifications of tires, each designed for different purposes.First off, there are summer tires. Those who buy summer tires in SNELLVILLE are looking for maximum summertime performance. The rubber is a little softer to help stick to the road on fast corners on GA roads. The tread has wide blocks at the shoulder to stiffen the tire in turns. The tread design can handle rain but really isn't set up for snow and ice. Next comes winter tires. SNELLVILLE people buy winter tires because they still like performance driving when it's cold and slippery on GA roads, so they need a tread design that'll really bite into ice and snow. The rubber compound is formulated to stay pliable when temperatures drop below 45 degrees F/7 degrees C so they get great traction even on dry roads. On the other end of the winter tire spectrum are tires desig ... read more

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SNELLVILLE, GA Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in GA, SNELLVILLE residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for GA winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing SNELLVILLE residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold GA winters.There are some specific things SNELLVILLE drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Snellville Auto Center in SNELLVILLE. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.In the c ... read more

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Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in SNELLVILLE

Getting the Right Tires and Wheels in SNELLVILLE

A lot of people get custom wheels in SNELLVILLE. When you do this yourself (over the internet . . .) you could run into trouble if you're not careful. Sometimes, once they're mounted, they just don't fit right. The tires rub in turns or on bumps. You don't want that. Consulting your Snellville Auto Center tire professional can ensure you get the right fit. First he'll ask you a series of questions about your SNELLVILLE driving needs and what you want in your new wheels. Now, not every wheel can go on every car. Care must be taken so that tires and wheels are not too large or that the wheel is centered too far towards the outside or the inside so the tires rub.If you don't want to make any modifications to your vehicle, you would need to focus on the wheels that would fit. With trucks, some people in SNELLVILLE like much bigger tires so they need a suspension lift.Also, most SNELLVILLE drivers don't realize that you need to keep the rolling diam ... read more

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Talk to Snellville Auto Center About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Talk to Snellville Auto Center About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Custom wheels are one way that SNELLVILLE folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the vehicle, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits and, of course, the style of the wheels. Most SNELLVILLE drivers start with the last factor: the style of the wheels. But that should be the last thing we choose. When considering custom wheels, you should first carefully consider your budget. Some wheels may require adjustments to your vehicle suspension system, brakes, or traction systems. You need to know what you can afford before you start shopping or get your heart set on a particular type of wheel. There are three basic ways you can change your wheels. First, you choose ... read more

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Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Snellville Auto Center

Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Snellville Auto Center

A lot of us SNELLVILLE drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We're picky about color and body style. We'll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for GA motorists to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels.Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom wheels can add personality, style or sass to a vehicle. Many of these customizations involve getting a bigger wheel.Fifteen or 16-inch wheels used to be the factory standard, but today, because a lot of SNELLVILLE drivers like the look of larger wheels, many vehicles are available with 17 or 18-inch wheels. Optional wheel packages of 20 inches or more are also available in SNELLVILLE.If you want to upsize the wheels on your current vehicle, however, you should know it's not a do-it-yourself project. There are factors involved in ensuring your wheel change doesn't jeopardize the safety of your vehicle.First of all, you need to understand rolling diameter. The ro ... read more

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Tire Tread Depth for SNELLVILLE, GA Drivers

Tire Tread Depth for SNELLVILLE, GA Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Snellville Auto Center; (just call (770) 972-3799) to find out what your requirements are in the SNELLVILLE, GA, area.Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there's just 2/32 inch/1.6 mm of tread left. But does that older standard give SNELLVILLE vehicles enough safety?Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32 inch/3.2 mm. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. Now before we go into the st ... read more

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