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Common Signs of Brake Wear

November 20th, 2016

Q: What are common signs of brake wear? - Daniel

A: Hi Daniel, 

There are several noticeable signs that the brakes may be showing signs of wearing. One of the most obvious signs of brake wear is a brake pedal with a spongy or low feeling. This usually indicates that air is present in the hydraulic system. There may be an imbalance in the brake system when the red brake warning light appears. The presence of an amber brake warning light is usually related to a problem with the ABS system. Brake pad replacement is usually required when there is a ...[more]

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How does my clutch work?

October 26th, 2016

Q: How exactly does my clutch work? - Steve

A: Hi Steve, 

Your clutch plays an important part in your vehicle's operation. The clutch pedal is used to activate the clutch. The clutch then engages the flywheel. Once engaged, the flywheel allows the transmission to be shifted from one gear to another. Don't forget, clutches are no different than most other parts in your vehicle - they wear out depending on how carefully they are used while driving! If you would like one of our ASE certified technicians to inspect your clutch, stop by Tire Pros of Frederick or give us a call at 301-663-6334.

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Transmission Fluid

October 20th, 2016

Q: What type of transmission fluid am I supposed to use in my car? - Jackie

A: Hi Jackie, 

Different transmisions require different types of transmission fluid. We recommend that you have the fluid changed every 25,000-35,000 miles using a Mighty Transmission Flush as part of your regular maintenance. Using Mighty transmisssion additives adds a third party warranty should anything happen to your transmission. If you would like more information, or would like to schedule an appointment for a flush, or even just to check the condition of your transmission fluid, call one of our service advisors at 301-663-6334. Don't forget, when you get your transmission flush done at ...[more]

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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:

Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil Driving in the Winterbefore, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.

Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t ...[more]

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Make Sure Your Car's Ready For Winter!

October 14th, 2016

You know that winter and bad weather are coming. Is your car ready? Here’s a quick checklist of things to get up to speed on:

Motor oil: Motor oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, making it harder to circulate to upper engine parts at startup. If you haven’t ever used synthetic oil Driving in the Winterbefore, this might be a good time to start. The flow properties of synthetic oil are a lot more consistent, meaning it doesn’t thicken in sub-freezing temperatures or thin out when it’s hot outside.

Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers only last about a year. If your wipers are showing cracks or chips or losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them. Don’t forget to refill your washer fluid reservoir…you’ ...[more]

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Radiator Importance

October 12th, 2016

Q: Doesn't radiator maintenance only matter in the summer? - Michelle

A: Hi Michelle, 

The short answer is no, it matters all year round! The radiator and the cooling system circulate coolant while you drive in order to regulate the temperature of your vehicle's engine. Over time, coolant loses its effectiveness. This can lead to over heating and other damages if not replaced every 24 months. This is why the coolant system is critical all year round, not just in the summer time. If you need your coolant checked, or need a coo ...[more]

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What if I only get 2 tires?

October 11th, 2016

Q: I really need four tires, but I can only afford two this month. If I get just two is it better to have them replace the front tires or the rear tires? - Casey

A: Hi Casey, 

When you buy two tires, it's important to make sure that the new tires are mounted on the rear axle. This will help you mantain control on wet roads. Deeper tread provides better resistance against hydroplaning, and redcues risk of fish tailing. Stop by Tire Pros of Frederick or give us a call at 301-663-6334 if you have any questions. 

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Are My Tires Directional?

October 5th, 2016

Q: How can I tell if I have directional tires, and if they are properly mounted and rotated

- Jake

A: Hi Jake, 

If you have directional tires, they will have a rotation arrow on the sidewall. The arrow shows which direction the tires should turn. Unless the tires are dismounted and remounted, directional tires are only meant to be used on one side of the vehicle, and are intended to be rotated from the front to rear axle. Tire rotation should NOT be done if the tires on the front and rear axle are directional and different sizes. If you are unsure, or have any questions ...[more]

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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Spare Tireand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your ...[more]
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No Spare Tire?

September 29th, 2016
Believe it or not, many new vehicles come without a spare tire. Manufacturers have a few different reasons for that, including weight savings, space efficiency, Spare Tireand cost. When you're stuck by the side of the road, though, none of that really matters much, does it? 
 
Instead, these vehicles come equipped with an inflation kit and/or a can of sealant. 
 
Sealant is a gooey substance in an aerosol can that's designed to coat the inside of the tire due to centrifugal force once you get rolling again, hopefully sealing the puncture. These products, such as Fix-A-Flat, have been on the market for decades and tend to work pretty well on a minor puncture. They're not a permanent fix, however. Your speed should be limited after using ...[more]
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