A & B Tire Service Bloghttp://abtire.com/blogMost recent posts.Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:06:08 -0500en-ushourly1 A Brief Explanation of Tire Informationhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-informationhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information#commentsThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:06:08 -0500http://abtire.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information<p> Ever wonder what the designations stamped on your tire sidewall actually mean? We&rsquo;d like to break it down for you.</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s take for instance, &ldquo;P195/60R15 87S&rdquo;. This is a full service description of a tire.</p> <p> In this case, &ldquo;87S&rdquo; denotes a tire&rsquo;s load capacity and speed rating. The higher the number, the greater the load capacity &ndash; an 87 load capacity means that tire can support 1,201 pounds. Speed ratings range from L (75 mph) through V (149 mph), and an S speed rating means the tire is good for 112 mph. W, Y, and Z-speed rated tires are available for extreme performance cars&nbsp;and are rated as high as 186 mph.</p> <p> As for the rest of the information:<img alt="Tire" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/733/Tire.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --&ldquo;P&rdquo; denotes Passenger Tire</p> <p> --195 is the tire&rsquo;s width from sidewall to sidewall... in millimeters</p> <p> --60 is the aspect ratio... the proportion of the height of the tire cross-section as compared to the width of the tread area</p> <p> --&ldquo;R&rdquo; stands for Radial construction</p> <p> --15 is the wheel size... in inches</p> <p> There&rsquo;s other information on the sidewall of a tire, such as its Mountain &amp; Snow rating (if applicable), date of manufacture code and maximum allowable pressure. For the average consumer though, it&rsquo;s good to know the meaning of the service description so you can be an informed tire buyer when it&rsquo;s time to replace them. Remember, your vehicle was designed for a very specific tire size, and it&rsquo;s best to stay with that size when you go shopping for new tires!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information/feed0What To Do With Those Old Tireshttp://abtire.com/blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tireshttp://abtire.com/blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires#commentsThu, 10 Nov 2016 15:06:40 -0500http://abtire.com/blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires<p> Every year, about 290 million tires are discarded; of those, about 233 million are recycled in one way or another. Shredded tires can be used for playground surfaces, welcome mats, hot-melt asphalt, bark mulch and even made into building material for &ldquo;green&rdquo; construction.</p> <p> But what can&nbsp;<em>you</em>&nbsp;do with your old tires? Here are some ideas:</p> <p> --Fill a tractor tire with sand to make a great sandbox for kids<img alt="Tire swing" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/732/tire-swing.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --Hang a tire from a rope as a tire swing</p> <p> --Stack a couple of tires on top of each other, bolt them together and paint them a cheerful color, then use them as a planter</p> <p> --Lay two rows of tires next to each other, somewhat staggered, and use them for broken-field running as part of football conditioning</p> <p> --Bolt two tires together, then affix a round glass top for an instant patio table</p> <p> --Tires can be hung or slightly embedded in the ground and used as planters (note: don&rsquo;t grow vegetable plants in tires)</p> <p> --With a little imagination and some other building materials, you can use old tires to set up an entire playground of climbing structures, obstacle courses, and other fun designs</p> <p> While tires are tough, they can still be cut with a Sawzall or other heavy-duty saw. Whatever you decide to do with used tires, it&rsquo;s important to recycle them somehow. Used tires collect water and can quickly become mosquito breeding grounds in the summer. You&rsquo;ll be doing your part to help the environment and make the world a better place.</p> /blog/view/what-to-do-with-those-old-tires/feed0Things To Look For When Buying a Used Carhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/things-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-carhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/things-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-car#commentsThu, 15 Sep 2016 09:47:02 -0400http://abtire.com/blog/view/things-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-car<div> Buying a used car is somewhat less of a crapshoot than it was at one time. You can get detailed information on a vehicle&#39;s history via the CARFAX report, and a <img alt="Car for sale" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/719/used-car.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 274px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />technician can use onboard diagnostics to get a good picture of what&#39;s going on under the hood and what problems might be coming up.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&#39;s always a good idea to get a mechanic to look over any prospective purchase, but there are things you can get a look at yourself before you spend the money for a professional inspection. These are things which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of use and maintenance a vehicle has seen before you got it.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Put your head against a fender and sight down the side of the vehicle with one eye. Look out for ripples or irregularities in the sheet metal which could point to a collision and body work. Look closely for mismatched paint on body panels, or paint which has an orange-peel texture.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Closely look at the carpeting, upholstery, and pedals. The condition of these can tell you a lot about how a vehicle was cared for.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Pop the hood and look for leaks anywhere on the engine. Start the engine, let it warm up to operating temperature and sniff carefully for unusual smells such as burning oil, burning transmission fluid or leaking antifreeze (all of which have a distinctive smell).