L & M Tire & Wheel Bloghttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blogMost recent posts.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:05:03 -0400en-ushourly1Sun's Out, Trucks Out - Upgrade Your Summerhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/sun-s-out-trucks-out-upgrade-your-summerhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/sun-s-out-trucks-out-upgrade-your-summer#commentsThu, 22 Jun 2017 15:05:03 -0400TCShttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/sun-s-out-trucks-out-upgrade-your-summer<h2> ...We know offroad.</h2> <p> <img alt="Lifted Toyota Tacoma" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/597/lmtire-wheel_truck-accessories.png" style="width: 300px; height: 173px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 10px; float: right;" /><br /> You just spent six months waiting for summer and dreaming about hoppin&#39; up your truck.&nbsp; Well, dream no longer because June is the official start of summer. On road, off road or cruising the local street scene, your first stop of summer should be at L &amp; M Tire and Wheel. &nbsp;&nbsp;We are ready to help you put your dream truck on the road with a full line of top shelf upgrade parts and services.</p> <h3> L &amp; M&#39;s Truck Upgrade Services:</h3> <ul> <li> <strong>Suspension Systems</strong> - Ride height and durability is king in the truck world and whether you are looking to build a skyscraper for serious rock crawling, a frame draggin&#39; slammer or just a more comfortable truck for the road, we can raise, lower or smooth out your truck&#39;s suspension and give you the ride, look and performance you are looking for. Whatever you have in mind for your truck or truck-based SUV, the technicians at L &amp; M Tire and Wheel will listen to your goals, choose your new components based on years of experience and get the work done right and on time.</li> <li> <strong>Wheel &amp; Tire Packages</strong> - Nothing makes or breaks the look and feel of your truck or truck-based SUV like the wheel and tire package. The choices you make at the corners of your vehicle affect ride, on and off-road capability and, let&#39;s face it, they affect the way people smile when they see your ride.&nbsp; The right wheels and tires say a lot about the owner, and L &amp; M Tire &amp; Wheel can give you great personal wheel and tire advice you can never get from an internet shopping cart.&nbsp; Choose from our wide variety of available wheels and let us put our expertise to work to help you choose the perfect set of tires to match.&nbsp; Whatever your goals, the L &amp; M pros will help you choose the right wheel and tire package to get you rolling right.&nbsp;</li> <li> <strong>Performance Exhaust</strong> - Your factory exhaust system may do a great job of reducing noise and pollution, but when it comes to performance, an exhaust upgrade for your truck or SUV can be a great way to improve horsepower and add just the right sound when you mash the go pedal. L &amp; M Tire and Wheel carries and professionally installs a full line of exhaust upgrade parts and systems that can give you a bump in performance and sound while keeping your ride compliant with emission laws and noise ordinances.</li> </ul> <p> Summer is too short, and your truck should be a big part of the fun all season long. &nbsp;Whether you&#39;re in Hanover, Gettysburg, or East Berlin, call or visit us at L &amp; M Tire and Wheel in Abbottstown for the professional upgrades you need to make the good times roll.</p> /blog/view/sun-s-out-trucks-out-upgrade-your-summer/feed0Make Those Tires Last!http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/make-those-tires-lasthttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/make-those-tires-last#commentsThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:17:18 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/make-those-tires-last<p> Your tires are a big investment, and while it&rsquo;s easy to just take them for granted, you want them to last through their entire warranty phase (at least). Here are <img alt="Car Tires" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/572/new-car-tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />some tips on how to get the most life out of a set of tires:</p> <p> <u>Tire rotations</u>: No vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution from front to rear, and front tires see a different set of stresses from braking and cornering. Rotating your tires at a 5,000-mile interval ensures even wear and good drivability and handling.</p> <p> <u>Proper inflation</u>: Underinflated tires are bad news! They&rsquo;ll wear unevenly due to their altered footprint, they&rsquo;ll cost you money in terms of higher rolling resistance and poor fuel economy, and the stress from overheating can lead to premature tire failure. Check your inflation levels at least once a month, using a good quality tire gauge.</p> <p> <u>Wheel alignment</u>: Think about someone who walks with one foot skewed out to the side. That shoe will wear unevenly, usually at the heel, and that&rsquo;s not unlike what happens with poor wheel alignment. One tire is trying to steer the vehicle in another direction and is dragged down the road by the other three tires. Before long, the tread of that tire is going to be scrubbed off along the inside or outside edge. If you notice signs like a persistent pull to one side or the need to hold the wheel off-center while driving in a straight line, chances are you&rsquo;re in need of a wheel alignment. Don&rsquo;t put off this important automotive maintenance detail!</p> <p> Like we mentioned, it&rsquo;s too easy to take your tires for granted&hellip;right up to the point where there&rsquo;s a problem and you find yourself stuck by the side of the road or in a parking lot with a flat. It&rsquo;s not hard to get the most out of your set of tires, though. Just follow the tips we mentioned, keep an eye on your treads and sidewalls and inspect them from time to time, and your tires should be good for many years of good, reliable service! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/make-those-tires-last/feed0How To Maintain A New Carhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-carhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-car#commentsThu, 25 May 2017 14:00:56 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-car<p> So you got a new set of wheels &ndash; congratulations! You&rsquo;re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you&rsquo;ll want to keep it maintained as well as you <img alt="Car Maintenance" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/571/Car-maintenance.