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Preventative Maintenance for Novices

Even if you’ve never picked up a wrench before, you can learn how to maintain your own vehicle and cut your car repair expenses by doing simple repairs. How do I know? Because, with the help of some books on car repair and some online research, I learned how to do my own maintenance and minor repairs on my vehicle. I started this blog to help others learn the same skills. Here’s where you can learn which tools you need to have and what supplies to keep on hand. Find out how to locate used parts and save money where ever possible. Knowing how to do DIY car maintenance and repairs can save you a lot of money every year.



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3 Easy Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Tire

Tires are expensive, so it is important to get all of the use out of them that you can. Every tire comes with an average "lifetime", but if you don't care for you tires properly, they likely won't last for this entire period of time. There are some simple things that you can do to extend the life of your tires, and keep them in good working condition. This article will discuss 3 easy ways to extend the life of your tire.

1. Check The Air Pressure In Your Tires

Low air pressure or too much pressure in your tires can definitely shorten their life. The key is to check the air pressure often because this pressure can change quite quickly due to changes in temperature, road debris, and simply driving your car. It is recommended that you check your air pressure every other time that you stop to get gas.

To check the air pressure in your tires, you can use a tire air pressure gauge. Start with looking up the correct tire pressure for your tires (if you don't already know it) and then proceed to use the gauge to see if the air pressure in each of your tires is within the normal range. If they aren't, then you can use an air pressure machine to either add or remove air from the tires. A lot of gas stations and/or car wash locations have an air pressure machine that you can use to put air pressure in your tires, either for a small fee or completely free. 

2. Rotate Your Tires Regularly

When you first get your tires on, you will likely get a sticker in your car or some other type of reminder telling you when you are going to need to rotate your tires. It is important that you schedule these tire rotations when they are due because they allow each of the tires on your car to get worked over evenly. If you fail to rotate your tires on time, then certain tires will wear out faster than others. This will require you to spend more money on new front and/or back tires sooner, which is completely unnecessary if you simply rotate them.

3. Have Your Tires Aligned

Driving with tires that are not aligned will put more pull on one side of the car than the other. The tires on the side of the car that the car is pulling to will likely get more worn out. You can often get your tires aligned from Collier Goodyear Car Care Center. However, if you notice that it is a serious issue long before you are scheduled to get your tires rotated, you can take your car in simply to have your tires aligned.