&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- With the engine running, vehicle on level ground and transmission in Park, pull the transmission dipstick and get a close look at the fluid. The fluid should be magenta colored with a slightly sweet smell. Fluid that&#39;s darker or has a burnt toast smell means that the transmission has been overheated, poorly maintained and/or run with a low fluid level. Avoid.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Take the vehicle for a test drive. Listen for clunks or thumps while going over bumps. Get a good feel for how it handles; a pull to one side on the highway or a tendency for the steering wheel to not center itself could mean front-end problems. Accelerate sharply and listen for any unusual noises. Does the vehicle have enough power and run smoothly when driven hard? Hit the brakes hard. Does the vehicle pull to one side while braking, lock up any of the wheels or have a pulsation through the brake pedal?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> None of these constitute a detailed inspection, of course. They&#39;re all common-sense measures you can take, though, to pre-screen a prospective used car before calling a professional in for a thorough pre-purchase shakedown.&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/things-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-car/feed0Website Launch Announcement: A & B Tire Service Launches New Sitehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-sitehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site#commentsWed, 17 Aug 2016 11:39:47 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site<p> We are excited to announce the launch of our new website. The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs.</p> <p> The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs. You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle and size.</p> <p> With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information.</p> <p> We invite you to visit our new website today.</p> /blog/view/website-launch-announcement-setting-company-launches-new-site/feed0New Constructionhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/new-constructionhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/new-construction#commentsWed, 17 Aug 2016 11:39:47 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/new-construction<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/521/New Construction1.jpg" style="width: 446px; height: 598px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/523/New Construction3.jpg" style="width: 447px; height: 598px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/525/New Construction4.jpg" style="width: 447px; height: 597px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/526/New Construction5.jpg" style="width: 444px; height: 595px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/527/New Construction6.jpg" style="width: 444px; height: 594px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/528/New Construction7.jpg" style="margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/529/New Construction8.jpg" style="margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/530/New Construction10.jpg" style="width: 446px; height: 595px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/531/New Construction11.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 640px; height: 480px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/532/New Construction12.jpg" style="width: 640px; height: 480px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/533/New Construction13.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 640px; height: 481px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/534/New Construction14.jpg" style="margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/536/New Construction16.jpg" style="margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/537/New Construction17.jpg" style="margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> /blog/view/new-construction/feed0Service Area & Service Equipmenthttp://abtire.com/blog/view/service-area-service-equipmenthttp://abtire.com/blog/view/service-area-service-equipment#commentsWed, 17 Aug 2016 11:39:47 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/service-area-service-equipment<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/706/Equipment1.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 634px; height: 357px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/539/ServiceareaEquipment2.jpg" style="width: 638px; height: 356px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/540/ServiceareaEquipment3.jpg" style="margin: 10px;" /></p> </div> /blog/view/service-area-service-equipment/feed0Check Our Our Store!http://abtire.com/blog/view/check-our-our-storehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/check-our-our-store#commentsWed, 17 Aug 2016 11:39:47 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/check-our-our-store<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/541/Check Our Our Store!1.jpg" style="width: 638px; height: 355px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/542/Check Our Our Store!2.jpg" style="width: 637px; height: 356px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/543/Check Our Our Store!4.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 640px; height: 358px;" /></p> </div> /blog/view/check-our-our-store/feed0Big Foot Eventhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/big-foot-eventhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/big-foot-event#commentsWed, 17 Aug 2016 11:39:47 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/big-foot-event<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/544/Big Foot Event1.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 600px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/545/Big Foot Event2.jpg" style="width: 644px; height: 452px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/546/Big Foot Event3.jpg" style="width: 642px; height: 451px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/547/Big Foot Event4.jpg" style="width: 645px; height: 455px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/548/Big Foot Event5.