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />can. Here are some suggestions:</p> <p> First, read the owner&rsquo;s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don&rsquo;t let that happen!</p> <p> For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it&rsquo;s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner&rsquo;s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the brand and grade of motor oil called for in the manual.</p> <p> Apply a good coat of wax to your vehicle, and another one on top of that. A properly waxed vehicle does more than just look good, it helps repel grit and grime that can damage the finish as well as preventing oxidization of the paint in sunny locales.</p> <p> Clean the radiator from time to time. You can just use the spray setting on a hose to get rid of bugs and grime that may have lodged in the radiator and could possibly impair cooling. If there&rsquo;s a stubborn bug that won&rsquo;t come off, use a brush but be very careful not to damage the delicate fins of the radiator!</p> <p> Check the air filter every few months. Take it out and hold it up to a bright light &ndash; if no light passes through, the air filter has become dirty enough to need a change. A dirty air filter can kill performance and fuel economy.</p> <p> The good news is that today&rsquo;s new cars need less maintenance than ever before, and don&rsquo;t even have the extensive break-in period of cars from a generation ago. Stick to manufacturer&rsquo;s recommendations and you can&rsquo;t go wrong&hellip;and you&rsquo;ll have a car you can count on for many years to come! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/how-to-maintain-a-new-car/feed0What Tires Are Right For Your Truck?http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truckhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truck#commentsThu, 11 May 2017 13:47:16 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truck<p> So you&rsquo;re in need of a set of tires for your truck? No problem! The question is, though, what kind of tires are going to be best?<img alt="Truck Tires" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/570/truck-tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 230px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> First, you&rsquo;ll need to think about what you use that truck for. Will you regularly be hauling heavy loads or pulling a trailer? Do you expect to keep it on the pavement for the most part, or will you occasionally go off-road? If you go off-road, will it be on soft dirt or will you be plowing through brush, mud, and rocks? And finally&hellip;what&rsquo;s your budget?</p> <p> If you&rsquo;re wanting to keep it on the pavement most of the time and your truck is a daily driver for errands, school, soccer, and grocery runs, all-season tires are probably the right choice. All-season light truck tires can rival the best passenger tires when it comes to noise level, handling, ride quality and road manners&nbsp;while offering good, reliable traction on wet or dry pavement.</p> <p> All-terrain tires feature a more aggressive tread pattern than all-season tires and are capable of at least limited off-road use. While they have enhanced traction and load capacity, many all-terrain tire designs still have good noise suppression, ride quality and handling on the pavement. Many all-terrain tires feature the industry&rsquo;s M + S stamp, meaning they offer good performance in mud and snow.</p> <p> Mud tires are a next step up from all-terrain tires. Mud tires usually feature a blocky tread pattern with a high void ratio, meaning they can shed mud from their treads as they spin so there&rsquo;s always a clear area to dig into soft surfaces. Many mud tires are also designed with reinforced sidewalls for extra toughness and resistance to gouges, punctures, and abrasions in off-road use.</p> <p> In the end, the choice is yours, of course. Just think about your truck, your driving habits, your expectations and your budget. There are plenty of great choices out there for light truck tires, at all price points! Make an appointment with us and let&rsquo;s talk about the next set of tires for your truck!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/what-tires-are-right-for-your-truck/feed0Spark Plugs – How Often Should They Be Replaced?http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replacedhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replaced#commentsThu, 27 Apr 2017 13:31:12 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replaced<p> In the old days, a tune-up was necessary about every 35,000 miles. It would usually consist of setting the ignition timing, replacing the mechanical breaker points in the ignition, cleaning and adjusting the carburetor and replacing the plug wires and spark plugs. Today, of course, the carburetor&rsquo;s job is done by fuel injection and the ignition timing and spark are controlled by the engine computer. Few vehicles still have plug wires anymore either, as the distributor was replaced by the computer and a coil-on-plug design which delivers a spark at each spark plug.</p> <div> <p> But what about the spark plugs themselves, though? How often do they need to be replaced now?</p> <p> Manufacturers tout an 80k-100k mile service interval on spark plugs now, thanks in part to improvements in plug design and materials. That might be stretching it, however. Remember that if you have a 100,000-mile spark plug, its electrode is worn down 4/5 of the way at 80,000 miles. A worn electrode means a wider spark plug gap, which can mean a loss of power and fuel economy.</p> <p> Worse, though, spark plugs that have been in the engine&rsquo;s cylinder head for years and tens of thousands of miles have a tendency for their threads to seize. A seized spark plug can be pretty difficult to extract from the head&nbsp;and can mean a hefty repair bill before it&rsquo;s all said and done.</p> <p> If your vehicle was originally equipped with a specific type of spark plug, it&rsquo;s a smart idea to keep that design of plug when you replace them. It&rsquo;s also a good idea to check a few other things under the hood when it&rsquo;s time to replace the plugs, including</p> <img alt="Spark Plug" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/569/spark-plug.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /> <p> --Air filter</p> <p> --Cabin air filter</p> <p> --Belts and hoses</p> <p> --Charging system</p> <p> --Starter</p> <p> --O2 sensor</p> <p> --All vacuum lines and junctions</p> <p> Today&rsquo;s cars may be a lot less maintenance-intensive, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean &ldquo;maintenance free.