The Ultimate Travel Checklist for Your Vehicle

C AND R TireIt’s summertime and that means lots of fun in the sun and travel galore. Time to kick back, relax and enjoy those leisurely days, leaving the heavy lifting behind. Well, unless you look at the summer months from a vehicle’s perspective. You expect a lot from your car, especially when there is so much to do and see. If you are planning a road trip (or are simply expecting to put on more miles this season), you need to make sure your vehicle is running at its best. Nothing can put a damper on your summer fun faster than breaking down on the side of the road while the kids anxiously jump and down yelling, “are we there yet?!”

In order to keep your summer relaxing, here is the ultimate travel checklist for your vehicle.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Tires

Unexpected tire blowouts can put a massive damper on your day. No one wants to be stranded roadside forced to break out the donut and carjack. While road hazards may be unavoidable, extending the lifetime of your tires with proper care and maintenance is something that you can take control of.

Let’s face it, driving is an expensive necessity. When you add up basic maintenance, gas and tires, your budget can be frequently depleted each month. Just like anything else that you own, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last you.

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7 Essential Tire Safety Tips

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A Driver’s Guide to 11 Common Car Noises

A Driver’s Guide to 11 Common Car Noises

Those of us who identify as less-than-car-savvy-individuals have had that moment when we walk in to the garage and make a variety of squeaks and squeals in an attempt to explain the problems our car is having. To our amazement, the seasoned mechanic nods in understanding and translates our gibberish, making statements like “oh, sounds like your brake pads are shot,” or “yup, your drive belt is giving out.” Magic? It sure seems like it but once you know what to listen for the mystery surrounding car noises begins to vanish.

Car noises belong to a different language and while you don’t need to speak car fluently in order to operate one, it does help to understand the basics. Not only will this allow you to ‘talk the talk’ with your mechanic, but it will also enables you to become more aware of your car’s need for maintenance.

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Hernias Happen To Tires, Too!

Its late spring and things are starting to heat up here in Phoenix. With the heat the strain on old tires becomes even greater. Every year almost like clockwork, when the temperature hits 100 degrees we see to trucks bringing in blown out tires and separated tires. Sometimes it is due to a nail that has caused the tire to be low on pressure and caused it to blow. But many times tire separations and resulting blow outs are due to the age of the tire causing the tread to separate (tire hernias). Read the rest of this entry »

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel With A New Fuel Filter From C&R Tire

Your Sedan requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your Sedan engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts fuel efficiency and performance as you drive around Phoenix. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free". Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Phoenix Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever. Here are some examples for our friends in Phoenix. Some cars in Phoenix no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally is no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth. On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts up in the valve train that didn't even exist not that many years ago. These parts are very vulnerable to oil sludge. So, skipping an oil change here and there could lead to very expensive damage. -A point to maintenance. Electronic ignition has eliminated replacing points. -Myth gets a point. Fuel injectors on direct injection engines are very expensive to replace so one must be sure to get a fuel system cleaning on schedule. -Point for maintenance. I think you get the picture. As automotive technology advances, it eliminates or reduces some maintenance requirements. And maintenance becomes more critical for some items. Most others remain very similar to what they've always been. So the maintenance mindset is still important for car owners in Phoenix if we want our vehicles to last a long time. The checklist may change over time, but there'll always be a check list. Let me mention a couple of items on modern vehicles that folks need to be aware of. One of the most of the most important is timing belt replacement. Used to be that all engines had timing chains – you know, metal chains. They rarely broke. It's cheaper to make engines with timing belts rather than chains, so replacing the timing belt is on most engines' maintenance list. The money the manufacturer saves by using a belt is more than off-set by what the vehicle owner has to pay to replace the belt. And it's a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of repairing the damage if the timing belt breaks. So make sure you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced. You don't want to miss that. If you have 60,000 miles or more, break out your owner's manual or ask your Phoenix service advisor at C & R Tire to check on the recommendation right away. Another is sealed wheel bearing assemblies on some vehicles. As you might have guessed, it's cheaper to make a sealed unit than one that has access to inspect or service the wheel bearings. The problem is that when the bearings fail, you have to replace the entire unit, not just the bearings. That'll cost 5 or 6 times as much. For our friends in Phoenix, we hope this has underscored the importance of knowing and following your maintenance schedule. Come in and see us at C & R Tire. You'll find us at 17225 N Tatum Blvd in Phoenix, Arizona 85032. Just give us a call at 602-457-2136. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethics of Automotive Repair in Phoenix

We're going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. It seems like news outlets really like hit-and-run reporting; they hit everyone from groceries stores to retail to physicians. And the Phoenix automotive service and repair industry hasn't been given a pass either. Unfortunately, every profession in Phoenix has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. On the automotive side, industry associations and professional licensing organizations are very committed to high ethical standards. Yet some people remain uncomfortable with Phoenix automotive service and repair. It may start with the fact that our vehicles are a big investment and we rely on them for so much in our lives. That alone guarantees our attention. And how well we understand the recommendations really impacts our comfort level. If we understand what's recommended and the benefits of taking care of the work – and the pitfalls of putting it off – we'll have more trust in the recommendation. So communication is key. It's like going to the doctor; If she's using medical jargon and takes a lot of basic medical knowledge for granted, we have a hard time following her train of thought. It can be like that with your Phoenix service advisor too. He's so familiar with all things automotive, he may forget you don't know a PCV from an EGT. If you don't understand what your doctor's talking about: ask some questions. If you don't understand what your Phoenix automotive advisor's talking about: ask some questions. Let's go back to those ethical standards; when we hear a repair recommendation, we always ask ourselves, "Is this really necessary?" Well, here's the industry standard: If a technician tells you that a repair or replacement is required it must meet the following criteria: The part no longer performs its intended purpose The part does not meet a design specification The part is missing For example, it you take your car in for a grinding noise when you step on the brakes, you may just think you need new brake pads. After the inspection, the technician at C&R Tire says that you have a cracked rotor and need to replace it. If you tried to get him to simply put new pads on, he would say that if you didn't want to replace the rotor; C & R Tire would ethically have to refuse the repair. To just put pads on a cracked rotor would have been very wrong. The brakes could've failed at anytime and needed to be repaired – not just have a band-aid slapped on them. Now, looking at something not so serious, the technician may suggest repair or replacement if: The part is close to the end of its useful life – just above discard specifications or likely to fail soon To address a customer need or request – like for better ride or increased performance To comply with maintenance recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer Based on the technician's informed experience Of course, the technician has the burden of making ethical recommendations and properly educating their customers. For the customer, if you are uncomfortable with a recommendation, ask some questions. More information is always a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Odometer Rollback On Your Phoenix Arizona Auto

How do you know if an odometer is telling the truth? Read the rest of this entry »

Tire Replacement

You know you need new tires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank. Read the rest of this entry »

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