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 643px; height: 456px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/549/Big Foot Event6.jpg" style="width: 639px; height: 449px; margin: 10px;" /></p> </div> /blog/view/big-foot-event/feed0Our Employees Are Awesome!http://abtire.com/blog/view/our-employees-are-awesomehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/our-employees-are-awesome#commentsWed, 17 Aug 2016 11:39:47 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/our-employees-are-awesome<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/550/Our Employees Are Awesome!1.jpg" style="width: 637px; height: 356px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/551/Our Employees Are Awesome!2.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 639px; height: 358px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/552/Our Employees Are Awesome!3.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 637px; height: 356px;" /></p> </div> /blog/view/our-employees-are-awesome/feed0Tips On How To Keep Your Car Organized!http://abtire.com/blog/view/tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-organizedhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-organized#commentsThu, 11 Aug 2016 09:21:07 -0400http://abtire.com/blog/view/tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-organized<div> For some, the idea of an &quot;organized car&quot; is almost blasphemous, but having your vehicle set up so you can actually find things can be pretty nice. The bigger the <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/718/organizer.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />vehicle -- minivans, SUVs -- and the more people they haul, the more disorganized they can get. Don&#39;t let your minivan turn into a rolling dumpster -- here are some great ideas for keeping it organized.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- While newer vehicles have come a long way in terms of driver and passenger ergonomics and an abundance of cubbies and cupholders, you can use a simple shower caddy across the back of a seat and make it easier for back seat passengers to keep toys, snacks, and other stuff within easy reach.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Doesn&#39;t it always seem like you have way, way too many plastic grocery bags? Keep them organized by stuffing them into an empty Kleenex box...empty grocery bags are very handy for trash, diapers and other assorted stuff.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> --Everyone has had the experience of pawing through the glove-box for something they really need, and not being able to find it. Personal-sized portfolios of folders can be very handy for keeping insurance papers, receipts and other important documents organized and easily &#39;get-at-able&#39; in the glove compartment.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Do you travel with a dog sometimes? Consider rigging up a hammock or sling by fastening the corners of a blanket or comforter to the front and rear seat headrests, keeping Fido comfortable and keeping pet hair and dirt from muddy paws off your upholstery.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- A simple purse organizer can provide plenty of space for your wallet, change, sunglasses and other odds and ends, conveniently placed between the front seats.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> -- Find a tote with multiple compartments ... they can be great for organizing Legos, crayons, snacks, Hot Wheels cars and all the other stuff that naturally seems to be in a minivan or SUV.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> First step? Thoroughly clean out your car. Get everything out of there, figure out what things you really need in a vehicle and then it&#39;ll make it a lot easier to come up with the best ways to organize!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tubeless tires debuted in the 1950s, and tire design continued to evolve with improved rubber formulations, better tread patterns and a variety of new tire designs such as the all-season tire, UHP tires, grand touring tires and other newer developments. Today, things like the run-flat tire and tire pressure monitoring systems have made tires more reliable, safe and long-lasting than ever before!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-organized/feed0A Brief History of the Tirehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/a-brief-history-of-the-tirehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/a-brief-history-of-the-tire#commentsThu, 28 Jul 2016 08:43:50 -0400http://abtire.com/blog/view/a-brief-history-of-the-tire<div> The tire is such a commonplace item -- it&#39;s on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It&#39;s easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">other <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/717/tire-store-Corpus-Christi-1939.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 219px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />technology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for &quot;tires&quot; on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you&#39;d expect. In later years, they were shod with strips of natural rubber, which was an improvement but was still problematic. Solid rubber still rode pretty rough, and the natural, uncured rubber would get gummy in hot weather and shrink and harden in cold temperatures. Charles Goodyear was able to help with the invention of vulcanized rubber, but the modern tire was still several years off.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> By the 1880s, the bicycle was becoming much more popular, and in 1888 Scottish engineer John Dunlop was watching his son struggle with the bone-shaking ride of his tricycle. He then devised the first-ever air-filled pneumatic tire, and a few years later Edouard Michelin developed the first &quot;clincher&quot; pneumatic tire, easily removable for repair.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> These advances coincided with the development of the horseless carriage, of course, and soon speeds were starting to pick up and more was expected from tires. Things like inner tubes to hold air and grooved tread patterns for tires soon followed. By the 1910s, engineers were designing tires with angled layers of cotton cord beneath the rubber surface, adding durability and strength, and the bias-ply tire was born. Bias-ply tires would soon become the industry standard and would remain so until the 1960s.