&rdquo; Remember that a well-maintained car is a reliable and strong-running car&hellip;and don&rsquo;t put off maintenance like spark plugs just because it doesn&rsquo;t need to be done very often!</p> </div> /blog/view/spark-plugs-how-often-should-they-be-replaced/feed0Wheels and Tires, a Perfect Marriagehttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/wheels-and-tires-a-perfect-marriagehttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/wheels-and-tires-a-perfect-marriage#commentsMon, 24 Apr 2017 15:07:00 -0400TCShttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/wheels-and-tires-a-perfect-marriage<p> One of the most popular DIY upgrades for cars, trucks<span style="font-size: 12px;"> and SUVs is a new set of wheels.&nbsp; There are a dizzying array of sizes, colors, materials and designs to choose from and just as many tires available to fit them.&nbsp; While it is tempting to go online or to your local showroom, pick out a great looking set of wheels and order them up, the choices you make when buying a new set of wheels can have the unintended effect of changing the way your car handles, steers and holds the road.&nbsp; In fact, choosing the wrong wheels can make your car downright dangerous.</span></p> <p> When the engineers that designed your car chose the wheels and tires to put on the showroom floor they had a lot of things to think about.&nbsp; They considered the basic design of the suspension, how the car would operate over bumpy roads, how it would grip in rain and snow and how much work the suspension would have to do to control the position of the wheels.&nbsp; Those engineers had years of experience and the use of sophisticated computers that the average car owner does not have when making wheel and tire choices.</p> <p> <strong><img alt="Tires and Wheels in Abbottstown, PA " src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/590/Tire-and-wheel-package.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />The first rule of choosing your new rolling stock is this; wheels and tires should act as a matched set.</strong>&nbsp; Buying one without considering the other is a recipe for disaster.&nbsp; If your wheels are too large they may not fit in your wheel wells, causing your tires to rub the body when you are driving down the road.&nbsp; This can be both hazardous and expensive when that interference ruins your tires.&nbsp; You might choose a great looking set of wheels but find out when they arrive that the bolt pattern is wrong, or that they are so heavy that your suspension will not be able to cope with the added weight.&nbsp; There are just too many variables to take a guess, spend the cash and hope for the best.</p> <p> There is an easy way to make sure you get the best look combined with the best performance from your wheel and tire combo; start with the tires.&nbsp; While strolling into your local tire store may not be as fun as surfing the web and dreaming about that hot new set of wheels, an experienced tire professional can help you choose the right size wheel for your car and the best tire to help you meet your goals of safe handling and improved performance. &nbsp;</p> <p> By taking this approach and treating your wheels and tires as a single moving part you are sure to end up with the look, feel and driving manners you want for your car, truck or SUV without making costly mistakes that can quickly lighten your wallet. &nbsp;And, just as importantly, you can depend on the continued support of a local professional who can help you keep rolling smoothly for years to come.&nbsp;</p> <p> For tire and wheel packages, visit&nbsp;L &amp; M Tire &amp; Wheel. We offer a wide selection of both to ensure that we have what you need. Our friendly staff is here to answer any questions you may have regarding the best tire and wheels for your vehicle.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/wheels-and-tires-a-perfect-marriage/feed0Reasons Why Tire Inflation Is So Importanthttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-importanthttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-important#commentsThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:15:14 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-important<p> Even just a pound or two of underinflation in your tires can be a problem. Why, though? There are several reasons.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Tire Inflation" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/568/Tire-inflation.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> <strong>Fuel economy:&nbsp;</strong>If you ever rode a bicycle with a low tire, you know that it feels like you&rsquo;re riding through wet cement due to the added rolling resistance. The same thing is happening with your car, and compromising your fuel economy. Over the course of 10,000 miles per year, that can add up to 150 gallons of gas or $500 out of your pocket!</p> <p> <strong>Handling:&nbsp;</strong>Low tire pressure means poorer control and longer stopping distances. At high speeds, in particular, this can be downright hazardous.</p> <p> <strong>Premature tire wear:&nbsp;</strong>Underinflated tires are under a lot of stress, especially their steel belts. Take a paper clip and work it back and forth until it snaps. Feel how hot it gets when the metal is stressed? The same thing happens with the steel belts in your tires, which are already heating up anyway due to normal wear. This heat and stress will cause uneven tread wear and can even cause tires to fail altogether.</p> <p> Proper tire inflation can give you as much as a 3.3 percent increase in fuel economy, or even more. Remember that you can&rsquo;t really detect low air pressure from looking at a tire&nbsp;until it gets really low (under 20 psi or so). Remember also that air will migrate out of a tire through the valve stem and the tire sidewalls just through normal wear; you should get a quality tire gauge (not the ones built into the hose at the gas station) and check the tire inflation at least once a month. Air expands when hot, so remember to check tire pressure when the tires are still cold.</p> <p> Tire pressure isn&rsquo;t at the forefront of most drivers&rsquo; minds, but it&rsquo;s still important. Having to replace a prematurely-worn-out set of tires or to dump more gas into your fuel tank seems like a pretty dumb way to spend money, doesn&rsquo;t it? Do yourself a favor and be mindful of your tire inflation levels!