March 12th, 2013 in News
Tires balder than the Monopoly guy? If you answer yes, it’s time for new tires… or it may not be too much longer before you stop passing “Go”. Worn tires are unsafe, inefficient, and in many cases, illegal to drive. The tread on your tires diverts water away from the tire, preventing your vehicle from hydroplaning off the road. But as the tread wears down, so does its ability to divert water—and they don’t have to necessarily “look bald” before they are unsafe to drive on.
Checking your tires is simple, though there are a few different methods. Look between the tread lines to find a “wear bar”, found between the tread lines of the tire. When the wear bar and tread are flush with one another, it’s time to get your tires replaced. You’ll benefit from a smoother, quieter ride, with confident handling in rain or shine. And while tires can be expensive, they actually save you money in fuel, and you simply can’t put a price on safety.
Worn tires are a danger to yourself and everyone else around you. So please, stop skidding through “Go” and replace those balding tires.
August 19th, 2012 in News
With gas prices as unpredictable as they’ve been lately, it’s good to have some fuel-saving tips you can rely on. In addition to driving sensibly and efficiently, here are two easy ways to improve your fuel economy.
Check your tires to ensure they are properly inflated. Every 1 psi that your vehicle’s tires are short can reduce gas mileage by 0.3 percent. When multiple tires are not inflated properly, these extra costs can really add up, especially over your weekend vacation to the lake house or daily commutes to work. By inflating your tires to your vehicle’s specifications, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent—that’s roughly 10 cents per gallon. In addition, properly inflated tires wear evenly, last longer, and are safer to drive on. This simple step saves you money and makes for a more enjoyable ride. When inflating, many drivers make the mistake of using the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall. Instead, look for a sticker on your vehicle’s door jamb or consult the owner’s manual to determine the correct pressure for your tires. Our technicians at Carl Black are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Keep your engine properly tuned. Tune ups ensure that the engine’s various components are in good shape and are working together correctly. On average, fixing an out of tune vehicle or one that has failed an emissions test can improve gas mileage by 4 percent, or approximately 14 cents per gallon. Typically, the more serious the problem, the larger the fuel economy gain will be. Fixing serious maintenance problems, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can increase gas mileage by as much as 40 percent! Regular tune ups ensure that small, inexpensive problems don’t become large financial burdens. Simply bring your vehicle to Carl Black for a tune up, and benefit from the savings in gas mileage and peace of mind that your engine is running smoothly. Our technicians know your vehicle inside and out—we use factory parts to ensure that your vehicle’s engine is running with optimal fuel efficiency.
To help you save even more money, we’re offering $20.00 off our Tune-Up Special or Injector Clean for a limited time. Enjoy all the benefits a properly tuned vehicle has to offer today!
June 20th, 2009 in News, Uncategorized
The best preventive maintenance, other than taking care of your tires and changing your oil, is to keep the air intake system and fuel system clean. These systems are an important part of regulating air and fuel into your engine, allowing it to perform at it’s optimal level. The best way to keep these vital parts clean and functioning properly is by changing your air filter every 15k miles, cleaning your throttle body and intake every 15k-30k miles and changing your fuel filter every two years or 30k miles. This regular maintenance will essentially help the engine breathe easier.
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May 22nd, 2009 in News
Preventative maintenance on your tires can help the life of the tires and help ensure your vehicles overall performance. Keeping your properly inflated tires rotated every 6000 miles keeps your tire tread wearing evenly and helps keep your tires from premature wearing and maximizes fuel economy and your driving experience. Keeping your vehicle properly aligned within factory specifications and your tires balanced 1-2 times annually will also keep your vehicle riding smooth and will maximize the life of the tires. For more helpful maintenance tips, contact your service adviser today. Right now receive a Rotate and Balance for only $39.95 or get $10.00 off a 4 wheel thrust angle alignment. Don’t forget, Carl Black has a Price Match Guarantee on tires including free rotations for the life of the tire and free nitrogen with the purchase of new tires for your vehicle.