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The next big step forward in tire design was Michelin&#39;s radial tire, which featured steel belts and fabric plies that were set at a right angle to the tread instead of layers which crisscrossed at angles. Radials offered longer wear, better handling and road manners and soon became the standard in Europe, but they didn&#39;t really catch on in the US until the 1970s.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tubeless tires debuted in the 1950s, and tire design continued to evolve with improved rubber formulations, better tread patterns and a variety of new tire designs such as the all-season tire, UHP tires, grand touring tires and other newer developments. Today, things like the run-flat tire and tire pressure monitoring systems have made tires more reliable, safe and long-lasting than ever before!&nbsp;</div> /blog/view/a-brief-history-of-the-tire/feed0What's Leaking From My Car?http://abtire.com/blog/view/what-s-leaking-from-my-carhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/what-s-leaking-from-my-car#commentsThu, 14 Jul 2016 08:25:02 -0400http://abtire.com/blog/view/what-s-leaking-from-my-car<div> You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/716/leaky.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />feeling. What could it be?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that&#39;s just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it&#39;s still not hard to figure out -- antifreeze has a sweet-ish, unmistakable smell due to its ethylene glycol content.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Gasoline is a pale yellowish or orange color, and also has a distinct smell that you&#39;ll recognize right away. Gasoline evaporates quickly and may feel cool on your finger if you dip it into the puddle. It&#39;s also, of course, very flammable!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Motor oil is honey-colored or perhaps darker, depending on how long it&#39;s been in the engine, and is slippery when rubbed between thumb and forefinger. Transmission fluid has the same slippery feeling as motor oil, but is dyed a magenta color and may have a somewhat sweet smell.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Power steering fluid is clear and often may feel more slippery than motor oil. Brake fluid is also very slippery and may have a more hazy yellowish color.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>What To Do About A Leak</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> If you regularly see a puddle under your vehicle that&#39;s bigger than an inch or two across, slide a sheet of cardboard under the engine and between the front wheels when you park it in the evening.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leaks can be difficult to pin down on a vehicle that&#39;s already grimy and oily underneath (especially since the path of the leak will be blown backwards while driving). One way to isolate the source of a leak is to safely lift and secure the vehicle, get underneath it and clean the bottom of the engine and transmission with brake cleaner or a similar solvent. Spray the entire area with foot powder, which should then clearly show where the leak is originating.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leaks can be troubling, but older vehicles with high mileage tend to have gaskets and seals which dry up and shrink, causing at least minute leaks. Got any concerns? Make an appointment with us and let us track down that leak and fix it!</div> /blog/view/what-s-leaking-from-my-car/feed0Regular, Synthetic or Blend...What Kind of Oil Do I Need?http://abtire.com/blog/view/regular-synthetic-or-blend-what-kind-of-oil-do-i-needhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/regular-synthetic-or-blend-what-kind-of-oil-do-i-need#commentsThu, 26 May 2016 11:39:00 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/regular-synthetic-or-blend-what-kind-of-oil-do-i-need<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/454/types-of-oil-changes.png" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 10px; text-align: justify;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> At one time, there were only a couple of choices for motor oil. Today, that is no longer the case, and hasn&#39;t been for quite some time. Here&#39;s a quick breakdown of what you need to consider when it&#39;s time for an oil change:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Viscosity</strong>: Viscosity is how thick your oil is, and how it retains its pour properties at various temperatures. In this respect, synthetic oil is far superior. Conventional oils will thicken in cold weather and thin out when very hot, while the viscosity of synthetic is much more uniform. Check your owner&#39;s manual -- many newer models require a thinner, lower-viscosity oil, which also helps the engine run more efficiently. Viscosity is expressed as a numerical value -- the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Many are designed to work at various viscosities, i.e. a rating like 5W-30.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Premium Conventional Oil</strong>: For most vehicles, premium conventional oil is just fine. Conventional oil does a good job of protecting engine parts from wear and overheating, and is available with various additive packages and viscosities for different applications. Just remember to adhere to a more stringent oil change schedule -- every 5,000 miles is a good rule of thumb.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>High Mileage Oil</strong>: Vehicles are lasting longer, and more than 2/3 of the cars on the road have more than 75,000 miles on them. High mileage oil is formulated with conditioners that can swell gaskets and seals to stop leaks around valve covers and other areas where gaskets may have shrunk or cracked. High mileage oil is designed for better viscosity properties, helping to quiet noisy valve-train parts, reduce upper-end engine wear and provide better protection at piston/cylinder clearances which may be a bit looser due to age and wear.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Synthetic Blend</strong>: Like the name suggests, synthetic blend oils split the difference between conventional and synthetic, both in protection and price point. Synthetic blend oils are popular for trucks and SUVs, especially when drivers subject them to towing or hauling heavy loads.