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/reasons-why-tire-inflation-is-so-important/feed0Uh Oh…My Check Engine Light Is Onhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/uh-oh-my-check-engine-light-is-onhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/uh-oh-my-check-engine-light-is-on#commentsThu, 30 Mar 2017 13:43:31 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/uh-oh-my-check-engine-light-is-on<p> So you come out to start your car one morning and the Check Engine light on the dashboard comes on&hellip;and doesn&rsquo;t go back off again. You can&rsquo;t really notice any difference in the way the car runs and drives, but it&rsquo;s on anyway.</p> <p> What does it mean?<img alt="Check Engine Light" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/546/check-engine-light.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> Since the late 80s, most engine functions have been controlled by a central drivetrain computer. This includes emissions controls, fuel metering and delivery, ignition timing, shift points and many other elements of drivability and performance. The drivetrain computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that monitor exhaust composition, camshaft position, throttle position and many other factors.</p> <p> The voltage readings from any of these sensors are supposed to fall within a certain range. When these readings are out of normal parameters, the drivetrain computer stores a trouble code and illuminates the Check Engine light (also known as a Malfunction Indicator Lamp or MIL). Some problems on some makes may take several failure cycles before the MIL will illuminate.</p> <p> The trouble code could originate from something as minor as a loose gas cap or a loose or corroded wire to a sensor. On the other hand, it could mean something considerably more serious.</p> <p> The trouble code can be accessed by a technician using a code reader or scanner device, which hooks up to a standardized connector usually found under the dashboard. The code (or codes) can then be interpreted to diagnose the problem. It takes an experienced technician, however, to know why a given code occurred in the first place and find the problem and repair it.</p> <p> So for you, the driver, what should you do when the MIL is illuminated?</p> <p> You should, of course, get your vehicle to a shop for a proper diagnosis as soon as you can. If you notice problems like rough running, poor idle, transmission roughness, smoke or other real driveability problems, don&rsquo;t put it off! The good news is that the whole system of onboard diagnostics has made it easier for a technician to track down a problem and address it, taking a lot of the guesswork out of the process.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/uh-oh-my-check-engine-light-is-on/feed0Five Things You Didn’t Know About Tireshttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/five-things-you-didn-t-know-about-tireshttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/five-things-you-didn-t-know-about-tires#commentsThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:32:55 -0400http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/five-things-you-didn-t-know-about-tires<p> <img alt="Tires" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/545/Tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />1. For performance and handling, the trend has long been toward fatter tires with a bigger footprint. That&rsquo;s starting to change, though. Skinnier tires mean lower rolling resistance and better fuel economy, as well as a smaller aerodynamic profile. While fatter tires do handle better, tire engineers are making up the difference by designing skinny tires with a stickier tread formulation for traction and cornering ability.</p> <p> 2. Static electricity used to be a real concern for vehicles; if you&rsquo;re old enough, you may remember seeing station wagons with a &ldquo;ground strap&rdquo; dragging along the pavement. It&rsquo;s become a concern again, with newer tread compounds cutting back on the amount of carbon black in newer tires. The solution? Many tires are now designed with an &ldquo;antenna strip&rdquo; of more conductive material down the center of the tread, providing a positive electrical contact between tire and pavement.</p> <p> 3. Like with cars, tire manufacturers are doing everything they can to cut the weight of their products. A heavier tire means more inertia, while a lighter tire means lower rolling resistance. Bridgestone is now using a lighter gauge of cord for steel belts, and Michelin has actually cut the depth of the tread surface while using a tougher, high-mileage tread formulation for longer treadwear.</p> <p> 4. Sure, you know about the rubber, nylon, steel and Kevlar in modern tires. However, tires include some compounds you might not have known about, such as cobalt and titanium to bond the rubber to the steel belts. Yokohama uses citrus oil to modify how tread stiffness changes with temperature, and silica helps enhance wet and snow traction (as well as cutting rolling resistance).</p> <p> 5. Airless tires are on their way. They&rsquo;re already in use for industrial vehicles&nbsp;and are pretty close to market phase for passenger cars and trucks. These tires (sometimes an integral tire/wheel) use a honeycomb- style structure to carry the vehicle&rsquo;s weight and maintain rigidity. They&rsquo;re amazingly tough, too &ndash; in some testing, drivers have been able to hit a curb dead-on at 50 mph with no damage to wheels, tires or suspension!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/five-things-you-didn-t-know-about-tires/feed0Signs Your Car Needs Suspension Workhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/signs-your-car-needs-suspension-workhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/signs-your-car-needs-suspension-work#commentsSat, 11 Mar 2017 09:19:22 -0500TCShttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/signs-your-car-needs-suspension-work<p> Your vehicle&rsquo;s springs and shocks or struts usually last the life of the vehicle, but not always. If you have a truck or van that regularly hauls heavy loads, or if your <img alt="Suspension Repair in Abbottstown PA " src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/552/suspension-repair-abbottstown-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 141px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />vehicle gets driven hard, you can end up with shocks or struts that have gone spongy before their time. These are all some sure warning signs that they are no longer doing their job:</p> <p> <strong>Rough ride:</strong> A harsh ride can also be the result of worn tires, but if your tires are okay and you suddenly are noticing a real drop off in ride quality, suspension parts might be the problem. A more sure-fire sign is a tendency for the vehicle to continue to &ldquo;bounce&rdquo; after hitting a bump &ndash; it means that the shocks or struts can no longer damp the up-and-down motion of the vehicle that comes from spring action.