When it comes to keeping your vehicle on the move, choosing the right tires is a major decision. There are so many brands with different tread styles, speed ratings and seasonal ratings that it may seem like a daunting task. When you think about the fact that those four little tires are the only thing keeping you on the road, there is a lot riding on your choice of tire. Consider the following 4 points before you purchase your next set of tires:
How do you drive?
When choosing tires, the first step is to determine what kind of driving you intend to do. Will you be going off-road, spending a lot of time on the highway, just tooling around town or perhaps a little of everything?
Define your expectations.
From there, determine how long you expect the tread life to last (i.e. 40,000-60,000 miles). When you start looking for that perfect set of tires, one thing you can look at for assistance is the UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading). The U.S. DOT requires every tire manufacturer to grade its tires based on UTQG to establish ratings for tread wear, traction and temperature resistance.
What’s in the budget?
The cost of a high quality tire can be intimidating. One way to cut costs and reduce your “sticker shock” is to purchase tires with a lower speed rating. Rather than getting tires that are “V” rated, for speeds up to 149mph, consider going with an “H” or “U” rating. Let’s be honest, how often do you plan to drive at speeds over 125 mph?
Better handling or a smoother ride?
Finally, consider what kind of ride you expect. While low-profile tires have become a popular trend and the stiffer sidewalls improve handling, they don’t offer the same amount of cushion as traditional tires when going over bumps, and they make the rims more vulnerable to damage.
When you walk into Axleboy, our top priorities are your safety and satisfaction. Come in today and let one of our experts help you find the perfect set for you and your vehicle.
Underneath the hood of your vehicle should be a small plastic container full of blue fluid. In the winter months that fluid can be a real life-saver as it works with your wiper blades to keep your windshield clean. Here are some common questions we’ve heard this winter about washer fluid.
Is there any alternative to buying fluid from the store?
Yes. You can find several DIY solutions online. We advise that you use caution when following recipes that appear online. Unfortunately some solutions may cause a significant amount of damage over time. So, if you don’t want to spend the $1-$2 and purchase fluid from the store just make sure you do your research. Or bring your vehicle to Axleboy and we’ll top you off.
Can I just use a mixture of water and detergent?
You could…but we absolutely do NOT recommend it for several reasons. First, the chemical properties of detergents may actually leave a residue on the inside of hoses which can lead to system failure. Second, this combination is not rated for low temperatures. When water freezes it expands and may completely bust the plastic fluid container. Finally, the chemicals found in many detergents can be harmful to an automobile’s paint, making it more likely to peel and blister in warm weather.
Does my mechanic top off this fluid as part of my routine maintenance?
That can vary from one shop to another, but when you have your vehicle serviced at Axleboy the answer is definitely YES. Every time your vehicle comes into our shop, for routine maintenance and repairs, we check and top off essential fluids. Your safety on the road is our primary focus.
Is there a special winter blend that I should buy?
There are essentially two types of windshield fluid: a diluted form of the blue stuff which is good at any temperature above 40°F and the standard winter blend, rated for temperatures as low as -20°F. At Axleboy, we use the winter blend all year long and it works great. Whether you buy the pre-mixed solution or one of the many concentrates available, we recommend that you check the temperature rating on the label and follow all directions…or you could just bring you vehicle to Axleboy and we’ll take care of it for you.