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Full Synthetic</strong>: The jury is in, and synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil in just about every respect. Synthetic is purer and more stable and uniform at the molecular level, meaning better viscosity properties (as mentioned above). Synthetics are factory-recommended for about every new vehicle; they protect against deposits better, are kinder to seals and gaskets and are less prone to vaporize and evaporate. The down side is synthetics are considerably more expensive by the quart, but that&#39;s offset somewhat by their 10-12,000 mile oil change interval.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Still in doubt? Be sure to check your owner&#39;s manual for manufacturer&#39;s recommendations.</p> </div> /blog/view/regular-synthetic-or-blend-what-kind-of-oil-do-i-need/feed0The Latest in Green Tech Innovations for Tireshttp://abtire.com/blog/view/the-latest-in-green-tech-innovations-for-tireshttp://abtire.com/blog/view/the-latest-in-green-tech-innovations-for-tires#commentsThu, 12 May 2016 11:39:00 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/the-latest-in-green-tech-innovations-for-tires<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/455/environmentally-friendly-tires.png" style="width: 200px; height: 199px; float: right; margin: 5px; text-align: justify;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> When it comes to your car, oil isn&#39;t the only thing there&#39;s a finite supply of. Rubber has its limits too, and it&#39;s estimated by 2020, the supply of natural rubber in the world may be outstripped by demand. And of course, tires require a great deal of oil to produce as well. Tire manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to innovate and conserve resources in tire production. Here are some recent advances:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Dandelions</strong>: Yes, those humble yellow flowers you try to eliminate from your yard. Dandelions actually contain a minute amount of latex in their milky oil, and research shows they can actually produce about as much latex, pound-for-pound, as rubber plants. German scientists have cultivated 1-foot-tall dandelions for just this purpose. This isn&#39;t a new development, either -- in WWII, American companies were growing and cultivating Russian dandelions to cope with rubber scarcities due to wartime conditions.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Silica</strong>: Tires are a complex blend of many different ingredients. Tires require friction for traction and control, but too much friction means heat buildup and rolling resistance, which hurts fuel economy. Engineers have discovered that mixing silica, the main ingredient in sand, in with carbon black and other elements can cut rolling resistance for better gas mileage. Too much silica means poor tread wear and traction, but manufacturers are aiming to strike the right balance between silica and carbon black in recent designs.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Orange oil</strong>: In the search for alternatives to fossil fuels, a major manufacturer has taken the lead in using oil derived from orange peels in tire formulations. Orange oil has been used in cleaning products and other applications for years, but engineers have now figured out how to use it for lowered rolling resistance and better flexibility in tires.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Soybean oil</strong>: While it&#39;s still in the development stages, it has been discovered that soybean oil can add up to ten percent to tire life, and can reduce fossil fuel use by up to 8.5 million gallons per year.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Recycling</strong>: Vulcanization of rubber has been around since the 1830s. Vulcanized rubber is harder and more serviceable, but unfortunately vulcanization also means rubber which can&#39;t be recycled into tires again. Ironically, the same source that discovered this process has now uncovered a means to &quot;de-vulcanize&quot; rubber so it can be recycled for tire use. Currently, the recovery rate is about 80 percent; if the process can be scaled for mass-market use, it could mean a great solution for recycling the 800 million tires which are scrapped every year.</li> </ul> </div> /blog/view/the-latest-in-green-tech-innovations-for-tires/feed04 Things About Tires You May Not Have Knownhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/4-things-about-tires-you-may-not-have-knownhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/4-things-about-tires-you-may-not-have-known#commentsThu, 28 Apr 2016 11:39:00 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/4-things-about-tires-you-may-not-have-known<div class="blogPostText"> <p> Tires all look sort of the same&hellip;round and black&hellip;and people tend to think tires don&rsquo;t change much over the years. That&rsquo;s really not true, though &ndash; engineers and designers are constantly working on advances in tire designs for more miles, better fuel economy and better performance.</p> <p> Here&rsquo;s a rundown of current trends in tire technology you may not have been aware of:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/456/Blog1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 0px 10px; float: right;" /></p> <div> <ul> <li> <b>Tall, skinny tires are coming back.</b> If you&rsquo;ve ever ridden a beach cruiser bike vs. a racing bike, you know that skinny tires have lower rolling resistance. Carmakers are going in that direction, too &ndash; the BMW i3 electric/plug-in hybrid uses Bridgestone Ecopia tires, with higher inflation pressure and a taller, skinnier profile. Tall, skinny tires also reduce the car&rsquo;s frontal profile for lowered wind resistance and aerodynamic drag. It isn&rsquo;t just the BMW i3, either&hellip;the Corvette Z51 is going with taller, skinnier tires.</li> <li> <b>Static electricity can be a problem with tires.</b> Static electricity and an inadequate electrical ground can be a real concern when you&rsquo;re refueling, or when you&rsquo;re sliding out of the car. Modern tire compounds feature less carbon black to cut rolling resistance and weight, but that also means a tire that&rsquo;s less conductive for an electric ground between the vehicle and the road surface. The solution is an &ldquo;antenna tread&rdquo; in the tire&rsquo;s surface &ndash; a thin, continuous strip of rubber that serves as an efficient conductor between the tire and pavement so the vehicle is always grounded.