</p> <p> <strong>Body lean:</strong> You&rsquo;ll feel this more than actually see it. It&rsquo;ll feel like a &ldquo;drifting&rdquo; or &ldquo;pulling&rdquo; sensation while cornering, but what&rsquo;s happening is the shocks/struts can no longer counter the centrifugal force from cornering. This loss of stability is actually pretty dangerous and can lead to a greater risk of rollover.</p> <p> <strong>&ldquo;Nose dive&rdquo;: </strong>The laws of physics come into play while braking. The vehicle&rsquo;s weight actually shifts forward pretty drastically when you hit the brakes, which is why front brake pads need to be replaced more often than rear brake pads. If you feel the vehicle lurch forward and downward when you brake, it means that your shocks/struts are going soft and can actually increase stopping distances by 20 percent or more.</p> <p> <strong>Uneven tire wear:</strong> This can show up in a &ldquo;cupped&rdquo; or spotty wear pattern that means that the suspension is putting undue amounts of load on the tires, rather than bearing the vehicle&rsquo;s weight itself.</p> <p> Still wondering if your shocks or struts are worn? Put a knee on the front or rear bumper and bounce the car several times. It shouldn&rsquo;t continue to bounce for more than a bounce-and-a-half. If it does, it&rsquo;s a sure sign you&rsquo;ve got problems. Suspension issues can be dangerous and can cause a loss of control. Don&rsquo;t take chances &ndash; <a href="http://lmtire-wheel.com/tires-wheels-auto-repair-abbottstown-pa">make an appointment</a> with us at L-M Tire and Wheel in Abbottstown, PA!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/signs-your-car-needs-suspension-work/feed0Get Your Car Really, Really, REALLY Clean!http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/get-your-car-really-really-really-cleanhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/get-your-car-really-really-really-clean#commentsThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:22:08 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/get-your-car-really-really-really-clean<p> It can be a lot of work and attention to detail to get your car really clean&hellip;especially if it&rsquo;s pretty dirty to start with&hellip;but here are some ideas for truly thorough cleaning that you may not have thought of!<img alt="Cleaning Car" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/544/cleaning-your-car.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --A cheap foam paintbrush can get into crevices (like A/C vents) that might be impossible otherwise. As you loosen up dust from these spots, keep a vacuum cleaner nozzle at work in your other hand to suck up the dust and prevent it from settling other places.</p> <p> --A soft-bristled brush is perfect for cleaning around radio knobs and other buttons.</p> <p> --While you&rsquo;re cleaning, don&rsquo;t forget to locate your cabin air filter and replace it. A dirty cabin air filter can lead to a lot of odd smells and stinks. Check your owner&rsquo;s manual; cabin air filter locations can vary a lot from one make/model to another.</p> <p> --Get all the junk out. That means checking under the seats and far up in the front foot wells, even under the dash.</p> <p> --A Magic Eraser, with some light rubbing, can be great for getting drips, stains, and gunk out of both leather and fabric.</p> <p> --Armrests and door panels tend to get pretty grimy with embedded dirt. A mild soap and water solution will do the trick; scrub with a toothbrush to dislodge this grime. The toothbrush is also really handy for getting dirt and fine crumbs out of the seams of seat cushions.</p> <p> --If your dashboard or seats have started to dry out or crack, you can condition and polish them with olive oil.</p> <p> --Dog hair on cloth upholstery? Try a spray bottle of water and a squeegee, then vacuum up what&rsquo;s left. If there&rsquo;s any left after that, try doubling a length of duct tape into a loop and picking up the remains.</p> <p> --Stains in upholstery or carpeting can come out surprisingly well with diluted all-purpose cleaner, a sponge or scrub brush and washcloths.</p> <p> With a little time and elbow grease, you&rsquo;ll be driving around in a nice clean car again. Hope this helps!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/get-your-car-really-really-really-clean/feed0Can I Buy Just Two Tires?http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/can-i-buy-just-two-tireshttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/can-i-buy-just-two-tires#commentsThu, 09 Feb 2017 13:10:52 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/can-i-buy-just-two-tires<p> We know that a lot of drivers are working pretty hard to make a dollar go farther&nbsp;and that the outlay for a full set of four tires &ndash; even inexpensive tires &ndash; can be considerable. That&rsquo;s why we run across drivers pretty often who ask if it&rsquo;s okay to just replace a pair of tires, then buy the other pair when they can afford them.</p> <p> The answer is&hellip;yes, but&hellip;<img alt="New Tires" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/543/new-tires.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 168px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> You&rsquo;ll really need to pay attention to the size of the set of tires that you&rsquo;ve already got and go with that exact same size of tires for your new pair. Having mismatched sizes of tires on your vehicle can result in squirrelly and unpredictable handling and ride quality. If your existing tires are all-season, go with all-season tires. If they&rsquo;re winter tires, go with winter tires. Ideally, you should even have the same tread pattern and design on the new tires.</p> <p> Also, the new tires will need to go on the rear, and you can then take the tires that have the most tread left and put them on the front. Rear wheel traction is vital to getting you down the road safely and preventing the rear end from oversteering and &ldquo;fishtailing&rdquo; out as you go around a corner, especially on wet pavement.