</li> <li> <b>Run-flat tires can make it another 100 miles or more after losing pressure.</b> Tire manufacturers design run-flat tires to cover 50 miles at 50 mph, but at slower speeds you can get a lot more miles than that out of them. The idea is to lessen the amount of heat generated by the tire and reduce the fatigue in the belts and the rubber. Imagine flexing a paper clip&hellip;if you bend it back and forth quickly, it&rsquo;ll break quickly, but if you flex it slowly, it&rsquo;ll last longer.</li> <li> <b>There are more than 200 materials in a modern tire.</b> You probably know about Kevlar and nylon and rubber and steel, but you probably didn&rsquo;t know rubber batches also include metals like cobalt and titanium which help the compound bond with the steel belts. Silane (silicon hydride) is being used to help inorganic silica bond with organic polymers for enhanced traction in wet or wintry weather. Silica is a major ingredient in low-rolling-resistance tires, and silica compounds like silane have been used a lot in the last 10-15 years to enhance performance. Tire companies are also using &ldquo;green&rdquo; materials for tires, such as citrus oil to control how tread viscosity and flexibility changes with temperature.</li> </ul> </div> </div> /blog/view/4-things-about-tires-you-may-not-have-known/feed0Cars That Last 250,000 Miles or Morehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/cars-that-last-250-000-miles-or-morehttp://abtire.com/blog/view/cars-that-last-250-000-miles-or-more#commentsThu, 14 Apr 2016 11:39:00 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/cars-that-last-250-000-miles-or-more<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/458/cars-running-for-250k-miles.png" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; float: right; margin: 5px 10px; text-align: justify;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> If you&rsquo;re old enough, you probably remember the cars from the late 70s and early 80s that weren&rsquo;t good for much more than 120,000 miles before they started to develop real problems and were junkyard bound. Today, thanks to improvements in design, metallurgy, manufacturing techniques and machining, those days are over and it&rsquo;s not at all unusual to see vehicles with well over 200,000 miles on the odometer and still running strong.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Here&rsquo;s a quick rundown of some vehicles to consider which have a track record of being good for 250k miles or more:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Toyota Corolla:</b> Probably not a surprise to fans of Toyotas, the simple, no-frills Corolla hasn&rsquo;t changed much since the early 00s&hellip;but Toyota&rsquo;s approach to the tried-and-true Corolla is, &ldquo;if it ain&rsquo;t broke, why fix it?&rdquo; The Corolla has a reputation for just soldiering on down the road with little need for anything more than routine maintenance.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Honda Civic:</b> The Honda counterpart to the Corolla, Civics offers sedan, coupe, hybrid and sporty Civic Si models, all with a reputation for great longevity and driver satisfaction.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Subaru Outback:</b> Is it a wagon? A crossover? Who cares, the AWD Outback is a strong runner, and the majority of the Outbacks ever made since the 90s are still on the road today.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Acura TL:</b> This midsize entry from Honda&rsquo;s luxury brand can easily put in 200,000 miles or more with the right maintenance, and is available in front-wheel-drive or AWD editions.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Ford Crown Victoria:</b> True, the Crown Vic hasn&rsquo;t been made for a few years, but it relies on simple, old-school technology like a pushrod V8, body-on-frame construction and a lack of high-tech cabin accessories. The result is a car that police departments would run to 130,000 miles, then taxi services would buy them and drive them for 250,000 miles more. The same goes for the Vic&rsquo;s stablemates, the Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Ford Taurus:</b> Comfortable, spacious and reliable, the new generation of Ford Taurus can easily make it past the 200,000 mile mark with many more good miles left in it.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Dodge Grand Caravan:</b> Not sexy or flashy, the Grand Caravan offers dependable, practical and comfortable transportation. Earlier generations of the Grand Caravan were prone to transmission problems, but later GC&rsquo;s have a reputation for easily putting in a quarter-million miles or more.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> <b>Nissan Altima:</b> The Altima&rsquo;s been around for over 20 years, in a few different iterations, but it&rsquo;s still the same comfortable, reliable Nissan it&rsquo;s always been, with the same reputation for quality and long service life.</li> </ul> </div> /blog/view/cars-that-last-250-000-miles-or-more/feed0Self-Inflating Tires…Soon To Be A Reality?http://abtire.com/blog/view/self-inflating-tires-soon-to-be-a-realityhttp://abtire.com/blog/view/self-inflating-tires-soon-to-be-a-reality#commentsThu, 31 Mar 2016 11:39:00 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/self-inflating-tires-soon-to-be-a-reality<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car&rsquo;s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/459/tire-inflation.png" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right; text-align: justify;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <br /> <br /> A single tire that&rsquo;s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy&hellip;multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it&rsquo;s estimated that 60 to 80 percent of the vehicles on the road are rolling on tires that are low on air.<br /> <br /> The tire pressure monitoring systems on newer cars are all well and good, but what can be done to stabilize tire pressure in vehicles, especially when many drivers just ignore it?<br /> <br /> Self-inflating tires are on the horizon. For military vehicles and heavy trucks, self-inflating tires have been around for a while, but they always involved a compressor or air reservoir on the vehicle to supply air. There are now a couple of new, innovative designs for self-inflating tires:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"> A system from SIT uses a tube chamber near the bead of the tire wall. At its lowest point, the tube is kept closed with the normal deformation of a tire due to the weight of the vehicle. The portion that&rsquo;s squeezed closed constantly changes as the tire rolls. If the tire pressure drops, sensors and an automatic pressure regulator kick in and the squeezing/releasing action of the tube begins to suck in atmospheric air. When the tire reaches its proper pressure again, a check valve prevents the tube from introducing any more air. The SIT design actually won the 2009 Tire Technology of the Year award at the Tire Technology Expo.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;A system designed by Halo uses a pendulum-type mass that&rsquo;s suspended at the center of the truck wheel. As the wheel rolls, the pendulum swings and drives a self-contained pump which adds air until the desired air pressure is reached. This five-pound unit mounts directly to the wheel&rsquo;s axle cap, not unlike a hub odometer. While it&rsquo;s currently only available for heavy trucks, buses and tractor-trailers, the Halo system has been tested for over 8 million miles on various vehicles.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"> While these self-inflation designs may not be widely used yet, they point the way to a time when having to worry about tire inflation will be a thing of the past. What kind of shape are your tires in? Have you checked their inflation level lately? Give us a call and make an appointment at the shop and let us have a look at your tires!</p> </div> /blog/view/self-inflating-tires-soon-to-be-a-reality/feed0When Should You Replace Your Tires?http://abtire.com/blog/view/when-should-you-replace-your-tireshttp://abtire.com/blog/view/when-should-you-replace-your-tires#commentsMon, 14 Mar 2016 11:39:00 -0400TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/when-should-you-replace-your-tires<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Tire Tread Depth" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/485/173x239xoctober-1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ypdZ7h10b822.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 20px; float: right; text-align: justify;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Your tires are one of the hardest working elements of your vehicle, but how often do you check and make sure they&rsquo;re acceptable and safe? It&rsquo;s easy to overlook the underside of your car, but tire tread is simply too important to forget about. Remember, your tires are the only point of contact with the road for your entire vehicle, and the only thing that keeps your car from flying off of the road, when you&rsquo;re going around a corner! Your tires keep you safe, secure, and keep your vehicle performing properly. In other words, they are vital to your car.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Check your tire tread depth.</strong> The tire tread is made up of little valleys and sipes molded into the tire at its creation. These are made to direct moisture away from the flat areas of the tire to maintain traction in poor conditions. Your tread grips the road and aids to the performance of your car. The tread depth decreases as rubber wears off your tire with use. Over time, when deep valleys start to seem shallow, is when you know it&rsquo;s time to replace the tires. Most mechanics recommend 2/32nd of an inch as the depth required for treads; however, we recommend that at 4/32 of an inch (1/8th of an inch) tread depth you should be looking for new tires. Try the &lsquo;Lincoln Penny Head Test&rsquo; to see, if you are too low on tread. Stick a Lincoln Penny down into the tread, if you can see the top of his head, your tread is too low, and it&rsquo;s time to change your tires.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>IMPORTANT: Your tire is only as good as its lowest measurement.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>NOTE: Measuring Tire Wear tricks.</strong> Your tires also have &lsquo;tread bars&rsquo;. Most tires have tread wear bars to indicate when your tread has been exhausted. These horizontal bars are built into the tire, and you can catch a glimpse of them between the deepest parts in the tread. When these bars become flush with the tread, it&rsquo;s time to replace your tires. You can also simply measure the depth of your tire tread easily by placing a ruler in your deepest tread.</p> <p> <img alt="Tires Winter Traction" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/486/173x239xoctober-1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ypdZ7h10b833.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 20px; float: right; text-align: justify;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Vibration.</strong> Keep in mind that when you drive, you are bound to feel some vibration from the road. Not every road is perfectly flat or paved impeccably, so feeling a bit of the ride is inevitable. However, take notice, when you start to feel those vibrations more and more. Constant vibration or vibration that gets worse with speed can mean a tire is out of balance, has uneven wear, or can even indicate an underlying problem with your drive line. Frequent rotations and wheel balancing will help prevent uneven wear and most vibration problems. More vibration means that there is far less tire between you and the road, than you are used to. Once you start feeling these forces, it&rsquo;s time to see your mechanic to talk about replacing your worn tires.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Uneven Tire Wear.</strong> Tires can wear unevenly for multiple reasons. If your tires are wearing unevenly, then most likely they are not performing, as they were designed. Your investment into your tires needs to be supported by regular maintenance of your car. For example, have your auto technician rotate and balance your tires with every oil change. Schedule an alignment check twice a year. Check your air pressure at least once a week. These things will help you to prevent uneven tire wear and maximize the performance and life of your tires.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <strong>Don&rsquo;t wait too long to replace your tires!</strong> Driving on tires with low tread, damage, or severe uneven tread wear is dangerous. You are more prone to flats and blowouts. If you think you are in need of new tires, take the time to get them assessed by our auto technician today!