</p> <p> Really, though, you should try to get that other pair of tires under your vehicle as soon as you possibly can afford them. A matched set of tires &ndash; all the same brand, same age, same size, same tread pattern and design &ndash; will mean a vehicle that&rsquo;s suddenly much quieter, smoother riding, better handling and safer all the way around!</p> <p> While tires are a big investment and can be pretty daunting to try to afford, we encourage you to check back on our site for specials and sales&hellip;we carry a wide variety of premium brand tires in all sizes for various fitments and we&rsquo;re sure we&rsquo;ve got tires that&rsquo;ll be a great fit for your vehicle!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/can-i-buy-just-two-tires/feed0New Year's Resolutions...For Your Car!http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-carhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-car#commentsTue, 07 Feb 2017 19:13:48 -0500TCShttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-car<p> Okay, we&rsquo;re well into February and most people have forgotten their New Year&rsquo;s resolutions&hellip;the ones like &ldquo;lose weight&rdquo; or &ldquo;get more exercise&rdquo; or &ldquo;eat better.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s the <img alt="New Years Resolutions in Abbottstown PA " src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/548/new-years-resolutions-abbottstown-pa.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />reason why there&rsquo;s a rush on gym memberships in the first week or two of January, then the place thins out again within a month.</p> <p> New Year&rsquo;s resolutions for your car, though, aren&rsquo;t so hard to keep&hellip;and they pay off with a more reliable and longer-lasting vehicle. Here are a few items to add to your vehicle&#39;s to-do list this year.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Wash and wax:</strong>. A good coat of wax does more than just make your car look good &ndash; it also protects the finish from grit and road debris, and can help prevent rust and oxidation of the paint.</p> <p> <strong>Oil change:</strong>. Your dad probably told you years ago to always get your oil changed regularly, and he was right. It&rsquo;s still the single best way to keep the inside of your engine clean and prevent premature engine wear. Conventional motor oil should be changed at a 5,000 mile interval, which brings us to our next point&hellip;</p> <p> <strong>Tire rotation:</strong>&nbsp;Your tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles for proper, even wear. Since that coincides with oil change intervals and the vehicle&rsquo;s already on a rack and off the ground, why not have both done?</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system service:</strong>&nbsp;Your coolant, a 50/50 mix of distilled water and antifreeze, also contains anticorrosion agents that head off the buildup of scale in the radiator, water pump and heater core. Coolant needs to be flushed and refilled at regular intervals, however. If you&rsquo;re not sure how long your cooling system has been serviced, a technician can use a hygrometer to check the condition of the coolant and help you make a decision.</p> <p> See, New Year&rsquo;s resolutions don&rsquo;t have to be that tough to stick with! Your car&rsquo;s a big investment, and with the right care and maintenance you can keep it running great all the way through 2017. Make an <a href="http://lmtire-wheel.com/tires-wheels-auto-repair-abbottstown-pa">appointment</a> with us at L &amp; M Tire &amp; Wheel and let&rsquo;s get you set up on a regular preventive maintenance schedule. Happy 2017 to you and your car both! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/new-year-s-resolutions-for-your-car/feed0Are You Ready For A Roadside Emergency?http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-roadside-emergencyhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-roadside-emergency#commentsThu, 26 Jan 2017 12:59:37 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-roadside-emergency<p> Yeah, yeah&hellip;your vehicle&rsquo;s fairly new and you take care of it, and you&rsquo;ve even got a membership in AAA. That doesn&rsquo;t mean that your chances of <img alt="Car trouble" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/542/car-trouble.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />ending up in a tight spot are zero. It&rsquo;s just common sense to be prepared with a trouble bag in your car. Here&rsquo;s a pretty good rundown of things you should keep in a car emergency kit:</p> <p> <strong>Fully charged cell phone:&nbsp;</strong>You may want to consider a cheap prepaid &ldquo;burner phone&rdquo; with a long battery life and keep it strictly in the car. If nothing else, at least keep a charged-up power bank on hand.</p> <p> <strong>First-aid kit:&nbsp;</strong>At a bare minimum, a first-aid kit should include gauze pads and bandage tape, aspirins, antiseptic wipes, scissors, antiseptic cream or ointment, Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol and burn cream.</p> <p> <strong>Tools:&nbsp;</strong>It doesn&rsquo;t have to be anything comprehensive; just a good quality Leatherman-type tool and some duct tape can be real, real handy.</p> <p> <strong>Fire extinguisher:&nbsp;</strong>It&rsquo;s kind of bulky, but it can literally be a lifesaver. Try to find a fire extinguisher that&rsquo;s rated for Class B and Class C fires: flammable liquids and electrical fires.</p> <p> <strong>Warning triangles or highway flares:&nbsp;</strong>Self-explanatory.</p> <p> <strong>Tire gauge:&nbsp;</strong>You know you should be checking your tire pressure regularly anyway&hellip;right? Right?</p> <p> <strong>Foam tire sealant:&nbsp;</strong>If you got a flat tire and it didn&rsquo;t completely shred before you could get off the road, a can of tire sealant can keep you going for a while.</p> <p> <strong>Gloves, sweater, cap:&nbsp;</strong>Self-explanatory for cold climates or cold weather.</p> <p> <strong>Flashlight and tow strap:&nbsp;</strong>Self-explanatory.</p> <p> <strong>Nonperishable snacks:&nbsp;</strong>Try to find snacks that are protein-rich, as they will make you feel full and satisfied a lot longer than crackers or chips. Also, try to avoid salty snacks that will only spike your thirst.</p> <p> Of course, you hope that you won&rsquo;t find yourself stuck by the side of the road. But even if you don&rsquo;t know how to repair a problem yourself and get back on your way, a well-stocked trouble bag can make your emergency a little more tolerable while you wait for help.