</p> </div> /blog/view/when-should-you-replace-your-tires/feed0Mixing Tires – Bad Ideahttp://abtire.com/blog/view/mixing-tires-bad-ideahttp://abtire.com/blog/view/mixing-tires-bad-idea#commentsThu, 25 Feb 2016 11:39:00 -0500TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/mixing-tires-bad-idea<div class="blogPostText"> <p style="text-align: justify;"> In a perfect world, all four tires would wear out at the same time. In the same perfect world, everyone would be able to afford a whole set of tires all at once. Unfortunately, things often just do not work out that way.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/460/mixing tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 10px; float: right; text-align: justify;" /></p> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Sometimes you may just have to replace tires as you can afford them, one or two at a time, but there are some important things to bear in mind if you have to do that.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"> If you can only afford to replace one or two tires, it&rsquo;s essential that you go with tires that are identical (or at least as close as possible) to the car&rsquo;s remaining tires. That means that internal construction, size, tread pattern and design should be close to the same. Don&rsquo;t mix winter tires with all-season tires, don&rsquo;t mix run-flat tires with standard tires, for instance. But why?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Tires are all designed for different handling properties and traction, and are intended to work together as a set. Mixing sizes, tread patterns and designs can mean a car that has unpredictable, jittery, &ldquo;squirrelly&rdquo; handling, braking and roadholding properties, and that can be downright dangerous in a panic stop or other emergency situation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> If you have to replace a pair of tires and decide on the same brand and model as the others, the new tires should go on the rear. That might seem counterintuitive to some, but consider this; if you mount the new tires on the front and end up on wet pavement, the new tires will easily disperse the water while the rear tires can hydroplane.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Remember that the minimum tread depth for tires, by state law, is 2/32&rdquo;. At 2/32&rdquo;, you should be able to plainly see the wear bars that are molded at a right angle in the base of the tread grooves. If you&rsquo;re in doubt, insert a penny into the tread grooves, Lincoln head down. If the tread reaches the top of Lincoln&rsquo;s head, your tread is 2/32&rdquo; deep. Try again with a quarter &ndash; does the tread reach the top of Washington&rsquo;s head? That&rsquo;s a depth of 4/32&rdquo;. One more time with a penny&hellip;if the tread reaches the Lincoln Memorial, your tread is 6/32&rdquo; deep.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> If you&rsquo;re thinking it might be time for a set of tires, don&rsquo;t put it off&hellip;make an appointment and see what kind of price we can make you on a set of premium-brand tires.</p> </div> </div> </div> /blog/view/mixing-tires-bad-idea/feed0Differential Service: Too Often Neglected by Drivershttp://abtire.com/blog/view/differential-service-too-often-neglected-by-drivershttp://abtire.com/blog/view/differential-service-too-often-neglected-by-drivers#commentsThu, 11 Feb 2016 11:39:00 -0500TCShttp://abtire.com/blog/view/differential-service-too-often-neglected-by-drivers<div class="blogPostText"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Differential Service &ndash; Why Is It Important?&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" src="http://abtire.com/images/display/461/differential-gears.jpg" style="width: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 10px; float: right; height: 225px; text-align: justify;" /></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Of all the various things on a vehicle that need regular service and maintenance, the differential is too often neglected. But what exactly is it, and what does it do?&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Visualize a rear-wheel-drive vehicle making a right-hand turn. As the car turns to the right, the left rear wheel will have to actually cover a longer distance and spin at a different speed than the right wheel. If the rear axle was delivering the same torque to both wheels, the left rear wheel would be binding and skittering as it made the turn. The differential is designed to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds around corners, eliminating that problem.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> The differential uses an oil thicker than motor oil, somewhere between an oil and a grease in terms of its weight. Like any other assembly, though, the oil in the differential will become contaminated over time and will start to break down due to heat. Most differentials need a fluid change at about 50,000 miles. If left too long or if the fluid starts to run low, the differential will become noisy and can eventually fail. If that happens, the gears can seize, locking up the rear wheels and potentially causing a lot of damage or even an accident.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> Differentials have a fill hole, sometimes covered with a rubber plug that makes it easy to check the oil level. They don&rsquo;t, however, have a drain plug, meaning that the only way to change the oil is to remove the differential&rsquo;s rear cover. This is inevitably a messy job that&rsquo;s best left to professionals. Remember also that on 4WD vehicles, there&rsquo;s a second differential for the front wheels. For 4WD vehicles, it&rsquo;s usually a good idea to perform service on both differentials and the transfer case at the same time.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> If you&rsquo;re in need of any kind of oil-change service, whether it&rsquo;s motor oil, transmission fluid flush or differential service, you can count on us. Your car&rsquo;s fluids are too important to neglect &ndash; make an appointment with us, and make differential fluid service part of your car&rsquo;s regular preventive maintenance schedule.&nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/differential-service-too-often-neglected-by-drivers/feed0