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-roadside-emergency/feed0Are Winter Tires Really Worth It? http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/are-winter-tires-really-worth-ithttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/are-winter-tires-really-worth-it#commentsSat, 14 Jan 2017 16:21:57 -0500TCShttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/are-winter-tires-really-worth-it<p> Winters in Pennsylvania can be pretty rough, with snow, ice and lengthy spells of sub-freezing weather that can keep that stuff on the ground for a long time. <img alt="Winter Tires in Abbottstown PA " src="http://admin-lmtire-wheel.securetcs.com/images/display/547/winter-tires-abbottstown-pa.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin: 10px; float: right; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />Sometimes, winter tires can be the only thing that can get you where you need to go.</p> <p> But what is it that makes winter tires so special?</p> <p> Most drivers opt for all-season tires, and for good reason. All-season tires offer a quiet, smooth ride, predictable handling and good traction on wet or dry pavement. Thing is, though, all-season tires just do not perform well when there&rsquo;s more than an inch or two of snow on the ground&hellip;and if there&rsquo;s ice on the roads, you&rsquo;d just be better off staying at home.</p> <p> Winter tires, on the other hand, are a long way from the heavy, clunky &ldquo;snow tires&rdquo; of a generation ago. Today&rsquo;s winter tires rival the best all-season tires when it comes to road manners, handling, ride quality and noise level. They far exceed all-season tires, however, when you&rsquo;re talking about winter traction.</p> <p> &middot; Winter tires are designed with deeper tread grooves that are self-cleaning, ejecting snow and slush so there&rsquo;s always a clean section of tread to dig into snow.</p> <p> &middot; Winter tires feature a dense network of sipes, thousands of hair-thin slits that offer more biting edges and more surface area to dig into snow and claw your way through it.</p> <p> &middot; Winter tires use a softer tread compound that stays flexible at sub-freezing temperatures for a more uniform footprint and better traction.</p> <p> &middot; Some winter tires come pre-drilled so a technician can easily install metal studs. Studs are for extreme conditions and ice&nbsp;and are hard on paved surfaces. Check state laws for restrictions before using them.</p> <p> There&rsquo;s one word of caution about winter tires, however. Be sure that you change back to all-season tires when temperatures are above 40 degrees or so. Their softer tread compound will start to wear quickly in warmer weather.</p> <p> Are you ready for a set of winter tires to get you through this winter? <a href="http://lmtire-wheel.com/tires-wheels-auto-repair-abbottstown-pa">Make an appointment</a> with us at <a>L &amp; M Tire &amp; Wheel</a> &ndash; we&rsquo;ve got a great selection of top-brand winter tires, at a price you&rsquo;ll love! &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/are-winter-tires-really-worth-it/feed0Flat Spots? Let’s Clear Up Some Myths About That…http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-thathttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-that#commentsThu, 12 Jan 2017 12:39:59 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-that<p> So your vehicle&rsquo;s been sitting for a while&hellip;you get in it, start the engine and pull out of the driveway when you notice a hard, rough (but very regular) vibration that only gets worse with speed. It doesn&rsquo;t feel like it&rsquo;s coming from the driveline or suspension &ndash; so what is it?</p> <p> <img alt="Flat spots on tires" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/541/Flat-spot-on-tire.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right; margin: 10px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p> It could be that the tires have developed flat spots.</p> <p> With the weight of the vehicle pressing down on the tires for long periods, a section of the rubber and belts can become softer (or harder) than the rest of the tire. This can be exacerbated by cold weather, or just by parking on a cold concrete floor.</p> <p> Low-profile tires with short sidewalls can be more prone to flat-spotting, as can tires with an H or higher speed rating. In most cases, you can just grit your teeth and drive and the flat spots will work their way out of the tires&hellip;but not always. In some severe cases, the flat-spotting is permanent.</p> <p> So, what can you do?</p> <p> There are all sorts of old-wives&rsquo;-tales about parking your vehicle on sheets of plywood or carpeting or sandbags to prevent flat spots. Unfortunately, they are all pure nonsense.</p> <p> If you&rsquo;ve got a vehicle that&rsquo;s going to be stored for a long time, the only way you can avoid flat spots is to have the vehicle up on jack stands at all four corners. That&rsquo;ll take the weight off the tires completely. Unfortunately, that&rsquo;s also pretty inconvenient.</p> <p> The other solution? There&rsquo;s a product called &ldquo;FlatStoppers&rdquo; which supports the tire using a curved shape, distributing the vehicle&rsquo;s weight evenly and reliably.</p> <p> It may seem like a lot of trouble, but it beats the alternative&hellip;which is a set of tires that are potentially ruined with flat spots that won&rsquo;t come out again!</p> /blog/view/flat-spots-let-s-clear-up-some-myths-about-that/feed0So You Think Some Traffic Laws Are Nuts?http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nutshttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts#commentsThu, 29 Dec 2016 10:29:52 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts<p> Yes, there are plenty of traffic laws in certain areas that don&rsquo;t make much sense. Here, though, we present a collection of traffic laws from other parts of the world that are just bizarre:</p> <p> --In Thailand, the law states that no driver, male or female, shall ever drive without a shirt.<img alt="Weird Traffic Laws" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/531/Crazy-traffic-laws.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> --In South Africa, &ldquo;the driver of a vehicle on a public road shall stop such vehicle at the request or on the signal of a person leading or driving any bovine animal, horse, ass, mule, sheep, goat, pig, or ostrich on such road.&rdquo; Or face a $500 fine.</p> <p> --Splashing a pedestrian with water is illegal in Japan.</p> <p> --In Montana, you can forget about driving with a sheep in the truck unless the sheep has a chaperone... and the state of Alabama had the presence of mind to make it illegal to drive while blindfolded.</p> <p> --On the island of Cyprus, it&rsquo;s illegal to raise a hand from the steering wheel. No waving at anyone, no eating or drinking anything while you drive.</p> <p> --Danish drivers are required to check under the car before starting it&hellip;just in case anyone is sleeping under there.</p> <p> --In Spain, if you need glasses to drive, you&rsquo;re required to keep a spare pair of glasses in the vehicle at all times.</p> <p> --In Singapore, it&rsquo;s illegal to ever come within 50 meters of a pedestrian. 50 meters equals about 162 feet. Good luck with that.</p> <p> So, do you still think there are some weird traffic laws in your locale??</p> /blog/view/so-you-think-some-traffic-laws-are-nuts/feed0Give The Gift of A Safe, Reliable Vehiclehttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/give-the-gift-of-a-safe-reliable-vehiclehttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/give-the-gift-of-a-safe-reliable-vehicle#commentsFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:49:23 -0500TCShttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/give-the-gift-of-a-safe-reliable-vehicle<p> When it comes to buying gifts for adults, it just gets harder every year, doesn&rsquo;t it?</p> <p> At L &amp; M Tire &amp; Wheel in Abbottstown, PA, we&rsquo;d like to make a suggestion&hellip;save that loved one time and trouble and just give a gift certificate for the auto <img alt="Auto Repair in Abbottstown PA " src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/540/auto-repair-abbottstown-pa.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 338px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />repair or routine maintenance they need.</p> <p> Here are some ideas:</p> <p> <strong>Oil change</strong>: you probably know that oil changes at regular intervals are really, really important to cutting premature engine wear and keeping your vehicle on the road for many years to come. What kind of shape is that motor oil in? Is it translucent and honey-colored like it should be, or is it the color of black coffee?</p> <p> <strong>Wheel alignment</strong>: a vehicle that constantly pulls to one side while driving on straight, uncrowned pavement is more than an annoyance. It&rsquo;s costing money in terms of premature tire wear and excessive rolling resistance, meaning compromised fuel economy. Why not give a gift certificate to get that vehicle driving like new again?</p> <p> <strong>Wipers</strong>: even a good set of windshield wipers can only last about a year before they wear out. Normal wear and the sun&rsquo;s UV rays will leave your wiper blades chipped and dried-out&hellip;and worn wipers will just smudge and smear a windshield. A new set of wipers and windshield washer fluid will make a vehicle a lot more pleasant to drive.</p> <p> <strong>Brakes</strong>: of course reliable brakes are vital to the safety of any vehicle. If your loved one&rsquo;s car or truck is showing signs of brake wear, such as longer stopping distances, noise, a pull to one side while braking or vibration, don&rsquo;t delay. Get those brakes taken care of!</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system service</strong>: it&rsquo;s not a real tough job, flushing a cooling system and refilling it, but it&rsquo;s a messy job that most people don&rsquo;t want to do at home. A flush/fill can make sure that vehicle is protected against freezeup and corrosion going into the winter months.</p> <p> So&hellip;did Santa get any ideas from this list? <a>Make an appointment</a> with us at L &amp; M Tire &amp; Wheel and find out about our great prices on auto repair and preventive maintenance!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/give-the-gift-of-a-safe-reliable-vehicle/feed0 A Brief Explanation of Tire Informationhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-informationhttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/a-brief-explanation-of-tire-information#commentsThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:06:08 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.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://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/529/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/feed0Your Car’s an Investment – Protect Ithttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-ithttp://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it#commentsThu, 24 Nov 2016 15:20:50 -0500http://lmtire-wheel.com/blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it<p> You rely on your car every day, and you have a lot of money tied up in it. It&rsquo;s probably one of the more valuable things you own&hellip;so make sure you get the most out of that investment:</p> <p> <strong>Oil changes</strong>: Changing your motor oil at regular intervals will ensure long engine life by cutting wear and friction and helping to prevent the buildup of sludge <img alt="Antique Car" src="http://lmtire-wheel.com/images/display/528/old-car.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />and carbon on internal engine assemblies.</p> <p> <strong>Cooling system</strong>: Older cast-iron engines could overheat with no serious consequences, but not so with today&rsquo;s aluminum blocks and heads. Your engine&rsquo;s coolant has a finite life and should be changed and flushed at regular intervals to prevent accumulation of scale and corrosion in the radiator, heater core and water pump.</p> <p> <strong>Finish</strong>: A good coat of wax does more than keep your car looking good. It also helps prevent rust from forming, helps to repel debris and dirt and keeps the paint in good shape.</p> <p> <strong>Filters</strong>: The air filter is crucial to protecting your engine from dirt and particulates&hellip;but once the air filter gets clogged, it can smother performance (literally) and hurt fuel economy. The fuel filters and carbon canister filter should also be checked and changed if necessary.</p> <p> <strong>Timing belt</strong>: Many vehicles are designed with a timing chain to coordinate the crankshaft and camshaft; timing chains usually last the life cycle of the vehicle. Timing belts, however, have a finite service life and even a few thousand miles past that recommended change interval is borrowed time. A broken timing belt can very literally result in a wrecked engine.</p> <p> A little preventive maintenance and forethought can go a long way toward getting the most miles out of your vehicle!&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/your-car-s-an-investment-protect-it/feed0